I could have sworn I’d had a post between 1/25 and now, but I guess not. Meh. And since apparently my work now blocks my own site I can’t check very well. Anyway, I am still gestating and still annoyed about it. Time is rapidly counting down and we are rapidly attempting to prepare.
(No pictures because I just can’t get my act together long enough for knitting and photographic unit and computer and Flickr to be in the same place at the same time while my brain is functional.)
I finished the little hat and received an even-cuter one in the mail. I wish I could get the cats to hold still long enough to model them (though I suppose I could go buy a large grapefruit…) because the flattened photos don’t do them justice. Mine was rolling too much on the bottom, so I picked out the cast-on, unravelled a little bit, then knitted a few rows of 2X2 ribbing before adding more stockinette. I read in Ann Budd’s handy guide that such a think would stop the roll right where you wanted. I either knit too much ribbing or not enough stockinette (or both) because the ribbing shows a bit, but I still think it looks neat so I’m leaving it. (Will hassle T into taking shots when I have an actual baby on which to model the hats.)
In the meanwhile, I decided I needed something simple to work on, both now during time of no brain power, and later whilst in labor, so I schlepped over to my LYS and grabbed five colors/colorways of Cascade 220 superwash for a mitered square blanket. This is not technically the baby’s blanket, lest he feel like he needs to delay his arrival until it is finished, but is more of an entertainment thing for me that requires little thinking.
Since I started this post I have had to admit to myself that I am not capable of knitting stockinette mitered squares. I knit stockinette miter quadrangles with two six inch sides and two nine inch sides, and no amount of blocking will make those little (*&)#(*U(*%)s square. I would be less upset about this if I hadn’t knit ten of the little bastards before admitting this to myself. After much angsty texting to Lynn and much cursing and whining and general thinking of evil thoughts (my preferred coping mechanisms of the day) I started a garter square. Plain, boring, but reasonably square (preblocking), fast, and still brain-free. I will not be able to stand doing them all like that, so I may throw in a few log cabin blocks (tested one with reasonable success) and a few garter miters to entertain myself.