Again, I've gone more than a month in between postings. Well, the holidays were thrown somewhere there in the middle, as well as a trip back to Maine to visit with family, but I still should have managed to post. It's not like I didn't have anything to write about, it's just that I didn't have the desire to sit down and write. I wish there was a way that I could have a mind-reading dictation and transcription system, because my ideas for blog posts usually come to me when I'm nowhere near a computer. Ah, well, I don't think that will happen anytime soon, so you get silence instead. I actually did start a post last night, but wouldn't you know it, the power went out, erasing my post in progress!
I know the holidays were a month ago, but I do hope that you all had a good time. The kids and I flew to Maine to be with family. I was freaking out about flying overseas with the kids, but it turns out that most of my fear was for nothing. There were a few incidents that made the trip a little more difficult, but nothing major. The worst part was that airport staff (in every airport we were in) were terribly rude, and completely unwilling to help. Luckily, fellow passengers were quite helpful, so we made it through. I guess the frantic-looking mother with two kids and many suitcases in tow looked like she needed help :) The actual stay in Maine was also somewhat stressful, mainly because both my parents and in-laws live in the same city, so I was constantly badgered by one side or the other about who I was spending more time with. So much fun. Overall, it was nice to be back home, and for the kids to see both sets of grandparents, as well as their great-grandmother. They also got to play in the snow, which is something we haven't been able to do in our part of Germany in the past two years.
Now that we're back in our own house, and have returned to our normal routine, things are much easier. We've been pretty busy with school activities and birthday parties (why does it seem like there is one to go to every single weekend?), though this month still feels like it's dragging. Travis is due home sometime in February, and these final weeks of the deployment are agonizingly slow. I think it's worse on his end, though, because he's stuck in a holding pattern right now, and their return date is constantly being pushed back. He will get home at some point, so it's simply a matter of waiting.
While I wait to see my husband once again, I'm trying to finish up some of my knitting projects that have been in progress for far too long. I spent the first two weeks of January working hard to finish up my Central Park Hoodie. It wasn't the project that had been on the needles the longest, but it was the closest to completion, so it only made sense to finish it up first.
Pattern: Central Park Hoodie by Heather Lodinsky, from Knitscene Fall 06 (Ravelry link)
Yarn: Valley Yarns Williamstown #06 (9 balls)
Needles: 4.0mm and 5.0mm circulars
Time to complete: Cast on 29 Nov 07, finished and blocked 20 Jan 08
I can see now why this pattern is so popular. First of all, it's a fairly simple knit. It has plenty of stockinette, plus the addition of the cables to keep things interesting. It seems to be very flattering for many different body types, and now that the sizes in the pattern have been expanded, I imagine even more people will be knitting this. When I first started the project, I was unsure of how good it would look in the yarn I chose. I was afraid that the tweedy bits were too colorful and overpowering. I decided to press on, and am so glad I did. The finished hoodie fits perfectly, and I really like the color, tweedy bits and all. This was my first time using any of the Valley Yarns line, and I think that it's a great deal for the money. The durability is tough to determine at this point, since I just finished, but it has been washed and blocked twice (once in pieces, then again when the hood and button bands were added), and shows no sign of pilling or wear. I would definitely use this yarn again, perhaps for a sweater for Zippy.
In addition to the new sweater, I also finished a pair of socks earlier this month (plus a pair that I finished before Christmas, but never blogged).
Pattern: plain vanilla sock, knit top-down over 60 stitches
Yarn: my handspun
Needles: 2.5mm Addi circulars
Basic socks in fun colors, from a handspun yarn that I love.
These socks didn't take me long at all. I really enjoyed the pattern, and I think it looks great in red. I have a lot of red clothing in my wardrobe, so these socks have already gotten a lot of wear. Methinks I need to knit more red socks ;)
I'm working on reskeining a bunch of sock yarn that I dyed up last weekend, so be on the lookout for an Etsy update sometime this coming weekend!