I kid you not. I truly have become Mother Hubbard. I'm both ashamed and proud, my Jew side has its chance to roar, and my other side can't do anything to restrain it. It doesn't help that the boyfriend is egging me on and for the first time in our 3.5 year relationship, we share a common hobby. And it is couponing.
I started on April 10th, and I think I know enough now to start documenting my trips. Both to restrain myself and encourage myself. Because as much as my other side may be ashamed of walking into the store with a purse full of coupons, it can't help but love walking out with a bag full of makeup and more money than I walked in with. Who wouldn't?
I directed him to my Ravelry page of favorites, so I wouldn't find myself knitting pasties or a willie warmer. Or rather, I directed him to my 14 pages of favorites, I have over 300 projects flagged that I intend to make someday. About 4 or 5 pages in, he found it. The perfect project for my next knit. He declared that it would be so.
So today I'm casting on the sexy vesty I've been dithering over.
Strange coincidence, right?! I thought so, I think maybe he and I share the same taste. Except you'll never see me in a pair of chanclas.
He wanted me to make sexy vesty in black, but after 4 thrift stores I still hadn't found a black sweater to unravel. I did find the most amazing denim colored cardigan, and decided it would be perfect. I unraveled it yesterday, and the washed skeins spent the night drying in front of a heater so I can start it tonight. Can't wait!
I can't figure out what to knit. I can't quite stomach the thought of starting a whole stockinette skirt. I don't have the right yarn for a vest unless I want everything I knit in the future to be grey, and I ran into some trouble with the white yarn for the circular shrug.
I finished it during lunch yesterday. Linky to Ravelry pattern page.
Move along people, nothing to see here. And yes I did eventually end up tucking all the ends in...
It's a measure of the love I have for this shawl that I'm nearly in profile, GRINNING (I haf teef!), and you can see the TV in the background.
I think the boyfriend was excited about this one too. When I called him and told him I'd cast off during lunch, he said he was disappointed because he didn't get to see my face when I finished the project. I'm not sure exactly what face I make, but assume it's similar to an O face or he wouldn't be so disappointed.
Now I have a dilemma. I decided to start a Circular Shrug but change it a bit and make the body portion out of lace. I'd like to try white since I picked up this great fingering weight sweater over the weekend, pure white cables. No tag, but it feels like cotton. But I have nothing to knit while I unravel the sweater. Oh noes! I feel lost.
Today I started with peeling, coring, slicing and soaking apples for drying, washing dishes, shopping thrift stores in Coronado for yarn to reclaim, watching BBC romances and knitting to finish a simple grey shawl. Holy crap.
The shawl is for Mom at work since she gets cold easily. I named it First Shawl for First Lady, as it's my first shawl (duh) but it should be named The Ad Infinitum Shawl of Ad Infinitum Knitting Infinitumness. It will never end. I actually wrote down a list of the rows I have remaining so when I finish a row and turn the work, I check off a row and feel I accomplished something. It's that bad. Here it is in all its messy glory.
Now back to Episode 3 of Jane Eyre. God bless the BBC.
Of course Part 2 of Step 1 should be to keep the pet alive for more than a week. I'm on day 3 of frog ownership with no signs of death, disease or dismemberment so we might be ok.
Last night I came home at 6, spent an hour cooking dinner and marinating beef (did I mention I bought a dehydrator to make my own beef jerky?) and instead of finishing some knitting projects, unraveling my Pat o' Butter sweater or reading my paralegal books, I sat by the tank and watched my two little African Dwarf Frogs swim in their tank. For about two hours. I even HAND FED them dried bloodworms, that's how much I'm in love. WORMS I tell you!!
I miss my family, I haven't seen them for almost a month. I'm ready for the week to be over so I can crochet with Mom, cook with Kristie, and hug Dad. Not feeling so grownup right now.
Got it home and washed it before unraveling, because it's cotton. If it was wool I'd unravel first to prevent felting.
From the first pic, you can see the way the chain is running. The fat part of the chain stitch points away from the way you should pull, the skinny part of the chain stitch points toward the way you should pull. With a sleeve, you usually start at the bottom of the sleeve and work your way up.
I snipped the chain stitch and started pulling. The thread ran the length of the sleeve and down to the hem of the sweater, it was a cinch to pull it out.
From there, I pulled apart all the separate parts. I ended with two sleeves, two front parts (marred by the pockets), a collar, two trim pieces, and a back.
Concentrating on the seams...
Here are the front piece and one of the sleeves, ready to be unraveled. The unraveling part was going to be the most difficult, I didn't have a yarn swift and I didn't want to wind it into balls since I wanted to relax the yarn before I knit with it.
I ended up winding the yarn around a computer chair that revolves. Each time the yarn is wound around the chair it is 45". The sleeves yielded 248 yards each and the back yielded 328 yards.
Here you can see the sleeve ready to be unraveled and the skein that came from the other sleeve.