Long time, no see. I've been a bit obsessed lately with two big projects, thus have been spending less time on the computer. Not only has posting to my blog suffered, so, again, has reading blogs. Sorry for my absence on both counts.
So, my first obsession has been the knitting of Hey, Teach!, a lovely lace cardigan. I'm using a cotton/acrylic blend yarn, and despite my distaste for acrylic, it is nice to work with. The pattern, however, is not. I saw several people comment on Ravelry that they found it easy to knit, but that has not been my experience. That being said, I think the problem is my difficulty with spacial relationships, which makes it difficult to rationalize the lace with the necessary arm, shoulder, and sleeve cap decreases. It has definitely been frustrating at times, but I'm persevering and have only one sleeve to go. Hopefully, I'll be ready to seam it by the end of the week.
My other obsession is getting my husband ready to move out of town. That's right, he's leaving me. But that's a good thing, because after almost a year of unemployment, he has a job! So, for a while, we'll be doing the commuter marriage thing. He's going to be working for an agency of the Federal government (the only place in his field that seems to be hiring right now,) and working in Washington, DC. He found a lovely condo to rent in Alexandria, and I've already located the local yarn shop. When the weather cools off, it will definitely be within walking distance. The condo is one of those shops below, living space above developments, and one of the retail tenants is Whole Foods. Talk about convenient! The man doesn't cook much, so he'll be able to easily feed himself, at least. I'm excited about this opportunity for both of us. He's really looking forward to his new job, and DC will be a fabulous place to visit from time to time. Win-Win! So, for the next two weeks, we are shopping for all the things necessary to set up a new place, and then we'll be moving in. I'm not planning any more big knitting projects until he's settled and I'm back home, that's for sure.
A few weeks ago, before the sweater knitting frenzy struck, I did manage to finish another pair of socks.
- This is an old standby, Melanie's Twist. It is a freebie, but note that it consists only of the stitch pattern.
- The yarn is Miss Babs "Yummy" Sock and Baby Yarn in the "Frog Princess" colorway. It's a bit less lurid than it looks on my monitor - nice and bright, but not eye searing. This was a Sock Summit 2009 purchase, so I had lots of lovely memories while knitting with it.