Warm ears!

I actually finished something! Started and finished in just a couple of days. Alright, so it doesnt look like much laying on a keyboard (the only cool place to photograph FO’s).

In hindsight, a tighter gauge would be better against the wind, and it’s a shade large. Apparently I have a small head, or something. Probably more accurate to remember that knits tend to stretch. If (when?) I knit another, I’ll probably drop down to 3.75 mm needles. Here, let me give you another photo of the fabric, so you can admire the dye job. (All this and modest too!)

It’s classic merino, formerly in a sad insipid baby blue dyed with kool aid haphazardly. I used 4 mm needles. Quick quick knit, that’s for certain!

Ah ha!

I’ve been musing on what to knit next. The Baby surprise jacket that I’m sooo close to finishing is in Time Out while I debate how to solve the ‘I need more yarn’ issue. I’ve got some UFOs laying about that.. well.. if I was all hellfired up to work on them, they wouldnt be UFOs, now would they?

So! New Year, new cast on. (Yeah yeah yeah.. only yesterday I was saying how I was going to finish things. Shush.) I need to work out of stash because well.. yeah. We did the budget for January and it took me 9 days to realize we hadnt accounted for pet food in it. (Right about when we bought cat food. Whoops.) Nor had we accounted for yarn. Yes.. that’s right.. the budget has no ‘yarn’ category. AIEEE!

Deep breath. Deep breath. The craft room overfloweth with yarn (and fleece and fabric and thread and patterns and and and..) Surely too goodness I can keep myself amused for weeks.. months even.. out of it.

Now.. I have long hair. I wear my hair in a ponytail.. well more often than I probably should to pretend like I’m a professional. Enh. Oh well. I live in Canada. It gets cold in Canada. Ponytail + warm hat = looking like an alien is trying to emerge from your skull under your toque.

Enter Calorimetry. I remember seeing it last year and going ‘oh yeah.. I should knit that’.. but apparently it didn’t stick until Kat knit one. See? Isn’t hers pretty? I am inspired. Now I just need to go stash digging to find something to knit it out of. I don’t figure that will be /so/ hard to come across.

I also surrendered, and found batteries for the old camera, rather than magically try and wish the photos from the new camera onto my computer. Or magically wish the new card reader to read the right sort of cards. Maaagic. Now I just need to have something to take pictures of. Here. Have a cute cat photo.

Looking back, looking ahead…

I started in 2006 keeping a list of FOs for the year. (or trying to at least.. I’m sure there’s stuff that got forgotten) Looking back at 2007… wow. I got very little accomplished.

  • 5 doilies of various sizes
  • 2 dishcloths
  • 3 suncatchers
  • 1 scarf
  • 1 baby sweater
  • 2 pair of socks

That’s it. That’s really sad. It’s made more sad by the (at least) 2 big projects that will hit the 2008 list by virtue of being.. nearly done. Mariah is all knit. It just needs sewing up and a zipper, and it has for months.. I’m not quite sure why I’m loathe to not just finish it. (Okay, other than the firey hate I have for sewing up, and the not entirely unreasonable fear that it might not fit) I’m also.. 30 rows from the end of another baby sweater.. and I know I’ll be out of yarn. I need about another 1/3 or 1/2 of a ball of Mission Falls 1824 wool, and I’m not sure if I want to scour my stash (I’ve already looked.. now it’s scouring), use a colour that looks /awful/ with the others, or beg for more yarn. The budget isnt really keen on shilling out for another ball. December wasn’t pretty.

(Pretend like there’s 2 of them. And that it’s not an old picture. I’ve got the old camera at work.. with no batteries. I’ve got photos on the new camera at home.. with no card reader for the new memory card it takes. We’re all imaginative people. We can make do!)

So! 2008! Looking forward. More finished things. I’d like to finish stuff. I think that’d be keen. I think knitting out of the stash would be keen. And paring the craft room down to where I can walk in it. That would also be keen. *grin*

So hopefully I’ll have a whole lotta new stuff to show off as this new found push to productivity gets going. (or dies a horrible death like resolutions everywhere.. oh wait! Positive thinking!)