This is mostly a knitting blog. Sometimes pictures of things I've made, sometimes not. I'm a guy who knits, I usually attend a men's stitch 'n' bitch on Monday nights, and I prefer natural fibres to artificial ones. I have a love-hate relationship with bamboo yarns: I love what they can do and how they look, I hate how they are made. I've been knitting since about 2003, though I really didn't get into it until 2005, while convelescing with a broken leg. I must have discovered something good, 'cause I'm still knitting years later.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Still Knitting!

Hello Blo-og my old friend
I've come to write in you again!

I have been knitting most doggedly, but have not much to show for it. A friend had asked me to make a hat for a charity auction, which I did. I made it out of Cascade 220, a wedgewood blue and a light foggy grey, striped. I never took a picture of it, but I know the person who got it was really happy to have won it at the auction. He came up and told me so, and I told him it was a hand wash only.

I've been working on the Paul Shawl, and even though I just finished the first ball of the spruce yarn, it doesn't look like it's gotten any bigger. But when I'm done posting, I shall go to the swift and winder and prepare the next two skeins, one in spruce and one in grey, since I'll probably run out of the second colour before too very long. Even though it is so beastly hot out (in the 90s, and the heat index makes it feel like anything between 101 and 106), I'm working on the heaviest project.

I haven't really touched the pink and black Death of the Moon, but it is there, and I am aware of it. I have lots of other projects going on that are quietly being ignored in the background. I have only one more row of purls to go, I think, and then it will be all garter for til I bind off. Need to get my arse in gear and get that done.

One of the things I'm trying to learn how to do is read while I'm knitting. So I work on the Paul Shawl and look at various blogs while I knit away. The shawl is mostly mindless knitting, and I have very little thinking to do except when I'm on the seed stitch sections, so I'm pretty much on auto pilot.

I haven't bought any new yarn since the fibre festival back in June. Alas. On the other hand, I have a metric shite tonne of yarn I need to use before I die, so there's that.