It just occurred to me that hubby and I have a road trip coming up at the end of the week and I need to get my knitting ready! We're driving over to Pullman for WSU graduation. My sister-in-law is receiving her Master's Degree. Way to go Debbie!! She doesn't have a blog, but her Ravelry ID is "waitingtoknit", so pop on over and give her a congratulations if you're so inclined. We'll be staying at the same bed and breakfast as last year. I think the trip will be fun and bring back a lot of nice memories.
Anyway, I have some decisions to make – at least 12 hours on the road provides a lot of knitting time. Of course, there are socks:
The black speckled is a plain Jane sock that should be easily finished in no time flat. And then there are the Cookie A socks that I put aside for other projects. There is the last sleeve for hubby's Torgier:
That, too, could be easily finished. Or should I take something new?? I got a case of startitis this week and cast on for a baby afghan for our Pregnancy Care Center. It's for charity, so of course that justifies anything – right?
The only problem is that I used size 8 needles because my size 7's were engaged with another charity baby afghan. I've decided that 8 is my breaking point for needle size. Regrettably I think I am developing arthritis in my right hand. I've been having a lot of pain in my index finger knuckle and have trouble gripping things. This week hubby put in a lever type doorknob on the door to the garage because I was having trouble opening it. Anything larger than a size 7 is really hard on my hands. But on the positive side, lace knitting on teeny needles does not seem to be endangered.
The baby afghan on size 7's is also presenting its own set of problems:
Yes, it's lovely, but I can't tell you how many times I've ripped the dang thing! The pattern is not that difficult, but I keep getting off on my stitch count. Part of me says to just rip it and start over, the other says that I will not let a simple afghan defeat me and I must press on!! The yellow one will be frogged to be started over on smaller needles – any votes on the fate of the the little hearts? And while we're at it – any suggestions on your favorite baby afghan pattern?
We had a new little visitor at our bird feeder yesterday:
I know that squirrels are considered a real pest at feeders, but we get them so seldom and I'm inclined to think that they deserve a little snack now and then too. We'll see how fast he goes through sunflower seeds. He didn't seem too shy and let me get pretty close for a picture.
Two birthdays this week – Isobel turns 4!!! How can that be? And hubby turns the big 60. How can than be?? I'm close behind him and find it hard to wrap my mind around that. Neither of us feels 60 – except when trying to grip size 8 needles. So – how old would you be if you didn't know how old you were??