Monday, January 17, 2005

And she knits, too!

Yeah, I've been pretty darn unimpressive in the production department. The shawl is going so slowly, how many times do you want to hear "the shawl is going so slowly"? Pictures of it are truly unimpressive at this point. Not that that's going to stop me from whining about it, but still.

However, I noticed that most of my projects right now are teeny tiny - shawl, socks - so I decided to sit down and do a hat - the hat for GB that couldn't be in pretty colors, had to be in Ravens colors, remember?

I did find a great gold that worked out beautifully - I e-mailed the lovely owner of Little Knits and asked if she had something that would work, she responded quickly, and I ordered just as fast! Because of her lovely service (and lovely yarn) I was able to design and knit this:

On the offhand chance there's a non-knitter reading this who might be more impressive with the outside of the hat than with the inside (silly thing, you) this is what it looks like for real:

I've also been busy trying to make this alpaca

into this yarn

which is coming along, slowly but surely.

I think my plan will be that the weekends are for me - that's when I can do whatever I choose - but during the week I have to focus on the TSC Shawl and David's afghan. That way I won't get too bored with the long term projects, and I won't feel like I'll never finish another knitting project again for the rest of my life. The socks will remain in my purse for movies and someone-else-is-driving knitting.

I had a big knitting class on Saturday - 7 folks. Three moms, three daughters, and a polish woman who knits beautifully but doesn't know how to read an English pattern. I had the uncomfortable experience of having one of the daughters be terribly rude to her mother. It clearly unsettled at least one of the other mothers as well, but a child of my own speaking like that wouldn't have lived long.

The classroom has lots of other classes in it, so there are models and paintings all around the room. The little girl in question (who was between 10 - 12 in age, I would say) was the least interested in the group. She would pause from what she was doing and say things like "that painting is pretty" or other comments about the "decor" of the room. Her mother said quietly "shhh..." and the little girl turned around and said "Don't tell me to shush, I wasn't talking to you so you can't tell me to shush" in a truly nasty tone. She made a few other comments of that type. I tried my best to ignore it, but holy cow. The mother was very nice to me, but I do think it was her fault that her daughter felt it was appropriate to speak to anyone else that way. It was quite shocking.

Anyway, I know the cats get a lot of attention 'round these parts, but look at this handsome head:

Isn't he cute?


Hours Spent Knitting: 7
Rows Completed (of 222): 10
Estimated Time of Completion: 317.14 hours


Blogger Carol said...

I like the plan. I also like the concept of weekends being for you. I just may have to implement that one!
Doncha just love alpaca?!

Re. the rude young lady. You are absolutely correct that the mother has raised the child to behave in this manner. My kids would've died a painful, quick death had they spoken to me like that.

11:22 AM  
Blogger snowballinhell said...

I've pretty much quit knitting for others unless the mood strikes me to do so. That way, my knitting is just for me, and still provides the relaxation I want it to. Elsewise, I get into a pressure-knitting situation that bugs the daylights out of me, and it defeats the whole purpose.

About the rude kid: I'd have to say that girls that age are capable of saying some pretty hateful and thoughtless things, which may or may not have anything to do with her mother. On the other hand, the mother is a fool if she didn't pull her up short right away and put a stop to it. My daughter would have been told, (yes, right there in front of God, the world, and the CBS news helicopter) that if she couldn't speak politely, she would find herself home in her room for a long time rather than out in public.

11:53 AM  
Blogger erica said...

Love the hat. Very cute. My DH is asking for an ear flap hat, I may just have to make the one that he likes and do it during the week. :) I love your idea of knitting on the weekends being strictly for yourself, unfortuately at this point all projects are for me or DH. So how do I choose? :)

And you're more than entitled to complain about the shawl. I have one that's two and a half years in the works and I haven't complained about it lately because I'm just tired of working on it, the yarn breakage doesn't help the situtation much. I may just have to work on it so that I can too complain about it, then you won't feel bad complaining about your shawl. :)

erica :)

2:27 PM  
Blogger ann said...

your hat looks fantastic --- what a great design you created!!

10:50 PM  
Blogger Donna said...

Love your hat! Nice work!

Re. the girl, yes, it's true kids that age can be cruel and thoughtless in their comments, but I think it's a reflection on the mom if she let her get away with that! I knew that under no terms was I ever to speak to my parent or any other adult in such a rude way. If that had been my child coming out with something like that, I'm afraid she may not have seen next week.

1:07 PM  

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