Did I completely miss them? Oy. This is gonna be a long two days for the weekend. We are off to camping (real camping, with a tent.) this weekend starting Friday night. Yes, we know about the thunderstorm warnings, but we figure, what the heck...we'll risk it. And usually, it rains when we camp, so what else is new?
So, have I been knitting? Kinda. I am knitting a NEW project (I know- startitis here I come), but this one has a DEADLINE! It needs to be done before next Friday, but it's ok. It's a pretty simple knit. I am making Grumperina's T-shirt! So far, so good. Started last night around, oh umm..10 p.m.? And I am 3 "sets" of increases away from finishing the raglan part (yes, I tend to knit slowly). This morning I had 2 hours of uninterrupted knitting time at a local Starbucks. Why? Well, no, I still have a job and a life, but this particular morning, PC needed to be at work for 5 a.m. Yup, you read that right- FIVE O'CLOCK IN THE MORNING. In Boston. MBTA train service in our area begins around 5:20 a.m. so the bus-orange-green combo that usually services him well wouldn't be an option today! What's he doing that early? Well, today is Harvard's graduation (NOTE: to all Boston people: STAY AWAY FROM HARVARD SQUARE TODAY) and the company PC works for is one of the vendors. And it's his job to stay there all day and make sure all his stuff is where it needs to be at the right time, yada yada yada. Unfortunately, Harvard rules state that on graduation day, all vendors need to be in the "yard" before 6:30 or 6:45 a.m. Then the whole dang place is "secret card access and snooty things like that" only. So, PC should have a card that will let him go eat, get coffee for him and the "guys" and other things. PC is a tired man today- worked 'til 8 last night and then up at 3:30 this morning. And tonight, he needs to pack the truck with me so that we can leave straight from work. Yup, he'll be completely dead once we get the tent up.
So, me being the "one with the car", I had the opportunity to drag my sleepy butt up at 3:30 this morning and drive him to work. Since I was up and well, there was no way I could get back to the house, sleep, take a 2nd shower and get to work off the 128 belt. So, I went to Starbucks and knit. Here's what I did:
The color is pretty true in this photo. But notice that sheen? Yup, it's the one, the only: Classic Elite Provence. I had ordered 5 hanks from WEBS, but only 3 "survived" the ball winder fiasco one night. I still have the other 2... and I want to make a purse with them, but it's a task of unwinding and untangling and well, right now: I DON'T WANNA.
My knitting is currently being hauled around in a mini knitting bag:
this is inside:
see my sheep? hee hee. I made inside pockets for this to hold the sheep, a gauge tool, stitch markers, and patterns. :) I am making this t-shirt using INOX needles and I have to say: I am in love. For the price, they are "as good" as Addi turbos. At half the price. The gauge is 4.75 per inch, but I am a little smaller...probably 5.25 but that's ok: the person for this sweater is not a 36 inch bust but all other measurements will be proportional. I did the maths...it will be ok. :) I like working with a size 6 needle. The stitch definition with this yarn is good, but it's easy to see when your tension is off. Grumperina: the pattern is superb! She adds really great little comments in the pattern to help you out.
I will be modifying this to make myself one, with long sleeves. I will be using the BRIGHT LIME green that I got a few weeks ago. I think it'll be cute with a skirt or jeans and very appropriate for work and stuff. One the one I have on the needles now, I would like to add single crochet around the neck and sleeves and bottom. Perhaps it'll lie flatter. I did a standard knit cast-on, after trying several cable cast-ons. I would like to learn the crochet cast-on or the provisional cast-on...anyone have good directions? Also, my first SP5 present is going out tomorrow or Monday (depends on how much sleep I need tonight)---- YAY!
well, now that I am at work, I should probably work. Go check out Norma today... her dog's "letter to the public" is hysterical!
Happy Knitting Thursday!