Avoidance, Procrastination and Excuses

I’ve not done a lot of knitting in the last week or two.

I have an excuse (this is where I need a note from my Mum)…

..I have STILL been sick with this cold/flu type virus thingy.

I’ll spare you the gory details but suffice it to say, after two months of all the nasty symptoms you can imagine,  I’m not happy. Thankfully my GP was persuaded to give me antibiotics and miraculously, I’m suddenly much better.

I’ve finished my “Happy Socks” on the train (now I can stay awake for the journey)…

They feel lovely and soft and silken but I’m not so sure about the thick colour stripes…I’d love this yarn in a solid colour – I wonder if Wendy could be convinced??

I really, really should have finished my lacy top by now but the 4th sleeve was just one sleeve too many. (I’ve not gone insane, the top has two layers of little sleeve each side – hence 4 sleeves!)  I avoided it successfully by creating my lovely Chunky Twisted Ribbon Cushion.

I forced myself to finish the 4th, final, lacey sleeve during last week.

Then I was faced with my nemesis.  Some Knitters hate the sewing up of a garment – personally, I don’t mind a bit of mattress stitch. What I dislike intensely and will put off doing for weeks, is picking up stitches. Neck bands, button bands ICK! I do them because I must to finish the garment but I always find myself in the “I’m tired, I just want to knit, not do some fiddly painstaking counting and picking up stitches” place.

Even Mewsley got fed up with me and glared at me…

…can you feel the “JUST GET ON WITH IT!” she’s silently yelling at me?

Well, Mewsley is a bully and says she is going hold my new cushion hostage until I finish the Lacey top.

I have now done the button bands and am about to press the pieces and sew her up – under the exacting, stringent glare of Mewsley …

Oh, I had better give you a Completed Knit Report on the Happy Socks first, not that I’m procrastinating…

Completed Knit Report
Name: Happy Socks
Pattern: Regia free sock pattern
Yarn: Wendy Happy
Pattern Problems: None
Pattern Modifications: None
Washing and Wearing: Very soft and silky – Allegedly machine and tumble dryer friendly
Knit It Again???: yes
Difficulty: Easy
Rating: 4/5
Other Postings Relating To This One: Commuting Sock No.3

8 Responses

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  1. Abi F
    Abi F February 1, 2009 at 8:47 pm |

    Ooh the lurgey sounds bad! Anyway glad you’re back in the land of the blogging. Looking forward to seeing the kid silk haze top, I know you explained about the 4 sleeves…but I’m still imagining some sort of startrek like 4 armed woman to be wearing it!

  2. josiekitten
    josiekitten February 1, 2009 at 9:32 pm |

    Glad you’re feeling better. Mewsley doesn’t look like she’s going to give up the cushion without a struggle! I know what you mean about finishing things off. Like Marmite, you either love it or hate it!

  3. CraftyCripple
    CraftyCripple February 1, 2009 at 11:10 pm |

    I was so pleased to see that you have been recommended for blog of the month by Knitting Magazine this month. I was very chuffed to find I was ahead of the trend curve for once having already subscribed to your blog! Does that mean I am slightly more fashionable this month than last?

    Hope you feel more human soon, typical doctors never listening when you tell them you need drugs, strong ones, now dammit.

  4. Terri
    Terri February 1, 2009 at 11:55 pm |

    I’ve got the dreaded lurgey myself. LOVE the socks. tell Mewsley to go see my new blog, myverybaddogsblog.blogspot.com, which may distract her to get off your back, lol

  5. LizzieK8
    LizzieK8 February 2, 2009 at 2:18 pm |

    You can always overdye the socks if the color doesn’t appeal. I make socks out of leftovers and dye black for my sons.

  6. Sadie
    Sadie February 2, 2009 at 7:42 pm |

    your support of my ‘toothpick’ use was truly appreciated. i must grudgingly admit that’s one fine looking feline

  7. Christine
    Christine February 4, 2009 at 9:01 am |

    Love those socks and not sure about kicking the cat in them so that makes them purrfect.
    (Papiyoyo on Ravelry, Horst Schultz Group)

  8. Anne
    Anne February 4, 2009 at 3:52 pm |

    I’m wearing my ‘Happy’ socks today – I’m very pleased with them. They have been machine washed but not tumble-dried. My colourway was softer, so the stripes aren’t as bold – you can see the finished socks on my blog. Regards, Anne

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