Wednesday, September 23, 2009


I seem to be unable to read a pattern correctly, probably because I tend to skim then just jump in. So, I got to spend a lot of time scratching my head wondering why I kept ending up with too many left over stitches as I did the shoulder shaping on the Classic Silk Cardi. Finally, focus! - it's 28 bound off at the neck and 24 on each side. Not the other way round. Duh!

Then things got even better. I washed and blocked the back and it grew from 25 inches to 36. Now, this is gorgeous Sundara Aran Silky Merino and I loves it but it is driving me bananas.

I suspect that there is a great afghan inside this yarn waiting to come out, NOT a cardi. Sigh. So much knitting, so little to show for it.

I did three left fronts trying to see if I could control the stretching by using a smaller needle. Cascading down...6, 5, 4... Seemed to stretch a little but only by an inch. Why is this happening to me.? I've cruised Ravelry and other folks are blithely tossing off amazing FO's with no apparent problem.

I knew it: It's ME. I am also frogging the baby overalls but that's because by the time I finish them (and the weather is cool enough for anything more than shorts and a t-shirt) the baby will be too BIG. I'll knit the one year size and hope I can get them off my needles before Sammy grows into year two sizes.

The Squeakers

We've taken to calling Oscar and Owen, "The Squeakers" because, that's what they do. We're weaning them right now and they really, really like the bottle so it's not being much fun for all involved. They eat kitten food and various other bits and pieces (tuna juice, fish, chicken fat on dry food) so they're more than ready. That and they've chewed off all the nipple tips so no more bottle feeding. They continue to be adorable as only kittens can. Thankfully, everyone but Otis seems to be taking them in stride. I hope he comes around to accepting them as members of the household. He does have the most amazing growl though.

I am off to the Sebastopl Celtic Festival this coming weekend. I'll get to go over to Petaluma and visit Knitterly again. It's an amazing yarn store. Perhaps I'll find some yarn that cries out to be made into a cardi. I bet I do!


At 9:23 AM, Anonymous Suzy said...

The Squeakers are so cute - and still look way to young to be separated from their Mother. They should keep their blue eyes too.

Puck and Max say "Hello!" Otto and Claire say "Meh! Children!"

At 10:37 AM, Blogger The Swamp Fox said...

I don't know who's cuter: Owen or Oscar.

At 10:55 AM, Blogger Valerie said...

Look at those ridiculous kittens. Love them to bits already (but hey, Otis' feelings are understandable). What funny little monsters.

There's something about silk that makes silk knits grow terrifically, and the base yarn Sundara is using seems particularly guilty. I think the yarn might be better for wraps and cowls and tunics but not so much cardigans and other structured knits. A long, loose vest perhaps. Very frustrating.


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