Wednesday, February 18, 2009

IT'S HERE!!!!!!!!!!!

The "reward" yarn I ordered for myself on January 1 arrived yesterday and....I haven't yet cast on.

I know--I am shocked as well. I thought I'd probably have the first loop on the needles before the UPS truck even pulled away! I don't know what has gotten into me! Instead, I worked on the January aran
blocked the moss scarf,
which I am actually pleased with--and I think this is my favorite stitch pattern variation so far
but I am not sure everyone would love a variegated yarn scarf.

Then I spent some time working on a block for my friend's Warm Up America projectonly to discover my gauge goes to hell when I'm bored. The blocks are supposed to be 7 by 9 inches. This one is 8 by 9, so to the frog pond it goes. That will teach me--I did a seed stitch block at the correct gauge, so I didn't bother to recheck with garter. I dared smugness and was smote by the knitting gods! And over a garter stitch block of all things!

My new block is my own variation. Since I like knitting better than purling but wanted something besides garter stitch, I decided to knit one row, then do a K1, P1 rib on the back side. I love the result. This is the frontwhich Blogger insists on turning sideways, and this is the backIt's like an easy double knitting trick! I must make a scarf from this when the blocks are done.

Theo had a bit of a setback yesterday when we were out on the leash. He got spooked by Andy coming around the corner of the house, got loose, sprinted across the yard and scaled the 6-foot fence. Luckily, I got to him before he went down the other side, but he still limped the rest of the night. Today he's fine. we had an uneventful backyard outing, and now he's checking out the Valentine's Day pillows.I think he's recovered from the stress.......