A Knit Decision

Knitting in Oregon, with other stuff, too, such as crochet, cats, dogs, history, fashion, highly opiniated rants, reading, diabetes, church, life in general, etc. I like circular needles, prefer natural yarns, don't spin, choose small projects, and don't have any one favorite yarn store. I love them all.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

I have knit.

I was on vacation last week, Nov 4-10. It was very nice. We went by train to Klamath Falls, and the Running Y Ranch.

I dutifully packed my knitting, with the minimum required 3 projects. Okay, I had 4. One that only needed finishing (mitts), two that needed working (game bag & Emily's sweater), and one that I could start (another pink EZ Baby Surprise Jacket). You know, you have to take one that requires starting, because there is some magic involved in starting a project. It's special.

I was recovering from the flu and felt AWFUL for the first three days. So I didn't actually knit until the train ride north to Portland. We sat across from another knitter on the train. She was knitting "strips" as she put it, very cute novelty-yarn scarves for her grand-daughters.

I pulled out my red-and-white dishcloth cotton project, which is, in actuality, a giant practice sock, but without the heel. It is going to function as a game-piece bag, with a drawstring. I put in a row of eyelets (yo, k2tog), after first putting in another row entirely that wouldn't create holes and having to tink back. I also bunged up the two-circular needle thing, something that I only thought happened to lesser knitters than I. Can I blame it on the bloody marys that my husband was bringing from the lounge car? I finished the thing, weaving in and making the drawstrings and everything, while still on the train.

So, I have knit. It was stupid knitting, I admit. But, the dry spell is over and, I have completed a project, which has its own separate magic.

Also, on the knitting front, I got my gift for the lovely baby Dorothy to her and her parents this weekend. Becci pretended to be impressed with my giftwrapping (a ziploc back and a manila envelope-do you think she was humoring me?). It seems Dorothy has grown in the two months since her birth-imagine that! Perhaps I shall have to make her a delightful sweater in a 12 mo size. Yum!

And, I called my knitting buddy Susan, from Hawaii, who was in Portland (before vacation) but, who, through a series of mis-communications, I didn't ever meet up with her in person, during her visit. Ah, well. She says she'll be back in six months. We'll still email, right, Susan?

Photos & more progress soon!


At 8:20 PM, Anonymous Barbara said...

I will be in Oregon next week visiting an OSU student, we plan to explore Portland while I am there (the only thing we know about Portland is where the airport is at). Can you give us any advice on places we should not miss, areas to avoid or special events that will be going on after Thanksgiving? Any advice you can give us will be greatly appreciated. My email address is daisy.128@hotmail.com. Thank you.

At 8:23 AM, Blogger msubulldog said...

Sometimes you need the easy, boring knits to get back in the swing of things. I know I do. Welcome back to the knitting world! :)

At 12:24 PM, Blogger Kathy said...

Yay knitting! Hope you had an awesome time on vacation, too :-)

At 12:24 PM, Blogger Kathy said...

Yay, knitting! Hope your vacation was wonderful as well :-)


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