Garden of Fuzz

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

In lieu of a progress bar

An update, in words, on what I am knitting. Try to imagine some pretty green progress bars.

Penguin jumper
95% complete
Crisscross shrug
70% complete (got more yarn at last, and it almost matches perfectly)
10% complete (I frogged it back from 25% due to sizing issues)
Curly toed kids’ slippers from Weekend Knitting
10% complete (first time with turning heels…)
Ugg baby booties
5% complete

I believe this is all. As you can see, I was casting on willy-nilly on the weekend. I have been to Romni four times in five days and there is going to be more casting on before the week is up. I need something engaging to knit on the plane to San Francisco this weekend and I am not entirely sure what that is going to be. There could be another trip to Romni this week, perhaps for some bamboo yarn…

Michael is already in San Fran at a Java conference, and has invited me to join him for the long weekend to play tourist. I hear that Artfibres is a neat store, but when I tried to look at their website at work, my computer blew up shortly thereafter, and I blame some kind of evil stowaway. I suspect their website due to the immediate blowup of a colleague’s computer (also a knitter) after she viewed their site. So, if anyone has suggestions of neat yarn stores to visit in San Fran, let me know. My IT guy had stern words and I don’t want to push him. I did score a nice flat 19” monitor though and a faster computer.

I didn’t make it out to the TTC Knit-A-Long this past weekend as my mom was in town after all; I hope to get out to the one in the fall. I hear it was a blast this time and I am sorry to have missed it.

No photos of knitting this week… When I’m back I’ll post photos of knitting on safari in sunny San Fran – à la Harlot. In the meantime, here’s a photo of Rosebud, looking for attention.

Today's Earworm: Jump, by Madonna

Friday, May 05, 2006

Migraines are Bad for Knitting

All those little stitches, and I’m just not that good yet at knitting without looking (sunlight bad), I still have to peek once or twice during a row… So not much progress this week on the wraparound fencing shrug I was working on last Sunday in Ottawa. It is a simple garter stitch affair from the Lion Brand website, using some very slubby wool I got on sale from my LYS just before it changed hands. The wool is a beautiful pale periwinkle colour, and sadly, I ran out only 50 inches into the 90 required, so I’ll be hunting for some more this weekend now that the migraine is subsiding (a three day record for me).

The shrug was going well at the tournament, and my knitting-without-looking improved greatly (I’m better at purling-without-looking for some reason) and allowed me to watch the fencing. I finished 40 inches that day, although admittedly the shrug is only a foot wide, but not bad for my slow not-looking-knitting. One of the other fencing widows’ interest in knitting was renewed, so I may have some company at Easterns or Nationals later on this month.

I am considering joining the TTC Knitalong next Saturday, but haven’t decided what project to work on. I may choose something that doesn’t require my utmost attention, such as a penguin jumper or two, or I may choose something more ambitious, perhaps some lace or something summery from the recently arrived (!) issue of Interweave Knits.

Hopefully I’ll make some new friends too.

Today's Earworm: Copacabana, by Barry Manilow