It’s official. I HATE working with cotton. So much so in fact that it will be a long time before so much as a dishrag is cast on here. The Krista pattern was well-written and the pattern so easy to memorize that even conversing with preschoolers while knitting was possible. I definately want to make this again, but with a different fiber. I used some unlabeled cotton from my stash instead of buying the suggested yarn. The good news is that my stash has been reduced, but blocking this sucker was a nightmare. Thanks to Judie’s tutorial on seaming back in May it was finished lickety split. But it was still plain white and very bland. My Procion Dye color selection left much to be desired, but my DH suggested a very dark hue… the darker the better (I think the glaring white bigness of me modeling it for him was overwhelming). Navy and black not being an option, purple was selected. And after 18 hours of soaking (another reason to hate working with cotton) in the dye bath this shade emerged.
Please forgive the old sweatpants and pony tail. I’ve been working in the yard all day. Anyway, not only is it a screaming shade of grape, but the lovely lacy pattern is quite revealing. Yikes! I’m not sure what to do with this particular sweater. Most people on my Christmas list are either too subdued for something this bright or else they possess “Huge tracts of land.” The next one I make will be a larger size to accommodate a shirt underneath.
Tomorrow I resume working every day again. But some agreements have been made. First, I only work 6 hours a day or less. Second, my boss knows that I am still looking for work elsewhere. Regular school begins here on Wednesday, but most of the preschoolers will begin tomorrow. The way it works in my class is that from 8:30 am until 12:00 am we run a regular school and then the kids who stay an entire day take naps and the afternoon is ran as a day care. I will be working the early shift. I love the kids, but my fingers are still crossed for something different to come along.
Hope you’ve all had a wonderful weekend. My DH just made some kick-ass pico de gallo so I’m off to grill some tilapia for fish tacos. And in light of the day’s labor a beer is in order too. I believe there is a dark ale with my name on it in the kitchen!