Wednesday, April 04, 2007

it's not my fault ! really !

a kind friend gently reminded me today that i hadn't updated my blog. i'm use to those reminders from my mom (mom is not as gentle and says, "i'm tired of looking at those same old pictures !"), but i think jackie certainly qualifies as family too (though she lacks my mom's social skills).
what's my excuse? well, as i explained to jackie ... nothing is working out !




i think stuart is mad at me for leaving him at work one night last week (and how i freaked out and drove back to work after 10pm in my pj's is another post) ....

i'm beginning to wonder if he's the culprit behind my bad knitting mojo?! karma baby, it will bite you in the ass every time! and look at those teeth!


where does this journey begin? perhaps with an ill-sized jaywalker. i thought i would turn around and try it again ... and perhaps i will, as it's april now, and we're into the colors of this beautiful yarntini in the second phase of project spectrum. well, i will give it another go, and perhaps sooner than i think ... and try it again in either a different size or with different sized needles! this yarn is just too beautiful to stuff back into a bag.



and then, i was all excited about knitting with my green with envy lorna's laces, using f.pea's wildflowers socks pattern. and it's a lovely pattern! and i love the yarn! and in pattern, it's the wrong size ! disclaimer, i was on gauge in stockinette ... and though this pattern is stockinette based, the p3tog's make things kinda suck in a bit, and it loses stretch) rats! what to do here? i'm not so sure ... i might add a repeat of the pattern. i might add a repeat and go down to zero's. i might jump ship !




apparently, stuart was still in a snit about being left behind overnight, so he meddled in my latest attempt at something mindless ... a basic sock. the little voice in the back of my head said, "you really should be using 1's". and i said, "hush! i just wanna knit and watch TV". and so, i present, a sock that never had a chance ....






and, we save the best for last .... stuart has jinxed my dreams of wearing a tank top this summer! i have cast on about 3 or 4 times. i have knitted gigantic swatches. i have ripped and reknitted. over. and. over. again. this, someday, i hope, will be the beautiful bonita from rowan magazine 41. what's my problem here? oh, ... you know ... gauge. i swatched in stockinette, and got gauge with a needle smaller than the pattern recommended. so, i began knitting. but, apparently, when i use turbos, my lace is very loosey-goosey. so, i'm now knitting the lace portion on size 3 turbos and the top portion will be in 4's (i think)(now, i can't remember!).
i will also like to add, the rowan yarn, damask, is holding up wonderfully to stuart's hi jinks.

so, that's what i've been doing and not doing. i hope to have a better week, and some serious progress to show next time (meaning, i hope things FIT!).

9 comments:

The_Add_Knitter said...

Do NOT blame Stuart. It's not him that's putting the knitting evil eye on you, it's the Jaywalker. BURN it, NOW!!!

devilkittilicious said...

Leder-Hoooooosen!
That's what he really needs to cancel out the bad knitting mojo.

jackie said...

hmmmm. sorry the knitting is all sucking, but you know what you need. YOU NEED A SUNDAY MARATHON with plenty of good food and wine and companionship. soon... soon...

Alisha said...

I dunno know Stuart looks pretty guilty...get some duck tape and tape him up somewhere!!!

scarlet said...

Have heart and be strong, wise knitter friend. Stuart is a naughty miscreant but you can't allow him to ruin your life. Why don't you threaten to leave him places that are less welcoming than where you work? Like, say, on the street corner near your house? :P

ms. pea said...

I think Stuart's incredible cuteness belies a mischevious spirit. Hmmm... Sorry about the sock sizing troubles. I need to knit them again and fiddle with gauge and sizing. I am a looose knitter - I should add a disclaimer to all my patterns!!

Kelly said...

I've been feeling lathargic about posting too. I'm so busy with school that I haven't even picked up my knitting for the past week! Hopefully I can get alot of work done this weekend so I could get back to my normal blogging schedule.

Zarah said...

I think that little monster has been messing with my knitting too - the good news is, I finally shook the bad juju: I got a sock pattern to work AND I figured out the lace pattern for my Hempathy sweater. Hooray!

Lisa said...

It looks like Stuart is doing a hula dance in that last picture-