I stayed home from work today because I thought I might be getting one of my old migranes (the kind I haven't had since the beginning of my pregnancy). The headache hasn't developed, but isn't completely gone either, however, I have been spending an uncomfortable amount of time in the bathroom today, if you know what I mean. I don't feel like writing any of the many posts I've been meaning to write (mostly about finished projects) but was able to take some pictures of what I've been working on recently.
Secret Knitting Project
This project is secret out of necessity (since it is a gift for a friend who may or may not read this blog) so I've tried to disguise what it is. I tend to stick to projects that require no seaming because I'm not good at it and hate doing it. So now I'm stuck on this project because I need to seam two bound off edges together and each time I try it looks like poop. The directions say to use mattress stitch, which I haven't had much success with in the past, and this time the seed stitch makes it even more of a challenge for me. I almost modified the pattern to allow me to kitchener the edges together, rather than binding them off and seaming them, and now I wish I had.
Misti Alpaca Scarf
When I became stuck on the above project, I cast on for a simple garter stitch scarf out of a skein of super-soft Misti Alpaca Chunky in Natural Brown (Color 410). I'm knitting it on US #9 straight needles for a tight stitch that I'm really pleased with. It's going very quickly, but I'm realizing that this is going to be one short scarf if I don't either block the heck out of it or buy another skein of this yarn. I'm leaning toward more yarn because I really like the weight and look of the scarf as it is and don't want to change that by blocking it for more length.
Simple Baby Socks
Last night I received a baby shower gift from a friend who lives in Sacramento and was unable to come to my baby shower since she has a six week old baby of her own. Receiving the gift from her reminded me that just after her daughter was born I had started knitting a simple pair of baby socks for her out of some Sirdar Snuggly (purchased for the fact that it can be machine/washed and dried) I had in my stash. So, this morning, wanting something more challenging than the scarf and less stress-inducing than the secret project, I found the sock and was able to knit what remained of the foot, turn the heel and knit the cuff including rib pretty quickly.
Now I have to complete this sock with the tubular bind off from The Knitting Answer Book by Margaret Radcliffe (the more I use this book the more I love it) and cast on for the other...hopefully I'll be able to finish the second sock sometime today or this evening.