First of all, an amazing cusp has been reached. DD (7) has been knitting ON HER OWN!!!
The story goes:
DD: Mom, you promised to make me a poncho.
Me: Yes, but you decided on the Tomato red hoodie sweater, which I made you last year.
DD: But you promised me a poncho!
Me: Yes, but now Grandpa Charlie asked for a sweater and you got a sweater last year.
DD: You promised!
Me: Sorry, honey, but Grandpa Charlie's sweater has to come first. I only make one sweater a year and he's next.
[think, think, think]
Me: I bet YOU can make a poncho. [Mom goes outside to get the "The Knit Stitch"]
Me: This poncho is just two rectangles you can do that.
DD: Yes, I can!
Me: And you could wear it and tell everyone you made it yourself!
DD: That would be so cool.
And so $44 and 12 hours later, DD has knitted 5 rows ALL BY HERSELF!!
Myself, I got my Rogue out to set it up for vacation knitting. I can't start my FIL sweater until I get the measurements so I know how much yarn to buy. I'll be there on Monday so I can measure for myself. So, yeah, I suppose I could have made the darn poncho. But it seems like a good thing to get the girl knitting! I have told her that I will knit on it some while she's sleeping, but she might say she doesn't want me to do any of it. We shall see. I'm going to try to finish the kangaroo pouch before I pack Rogue up in the suitcase, so I can get those straight needles out of it.
Other vacation knitting will be (sorry, evil mitred blankie, but you take three bags of yarn balls so I can choose on a whim) finishing socks-in-progress, woo-hoo.
Which leads right into Scout's meme, Just How Many UFO's do you Have?
I started these two years ago (at least) for mindless knitting at the park:
These are from some handspun that I carded when I first got my drumcarder:
These are my Bearfoot Jaywalkers:
I also have socks that have been living in my purse out of Knitpicks Parade (discontinued) and my mom's socks that need a new heel (that's first).
If I can finish all of these, I will have more than enough socks not to wear any commercial socks this winter, which is my goal.[UPDATE]
Then, not socks, I have a log cabinish shawl out of handspun. I'm still spinning the yarn for the end panels (combination drafting wool and silk). Maybe for next year's fair, but the colors are quite raucous, like the blankie. We'll see.
I also started the Mystery Stole #1 last year and lost my motivation very early on. Lace, it turns out, is not really my thing. I will eventually frog this and recycle the yarn. Maybe I need to do lace on fingering weight...hmmm...
I also started, a very long time ago, a beaded scarf for a prototype for a yarn shop that just turned out to be too far away to teach at. This may stay where it is forever, I don't know. I'm certainly not frogging all that beading, but whether I will get to finishing I doubt. I did learn about the Bead Spinner for this project and I cannot recommend it highly enough for stringing beads for knitting. It's a bowl with a spindle in the middle. You spin the bowl and lower a curved wire down into it and the beads literally jump up onto the wire. It's AMAZING! They usually have them for sale at the L.A. County Fair, if you're interested.
My last piece of good news
is I'm coming into some Alpaca fleece. The last library show of the summer was yesterday and it was a traveling petting zoo from Parties Fantastic
. They had bunnies, chickens, ducks, pygmy goats and 2 alpacas, one of whom had just recently been sheared. So I asked my usual, excuse me but what do you do with the fleeces?
Well, she said, "Would you like them?"
And the rest, as they say, is history. So after I get back from vacation, Star
and I will be having much fun with raw alpaca, yay! One is a Suri, brown and white. They are both very soft and filled with VM, but that falls out when you process. Alpacas love to roll in the dirt!
So it's all good today. Now off to clean the house, do laundry, pack for our trip.
Have a lovely day!