Saturday, January 30, 2010

Notes on a Saturday Morning

I do wish I could sleep in the way John can. It's Saturday and I was awake at 6 a.m. I managed to stay in bed and doze a little, but by 7 a.m., I was up. There's no way I could stay in bed any longer than that!

Anyway, staying at home Thursday and coming home early from work yesterday (I was a little more uncomfortable than I'd anticipated) gave me plenty of time for knitting. As you can see below, the first of the Elbistan mittens is nearly finished. Well, it looks finished; it still needs a thumb but I was getting a little tired and it was getting dark so I didn't want to even try picking up stitches by the time I'd finished the hand.

I'll be picking up the thumb stitches today and charting the thumb as I work it. For some reason, all of the charting went really well except for the inside of the thumb. I know how it will look, but charting it just didn't click for some reason. Once I have the first row done, I know the chart will be easy to finish. Then it will be a matter of transferring the finished charts to Excel and writing up the pattern.

I didn't just knit yesterday. This whole cord making thing has me quite fascinated. Yesterday, I dug out the project bag with the Shetland Christening dress (I even worked on it for a while) and remembered that the cord I'd used for the drawstrings was probably the worst choice ever for drawstrings. The polyester cord will not stay knotted and comes apart. In this particular bag, one of the strings came out entirely and the second one is in tatters.

I've decided to make a drawstring cord instead, so I dug out some bits and pieces of sock yarn and started.

In the picture below, you can see the cord. There's about two feet of cord right now. I'll probably need another couple of feet for a proper drawstring. I know the yarn doesn't match the bag very well, but it's just a drawstring and it's just a little project bag. I'm not overly concerned about aestethics.

One last thing before I get back to knitting and the rest of my day... today is Ethan's first birthday. Where has the year gone???

Happy 1st Birthday, little man!!


  1. First off, Happy 1st Birthday to Ethan. What a little doll.

    You mitt is looking fabulous. I would struggle even following a pattern of color knitting, let alone designing something in that fashion on my own. You are a very talented and skilled knitter Ev. :)

  2. Your mitten is a beautiful design! Hope you are healing up quickly. Take care of yourself!

  3. I think your mitten is one of the most beautiful ones I have seen! I love the pattern and the colors!