Saturday, February 27, 2016

Day 58

A little under the weather, as in sleeping most of the day and running a bit of a fever.  So, a little blanket knitting, and that's it.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Day 56

I said to myself, "I will get back to weaving.  Really, I will."  So, tonight after work and after dinner, I vacuumed the blanket wool fuzz, lots of wool fuzz, off the Norwood.

And then I sat on the couch for two hours and finished off square #6 of this year for the February Blanket and started square #7. There it is, above.

Of course, I'm beating myself up because I'm not weaving, but really, there's nothing wrong with knitting blanket squares.  This blanket is a record, not only of choices of colors over the years I've been knitting it, but also of all the years - 25, maybe 30 now - that I've been buying yarn and spinning yarn and knitting with it.  Tonight, I was kept company on the couch by a very small ball of Bartlett yarn in a blue-green.  That Bartlett yarn was the first yarn I ever bought, to learn to knit with, back ages ago.  I'll knit it into this blanket somewhere, one of these years, along with so many of the other yarns that have kept me company.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Day 55

Knitting, aka procrastinating about weaving.  I may need weaverly bucking-up.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Day 54

Busy day, busy evening equals two stitches knit, just for whatever forward progress I can get.

(OK, OK, so I want to knock off early and go read all the old weaving books that just arrived - that counts, right?)

Monday, February 22, 2016

Day 53

One round on a blanket square, just so I could say I did, because I have fallen prey to the unwelcome thought, "Just why do I, do we, do all this knitting, spinning, weaving anyway?  What on earth is the point of this?"

I mean, I could be doing something much more substantial instead, like watching television or sorting old bills or something truly Necessary and Inspiring like dusting window mullions, couldn't I? Indeed, shouldn't I?

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Day 52

More socializing, this time on the coast, so a little February Blanket knitting, a little Glenfiddich knitting.... and then the weekend's over.  Alas.

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Day 51

A busy, sociable day (well, busy except for the nap), so only a few rounds on a blanket square today.

Friday, February 19, 2016

Day 50

Fifty days.  Amazing.

OK, I've decided this really is a sinus infection that's bringing me down and making it hard to do anything more than mindless knitting.

Just not enough energy to tackle anything else.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Day 49

Knitting on the February Blanket.  Knitting, knitting, knitting.  I forget, every year, how draining February is.  Yes, the days are longer.  Yes, the sun is stronger.  Yes, this winter is much, much milder than lat year.  But still, it's cold and dry and endless, and therefore I knit, in the hope and faith that every stitch taken in this state of winter trudging will yet result in surprising beauty come spring.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Day 48

And now for something completely different this evening: helping a friend hem heavy white tablecloths for her restaurant.  (With yummy pizza and Honest Weight beer.)

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Day 47

See that?  Yeah, shaft #7 is tied up when #8 should have been.  Oopsie.  Oh, well, I bet I can correct all those mis-weavings ...

Later.  In the meantime, I can mostly cope with mindless knitting.

Monday, February 15, 2016

Day 46

Well, the blanket is off the loom, but half of it - the half I couldn't really see while weaving it - is all fucked up.

I'm still debating what to do with it.

Lots of February Blanket square knitting while thinking.

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Day 45 - Brr!

Well, I tried to finish weaving the doublewide blanket, but I got through two repeats and a bit, and gave up because that room - a former garage - was just too cold.  It was around -10 F, with a wind chill of -25 or so.  COLD!

Instead, I camped out on the couch with knitting.

Assorted blankets and shawls were called into action just to keep me warm!

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Day 44

Two repeats on the goose-eye blanket.  Slowly, slowly, the knots approach the back of the heddles.

Adding to square #3 of the February Blanket:

And a few rows on Glenfiddich:

Friday, February 12, 2016

Day 43

One - one! - repeat on the twill blanket.  Lots of unweaving, though, until I realized one of the tie-up cords had come undone. Oopsie.

And 5 or 6 rows on Glenfiddich.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Day 42

A few rounds on a new February Blanket square while waiting for my (late) carpool. And that was it for today.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Day 41

Knitting, knitting, knitting.

Knitting while I wait for the (late) carpool.  Knitting while I ride in the carpool.  Knitting while I take the train to Boston for work.  Knitting in the evening because my brain is too shot for weaving.

At least this square is better looking than the first one this month, which I think I'll frog back part way and reknit.

After I weave in the ends on this one.

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Day 40

Two blanket repeats woven.

Quite a lot knit on a February Blanket square, in large part because finally it is light enough in the morning and evening that I can knit while I'm carpooling.  It's turning towards spring!  (after another couple months of winter)

Monday, February 08, 2016

Day 39

Two repeats on the woven blanket, twelve rounds on a new February Blanket square.  Life is so ordinary, isn't it?

Sunday, February 07, 2016

Day 38

Two repeats on the doublewide blanket.

Two inches on the Glenfiddich cardigan.

Instead of more weaving/knitting/spinning, I went for a hike and then shopping for work clothes. How an entire mall can be full of completely uninteresting, unfitting, unbecoming clothes is beyond me!  I need to start sewing more.

Saturday, February 06, 2016

Day 37

Two repeats on the doublewide blanket.  I should have woven more, but I figured out the problem with the short rows on Glenfiddich - who knew there are two kinds of "knit into the stitch below" stitches? - so I made good progress on that.

Now I wait to see if it'll fit, since I rejiggered the chosen size to use Aran-weight yarn instead of DK-weight.

Friday, February 05, 2016

Day 36

Two repeats on the blanket, several rounds on the other blanket.  (What's with the blanket obsession?)

Pictures, pictures...OK, you're right, you need pictures.

The finished blanket rolling up on the cloth beam:

I can see the knots at the end of the warp - this is a good thing!

And one rather ugly February Blanket square, still needing its ends woven it and to be blocked (and to be disguised among dozens of its more lovely (I hope) sisters):

Thursday, February 04, 2016

Days 34 and 35

Oopsie!  I forgot to post last night, probably because of a wicked sinus headache.  Anyway: a couple of rounds on a February Blanket square were all I managed.

Tonight, however, SO much more progress.  Two repeats on the doublewide blanket, a couple of rounds on a February Blanket square, and a partridge in a pear tree.

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Day 33

Two repeats on the doublewide blanket. A little knitting on the February Blanket.

Monday, February 01, 2016

Day 32

The entire evening was spent on work-related phone calls, so all I got done for fiber work was :

Yep, that's the February Blanket again.  Note how it is sitting on a living room rug.  ALL I got done tonight was to pull the project off the shelves and put it in the living room where I can work on it.  Woo!

And now it's bedtime....