Saturday, September 24, 2005

I am feeling un-Hopeful today.

Owen woke up at 6:30, bright-eyed and ready to go. I tried unsuccessfully to get him back to sleep, then bagged it and brought him downstairs. He was perfectly happy trying to eat the animals dangling from his baby gym, so I tried to cast on for Hopeful so I could knit along with Miss McSpazzitron. But I couldn't do it!

I got out my ball of yarn, my size 6 circular, and sat down with the pattern printout. I cast on about 100 stitches and then realized that my yarn tail was long enough for about 20 more stitches (I needed another 116). I un-cast, at which point Owen started to yell that he wanted to be rocked back to sleep. After Sydney got up, I decided to try again. I picked up the yarn and needle, but I just couldn't do it for some reason. I decided that I'd just load the dishwasher quick, and make some coffee. Then I felt the need to fold the laundry that has been sitting in the dining room for five days. What? Me fold laundry instead of knitting? Then I decided that I needed to frog back a few inches on Sue's Xmas present since there was a spot on it that I didn't like and I knew it was going to bug me.

I don't know what's wrong with me! I never have trouble starting new projects. I think it's just the prospect of casting on over 200 stitches and knitting all those stitches enough times around to make an actual sweater out of them. Another reason to lose that baby weight - I could knit smaller sweaters faster and with less yarn! I think that it's also the idea of knitting a sweater with short sleeves when it has quickly become fall here. I'm less than excited about knitting something I won't wear until next spring...

We are heading to the Oregon Flock & Fiber Festival this afternoon (we being one of my knitting buddies and my mother-in-law). Maybe that will pull me out of my funk. In the meantime, I'm going to be a slacker on the Hopeful knit-along (sorry, Ms. Spazz)...

And now for some gratuitous cute kid pics... Here is what happens when you have an older sister and your mom is too lazy to put away all her stuff before you arrive:


Of course, there always is the chance that he will grow up to be our little princess...

And here is Sydney after her second day of preschool:


This is the girl who gave up regular naps shortly after her second birthday, and now we've had naps two days in a row! I like this!

I hope to have some good yarn p*rn for y'all tomorrow, or at least some goat and sheep pictures...

5 Comments:

Blogger keohinani said...

hey, do you do the long tail cast on? cuz i learned this new one where you make a slip knot like when you crochet, then you knit a stitch into it and place that loop onto the left needle. you do that until you have the necessary number of stitches. i forgot where i learned that, but since i did, i've never had a problem. it's great for when you're casting on for the second sock of a self striping yarn and you want to get the stripes to line up. :) so maybe try that. it takes a lot of the guesswork out of estimating the yarn you'll need.

12:14 PM  
Blogger keohinani said...

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12:15 PM  
Blogger keohinani said...

by "new one," i meant a new cast on method. and a note i forgot to include is that when you knit into the loop on the left needle, you don't drop it off the left needle; the stitch you just created by knitting into that stitch is placed on the left needle next to the first stitch.
i'm having difficulty articulating myself today...

12:18 PM  
Blogger candsmom said...

Finding out that you don't have enough of a tail to finish casting-on drains the oomph out of my gung-ho spirit, too. Especially first thing in the morning! I would have made some coffee, too. :-) Love the cute kid pics!! You know that's going to make a great blackmail pic someday. ;-) HAVE FUN for all of us at the Flock and Fiber Festival!! Looking forward to the porn...

12:42 AM  
Blogger Jen said...

Ditto what Keohinani said. The cable cast on as Knittinghelp.com calls it is what I usually use. When I knit-on, I end up with a really strange cast on edge, but looking at the videos again I think I've been transferring my loops backwards.

I LOVE the picture of Owen! Too young to care about what he's wearing. But the picture will definitely be priceless come senior prom time...

12:41 PM  

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