Friday, September 23, 2011

Life and Knitting Update

No knitting pictures, sorry.

I’ve made great progress on the KAL sweater.  The body is done, except for buttons.  Now I just have to finish the two sleeves, which will be 3/4.  I should start on them this afternoon.  I think the sweater is going to fit okay.  I know people always say that you can try on a top down raglan thanks to the flexibility of the needle cables, but with the tendency of stockinette to roll and the absence of blocking, I am never just quite sure.  So if this winter you see me in an ill-fitting blue cardigan, please notice that the bottom bind off  is absolute perfection.  (This last sentence is directed only at knitters—if you have to ask what a bind off is, never mind.) 

I procrastinated this morning looking up some ideas on-line for a gift project for someone who needs one right now.  I also need to make it RIGHT NOW.  I looked and looked and then went back to an old standby pattern.  Jo-Ann’s had an on-line sale for the yarn, so I should be ready to go when it comes in.  I can alternate between it (fairly mindless) and my DH’s promised felted clog slippers (ditto) for some quick knitting.  The larger project will require some frequent color changes, so that will help break up any monotony.

I also just reorganized my spices, using an organizer I bought on Amazon.  I should say, part of my spices, because I am ashamed to say I still have some infrequently used ones in the rectangular tins with the sliding lids.  I know they are so old that I should toss most of them, but I don’t.  I also have a few, like garlic powder and cumin—available here in the Mexican spices as comino—in large containers, so they will go on another shelf.  This won’t be quite as handy as grabbing them from the lazy susan that I was using, but that could only be said for the ones on the outside of the lazy susan.  I was forever buying something I already had because I couldn’t find it.  I will see how I like using this system before I buy more.  It also enables me to make use of a narrow cabinet and frees up the larger space I had been using for something else.

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Joe Btfsplk, from L’il Abner

For those of you out there who are my local friends, I know I have been posting more infrequently.  We are all ok.  I have just not been in the mood to make observations that were not hopelessly cynical or even to talk to people very much; our family has been going through our own version of annus horribilis, and the less said about it the better.  Trying to fight my mood and the heat was more than I wanted to do.  Now that fall is arriving, I will be emerging from my shell or cave or whatever.  I can’t hibernate in the winter because I must wear knitwear!

1 comment:

Deb said...

I will keep you in my prayers ---