Monday, February 13, 2006

She Eats Babies, Too

41% of the way to our goal and 12% of the way through the year! Wow! I'm expecting the next two weeks will slow our progress significantly, since I have a feeling there's going to be some pretty serious Olympic-Class knitting going on. All this means is that we'll have to pick up the slack when we're done (who am I kidding? Even with our significantly slowed reporting this past weekend, we've still passed the minimum required daily average). We've averaged nearly 18.8 socks per day and only need to average 5.4 socks a day to make 2000 in this 366 day year.

But now it's late, and I'm tired, and all those numbers are making my head spin. So enough with the numbers - let's move onto the pretty.


Last night I restarted a baby sweater I started last year. I'd had issues with the pattern I'd chosen - that is, I followed the pattern as faithfully as I've ever followed any pattern, and I ended up with a sweater that would only fit a baby who's arms were shaped like toothpicks. So I got frustrated, and took a break, and then there was the mess with Sharon and Olivia, and I just couldn't knit baby clothes after that. Just couldn't.

Well, my big New Year's Resolution (which I have not yet technically broken, thank you) was that I wouldn't start a new project over 100 grams - that means I can start new socks up the wazoo, and I have, but I need to get the bigger projects I've already started moving and finished before I can start any more.

And that meant going back to that baby sweater. So I started with the other end of the yarn and started balling it during Grey's Anatomy last night (poor Kyle Chandler). And after the show I had this

and this

It's tough to see what that is (hey, give me a break, I was shooting the camera one handed and backwards) but that's me being groomed by my loving Aslan. He was actually petting and licking the back of my head. It starts out as very cute and sweet, and quickly turns to gross when the slurping noises going on in my ear.

Today I made it just over one-third of the way through the sweater to this

(cat for scale)

Pattern is this very cute Haiku and I've only adapted it in that I'm doing seed stitch instead of what she calls "box stitch" (which is really just a small basketweave) - just looked better with the yarn, which was dyed by me.

I was working on the back section, and took it to knit during a class I had to teach tonight, knit a good three inches on it, then looked down and realized I'd put a YO in the first row I'd knit. I NEVER do that. But that meant that I had to rip back quite a bit. I did that at the Panera in Columbia, where I had a cup of coffee with Eunny and Coleen. What great women, and what a wonderful time I had. As we were leaving, Coleen made the comment that she had to tell people she'd seen Eunny's vest and shawl in person and Eunny said we should make sure to spread lots of rumors about her. So here you go. I saw her kick a kitten. And I'm pretty sure she was sitting down to eat a baby right after I left.


Anonymous twig said...

366 days? You got me excited for a minute there because my anniversary is Feb 29th and I thought now the hubby has no excuse not to get me a huge gift, but this isn't a leap year.

I've read the blogs of a few people seeing how many socks they can knit during the Olympics. I expect the progress will continue to be high.

11:35 PM  
Anonymous JessaLu said...

My former cat used to 'knead' my head while I was sleeping. I can sleep through a lot (obviously) and he was declawed (when I got him) so it didn't hurt me. I just woke up with very interesting hairdo's ;o)

Sorry to hear that Eunny is so mean... ;o)

12:59 AM  
Blogger Jane said...

How is it that you rate an extra day? Could I get one, too, maybe sometime in the next, oh, thirteen days? I'll get back to the socks as soon as my OK is finished, but it looks like everyone is carrying on without me!

6:04 AM  
Blogger Shelia said...

Well, my OK is socks (though they are not my usual buzz-through-them-in-a-few-days-on-the-train socks (they have stranding and bobbles, for heaven's sake) so I will be adding to the total soon. Also another mindless pair for commuting knitting is inching forward.

Love the munchkin sweater!

8:33 AM  
Blogger Amie said...

Oh, yeah, like none of you ever made a typo. The five and the six are RIGHT next to each other people. And it was late. And... and...

and I get the extra day because I'm cute.

9:11 AM  
Blogger Kim in Oregon said...

Two more socks Amie.

10:11 AM  
Blogger Carol said...

Well, yes, you are cute. And cuteness does usually rate a bonus. Love the cat-grooming photo -- I have one that does that too.

10:56 AM  
Blogger AmyP said...

I have one pair of socks to add to your ever-growing total.

11:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I had a cat once (Paddy) who would do the lick thing - then without warning BITE


Aslan is such a lover :-)

11:25 AM  
Blogger DeeAnn said...

.......another 2 for the sock total Amie, posted my Jaywalkers this morning.

Love the kitten shot, too funny :)

11:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My 7-pound cat used to pin down my 70-pound dog with a big ol' handful of claws to clean his ears. Talk about tough love!
My not-official Olympics project is a pair of socks. Difficulty? Lace in a dark yarn that makes it hard to see the patterning; probably not enough yarn to finish them which means either frogging the first one or frogging an old one with a hole in it; and Geez, this pattern makes my ankles look thick. Starting the toe decreses; we will soon know.

11:56 AM  
Anonymous Rachel B said...

Add 2 socks for me. I finally finished a pair for my Grandmothers christmas gift last week.

1:38 PM  
Blogger Janine said...

ooohh, that reminds m, I finished Pair of socks.

5:34 PM  
Blogger dragon knitter said...

i was wondering what was going on, lol. first thing that popped in my head. . . "um, amie, this isn't a leap year, hon." i had to htink about it, though, lol.

and i had to frog some of the jaywalker, i'll be back to it soon, i promise (i'm still having nightmares about picking up all those teeny tiny stitches with teeny tiny needles

10:55 PM  
Blogger High Energy Jenny said...

Hi Amie, I finished two socks for your total!

11:54 PM  
Blogger erica said...

My kitty Chloe is the groomer and it never feels right, especially when you can hear her smacking because my hair was longer than she anticipated. George on the other hand prefers to take a bite of hair like it's a mouse and pull and shake it. Always leaves a lovely mess in the back.

Cute sweater. Can't wait to see it finished.

10:25 AM  
Blogger Melissa said...

So, what are you going to do to celebrate when these knitters surpass your goal?

3:15 PM  
Blogger CarryFairie said...

I finished the second sock of my Jaywalkers! :)

7:00 PM  
Blogger aija said...

I love the handdyed yarn, reminds me of some "curacao" I have from Malabrigo, super bright & cheery!

And please add 2 more socks to the ticker for me!

3:35 PM  
Blogger Lolly said...

I sure was sorry to miss the little meetup - I am not sorry I missed Eunny kicking a kitten though! hehe ;)

Maybe next week? is that looking good for you?

7:10 AM  
Anonymous Sarah said...

You can add 5 pairs from me, I've been lax in sending in my progress thus far!

8:34 AM  
Blogger LadyV said...

Good for you, you didn't give up on the baby sweater. I have a toddler sweater thats been a UFO for longer than I care to admit. Needless-to-say, if I ever finish it, it will fit "someone's" toddler because the intended recipient has looooong since outgrown that title :-)

Fantastic sock progress.

9:28 AM  

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