Monday, May 21, 2007

Executive decision

Due to a combination of factors in my life right now, I'm making an executive decision about my goal to knit seven sweaters this year. The largest (literally) factor is that I've lost ten pounds in the past five weeks or so, and I hope to keep up with the trend - I don't think it's anything different that I'm doing, I think my doctor solved some problems that have prevented me from moving as I wanted to, but I'm hoping it will keep going down.

Because of that, I don't want to knit a bunch of nicely fitting sweaters that won't fit when I lose more weight. So I will continue with the few over-sized sweaters I had planned, but most of them were a little more shaped, and I want them to be that way when my own shape is less alarm clock and more hour glass.

The catalyst for this was that blue sweater that was dyeing my fingers a bazillion years ago. It took less than two weeks, but I finished it, all except for the final bind off

put it on to check, and it looked like someone had dressed me in a handknit garbage bag. Blech. So I decided to rip it all back to the beginning, wash the yarn (look at how grossly black the water is! Hopefully the second knitting will be more pleasant!) and start over.

I am pleased with how really pretty it looked in the big pile of just-ripped-ness.

In other news, Delphine came home from summer camp and needs to be retrained to the ways of our people. I'm readjusting to her (a different gal than Fiona-the-Lendrum, she is!) and playing away and have been FAR more interested in spinning than in that silly knitting stuff (ahem. You know. How the income happens.)

If I were only a little bit more coordinated (and spinning woolen, instead of both being worsted, which always takes both hands) I think I might be able to get both wheels going at once. As it is, they are directly next to each other in my tiny living room, with what looks like identical rovings, but is actually completely different fiber, vendors, and colors. Honest.

For Minh, photos of the nightlight I mentioned in her comments.
This is probably over 30 years old now, but my mother would know for sure...

The lightbulb hides inside his mouth, and the beak adjusts in openness for varying brightness.


Blogger Emily said...

That nightlight is adorable! How cute...
Congrats on your weight loss, and I totally agree that it's probably wise to wait on the fitted sweaters! Plus, it's always nice to knit small stuff in the summer to keep the heavy/warm wool off your lap...

2:48 PM  
Blogger Minh said...

That's really sweet of you but you didn't need to answer the meme again.

That toucan nightlight is too cute. It's really cool that you still have it!

6:39 PM  
Blogger rho said...

ohhh on the yarn, Yippee on the weight loss (now if I could just get in the groove you seem to be in)

but OMG I love the toucan nightlight -- how cool!!

9:33 PM  
Blogger Bess said...

Congrats on that 10 lb. Good doctor. Gooder Rose.

7:14 AM  
Blogger Pheelya said...

Congrats on the weight loss. It was really nice meeting you all the other night!

6:33 AM  
Blogger James said...

Good call on the sweaters. I planned on knitting 4 sweaters this year and I'm really hoping I'll finish 3. Congrats on the negative poundage, I know how awesome that can be!

11:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, Sweetie!
I bought the nightlight for your brother's cribside when we moved into our first (and current) house in 1972. So yes, it is at least thirty years old. Looks good, too!

4:08 PM  
Blogger Catherine said...

Congrats on the poundage loss! I've decided to stick to making a couple of sweaters that are intentionally oversized, and otherwise have shelved plans for anything fitted for the same reason. Not that I ever planned to make SEVEN. But I'm not going to start the one I was thinking about starting and not finishing per my usual habit. :-) I will finish the big purple thing before fall, I swear!

7:57 AM  

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