Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Testing my Perserverence

Well, I have been busy lately, as I stated in a previous post. There were two surprises that I was working on that I alluded to but which I could not show you at that time. However, both surprises have become un-surprises since then so I can show you now!

First, I was working on organizing a trip as a surprise for my husband's birthday. His birthday is June 5, but I felt this was something I needed to tell him about sooner rather than later because it is kind of an undertaking.... This is the form the gift took:

We will be flying into Dublin on the 13th of June and flying out of Paris on the 3rd of July. So, you can probably now understand why it would take some preparation!! I am very excited about this and I am pretty sure he is too.

I will admit that this trip is as much for me as it is for him. Truth be told I am much more likely to want to fly off to who-knows-where than he is, but, he enjoys travel too and since my birthday is two weeks to the day after his is, I think it's fair. Plus, we haven't exactly had our honeymoon yet and we were married in October. It's about time, gosh darn it!!

Oh, and I hear that there might be some yarn in Ireland . . . and Sweden . . . and maybe elsewhere that I should check out. Muahahahaha. Yes, my husband, bless him, is incredibly tolerant of this madness of mine. Thank goodness.

The other surprise is this pair of socks that I was working on for my mom for Mother's Day.

It is the Circle Dance pattern from Blue Moon Fiber Arts, made from one of their Sock Candy kits. If you are interested in doing this, don't make the same mistake I did and assume that kit means that the pattern will be sent with the yarn. IT WILL NOT. You have to get the book, too. I don't understand this approach, nor do I particularly like it, but there you have it. Besides, the women are so nice at Blue Moon that it is hard to get mad at them or stay mad at them for long for things like this.

I am loving the colors, but I keep screwing up the socks! I keep knitting too tight and frogging them. I have decided to knit them very, very loosely one more time (I have completed a pair of socks and then some when you consider how much knitting I've done on these babies) and if that doesn't work, I'm gonna have to find something else to do. I am worried that the looseness will make them slouchy and unwearable, too, so I'm not sure if this will work. I hate slouchy socks. If you have any ideas about how to avert this particular catastrophe, I'm all ears.

Which brings me to the point of the title of this post: I have had to frog so much of my sock knitting lately -- including the April shipment of the Rockin' Sock Club -- that I am thinking of laying down the DPNs for a while and finding something else to knit. I love the STR yarns and colors and I am enjoying making socks, but a woman can only take so much ripping and redoing. Seriously!! I think I might get started on my chevron scarf from Last Minute Knitted Gifts. Or, I could use a shawl, so I may do that instead. But I hate to leave so much undone!! Guilt, guilt, guilt. What can I say? It is so dysfunctional and unproductive that I hope to get over it soon.


Tanya said...

Oh! We'll just miss each other. I will be leaving Dublin just before you arrive. While you are there you might want to stop into Cleo Ltd located on Kildare St across from the National Museum. They are a cottage industry that sends original patterns and irish yarn to knitters all over ireland then gets them back and sells them. When I was there a couple of years ago they didn't sell the patterns but they do occasionally have yarn. The lady (owner?) was really interested in the resurgence of knitting in the States. Hope you have fun!

obsessmuch? said...

That's awesome information, Tanya!! Thanks so much. I'm really excited to check this place out. :) I wish I could email you directly to tell you this, but I am apparently a luddite and don't know how to do so, so I hope very much that you read my comment here.