NaBloPoMo No Go

It’s November.  I didn’t sign up for NaBloPoMo this year, after doing it for the past couple of years.    Just can’t commit to anything right now.  I’ll still try – kind of – to post almost every day!

Had a glitch with the second Aim True sock.  I managed to drop a stitch that promptly unraveled right down through the middle of the cables.  I succeeded in picking it up, but my repair attempt basically looked like crap, and was more an insult to the pattern than a “feature”.  So I decided to frog it and start over.  I’m now past the point where I frogged, and things are swimming along nicely once again.

Took a brief break from the sock to knit a gift.  I met a new couple at the parent workshop at kidlet’s school.  Their boy has just started at the school this year, doesn’t have many friends, and the parents and I hit it off.  (I’m also helping them a little with translating – they’re still new immigrants here.)  Anyway, on Wednesday night they invited us over for Saturday night dinner.  So Thursday morning I went stash diving and dug out some of the cotton blend  Patons Washed Haze to knit a kitchen towel.  I had no idea of the colour scheme in their house, so I was grateful to find a neutral colour for the towel.  It knit up very quickly – I used the towel pattern by Dishcloth Boutique.

I added one pattern repeat to make it a wee bit longer.  The button, from Tracey Schuh of Interlacements Yarns, is from a Phat Fiber box I managed to snag at some point.

Partner still thinks bringing a knitted housegift is strange, but our new friends loved it, and the wife told me her sister is a dedicated knitter and she would love to learn!   We will definitely have to find some time for that, although with my issues and her work and her four kids, I don’t know exactly when.  Where there’s a will…

Another quick breather from the socks – I cast on today for the Pearl Tower Cowl designed by Mildred Alvarez.  This is her second design inspired by Shanghai – she is planning on publishing an e-book of at least 6 Shanghai designs by the end of 2012.  The pattern is free until the e-book comes out (it will cost $4), but if you knit up this cowl and post the FO in the Cowls group thread on Ravelry by the end of the year, she’ll give you the e-book for free. There is also a picture tutorial on her site for the loop stitch she uses in the cowl.  A note about this designer, she describes herself as a 13-year-old girl who loves to knit, read, and listen to podcasts.  If her first two patterns are any indication, methinks we will see great things from this one!

It looks like an intriguing, quick-to-knit pattern, I decided to use one of the hanks of Tibetan yarn I bought at a tiny crafts shop.  No tags on the yarn, they could only tell me it was 100% wool – no other details, not even yardage.  It’s somewhere between sportweight and DK, very springy twist, and so far very nice to knit with.  The pattern calls for fingerweight, but this looks like it will work just as well.

(The colour is actually much more aqua/greenish, which I have not been able to capture with my camera.  My apologies…)

So today I’m alternating between the cowl and the socks.  With a few other WIPs scattered around on tables so that there is something to knit wherever I sit down.  When I sit down.

Knit On.


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