Thursday, October 27, 2005

slacker knitter seeks advice

we saw "wallace and gromit" last weekend. i think gromit wins the award for "world's cutest knitter."

i haven't done any knitting at all lately. i think it's largely because of battlestar galactica. when i'm home and have free time all i wanna do is watch battlestar galactica, and i don't want to be distracted by knitting while i watch it. i think i've been watching it a bit too much though, because i had a dream of being attacked by a cylon.

anyhoo, now i have to get cracking. i promised my friend liza an umbilical cord hat for her upcoming bundle of joy, thinking i had until february when she's due. but i just found out her shower is in a week and a half, and i suppose i should really have it done by then, huh? i hope i have enough yarn in my stash.

i think i'm going to have to rip apart my cotton candy hat a second time to free up the needles for the umbilical cord hat. it's not that big a deal because i only have like a half inch done, but still i don't like to do that. anyone have any ideas on how to save the hat? it's on a 16in size 10 circular needle.

after that, i have to get going on a christmas present for travis' cousin. his family does a "secret santa" thing where each person draws a name and only buys a present for that one person, saving much money and pointless gift giving. i drew his cousin, and i think she'd really like an elegant wrap/wide scarf. i'd also like to add a strategically placed button or buttons so that it can be fastened to make it like a cape or poncho, you know? i got some great ideas at the 2005 d.c. knit-out and crochet last weekend. i want to use mostly black and/or shades of brown, with a little bit of accent color, and use several different textures of yarn. one possibility i've been considering is black soy silk and/or bamboo with recycled sari yarn. but, if i do it in browns and neutrals, i have some really cool coconut husk buttons i brought back from hawaii that would look great. i have to get my butt over to a yarn store and see what catches my eye.


Blogger bitterknitter said...

Could you thread some waste yarn through the stitches before/as you take the needle out? Then the stitches would be ready and waiting for you to put the needle back in and keep knitting!


Thu Oct 27, 11:25:00 AM GMT-5  
Anonymous ellie said...

That's exactly what I was going to say. Run some yarn through, or if you have circulars of a smaller size you can run those through, or double points. I know what you mean about sometimes just wanting to watch your show though!

Thu Oct 27, 03:29:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger jen said...

oooh, good idea about the double pointed needles, ellie! i'll use them until i need them for the top of the baby hat, and then i'll just switch back! i think that would make me feel more secure than a piece of yarn.

by the way, i'm glad you asked about weaving in ends on your blog, because i have the same problem. i bookmarked that page from knitty someone posted to you, and i hope that will solve the problem. let me know how it goes if you try it!

Thu Oct 27, 04:13:00 PM GMT-5  
Anonymous travis said...

why can't our dog knit? oh yeah, she doesn't have an opposable thumb.

Fri Oct 28, 09:02:00 AM GMT-5  
Blogger vania said...

good luck knitting that hat, though i don't think you have to have it down for the shower. i love that my friends are all having kids - now i can put my craze for knitting to work for them!

Fri Oct 28, 01:09:00 PM GMT-5  

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