Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Out with the Old

Hello, 2011! Don't let the door hit you in the ass on the way out, 2010. That was not a good year. Not the worst ever, but just a long exercise in frustration. I hope that 2011 is much better for everyone.

Since I started a whole whack of projects in the last couple of months of 2010, I'm slowly but surely finishing them up.

S's Fiddleheads, all done. They take a long time to dry, since they're essentially three layers of wool. But my goal was to have them ready to give to her when we see each other at the Geography Bee on Friday, and I met that goal. We won't talk about the previous goals that I missed. I met this one, and it's the first one of 2011. I hope that's a good omen.

And look!

Dark and Stormy! With actual, full-length sleeves. In order to conserve yarn, I reduced the width of the front button band to 2 inches from 3. I'm doubly glad I did that since the sweater grew slightly more than anticipated in the wash. It's about an inch bigger around than I planned for, but since this is supposed to be roomy for layering, I think it will be ok. If not, I think I can get it a little smaller. I just blocked it this morning, so no live shots for a few days.

I have about a quarter of a skein left, and I did unravel my swatches and use them for the sleeve cuffs.

The pattern was an absolute joy to knit. The yarn was wonderful to knit with. If the sweater looks bad on me, I'll be very unhappy.

Some close-ups:

(The T-pins mark where the buttons will go.)

Today I am wearing new contact lenses. I haven't worn contacts regularly for a long time, because I have just enough of an astigmatism to make it difficult for me to find contacts that correct my distance vision but are comfortable to read with. My eye doctor has some new candidates that we're trying out.

After picking Jr. Jr. up from the bus stop and walking home with him, I asked him if he noticed anything different about me today. Here's how his thought process went, and I swear, these are direct quotes:

"You got a haircut? No... You took a shower? [well, yes, but that's not different] ... You put on makeup?... You're taller!... New pants?... New shirt?... You're more beautiful?"

What a suck up.


Scott T. said...

you are beautiful

however, I'm disappointed by the collar on the sweater; not a big fan of collars like that on Sweaters, particularly not for a woman. Just too much reminds me of the fathers on 1950s sit-coms, like Father Knows Best (yes I do), or My Three Sons. Just personal preference

Glad you met your goal.

kippi said...

He's a charming suck-up.

I think the sweater is gorgeous, collar and all. :-) Can't wait to see the modeled shots.

ps-- So happy Susan will regain use of her frozen other hand. :-)