Monday, January 25, 2010

Lazyness, Finished projects, Mission 101 and Other Things

I have a confession to make. It is hard to say, but it is very, very true. I don't promise to work on it, it is just the way I am... I have been very lazy lately: not doing dishes, not doing laundry, staying in my pyjamas all day, and not updating the blog regularly. Among other things. I know Rick would have some things to say about my laziness, but this is my blog, and he has no say here.
I am very sorry, dear readers, for leaving you update-less for so long. As for sitting in my pyjamas and being lazy? If I don't have to work or leave the house in general, I'm staying comfy in my jammies, and usually knitting, all day.

I have been pretty productive with my knitting as of late. I finished a couple of cowls over the past week. There is a picture of those later on in the post.
I also think I finished a few dishcloths, but I honestly can't remember how many. I have a stack of nearly finished cloths sitting on my end table, waiting to have their ends woven in and to be sent off to Made In Windsor to find a new home. Part of the reason for this is that I am trying to use up ALL of my cotton as one of the goals on my Mission 101. I am also trying to use half of my silly novelty yarn. I have a lot of fun fur, eyelash and other "fluffy" yarns that I bought a while ago, and I want to get rid of it. I would like to have that room freed up in my storage area for other, more useful yarns. I know some yarn bombs will be fluffy, and tacky and plastic, but those ones are the most fun.
If you haven't seen my 101 list, please check it out! I have been making slow progress on some of the goals. I haven't started most of them, but I will get through this. I'm having fun so far.

These are my two newest neck warmers. The one on the right is my usual Thick and Quick yarn cowl. It was made in a 1x1 rib, and is 54 stitches. The colour is a little bit off, but not by much. It's a bit brighter in person. I made it a little bit longer than I usually make this type of scarf so as to use up the rest of the skein, and not leave a tiny ball of yarn, with no where to go. It can be worn with the top folded down, as shown, or with the bottom folded up. To visualize that one, either stand on your head, or turn your computer over.
No, really! Please don't! I don't want you to hurt yourself. Ah, ok, good, now, back to yarn.
The one on the left is really neat. I made it with two strands of black sport weight (I think that's what it was. A little thinner than regular worsted) and one strand of BRIGHT! blue knitting machine yarn. I have a giant cone of it, that I got back at the beginning of December. Most of the colours are kind of "blah" but this blue is fantastic. Click the picture to see it a bit larger. As soon as it fell out of the bag, I knew I had to make something with it. This warmer is in seed stitch. That is something I usually stay away from, but the yarns needed a pattern a little different than ribbing to make the pop a little bit.
I just noticed an other warmer I made recently that I forgot to include in the photograph. It is similar to the butter yellow one I made a couple weeks back, but slightly smaller
I have started on yet an other cowl/neck warmer. This one is made from yarn I got back in 2006 from my then-boyfriend's mother, after she finished knitting an afghan. I am very close to the bind off for this one. I will probably have it done before I go to bed tonight, and blog about it when I think about it.

I am a terrible knit-blogger in this sense. So many blogs I follow have in progress pictures of all their wonderful knit items. I, on the other hand, take a less beautiful approach. I photograph an item, if I remember, once I have finished it. Rarely at any other time. I think the reason for this is that they are knitting huge! intricate! items! from patterns! And my items are usually made up as they are being knit: "Oh, I might run out of yarn a little soon, let's k2tog in this round" or "Wait, I thought this was supposed to be ribbing? Well, it looks cool in seed stitch, too, I guess." I would take more photographs of my items in progress if I was not so absorbed in the actual knitting itself.
I am going to cast on my blanket after the cowl is done. I would like to have at least half of it done before it gets too warm in the house to knit it. And then next winter, I would finish it, ideally. This will be photographed in the next few days, as long as everything works out right.

In other news, I recently purchased an iPhone. I usually get myself a birthday gift, and this year, a new phone was it! My contract with my previous carrier was very close to being up, and I knew I needed to change. I have downloaded a few apps, but I've yet to look for any that are knitting related. Is this a pointless search? Or am I missing out on some wonderful way to facilitate my knitting endeavors? I prefer free apps, but if it is essential, I don't have any issues with shelling out a dollar or two (and 99 cents, of course!)

(This post is 1005 words, and counts towards one of my goals!)


  1. Nicole- I have lazy days too. Maybe even more when I was your age. I would go 90 miles an hour for x days, and then just crash completely for a while. As long as you are meeting the responsibilities of your life, don't be too tough on yourself. If you are TRULY lazy... then... put it on your list of things to work on, I guess!

  2. Oh I love your neck warmers! They look so comfy and pretty.