Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Upwards and Onwards

Many thanks for the gushing comments regarding my new flooring. As I was saying to the lovely and talented Cynthia yesterday, I love them so much I want to cover myself in oil and slither across them naked. :)

Last weekend being what it was, I'm pleased to announce that Phil and I will be taking a well-deserved trip à deux this weekend, when we head to the Niagara International Kite Festival in Niagara Falls. Yessir, ladies and gents, Phil has become such a kite-making bigwig that, not only was he invited to participate in this year's festival, but he's actually being comped for it. How cool is that?

Of course, while I'm looking forward to seeing the kites (and the Falls, I haven't been since I was a wee knitter), I'm absolutely ecstatic about all the primo knitting time I'll have this weekend ('cause, really, once the kites are in the air, there's not much else to do). Plus the 7 hour drive to and from? Oh yeah, baby, I'm gonna get my knit on!
Naturally, I've given considerable thought to what knitting I'm going to bring (natch'). I think this will be the perfect opportunity to crank out a few small Christmas gift projects. If strictly sticking to projects using stash yarn only, here's what I've come up with so far:
  • A pair of Fetching fingerless gloves in yummy Malabrigo for the daycare lady (to match the hat I made her last year)
  • A pair of Fuzzy feet for someone who shall remain nameless because he/she might be a reader. I'm thinking Cascade 220 for this project.
  • A pair of Newfoundland Mitts using some leftover Cascade 220 and leftover Noro Kureyon.
This would also be a great opportunity to finish some languishing UFO's, like the Argosy scarf I cast on for when Christ was a cowboy, or the Good Ole Cabled Scarf I started in, um, November 2007.

And of course, let's not forget my 2 "current" WIPs, the Celtic Tote and my Miscellaneous-Man Socks.

Right, so that's, what? 7 projects for a 3 day weekend? BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!! Obsess much?

I was thinking about handknits as gifts recently, and wondering how I felt about them. As a knitter, I'll admit that I like to give handknit gifts because a) they're a way to save money (the money's already spent, y'all) and b) I often have to rack my brain to come up with a gift (because we HAVE to buy "something", right?), but you can never have too many socks or hats or scarves. Right?

The question still remains, though. Are handknits considered "real" gifts by their recipients? Do they appreciate them for the time and skill they represent, or do they feel like they got the shaft? Should gifted handknits always be accompanied by store-bought gifts? In which case, why bother with handknits at all??? Should we limit ourselves to one handknit gift per person per year?

Quite the connundrum, dear readers... Maybe I should tackle the Egg vs. Chicken debate instead.

I'll wrap up today's post with a picture of the heel of my Miscellaneous-Man socks.

I finally get it! I've been reading forever how you're supposed to do a short-row heel when using self-striping yarn so as not to disrupt the stripe sequence, but I just didn't get it. I tend to prefer a heel flap and gusset myself, but this time I thought "What the heck". And look! See the yellow stripe? See how it folds in on itself? (Or rather, how it WOULD fold in on itself if I had started it a smidge earlier in the sequence?). THAT's what everybody was talking about! I finally get it! Yay!

Happy Knitting Everyone!


Sinéad said...

Nice heel, madam, very nice. That's some gorgeous sock yarn too, I might add. I think 7 projects for the weekend is perfect, if the drive is going to be that long and the sitting around so plentiful. Just in case you get bored with one (or put it in time out). I hope you really enjoy yourselves, and take lots of pictures of the kites and the Falls! I've never been, and have no idea when I will ever get to go.

Anonymous said...

I'm jealous of all that knitting time! Enjoy it! (As one who brought yarn for 11.5 pairs of socks on an 11 day cruise...I don't think 7 projects is too much!)

p.s. Yay to the hubby, you kite-making-guy-you. Or something. :)

Mrhide said...

:) can't wait to get there and yes, I believe you really deserve this little break cause we've been running around lately and the horizon looks the same for the future..

Love those misc. socks :) *HINT HINT if you want some rhinebeck money!* 3:>

Jessica said...

Are you kidding me? Handmade gifts are the way to go. In fact, it makes me feel "cheap" for "just buying" stuff. Cause stuff is stuff. But mittens and sweaters and socks last forever. :)

Sereknitty said...

The way I figure it, is when you give someone a handmade item, you give them a piece of your heart ,too ... and that is priceless!

7 projects is perfect ... one for each hour of driving, so you don't get bored with just one project :)

Knit and Purl Mama said...

Love the colors of the misc. man socks. Are they for Phil?

7 hours each way - did you have to drive ANY of that or did you get 14 hours of knitting time?

Yey for a comped weekend!

I always wonder about knitted gifts - etc. But that's what Sean's daycare teachers are getting this year - and also - my MIL requested a vest for her bday/xmas (same week). For all the time I'm putting into it - I'm not getting her anything else.