blangst (n) - blogging angst
you know, sometimes i feel very guilty for not blogging as much as i "should" (which is ridiculous; the concept of blogging "enough" is entirely subjective). in truth, i'm not hugely busy, nor is there anything aside from apathy keeping me from typing up a post.
then i get to searching for new and exciting yarn blogs to follow and discover how many of them are either temporarily or permanently stagnant. suddenly i feel as though blogging six times during the pseudo-crazy summer months is perfectly justifiable (but again, who am i justifying my own actions to?), though i am determined to blog more often once the summer ends (as dictated by the calendar, not the weather).
there's just one
excuse thing: there are two shawls i'd really like to post here and on ravelry, as they've been finished, blocked, and in one case worn for weeks now. unfortunately, there are no photos of me wearing them, which is my preferred type of picture for larger items.
but guys, it's HOT out. really friggen hot. and humid. dear gods is it humid. and while wearing shawls inside the many overly air-conditioned buildings in this area is desirable, wearing shawls out of doors in this weather is...punishing. and since the highs are not predicted to drop in the next handful of days, i'll have to find something else to blog about until the prospect of putting on wool or alpaca shawls in the blistering sun doesn't make me want to scream.
luckily, i've been plodding along on not one, but two non-shawl projects, both of which make for blogfodder of moderate interest.
first up, the magical sweater from nonbeing. or everything. because magic.
the body is currently bound off and awaiting blocking, but the sleeves have only just begun...
i knew from the outset that i didn't want to make full-length sleeves, so math to calculate a three-quarter sleeve substitution was needed. the bf assisted with that, i cast on, and trouble followed. the stitch count would not work out, despite following the instructions. i know that's what everyone says in these situations, but it's true, i swear.
with each "wtf!?" came a pattern consultation, a bit of head shaking from the bf (i work outside math, apparently), and a bit of ripping until the numbers were rectified. it took time and patience, the latter of which was seriously tested when i cast on the second sleeve and had no trouble at all. le sigh.
since there are only five inches of in-pattern knitting to go before sleeve caps, these should come together rather quickly. and then i'll put off blocking because oh hai, i hate blocking. so maybe the sweater will be done by december. maybe. and it will still be too hot to wear it outside...
speaking of december, xmas is coming. only 130 days to go, in fact. it's time to get serious about the three pairs of socks i vowed to knit.
luckily i've taken a bit of initiative and started on the second pair:
these are for my dad, and happen to be of the finest gauge i've ever knit for him (worsted having always been the standard), but they are still coming along rather quickly. the stitch pattern is taken from hermione's everyday socks, but with dk-weight yarn the texture seems very different. thankfully, it's unisex enough to be another addition to dad's growing collection.
obviously both of these projects has a ways to to before i'll be posting any finished object pics, and it isn't as if i don't have a myriad of other projects either on the go or in the works to demand my attention. determination is needed, it seems. and if i don't blog for another several weeks, send help; i may be buried under a tangled pile of yarn...