Friday, September 12, 2014

A week on the East Coast.

Hello from sunny (and humid!) New Jersey! I'm spending a week on the East Coast - two days here with my parents, then the weekend in New York City with friends, and two more days with my parents before I head back.

I have to admit, it's refreshing to get away from the towering heap of WIPs for a while. I'd been working almost exclusively on Celestarium, and it can get hard to provide entertaining updates about what amounts to "progressed a little further on the charts" every week. Granted, I did manage to finish all the charts and start on the edging before I left:

But even so, I've only managed to knit 16 repeats out of 82. The next Celestarium milestone will be quite a while in coming.

Meanwhile, I've already broken my self-imposed ban on new projects. But it's for a good cause, I promise! Part of the festivities on Saturday (uh oh... is that tomorrow already?) include a birthday party at an upscale teahouse. I decided on Tuesday that it would be nice to knit a pair of fingerless gloves as a present. Fingerless gloves are quick and easy, right?

Well, apparently not quite so much when you knit them in laceweight on size 2 needles. I cast on the first glove on Tuesday night, knit all day Wednesday in the airports and airplanes, then bound off late Thursday night. There's no way I'll be able to finish the second one today. Another WIP for the growing mental burden, I suppose. At least this isn't breaking my cold sheeping, as I'm using the leftover yarn from the Hanami stole.

(As a side note, the pattern calls for size 1s, but all of my size 1s were in use on various sock projects. No problem, I thought as I pulled out my 2s. I'm a tight knitter! ...I think this is the only time I've knit anything only to have it come out much too big.)

I deliberately packed light in order to have room for the mountain of things my mother will inevitably press on me, so the only other WIP I brought with me is Bandit's latest pair of socks. But I've also brought a Very Important Knitting Mission. Tomorrow, I will make Pickle stand on a piece of cardboard, and I will trace his foot, and I will cut it out. He will have his damned socks before the year is out, and they will fit.


  1. I've been thinking about having all the people I want to knit socks for stand on a piece of cardboard so I can knit them perfect fitting socks, glad I'm not the only one. I think I've read a very detailed description for using the cardboard in the Fish Lip Kiss heel pattern, so convenient.

  2. Oh, that celestarium is fabulous. I'm in love with that yarn, and those little beads add such an awesome touch. Hope you get through all those pattern repeats. That's a ton. Happy knitting.

    She Knits in Pearls

  3. You are making gorgeous things, the colors of the yarn just jump off my screen. Have a wonderful trip with your friends and family.

  4. Look at your beautiful work, Kaiya. You are so talented. I hope you're having a really good time.

  5. I like the idea of a self imposed ban on starting new projects. I, unfortunately, have very little self discipline. Love your blog