Tuesday, August 5, 2008

So Much For That Idea

You can't say I didn't try. I stitched out another scarf today - using the right stitch length - but it was still pretty tedious and boring, although it only took about 2 hours today and an 1,100 yard cone of thread.

Here it is before I dissolved the stabilizer - doesn't look too bad, does it?

And here it is hanging on a towel to dry:

Still doesn't look too bad, but wait - look at this one:

See the gaping holes where there shouldn't be holes? Yup, me too. This one just joined the one from yesterday in the garbage. I could have knitted two scarves in the time I wasted trying this - and had a lot more fun too. I'd still like to try one using wool and the couching foot, but it won't be anytime soon. I'm going back to something I know I love - quilting!

Speaking of knitting though, my 'new best friend' and I decided we'd start bringing some knitting to our Stitch N Chat group. I used to do a lot of knitting, but that was one of the things I had to give up when I got arthritis in my thumb joints. However, knitting for a couple of hours every two weeks isn't going to kill me - and it might stop me from eating so much at these get togethers!

I'm knitting a little preemie sweater for the NICU at McMaster Children's Hospital. Our Guild donates small coverlets for the preemies there and the staff asked if we could also do some sweaters. They only take a couple of hours to knit, so I've got one almost finished.

I can't believe we're having ANOTHER thunderstorm. I think we've had one every day this summer - well, almost. The grass is green and I remember last year at this time some of the trees were actually wilting and dropping their leaves from lack of water. The irony is they are putting in new watermains on our street this summer so we aren't being charged for water use while the work is being done. Normally this would have been a huge saving as we'd have the sprinkler on at least every other day and the pool would need topped up too.

This year, though, our pool level has never been higher and the hose hasn't been in it once.

Those big round circles are raindrops - I just took this from the kitchen door. Enough already!


Mary said...

Well good, you tried this so I won't have to. I bought some new yarn last week but who knows when I'll get around to knitting anything.

Anonymous said...

We are headed to Canada next week--somewhere north of Toronto. Our hosts tell us it has rained all summer long. We've had pretty decent weather here (Connecticut), so hopefully I'll bring some of that with me.