Another knit-heavy post/Today on my needles/What I am up to this bright Monday   6 comments

On my needles – the photo was taken this morning, but it is what was on the needles all day yesterday.mitten and sweater jan 18

Yesterday I conceded that the cold was winning and did the only thing I know of to beat it – I stayed put on the couch with knitting and Gray’s Anatomy reruns.  All those doctors did the trick, I feel much better today!

The mitten is coming long, although I did rip it back to the cuff when I realized I was carrying the yarn too tightly between needles.  That problem is solved, I have made up all that ground and then some.  I think they will be too long on me, but I will wait and see.  Meanwhile, I am learning about thumbs.  Elizabeth Zimmerman uses something she calls a thumb trick so I am trying it, as she is, after all, a certified knitting genius. I am loving these beauties, I knew I was ready for some red and white mittens!  Because of all the nice carried yarn, they are thick and warm, too.  Can’t wait to get then done and on my hands.

The sweater – sigh.  I love blue, you know I do.  And I do need a blue cardigan, I truly do.  But this “very easy” lace is killing me, I can’t get in the flow of it,so it simply isn’t becoming instinctive and mindless.  However, I made a real push this weekend, and finally got up to the armholes!  Now, the directions have me supposedly knitting first the left front, then the right front (with opposite shaping to the left, of course) and then the back.  And it all says “working in pattern.”  I was in a dilemma, as I can’t read the knitting! How do I know where the heck I am or left off in the pattern? So, I joined two more balls of yarn, and am knitting both fronts and back at the same time.  That way I at least know which row I am on.  I THINK I have figured out where each section begins in the pattern, but time will soon tell.  The good news is that there are now 72 fewer stitches in a row, so it should go faster.  As long as I keep those three balls untangled.  And I will definitely be knitting the two sleeves at the same time so that they stand a chance of matching.

But what else have I been up to?

Well, reading blogs, of course, and uploading hats to Etsy – thanks to all of you who have looked at my shop, and don’t forget to let me know what you think if you haven’t already. I think there will be some cards and things posted soon, in the next few days, at least.

Since it was the weekend, A was home with me the past few days, and she was such a sweetie, doing lots of laundry and table clearing, and being generally a good sport about being married to a slug.  🙂  She even drove me to Ellsworth on Saturday so I could pick up a book the library had gotten for me.  Since it is the book club book, and the meeting is tonight, it was sort of important.  🙂 (My Brilliant Friend – more on that when I finish it) we did a few other errands, then had breakfast at Martha’s Cafe, which we love.  I like to go out for breakfast, because the food is so yummy, and it doesn’t cost the earth. I like Martha’s because she makes delicious everything. I had a veggie and ham stuffed omelet, and stole some of A’s raspberry muffin.  mmmmmm

Today, besides finishing the book and not getting sucked into red and white knitting, I plan to do the housework I did not do Friday (start deep cleaning the bedroom) and get into the craft room to make some cards for the Etsy shop – I am thinking Valentine’s and birthday cards, but I am open to ideas, so please, offer them up!

And I have to go check the mouse traps I have outside, they are no longer buried under a pile of snow – with all that rain yesterday and balmy (is it really 40 degrees F out there today???) air, we have almost no snow left – so I  can find the traps.

Other than that, I will putter, putter, putter.  🙂

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6 responses to “Another knit-heavy post/Today on my needles/What I am up to this bright Monday

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  1. You are juggling more than one thing with that lace project alone. To keep track of rows, I use a phone app. If there’s a chart, I use a knitting chart keeper by Knit Picks or Slipped Stitch Studios. Your colorwork is so sharp. It looks great.

  2. May I suggest you make yourself a small cheat sheet and check off the rows of lace knitting as you complete them. You don’t need to put the directions on the sheet only the row numbers. Also, a life line may help. Write down the row number you insert it on.

    • I do use a slip of paper to tell me what row to start on. and I have used a life line on this earlier, when I kept getting lost along the row. Now I can pretty well tell while I am on the row what I should be doing. 🙂 But I think a life line is in order going forward, as I start decreasing, etc.

      My real trouble lies with this – having bound off the armholes, I can no longer go along a row and blindly follow the instructions, because there is a sudden gap! So, I have to knit the first section, study it carefully, look at the next section and figure out where in the directions for that row I should start knitting that section. It is slow, but I don’t know any other way to do it. This darned think had better fit me when it is done.

      • And the pattern instructions don’t set up the rows. They just say “keeping in pattern”. That’s the trouble with that phrase, it always foretells rough seas.

  3. Your knitting sounds as if it is coming along nicely. I hope you don’t find any nasty surprises in the traps!

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