27 February 2006

+1 Hat

I finished the +1 Hat for my friend (my pseudo-Olympic knitting) last weekend. It's taken me more than a week to photograph it, but hopefully I'll get it to the P.O. bythe end of the week.

Perhaps it's in tribute to the late, great Don Knotts that my camera hand is indeed like The Shakiest Gun in the West. Blur-tastic, so my photos are.

It's knit in Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran...curses to the yardage on those wee balls, curses! The gray bits are Andean Silk from Knitpicks.

Life is settling down a little bit now--only two more rounds of student conferences to go before Spring Break. And boy am I ever ready for Spring Break--heading to Georgia for a few days to visit with family. I have to start a set of socks or something so I have suitable travel knitting. Vigdis is a bit too fiddly for me to want to travel with cable needle and book and post-it notes and extra balls of yarn and such. Socks travel most easily. Of course, I also have to read Leslie Marmon Silko's Almanac of the Dead, which is nearly 800 pages of "you don't have time to knit," and grade 40 creative writing portfolios in that week, too. This being a full-time student and a full-time teacher at the same time is a bit ridiculous.

18 February 2006

Oh, We are Ashamed!

It's been very nearly a month (will be, tomorrow) since I've updated. Not for lack of desire to do so, though. Graduate school dug its claws in, and dug in hard. This is why I'm not an Olympian. *sigh* It's an awesome idea, though, and you wonderful peoples are doing such ambitious projects! Adrian has her lovely Highland Norsk, Colleen the modified Spring Breeze Top, Stephanie the Hardangervidda (which looks quite dangerous), and 4,000 more have their projects!

I'm an Olympian in spirit, though--I've been watching a lot of the Olympics (who knew curling was so addictive?), and working on a knit hat for a friend of mine in med school. I was lucky enough to stumble across one ball of Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran in Evergreen in the bargain bin of my LYS, Spin a Yarn. I'm (hopefully) stretching it into full hat length--in her Dublin Beanie pattern, Kel over at y(e)arn noted that the Cashmerino can end up a few yards short--by knitting the ribbed bottom (which folds up) in some Gray Knitpicks Alpaca Silk leftover from the Under the Hoodie. I'm getting ready to do the decreases at the top of the hat, so we'll see how my gamble pays off.

I'm still working, very slowly, on Vigdis. It's knitting I can't do if I want to pay attention to other things, so that leaves me without a whole lot of opportunity there. I am, however, skipping town for Spring Break in a few weeks, so hopefully I can get a good portion of the back done.

And now it's time to read. Because I'm an English major and that's all I'm allowed to do.