Friday, September 08, 2006

Knitterly Knightmares

A couple nights ago I found myself awake at 3:30am (this may or may not have originally been because of a little doggie coming off of her muscle relaxor fix). After taking the doggie out, I tried and failed miserably to get back to sleep. All that kept swimming through my head was knitting. Stress about the Deep V Argyle vest. Will I be able to knit with both hands? Will it fit? Will I be able to keep up in class?

But then there is the Simple Knitted Bodice KAL with the Sexy Knitters Club. I finally got a good gauge and fabric worked out, but what if it ends up too big anyway? And, oops, guess who forgot to write down the needle size of the last swatch? Because I didn't need to write it down, I knew I'd remember. Ha! (Oh and per Miss Stefanie, sub yarns should match the printed gauge in that pattern, because that gauge gives the actual finished sizes and not some derivative of before or after silk yarn growth.)

And Christmas! Sheesh! That is practically next week. I still have secret knits 1, 2 and 3! Of which they are all in some semblance of mid-production. And yet I am contemplating adding this new one? I know it's soft, pink and smooshy, but is there really time? Really?

Well, it just went around and around like that for nearly 2 hours. I almost got up, but knew that if I didn't get at least a little sleep, I would be completely useless at work the next day. I rarely have nights like this about anything. I usually sleep very well and often wish I could share at least a little bit of my ability to fall asleep in less than a minute with my insomniatic husband. But every so often my brain cranks on and won't shut off. It's usually about work, not fun stuff. So what does this mean to my knitting? Is it turning into something that is more than a fun hobby?

Regardless, these things will get done and the next project will come my way. Just like my N/N finally decided to come join us in the real world. Now although I finally know what N, my N/N turned out to be, my sister-in-law should really be the first person to share that information with the bloggosphere. So, until then, I will at least let you take a gander at the first little goody this perfect new member of our family has received from my needles.

It is the Debbie Bliss Shawl-Collared Jacket from Baby Knits for Beginners. I made it with slightly more than 3 hanks of Classic Elite Flash on size 8 needles and added on the Cutest Buttons in the World. I thought that it would be super cute to see a little one running around in a baby grandpa sweater. I knitted the pattern as written but did have to back-up sometimes and remind myself that it is written for beginners, so the pattern was literal. Once I took that as a given, piece of cake. And on a side note, this sweater is not greenish because I didn't know the sex of the baby, it is greenish because I liked this yarn. I have the pleasure of knitting for a mom who doesn't buy into the traditional gender specific characters pushed upon most children since before they are born. And because of this, knitting for this kid is going to be a lot of fun.

11 comments:

knitzalot said...

I'm glad I'm not the only one stressing a little about the vest class. I'm concerned I'm going to be the class idiot. I'm sure we're all more or less in the same boat.

Lolly said...

I just bought some of the same Jo Sharp wool for a Fair Isle pullover I am planning! You will be great in class! :)

Mouse said...

Cute sweater! I love the buttons!

Kara said...

Love the colors that you picked for your vest! It is going to look so fab.

Just take a deep breath...you can do it!

amanda cathleen said...

Your vest is going to be smashing! I can't wait to read about your journey : )

Nonnahs said...

The baby sweater turned out really cute! And I know your vest will as well. :)

Jennifer said...

I love the little sweater. The baby will be adorable in it.

Lovely color choices for your vest too!

Nasus said...

Sooo cute!

mle said...

Love the baby sweater! Also, those colors you've picked for the deep v aryle vest are gorgeous! I've been thinking I might like to attemp that someday.

Sheri at The Loopy Ewe said...

I am SO glad to know that other people wake up in the middle of the night and start thinking about knitting projects. I thought I was just weird!

Theresa said...

Wow - you are way more ambitious than me! I'm finally back from playing soldier in TX, and now I'm all confused about which weeks the Thurs Knitting nights are. Is there one this week, by chance?