I try not to be a giver-upper, but I'm beat, I admit it. A few months ago, I decided to knit the wonderful Bottoms Up Bucket hat from Chicknits.com. I had previously made one of wool, and felted it. I love that hat, and I thought it would be fun to have a cotton one for summer, and taking note of suggested yarns on the website, bought some Debbie Bliss Cotton DK. Now, this is nice, soft, easy to knit with yarn. But no matter what I did, I could not get the gauge right, mostly because of my loose, loose knitting style. After ripping it apart, changing needle sizes, and starting over probably five or six times, I pulled it all out and threw the yarn back into the bin. Fast forward to yesterday, when I gave in to the urge to try again, since I've figured out how to hold the yarn in a way that has significantly tightened my stitches. This time, I decided to use some Tahki Cotton Classic - another good yarn. I knitted until I got a boo-boo on my hand, ignorning the fact that my gauge was off by 1/2". The unfortunate result was a teeny-tiny hat. Bleh. But was I defeated - no way! Having enough yarn left to try again, I did. I went up a needle size, knitted happily for a couple of hours, measured my gauge, and OH NO NOT AGAIN! Too many stitches per inch! So that's it, I give up. No more cotton bucket hats - felted ones only from here on out! That's a promise I intend to keep - at least until the three skeins of pretty blue cotton I got for this same hat start calling my name. Or until some helpful blogger gives me another idea for using the blue cotton - Reynolds Gypsy, WW, 82 yds per skein.
The landscapers plod on. The giant hole in the front yard that was the impetus for the project is now filled in with pieces of old driveway/sidewalk and dirt. Our yard is sloped in such a way that all the rain washed down that one area and created a really ugly slide area. Funny how one "little" thing like that can morph into a zillion dollar project! But I had to admit that part of the escalating price was my fault. We had only meant to fix the hole, redesign the rest of our rather small front yard to be low to no maintenance, and replace a badly designed sidewalk with pretty pavers. Then I got to looking at the driveway - stained, cracked, ugly, and thought how nice it would look with matching pavers. Of course, Big Jim thought that was a wonderful idea, even after seeing it would add 1/3 to the cost. And I still wish someone would explain to me why the other 1/3 is just for plants! Jeez, who knew little bushes and trees and rocks could be so expensive! The hole filling part ended up being the least of it. But we'll be happy campers when it's done. Our yard has been in need of help for many years - and the neighbors will definately appreciate the increase in property value this produces. Oh, except for the Addams Family next door - those spooks could care less.
So, what am I knitting next? Probably more socks, although I think I'll spend the rest of the evening working on the sweater for my mom. She hates me, but I'll persist anyway!