I can’t help myself. I have a bunch of little things to talk about, and I’m going to dump them on you.
First, some socks. I’m loving the way these socks look. Hating the way the yarn sticks to itself and gets all tangled up just about every other round. They’ll be done soon.
These socks are just hanging out. Waiting for me to be done with the Noro ones. Yawn.
Why do I feel oh-so-tempted to cast on another pair of socks right now?
Oh, hey look – I made this crazy little bracelet out of strips of paper. It’s done the same way we used to fold together gum wrappers and make chains as kids – or at least the same way as I remember the teenage girl who occasionally babysat for my sister and me doing it way back in the late ’70s.
I found a tutorial for it via Folding Trees (awesome paper craft blog!!!) back in September. I printed it out, thinking maybe the girls would enjoy doing it with me. Well, it turned out they were a little too young to handle it, but they kinda enjoyed watching me make one. Maybe we’ll try again in a year or two.
Also in the Other Crafts department, I’ve been reading the eLoomanator blog for a while as well – I can’t remember exactly where or when I found it, but after seeing all the cool little things one can do with these tiny looms, I felt a very strong urge…
So, yeah, I got some. I couldn’t buy just one (although I probably should have tried just one first). I figured if I were going to do a real project with these, I’d want a couple sizes and shapes. And, I figured, it might be something that the girls could try along with me – later if not now.
And I’ve played around with them a bit – they do make cute little squares. The purple one is Bartlettyarns left over from my purple diamond sweater, and a little thicker than the orange Cascade 220 on the right. I’m kind of wishing I had bought the Multi Loom version instead, which is the right gauge for fingering weight yarns. Gee…the 4″ size sure would make a great stocking stuffer! Hint, hint…
Still, I can see myself eventually making a patchwork blanket out of these squares. You can even felt them a bit for a thicker, heavier fabric.
Oh, and about the kids – I have a great little story to tell. We were at the home of our Very Good Friends last Sunday for a magic show. The professor-dad of the family has a colleague whose brother is a magician. He was in town visiting and offered to come over and do some tricks for their girls. So they turned it into a little brunch-party, and it was fabulous.
He started off with a silly paper-string-from the mouth trick.
The kids loved him – my girls were a little nervous and didn’t want to participate directly at first, but this little guy totally hammed it up and volunteered at every opportunity. The magic word for the day was Sassafrass, and at one point the magician had asked both this little guy and his sister to say Sassafrass. The boy said it right away, and when the sister (who is in Sophie’s pre-school class and is also as cute as a button) hesitated, the magician asked her “Can you say Sassafrass too?” She shook her head, but the brother proudly smiled and said “Sassafrass too!” Little stinker.
But seriously, all the children were very well behaved, and I think all of us, adults included enjoyed the show. At one point the magician brought out a hat with a pair of bunny ears sticking out the top and told us he wanted to introduce his friend Alli. He played it up, and all the kids thought it was a bunny (I did too!) Then, out pops this alligator puppet with a bunny-ear headband on.
I know, it’s all total cheeziness, but it was really cute and perfectly fun cheeze. By the end of the show, Julie had moved off my lap and crept up to the front of the crowd. I just know that if he had asked her to participate at that point, she would have.
When the magic was done, we all hung out for a while noshing on the awesome spread our friends had put out. The kids continued playing amazingly well with each other. At one point, the three littlest girls disappeared up the stairs so I went to check on them. I found them hiding in a corner behind a chair playing some imaginary game together.
Also, I have a little brag for Sophie. She’s wearing underwear during the day, and staying mostly dry. I figured this week would be a good time to give it a try since she didn’t have school at all, and we didn’t have big plans other wise. But really, she’s had a few accidents, but has gone for at least a couple days entirely dry. She’s so ready, and is very excited about wearing big-girl pants. Yay! Knock on wood, I can’t believe this transition is going so smoothly. The kid is still two years old! (Will be three in February.)
And finally, back to the knitting for a moment. I’m feeling a little out of momentum right now. There are so many projects calling to me that I’m having a hard time settling on one to focus in on. I started this sweater with my beautiful blue handspun several weeks ago, but pushed it aside for some other small stuff.
I’ve got the design concept totally set in my head, and I’m very excited about it. I know it will turn into a beautiful sweater. But – there are worries. I am not 100 percent sure I have enough yarn – I’m right at the lower border of what all the generic estimates suggest I need, and I think I have that covered with the fact that I’m knitting it in a lace pattern and at a loose-for-the-yarn gauge. Still, it’s handspun. There’s no more (easily available) where that came from. Perilously exciting.
Also, I chose to start with the sleeves – for a couple of reasons, including getting a better idea of gauge on a smaller part and also because I wanted to just buckle down and get them over with. But sleeves are never any fun, and I’m doing them both at once on a circular needle so it’s a bunch of fiddly knitting. Meh.
So I decided to cast on for some potato-chip knitting – you know, like the junk food that you just can’t stop crunching on. I have this awesome skein of handspun that I bought a year or two ago from Aisha Celia that was just begging to be knit up into a scarf. I’ve been wanting to try that herringbone stitch scarf/neckwarmer thingie that I keep seeing here and there. I knew it would be a quick knit, so I cast on and got this far in an afternoon.
Yeah – and notice how my needles coincidentally match the yarn? It was a total fluke. I didn’t have a matched set of straights, so I settled on a 10 and a 10.5 in two different colors that were laying around. Well, I quickly realized that there was more yarn in this skein than I needed for this small neckwarmer thingie, and I just can’t bear the thought of wasting any more of this yarn than absolutely necessary. The colors are much prettier in person, by the way. I don’t think this stitch pattern really shows off this yarn all that well, and there is a strong bias to the fabric created by this stitch pattern. I just know I can do better. I have another idea in mind, actually. But for now, it is sitting in my office enjoying a little time-out.
The sleeves are sitting here taunting me. I will put a little time in on them tonight after all.
Wow, and there you have it! Happy Thanksgiving to those in the US – we will be with family tomorrow, and I am responsible for only the green bean dish. I’m going to try Alton Brown’s recipe this year. It looks amazing. Julie is looking forward to watching the Macy’s parade and also the dog show that follows. Should be fun!