Tuesday, September 29, 2009

So Much For That

Soooooo, I remember saying that I would try to blog more often. And then I disappeared, apparently. Truth is, I got the flu or something that knocked me out for about a week (while Mr. T was out of town, so I was still doing all the mom stuff on my own). I've been playing catch up, and now I can sit down and fill you all in.

In the midst of my ick, I did manage to work in my Moses Not-So-Hoodie. In fact, I just now bound off the last stitch. Here it is, in pieces, because I didn't want to wait any longer to blog:

Now I have to do all the seaming, the neck treatment, and the little button loops, and this is all the yarn I have left:

I think I will rip out my swatch and use that yarn for seaming and try to use this yarn for the neckband/button loops. The sweater, the swatches, and the little yarn ball total three skeins of Wollmeise. I have another skein of this yarn, but I have a sock pattern I want to use it for, so I'm hoping to squeak this sweater out without breaking into it. Wish me luck.

Even though I swatched, washed, measured, calculated and recalculated, I'm still worried about whether this sweater will fit properly. The sleeves look long, among other things, but I find that a lot of sweater patterns lately are a bit long, sleeve-wise.

To take a break from knitting a sweater on size 2 US needles, I'm going to knit a pair of socks on size 1.5 (I think). For these socks, the Dark Isle socks, I'm going to use black and Dornroschen, a pink/red mix:

I originally planned to use this combination, but then I thought I'd use the black with a blue yarn. After spending all this time knitting a blue sweater, however, I'd like to look at another color for a while.

I will also be working on the second Aestlight shawl, done in Sanguine Gryphon's Eidos yarn. I started this one back in August while we were on vacation, but I've been working almost exclusively on the Moses sweater since then.

Now that the weather is getting brisker (yay!), I want another sweater, too. I have two options for a nice warm sweater that I need to think about for a little while. Once is a beautiful dark green/blue merino/cashmere yarn from Squoosh:

(not a good photo, color-wise) Option two is some big, fluffy Eco-wool type stuff that I got at Fibre Space. Time will tell.

In news from the rest of my world, both boys are settling into their respective grades fairly well, as far as I can tell. Reports from Mrs. Meanie are that Jr. Jr. "wants to answer every question I ask and sometimes gets frustrated when I don't call on him. I love his enthusiasm."

Jr. Jr. is playing soccer this Fall, after years of refusing to play. I think he could be a pretty good soccer player. He's quick on his feet and pretty nimble, but he hasn't had the years of play that other kids have had. Nonetheless, he seems to be doing pretty well. His team, apparently, stinks. They've had one game, they were blown out, but Jr. Jr. was the only one who almost scored. Too bad almost doesn't count :)

Sr. Jr. is doing the Saturday afternoon tennis round robin, and he's still bike racing, of course. On Sunday, he took second place in the 10-14 race at the Ed Sanders Memorial Cyclocross race. (For fun: if you Google "Ed Sanders Cyclocross" you can see video of some of the races, including helmet cam video. I believe Mr. T is in some of those.)

Jr. Jr. did the Little Belgians race at Ed Sanders this weekend, but apparently was hobbled by an inferior bike, a circumstance that I'm sure Mr. T is already plotting to rectify.

And so, barring anymore unforeseen illnesses or calamities, I do plan to blog more often...


kippi said...

I love the sweater pieces. If anyone can finish that with the yarn you have left, you can. I have faith.

I love Dorn, so think you made a very nice choice.

It is so nice to see your kids so active and having fun. Whether they like the sport or not, the photos show that, in the moment, a good time was had.

And yes, must rectify inferior bike situation, stat. Good tools make all the difference. Could you imagine knitting with crappy needles. fuggitaboutit.

Scott T. said...

I'm overwhelmed by how much she cares about me. The video of my race is here http://www.cxhairs.com/2009/09/28/ed-sander-memorial-cyclocross-helmet-cam-video/

Helmet cam by the guy who was right behind me at the start (I'm in the light blue "Coppi" uniform).

Yes, we will rectify the bike situation

Scott T. said...

didn't mean to seem snarky; just joking that the kids get photo feature, I'm relegated to a vague google search ;-)

I'm looking forward to some of Loren's cool weather projects as well

Sharon said...

You are insane: a sweater on size 2 needles!!! The stitching is really, really beautiful. I can't wait to see the finished product. Glad to hear the boys are doing well. For the first year, neither of my kids are playing Arlington soccer. It seems like some major milestone has been reached and passed! Sigh. Not to worry about the team's losing streak. The last 3 years Samantha played, her team never won a game.

Tell Scott that it won't be long before the boys kick his butt on the bike. That happened quickly with Jacob. (Now he kills his Dad both running and biking.) Such cute boys--you must be so proud.

kippi said...

I tried to watch the video but it made me want to hurl. But I'm certain that you were absolutely fabulous in it, Scott. Emmy worthy, really.

I came back looking for finished sweater photos!