31 March 2008

What to do, What to do?

I've fixed the twisted vest and even gone on to adding the edgings on the armholes. Now all that remains is the front and neck bands. On the off chance that no one has told you this, silk does not have a lot of stretch to it. Picking up stitches in this silk/rayon stuff is a whole new kind of fun. Normally I'd just pick the stitches up with my needles, but there is absolutely no give in this stuff. I've been forced to use a crochet hook. The thought of having to pick up a whole lot of stitches around the fronts and neck is making my fingers hurt just thinking about it.

So maybe I should start something new. For those of you on Ravelry, you needn't point out that I have 5 things that aren't done yet. We're pretending those don't exist either. You also needn't point out that they all stalled during the finishing phase. I really don't have a problem with completion, really.

So what should I start on? I just recently got this in the mail from Interlacements:

It's the March Sock Gang yarn. It's a solid this time because the pattern is for lace socks. The problem here is that this is not precisely in my "favorite color" category. Daughter, yes. Hot pink, screaming purple, those are a definite go for her, but I'm more of a "colors you'd find in nature" kind of person. So this wool will not become my next pair of socks, which is probably just as well. I've recently joined the Tsock Flock and Sock Wars, so there will be a lot of socks in my future. I'm thinking that this could turn into a few mittens for daughter. This would be good because she has lost several mittens this year, and hopefully by knitting cold weather gear for her I can bring on some warm weather. I figure if washing my car makes it rain, maybe knitting mittens can turn the temperature up to 80 F.

The other option is probably a bad idea. You see, lately I've been hankering for a Dale Ski Team sweater. This is probably because it has been so cold for so long that I am sick to death of all of my sweaters. Whatever the reason, I've been thinking about making one of these, but I do not have the wool on hand. This would mean shopping. For a large amount of wool. A large amount of not inexpensive wool. (We'll see if I can confuse Husband with the double negative there.) What to do, what to do?

*Edited later to add*

OR, now that the mailman has come, I could give up knitting for a bit and do some reading.


Five Ferns Fibreholic said...

Feed Husband a BIG meal, sit him down in front of the TV, and when he falls asleep, run to the yarn store to buy the wool.

As for reading, looks like I'm off to Chapters in the very near future.

MadMad said...

Oh, I can't wait to read that - I'm actually going to her speech/signing in two weeks up at WEBS, so I guess I have to wait till then, though. The vest looks beautiful!