I’m just sick and tired of my bro’s blankie. Will it never end? Apparently not. I’m on the 9th square of 9 so I should be happy, right? Right. I pulled all the squares out and the second one I knit is very sloppy and loosely knit. It’s a full log bigger on two sides than all the others. A little variation is to be expected but this is ridiculous. It’ll just mess up the shape of the whole thing. So I STILL have one more square to knit. Don’t even talk to me about sewing them up or knitting the border.
I have a feeling dear, darling bro will be getting a box of stacked squares for Xmas. At least it takes a little pressure off. Now I just need to buy stuff for everyone else. Sing it with me, children: Puh-puh-puh-pressure!
I was getting my every-so-often dose of Julie this morning and read that her adorable Meathead was chosen for inclusion in Larissa’s book. She totally deserved it, what with her creative use of buttons. There were so many wonderful submissions, I figured mine would never make it. It wasn’t made with the right yarn, after all. And I was fine with that — the request for submissions came during deadline and I needed an easy, brainless pattern to expend some energy on.
But being the curious sort, I popped on over to Larissa’s place only to find my Meathead was chosen too! What a terrific surprise! Unfortunately, it’s deadline again and I have to get back to it but I just had to post the exciting news.
This week has been a whirlwind. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays are always a little hectic in the morning because we have a newsletter to get online by noon so when Hubbo called and said “I found a boat I’m buying” — for the 200th time — I said “Yeah, whatever. I have to call you back.” When I did, he directed me to a Craigslist posting for a 1974 Contessa 26 for a great price. I didn’t hesitate. “Buy it!” said I.
At noon, we met the owner — a lovely young gal who bought the boat for a song in June to liveaboard while she went to college. She’s moving to Tahoe at the end of the year and needed to unload her POS boat. Little did she know, she was living aboard a boat capable of taking her around the world. There aren’t that many boats in that size range that could do that, much less for such a small sum of money. We threw a wad of bills at her and ran out before she changed her mind.
I just love this sweet little machine but she needs some work, mostly cosmetic, but some beefing up. See, Hubbo will be sailing her in the 2008 Singlehanded TransPac that I wrote about in my first entry and she needs to be very seaworthy before I’ll let him go anywhere.
So what’s this beauty’s name, anyway? Find out at my new blog and keep up with the progress — which means knitting will be taking a bit of a backseat for awhile. I’m sure you’re all crushed.
Let me count the colorways! Cara, in all her splendid, generous wonderfulness, saw fit to bestow upon me the coveted Interlacement Toasty Toes in Color 409. I cannot tell you in mere words how much I love this colorway (which, of course, is discontinued) so let me show you.
So, in honor of Cara’s original contest, here’s a little haiku commemorating my love for 409:
I own 4-0-9
Interlacement Toasty Toes
Thanks to you, Cara
Crappy for sure but it’s the thought that counts. Isn’t it?
I took Larissa‘s challenge — anything to help another knitter, especially if she’s ballsy enough to write her own book — and knit up my very own meathead. My LYS is very chi-chi and apparently is too good to stock Lamb’s Pride so I ‘settled’ for Cascade’s Lana Grande in Lime. The pattern calls for LP Bulky doubled for a 2 sts/1″ gauge, which is exactly what Lana Grande is in and of itself. So instead of doubling, I was able to just go for it straight from the ball.
I chose Lime because Larissa specifically asked for greens and deep pinks to be used, for possible inclusion in her book. I suppose having to use a different wool will disqualify my efforts but that’s ok. I loved knitting this. It took all of an hour and is so damn cute, I could just puke all over it! The only thing I would critique is that it’s listed as an Adult Small but it looks more like it’s for a kid’s head. Now, me, I have a big head (thanks Dad!), but Hubbo has a tiny little pinhead and it looked way too small even for his head (no, he wouldn’t let me take a pic, dammit).
All that was left was to find just the right embellishment. I longed for a nice watermelon slice of some sort but couldn’t find anything that tripped my trigger. The hat reminds me of summer so what could be nicer than to remember summery things in the dead of winter, when you’ll be most likely to wear it? To compliment the funkiness of the meathead, I ‘picked’ these funky flowers. Hubbo helped with the placement — he’s random, I’m orderly.
I wanted to finish before Larissa’s deadline of the end of the month (ok, I’m a day late) so I didn’t rip it out and make it bigger but that’ll prolly be the first order of bizness after I get Bro’s blanket finished. And no worries about running out of yarn. I’d guess that half the ball is still left!
On another note, Cara sent out a challenge of her own to knitting bloggers, which was actually a challenge from this dude who is doing a study of how meme’s spread. Honestly, I couldn’t slog through his explanation but count me in!