Friday, February 15, 2008

And I was on such a role..

I actually posted three or four times in November. Then a couple of times in December, and then two months later. I'm finally getting a post going. I've been knitting... reading peoples blogs... commenting on peoples blogs.... thinking about blogging.... just not actually blogging. I am the perfect example of procrastination. (my knitting stash of nearly finished ufo's would attest to that). I kept waiting for the perfect time of day to take some photos, but would then become distracted or think that I'd get to it tomorrow. So, today, I'm finally posting (without photos as we really had icky grey weather today) just so that you don't all think I dropped off the face of the knitting world.

Okay, so let's catch up. My parents came to visit. I had the worse case of Strep I've ever had (horribly painful). Little EB became sick with the flu, became dehydrated, when to ER, and was bouncing around later that evening as though nothing had happened. I think there was a brief week where no one was sick, but I wouldn't bet on it. Madison got Strep. Ethan got Strep. Caleb tested positive for Influenza Type A. Kim tested positive for Influenza Type A. Yes, I personally am funding the local medical community, or so it would seem. Forget being on a first name basis at the Pharmacy, I think they're going to give me my own personal parking space. ;)

During all of this, I have been busily reading and knitting (well, and of course, doing 8-10 loads of laundry a week not including the extra loads when kids were sick). So far this year I've knit EB a earflap hat out of Chunky Baby Alpaca, it's gorgeous - I definitely need to get a picture of that one posted. To be honest, it wasn't actually for EB. I was lazy and cast on (guessed incorrectly at a needle size and didn't check gauge) while watching a movie with the family in the dark. It was supposed to fit Caleb, but fortunately we have a large number of head sizes to work with in this house, and EB grabbed it before Maddie got hold of it.

I have finished the Rosebud Mittens with the exception of the thumbs. So, I guess you'd say that they're not really finished. Maybe they're going to be thumbless mittens?? I loved this kit, even though I had a hard time with my gauge (not the pattern or yarns fault - it was my own). I'm pretty sure that any tension problems will block out. I still have two other of Leena's kits to knit up. I'm trying to show some restraint and not order some of her new mitten kits that she just posted. Take a peak.

I knit a couple of large squares for Beth at the Black Purl, who is going to have an exhibit at the Center for Visual Arts.

I started Oblique in January. I love the yarn (queensland aran) and the pattern. I highly recommend this pattern. I'm on the second sleeve and hope to have it finished by the end of the month. I promise pictures will follow.

I also cast on a toe-up sock (I'm normally a cuff-down sock knitter) using Ann Budd's basic toe-up sock chart from Interweave Knits. I'm using some wonderful Socks That Rock yarn in the Gibson colorway from Denise. I love this yarn. As I'm knitting with this yarn, I keep thinking of Denise and remembering Knitting Camp (which fingers crossed I get into this year). When I'm gifted yarn I always think of the person who gave it to me as I knit, it's like they're in the room with me as I knit.

I've been busy with some other projects and as usual there are plenty of kid activities that keep me busy.

Hopefully, I'll get some pictures posted in the next couple of days of some of these projects (I know marina, you've heard that before - I promise to include a photo of Chinatown - I think I've been promising that for the last few months).