How in the world did February get past me? I was on a roll, and then one day it all came to a dead stop. What in the name of orange polyester pants could have happened to make me end up so far behind? I have no idea.
Wait. Yes, I do have an idea. What usually takes me out is the bronchitis, and this time was no different. It just makes me tired. Mix that with this repetitive motion syndrome where the pain starts in my hands and goes all the way up to my shoulders. Oy! Knitting is prohibitive, but I do it anyway.
Enough about me, what else about me?
I am doing some knitting with my new skein of Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks That Rock lightweight in Downpour:
The pattern is Business Casual which is a great looking sock and a delight to knit, if only I could do more than a row or two a day:
I love the colorway, I love the pattern and I love knitting. The skein looks so different when wound into a pancake and even more different knitted up. I'm doing a KAL with Knitabulls (Diane) on Ravelry. You can knit whatever you want, as long as you use Socks That Rocks sock yarn only. So, naturally, I'm making socks.
And because knitting is such a pain, I agreed to make a tote bag for my friend Sojourn Knitter. What did I do to make her believe I could sew? She picked the pattern:
Just an ordinary tote bag. Easy peasy, right? Not hardly. I took the pattern tissue paper out of the package and didn't understand a darn thing. Where's the pieces I need for the tote? It's on one of those thin, filmy sheets. Dang!
It took me half an hour to find the pieces I needed and another half an hour to cut them out. Double dang! I should NOT be allowed to sew anything if I can't even find the pieces which have numbers on them. Jeezy!
My scissors worked on the paper, but they didn't work on the fabric. Oy! What now? Crooked lines, that's what. Anyway, I cut the fabric, then cut the interface, then cut the lining. One thing I know for sure, I can never use the pattern paper again in life. I hope I have it memorized because I made a mess:
(Sorry about the poor photography, but my camera made everything either too light or too dark, I went with too dark.)
Now my next dilemma is how to use the sewing machine. I know there's a manual around here somewhere! Lordy! How hard could it be to sew a straight line, you ask? Ask me when I explain to Sojourn Knitter how I was going for a "wavy" edge - you know, one that isn't a wave or straight, but downright crooked.
The stress of it all is too much, I tell you.
I also made 10 preemie hats for Tracey and her Remembering Remy charity knit. Ten little hats in ten days. That was the easiest part of the last two weeks. The one below is made with my handspun, but the rest were made from leftover yarns.
Not too shabby for being out of the loop for so long, eh? And the ladies in the knitting circle are knitting hats, too - yay! I'm hoping to have plenty of hats to turn over to Tracey in the next few weeks.
Now my mission, if I should decide to take it on, is to catch up on all of my podcasts, blogs, emails and other stuff that's been neglected these past two weeks.
Enjoy your knitting and remember to take frequent breaks!