Monday, July 30, 2012

Christmas in July

German Elves in Snow vintage  graphic

Still plugging away on Gemini - just haven't had the motivation or the energy, although I did help finish the backpack that Kate has wanted made out of the fabric she brought back from Ghana.  (take-away?  Backpacks are labor intensive)  I'm ready to move on to something else - really ready - but I'm making myself finish it.  And then, it hit me.

Christmas is 5 months away.

So I need to get started on something approaching a reasonable list, and get moving!  This will remove me from THE LIST for a while, unless something on the list can become a gift (and that's a possibility - I'll have to look)  But in the meantime - I need to get my butt in gear.  Or I'm going to be one sad, tired little elf.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Not Knitting

It's not knitting, but I did finish this back a few weeks ago, in time for Kate's birthday....

And she's been carrying it constantly since.  Which is pretty amazing, since she rarely carries a purse.  It came out nice, and I'm pretty proud of it - and even happier that she likes it enough to use it!
(for those who wonder, if there is anyone out there - the book is "Tales of Mystery and Imagination" Edgar Allen Poe.")

One the knitting front, had to rip out 5 rounds of Gemini, to fix some stitches that just weren't sitting right - but I'm happier now, and plugging away.

Monday, July 16, 2012


I'm knitting along on Gemini.  Not very fast, and I kind of don't feel like it, but I'd really like to get it finished before I start on something else.  I'm just feeling kind of....

You know?

On the plus side, I did have Kate try it on yesterday, and it appears to be fitting just right.  So at least I'm on the right track.

Now, if only the motivation fairies would make a visit to my house......

Monday, July 2, 2012

Beginning Gemini

Last night I cast on  Gemini for Kate.  She has this beautiful suit jacket, black with tiny embroidered roses all over it.  NOTHING goes with it.  At least not anything I have been able to find.  It actually doesn't look bad with a black shirt underneath it, but that is a whole lotta black.  I haven't been able to find a shirt the right shade of pink, let alone one that is:  short/no sleeves (she gets hot); is fitted (because the jacket is fitted); is simple, with no or few embellishments (because the jacket has a lot going on); isn't too low-cut (because people don't take you seriously in speech competitions if you are all about the cleavage); and isn't too long/short/tight/loose/etc.  So just about the time I decided to make one, Gemini came along.  I found the yarn, bought the needles......and promptly put it aside.

(thanks to Knitty for the photo)
But it is on THE LIST!  And now, it is on the needles.  I even swatched, and got gauge exactly!  So I'm very excited!  Hopefully, it will move along quickly - Kate may even be able to wear it a little this summer, and take it with her to Florida.