There is just nothing good about Mondays. I can’t think of one single good thing. Mondays would be bearable if I could knit at work on my downtime but I can’t. I would get my work done so much faster if there was the promise of totally guilt free knitting time!
Speaking of… I’ve finished my urchin hat twice, and its been a total failure both times. The first time I was making the medium size and more than halfway through I realized that finished it would probably be the size of a kippah. So I frogged and cast on the large size. I was done with the panels and realized it would probably be too small so to compensate I added one extra panel. It turns out the band was too loose, but the hat was still too shallow for my head. Grumble
So I frogged again. Mind you, the yarn is a bitch to unravel. The small amount of mohair makes it a huge pain. But its back to cake form and dammit I will get an urchin out of this yarn. Luckily its a simple and quick pattern, and I have a game plan. I will cast on 28 stitches instead of 24, and I will have an extra 2 short rows to add some more depth, but I will keep the same amount of panels since that seemed to fit ok. That is the new plan, once I quit cursing at the damn yarn and gather enough courage to cast on again.
In the meantime my safire is coming along. It was pretty obvious that I was going to be short on yarn so my updated plan was to add a section of gray and a section of black. I finished the gray and started on one sleeve (the ribbing was getting tedious so I wanted to give it a break). Norwegian purl is working great to make my ribbing nice and tidy. Here is the last picture I took, the gray part is about twice as wide as it appears here:
And lastly, since the urchin was going bad and the safire was too large to haul around in my bag, I started hedera socks to have a traveling project for my train ride to work and for when we go hang out at the bar. I have the opposite problem than most knitters I know, I hate having too many projects going at once. I like to concentrate on one at a time and finish but that’s not always possible, specially if your main project is too big to take on the go. Maybe this way I can avoid pattern burn-out, since in the end I’m ready to be done with whatever project I am currently working on.
That’s it for my current projects. In other events, my puppy got attacked by an akita last week, it was horrifying! I though the dog was going to rip my dog in half. I don’t think I’ve ever felt so much fear and helplessness than in the 10 seconds that my dog spent pinned under the other dog, screaming her paws off. Luckily the other dog (who was a 10 month old puppy of about 100lb) wasn’t trying to kill Imo, I think he was being territorial and giving her a warning. But still, she ended up with 3 puncture wounds on her cheek/neck area. The other dog’s owner was a prick but he ended up paying for Imo’s vet bill after all (after a lot of stress and yanking me around). She’s fine now, the bites were not very deep and after some cleaning and antibiotics she was sent home with a clean bill of health.
Not sure what is up with this heat wave all the sudden. I don’t like it!