|I'm so so terrible at blogging. I think about writing a new post everyday, exactly what I'm going to write, and even begin writing it before I'm anywhere near a computer. My problem? Photos. It's not that I don't have a camera, the time, or batteries. I'm. Just. Lazy. There I said it. I have lost so many projects to gift giving and never got a photo because I'm a lazy photographer. To combat this I'm going to make it a new rule that I can't use, wear, or gift anything I've made until I've taken a photo. Party today? Too bad, you'll just have to buy a gift if you don't want to take that photo.
First, the bramblefly cropped cardi. It's finished. The knitting is done ( I believe it's just over 500,000 stitches) as well as the seaming. I thought it was too much before I seamed, and now I think it's way too much now that it's all put together. I put it on thinking it would look different, that somehow my fabulous body would magically make it look amazing. Nope. Now I look like a giant pink marshmallow, not something you want to accomplish when you're already a bigger gal. So I stood there staring at it, and wondering what I could do to make it wearable for me, I had put so much time and effort into this and I wasn't about to give up now. I went hunting for buttons, maybe buttons would make it better, I thought. I knew in the back of my head that something so small as buttons would make me look like less of a marshmallow, but you have faith at strange times. I found them, they're fabulous buttons...but they weren't enough. I still have no idea what I'm going to do, but I know there has to be a neutral in there somewhere. Maybe some layering under the ruffles on the sleeves, and maybe a collar of some sort. Something. Anything. It's sitting there in the rejected, "what the hell was I thinking?" pile, normally I find a use for other things in there, but not this...no it's personal.
In much better news, I've started the 60 scarves in 60 days challenge over on Ravelry It's day four and I've completed two scarves, I figure I won't finish all 60, but I hope to get 20. I'll be donating them all to Street Knit.
This'll be my first big year of donating to them, but I've donated here and there since mid '07. This is also my first year participating in the 60 scarves in 60 days challenge. Last year 29 knitters/crocheters created 124 scarves, I think it's a really great project and encourage everyone to take part, even if it's only one scarf. The aim is to get 60 scarves total between everyone.
On the first day I knit the ever popular My So Called Scarf I love the herringbone stitch in general, so I was able to complete it rather quickly, except for a very unfortunate mishap when I lost a stitch and suffered later for "It's just one". Always go back and fix mistakes no matter how small and insignificant they may be. I used Patons Classic merino in rosewood, I had been sitting on this yarn for well over a year, it's been frogged many many times, but I never give up, I knew one day I'd come across a pattern that didn't make it look like bad camo. I love this colourway, and finally managed to find something that did it justice, it has almost an argyle effect at some parts. I'll probably make a couple more using this yarn just because it's quick and has a nice outcome.
I wanted to try to make a scarf a day, and as the clock was approaching midnight the other day I decided I needed a quick knit. So I grabbed the first yarn I could find (I have no idea what it is, there was no label...my stash is the bane of my existence) and knit row after row of garter until it was long enough. Tah-dah. Of course, even though I rushed through that one it turns out I missed a day, and now I'm a day behind..it's the beginning of day four with no day three scarf. Clearly I take this way too seriously, but I'm an overachiever at times.
And finally some baby booties:
My mother came to me two days before a baby shower for a co-workers daughter, a skein of white baby yarn with a bit of sparkle in it, she wanted two pairs of booties. No problem, I stayed up all night and made the two pairs, I had no idea two pairs of booties would take 6 hours. Then I was told the night before that she wanted a pair of pink as well because the baby is pink and there was too much white (she had also crocheted a white baby blanket) so the night before, I spent a couple more hours on a pair of pink ones (photo above) Then she said she wanted yellow a few hours before the shower. I managed to talk her into just taking the white and pink ones and sent her on her way. But as I was knitting the booties I had the bestest idea ever for a blanket, and after about 5 hours of trying to plan it all out, I started and frogged it in a matter of 20 minutes. It needs a lot more planning.