Culvert was a flop...
However, there are a few problems. The main one being, I ran out of yarn for the top part before I was able to get it to the measurements in the pattern. I don't know if knitting another couple inches would've made a huge difference, since it wouldn't have changed the general shape or size of the neckline, but it might've given the shoulders a little more oomph. As it is, I can't keep the shoulders on my shoulders, and the days when I can wear an off-the-shoulder top are gone (at least until Owen's weaned, if not forever).
So, I'm left with the decision to finish up a cute-but-impractical sweater, which I will rarely if ever feel gutsy enough to wear in public, or salvage the beautiful, expensive yarn and use it for something else. I think I am going to salvage it. I already have a couple things in mind - a pair of Cargo pants from Knitty for Owen out of the All-Seasons Cotton, and some sort of striped shell for me out of the mohair. I can go pick up a couple balls of a contrasting color (I'm thinking red or orange) and design something up myself. It seems I'm having better luck with the things I design these days! I might try to modify Grumperina's Tivoli pattern. We'll see! For now, it's going to the end of the list while I work on designs (seems like everything's due at the end of September) and Christmas presents!
I got wonderful news from one of my NE Knitting Mommies - there is going to be an LYS opening in NE Portland this month! There is a god, and s/he is listening to me! It is going to be about two miles from my house, which means that it will no longer be a major expedition when I need to pick up a little yarn, a few needles, a little more yarn... I'm sure my husband is less than thrilled with this development. Although he does admit that my yarn habit makes feel less guilty about his athletic shoe habit! We are going to need to build him a shed in the back yard for his shoes one of these days... He can't stop buying them, and the fact that he has size 14 feet means that each pair takes up more than its fair share of space in his closet. Of course, I can't really blame him - his feet are so big that he really has trouble finding shoes in his size. When he finds them, he feels like he has to buy them!
Yesterday, my kids actually played together for awhile.
I am so excited that Owen is getting old enough to entertain Sydney (and vice versa)! This scene (no, Sydney did not lose an eye) allowed me to finish a few rows on Bill's Xmas gift #1. If you are not my husband, click here to get a sneak peek! No cheating, honey!
Now that Culvert is off the needles (and is going to die an agonizing death), I've got to decide what to start on next. Hmmm...decisions, decisions! Do I make something for me? Do I start on another Christmas present? Do I reknit Cow? I'll let you know what I decide.