Finally, something to show for all the knitting . . . an official FO! Fern Glade - done (sorry, the newest season of Gordon Ramsey's The F Word began airing recently and we know how I love Chef Ramsey). Here are the specifics:
Pattern: Fern Glade
Yarn: Manos del Uruguay Silk Blend
Needles: Addi Turbos 3 and Knit Picks Options 4
Mod: Okay, let's acknowledge that usually my "Mods" really should be called "Fuck Ups" but the biggest and foremost would have to be the needle size. I've never read the metric version for the Imperial version - ever - but for some reason, I did this time. Meanwhile, I'm cursing the pattern, wondering why it is so tight, and how is this thing ever going to fit on my head. I should have learned a long time ago that it is never (well, usually never) the fault of the pattern but of the knitter. So, in place of the 6s that were called for, I used the 4s instead. But, it still fits quite nicely since it's on my head as I type.
Veronica, who really is a hat fiend and knits them quite well, saw it and asks who's it for. I replied pour moi. She then counters with, "Can I have it?" I know she takes German, but even she should be able to figure out that "pour moi" will not translate to "fur du" . . . but most of my hats have gone her way in the past. This one, I think, might be here to stay. I like the way that it comes off and doesn't cause the hideous hat head that most do and that it covers my ears without constant adjustment (my biggest complaint about Shedir, the only hat she hasn't poached). The next one will be one from Going Straight; I have it down to Windward, Enroule, or Strawberry Joe. Suggestions?
I picked up the sleeve stitches for the February Lady Sweater this morning and immediately began flogging myself for not doing it earlier. For some reason, I wasn't in the mood and it never registered that the sleeves would go so much faster than the body and that I would have a finished sweater when it was done. I'd love to have this baby done in time to wear on Thursday (jeans day at work and this begs for jeans and a cute pair of boots) so I'm holding out every shred of hope that I have left to finish it. When that happens, I am down to the Great American Afghan and the Lady Eleanor wrap. Sad thing is, one of the women in the class that I taught has finished TWO Lady E's since the class ended and I haven't knit a stitch since.
Enjoy what's left of the weekend and the games (if you like the NFL). I am really hoping for an all Pennsylvania Super Bowl but would settle with the Steelers only in the big game.
PS - I really think that the next "big" project will be the Doctor and Rose mitts for the Flyer and me. I'll post more on that next week.