I love my job, but I love long, holiday weekends more! I’m going to be spending this weekend finishing up projects and maybe starting a couple more.
First up is my daughter’s pink Porom. My daughter fell in love with this hat when one of my knitting pals brought one in to knit night to show. Little Grump has kind of wild hair, the kind that is perfect for that slouchy hat style. Once she figured out how to put on the hat, she knew that she wanted one.
All of the Poroms that I’d seen to date were done in very tasteful, sophisticated soft colors. Of course, that’s not what Little Grump wanted. She wanted bright pink. I didn’t have any bright pink yarn in my stash that was suitable for the pattern, but I did have a skein of KnitPicks Bare Superwash 100% Merino DK (the equivalent of Swish) and a jar of Hot Fushia dye. So I made it as pink as I possibly could.
As I was on the last chart for the pattern, I realized that I’d rather brain-faded on the decreases. Different decreases are used for the left and right side of the lace areas, but I used the same one for absolutely everything. Oops. I’m not a slave to patterns, so I figured that “Once is an error. Twice is a variation on the pattern.” Since I was down to the last few inches of the hat, there was no way in the world that I was going to rip it out (especially with the Little Grump looking over at me excitedly every ten minutes or so). I can tell the difference because I’ve seen a properly-knitted Porom and the close-up shots from the pattern. However, I doubt that the casual non-knitting observer will notice. My daughter, ever the optimist, says that at least she will be able to tell her special Porom from any impostors!
I have some other projects in the works, and I’d love to finish as many of them as possible this weekend.
- Saartje’s Booties are done except for the button loops and buttons. That should go quickly.
- Gnomy Gnome (from Crafty Alen) is knitted and felted, but still needs assembly. I knitted it up fast, but I’ve been a champ at procrastinating on the assembly. I love making critters and toys, but I have to be in the mood to do finishing. Needless to say, I haven’t been able to get in that frame of mind. Hopefully, a large Thanksgiving meal will put me there.
- The Clementine Shawlette is knitted but not seamed in the middle. Did I mention my issue with finishing? It’s especially true in this case. Six inches of Kitchener. Oy.
- I’m really tired of looking at the bag with the Slippin’ Stripin’ Socks. I know that I am not ever going to finish them, but I can’t bear to rip out what I’ve done so far. I think I’m going to rip back to right before the heel, bind off, add a little handle, and call it an iPod cozy. Again, it’s that finishing thing, but with the added frogging issue. (I hate admitting defeat or, in this case, boredom).
- I have an Adipose body that is just sitting there on my end table. As we were watching Doctor Who last weekend, my daughter commented that it’s a shame that it never got finished. I think I’ll finish him, hide him away, and have him show up in her stocking… the perfect not-so-stealthy surprise gift. (It’s been sitting there for so long that she’ll never believe that I actually finished it).
- Finally, I need to finish Aibhlinn. It’s looking gorgeous! I know that I have plenty of time, but I don’t want Christmas to creep up on me (the way that it always does).
I suspect that I won’t get it all done, but I’m going to try!
Happy Thanskgiving, everybody!