Sunday, January 11, 2009

Christmas Craziness

I have been knitting until the carpal tunnel kicks in--then knitting some more! It is truly a case of so many patterns, so little time. My sister-in-law, who shall remain nameless, wanted a scarf that was sufficient to cover her rather ample chest, so I cast on 97 stitches with Heilo and worked up five skeins in moss stitch. When presented with the result (which, granted, did resemble a blanket) on Christmas morning, she raised her eyebrows and said, "Oh!"--then rapidly put it back in its wrapper. It was obvious that coverage needed definition and that I had not done what she had envisioned when she had demonstrated,"This wide . . . " at Thanksgiving. So. . . I have been ripping (or frogging) as I reknit. I did take a needed break to knit up the Hidden Passion socks from Interweave's 25 Favorites book; they were fun in Panopticon (Lorna's Lace) and Baby Ull (pea green) (Wild Purl had Franklin Habit by for a workshop, and several ladies were going to knit the Ziggy socks with Panopticon and another Lorna's Lace; when I went in the store, I didn't see any evidence of their having completed their socks, but I at least have a pair that matches anything pea green in my wardrobe . . . hum? Which would be?) I am also working on my first Baby Surprise sweater: definitely fun, but my friend Jan clears her throat and reminds me about the sweater pattern I borrowed . . . a while ago. Therefore--scarf first, sweater next: my New Year's resolution!