December 23, 2005
We're sorry. . .
I can't come to the blog right now, I'm far too busy playing Kingdom of Loathing. Hey, quit laughing. It's no more geeky than reading about people's knitting on the internet. But because I know that most of y'all are geeky that way, here's my slow progress on the knitting I brought home with me for the holiday.
I'm still languishing on sleeve island with the Must Have Cardigan, but I only have to repeat that big diamond motif one more time before I hit the home stretch of the shoulder decreases. I'm still not sure how to deal with the closure on this one, but I'm really leaning away from a button band right now; besides my fear of button gap-age, I really don't want to do that much more knitting on the thing. I was thinking of maybe finishing off the opening edge with an attached i-cord instead and throwing in a two-way zipper, but that means I'd have to learn how to do an attached i-cord. Is that easy? Is it excruciatingly slow?
I've been breaking up the monotony of Sleeve Island by working in the odd row on the back of the Urban Aran, which is pretty close to the armhole now. I haven't really been working much on either of them except for when I'm away from the house*, because I've got all these design swatches keeping me busy at home. Plus my sketchbook project, plus my silly online game. Whew! Life's tough when you're on vacation eh?
The good news is that Peter and I are all ready for The Holiday That Shall Not be Named, and we don't have to go back to the Infernal Mall again. Wednesday night's mall madness expedition was frustrating and painful, and we still had to go back again this morning. Ugh. Two more days, and the schmaltz-fest will be over. I can't wait. This picture pretty much sums up how I feel about the Season of Getting (TM):
How I've longed to knock the head off of one of those singing Santas.
There was a little bit of holiday festivity in our visit to the Infernal Mall this morning, in the gee-it's-good-to-be-home sense; here's about as all-Canadian a treat as you can get.
Tim's and a butter tart. Let the overeating begin!
*have you ever tried knitting with long straight needles while perched on the edge of an examining table in one of those blue paper gowns while waiting for your pap smear? Fortunately the doctor didn't walk in and catch me standing with the front of the gown flapping open while fishing in my satchel for another ball of yarn; that would have been just my style. Still, by the time the doctor got there I'd poked a hole or two in my gown with the needles. I'm classy like that.
Jodi, attached i-cord edging is super easy. If I can do it (I did it on my Mariah!), you can certainly do it. And no, it's not excruciatingly slow. Do you have the Nancie Wiseman finishing book? She gives very good instructions. Enjoy your holiday!
Posted by: Karma at December 23, 2005 05:52 PM
I second the Icord being easy peasy, the only extra time it will take you is the time it takes to pick up the stitches along the edge, but if you do that at about 20 or so a time you'll speed through it no problems.
Have a great day on Sunday and hope you beat the game!
Posted by: Anna at December 23, 2005 05:56 PM
I've gotta ask...what's a butter tart? Looks yummy.
Posted by: cari at December 23, 2005 07:06 PM
A butter tart is the best thing you'll ever eat. It's a tart shell with a butter/brown sugar filling, sometimes with raisins (my preference). It's similar to the filling of a pecan pie.
Jodi, I always knit while waiting for the doctor, often just as you describe. I never use straights, though. I'm a circular gal.
My Must Have is languishing with one front and a quarter of the back done.
Posted by: Maggie at December 23, 2005 08:22 PM
Kingdom of Loathing rocks. I think I played it religiously before I found knit blogs. Maybe I should go back to the KoL, because you get a certain number of adventures and when they're used up that means you have to get off and do something with your life. ^_^
I admire your knitting soooooo much.
Posted by: meranie at December 23, 2005 08:57 PM
Happy Holidays!Happy Hortons! Happy Pappyschmear!
Posted by: Gina at December 23, 2005 09:45 PM
Damn that butter tart is making me homesick. I would kill for a tims coffee and a butter tart. That is the first thing we do when ever we get back, head straight for tims for coffee and snacks. I also love their chicken salad sandwich, hmmmmm even though it has celery in it. Have a great season of getting and pass on hello's to the rest of the family. :)
Posted by: Krista at December 24, 2005 08:33 AM
OMG, my Aunt in Port Hope used to make the most unbelievable tarts...just looking at that picture almost made me want to cry.
Yeah, I'm pathetic like that.
Posted by: NWJR at December 24, 2005 09:41 AM
Oh, my goodness! This is horrendous, but i did exactly that at my last gyno visit and got caught midrow. Made her wait till i'd finished it too! ~laughing~
Posted by: Jean at December 25, 2005 11:46 AM
beautiful sleeves, and yes, the KoL ROCKS. i had never heard of it before and never played anything similar. thanks for posting the link
Posted by: a rose is a rose at January 8, 2006 12:04 PM