(ps the story of my absence will come tomorrow…I’ve been on the computer non-stop all day and don’t want to sit here much longer).
My Linden is so close to being done- I’ve only got about a 1/2 inch to go on the lower border, and then I’ll probably end up lengthening the sleeves. The problem, totally my fault, is that I modified the sweater kinda…knitting a smaller size than my bust to have a narrower lower edge…and while I lengthened the sleeves to the length in my actual size, I forgot to take into account their width. So my sleeves fit, but actually fit at 3/4 length sleeves instead of having open, slightly oversized 3/4 length sleeves. I had asked around for opinions on if I should lengthen the sleeves to full length and the general consensus was that the baggier sleeves at full length would probably get annoying, but at 3/4 were perfect. So I did 3/4…and forgot to account for them to be oversized…so they’re not. They are just normal, 3/4 length sleeves that don’t seem to make sense with the jacket. Again- NOT a design issue, TOTALLY me. I should have cast on for the sleeves in my actual size and then finagled to make them come out to the same by the sleeve cap. I can block them a bit wider, but they will look better at full length I think.
This is how much yarn I have left. Well, I have more yarn, but it’s in single skeins, and this is knit with the yarn held doubled, actually spun into a doubled skein by Maaike. I’ll wind 2 balls into cakes later this week, and sometime soon Maaike should be able to spin and set one more b.a.b. (big a$$ ball) for me.
This means that in the meantime I can’t finish Linden.
I deliberately didn’t seek out any chances to publish any designs over the next few months, because I’m going to be off work for a bit after my surgery, and while it would give me ample knitting time, I’m going to take advantage and for the first time…ever?…am going to only knit for me during that time. And for my kids. Maybe finish the spidey blanket. Maybe work on the sock yarn blankies. Maybe knit myself a sweater. Ahh the possibilities!
And speaking of possibilities: my plans for tonight.
I plan to swatch.
I’m at least halfway done a 5″ swatch of plain stockinette in laceweight, so I want to finish that and free up my little “purse knitting” bag to tuck in a new pair of socks (March/April needs a pair). I think I can get the rest of it done tonight, and then I plan to swatch up some fun ribbon yarn.
It’s not purple like it appears, the yarn is actually varying shades of blue, from a silverish hue through medium down to indigo/navy. My mom had knit it up into a long, wide garter scarf which was lovely- if it were a shawl. As a scarf it was huge and heavy and I showed her how to use her ball winder and meter counter this weekend and we ripped it back into cakes. (FYI- ribbon yarn and meter counters don’t play nice together. I ran through 4 other random yarns with no problem, but every time I tried to put the ribbon through it would stop counting).
Anyways, I had admired the yarn and Mom gave it to me. I want to make it into some kind of summer top, either an open-knit loose tee to wear over a tank, or a no-closure cardigan with short sleeves. I only have these 4 balls, and there is only about 250 yards total, with no ball band so I can’t try to find more. So I know whatever it is, it will have to be open-knit, on larger needles, to give me more area while using up less yarn.
For fun, here are my current nails, done last night. That was all I did. I did my nails then went into bed and played video games. (And you wonder why I don’t blog more LOL). Anyways, it looked better in my head.
There’s this style…the reverse French…you do one color then another one just inside leaving a border. And I loved the combo of the hot pink and the nude…but now that I have it on all I can think of is zombies. It looks like my cuticles are bleeding. And yet…it’s one of the smoothest, most even polishes I’ve ever applied, so I can’t bear to take it off yet! (It looks worse in the photo)