1.24.2006

If you ignore...

As my indecision grew and more suggestions came in about my cardigan, I knew there was one obvious choice at hand: ignore the whole thing and work on another project. I call this the procrastinator's way and it fits me just fine, thank you.
With Jack Bauer's help (and half of a movie) I was able to get through the soul sucking stst that is the Hourglass' body. I'm finally at the yoke and can attach the one sleeve I have done. It's a little depressing to think that I still have one more sleeve to go, but we carry on!
I should have worked on this sweater when I actually started it months ago, I guess I didn't expect my progress to be so fast or maybe I just needed a good show to watch. I'm pretty happy with the way it's knitting up, the malabrigo is incredibly soft and it doesn't look like it will pill as much, or as fast, as I'd imagined. Knitting it at a tighter gauge helps (5 spi on 4.5mm). The colors are captivating, I swear I would have more done if I didn't stop and stare at my stitches and pet the fabric.

YokeIt's a good thing that it's a quick knit since I really haven't had much time to work on my projects in the last two weeks. I've been the good girlfriend and entertaining guests from China (for the boy's work) all that time. I've been out to dinner so many times that I'm pretty sick of restaurants, I've done touristy things that I usually wouldn't care to do, and I've been stuck in uncomfortable situations where I swear people are talking about me in Chinese. Somehow I found myself in Atlantic City on Saturday explaining the rules of Blackjack and slot machines to a group of people that gave me blank looks; I'm sure much got lost in translation. Eventually we split up and and I stuck with the slot machines. I managed to lose most of my money and then win 400 quarters to end up in the black (doesn't 400 quarters sound like a ton?).Hem - right sideThis may sound idiotic, I think I'm going to take a break from ms. stst and go back and finish the bulky cabled cardigan. I want it to be my first FO for '06 and I only have a week to meet that deadline. Hopefully some progress and thoughts tomorrow.

26 Comments:

Blogger carrie said...

i don't blame you for petting that yarn -- it looks so soft and yummy. i say you have earned a break from all the stockinette and can finish the bulky cardigan!

i'm sure they aren't talking about you right in front of you. then again, they probably don't think you're posting about them on your blog!! (just kidding.)

24/1/06 2:15 PM  
Blogger caitlyn said...

Ooooh, pretty!! The color is so beautiful and your stitches are very neat. Yay for progress! It’s nice of you to help out the BF with his work obligations, though I know it sucks when you think people are talking about you (in front of you!) in another language.

24/1/06 2:19 PM  
Blogger Lolly said...

I cannot believe how quickly you knit that up, Yahaira! It has taken me forever for Hourglass - and I am still on sleeve 1. It is a time sucker sweater for me, and for you, zoom zooming through. wow.

Then again, working with yarn as amazing as that, I guess I can see why you wanna work on it so much! Beautiful!

Hope you are well!

24/1/06 2:34 PM  
Blogger Amy said...

It's looking lovely! I can't wait to see it.

I'm amused by your trip to Atlantic City. Please tell me you dressed up like a hootchy and smoked a lot!

24/1/06 2:47 PM  
Blogger yuvee said...

Ooohh...the colour is so pretty!! It's weird isn't it, when people are talking in front of you in a language you don't understand, you can't help but feeling they're talking about you(even though they might be saying something completely different). Wanna have a Chinese lesson with me sometime? ;D

24/1/06 2:47 PM  
Blogger Brooklyn Handspun said...

I would be petting that yarn too it's so pretty and looks squishy and soft! Woo Hoo AC I love losing my money there adn gaining 5 pounds from the buffet!

24/1/06 2:52 PM  
Anonymous Purly Whites said...

Oh, so that is where you've been, entertaining the Chinese visitors. fun.

Your hourglass is soooo pretty. So, so pretty. I love, love love that pink and am still bitter that I can't wear it myself.

24/1/06 2:53 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

Well, the soul sucking stockinette is turning out gorgeous!

24/1/06 3:08 PM  
Blogger Leah said...

