Back again from Thanksgiving, and finally getting back into my routine. I always have a hard time getting into a routine after vacation, especially when I come back at the beginning of the week. This time I came back on Monday — no way! was I traveling on the Sunday after Thanksgiving — and then I had an unusual week with two telework days. So here it is Sunday before I feel fully back into routine. And this week looks to be off kilter as well, with snow probably coming tomorrow, waking up this morning with a migraine, and several nights with things to do. But in the meantime…
One fun thing I did over the holiday was re-teach my 8-yr.-old nephew to knit; he actually finished a little scarf. Now he did have me there to correct his mistakes, but he’s the one who kept doing for most of Sunday afternoon (rainy and chilly) and actually produced a 10-stitch wide scarf of approximately two feet.
I also taught my sister how to knit. I had made her a felted hat and matching scarf by knitting. I think she must have been thinking about it for a while, but really I think she was seduced by the fascination of knitting. Interestingly, since she already crochets, she picked up the Continental hold without me even showing her, although I did mention it as something I wanted to show her, because I thought she might prefer it. But I didn’t even have to show her a picture of the hold, she said she did because it just felt natural — who am I to argue? I may have to get her to show me how it can be comfortable, because so far it just hasn’t worked for me, and I’d like to be able to do it for Fair Isle knitting, one color in each hand.
Right now, I’m benefiting from one of my Xmas gifts. This year my brother and his wife got me the wireless keyboard I’ve been wanting for quite a while. It is much more comfortable to type with the keyboard close and comfortable, at the right height, and without me having to lean toward the desk. Now the only two things that I need for my computer are the DVD-RW drive to replace my broken one and a flatscreen monitor. (Of course, the list of “needs” is really endless, but I try to be controlled about it.)
Anyway, to get to the projects I am introducing.
5 — knitted dishcloth
6 — sweatshirt cardigan
7 — hooded towel
8 — charity Christmas stockings
9 — purple/brown cardigan with handspun
You know, each one of these actually has a background to explain, so let me just do #5. I did a simple dishcloth using the Sugar & Cream yarn that is 100% cotton and meant for this purpose. I used the stitch pattern called Chinese waves from a site I found just by wandering on the Internet. It looks very nice — the site I mean — and I really like the pattern.
I liked it so much that I’ll probably get more of it and start using it as my easy carry along pattern that I can easily give as gifts. Interestingly, at the two nearest yarn stores, I haven’t seen this yarn. I only found it at A.C. Moore. I wonder why that is?
Anyway, I’m going to go and pay attention to the tv right now. The interesting “biography” of Leonardo da Vinci is on right now, and even though I’m recording it — it continues past my bedtime, I am still interested enough to watch as much as I can. In fact, having halfway watched the show before it, talking about the story of the Da Vinci Code, I may actually have to get around to reading it, as well as the book from which it supposedly took many of its basic idea, Holy Blood, Holy Grail by Richard Leigh. The ideas are fairly wild, and pretty definitely wrong, according to the show, but at least the Code should make a good read.
See you tomorrow.