Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Needle Shortage?!

What do you mean I don't have the right needles to start a pair of socks? What is going on that I can't start those gloves because I don't have any size 5 dpns?

I have an entire beer bucket (Shiner Bock!) full of knitting needles, plus a full set of Boye interchangeable needles. What is going on that I somehow don't have enough and need to go buy more?

Deep breath. Here's a speedy, un-phenomenal FO from last week:

pattern: Square Shawl by Cookie A., from Vogue Knitting winter 2007/08
yarn: Caron Perfect Match (100% acrylic; Blue Teal Ombre). Don't use it.
made for: Aaron's cat, as a favor (to Aaron, not the cat)
needles: size 9
notes: Obviously, a Vogue Knitting shawl is going to be larger and prettier than this. This shawl provided a nice square pattern is all. This blanket is about 15" x 15" (discounting the messy blocking -- I don't think kitty will care!). I did three of the first repeats, and one of the charted repeats.

The variegated acrylic yarn is just hideous, in my opinion, and I really don't like to criticize in a public forum. But it is: it's scratchy and it hurts your fingers and whoever gets a garment made from this stuff won't wear it because it irritates the skin. It was the most durable yarn in my stash, however, and the machine-washableness ought to work well for a pet.

In other news:

1. I've decided that I really like Bill Richardson. What a shame the media isn't even giving him a chance. As an erstwhile newspaper writer, I don't like to criticize the media in general, but it seems like the television networks, newspapers, and co. have prematurely narrowed our choices. Don't you think?

2. I have a 15-minute play going up next Wednesday, and I am mired in rewrites of the last two pages. The reason why I am mired is that I have discovered some accidental depth in a play in which the Seventh Angel arrives to begin the Apocalypse but chooses to share a turkey pot pie with the actors instead.

In other words, this wasn't something I intended to be serious.

However, as I was discussing my writerly confusion with my SM/AD/seamstress/life-saver, I realized that I am in fact saying some rather intense stuff about religious faith, about what we choose to believe in.

Damn it.


Anonymous said...

Hey, if other knitters aren't honest about yarn, how do we know? Thanks for letting us know (I've used that brand before...ugh).

And yes, once again, the media has all but chosen the next 2 candidates for president. This always happens...

Virtuous said...

LOL @ your comment you left on Del's today re: the socks.

I must admit I feel the exact same way! HA! Can I just knit some socks please?!? :oD