wendy's knitting blog
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Your blood pressure skyrockets when tourists are standing immobile on the left side of the escalator.
You never refer to your boss by their name, just as a title preceded by "the" (The Secretary, The Senator, The Partner).
You find yourself saying, "But it's only $1.5 billion."
Everyone calls the 10 inches of snow last year "The Great Blizzard."
All the people on the city board know the mayor from their time together in prison.
There are 15 main ways out of the city onto the highway but no signs to say where these are.
The road you are on is suddenly interrupted by a building.
People give different directions to get to the same destination depending on the day you are going there.
The weatherman declares the weather is suddenly a cool 89 degrees with only 90 percent humidity and you are happy.
Diplomatic license plates bring on anxiety attacks.
The weatherman calls for two inches of snow, you have to rush to the grocery store to buy diapers, milk, bread, and toilet paper, and you don't even have a baby.
You dream of moving to the suburbs only to look out the window of your $300,000 house directly into your neighbor's window, four feet away.
Nobody you know actually makes anything.
People talk in acronyms and actually understand each other.
Yes, I know none of that is about knitting, but I thought it was pretty funny. And the scary part is that it's true!
Did some work on the fair isle yesterday but didn't take any photos. It's a good thing -- Monday's photo will look that much more impressive for my progress, right?
Y'all have a good weekend and don't stand on the left side of the escalator, hear?
I'm not at work today (yay!) I just got up, so this will be a brief, sleepy entry. Just wanna give a fearless fair isle progress report. Here it is. Coming along. Yawn. Need more sleep . . .
Some fair isle progress to report this morning. I started the armhole steeks -- a close up photo of a steek is here.
How do I make a steek? Work until you reach the point at which you want the armhole to begin. Put the stitch that is at the "side seam" on a safety pin -- when you pick up and knit around the armhole for the sleeves, you will knit this stitch as the first one at the underarm.
Place a marker and cast on your steek stitches. Typically, I cast on ten stitches -- an edge stitch, eight steek stitches, then another edge stitch. You can use any cast-on that works for you. I usually do a backward loop cast-on.
Then on the next (and subsequent rounds) you just work across the steek stitches as you knit your round. Always knit the edge stitches in the background color, and alternate the background and foreground colors for the steek stitches.
Wendy's Knitting Blog would like to thank everyone who commented or emailed about the beauty of my lovely spokesmodel, Isolde, seen at the left modelling my work in progress and below, relaxing at home.
Yesterday a reader (Hi Lisa!) asked what pattern I use for my toe-up socks. So here, for your socking pleasure, is Wendy's Generic Toe-up Short Row Sock. Don't say I never gave you nothing.
Speaking of socks, I got an order from OzYarn yesterday. Yow! That was fast -- I ordered last week and my stuff was here from Australia yesterday. The sock wool I bought can be seen here. It's their "Colourburst" yarn, which is 100% English Leiscester wool. I also bought some Ivore dpns -- lookie here. I bought two sets because they come four needles to a set and I like to make my socks with five dpns.
The winner of last weeks trade (2 skeins of Opal sock yarn) is Tracy, of Fiberfever fame! Tracy offered me some of her handspun sock yarn in trade . . . and we all know I'm a sucker for sock yarn! Tracy, I love you new blog look and your Fearless Fair Isle is looking great!
Welcome to Monday bloggers!
At 5:30 a.m. the humidity was at 94%. We're supposed to have excessive heat and poor air quality today.
I hope everyone had a good weekend. I did -- apart from falling asleep a few times while knitting Friday night. I made more progress Saturday night. Apparently "Monty Python's Meaning of Life" is a good movie to knit by. See here. I added a new button for my Fearless Fair Isle page -- look at my buttons to the right.
On Friday I finished the first of my current socks, knitted from Opal variegated green. Photo here. Got the second one started. Excitement abounds!