Sunday, October 4, 2009

Counting my WIPs before they hatch

Life has been nuts. I will spare you all the details, but here's my favorite picture from the past few weeks. It's me and the Little Dude gathering nuts in our backyard. These nuts drop out of trees, onto our roof at all hours and it's a little like trying to sleep through the Blitz. Aside from that, it's my favorite picture because I'm on the phone with Will, letting him know that my biopsy was negative and I do not, in fact, have melanoma. And this is just one of the things that's been going on!

As you might imagine, all of the knitting has been stockinette and soothing, a support role and coping mechanism.

What's this picture? The UFOs that have been piling up. Two of them require more yarn, one requires more time for reading lace charts, the other two require more enthusiasm. So, despite an entire table full of UFOs...

I cast on a new sweater. Those are the sleeves, two at a time, so I don't have to worry about matching increases on the 2nd one. The sweater is the raglan from Ann Budd's wonderful Knitter's Handy Book of Sweater patterns. The yarn is City Tweed from knit picks in Plum Wine. I ordered a sweater's worth a few months ago, within hours of finishing this. Now that the weather has cooled, I've been wearing the grey one nearly every day. So, it's time for a back up.

I still haven't decided on cardi or pullover. A pullover might be more wearable at work, but a cardi more versatile. Thus, I started the sleeves first.


Tikabelle said...

Holy shit, girl! I'm SO GLAD you're negative. My breath caught a little and my mind started figuring out ways to get to Pennsylvania and help - all in must the space it took to register the "don't." Whew!

You're totally justified in starting a new sweater under the circumstances, both health- and UFO-wise.

Y'know, November's coming up - AKA NaKniSweMo. Maybe I'll finally finish last year's Salina! Wanna join me? Your latest sweater should be done by then... :D

Beth said...

I'm so glad that I was there to take the photo! I'm finally home, and it's nice, but I started missing you all on my way to the airport:)