Thursday, October 2, 2008

Block Party

It's October. Already. Time, I suppose, for me to get going on Christmas gifts. Hard to believe, but considering the ever-growing circle of family and friends that surrounds me, I'll find myself in a pinch if I don't start now.

So this week I dragged out some knitting needles and a ball of puffy, soft blue yarn and went to work. It's a simple, simple knit... rib stitch, no tassels, no frills. I finished it in two evenings and tossed it on the back of the couch to block later.

Blocking is a technique often used by knitters to reshape or resize a project. It generally involves using water or steam to coax a piece into the look you want. I've heard time and time again not to block ribbing or cables because it can flatten and ruin them. Oh well. I do it anyway. Always seems to work out okay for me.

This week has been busy, as usual, and a family issue has made it stressful. After relaxing and watching the debate tonight, I'm leaving Freeman House tomorrow and expect to be gone several days. Sure did want to get to those Sugar Shoes, but maybe next week. They're worth the wait.

So there you have it from here. From the quiet little block party. Hope you have a wonderful Friday and weekend. -Brin

7 comments:

Susan said...

what is it you're knitting Brin ? A scarf maybe. Do tell please. Thanks.

Cheryl said...

Love that color. Okay, you're killing me with the Sugar Shoes teasing! But, I'm sure it will be worth the wait.

Sue@CountryPleasures said...

You'd be proud, I bought a nice set of knitting needles at a thrift store for a $1, someday I'll learn! You inspired me and make it look so easy! Someday? I too am anxious to hear more about the sugar shoes! Have a lovely weekend Brin and HAPPY OCTOBER!!

Amy said...

I'm wanting to start to crochet again...

kari and kijsa said...

What will it be? We wish we could knit...just needlepointing going on here!

Have a blessed and wonderful day!

smiles, kari & kijsa

fairmaiden said...

That is a lovely shade of blue...reminds me of the ocean and winter.

Corinne said...

The color is just beautiful. I love ribbing. Easy enough, yet not boring, but how, tell me how you could finish that in just two nights. I just made a scarf for my Dad with K3, P1 ribbing (I CO 53sts with Size 6 needles) and it took me almost 2 weeks!! Have a great weekend. I hope your best friend will be feeling better soon!