You ever notice how things kinda creep up on you?
Like...you buy a jumbo bag of coffee filters - you know you have enough to last you through next Christmas - until suddenly, one morning, you find yourself using a paper towel as a filter 'cause you've just run out.
Or....when you have a cupboard full of toilet paper...then one evening you find yourself straining to reach the Kleenex because all that's left on the holder is the cardboard tube.
(Of course, there's the experience of not even having Kleenex, but I won't go there right now.)
I'm at that point with my F & F shawl. I had rows & rows & rows of garter before me...and now I only have two left.
Instead of straining to reach the Kleenex, I'll soon be straining to decipher the lace pattern chart in the book. No - I won't be working from it, I'll be writing it out (quite laborously) by hand, thank you very much. Even if I DID enjoy using charts, I wouldn't use this one because of this rather silly comment from the book:
"If you haven't tried charts, now is your opportunity. Remember, if you want it, you can knit it!"
(Yes - I know I mentioned this before, but it bugs me so much I thought I'd repeat myself. It's my blog after all!) I realize Ms. Oberle didn't MEAN to sound smug and a trifle condescending, but that's how it struck me when I first read it & that's how it stuck in my head. See - you can never have another chance to make a first impression. (Being smug right back at her!)
So - this weekend will be filled with knitting (lace cardi definitely) and writing out F&F instructions - fun, eh?
Yesterday, both Colin's science project:
Here's a closeup of the shoulder with the new neckline & semi-sleeve:
Before anyone mentions it, I meant to bind off in knit rather than the rib pattern. I wanted the chain edge and also wanted the sleeves & neckline to draw in a bit rather than stay splayed out. :)
I deliberately made this on the small side anticipating further weight loss as well as just being tired of making everything too big! So, although I can wear it, at this point Tobacco draws a LOT of attention to the ...er...girls. It'll look best with another 15 or so pounds gone so you'll have to wait for a modeling pic. :::Grin::::
Oh - and I'm also finished with my week long "keeping track of knitting time" stint. It came out to 3 hours per day (almost exactly) every day. I'll spend more time at it when I'm finishing up a project - I know I've pulled an "all-dayer" (6 -7 hours) when I just want something DONE - but otherwise it's only 3.
It's amazing how the smallbits of time add up - 1/2 hour here, 20 minutes there. I actually knit just 1 to 1 1/2 hours at night in front of the tube - I'm usually too tired by evening to do more.
Totally unscientific, but there you have it.
I'm off to try & make some progress with a project or two so I have something to show come Monday. Have a great weekend!