Judging from a couple of comments and some emails I got, a few of you got the impression that I was going to abandon the Maltese Shawl. Not at all! What I said in yesterday’s blog post was that I thought I would keep it for weekend knitting because, for me, knitting a lace edging is not something I want to do in small bits of time snatched here and there during the week.
I actually have very little knitting time on weeknights. That pesky “working for a living” does get in the way. A typical evening:
1. Come home from work. Lucy is at the door to greet me. She waits very impatiently while I take my coat off. Sometimes I am allowed to change clothes before playing with her, sometimes not.
2. Sort mail, deal with that which needs to be dealt with immediately. File the rest for future reference. If laundry needs to be done, start laundry. Perform other household tasks.
3. Half an hour of knitting time, interspersed with taking photos of knitting and of Lucy, and checking email.
4. Compose blog entry, download and edit photos, post blog entry.
5. Make and eat dinner. Clean up after dinner.
5. Another hour of knitting time, interspersed with watching television and answering emails.
And that’s it.
I always try to get all my “chores” done on weeknights so I have long stretches of uninterrupted time on the weekends to do with what I will. I run errands on the way home from work and do what little housework I indulge in during the week.
The shawl edging has a repeat of 30 rows. It behooves me to do a full repeat in one sitting without interruptions. This is next to impossible on a weeknight. Much more do-able on a weekend. That’s why I decided to save the shawl for weekend knitting.
In the interests of project fidelity, I will not start another big project until the shawl is completed, although I reserve the right to change my mind about this at any given time. We’ll see where I am after this weekend. For now, I’ll work on socks during the week.
As I mentioned before, this shawl is destined to become a gift, and I don’t need it for nearly two months. I don’t feel any sense of urgency to finish it up asap.
I did, however, finish one Slayer sock.
Close-up of the top:
Have you changed your toe up wrapping/unwrapping protocol? I finally mastered the technique after many, many tries and love it! I have been dragging around a copy of your knitty article with instructions for multiple toe up starts which is dog-eared and mangled and highlighted, but goes with me as a lucky charm in my knitting bag, even though the pattern has been committed to memory.
I recently printed a copy of the new, unabridged, row by row, toe up pattern. I read it. I noticed that you have different instructions for unwrapping the wrapped stitches.
I don’t think I’ve changed how I do it — rather, I described it in more detail in the new pattern.
Photo Hijinks With Lucy
I wish I knew how you get such scrumptious photos of Lucy without having her appear to be possessed by “red-eyes!”
I use a Canon digital SLR camera that takes really good photos, but sometimes I do get a bit of Lucy red-eye. I used image editing software to correct the red-eye. I am currently using Paintshop Pro XI. It has a red-eye removal tool. I use the “freehand” option and carefully edit any red-eye zoomed in at 600 — 900%, pixel by pixel. Yesterday’s photo of Lucy was edited for red-eye.
See why I don’t have too much knitting time on weeknights?
“Catering to my every whim is far more important than any stupid knitting!”
Be that as it may, I still found time to doodle up a wee swatch. Hee hee!