Sunday, September 25, 2005  

The Weekend In Which I Walk a Dog and a Cat, at the Same Time

Surprisingly little blood was shed. However, Abby "cramped Cricket's style," so Abby had to go home so Cricket could get a little quality time. Poor Cricket - I've been doggy-sitting and doing homework like mad, so snuggle time has been a bit scarce lately.

In the 12 minutes (hee hee) that I haven't been working or abby-sitting, I managed to finish the Ambles socks - I still need to weave in the ends, but close enough, you know? I LOVED working on these. The pattern was challenging enough so that I didn't get bored, but easy enough to memorize. Plus, the yarn was 40% off at KH - so what a great deal! I'm seriously considering making another pair for myself, as these are a gift.

I was also supposed to finish the 12 minute sweater - and I got close! I seamed the shoulders, blocked the sleeves, and got ready to "pick up and knit" for the front button bands, and then the collar. And promptly hit a snag. You see, it's very difficult to pick up stitches evenly when the thick/thin yarn goes from REALLY thick to REALLY thin. I managed to pick up about 1/2 of the stitches on the left band, and then I decided we both needed a little break, to "see other projects" and "work things out." But since this is destined to be a shop sample, and I'm not about to let 2 button-bands and a collar defeat me, I'm planning on dragging her out later this week when I my lap is dog-free for more than 10 minutes at a time.

Plus, I have to finish some of these projects so I can play with my new yarn - I finally joined the Debbie Bliss club, and got my welcome package about 10 minutes later! (OK, it was about a week, but still - talk about fast service!)

I'm not sure what I'm going to make with the alpaca silk - I love the color, but I'm allergic to alpaca, so I think I'll make something for my roommate for Christmas/Birthday. But since I can't see her in the scarf/hat combo that came with the yarn, I'll have to give it a good think and see what I can come up with.


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