Monday, October 31, 2005

I'm a waffle [pour some syrup on me]

First off, thanks to everyone for the generous helping of birthday wishes! The day itself was quiet [work deadlines for hub] as expected, but spa Sunday was lovely. My skin feels SO smooth. I think I'm going to have to do regular facials from now on.

Meanwhile, when it comes to knitting, I'm waffling. I started my summer tweed cardigan and lost faith. Will it fit? Or flatter? It's not like I've just finished a book on the subject with my best girl Jillian. I can't escape the reality of my body shape and size when it comes to knitting enough fabric to cover it, and make sure it looks good on me when I'm done. And you wonder why I've only knit shawls and lace for the last while?

While on vacation, the day of the accident [actually], we'd stopped at Adventures in Knitting in Harwichport and I'd bought every ball of Frog Tree pima cotton, color 652, that they had. I chose it over the cotton/silk blend because of the color AND because I love the twist of this yarn. I've never seen it anywhere else, and it's not very common on the web, either. Not sure why. This stuff is so purty, and quite affordable!

In my wafflement, I started doing the Jillian: I swatched. And I adored the swatch. I wanted to marry the swatch and carry its children. So I figured maybe I could commit to this sweater. Looks like I have enough for a v-necked raglan with waist shaping. Casting on has commenced. Pleasant, mindless stockinette is underway. I hope to actually wear this sweater before the year is out. We'll see.

p.s. amusing spa anecdote: when you have your whole body scrubbed with salt and aromatic oils and then get into bed at night, your sheets feel nicer against your skin. seriously.