Wednesday, July 23, 2008

UFOs and Reading..what is that?

I did as promised and picked up a LONG neglected knitting UFO and was working tirelessly on it. That is until I got my hands on my book clubs current selection; Oryx and Crake by Canadian authoress Margaret Atwood.

I picked it up at the library on Sunday afternoon and finished Tuesday night. I am not an especially fast reader but was thoroughly engrossed by this one.

I have made much progress on the Gyrid tank though and only have a couple inches of boring knitting, some armhole shaping and finishing to go before completion.

My goal is to be able to wear it on my upcoming vacation in August. I am taking 2, that's right 2! consecutive weeks off. I read a study a while back that suggested if a person did not take at least 2 weeks away from their normal routine per annum, the health benefits of vacation; true relaxation in the physiological and psychological senses were essentially non-existent.

Wanting the stress of my daily life to NOT be the death of me I have decided to heed this advice.

I realized that the last time I was away from work for 2 weeks or longer was when I was briefly unemployed in 2001, a vacation..NOT!

Sunday, July 13, 2008

FO Purple Raglan Sweater

I finally finished the dang thing on Friday. Those small balls of yarn created SO many ends to weave in. I brought it with me to see The Police and it was chilly enough to wear it!

It has been VERY hot however to model for photos in the daylight hours! I braved it but the photos are not the best due to the circumstances.

The Front

The Back

The Front again..

My helpful Photographer(and spouse)

It is a very simple pattern and a very basic sweater, nonetheless I am quite happy with the way it turned out because it fits and is very comfy. I can hardly wait for Fall so I can wear it!
I found this very satisfying to knit, excepting the very end when I had to drag the almost finished thing around in the heat.
My inclination is to start another sweater but I think I better look to some of my snoozing UFOs or unfinished/unmated socks first.

Happy Summer Sunday!

Sunday, July 6, 2008

July Garden Montage

July Garden Montage, originally uploaded by Courtney Knits.

Progress Report-Purple Raglan Sweater for Me

My sweater is complete less 1.2 sleeves but I spent most of the weekend doing BIG yard cleanups so I barely had a chance to work on it. There was also an unfortunate incident with the sweater falling out of my bike basket and dragging on the pavement. It is mostly unscathed but was covered in dried grass which I mostly picked out yesterday.
Will post photos when it is completed!