Thursday, January 8, 2009

Dopey, Droopy & Prophylactic Measures

So this is me on Vicodin and without the appropriate foundation garments. The vicodin keeps me relatively pain-free but pretty dopey. I've given up on bras, both the u-g-l-y sports version and the lets-pretend-I'm-still-perky underwires. Both undergarments hurt like hell, so I've lapsed back to the cute camisoles I wished I'd worn when I was ten (but my mother thought were absurd - yet another childhood scar to recover from!). Thus the droopy part of the title. You don't get to my age after breast feeding two kids and get to look even remotely perky...

Anyhow, this is supposed to be a knitting blog, so I present to you: Knitting. Including the gory disasters!

It finally got what we California hothouse flowers refer to as cold so I dug around in my abandoned WIPs for the cute project I started during our last "winter". They are supposed to look like this:

Unfortunately when I pulled out my soon to be snuggly boots I noticed a small problem. Actually a couple of small problems:
Yep. Moths. Including a casing (eewww!) on one of the unwound skeins. The project was isolated, so I'm hoping the damage has been limited to this one project. Said project has been through the baking process and sealed tight since then. Even though my feet are freezing I haven't been able to pick this one back up yet... so instead
I spent tonight stuffing little organza bags full of cedar shavings
(aka hamster litter) to add to all of my wool storage boxes. Cute, huh?

In spite of my beyond ludicrous work hours I did in fact get a wee bit of knitting done:

Waving Lace Socks
in Mmmmmalabrigo sock yarn (the sample given out at Stitches West 2008). Yum… My favorite pair of socks yet. Light, warm, and totally wonderful. Would I recommend this yarn? Abso-fracking-lutely. Buy some. Buy lots – and I’ll share the lust vicariously with you.

I’ve been creeping slowly towards finishing my Central Park Hoody(less)
- less because I don’t want a hood, so plan on finishing it with more of a funnel neck collar. And a zipper, which means letting go of my inner control freak and allowing a tailor to sew in the actual zipper. (This picture is oddly washed out - the actual color is charcoal black with white and brown specks - very pretty).

I finished my Gumdrop Socks (from the BMFA sock club.)
Happy project.
The socks are, however, too thick to wear with most all of my shoes. This does not in any way reduce my love for them in the slightest.

Whilst under the influence of the lovely Vicodin I cast on (successfully) and completed (successfully) the Noro Striped Scarf. This was a big deal, what with the counting to 39 and 1x1 ribbing and all.

Now that I’m habituated (for better or worse) to the lovely Vicodin I’ve returned to my Holidazed socks (gotta love that pattern name, given the circumstances), another BMFA club color. I initially had these knit up to the heel flaps in a size medium – but realized that (in spite of my instincts screaming at me) that they were too small and too tight for my freakishly high instep and double-wide duck feet, so I tore them down & with humility cast on a size large. I think that is probably my comfort ticket – size large in circumference, but medium for length. I do seriously love the colorway – “Muddy Autumn Rainbow”. I have a pair of Dansko shoes at the cobbler (being stretched, of course) that will look spectacular with these socks. I hope.

I finally lucked out with the elusive Wollmeise Yarn. Behold:

Suzanne Medium, Suzanne Dark, and Baba Jaga Dark.
I do be in love.

I also placed my first order with Woolgirl - I actually took multiple pictures of my order because it was so incredibly packaged - not to mention that the yarn was splendid (but these photos were lost when my old camera was borrowed by my daughter, then stolen from the swim center locker room). I've never seen such care in a mail order and cannot recommend Woolgirl enough. Unfortunately part of my order was out of stock - but I'm oddly happy about it because I so look forward to receiving another pretty package!


Paula D. said...

You're back again! Great to see the photos of all those finished projects. I've been completing projects like crazy too since the job went away.

Keep it up!

cupcakefaerie said...

Gotta get me some of that vitamin "V"! :) I love the cedar chips pouches. And, whoohoo for your first Wollmeise score!!!