Wow that is knitting up to be a beauty! The colors look amazing & I agree with the crowd that I would be petting it as well!

24/1/06 3:10 PM  
Anonymous Angela said...

Malabrigo is so much fun to pet! I wore my Hot Lava on Friday and never wanted to take it off.. it's so plush! BTW, didn't get to watch 24 yet, but will do it tonight. We can discuss tomorrow.. =)

24/1/06 3:10 PM  
Blogger eunny said...

Ok. I have to confess something - I usually REALLY dislike varigated yarns. I hate the way the colors look all abrupt and random, like someone knitted a sweater with leprosy.

That said, the hourglass looks AMAZING. I love the way the colors shift - if it were in shades of blue, it would be like looking into a deep lake. Gorgeous.

Haha, and I'm really sorry, but I'm laughing over your description of the casino outing...I'm picturing, like, a tour busload of tourists, cameras and fanny packs and all, blankly staring at you.

24/1/06 4:44 PM  
Blogger Melissa said...

I wish I was as far along on Hourglass as you are! Looks great!

24/1/06 5:00 PM  
Anonymous Iraida said...

I'm almost up to the 30 rounds of stst on my angelica. Eww. Your hourglass is a beautiful color :)

24/1/06 5:00 PM  
Blogger jemadiknits said...

Wow what a lovely PINK! I can't wait to see your finished hourglass. I can't wait to start mine...some day I'll knit for myself again.

24/1/06 6:00 PM  
Blogger Vanessa said...

Yummy pink. I'm sure it will turn out great. Please show us more!

24/1/06 6:28 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

Wow, the Malabrigo is gorgeous! I bet those color subtleties keep you absorbed, even through the mindless knitting.

Hmm. I planning to start an Hourglass in black. Hmm.

24/1/06 6:55 PM  
Blogger tara said...

Wow, that Malabrigo (and your knitting) is gorgeous!

24/1/06 6:56 PM  
Anonymous Liz said...

Now as a rule I am not a big pink person, but it's really beautiful... still think you should add some ribs to the other, but I understadn the need to put it down and leave it alone for a bit.

25/1/06 12:03 AM  
Anonymous Annarella said...

You've made such good progress on this. Oh my, I really do love the colour, and your stitches are so neat and even, you're a great knitter.

Regarding the sleeves, if you did them on straights maybe next time you can knit both at the same time (that's what I do), so even though it takes longer, you are assured they'll both be exactly the same length, and once you've finished, they're both done.

xx

25/1/06 4:40 AM  
Anonymous Tania said...

How many balls of Malabrigo does the sweater take? The malabrigo makes me want to make one

25/1/06 7:36 AM  
Blogger Jenna said...

If I won that many quarters, I'd be so excited about how much laundry I could do, haha! Still, that's definitely some yarn money that you won there, congrats.

I LOoooooove the color of that yarn. Not to be too cheesy, but it would be a perfect sweater to finish for Valentine's day.

25/1/06 11:12 AM  
Blogger brooklyn tweed said...

the yarn looks so comfortable, i bet you cant wait to wear it around. great choice

25/1/06 12:13 PM  
Blogger heatherfeather said...

i'm not the hugest pink fan, but i really want to roll around in this yarn wearing nothing but your hourglass sweater...

25/1/06 4:39 PM  
Blogger illanna said...

40 year old virgin! You know how I know you're gay? Because you knit beautiful sweaters out of delicious yarn. That, and you like Coldplay :)

Your Malabrigo looks lovely, and I am poised to pounce on your link when I see you've posted again- I need to find out how the cabled cardigan turns out!

Thanks for being awesome and having such a great knitting blog. Maybe we'll run around Chinatown again this summer with your guests.

25/1/06 5:56 PM  
Blogger Elspeth said...

So gorgeous! I have got to start this project soon, and I do have some Malbrigo ...

25/1/06 10:05 PM  
Anonymous Julia said...

I'm not usually a pink girl, but that's a damn pretty shade of pink! Very girly. It's great!

25/1/06 11:18 PM  

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