er…

This thing still on?

CRAP!

It’s been almost THREE MONTHS!!

I fell off the wagon AGAIN!!!

dammit.

quick updates:

  • I didn’t finish the book. I got two weeks, 12,000 words in and 13,000 words behind. It became so obvious I wouldn’t even come close to finishing that I decided to let it go and not stress about it. This is not to say the book won’t get written, as we both totally intend to finish the books, but it didn’t happen in November. Or December for that matter. We’ll see about January.
  • I uh, didn’t finish my Central Park Hoodie, either. Yeaaah, there was an *incident* wherein I may have miscrossed some cables and then spent WEEKS deciding how or if it should be fixed.

    Apparently, I can be really wierd and anal on occasion, and the fact that the cables crossed TOWARDS the button band and not AWAY from the buttonband was annoying the shit out of me.


    before.jpg
    See?
    (pictured here with the *2* set of buttons I bought because I couldn’t decide. I’m going with the butons, not the toggles.)


    I am, however, entirely too lazy to re-knit an ENTIRE piece of a sweater. So, in a complicated attempt at avoidance, I somehow decided that THIS was a good idea:


    spahgetti.jpg
    Yes, that is what you think it is.


    I decided it would be a BRILLIANT idea to drop the 6 cable stitches down 102 rows and then re-knit them, this time making sure the cables cross the RIGHT WAY.

    102 rows.

    Of yarn spaghetti.

    So fun!

    In the end, I had this:


    fixedcables.jpg
    fixed on the left, original on the right.

    While reknitting 102 rows of cables wasn’t SO bad, I certainly am NOT up for doing it again, therefore, I made the executive decision to leave the other cable ‘as is’ and call it a ‘design decision’. Hopefully, the wonkiness will block out, because that re-knit cable is kinda fugly and uneven. :-\

    As it stands now, I have 1 back, 1 left front, ribbing on a right front, and one sleeve up to 4 repeats of the cable pattern. I guess I’m about 40% done.

  • I DID do some knitting for Christmas! My mom kept asking me where her fingerless mittens were. I kept trying to tell her that, since I had re-taught her to knit, that meant she was actually armed with the skills to make her OWN fingerless mittens. This sentiment was lost on her, and she kept asking. Thus, momma got Fetching for Christmas. In addition though, I decided to *finally* make my sister something decent!

    A looooong time ago, I made her mittens. Mittens she never wore. Every time she’d admire something I’d made and hint that she’d really like one of whatever it was, I would bring up these mittens and the fact that she’d never worn them. I held strong on this for years. Ye who does not appreciate knitted items shall recieve no more knitted items.

    Then, about three years ago, I was hanging out in my sister’s room and found the forgotten mittens and took a really good look at them.

    Those mittens?

    ASS UGLY.

    I wouldn’t wear them either!

    It was then I decided that maaaaybe I should knit her something nicer (hey! it’s not my fault! I just just learned to knit! I had no idea they were ugly! Had she WORN them, maybe I would have figured it out sooner!)

    So, this year, my sis got a pair of thrummed mittens:


    thrums.jpg

    insidethrums.jpg
    RAINBOWLICIOUS!


    They’re en route now, and should get to her tonight!
    (yeah, yeah, I know Christmas was a month ago! I’m not good with deadlines, ok?!!?!?!)

I actually started this post on Dec 31st, and it was supposed to turn into a look back on 2007 and a look forward into 2008, but if I don’t post this NOW, it might be 2009 before you ever hear from me again!!!

Quickly though — 2007 wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t great either. I have a feeling 2008 is going to be a magical sort of year, though. I hope, anyway. I don’t really make resolutions anymore, but I will say that I want to be fitter and healthier in 2008 and I want to keep working on being a better friend. That was my ‘resolution’ from last year and I don’t think I did a great job of it. Hopefully, this year, I’ll do better.

I hope you’re still reading, because I miss you :) I’ll try not to be such a stranger.

