Monday, January 18, 2010

Where Has The Time Gone?

Wow, it seems like just yesterday that I posted. In reality it's been a long time. I have been doing a little knitting but not as much as normal. Most of my readers know that I'm pretty much blind in one eye and I'm waiting for cataract surgery. Well the wait is almost over. One week from today it will be a done deal. My only issue is still which lens to have implanted and I don't have that sorted out yet. My ophthalmologist and I are in disagreement at the moment.

Meanwhile there has been some progress on the Nefertiti wrap. I have just started chart 4 of 14 charts in total. I know it doesn't look like it right now but this shawl will be a rectangle according to the pattern. Guess we'll have to wait and see.

Nefertiti Wrap

Yes, that's a lifeline you see. I made an error in chart two which the designer figured out for me and a little further on, on one of the k3togethers, I dropped one of the three. Of course that only became evident after I'd knit 6 more rows. I tinked back six rows and decided then and there that there would be lifelines in this project. I really know better but I got lazy and whenever I am it comes back to bite me in the bum.

Nefertiti Wap

I also knit up a quick hat for youngest grandson who plans to pass through T-dot for one night next week. He asked for one and I hope he likes it.

Hat For Cassidy

I'll post after the surgery and let you all know if I can see...


Friday, January 1, 2010

Happy New Year

I'm hanging out in brrrr cold Calgary for the holidays, I mean really really cold. Something like -21 Celsius (-6F) give or take with narry a Chinook in sight.

For Christmas I was gifted this lovely yarn from my DIL. I have 400 grams (800 yards) of the most lovely Sea Silk colorway Storm Water.

Stormy Lace

This is much to lovely a yarn for socks so off we went to a local yarn shop called Make One Yarn Studio with the intention of finding a nice pattern and winding some yarn on their ball winder.

Stormy Lace

Life's never that simple for a knitter is it. As I walked out the door I said to my sweetie, "not buying any yarn today, really" and I heard him chuckle in the back ground, "sure"...

I got a little carried away and not only bought the lace pattern called Nefertiti Wrap, which has 14 separate charts, I also bought a lovely shawl pin, some Addi Turbo lace needles and at the same time also bought an inexpensive generic sock pattern for my DIL. I know, I know, they are all over the Internet for free but we don't have a working printer here so I said, what the heck. It was just seven bucks or so. The owner made an error on the bill in my favour of about 28 bucks and I pointed it out to her. She seemed grateful.

I also looked at a lovely knitting bag by Namaste that I had every intention of buying, just not that day.

So here's what spoiled it for me. We found a pretty easy, descriptive generic sock pattern and didn't need the one I purchased. The next day I went back to the shop and asked if she'd take the pattern back as a credit towards yarn or the bag. Can we all guess what happened? Nope, not taking it back, so sorry... even though I assured her I hadn't copied it.

Funny how something so trivial can ruin it for me. I came awfully close to packing up the yarn, yarn pin and Addi Turbo lace needles that I purchased there and returning them for a full credit. I realized that this is a pretty childish reaction and I'm letting it go, but I will say that this shop will not get any custom from me in future, sadly...