Anyhow the point of telling you that is really just to say that I miss reading. I love to read (for pleasure, not for school, although sometimes it coincides). I miss the smell and feel of a good book that I'm reading for no other reason than I want to. What would be optimal would be if I could read and knit at the same time. I can, when It's on a computer monitor and I don't have to worry about holding a book open. I think that a nice sized hardback would work better than a paperback, but you'd still need something to weigh the ends down.
You'd also need pretty mindless knitting and I don't have a ton of that right now. I will once I get to the foot part of my mom's socks, but I still have a few rows of intarsia to go/weaving in 10,000 ends/seaming the cuff. Hum. I'm really hoping I can just crank those out with 2 or 3 nights of knitting on them. A little longer wouldn't be too bad.
I'm actually almost finished with my Christmas knitting (sort of... if you don't count the ornaments I may or may not make...). Maybe I'm just telling myself that because Christmas is 10 days away. Yeah.. 10. >.>
Ravelry is a time-suck. Sometimes I feel like I'll miss something if I don't check it every few hours. I'm addicted, srsly.
So... I have a few FOs to share.
Inga's Bunny (Ravlink):
Yarn: Encore Plymouth Worsted Colorspun recycled from my first hat attempt
Pattern: This bunny tutorial, with pom-pom tutorial here
Mods: I didn't pay attention to how the body was sewn up so I ended up mattress stitching it, and at the bum I made it round by stitching 1 row out at a time, so I was originally jus stitching the 1st row, then the 2nd, and then the 3rd, I think that's as wide as I went. Then I stuffed and kind of fudged the bottom in another mattress stitch.
Thoughts: Super easy, it would have been sooo much quicker if I hadn't decided that an 8" square was a really good idea.
Yarn: Plymouth Encore Worsted, and a bit of Cascade Fixation for the keyhole scarf
Pattern: Bubby by Vanessa Carter, published in Knitty
Mods: I only decreased to 9 stitches instead of 6 for the neck, but otherwise none.
Thoughts: I liked this pattern OK. It came out a little long and odd shaped, I think. It looked really weird until I gave him the scarf and sewed his little face on. Anyhow, I think it's good enough to give to a 3 year old.
I also finished the Jaques-Cousteau hat. I love the color and the density of the fabirc. It needs a good blocking, however before it gets FO pics because the top looks like a big ol' nipple.
I've also cast on a sideways garter stitch hat, and I'll be posting the pattern for my version when I'm finished. I'm almost finished with one Fuzzy Foot, and hopefully I won't have to purchase any more yarn to make the second one.
I plan on finishing the sideways garter hat (which is stripey) tonight and also Tiny Turtle, the poor guy who is going to take like 30 minutes to finish. He's just been waiting for his last 2 legs.
I told myself I have to finish the turtle before I can finish my mom's socks because they need the same size needles.
That's enough for now, I suppose.
P.S. I started working at Heavenly Creations
P.P.S. I went to a party where they had hot chocolate and peppermint schnapps in big thermoses (thermosi?) it was delish.