*Anyone watch the lunar eclipse last night? Here's the obstructed view of the beginning of it, from my yard:
Clearly, I need:
- a longer lens
- a tripod
- a tree-free viewing location.
I've developed some kind of dry, hacking cough, (which turns to a lovely whistling-wheeze when I'm lying in bed), so I've stayed in all weekend and have been playing with my knitting, to keep myself entertained. And I've been having a marvelous time.
If you recall, last weekend I purchased some sweet, one-of-a-kind Ellyn Cooper's yarn:
After knitting and ripping out
Here's an extreme close-up of how it looks knitted up:
I am knitting what I'm calling a "cheater's moebius", in that it's just a garter-stitch rectangle which I'll later twist and graft the ends together for a seamless join. How will I accomplish this, you ask?
Well, first of all, I used a provisional, crochet cast-on, so that my first row of stitches can be held live for the future grafting process:
As fun as this little project has been, it's not the only knitting entertainment I've had this weekend.
But first, a little introductory tale, if you'll bear with me.
If you're a regular reader of WendyKnits, then you're aware of her current yarn diet, and some of her readers are following her lead. If you read her list of guidelines, you'll notice that one of her exemptions to the yarn diet is that sock yarn doesn't count, which makes perfect sense for Wendy, since she easily knits a pair a week.
Now, I, too, like just about every other knitter I know, have more yarn than I know what to do with currently. But, I'm not on any kind of yarn diet, because I don't like rules and limitations messin' with my knitting mojo. I do already have a sort of built-in, internal check-and-balance system in my head for yarn purchases. If I cannot realistically foresee a project that I'll knit this year with the yarn, I usually won't buy it, UNLESS it is at a ridiculously low price, OR it's a one-of-a-kind, hard-to-find yarn (see Ellyn Cooper's, above), or, I've just fallen in love with it because of the color or fiber, or whatever. This system seems to work for me, for the most part, but where I've fallen down is with sock yarn.
Until I reorganized my stash back in January, I didn't realize how much sock yarn I'd actually accumulated. I currently have a big shopping bag overflowing with sock yarn, which is all well and good if you're as prolific as Wendy, but makes no sense if you're like me and aren't knitting socks, currently. I do plan on knitting socks again someday soon, perhaps once summer heat is in full swing. But for now, my one and only yarn diet rule is that I won't buy any more sock yarn until I start knitting socks again.
And I tell you all of that to lead up to what I'm about to show you, which is that I bought more sock yarn.
I'm nothing, if not fickle.
Here's what I bought:
Now, in my defense, I bought that yarn for an immediate project, so it is in use, even as I type this.
And what, pray tell, is it being used for, you ask?
It's the Chevron Scarf, from Last Minute Knitted Gifts, except that instead of Koigu, I'm using Socks That Rock.
And how did this come about, you're wondering? (My, aren't you a curious one...!)
Well, I blame the internets for this latest
I've not gotten very far, but, so far it's pretty:
It's a very simple, four-row repeat, easily memorizeable, which is good, because I've been needing a mindless knitting project to take with me to places (TNK, family gatherings, etc.) where there are too many distractions to be able to concentrate on anything slightly complicated.
I will try not to bore you, dear reader, with daily or even weekly progress reports on it, because it's going to take me a long time to finish. It's sock yarn, after all, even if I am using the heavyweight and size 6 needles. That's still a far cry from size 17 needles (see cheater's moebius, above).
One final, random thought, before I end this post:
Is there something wrong with me, if I love this tv commercial, not for the cute mini-pooch, but for the purse he's sitting in?