Basis Square Done!

It isn’t exactly square, but I’ll block it and make it conform. I am not knitting the bloody thing a fourth time. This whole knitting to an exact size thing is rather more of a challenge than I am up for at the moment. A huge furry shawl on big needles should be my next project, and something little and intricate for interest.

S’nB was great this afternoon – a small group, Simone, Bella, and Andrew. Simone finished her Poncho (looks divine), Bella is working on a very cute bikini, and Andrew continues work on his alpaca scarf. And I cast on the third attempt at a square, and finished just before dinner with Richard and Miriam.

Apparently I was wrong about Mark wanting the same pattern front and back on the jumper – he actually does want “&” on the front, but I missed the chart he sent me. Good thing he reads my blog, or I would never have known 🙂

Very, Very Sad…..

I worked out the pattern for Thelma’s swatch last night, and cast on just before I fell asleep. I’ts a random height cable, with 4 repeats and a moss stitch border, simple, but quirky, and I hope, cute.

So, in the train this morning I started the pattern, then got up to a cable. Yup – I left home without a cable needle. A NORMAL person would have put it down and waited till she got home to her tools, but no, I went to the shop and bought some meat skewers so I could work on it at lunch time.

I am face to face with the depths of my addiction.

Stuff all to report….

Slow knitting weekend – someone made me go to a great party and stay up all saturday night, so I was a sad and sorry wastrel on sunday….

Good progress on the Binary Jumper, almost half way to the armpits, and I have cast on the sleeves for the cardi (again). This time I am attempting to knit both using the double circ method. I am sure I will be fine once I get a few rows done, but it was rather hairy on the train in to work this morning.

I received my square in the post from Thelma, so I better get busy and cast on a square for her for the Basis Exchange (Brothers and Sisters in Stitches – the idea is to knit 2 x 6 inch squares a month and send them to a different partner each month, at the end of the year you should have enough for a blanket).

Reasons to be cheerful

….Actually, reasons I like knitting, but who is watching anyway ?

  • It keeps my hands busy, and helps me to resist the urge to choke the living shit out of people that irritate me
  • I’ve got something more tangible and permanent to waste my money on, instead of just drining it
  • I always have pointy things handy
  • I always have scissors handy
  • You can’t smoke and knit, or eat and knit, so temptation is further from me
  • I’ve always got something to do on the train
  • I can make myself things I could never buy in the shops
  • It freaks people out to see a young person practising such an arcane art