Monday, March 06, 2006

Knitting Weekend - Still No Photos :-(

I did accomplish some knitting this weekend. I tore the Kepler front apart after realizing the waist band was too long. This brought on an entirely new challenge about what to do with the front piece. Because the stitches for the front were picked up and knit ON to the band, when I disconnected it, I had a raw edge that obviously could not be "knit" back on. I'm sure there is some technique I could have used to re-connect those stitches to the band but that procedure is way beyond my skill set so I decided to put the loose stitches back on the needles, knit a few more rows for length and then actually sew it onto the band. It turned out better than I anticipated. It doesn't look much different than the back where the stitches were picked up and knit onto the band. So I will block the front and remaining unblocked sleeve tonight and hopefully have this sweater finished by the end of the week.

I also finished a pair of infant socks for Colin. I used some left over blue self-striping Opal yarn from a skein I used a long time ago for socks for myself. It felt good to use up some leftovers. That makes three pairs of infant socks made in the last month from leftover sock yarn. I knit two pairs for Giorgio on the way to and from New York City last weekend.

Last but not least I started the second sock from the colorful Trekking yarn I bought a few weeks ago. These socks aren't really speaking to me so I think I'll put them in the box to be gifted at Christmas time. They really aren't me. Charlotte (who I work with) has hinted around about how much she loves the socks I made her last year and I think she could use a new pair. But these socks are not her either. I'm thinking maybe that Opal Petticoat I bought might be just the thing for her.

I have not abandoned the intarsia baby sweater. I will begin work on the front very soon. It's just SUCH A PAIN IN THE BUTT. I'll pick that back up sometime before the end of this week.

I have been considering taking a knitting break to get some household redecorating done. It is looking like my daughter and son-in-law may have to move in with us temporarily if their house doesn't sell soon. I will have to move my son into the spare room if that happens. It needs some major work - paint, wallpaper, carpeting, etc. I cannot devote the time I do to knitting and accomplish that at the same time. And that room is just the tip of the iceberg. I think I may finish up some knitting projects, hide the needles and yarn from myself, and devote the Spring and Summer to the house. It will make me sad but I have to prioritize!