Rob just explained to me how the concept of terminal velocity could assist with shoveling. Paternity: established.
I finished my second Knitted Thing!
I used Lion Brand Homespun yarn, in the colors we had on hand. (We have a huge pile of yarn and needles and things from my mother-in-law's house, and I'd bought the pink and yellow on clearance to practice with.) I found the yarn medium-difficult to work with because it's all kinked and fuzzy, but I liked trying a different yarn. I cast on 50 stitches, which turned out to be kind of a lot for a beginner: it seemed to take FOREVER to make any progress. I'd intended for the 50-stitch side to be the short side of a rectangle, but I ended up making it the long side.
Rob taught me how to do stripes, so that's what I was practicing. I didn't plan how many rows to do each stripe or how many stripes to do of each color. I did pink and added purple, then dropped pink and added blue, then dropped purple and added yellow. Then I felt like I was done, so I stopped. The finished Thing is about 12x17 inches. I am hoping the cat will want to sleep on it, but so far she is shunning it in favor of a piece of bubble wrap. What is it with her and plastic? She's always licking it or sleeping on it.
[Edit: Look what I found when I went out to the living room!
She accepts it!]
Now I'm working on something I hope will be a knit headband. I wear my hair twisted up in a clip, so hats don't work. What I want is a hatlet that will go over one ear, across the top of my head (where I have always pictured a heat-venting hole, like a whale's blowhole, ever since learning as a child that heat is lost through the head), and back over the other ear, tying...somewhere (under the chin seems too bonnetlike, behind the neck seems like it might slip off).
I started it with just a few stitches for near-the-tying-place and then wanted to increase to covering-the-ear width, and Rob and I had learned Knit One Front & Back from the Knit Witch when he needed it for a diagonal-stripe scarf, so I decided to use that. Here's his scarf in progress:
I was glad Rob had been using Knit One Front & Back for awhile so he could watch and advise. (The best part was when I hesitated and he said "Now catch the sheep..." exactly as if tenderly coaching a young child.) At one point I realized I'd increased in the wrong place, and I said, "Oh! But I can just undo it, right?" and he said, "Yes, but, uh...." and I slipped the two stitches off the needle. Then I didn't know what to do next. He said, "Yeah, you don't know what to do with that, do you. Here, give it to me."
Gift ideas for an 8-year-old, part 1 of 2 - I have TWO 8-year-olds to buy for, so I’m going to split it up into two posts. Today will be the things we’re getting for Edward. I dislike saying “Gift id...