No Knitting Today

No knitting today. Why?

I had a crappy morning, so I saddled up my trusty steed,

Went and picked up my kid from school,

And ran errands.

That’s 40# of cat and dog food. Did I mention that I love this bike?

No Gold Medal For Me…

I enjoyed participating in the 2010 Knitting Olympics but didn’t manage to finish my project in time to get a gold medal. I had some good reasons for not finishing – Chris, Grace, and I took a trip to San Francisco, my friend had her baby (I was her doula), and I went to a couple great concerts. I finished up on Monday, so I really wasn’t *that* far behind. I probably would have finished it on time if I hadn’t needed to rip back a lot of work twice. Ah well. The challenge was fun and I’d definitely do it again!

Slinky Ribs from Custom Knits, knit in Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool, color 52 (Ravelry link)

Overall, the pattern was great and I only needed to make a couple modifications. #1: I raised the neckline a couple inches – that below-the-boobs thing only looks good on certain people and I’m not one of them! #2: Added short row bust shaping. The front of the sweater was going to be significantly shorter than the back without short rows, which is not at all the look I was going for! I followed the directions in Big Girl Knits and am really happy with how well they worked out! It takes some thinking to make sense of the directions and it definitely pays to check your math (twice, if you’re like me), but it’s well worth the time and effort.

Also, I love Silky Wool! It was great to work with, even with the occasional piece of vegetation in the yarn, and it feels great on! It’s really nice for next-to-the-skin wear and it feels like I should be able to wear this well into warmer weather. Probably not in the height of a MN summer, but definitely through spring and early summer. I’ve got 10 skeins of another color in my stash and I’m looking for the perfect pattern for it – any suggestions?

On the needles now: Baby Chalice Blanket in Plymouth Encore color 7129. It’s zipping along – I started it a week ago and I’m already about halfway done. The pattern’s not hard to follow but it’s not so mindless I lose interest. A good combination, generally. And the size 8 needles I’m using seem huge compared to the tiny needles I usually use, so progress is fast.