GRADUATIONS AND THE BLOB

There’s been precious little knitting shown here of late, an egregious oversight for a knitting blog. As usual, I plead too much work and too little time, with the added complication of kid graduations/celebrations – Elder Daughter from high school, and younger daughter from elementary school.

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Fun events to be sure, complete with family/friends, but time consuming none the less.

What little time I’ve had to knit I’ve used to work on my olive tablecloth, which at this point is better named “The Blob”

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Right now unstretched it’s about 24 inches from needles to center, with something upwards of a thousand stitches on the needles and I’m not done yet. You can see how densely the stitches are packed onto my too small needle:

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That’s a 2mm, by the way. At this point I don’t dare let it free from the stitch keeper unless I’m actually working on it. The thought of dropping those thread-fine stitches makes me hyperventilate.

The good news is that I’m only 40 or so rows from completion. At the rate of 1.5-2 rows per week, I’ll be working on this for quite a while yet.

I do have an interim knitting decision to make. This is NOT a good piece to take with me on our midsummer vacation. It’s best worked on in one spot (you can see I didn’t move it far from my favorite knitting chair for the photo, above). But what to bring?

Perhaps I’ll bring along the Kyoto I still haven’t finished for Elder Daughter. I’m mid sleeve, in boring stockinette, with just the last 8 inches of sleeve to go plus finishing. And I’m also considering bringing my Truro Counterpane. At this point it’s a traditional summer knit for me, and with only nine mega-motifs done I still have miles to go before I can deploy it as a blanket. Or I may decide to do something else entirely. I’ve got a few sweater-sized lots of cotton stashed, any one of which would be an excellent quick-knit summer top for me. Decisions, decisions…


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3 responses

  1. Mary K. in Rockport | Reply

    I recommend socks! Halcyon has some nice Opal sock yarn on sale in Harry Potter colors.

  2. How annoying you aren’t able to take the green lace tablecloth – so close. I think both suggestions are in order. A: you complete your daughter’s sweater (on the cooler, possibly wet days) before she leaves home, gets married & refuses to let you see her 1st child, cos she feels you snubbed her by never completing garments for her. B: It’s that time of year. Truro needs an airing. I have a cotton blankie like that- 4-5 yrs in the making (now over 1/2way) and a blot in my WIPs basket.

  3. Take the Kyoto! Something simple, anyway. I took a complicated shawl last time and had to frog all I’d done. Dang!

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