Before I talk about knitting today, I just have to say that I love knitters. They are the friendliest bunch of people that I have every met. Remember when I said that RI Hospital won't let me read knitting blogs and go on sites like yahoo groups (they are classified as "message boards or clubs")? Well, today the first clue of the Mystery Stole KAL was posted on yahoo groups and I could not retrieve it, because it was on a banned site. This normally wouldn't bother me, but my printer is packed away and to get the PDF document printed out, I would need to download it to my home computer, email it to myself, and then print it at work on Monday, since I can read email still. Instead of doing all these steps (since I want to start NOW), I emailed the listserv. In under an hour, ten people emailed me the PDF document. Thanks again to everyone who emailed me the PDF document!
Now, on to the knitting. Last night not only did I knit, but I knit a swatch! I know, you are amazed. I am too impatient to knit swatches normally, but for the Mystery Stole KAL, you don't have any recommendations for yarn or needles or anything, so you want to double check that you are making good decisions. The swatch doesn't look too exciting (yes, that is a tissue underneath the swatch, it wasn't until after I pinned it to the bed that I realized I couldn't see anything with the dark sheets); however, it does show me that the size three needles work well with the KnitPicks Alpaca Cloud yarn that I bought. The YOs are clearly visible in comparison to the St st. At first, I thought the flowers were supposed to look like flowers, but after seeing everyone else's swatches on yahoo groups, I realized that this is not the case.
I have to say that my confidence in knitting has really gone up in the past couple of months, especially since starting all these lace projects (namely Twizzler) and learning all sorts of new and different increase and decrease stitches. This time last year, I would never had even considered knitting something as delicate as a lace weight shawl with all sorts of increases and decreases in it.
Tonight, however, I cannot work on the Mystery Stole until I finish seaming S's overdue birthday present. I am going to mail that package tomorrow no matter what. Maybe as a reward I will start the stole tonight. I wonder if it okay to take the reward first and then do the work? Ugh! It is that kind of thinking that gets me into these messes! :)