Yup. That would be me.
Today’s title is taken from the comment that Stinkerbell left on yesterday’s entry:
I love you, I love reading you, but lady you are the text book definition of insanity.
Why, yes, I am insane. Thank you for noticing. And I love you too, my dear.
This reminds me of an incident from a good long time ago — at least 20 years.
I had taught a girl who worked with me to knit, and she picked it up very quickly. We would hang out and knit together and we sometimes took trips to a LYS at lunchtime.
One day we both picked out the same pattern to make a little summer sweater. Knitted in cotton, it had a lace and vines pattern down the front. We bought our yarn and started it on the same day.
She idly said that she bet she could finish her sweater before I finished mine. Now we always had a vaguely competitive thing going on at work. So I pulled an all-nighter three nights in a row so I could complete the sweater way before she did.
Twenty-odd years later I can’t pull all-nighters to finish a sweater in three days. But I can do my damndest.
Clearly, maturity is not my strong point.
Anyhow, I finished the back of Inishmore.
Kindly excuse the bizarre ghostly photo. When I use the flash it washes out the cabling so I’m taking flashless photos on a cloudy afternoon. In the above shot I jiggled the camera.
And here’s what I’ve done on the front.
Same disclaimer on the photo, although I did a bit better on this one. But the color is off on both shots. The color in L-B’s photo, below, is much more accurate.
I’m a little surprised I haven’t completely ruined my hands yet, but they’re holding up just fine. Though Lucy seems concerned about me. This morning before I left for work, I was sitting on the side of the bed, banging out a couple of rows, watching the CBS Early Early Early Early News. Lucy sat on the bed with me and gently licked my fingers as I was knitting.
L-B sent me a photo of her finished sleeve:
Looking good!!!! She is now working on the back, I hear.
Anmiryam asked a very good question:
Ok, I’m knitting behind, waaaaay behind you and L-B and I’m curious about one of the cables in Chart B. In row 7, when you cross the seven stitches to make the figure eight the way I’m reading the chart, for the four stitches in the back you end up knitting stitches that had been purled, while knitting the previously purled stitches. This is a switch that is deliberately avoided in the ribbing cable (Chart A). Did A.S. decide it wouldn’t be noticed in the bigger cable or is it a mistake? Have you knit this cable as written or do you do something different?
Yup, you are reading the chart correctly. When you cross the cable on the last 4 stitches you end up knitting the purls and purling the knits. I work mine as written because you totally cannot see the switch behind the cable twist. It’s avoided in the ribbing cable because on a 3-stitch twist, it would show.
A question in the comments about when the raffle will be held. The raffle will be held shortly after a winner in the Challenge is determined. I am maintaining a spreadsheet of all contributors — each contributor has a number of rows in the spreadsheet equal to the number of raffle “tickets” they have — one ticket for each $1 contributed. Rather than draw numbers manually, I’ll use a random number generator to pick the winners.
And of course as soon as the Challenge winner crosses the finish line and is clocked in, I’ll be able to tell who wins yarn from me for guessing the winner and coming closest to date and time of the win.
I’ve put a link to the prize page in the sidebar as well.
Oh, and just in case any of you are thinking it’s all knitting and no stash enhancing chez Wendyknits, let me set you straight.
This is Koigu, purchased at Knit Happens.
By the way, Lucy has a new West Coast buddy.
(Lucy says “Don’t worry, Lucky, my heart still belongs to you!”)