Monday, October 12, 2009

When I wasn't looking. . .

. . . I somehow made knitting progress. I measured/tried on recently some current projects, and to my shock and awe, I realized that I have made serious progress.

Pomotomus socks: only an inch or so til the toe decreases (of sock 2).

Twisted Tweed: only an inch or two til the toe decreases (of sock 1).

Sweetie's hoodie: only three inches to the neck shaping.

How did this happen? I mean, I know that I HAD been working on these three projects. A row here, a few stitches there. I find that I can't knit with the little guy is around and awake, because he has a little too much interest in what Mommy is doing, so all of my knitting the past couple months has been sporadic and on the sly. So you can imagine my surprise and delight. I may even have some finished projects to show off soon.

And about time. At the last sock club meeting, someone observed that I was knitting Pomotomus, and asked if I had started another pair. Um, no, this is the same pair. . . that I have been working on for three years. This person doesn't have children, btw.

I may have some serious knitting time coming. My sweetie and the little guy are flying to Calif. Some frequent flyer miles were about to expire (thanks mom!), so we are taking a little trip to see sights, and visit friends and family. My sweetie expressed surprise that I was planning to bring knitting on the plane. "When are you going to be able to knit, with watching the little man?" he says. Ok, the second leg of the flight is after the little guy's bedtime, and there is always a CHANCE that he will sleep a little. Plus, there are car rides when I may not be driving. I am not going away for a week and leaving the knitting at home, and that is that. Men, they just don't understand security knitting. What if he little guy is worn out and sleeps the whole flight? A mom can dream, can't she?

Today, it is all about the cautious anticipation.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Briefcase knitting

I was reminded today of something that should be obvious, but for reasons that I can't explain, was not for me: DPN's do not make good briefcase knitting. Briefcase knitting gets shoved between bottles of water, files, and pens. It gets snagged on keys. It languishes in the briefcase untouched for days, even weeks, at a time, while items next to it are inserted and removed on a daily basis. So what in blazes was in my mind when I put a little pink baby hat on DPN's in my briefcase?

I took it out to knit sometime after 1:40 p.m, while waiting for my 1:15 hearing to start, and discovered 2/3's of the stitches footloosed and DPN-free. What WAS I thinking? I rejoined the stitches with their DPN, but by that time, I no longer felt like knitting. Or waiting. I hate it when judges doublebook. My guy took a day off, and ended up sitting in the hallway for over an hour, and re-scheduling.

When I got back to the office, I put a sock (on two circulars) into my briefcase. Let's see those little stitches jump the needle now.

Today, it is all about rebellious stitches.