The Flu

I spent all of yesterday driving the kids to and fro, buying groceries and fighting off the flu. I made it until supper time and thankfully my husband was not at work so he took over the cooking. I tried to take a nap in the bedroom but the laptop was there, and I was in a daze. I very quickly found myself on the Knitpicks website; I may have purchased blocking wires and woolwash. I’m pretty sure I stopped myself from buying the swift, which I do need but not enough to justify the looks I would get from my husband while I try to find a place to store it (in our very tiny) home. I will definitely need the blocking wires because I’m planning on making my first lace project (at long last) and who doesn’t need soap?

swift
A ball winder without a swift is like tea without milk … wait he drinks tea without milk … damn.

I have a ball winder but no swift. I can’t help but think my life would be easier with a swift. When I want something that I need to make my life easier I can usually find it on my credit card’s rewards site. Crock pots, vacuums, duvets … knitterly stuff won’t be making an appearance there any time soon. So I have to find a way to make purchasing a swift a very reasonable idea to someone who a) is very, very frugal and b) doesn’t understand the first thing about knitting. I sometimes get the impression that he thinks knitting may, in fact, be an alien artform, cunningly introduced to the human race in such a way as to (surreptitiously) enslave us all.

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Unicorns!

This summer, I came up with several design ideas and I’ve been mucking about looking for the best way to bring them to life. I’ll be starting on a sleeper for my 1-year-old, knit in a cotton/acrylic blend because the wool one I made last year was just too hot. We live in a modern building in an urban area, so knitting for the decrepit country houses I grew up in is just not practical. It will be a lilac-y pink, the long sleeves will be raglan and there will be a hood. I made a rough sketch of what I was planning, then cast-on. Once I’d knitted a teeny bit of it, and I came to the astute realisation that I should write the pattern out in full, for all sizes, knit one of the sizes, and correct the mistakes in the pattern as I go.

I will probably put unicorns in there somewhere – haven’t decided yet.

Sleevitis

At the moment, I’m working on Cityscape, a pattern by Laura Chau. I’m using Felted Tweed and I plan to rework the chart a little bit:

                   mordorscape

Do you see the depths of my nerdiness in the mods I made? It is LOTR related if you’re having trouble guessing.

But of course, I have to finish the sleeves to get to the yoke. I’m doing both at the same time and I’m halfway through, but they are still taking much, much too long to finish:

They are up to (but not including) the elbow. If I were a better photographer, that would be clear from the photo but sadly I’m not.