Plus everyone in the bar went on & on about it, including the girl who made the beautiful necklace CoffeeBoy gave me for Christmas. We had a nice nerdy discussion about our craft
I didn't get a picture of it completed but I did get a shot of the stitch pattern yesterday, so here's the stats:
My So Called Birthday Scarf
Started: December 27
Finished: January 3
Pattern: My So Called Scarf from Sheep In The City (by a fellow knitting Stacey!)
Yarn: Manos del Uruguay in color 117 (deep dark purple colorway...much darker than the photo shows)
Needles: Size 11 circ
Finished dimensions: (after blocking) 4 inches by 55 inches
Notes: First of all, I only had one skein of Manos so I only CO 22 stitches and ended up mmuch shorter than the pattern - but after I blocked it, it was long enough to wrap around my ( much smaller) friend's neck a couple of times. If I do it again for myself, I'll probably follow the pattern exactly. I do love how this turned out...the stitch pattern shows of the gorgeous colours & was pretty easy to follow once I got it down. I had to frog it a couple of times - once I totally screwed up the stitch pattern because I started while I was in the car & wrote the pattern down wrong. Then about halfway through, I had frog back about 4 inches because I worked on it when I was tired & managed to decrease by 4 stitches in a row & didn't notice. That was my only trouble with the pattern - generally I knit mindlessly, I don't have to pay attention to what I'm doing because I'm reading or watching tv (probably the reason I don't do lace knitting). So this was a challenge, paying strict (visual) attention to what I was knitting (new podcasts from Lime & Violet and Knitty D & the City yesterday got me going yesterday). Well worth it though...to a nonknitter, it looks like a much more complicated stitch pattern than it is. Plus, he pattern creates a nice dense scarf, so it'll be super warm. As for the yarn...love it. It was my first experience with Manos and sigh. So beautiful! So soft! So warm! I made sure to give my friend the label with the lovely story about the yarn too, so it made a perfect gift. My only issue is the thick/thin - ness of the yarn...I've decided (after making my niece's scarf too) I dislike it, because the edges get wonky if two stitches on top of each other are at the thick part. But it's only a small complaint, because it's not as bad as other yarns.
I'm not doing any official resolutions, more "intentions" (I forget what blog I got that from, so I apologize. Just saying it's not my term). I don't have any original ones - I feel so average! But here goes:
- Eat & live more healthy - since moving with the CB, I've adapted his eating habits - eating out a lot, too many chips, just general badness. Not to mention I haven't been to the gym in months. I've gained too much weight and I can't afford to buy new clothes! So I need to work on that.
- Work from the knitting stash - pretty much following these guidelines, although we'll see after a couple of months.
- Finish up my UFOs - some have been on the needles for so long, I've forgotten about them.
- Actually work on my writing...I have the idea for a novel and the research materials, I just need to get off my ass and do it - and stop wasting so much time on the Knitty Boards & blogs..I've become even more addicted to knitting blogs - do you see my bloglines? I just need to stop playing on the internets all day long.
- Take part in a knitting group/Stitch n' Bitch. I'm so shy that I haven't done anything like that yet. I want to push myself and get over my insecurities about meeting new people.