and it goes quite nicely with my hardhat
In the shadow of Montserrat I am ready to begin the decreasing rows on my Clapotis.
To every crew member on board, both science and ship: "No I am not making you anything and yes, it is too warm to wear here on the ship."
Has no one any idea of forethought? Can I be making something to be used in the future? And do you really think I have the time/resources to knit 50 beanies in 5 days? NO.
But it should be done for Christmas :)
Merry Christmas to me!
So I spent the weekend traveling to Antigua where I am going to meet up with the Vagabond Bettie tomorrow. I spent a lot of time in airports and when I wasn't sleeping on the plane I was a knitting fool. I packed three hats this trip including the Beloved Alpaca (I gave it a name!), the replacement I started when I thought I lost the Beloved Alpaca (the Green Nautical for me) and the Slip-Stitch Camou Cap (which if my sister #1 wants it, it's hers). The Beloved Alpaca needs some thinking so it didn't get much work done on it.
The name of the Beloved Alpaca finally came to me. It is precious. I didn't realize how important my projects were to me until I thought I lost that baby. Plus the first stitches my roommate ever made, which isn't always so special. Usually it is on a beginners scarf or discloth both of which quickly fall out of use because they are so beginner, but his first stitches were going straight into a unique and super-wearable/awesome hat! I don't know, I panicked when I thought it was gone and I can't get over how upset I was and now I'm going on about it. Point is that hat is BELOVED.
Anyway, waiting for planes, I was very excited to do some fair-isle so the Green Nautical got a lot of work done on it. It is made with some Cascade 220 in dark green and another of white that I got/started when I thought I lost the Beloved Alpaca hat. I am putting anchors on it using the color-work pattern from the vest in Son of Stitch'n Bitch by Debbie Stoller and I actually completed it. I will be stylin' and profilin' on the ship.
Now the Slip-Stitch Camou Cap was in improvisation. I was hoping the slipped stitch pattern would help show off the camou pattern. I don't know that it does, however I do enjoy the look of the hat, little ruffly.
I would just like you all to note that yes, I was wearing an orange sweatshirt, carrying a pink/red and white striped purse and knitting a green hat. I was the fashion queen of the terminal.I also packed the Clapotis this trip but haven't worked on it yet. I was afraid that the 10" bamboo needles would get confiscated at security and I wasn't willing to risk it. It is however waiting patiently for a trip to the beach.
Now you may all be wondering why I am spending my first night in Antigua blogging about hats. Well I had to get internet for a few messages I had to send upon my arrival and the way my hotel works is you buy a code for 14.95 that expires after 24 hours. A hell of a rip off but I had to get it so, I am gonna use it dammit. Besides, I didn't get much sleep last night and resting on the patio of my room with a view of the Lagoon sounded much better. Sorry no pics of the Lagoon. Those will follow.
I told you I am making a hat for my sister. It is a labor of love. I just happened to have the perfect yarn, Blue Sky Alpaca's Suri Merino. I found this yarn in a half off bin at my LYS and so got 3 skeins for $9. It is in a color that must be discontinued because I do not see it on their website, but it was the perfect emerald green. Soft and Warm, I was making up the pattern as I went along.
Because it was the only stockinette project I had with me last Sunday, when I ran into my roommate and he joined a knitting group with me at the Whistle Stop Bar, it was the project that my roomie did some learning on (beautiful job by the way, nice even stitches). Even though it was only one row, it was the only knitting in the world that my roommate had done and it was on a very special hat.
I put a cable around the edge and decided I didn't like it, it made the hat too long, so I ripped it out. On Wednesday, on my way home from work, I remembered, moving it in my backpack to make room for my empty lunch tupperware. Once on the bus, I had to take it out and place it next to me while I shuffled some more things. This I had completely forgotten. When I got home, I thought I must have left my knitting at work.
I got to work the next day sick. I could have not come in at all but I really wanted to get the hat back. It wasn't here and my heart jumped out of my throat, onto the floor and stopped beating. I was devastated. I look in my backpack again, but it wasn't there. It was then I remembered placing it on the seat next to me on the bus the day before and I knew it was gone forever.
Have you ever worked on a special project, something you knew had a long life of cherishing before it and lost it? Mostly completed, still on the needles, discontinued yarn, completely priceless and gone?
I was already sick and this did not make me feel better. I got on the next bus home, and stopped at the closest yarn store, where I bought the yarn originally hoping and praying there were more balls overlooked in the 1/2 off bin, but their weren't. I didn't know if I had the heart to recreate it anyway. I could not find an alpaca substitute in a suitable green and ended up getting some Cascade 220 in colorway 2446 and 8010 and decided to make a colorwork hat in an as yet undecided pattern. However, it wasn't as soft.
After I got home and took a nap and started to feel better, I got to knitting like crazy in between all my chores. Even though, I now had a plan and I was sure she would be happy with this new one, my heart just didn't belong with the project. It was a substitute and it knew it would never be what I wanted.
This morning at some ungodly hour I had to wake up to call the United Kingdom and when I went into my backpack...
on the very bottom...
the lost alpaca hat.
I don't know if I can convey how desparate I was when it was lost or how great I felt when it was found. It was as if a dear beloved dog had passed away. I felt like crying. I didn't, but I wanted to.
Have you ever lost a project like that? needles and all? did you freak out like I did?
The cascade hat has found new life. I am now going to make it for me and put white anchors on it. Now that it has a purpose of it's own, I love it.
I'm going to take the cable off the earflap hat. It makes it too long. And it is very possible I am running out of yarn. Maybe an i-cord edging instead.
Also, some of you may be excited to hear (or not, whatever) that the Olive Striped Cardigan for myself has made a comeback. I brought it to the Infinite Knitters group, and they told me all the right things, "looks great" "fits great" "good job" convincing me to pick it back up again. I am changing it to 3/4 sleeves and starting the ribbing for the bottom of the sleeves. Then I have to figure out how to block it (waist shaping, bust shaping, all one piece) and I'll do the button band.
Other items on the needles include an earflap hat for sister #3 (not a christmas present, just cuz she asked is all). I am working it top down and it is mostly stockinette. In order to spice it up, I am working on a cable border, then I'll add the earflaps.
I took it with me to the Whistle Stop Bar on Sunday with Jo. We ran into my roommate and he joined us for some beer and as it turns out, to learn to knit! He knit an entire stockinette row in sister's hat, size 3 dpns in the round. You can't even tell that another person started working on it either. The stitches were just as even as my own, not loose or anything. Way to go roomie! (phone pics, better ones after it's finished)
I was up to 56 Ravelry groups and decided that was nuts!
I decided I did not need to join a group for every TV show, movie watched, video game played, website visited or podcast listened too. Just because I like the sound of Brenda Dayne's voice, doesn't mean I want to talk about her more than once or twice. And yeah, I enjoy visiting the Teen Girl Squad on occasion, but I also don't like talking about it much. And you all probably know I watch WAAAY too much television and do I really want to advertise all the shows I watch? how many things can you have to say about a cancelled series like gilmore girls.
So I weened. I still have 43 groups and I'm sure that will continue to come down, but it's a start.