Friday, April 4, 2008

Persnickety-ness

Last night, while watching a couple of episodes of the X-Files (Monday and Arcadia episodes, from Season 6), I finished the right front on Maxime's cardigan, and kitchener stitched the right shoulder seam. I'm now entering the fussy, persnickety phase of seaming, which I absolutely detest with a fiery passion (but you knew that already). I'll glance briefly at my Finishing Techniques book (recommended by Jennifer), but I really just don't get it when I read about people choosing this stitch or that method for sewing things up. Of course, I suppose it does make sense to pay more attention to finishing concerns, when you've put so many hours into a project.

Be that as it may, this is what I'm actually going to spending much of my time today doing this:

Oh, and there's more in the hallway, I just couldn't get it all to fit in one picture. This is what happens when you try to only do laundry once a week in a family of four (Maxime's clothes and bibs get washed more often than that, but everything else is once a week). Hee Hee!!! Fortunately, I actually love doing laundry (no, really!!!).

Laundry was one of my chores when I was still living at home, one of the few I actually enjoyed. It was foisted upon me by my grandmother (who's probably reading this, and getting miffed at my use of the word "foisted"), who felt that I really ought to be doing more around the house to help out my mother. I grudgingly agreed (I think I was about 9 or 10), and discovered I actually liked it. I'm quite the busybody, and over the years I've developed a whole system for laundry (sorting, order of loads, folding). Some people might call this anal, or point out that I'm making something basically simple unnecessarily complicated in an effort to give myself importance (Whoa!!! How's that for introspection!), but to these people I say: Poop on you, I just like clean sheets :)

Now that I'm on the home stretch with Trellis, I've been thinking about what I want to do next. There's always Cluaranach to finish up, but I'm craving a real burst of colour (Spring, anyone?), so after swatching the Good Stripe Dress and placing my order for the circular needles I'm going to need (I don't have any in that range of sizes), I think I'm going to cast on a pair of socks with the lovely Shibui I picked up from Robyn's shop on Monday (I think it was the Orchid colourway). I've also got the March Rockin Sock Club waiting in the wings, but although I heart the pattern, I'm a bit greened out at the moment (the yarn is green).

Have a great weekend everyone!

8 comments:

Knit Girl said...
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Knit & Purl Mama said...

It's the Spectrum colorway you took.

I'll come back to read more in depth your post!

Sereknitty said...

Your trellis is coming along beautifully! While I too, have the same finishing book as you, I actually prefer The Knitters Companion from Interweave as my 'go to book' when I need help. With it's spiral binding, it's easy to prop up when I need both hands free for sewing or knitting. LOL, as I'm doing a mountain of laundry today, too!

birana said...

Your trellis is going faster than mine. The laundry.. the only thing my boyfriend make better than me..I mean in the house.. so I let him make it. Except for my knits(don't touch!!) Seaming.. what a crazy thing! Viva circular needles and projects. It's very cute the dress! and the stole too.. two future nice projects. Happy laundry ;)

AliP said...

Oooh the foothill precursors to a Mount Washmore ! Usually caused by a seismic shift in the laundry hamper's locale. Fascinating... ;oP

i'm glad you're back.

Anonymous said...

Mount Washmore indeed...
Alip - is that a Flylady reference you've gently dropped??
Love the Trellis, want it for myself, sadly, I'm too large. :)
Kate-the-Enabler

Jennifer said...

Rah Rah Rah
You can do it!


Need any more cheers?

Knit & Purl Mama said...

The laundry never ends in our house either... I think I have more laundry than you do - I WIN! Just kidding. But I seriously have more laundry to do than you - and it NEVER FREAKIN' ENDS>....