24 Responses to “er…”

  1. Jenny Says:

    Those ARE rainbowlicious!! Very cool! Your CPH front cracked me up. I have done that before too, and ended up just abandoning the whole thing.

  2. Nathania Says:

    Glad to see you posting again!

  3. mai Says:

    hi! i’ve missed you! and i love the thrummed mittens! (i saw them on flickr awhile ago) also, i prefer the buttons over the toggles as well.

  4. Cara Says:

    So sorry about the CPH cables. I miscrossed ONE on my CPH and actually cut it and fixed it. Very exciting.

    I hope 2008 is FANTASTIC for you!

  5. Sarah Says:

    Welcome back! Love the CPH! Work on it – it’s fabulous! :)

  6. Tanya Says:

    Grrrr. I can’t imagine fixing all of those cables. I probably would have cried. So glad to see you’re still around. Love those flurffy thrummed mittens!

  7. Jenna Says:

    You have an iron will for fixing those cables and you should totally be proud of yourself for persisting to get the finished product that you want.

    That’s funny that you were guilting your sister over something so awful, but it sounds like there was fault on both ends. At least now she has the cutest mittens ever! I’m so glad to finally see them knit up, as I remember you buying the thrums at MDS&W!

    I hope this year brings some magic for all of us.

  8. Stacey Says:

    That pic of the dropped stitches is scary! I don’t think I could do that!

    I’m still here, still reading…and looking forward to more posts. Hopefully :)

    Oh, and thanks for the Christmas card! It was one of the first pieces of mail I got here!

  9. Carrie Says:

    hihihi. we miss you! post more, woman!

  10. laura Says:

    We’ve missed you!!! always great to hear an update :-)

  11. molly! Says:

    That reworked cable is seriously impressive. CPH is looking nice!

    Good to hear from you, and glad to know you’re still alive. Happy New Year!

  12. Betsy Says:

    Cripers where do I start? blasnort……. I am glad you posted and let us all know you are alive and well, well I kinda knew you were alive since I got my Christmas card last week!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! MWAH! The CPH looks awesome and my god you re-worked cables ~ YOU ARE A BIG GIRL NOW!!!
    THe mitts are superrainbowliscoius, she shall loves them forever and forever.
    Hope you have a great rest-of-the-week!

  13. claudia Says:

    Good for you for working through that fix.

  14. Kelly Says:

    glad you’re back! Those mittens are fan-tastic! They’re my favorite thrummed to date.

  15. Hayley's Friend Says:

    Hey you posted!

  16. Tina Says:

    You are much braver than I. I know I would have just frogged back the entire front and re-knit it. I don’t think I would have the patients to ladder up 102 rows of 6 stitches, cables or even plain stockinette.

  17. Sharon Says:

    my baby sister made them for me. They came in the mail this week. THEY ARE AWESOME. And I am wearing them every day. I even sent a pic to her of me wearing them. I’m sure it will be posted soon! :)

  18. Scrapper Says:

    Holy Rainbow Fluffy Mittens Batman! Those are totally Neat-o

  19. biglug Says:

    That frogged cable is scaaaary.

  20. Norma Says:

    I miss you, too! I’m still here, and was happily surprised to see the feed light up…. Glad you’re busy living life. Sometimes the blog has to take a back seat.

  21. Phyl Says:

    Love the mittens! I’m so impressed you reknit the cable. I’d have thrown it out the window.

  22. Ebony!!!!!!!! Says:

    um…that picture of mittens for sharon is making eby QUITE the ANGRYYYYY!
    those be MYYYY MITTENSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!! GIVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! if i see her with them i will bite her and TAAAAAAAAKE!!!!

  23. Sheri Says:

    Cool mittens! I can’t imagine reknitting all that cable like that. I’ve done stuff like that, but not on that many rows! Hope it blocks well for you.

  24. theLady Says:

    Nice mittens. Januaryone (.com) has a tutorial on fixing mis-crossed cables just by snipping… but wow, impressive fix!

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