Saturday, October 21, 2006


The fuzzy blue mohair with white speckles I'm using for my friend's wrap sweater is coming up short, AGAIN! It's vintage and I don't know the yardage. I just guess. With disastrous results, twice. Boo. I picked out a different pattern and have cast on for it - I'm praying that I have enough yarn for THIS one. Also that I can still finish it for the holiday. Sucks.

Friday, October 20, 2006

A Bright Day for Knitting

I'm out of my knitting funk! I took another look at Mom's almost-done socks, which I had decided to rip back because they had "so many" dropped stitches, and could only find two. TWO. One of which I fixed right then. I must have been in a really bad mood (and being somewhat of a drama queen) when I made that decision. So happily, I can just keep knitting since they're almost done and since I have at least 2 and a half more pairs to knit before mid-December.

I'm also reconsidering the Magic Loop vs. dpns verdict - picking up the Magic Loop socks and knitting on addis again after bamboo dpns? Really, really nice. I love the feel of the metal needles and how smoothly the yarn moves over them. And it sure is nice to have both socks done at once...

It's looking like I may just finish that wrap sweater in plenty of time for Eid - although nobody seems sure exactly when Eid's going to be. Sunday? Monday? Something like that. The kiddies at school love to ooh and ahh over how fast I knit it - they're used to typical progress on size 1's with fingering weight yarn, so the sudden switch to 10.5s and two strands of yarn makes a big impact.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

I've been not busy per se as much as overwhelmed - although fasting has gotten much easier for the past 10 days or so, it's still hard to keep up with my normal daily routine.

My Knitpicks order arrived, so I've made a little progress on my circular shrug. Mom's socks have been set aside for now, unfinished and needing to be ripped back. I cast on for Dad's on dpns and am midway up the foot - I have to admit, I like dpns better. I think I'd rather work the two separately but simultaneously on two sets of dpns than do Magic Loop, which is sad because Magic Loop is really pretty neat. Oh well...

My current goal on the wrap sweater is to finish the one I spontaneously decided to knit for a friend before the 23rd or 24th, since that'll be Eid (Ramazan bayram) and I want to gift it then. The back of mine is knit but set aside until hers is finished.

In other news... I finally got my long-awaited last year's birthday present! Sweetie promised me a diamond ring one very romantic night in Manhattan last year - and then I waited... and waited... and waited. And then I finally asked where it was. And then I waited some more. And then I realized it was a week before my NEXT birthday, and I still hadn't gotten it, and I laid my foot down. He wanted to get it from Turkey, and we couldn't go this year... so I had to point out which guys we know bought their wives or fiancees nice jewelry HERE, and if they could do it, he could do it... so one week after THIS year's birthday, I finally have a diamond ring. And it's so pretty and shiny and makes my hand look elegant and feminine, and I'm very happy.

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Minor Update

Still haven't finished mom's socks, but I'm almost there. I should get cracking, it's Socktoberfest plus I'm really, really behind my own sock/holiday schedule.

Finished the back of the wrap sweater - I've decided to make one for a friend at the same time, piece by piece (hers should go fast, she's tiny) so it's time to cast on for the back of *her* sweater. I might give hers sleeves if I have enough yarn...but there's time for that later.

Had to order dpns from Knitpicks to finish my circular shrug, so I'll have to wait for those to get here.