And here he is, Mason the Wonder Cat, sound asleep on the latest Booga Bag on Saturday afternoon. He really makes himself “at home” with my knitting. The bag is almost done, by the way, only a few rows to go and then the I-cord and that’s that.
Yesterday Dale and I went for a drive to Plymouth. Of course, I had a hidden agenda as I wanted to check out the yarn shop, Knitting Treasures, that Marianne told me about Saturday night. We did find it, right in downtown Plymouth, but, alas it was closed. Who ever heard of a yarn shop being closed on Sunday afternoons?!? I guess that’s when we are supposed to be home knitting not out shopping. I will have to head back during the week or on a Saturday because (of course I peered in the windows) it looks like a very promising shop. It wasn’t a wasted trip, though. We poked through a couple of antique shops and the water was a beautiful blue and it was actually over 40 degrees, a small miracle these days.
Today I’m wearing the finished clapotis to work. I feel a little silly but everyone has assured me that it looks very nice. I’m striving for that devil-may-care attitude towards scarf wearing but it’s a struggle!
You know that picture from the other day? The one with my cat, Mason, looking all cute sitting in my lap? Well, it should have a big red circle and line through it because yesterday he was very naughty. Apparently, he was not pleased with the lack of attention he received Tuesday night while I was working on the clappy. So, yesterday, he pulled said clappy out of the basket where I store my works in progress. He then proceeded to spread it out, got himself all comfy on it and went to sleep. When Dale got home yesterday, there was Mason, sound asleep in the middle of my knitting project. Dale, being Super-Husband, picked it all up and promptly forgot to tell me about it until last night during dinner. I rushed through the rest of my dinner to see what horrors Mason had wreaked on my project. He had pulled out about 20 stitches! Thankfully, that was the only damage and I was able to fix it quickly and without too much stress. Needless to say, when I left for work today, the basket with the clapotis was safely stored in a different room. Cats are resourceful, though, and I wouldn’t put it past Mason to go in search of more trouble!
Last night our regularly scheduled quilting program was interrupted by a Longaberger basket party, so I brought my socks along with me. I finished the heel and I’m working on the gusset now. Lois was knitting a sweater for Halle and Sharon D. was knitting a sweater for a baby-to-be. I think the Hungry Quilters are going to have to change their name to the Hungry Knitsters if this keeps up! Sharon H. had lots of yummy snacks, including some Longaberger spreads for crackers, and cheese, and cookies and fruit and veggies with dip. Of course, I had some of everything and I bought two baskets. So I shopped, I knitted and I ate. Not a bad night a’tall.
My blog software is now Movable Type and it’s being hosted by knitblog.com. I love the new layout and style! The buttons and logo are awesome and really capture the look I want. Thanks, Missa, for making it so cool!
As for knitting stuff, the koigu socks are about 5″ long today. Only another 1/2″ to go and I’m ready for the heel flap. I worked on them most of Saturday while trying to sell Hannah’s reenacting clothes at the swap meet.
I worked on the clapotis a lot last night and I’ve dropped 8 stitches now. My cat, Mason, interrupted me around 9pm. He will tolerate my knitting for a time but then he gets impatient for my attention. He’ll bat at the yarn or push the project out of my lap to make room for himself. He’s cute, though, so I don’t mind too much!
I need to start a secret project, can’t talk about it until it’s finished . . . but it’s a quick deadline . . . Easter!
On the reading front, I started March by Geraldine Brooks yesterday. I was reading the afterward (see the 100 things about me list) and was pleasantly surprised to find out that Ms. Brooks is the wife of author Tony Horwitz – he of Confederates in the Attic fame. This certainly explains her interest in Civil War history as it’s a rather big departure from the subject of her previous novel, Year of Wonders. That one was about the plague in 17th century England. Anyway, this new book is great and I like her style.
Yesterday afternoon (late) I worked on the clapotis for a while and finally got to drop a stitch! It was pretty cool to actually drop a stitch on purpose and the Cascade 220 performed remarkably well, although it did make me nervous to see that ladder running down the side of the shawl. The pattern only calls for a dropped stitch every 8th row, so it will take a while to get to that point again, but I’m ready to see how it develops.
We had to go to a wake last evening. One of my favorite library patrons from the East Bridgewater Public Library, Mr. Ed Sexton, passed away. He was in the library about twice a week and always made me smile. I will always remember how happy he was when he heard the news that Dale and I were getting married. I hope there are great books in heaven for Mr. Sexton to read.
Tomorrow we’re off to a Civil War swap meet in Uxbridge. There should be opportunities for knitting while sitting around and socializing so I’ll be bringing the koigu socks with me. I should have some pictures showing progress by Monday.
When last we met I was about to finish the alien illusion scarf. Alas, 6 rows from completing the sucker, I ran out of green yarn. Man alive, was I aggravated! I had planned on going to the yarn shop the next day to pick up another skein of green but, sadly, my mother-in-law passed away that morning. Needless to say, yarn shopping has not been a priority this past week. Once there’s an opportunity, though, I’m hot-footing it over to Middleboro to get what I need to finish Mr. Roswell.
In the meantime, I had to have something to knit so I cast on the Windy City scarf from Stitch ‘n Bitch. It went pretty quickly, although I ended up making it longer than the pattern stated. I still had leftover yarn so I made a pair of fingerless mitts to go with it – mismatched stripes and all. They came out cute except that the second one was shorter than the first because the yarn ran out. So, I frogged part of the first one and now they match. Sort of. It’s close enough, anyway.
Once I got those out of the way I picked up Dale’s socks and I’ve now finished the heel and gusset descreases and am making may way down the foot. Progress feels so great!
Pictures of the finished scarf and mitts tomorrow!