Wednesday, February 25, 2009

FROGGR


As I was leaving a local hospital tonight, I noticed the car in front of me had vanity plates that completely explain this week's knitting attempts. The lace wrap has been ripped back to a lifeline for the fifth time, and for now, it's in time out. Now that puts a whole new spin on naughty lace. Please don't ask why I'm not putting lifelines in more frequently. I haven't a clue.


In an attempt to show the lace I mean business, I've been doing a little stealth knitting. It's the most beautiful yarn (Rowan Purelife British Sheep Breeds), but I'm completely befuddled knitting trinity stitch in the round. I've ripped this piece back 3 times. Twice I tried trinity stitch, but each round found me with 4 fewer stitches. If I'm adding three stitches for every three I take away, how is this happening? I know it has a simple answer, but for the life of me, I can't get it to work. Completely frustrated, I tried a slip stitch pattern and thought it was hideous, so I ripped that out too. I finally gave up and knit something with cables. I couldn't possibly mess up cables, could I? I shouldn't curse myself, but it is moving along well and should be done tomorrow. Did I tell you this yarn is stunning? Well it is. I spent the better part of last night (between yarn time outs) in the hunt for a sweater pattern for bulky yarn. The yarn gets 3 stitches to the inch on US 10.5s. Any ideas? Any tips for doing trinity stitch in the round? I'm stymied.

House Hunting Update: I was unable to see the new house today, but I have an appointment at noon on Friday. Like any girl suffering after a bad break-up, I drove past Charming tonight. I think I'm turning into a house stalker. I should see what Charming is doing Friday too. Maybe I should just go through there again before I make a rash decision and completely throw that house out of my life. Maybe we just need a little time alone.

13 comments:

Lisa L said...

Ah...I wish I could knit. My mum tried (unsuccessfully )to teach me several times..she was stunned that I couldn't get it. Her most beautiful gift to me was hand knitting sweaters/cardigans/hats for Amanda when she was a newborn...

Miss 376 said...

I hate it when patterns beat me-I tried a leaf pattern once and it just wouldn't go-I'm sure it was the instructions and not me!

laurie said...

i don't know...that 1902 house with the porch looks pretty damn nice to me.

it looks a lot like my parents' house. served them well for 57 years.

debra said...

Remember the noise and the dirt if you decide to walk through that door...

Brenda said...

No words of advice...just cyber hugs for ya. I have really been noticing your writing skills though and if I were you I would try and write a book. I know you probably don't have time, but just thought I would say what I was thinking.

Rudee said...

Lisa-I hope you put those pieces away.

Miss-I'm not giving up on that stitch. I'm going to practice on a smaller scale until I get it right. If the work I'm doing now wasn't due right away, I'd have worked the Rowan yarn to death.

Rudee said...

Laurie and Debra- I know, I know. It's an abusive relationship, isn't it? I love Charming, and the neighborhood looks like row after row of doll houses. It's a small enclave of homes with its own police department. Tomorrow I'll look at the other one.

Brenda- when I hire my ghost writer and spill my guts about my life as a Dick Chick (urology nurse), I have to be prepared to leave town. For good. Maybe you could put an addition on your house for a nurse living in exile.

Sandy said...

I miss your house photos....

Jane said...

The frog pond - a frustrating place to be. Good luck with that and with the house hunting. That little French Colonial looks adorable, especially if the updating's already been done.

distracted by shiny objects said...

You know Rudee, House Charming may just be a "Hanger House" along the same lines as a "Hanger Dress." They look fabulous on the hanger, but not on you. No matter how many times you try them on, They DO NOT FIT. They are wiley and crafty at their business. I have at times bought hanger dresses thinking,"If Only..." They look equally appealing in a Good Will bag, the devil spawn.

Cheryl said...

You knitting is amazing! I swear I'm going to learn how to do it. Everytime I read one of your posts, it makes me want to learn even more.

Good luck with the house hunting!
(((HUGS)))

Rudee said...

Distracted-that's exactly right. I bought a skirt last year that still has the tags on it. It looked cute in the store, but that's exactly where it lied to me. I'm hoping this summer it'll look different. If not, I'm going to give it away. The house is a different kind of animal. It's so perfect.

Lisa L said...

I didn't put those pieces away. And now? I feel like I should poke a sharp, pointy stick in my eye. I washed them, dried them, used them forever, and they, well, didn't do so well with the 'wash and wear'..the comforting thing is that little Amanda wore the clothes for ages...they kept her warm in the horribly cold Colorado winter (she was born in January)...meh...what did I know about the care of woollens? Mum sent them to me all the way from Australia...I love her for that..I love that she knitted diligently for her youngest grandchild who lived continents away..and so it goes....and so it goes..