I didn’t realize it’d been so long until today two of my excellent caring readers emailed me to ascertain all was well. I apologize. Yes, we are well, happy, and busy!
I’m not even sure what is keeping us busy, but we are! We’ve been out of town the last 2 weekends, preschool and dance take up most weekdays and the between times we do household chores and take deep breaths.
Perhaps the real reason I’ve felt too busy to blog was the complete chaos of my room- UFOs everywhere! projects and patterns and plans scattered about! I finally had an organizing spree this evening which involved tidying up the work area and lining up all the UFOs so I can see them (and they can nag at me) but they aren’t in the way.
I even sorted out my wool cabinet- with labeled boxes and everything categorized by weight
Much, much better. That used to just be wool stuffed every which way, roughly classed by some crazy system involving purchase time and place, weight, color, and desirability. New system is better.
Among other things, I’ve been knitting away on the Father Fishtrap. After casting on the body last night I finally grasped the enormity of this project. But let’s look at the positive: I’ve memorized the logic of the Fishtrap Pattern which means I no longer need a chart, and –
The first sleeve is done! I unzipped the crochet cast-on and added the hem yesterday – the background yarn is Trekking XXL leftover from Jaywalkers and the letters are Fortissima Socka leftover from Mother’s Day Whitby socks. Both held double for gauge.
The plan with the hems is to put the recipient’s name and date on the bottom band with “Somebody Loves You” and the children’s names on the cuff hems and wife’s name on the neck hem.
But on the topic of enormity of project? This sucker has 296 stitches around the chest, and none of it is plain. Oof-da. At least I knew what I was getting into. But if you ever wonder where I am… I’m in the rocking chair with a growing mass of grey wool and lots and lots and lots of stitches, muttering to myself the whole time.