I have bloggers block. I have all these things to say, but the post I wrote to post today disappeared and I can't seem to focus on all the zillion things I want to write about. So let me break it down. That should help.
Yarn. As I mentioned earlier I did buy more yarn. But this is gift yarn so it doesn't count right? I only managed to take pics of two of the three skeins of this Araucania I picked up Saturday afternoon at Wild and Woolly. I have never knit with this yarn before but it came in colors I thought perfect for it's recipients. It's also a gift-friendly 75% superwash wool/25% polymid blend.
I'm already about 25% into the first sock but I don't have pics so I'll wait on this. So next up?
Lime and Blue Malabrigo. I cast on this yarn Saturday morning and whipped up a replacement sweater for Ripley by night's end. Isn't he handsome? You'd think we were holding his kibble hostage with that latter mugshot, eh?
As expected, the Malabrigo was a dream to knit. Now I just have to figure out what I want to do with the two flesh toned skeins I have. But that too will be for another day. Next up comes straight out of the annals of inconsistency.
I complained so bitterly here on New Year's eve about sewing up another needle case what could I do but go out and make another, right?
All my complaining convinced me to embark on what was to become an obnoxiously detailed project. I picked up the materials on the way home from work Monday afternoon and by yesterday afternoon I was so sick of it, it took all my effort to take those two lame pictures.
What is my problem? Well, strike one for for knowing thyself. What I despise about sewing isn't what I spoke of before, the designing and preparation. No, my problem with sewing is I have a whimsical engineer residing in my brain who asserts herself during times of creativity. My normal, everyday self is cautious and reserved in my expectations of things. My inner engineer? She's nuts. Let loose she craves wild flourishes and feats of skill which I don't possess. So at 2:00 am, in the wee hours of New Year's Day when most of the world is settling into their beds in a sweet drunken haze, me, well, I was sober and at the kitchen table trying to wrest myself away from this project.
The crux of the issue was the enclosure. Do you remember how I close the other case I made? A rubber band. Yes. It works well and required no skill. How does this new case stay closed? Multi-layered grosgrain ribbon and snaps. Miss inner engineer thought that a plain edged and single colored ribbon enclosure was bor-or-or-ing. She was convinced a contrasting colored, chevron edged ribbon closure would be a far superior choice.
She was right, of course, but at considerable cost. How can one part of one's mind make one do things the other part of one's mind wants nothing to do with? I don't know. I just know I couldn't help myself and by 3:30 yesterday afternoon I was done and I was miserable. I know I'll love this case some day, but for now, not so much.
So for a little happy to shake out the seweing angst, let us close this post with something from the relaxing and pleasant world of knitting. Here is the first Seal Rock Sock finished Saturday morning.