Monday, July 30, 2007

One Monkey down

Monkey #1
One to go. I finished the first Monkey sock 2 weeks ago and the second sock is on the needles and has become my negotiations sock. I'm involved with some heavy union negotiations at work and we meet 3 days a week to "hash" things out. I was a little hesitant to knit during this meeting, but the first 3 days were all training. I got there early the first day, so I pulled out my sock and knit until the meeting started. Then at each break and lunch I pulled it out again. I didn't want anyone to think I wasn't paying attention, so I didn't knit during the meeting. By the third day, I knit throughout. Everyone is fascinated with watching the sock progress, which made me much more comfortable and gave me the courage to keep knitting during the presentations. Once we really get involved, I may have to put it away, but we'll see.

I'm also working on the Indigo Ripples skirt, I'm on the mindless stockinette portion which makes great TV knitting. Indigo Ripples skirt

I made the mistake in taking my daughter, the 14 year old, with me to the yarn store. Mistake, because I acquired another project. It's not like I don't have a lot of projects on my to do list, just check out my ravelry queue. She just had to have this bucket bag purse, which she initially wanted for her birthday, no sweat that's the end of September, by the time we made it home, the end of September turned into the end of August. She wants it for the first day of school. I guess the skirt will go on the back burner. Here's a photo, it's very cute, she saw the shop sample and fell in love. The bottom is finished and ready for seaming, then pick up the edges and knit up the sides.Bucket Bag

Fifi is still waiting in the wings. I'll cast on when the skirt is finished.

Ok, off to work for now.

Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Finally got that Monkey off my back

NO, not my monkey socks, my neckdown KP&S top down cardigan.Knitting pure and simple cardi

Knit with Cashsoft DK, I don't remember how many skeins. This yarn is so soft, and it grows with blocking. After looking at my archives I realized I've been knitting this since October. Why did it take me so long.... well, this became my mindless, soccer knitting. When I got home, I always put it down for another project. That's when I had 3,4,5, things going at once. I decided to stop that foolishness and concentrate on one thing at a time and now it's done! Finito.
I decided not to add the ties to the neckline, instead I have some pewter clasps to use as a closure. I just have to look through my supplies to find them.

Overall, impressions: it's a very easy and mindless pattern, and if you knit it consistently, it really wouldn't take that long. I'm happy with the end result.