Sunday, November 20, 2005

Tie it on and run

More scarves and a very friendly model.

I’ve been in hand-knitting scarf mode for the last while. I have quite a pile of them now. It’s a good project for me. I finish them before I get bored. And it's a great way to relax after spending an hour cursing that kniting machine. I’m again in fight mode with the knitting machine. I know, hardly news, is it?

Tonight I’m going to re-punch the card. I took last week’s unmitigated disaster down to the Christmas at the Market where I ran it past the machine knitters in attendance at the craft show. Opinions vary from the drums have crap in them to the native stickiness of wool. I’ve been working with Briggs & Little singles.

I did take Lucia, the Knitting Fiend’s advice and carefully checked my needles. I did have one that was wonky and replaced it but I think that couldn’t have been all the problem. Logically, if it was a needle causing the problems, it would have been consistently the same stitch. I cleaned out some fuzz from the drums and with luck, I’ve got the problem sorted.

I’m back to having problem with the machine. This time, I’m trying to use a punch card to do short row partial knitting and this time, I really do think it’s the punch card. I’m going to re-punch it tonight and be a little more careful. I think I’ve spotted the two holes that are causing the hang up on this one.

In any event, I’m back to working straight nights. Things are a little nuts at work with trying to train 6 new dispatchers and we’ve expanded our 9-1-1 coverage area. Last week, I actually worked my regularly scheduled shift and that was by total accident. By the way, the blonde model in the picture is my co-worker Becky aka Princess… and yes, she answers to Princess. Becky just finished her first knitting project, one of those Bohemian scarves with the twisted fringe down the side. She did a great job and is starting on dishcloths. Now if we only convince Craig to pick up the needles. I’m going to tell him his performance assessment depends on it, or is that considered blackmail? I’ll call my union rep in the morning.

I hope all you folks out there in Blog land are doing well. I know with this time of year and Christmas around the corner, none of us seem to have a lot of time to update the Blogs. And since I know I’m in perfect half-arsed mode these days and probably won’t update this again for yet another week, Happy Thanksgiving to our American cousins.

Tonight, I’m going to bead that fuzzy pink scarf and re-punch the slip knitting card. And clean my studio. And find a cure for cellulite. And invent a cocktail for Diana. Talk at you’se all laters; thanks for reading.


At 10:48 p.m., November 20, 2005, Blogger Liz said...

cocktails mmmmm having just indulged in beer and hyper/super calorie spinach and artichoke dip with said oddball, heard the trial recipe for diana's coctail I would just like to say I offered myself up on the taste testing alter and will take one for the team, over and over til the recipe is just so.
just for you diana, just for you

At 6:23 p.m., November 22, 2005, Blogger jackie said...

clean your studio? really Kate, we know you better than that

At 6:55 p.m., November 22, 2005, Blogger Dudleyspinner's Tie Dye Rovings said...

I started a contest on my blog, after having a discussion about acrylic yarn over at Crochetville, Enter today Why I am a yarn snob or why I use acrylic yarn. I am an evil woman, I know (evil grin)Win a bit of dudleyspinner roving or a skein of lovely red heart acrylic yarn!


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