Hi everyone! I decided to pick up with blogging again. I was going to start last Friday, with a Friday Cat Blogging entry, because the internet and cats were made to be together so what better topic than cats? But I would have ended up writing about my sweet little Miles, who was just diagnosed last Friday with a spinal tumor. That would have been a bummer of a post with which to recommence blogging. So I'll start anew with a knitting WIP (work in progress) post instead. Miles had surgery today and it went fairly well; I'll learn more over the next couple of days and will update on Friday.
I'm doing the Ravellenic Games on Ravelry. Basically, the idea is that Ravelry members set goals for themselves and work toward those goals during the Olympics. I'd never done it before, but it seemed like people had a lot of fun doing it so I'm doing it this year. Interesting how just this tiny bit of self-imposed deadline makes me want to get these things done. It's not like anyone on Ravelry knows for sure what I've done or not done; I could be lying about it all. I suppose lying about knitting in order to get a virtual internet badge would be pretty pathetic. And yet, I'm sure someone's done it. This is the internet, after all.
Crap. I just finished typing this whole post only to learn that Typepad doesn't support IE10 (which I got on my new pc) so my photos won't upload. It's too late tonight for me to figure out the workaround (if there is one), so links to the patterns themselves will have to suffice. I'll upload pictures of my actual projects another time.
I have three projects to finish in order to earn a virtual award from a website run by strangers on the internet.
The first project I'm aiming to finish is the baby poncho from Fiber Trends. Although the baby in question was born last summer, the poncho is pretty big for a baby, so she'll probably not even use it until next winter. Fiber trends also offers this poncho in child sizing. I'm almost done; just have to do the border, weave in ends, add the decorative buttons, then block it (it's superwash so blocking consists of putting it through the washer and dryer). I'm using Berroco Vintage superwash yarn.
I think this would be a fun project to make in team or school colors for little fans. Unfortunately, I don't know any such small fans, although I guess it would be up to their parents to dress them up in team colors and take lots of pictures which will be useful for future embarrassments.
There are probably crazy enough adults who put the "fan" in "fanatic" and who would wear an adult version. Ponchos are in fashion again. I think. (I have only the mandatory minimum ounce of fashion sense issued to every person at birth.) I could make myself a poncho (or shrug or capelet or what have you) in Giants colors, but...nah. Their colors are red, white and blue, so I'd just look patriotic (nothing wrong with that) and not necessarily like a Giants fan, which would be my point in making and wearing it.
The Broncos have become my #2 team, but I wouldn't wear a poncho in those team colors (not unless I lived out there). Even if they are my #2 team, my #1 team is the Giants and I live in Jersey, so I would feel really weird wearing team colors other than the Giants (or, heaven forfend, the Jets; I think I'd wear Broncos stuff more readily than Jets stuff). Maybe pyjamas because I wouldn't, in theory, wear them outside of the house (although, technically, I have worn them just outside the house - quickly, hoping none of the neighbors catch me). Kevin gave me a Broncos sweatshirt as a gift and I have to say I feel real weird owning it, let alone wearing it out and about (although I have done that and came to no harm in doing so).
He also gave me a Giants sweatshirt so I'd stop borrowing his. I still like his old sweatshirts better.
The thing is that I feel like I'm cheating on the Giants if I go so far as to use a piece of another team's fan stuff, let alone actually own it. I need a mousepad, but I'd even feel a wee bit guilty using a Broncos mousepad, if there is such a thing. I haven't looked, but even if the Giants didn't sell a mousepad, I'd still feel a twinge of guilt getting a Broncos one. I'm not weirded out about it enough that I would refuse to use it; there'd just be a little smudge of guilt to get over.
Which is kind of weird. I mean, it's just a fanship (= newly made up word, but I'm sure you get the drift). And I'm highly unlikely to be found out and, even if I were, even more unlikely to experience any trouble about it. It strikes me as weird how this fanning (= another new word) thing works, how it gets under your skin, into your psyche, your emotions, etc.
All that being said, both teams broke my heart this past season. Nay, the Giants extruded it out of my torso, ever so slowly throughout the season, excruciating piece by excruciatng piece, then stomped on the whole wretched organ until it was a useless, bleeding pulp. The Broncos waited until the Super Bowl to wrench my newly reinstated heart out and gave it to Thunder to trample all over it. Not that I take any of this personally, mind.
Let's turn away from that violent diversion and back to knitting. So. The second project I'd like to finish is the Top-Down Cropped Cardigan from Plymouth Yarn Company. This is for a 13 year old girl. The pattern had a one- or two-button at the top option or a buttonless option. I went with the latter and hope to find a fun shawl pin or clasp pin that a young girl might like. Suggestions welcome. I'm even closer to done with this one: sew up those short sleeve seams, weave in ends and block it (superwash again).
The third project is for a young wife and mom, but I have to admit that I'd like to keep it for myself. I'm making it just for the fun of it, not for an occasion, and she doesn't know it's coming, so I could certainly keep it with no one the wiser. I think I'll just make myself one; this one is grey and I think I'd like something a tad livelier. Anyway, it's the Shrug Style Jacket from Knitting Fever for Noro. Personally, I find Noro colorways akin to clown barf, so I'm using Cascade Yarns 220 Superwash in Charcoal (colorway 900) instead. Still to do: the arm-like things (I'm having trouble seeing how this pattern becomes a shrug; I think I do the arms next.), weave in ends, and block.
I believe I've only ever used superwash yarns so far. I did have some angora, but gave it away because it was an impulse purchase and I really wasn't into using it. It was a bright red, and red is my favorite color, but this yarn just didn't move me. I chose superwash for the above projects because the end users are, respectively, a baby, a 13 year old and a busy mom to two young girls. I don't think these people or their parents want to deal with hand wash only items. Ain't nobody got time for that.
So yeah, bummer about no pictures. I hope I can figure out how to load pictures; I'd rather figure it out than move to another blogging platform. Any ideas, please let me know!