Monday, December 08, 2008

Knitting Update

Wow, the weeks seem to speed by as we get closer to the holidays! I have about ten million and one things that need to be done prior to the holidays, and I only seem to be on item seven. Oh well, I have been known to pull off some fantastic feats at the last moment though, so we shall see what happens.

Before I talk about knitting, I need to tell you about sheep! Yes, that is right...sheep! I am training for the Disney Half-Marathon this January (for those of you who know me...isn't this crazy?! I ran in the Race the Taste 10K and the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 13K this past October...what can I say, running at Walt Disney World is inspiring), and my running route takes me past the Veterinary School. Usually, I see some horses or cows in the pastures. The other day, while I was running past the fields, I saw SHEEP! As soon as I saw them, I started devising ways of getting at their fleece. I convinced myself that I could knit down my current stash (and 2009 knitting clubs I joined) to nothing and learn how to spin and make my own yarn. When I went back the next day to take some pictures, the sheep were gone. I wonder if the sheep sensed the fact that I wanted their fleece and they ran away and hid?

In regards to knitting, I have been going all crazy with starting projects. I can't seem to stick with a current project (like the Christmas gift knitting or the scarf that is like 20 very short rows from being done), but keep seeing projects I need to start. I decided last night that I need to use my Lion Brand Bolero yarn (do not buy this yarn unless you have a project in mind). This stuff is hard to find a pattern for, because it is a thick to thin yarn and therefore has crazy gauge issues. I started on a garter stitch scarf, but we will see how far this project goes. I can't seem to find a width that I like (this is due to the fact that the gauge is weird and casting on 10 stitches can be crazy different from casting on 12 stitches). Also, I only have two balls, so I don't know how long this scarf is going to be. The good news is that the scarf is 100% wool, so I can stretch (I mean block) this yarn within an inch of its life. In fact, as I write this, I decided to frog this scarf yet again and go from a CO of 15 stitches to 12. I think I like it. The picture you, however, is from the 15 stitch CO garter stitch scarf. ::sigh:: I think when it comes down to it, I like having a pattern tell me what to do. I like knowing how many stitches to cast on, even if it is just a garter stitch scarf. I find it comforting.

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