Monday, January 21, 2008

Blankets

Whew! School has started and I'm working on three projects in the Crochet and Knitting Workshops I am attending. The knitting workshop is exploring EZ's Adult Surprise jacket. I'm doing the baby version in keeping with my 2008 goal of having a finished baby items stash so I won't be so frantic when a gift giving situation comes up.

The Crochet workshop is combined with the Level II class where the much anticipated Sampler Afghan is progressing at 2 squares a week. I've been so worked up about this and am finding it hard to limit myself to just doing the homework and not jumping ahead - which would defeat the purpose of learning more about the intricacies of crochet from the instructors. So, my solution has been to do TWO afghans at the same time! The original from Dark Horse Fantasy and the second, darker one from Berroco Comfort. Both are an acrylic and nylon blend. Some people have remarked the Comfort is very splitty, but I have not had that experience, at least crocheting with an H hook.

The crochet workshop is doing a Filet cardigan as its optional class project and I decided to try it. It's a simple stitch, but made to measure without a pattern. That's in Navy TLC Cotton Plus.

In all my class projects, I'm forcing myself to slow down to just work on the week's techniques, so I picked up a WIP that had been hibernating, the Hearts baby blanket from Fiber Trends by Evelyn A. Clark. [see baby stash goal]. It's a fun knit and I am already planning to make it in a variety of colors.

January is my busy month. I'm teaching 3 times at the Bonita Knitting Store: 2 groups working on the Valentine themed Falling in Love Scarf and my regular beginning sock class. It's also when I interview high school students applying for Princeton. I love the interview part. The writing up of the report, not so much.

Speaking of Princeton, we had a wonderful alumni event last week with Chris Young, starting pitcher for the San Diego Padres and his wife Liz, both Princeton class of '02. After lunch near the ballpark, the alumni group of about 50 got a fantastic behind the scenes tour of the park, including areas not open to the public tours. They graciously spent about 3 hours with us. Fascinating insights. Here's my 6'3" husband [in orange] standing near the 6'10" Young in the Padres locker room.
Lastly, I had a real 'Queen for a Day' for my birthday yesterday. We went to a Hollywood Pops concert at Escondido Center for the Arts and dinner with the entire family and their partners with an extra in law thrown in. In addition to tickets to see WICKED in Los Angeles next month, Bob got me these ceramic knitting themed coasters from CafePress.com. My knitting studio is styling. But the birthday's over and I need to finish the laundry and write up those danged interviews.

3 comments:

GUERA LIKES TO KNIT said...

You've inspired me to go knit/crochet baby blankets! Just found myself in that situation with no pretty baby gift. See ya on Saturday, I'm FINALLY taking the sock knitting class.

Luni said...

Happy Birthday! I love the pics, esp. the one of your "short" husband next to the ball player, and all those wips, so impressive. I was just looking at those knitting art items, but was not very impressed with the photos of them. However, in your photos, they look great. I may have to rethink my evaluation of them.

Diane said...

Belated Happy Birthday!...love the coasters...now there is a husband that supports your knitting....