The musings of an obsessive knitter and stash collector

Sunday, March 23, 2008

An FO and a nearly FO

As you can see from this picture Hecate has got bored waiting for me to blog and has gone to sleep in her supervisory position on top of the spare PC! She's got a bit fed up of me this long weekend, I've been sorting through bags of yarn, clearing up and generally disturbing her routine. She's definitely sleeping better than I am, I have unfortunately developed the ability to remove my CPAP mask and switch off the machine in my sleep, this results in me sleeping for most of the night without its help and my sleep quality is deteriorating again.
Here we have the FO, my first pair of socks finished this year, my knitting really has become incredibly slow but I'm feeling much happier at getting something finished. It's nice to have a new pair of socks just in time as the weather here is cold, strangely last night there was snow at the other side of Manchester from me (where my mum lives) and nothing here at all. I've been knitting and watching some DVD's that have been waiting for me to develop some concentration again so these were finished off while watching Miss Potter.
Here we have the nearly FO, I last touched this in October 2005 as far as I can tell. It still needs the ends sewing in and the seaming doing but my sewing up needles all appear to be at work! If I find one I'll get it finished this weekend, if not I hope to be able to show this completely finished next weekend.

Monday, March 17, 2008

Slow progress

This second sock is progressing terribly slowly, but it is at least still progressing! The knitting urge is returning though, I knit some of this on the bus going to and from work today, the first bus knitting of the year, an event which I'm sure should have been honoured with fireworks and a marching band!
With the Easter long weekend coming up I'm planning on searching through my many WIP's and getting one of them moving once this pair of socks is finished - I do love having a plan, even if it never actuially happens.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Slightly sidetracked

The second sock is growing - but slowly due to the fact that I've been sidetracked by a book that arrived through the post! Years ago I read Lark Rise to Candleford in a very old copy with incredibly small print, the BBC just showed an adaptation of it that I really didn't like, but it reminded me of the book and I treated myself to a new copy. This has had a bad effect on my knitting as I haven't mastered the art of reading and knitting combined. I've spent a day's leave mostly curled up in bed reading as I'm fighting yet another sinus infection so resting seemed a good plan.
The sock is reclining on a gift from a friend of mine, it's the corn equivalent of a wheat bag, I finally met up with my friend to exchange Christmas gifts this week - we did at least manage it before easter! This is in fact from Maine, and is a rather cute bear with the advantage of being unscented, most wheatbags have added lavender and that makes me sneeze so this is wonderful.
I'm still persisting with the CPAP machine and Hecate and I both seem to be getting more used to it, my average use per day is getting closer to 7 hours and I am feeling less tired although still plagued with incredibly intense dreams.

Monday, March 10, 2008

Definitely getting there

I've finished one sock and even cast on its mate,

it is only a simple ankle sock but I'm almost as proud of it as I was of my very first sock. I'm determined to finish the second sock in the next week just to prove that I'm back with my knitting mojo restored!

Sunday, March 09, 2008

Learning to sleep

I'm still learning to sleep with the CPAP machine and mask, it hasn't been easy but I'm getting to the point of being able to keep it on nearly all night and I think I'm beginning to feel the benefit of it. Its quite hard to tell when an improvement is slow and steady until you look back over a period of time, two and a half weeks probably isn't long enough really.
I have at least managed to make more progress with this sock, not as quickly as I can, but steady and a big improvement on not knitting at all.

Thursday, March 06, 2008

Another post!

I must be feeling better, I've reached the foot of my sock and here I am blogging for a second day in a row!
As I'm having to miss SkipNorth this year I'm planning on rewarding myself with a weekend of knitting and DVD watching, I'm not sure how it will turn out, but that is the current plan. Alternatively I may spend time playing Monopoly as a I got a free copy of the programme last weekend - endless potential for time wasting!

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

It's been way too long

I'm sorry to have been missing for so long, it's taken me ages to get over the last chest infection and I've been spending most of my energy in trying to resolve issues at work (and failing).
I finally found a slight urge to knit this week so last night I wound a skein of Schaefer sock yarn (Tutti Frutti colour)into a ball and today as I had a day off work I vast this on, it isn't much, just a plain ankle sock, but it's the first real knitting I've done this year. I grant you I should have worked on one of my WIP's but I didn't feel up to working out where I was up to with anything and I wasn't sure that given the stress I'm under what my tension would have been like - I suspect that I'm knitting even tighter than usual!
Hecate seemed to approve of me knitting, she came and snuggled down next to me with her head in my lap being ultra cute.
In the mean time, I've finally got my CPAP machine which is supposed to solve my tiredness problems so cat and I are trying to get used to me sleeping with a mask on and a machine helping me breathe!