Tuesday, March 15, 2005

Productive Weekends...

I had quite the productive weekend in terms of knitting and spinning. In terms of everything else, I pretty much did nothing. I love how I have these grandeose ideas of what I'm going to get accomplished in a weekend and then I just don't feel like it when the weekend actually comes around. 'I'd rather knit'...That's what always pops into my mind. Or the other general neglect-everything-but-this thought is 'I'd rather spin' And let me just tell you I spun like a crazy woman this weekend. I plyed together the singles that I've been working on and this is what I ended up with.

This picture is extremely deceiving because it looks like a lot but really, it's not that much. Here's a closeup...

I just love the way it's turning out. Plus, now that it's been plyed (or is it plied?) and the twist has been set, it is so soft. I don't even know what I'm making with it yet, but I guarantee it's going to be fabulous!

I also worked on the wonderful Retro Prep attempt #2. I mostly worked on that in the car. D and I drove to Rochester Saturday night to go to dinner with his parents and his brother and then to their house to watch the SU basketball game. It was the final for the Big East tournament, which, I'm happy to say, they won in quite an entertaining game. I brought my knitting in so I could maybe do a couple of rows while watching the game, but I surprised myself and didn't touch it once. The game was that thrilling. Who knew I could be this into basketball? I did however knit on the way out there and this is about where I am on Retro now

Notice the one finger holding down the edge... That little turd wanted to roll up on me while I was taking a picture. I'll put it in it's place when it's blocked, don't you worry!

Sunday was the concert which went fabulously. However, I was stuck next to the tone-deaf woman for the entire thing... I actually had several people come up to me during intermission asking me how I was coping. Apparently everyone avoids her like the plague but since I'm relatively new to the chorus I was unaware that she could make the hair on the back of your neck stand up and that you should avoid her at all costs.... I tell you, this concert coming up on Friday, I will NOT be standing next to her. I'm sure she's a wonderful person, she just can't sing and it was throwing me off the entire concert. Besides that, however, it went really well. D came with my parents because he wanted to hear me sing. What a sweetie.

Last night I finally got around to blocking Clapotis. I finished it last Friday night but was much too busy spinning, knitting and singing this weekend that I didn't get a chance to block it. But here it is all pinned out. For perspective, that thing is about as long as I am (5'4").

And here's what it looks like all folded up. Mmmmm, just look at those colors...

All I have left to do is sew in the ends.... I'm definitely not looking forward to that. If there is one thing that I dislike about the process of knitting, it's sewing in ends. I love to knit, I love to block, I love to sew knitted pieces together, I just hate to sew in ends. Oh well, just gotta suck it up.

So I was looking through my Interweave Knits book and I saw this sweater...

I think this is going to be the next sweater for me. However, I'm definitely going to shorten it. I swear the thing looks like it goes well past her butt and I'm not into sweaters like that. The only real modification I have to do is work out the side shaping so it'll still look good about six inches shorter. We'll see, it's just idea at this point...

7 comments:

Laura said...

Clapotis looks gorgeous! And that sweater is cool, albeit lengthy. Which book is that?

Kim said...

Congratulations on your first skein! It looks like you did a beautiful job keeping consistency and plying too!
Way to go! It's wonderful looking!

Lauren said...

Erin, there is so much to say... your spinning is lovely! I tried to learn how to spin in January, and I could not get the hang of it. Yours looks fabulous!
Retro Prep is really coming along as well. Lovin' that color.

Sounds like you had some nice times with D this weekend too!

Your Clapotis is lovely. I have to make one of these sometime...

Take care, and I hope your week is going well :)

*Lolly*

um said...

sorry you were stuck next to the tone deaf lady. couldn't they find another job for her, like riser-polisher or music-folder-put-togtherer? poor you, and poor her. oh well. hey, your clapotis is lovely. it truly is! wow. i love the colors you used - that was a great yarn choice. good luck with the turdy retro prep a#2!

Heather said...

Your spinning looks terrific. I am drooling here! Seriously. Awesome

Then that pink for retro prep is making me wish for spring!

H

CrazyFiberLady said...

Your clapotis is beautiful. Nice work! Retro prep is really coming along nicely.

Your spinning is beautiful.

I like that IK sweater. Which issue/book is that from? It looks very familiar. I agree, it is far too long in that picture.

erica said...

Your yarn is beautiful. I'm starting to think I should buy some dyed fiber soon too.

Clapotis is gorgeous. Now if I could just find some yarn in the ol' stash to make it I would, I fear I will have to break the budget and buy some yarn to make it. What yarn did you use? I'm sure I can find it in your archives if I took the time to look.

Retro Prep is looking very cute. I love the color.

Sorry to hear about having to stand next to the tone-deaf lady. I find it hard to understand people who can't sing and think they have a great voice. I know my voice leaves a lot to be desired, hence I sing quietly at Unitarian services. :)

Great new sweater. I loved it the first time I saw it wherever I saw it before.