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January 21, 2006

Courage and sloth

I achieved a new knitting high recently. I didn't share it because it was in the midst of finishing up my master's degree and getting ready for the holidays.

I was knitting up one of my favorite baby wrap sweaters (I've made about three of these) and had even gotten so far as to sew the pieces together, pick up the edge and neck and knit those. When I went to photograph the sweater I discovered a problem.

In checking the pattern I found I had the front at the right length and the back was too long (in case you are curious, there is a bit of difference between 4 cm and 4 in). There was no way I was going to take apart the pieces, rip out the trim and then rip down to the bottom of the back. So I gritted my teeth and went where few knitters have gone before.

I picked up a row of stitches a bit above where the seed stitch trim was supposed to start and then I cut off the extra.

cut off piece

Yep, I took scissors to my knitting and whacked it off! Note loops cut right in half! Go on, look and be horrified and yet impressed at my audacity.

I then carefully ripped up to the row where my needle was and simply started knitting "down" to the seed stitch trim and put it in the correct place.

It worked awesome! I didn't refer to any of my reference books. I just held my breath and did it. You can't even tell where I picked up. You may think you see a line but I assure you, those are regular wonky stitches.


This would be the time I call for Chariots of Fire theme song in the background as I hold my knitting triumphantly over my head except for the fact that when I was finished "fixing" my error I had this:

wide load

Great googly-moogly, if this baby is twice as wide as it is long then I have knit the perfect sweater!

This is the point where I decide to check my gauge. Now in all fairness, I have knit this sweater three times before in yarn that is almost identical. Same manufacturer, same size needles called for, etc. But for some reason, on this project, my gauge was completely off. You are looking at the worlds most complicated swatch.

Epilogue: Our perp reknit all the pieces with a smaller needle getting perfect gauge and perfectly sized pieces. She swears she will block them and sew them together this weekend so that she can get this to the intended baby before he is forced to pass it on to his own baby.

She has not learned her lesson about swatching. She is the worst kind of repeat offender and we don't think she should even blog about this since it glorifies her stupidity. But if we can save one person from sweater rehab then it is all worth it.

January 20, 2006

It is a good thing he loves doing these

Because the man is a jack ass and won't get any woman to help him out with this stuff now...

Lifted from The Oregonian's The Edge column:

A lumberjack from Croatia whose life was saved by a kidney transplant is suing his local health authority because he says that ever since he was given a female kidney he has enjoying doing housework. Said Stjepan Lizacic, 56, from Osijek: "I have developed a strange passion for female jobs like ironing, sewing, washing dishes, sorting clothes and even knitting."

Clearly the man has never met a woman before or he wouldn't think that we have passions for all the above. Aside from the knitting that is. Well, and I do kind of like sorting clothes.

January 17, 2006

Don't bug me, I'm knitting

With school being done I should have lots of time to do things like write on the blog. In fact, I should be better about writing on the blog since I do this as a writing exercise first and a way to keep my knitting on track second.

But I'm lazy.

I'm really really lazy and I look at the laptop from the couch and think, "I really don't want to get sucked into sitting there for three and four hours when I don't have to."

So I'm actually blogging less because I'm knitting more.

Do I have proof? No. That would involve getting up from the couch, getting the camera and sitting at that laptop for a while and I have explained that I'm avoiding that.

I am, however, participating in the Olympics this year. OK, maybe it isn't your fancy-shmancy Olympics they show on TV and give fancy-shmancy medals for but I am striving for greatness and reaching WAY beyond my capabilities. I'll write more later about my project but in the meantime I'm in training.

I just have to figure out what training for the Olympics would actually involve. Squeeze balls? Yoga? Piano scales?

Here, let me distract you with unbelievable cuteness. This is the sweater I knit for my nephew sometime last year. It was quite large and I was fairly sure he would swim in it. But it turns out he is kind of a freak. At 9 months he was 33 inches high and 25 pounds. So it is kind of fitting like a muscle shirt. Actually, the look with the camo pants is perfect. My nephew the PWT. And look how happy he is with his beer-guzzling, monster-truck-rally attending, carbarator-in-the-living-room look!

pwt sweater

Is he not the most kissable little guy you have ever seen (with his Auntie's dimples)?


January 07, 2006

Time Out

I haven't dropped off the face of the Earth. The holidays took more than a little bit of my time and energy and as soon as I got back I was launched into a huge convention for work that monopolized everything.

But I survived.

Sapphire enjoyed our vacation very much and got in a little relaxing.

Sapphire relaxes

I have plugged along on several projects. I am entirely too lazy to go get pictures of anything but they consisted of a couple of Christmas hats, a baby sweater and I'm well into birthday knitting.

I was able to catch a couple of movies over the break which was a treat. I loved Narnia but not that crazy about HP. I liked the last one best mainly for the cinematography but they are getting farther and farther off the story line which is a little distracting.

Some exciting news in our household. We may have another greyhound come live with us. He is a geezer like Argus and rather shy but I've worked with spooky dogs before so I don't see that as a problem. We'll be meeting him next weekend. I'll try to get some pictures.

Hope everyone had a lovely winter break!