Saturday, January 24, 2009

Slow, slow progress

Well, my knitting is in chaos right now. I've got WIPs out the wazoo and in disarray. By disarray I mean

And of course, there are a few things I am itching to cast on.

The project that I've been working on the last few days is the Hourglass socks that I've been plinking at for ages. I am on the toe decreases on the first sock, though, and that ups the excitement.

I might actually finish something soon! So what if it's just a single sock. Usually I'd rather knit my socks two-at-a-time, but knitting one-at-a-time at least there is a celebratable halfway point.

Once I finish this sock I will allow myself to cast on for a sweater, Mary Jane from Twist Collective (Rav). I've got a vest on the needles right now (I'll show that another day), but I have never knit a sweater before. I'm going to use Colourmart Merino DK, and I've already swatched:

I usually don't wear a lot of grey, but I think it will work well with the pattern. I'm not sure if the yarn is oiled or not (other Colourmart yarn is), but I washed the swatch in hot soapy water and it softened up considerably. Also, it didn't felt so I'm guessing it's oiled.

The light in my apartment is a little weird right now so I couldn't get good pics of my other WIPs, but let me introduce you to some of my cohabitants. This is Big Boy, a swiss cheese plant/ split leaf philodendron/ monstera that I have been keeping alive for about 6 or 7 years:

Maybe it's weird to name one's plants but Big Boy and I have been through a lot together. My other plants don't get names.
Like this little mini rose, a new addition to the household:

One of my plants died while I was gone so I got this cheery bush to replace it. I never have luck with rose bushes of any kind, so we'll see how long it lasts. If we make it to Valentine's day I'll be happy.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

It's 2009? Seriously?

This blog has been quite lame lately.

I have decided to change that.

I have plenty to blog about, so why not just do it?

This post is pic-less, because it's dark out and if I wait to post it will be another eon before I decide to get my a$$ into gear.

So, what have I been up to lately? A lot of traveling. I spent a whole month away from my apartment. Which sounds like great time for knitting, but I actually had very little time to knit (I spent an ungodly number of hours on airplanes, but I can't seem to get much knitting done while flying.) I got back last week, but my bf was in town and he just left this morning. He lives on another continent and I won't see him again until April, so I wasn't spending a whole lot of time knitting then either. I did, however, go out to eat waayyy too many times, since bf wanted to eat at all his favorite restaurants during the ten days he was here.

Anyway, all this time away from knitting has made me realize how much benefit I get from clacking those needles. As a recovering nail-biter, keeping my hands busy prevents me from gnawing my fingertips off. I thought I had beaten this nasty habit, but a few weeks without knitting and my nails are G-O-N-E. That alone is enough to make me cast on for something immediately (as if I don't have too many WIPs already!).

So, now that I am going to have some sense of normalcy for a while, it's time to get back on the wagon and assess my current situation, which means prioritizing my WIPs, many of which were supposed to be Christmas gifts. (Let's not talk about that.)

Next time I will show a few of them. Right now, I am off to my first salsa dancing class. Ciao!