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Wednesday, May 9, 2007

I've Fallen and I Can't Get Up

I am in a knitting hole. I cannot seem to find time to knit anything (or else I fall asleep as soon as I try) and this is especially bad as ALL I WANT TO DO IS KNIT!! I am stressed out with lots of little odds and ends that add up to one big life-sucking vortex of "stuff" that steals all my knitting time and more accurately, energy. My Hokie Healing squares are stalled out at 2 stinkin' squares-but I have hopes of 1 or 2 more by the end of the week. My socks have been put away as they are wool and it is warm and well, that is why they shear sheep before the warm weather. Ditto for the Peekaboo mittens because mitten weather is a far off memory as far as I'm concerned. None of that concerns me much-other than the fear that I have no idea where I left off on either of those 2 patterns but I'm hoping I will figure it out in the fall, eventually, maybe... But what does concern me is that I want to start new stuff-fun stuff-SPRINGY stuff!!! So, I am going to do that. Goodbye silly woolly things (just for now-don't get all huffy). Next up on the plan is a Mitered Psychedelic Square blanket (ala Mason Dixon Knitting) for a friend who just had a wee new baby boy this past Saturday. I didn't get it started before he was born (because I do not make wise use of my time ok? Let's move on...) But, I figure he's not going anywhere and he is super tiny right now so I've got a bit of time to finish it-I'm truly hoping to have it done in 1-2 weeks. I LOVE these blankets and all the colored, crazy, stripeyness of them all. However, it needs to be very, very machine washable because though he is tiny, he pees, a lot, on everything. It's my opinion that it is generally a bad idea to give a mom a gift that involves more work than the new baby. So, I have about 10 million balls of old school Cotton Ease (not the subtle pretty new colors, the psychedelic, eye-popping, semi-scary-but perfect-for-this-blanket retired colors) in the old stasheroo but only in 4 colors, one of which is hot pink and that's a no go for this little guy. (BTW-that is not a picture of a square I knit-HA! did you read the above? I am resorting to finding other pictures of already knitted blankets because I AM IN A KNITTING HOLE) So I spent all of my time yesterday trying to find some comparable cotton blend (couldn't be 100% cotton or the stripes would shrink at different rates) and ended up paying WAY too much for it on eBay. Nothing that will break the bank, but still a lot for 2 balls of cheapo discontinued yarn. (Incidentally, if any of you lovely readers have any old fun colors of Cotton Ease lying around that you want to get rid of, let me know and I'll take it off your hands-or you can sell it on eBay to desperate, procrastinating, over-tired moms like me) I also have 3 fun knitting mystery books coming, also courtesy of eBay, that I am hoping to read when we go to the beach in a month. Because as a mother of 3 little kids-Thing 3 who is an infant and still nursing and who has skin that can scorch in a heartbeat, Thing 2 who is 5 and a fan of building elaborate sand sculptures and kite flying, and Thing 1 who is 7 and just a crazy hellion in general but especially in the sand and water-I'm sure I will have lots of time to sit, relax and read. I wonder what kind of yarn is best suited for a sand-filled knitting hole....

5 comments:

Blissful Debbie said...

I'm impressed that you even think you are going to be able to read at the beach. I remember going when my 3 were young. We went down to the beach, set up our chairs and tent and cooler and toys, etc....... I sat down in my chair, got out my book and a drink and proceeded to relax and read. That lasted about 2 seconds. Never did get to read that book. It wasn't until my kids were in middle school that I could take my eyes off of them for a few seconds without fear of drowning or running down the beach or sharks, for heavens sake!!!!!!!! BTW, I ended up buying a light grey Lamb's Pride for the background on the hokie square.

Gina said...

Oh how I love the Mitered square...I hate the beach.

Jenn said...

Check here: http://destash.blogspot.com/2007/05/for-sale-lion-brand-cotton-ease-6.html

Irene Johnston said...

I have an ungodly amount of cotton yarn, but not cotton ease brand - what colors are you looking for and also what weight - I have tons of dk and worsted wt. cottons. Email me at irene@2-bags-full.com if you are interested - also tell me the amount of money you might spend per 50 gm. ball. I could sell most of it for about 2.00/ball but the postage could not be included.

Nancy said...

Hey Jody!

I've got some leftovers of pale blue cottonease from the sweater I just finished, and I think a skein and partial ball of a darker blue as well. You're welcome to them.

Send me an email (nlutz at vt dot edu) and we'll figure out the handoff. I'm pretty busy today and tomorrow (VT graduation), but after that no problem.