What are the odds

Yesterday, Kelly took me to see Pirates of the Carribean, which I can heartily recommend. As we were walking into the theatre, I reached into my U.S. Army map bag, which I have discovered is an excellent item for the walking knitter. I pulled out the Bog Jacket that I’ve started to work on and found my place while Kelly found us some seats. She pointed to the back row of the front section and asked if that was okay. I glanced down it and saw one couple sitting in the middle of the row and I started to laugh.

Kelly asked me what was so funny. I said, “you’ll find out in just a minute.”

We sat down, I put my work on my lap, and started in on the garter stitch (making sure to slip every first stitch, naturally). After I’d been working for a few seconds, the woman of the couple next to us laughed out loud and said “look, he’s doing it too!”

When Kelly pointed out the seats, I noticed the woman had a crochet project sitting in her lap.

It was a very funny start to what turned out to be a great movie.

But alas, I have still got too many projects on needles right now. Over the weekend, I started up on the Aran’s sleeve again. It took me a long time to figure out how they intend you to work the sleeve decreases (the instructions are horribly vauge on that point), but I think I’ve got it figured out now and it’s coming along nicely. I think I may finally have the hang of the windblown cable that forms the top panel of the sleeves.

I also finished CDS with the help of the lovely and wise Sybil at the Yarn Barn. She seamed on edge while I did the other. She did a much better job; hopefully the kid won’t notice.

I’ve got a vest started on a short pair of nines using the Manos del Uruguay that I got at The Churchmouse up in Washington.

I’ve got the top I inherited from my grandmother, which I now see needs to have half the front ripped out, but that won’t take long.

I’ve got a scarf I’m working on, but there is absolutely no hurry on that – the recipient isn’t gonna need it for a long, long time.

I’m sure I’m forgetting something else, but I can’t remember what right now.

Progress might be slow over the next few weeks. My violin instructor chastised me for not practicing enough at our last lesson, so I need to pay a bit more attention to that. Hopefully I’ll find a happy balance of activities in my schedule.

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  1. David Says:

    Thanks for reading, Stonering. My sister has expressed similar sentiments regarding time and toddlers.

    Yes, the bog jacket is Elizabeth Zimmerman’s! I’m still just a few rows into it, so it basically looks like a really short scarf. I’ve got several nice chunky yarns that I’m going to use to create a striped effect like the ones in Knitting Around. I’m still trying to decide whether to make a short-sleeved or long-sleeved version. I’ll post pictures of whatever I come up with when I’m done.

  2. Stonering Says:

    Oops, forgot why I was origionally commenting. Bah!

    Bog jacket, like from Elizabeth Zimmerman? I’ve been looking at the pictures, but I’m not sure if I like it well enough to start one. What do you think of it? I do want to make a mobius vest or two though. But I want to spin the wool for it, or get my spouse to spin it. So that’s a future project for now.

  3. Stonering Says:

    Too many projects on the needles? How can that be? Okay, I admit, I am queen of stuff in progress. It’s only a problem when I need the needles, but so far it’s been a good reason to buy more of them. I guess when I can’t do that I’ll be running a lifeline of yarn through stitches.

    Finding a balance is a challange though. I haven’t managed that. Some days I knit, some days I spin, some days I do nothing but what the toddler (who I’m now supposed to refer to as “little girl” by her own request, although my fingers aren’t ready for that yet.) wants to do, or is doing whether I want to or not. Good luck with your balance. I’m enjoying reading.