Thursday, November 16, 2006

The Quick and the Darned

So tonight while watching The Ice Harvest (Note to John Cusack: I love you. I really, really do. You are an inspired actor. You make me laugh; you make me teary-eyed; and I'll never, ever forget you holding up that boom box in Say Anything. But what in the world were you thinking when you made this movie?), I seamed up three more hats for Soaring Eagles. (BTW... thanks, Ren, for jumping on board!) I have three more hat bodies waiting in the wings plus a fourth already cast on the knitting machine. That will bring me to a total of twelve hats plus five bunnies for the cause. I'm actually really enjoying knitting for Soaring Eagles, though you'd think by now I'd be sick of knitting the same hat over and over again. In fact, I think I'm liking it more and more as my little pile of knitwear grows. I also simply can. not. believe. how fast these hats eat up the ol' acrylic. (That could also be due to the ginormous pompoms I insist on plopping down on top of each hat, but whatever.) And I managed to knit about half a felted bowl today while Baby M napped. Between hats and bowls I even joined a funky-cool KAL.

Of course you realize the Knitting Goddess will see this as a perfect opportunity to strike me down for having the nerve to blithely take on so many other projects in the face of holiday knitting. Cue the foreboding music; I feel a smackdown coming on.


Toni said...

I am totally with ya on the Ice Harvest! If I hadn't been doing fibery work during it, it would have been a total waste of time. I guess everyone is allowed a dud or two...

The hats look great btw! You are crushing my slow hand knitting lol. And making me consider getting my USM out of the fiber closet where it has been gathering dust. I have so many things going right now but I would like to be able to contribute alot of hats-this could be the answer! You're so smart! hehe=)
Keep up the great work!

Toni said...

Thank you for the congrats! =) I am thinking about doing the surprise jacket after seeing and reading this:
I think that is the most beautiful surprise jacket I've ever seen. I might try it in a handspun instead...though buying koigu is very tempting =) I also need to check out that Mason Dixon book next time I am at Borders - it keeps popping up so I am intrigued!

So I have an earflap and some pom-poms to finish on a hat that I am handknitting for SEP and then I will dig out the machine and give it another whirl. From what I remember, it drove me crazy the first time (I kept dropping stitches)! Wish me luck for a better experience this time! =)

Procrastiknitter said...

Wow, I'll steer clear of that movie as it's one of the only John Cusack movies that I have never seen. My favorite movie is Say Anything.

"I gave her my heart and she gave me a pen."

Thanks for all your work on the Soaring Eagles Project!

Splindarella said...

Hey there, DS

Definitely take that USM for another spin. I find it drops stitches, too, unless I'm very careful on the first row to go slowly and on every row thereafter to not press to hard in any direction. I had to take off the row counter because I needed to press back hard to get it to register the rows but that made the carriage jam and drop stitches. After the first couple of hats I got back into the swing of it and now it's fairly easy to work with. Good luck -- I think you'll be pleasantly surprised at how much faster you go!