Wednesday, January 28, 2009

And What of Knitting?

Yes, dear readers, despite what you may all be thinking, there was, in fact, knitting during my trip to Paris (just not with French yarn). Let's take a gander, shall we?

As I mentioned last week, I finally decided to cast on for a Clapotis as my "travel/plane" knitting. I mean, come on, it was inspired by Parisian women, it was a total no-brainer.

I'm using the Briar Rose Sea Pearl I bought at Rhinebeck last year. (Hah! As if that was the only thing I bought. Bwahahahaha!!!). It's really wonderful to work with, every stitch is a pleasure (really, I think the only thing that could beat it would be HandMaiden Sea Silk). Even though it's not a variegated yarn, as the pattern calls for, I'm quite happy with it.

I've worked through sections 1 and 2 and am now in the straight section, where I start dropping stitches.

Love those dropped stitches...

I also brought the second (technically third) Miscellaneous-Man Sock, take 2 along with me for Métropolitain knitting.I've just got to graft the toe, and I'll finally have a completed pair of socks. At least, um, I hope so. I wanted to take this picture with the other sock (you know, the original second sock?) and I... um... couldn't find it anywhere.


OK, seriously, I think I may have an idea what's been going on. I was reading on my friend Tamara's blog earlier this week that her son Byron (whose a whopping 3 days younger than Maxime) had a stash of crochet hooks hidden away, and that if he hadn't asked her to help him stuff another one in there, she would never have found them.

Well, last night (or the night before), I had taken the sock out of my bag and had put it on the coffee table. When Maxime went to bed that night, he looked at it and said "Papa?" (well, more like PapaaaaaaaaaAAAA???? [insert upspeak here]). And now I'm beginning to wonder if he's got a stash of socks hidden away somewhere.

How else can I explain it? Gnomes? A doorway to Narnia? What????


OK, I've had a cookie that Kate-the-Enabler just dropped off, and I feel better (Oh, and Kate? They're just the perfect amount of buttery. Yum!).

I also finished the Multidirectional Diagonal Scarf while we were away, but I want to devote a special post to that FO, so no pics for now.

I've also got a great deal of commissioned knitting waiting in the wings these days. I want to make a Noro Striped Scarf for my brother-in-law (to go with the Turn a Square Hat I made him for Christmas). His 40th birthday (Gack!) is coming up, so I should probably get going on that.

Then my sister-in-law writes me last week and asks me would I please knit her a new winter hat. This would be a replacement of the Amanda Hat I had knit her last Christmas and that she felted when trying to shrink it "just a bit" (apparently she has a small head).This is what she has in mind. In black. Yup, I'll get right on that.

I'm also test-knitting a pattern for my friend Stéphanie, an awesome hat that she's asked me to proof-read the English version of. I started it last night, and I hope to have it done by the end of the week/week-end.

*Sigh* There just isn't enough time in the day to do it all, is there? I want to be one of those knitters, you know the kind I mean. The ones who whip up heirloom afghans that they designed themselves, and who have their yarn alphabetized and on index cards.

I'll have another cookie now.

Happy Knitting Everyone!


Alrischa said...

That clapotis yarn is a pretty mix of colors!

I don't know what's going on with your socks, but frankly, kids are there to take the blame! lol. Of course, that doesn't help you find the sock...

I wish people would ask me to knit them stuff. Then I'd know it was appreciated and worth my time. It's not likely to happen this week, though. We're having a fun little heat wave Ü

Sinéad said...

It's the kids, definitely. I was handwashing my socks last week and three single socks were missing. After hours of searching? under Alices bed. When asked, she gave me the angelic pixie face "me? I'm totally innocent"...

birana said...

hum!! cookies! Nice your clapotis yarn.. I did mine with sea silk and it was wonderfull and quite easy and fun to make. For the socks... let's open an special investigation. ha!hA! And a lot of new knitting coming.. and never enough time for all those things, but if your like me you prefer having more than less to do :) BTW love the hat you'll make for you sister in law!

Knit and Purl Mama said...

Wow... now from a possible 3 socks, you've got only 1?? The first 2, are gone? Why not ask Maxime where he put them, LOL....

That's funny that your friend's son was taking her crochet hooks, that's cute. I hope I don't end up with missing knitting needles, LOL.

Can't wait to see your Clap done, it's look great so far.

Mrhide said...

mouhahahaha!! it wasn't the kids 3:)

I mean c'mon! that will teach her to leave 'em hanging everywhere!!

Kate, thank YOU for the colis! (and the cookies too!)

Sereknitty said...

That teal cabled hat looks very appealing -- can you tell us what the pattern is, or is that the one you're test knitting?

I've got some yarn stashed for the clapotis as well, but won't get to it for some time. Yours looks amazing!

Thanks for your facebook comment today -- yup, it hasn't been a great start to the year, but we're surviving.

Amelah said...

Maybe its the sock fairy :)

Love the blue hat :)