I always feel like I’m being watched, measured… judged. Seriously, even while taking a shower I can’t shake that feeling. Justification for my paranoia can be substantiated though. I caught Mr. Soapy staring at me with nary a blink last week while I was bathing. His steady gaze startled the bejesus out of me.
“Mr. Soapy”, left in the bathtub, courtesy of A3
Don’t worry, I’ve no delusions of importance. Big Brother isn’t watching my insignificant self. Heck, my own family barely knows or cares what I do on a day-to-day basis, which is why I turn to blogging. If one lonely soul checks my blog to see what I’m up to now and again, even if they click here by mistake, I feel special.
Since you’re already here, let me catch you up on my latest knitting projects. The Picovoli sweater has been altered, then frogged,
altered, then frogged
altered, then frogged,
repeat, until finally, I settled on a version with applied I-cord edging and 3/4 length sleeves and a folded and hemmed neckline. Part of the reason for choosing this as a final product was the fear of ruining the yarn. The other part is that I’m just plain sick of the bloody thing and I wanted to move on.
Eventually I’ll weave in the ends and block it. At that point I’ll take a finished picture.
The project I’ve moved on to is the BFF Cowl. My partner in crime is Penny. The pattern isn’t difficult to execute, but the way that it’s presented on the Knitty site had me bouncing back and forth between two sections, reading descriptions and trying to mesh those directions with the incomplete chart. I prefer chart knitting but in the chart does not show the edging and the (K3 into 3) and (K3 into 2) look the same to my middle-aged eyes. After matching up the correct part of the written description to the charts then I was able to figure it out. Here is half of the first repeat, knitted in the colorway, “Steel Cut Oats.”
Elsewhere in my knitting corner, I scored a bag of sock yarn at the local Goodwill store. Most of the skeins still had price tags on them. Had I paid retail for these the total would have been over $90, but I paid $14. Little things like this make me extremely happy!
Finally, in non-knitting news, only two days until A1 leaves for Japan. The whole family is very excited for her, but we’re also apprehensive and sad at the thought of her year-long absence. I’ve had a few comments from incredulous people, such as, “I could never let my child go that far away!” and “Aren’t you going to miss her?” Well duh! Of course I’m going to miss her. And I’m worried to beat all. However, her long-term goal is to live in Japan and teach English. We aren’t in a position financially to send her off to a four-year university to study Japanese at home, so when this opportunity arose we decided to let her go. The private school she’ll be attending there also has a University attached and if she studies hard and meets people there, then perhaps a door will open for post high school education. I realize that some people would choose against this course of action, we almost did. It’s a huge step and a major severing of Apron strings. If you are among the multitude of people who disagree with our parenting, then I respect your opinions, but please don’t air them to me until she is settled in safely with her host family. In a fit of unbridled nerves, I may just poke you with one of my knitting needles.
ps, The soap really freaked me out so Mr. Soapy was dismembered so I could shower peacefully.