Slowly, carefully, peeking over the edge... is there anyone there?
I don't know why I haven't been interested in blogging or in reading blogs or in twitter lately. Blah, I think when I sit in front of the computer. So I open a file to do with PhD instead. Which is a good thing. Or a game, which isn't. Or I get up again and go and pick up my knitting, or a book. But today I have put in several hours of good PhD work and I intend to put in several more, so I'm going to take a break and blog now.
I'm not unhappy, but I'm feeling very snowed under. Last week I was in a training session for a software upgrade every hour of every working day. It was excellent training, and the week went really fast (except Wednesday afternoon - what is it about Wednesday afternoons?) but it really took it out of me and I was fairly much horizontal by Friday evening. On Saturday we saw Wicked, which I really enjoyed. I'm not a great fan of musicals generally, but the staging was wonderful, and I loved the underlying theme, that people can't be separated into clearly defined categories of good and bad. It seemed to have a bit more meat to it than the average musical.
I knit on; Hannah's fairisle cardigan is nearly done, but I'm going to run out of yarn so I'll have to buy another ball. This is the second time I've run out on this project; luckily it's easily available at Morris and Sons. I've made areas of fairisle and (luckily for my sanity) I've also included large areas of plain stocking stitch, so I've tried something different: as the Morris Empire comes in both 8ply and 4ply in the exact same colours, I've made the fair isle sections from 4-ply and the plain sections from 8=ply. It's worked beautifully. The loosely-knitted fairisle and the plain stocking stitch have exactly the same drape and tension.
I'm also making a Christmas present of a narrow reversible cable scarf in a lovely soft manly grey merino from Wired for Fibre. I knit one pattern repeat every night and I'm about 1/4 of the way through it, judging by the weight of the ball. I need to get a wriggle on, as it has to be posted to the UK. I have plans for two cotton cardis for myself, but can't get to them until I've got the gifts off the needles.
I finished the Noro cardigan by adding extra front bands, and it looks great. Fits too. You want proof? Watch this space.
A blight on negative ease! A blight on knitting publishers that don't publish clear photos! The photos in Rav didn't alert me - they all look like a nice fit - and did I listen when Sandra kept saying the pieces looked too small? lalalalalala, that was me, with my fingers in my ears. (Actually, I did measure a couple of times, but given how much the Noro jumper had stretched, I didn't get that a close fit was going to be a disaster.)
What am I talking about? The Noro cardi. The Noro cardi that I knitted
out of the jumper that grew and grew.The Noro cardi that fits across
the back, is a little tight but not impossibly so in the sleeves, and is
about 10cm too small across the front - that's after a few hours of
wearing. ETA: I checked last night, and in fact each front was less than half
the width of the back, even with the few extra stitches that I'd added.
This cardigan was apparently planned so it could be worn by a
I have two choices: to reknit it yet again in another style,
looser and more boxy, or (lightbulb moment!) make another second band
as a design feature. Which is what I'll try first.
The latest Australian reality show, Beauty and the Geek, is based on a US show in which beautiful people are matched with geeks. The beautiful learn to think (apparently a geek characteristic) and the geeky learn social graces (which of course beautiful people must have in spades, right?).
Biggest surprise: all the beautiful people are women and all the geeks are men.