I suppose I shall begin this informal (and late) Monday Update with a Christmas Knitting Update:
So Jaywalkers 2.0 have been pooling so horrendously that I've frogged them back to the ribbed cuff and I'm going to alternate between two skeins of STR. Hopefully this will give me awesome socks the likes of which can be seen over at www.januaryone.com
Below is a photo of my little sister enjoying her new Candy Stripe scarf:
Pattern: Candy Stripe Scarf (by me!)
Yarn: Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Astrakhan (1) White, (1) Pink
Needles: US8s, straight pieces of crap (never buy needles from Michaels. EVER)
Size: Roughly 4 inches wide by 5 feet long, give or take. The stipes are 4 inches a piece
Notes: Uhhh, I made the pattern myself!
She's not looking at the camera because she's very sick (the flu and whatnot) and doesn't look so good. Nevertheless, you get the picture, right?
So I'm down to my last 2 knitting projects before christmas. The two secret projects are waiting until after the 25th or thereabouts. I'm hoping to get half a Jaywalker done by tonight so that the pair is done before the weekend. Then I can spend all of next week focusing on my mother's damned vest. *mumble mumble* never knitting for her again *mumblemumble*
Also been thinking about the afghan. I'm taking that and a quilt to college, so I'd better make it nice and durable. Instead of using Barbara Walker's 52 afghan squares, I'm going to make up my own from her 1st and 2nd Treasury books (many thanks to my Aunt for getting me those for Christmas last year!). The plan is to have roughly 40 squares of yet-to-be determined size, and then work on roughly one every week or so in a different yarn. The plan is to make this part stash-busting project, part Renata's Amazing Technicolor Afhgan. Bleh. I hate the word Afghan*. Can I just call it a blanket?
So a new feature to the blog starting in January will be the "Square a Week" post. I know you're all going to get really fed up with me after about 6 weeks of that, so I'll try to make it interesting. Somehow.
BACK TO KNITTING.
* Not that I hate Afghanistan or anything, but the word Afghan reminds me of those horrible acryllic nightmares that don't provide any warmth or happiness, and usually shed like crazy and get little particles of unnatural wool under your fingernails (which hurts like a bitch).