June 19, 2007

Project Progress

Filed under:News!,Works In Progress — Aileen @ 21:54

This week I am partaking in a course run by the Music Network of Ireland called Making Overtures. The course is a week of seminars, four per day, all about how best to promote yourself. So far it has been very interesting. I have been bringing along some emergency knitting but haven’t needed it yet! In fact, I have had very little time for it since we started yesterday. That said, though, you can’t keep a good knit down.

I swore to Lisa that I would finish my Cashsilk top on Sunday… I did, actually. Sort of.

Laines du Nord Cashsilk - Fitted Top

I worked the back first and left shoulder stitches sitting on some waste yarn. Then I worked the V-neck at the same time as the armhole shaping, and grafted the shoulders together. If you look, you can see the little line of stitches where I grafted them. It’s not that noticeable when it is on. I am glad, in a way, that I rushed through this because it taught me a number of things. Firstly, I should have calculated my armhole shaping more accurately. I could do some tugging and get away with it but when it comes to writing a pattern for other knitters, that’s not good enough. I would hate to get that far in a project and have crummy armholes. Wouldn’t you? Secondly, I should have started the V-neck about three inches lower, just after I started the armhole shaping. Oh well! I’ll just rip it out and knit it again.

Thermal has been getting a look in, too, although I can’t remember when. More sleep knitting perhaps?

Thermal Sleeve WIP

The nice thing about shaping the sleeve cap is that it gets smaller so the last bit goes really quickly! That’s the plan anyway.

My emergency knitting for the course has been a pair of Monkey socks.

Monkey Socks Knitty Winter 2007 Cookie A
I wanna be like you-ou-ou

Now. Look. I didn’t mean to cast on for a pair of socks. I have two sweaters to finish by the end of the week, right? But I can’t help being sorely tempted by the fantastic summer colours of the Crystal Palace colours… and the necessity for something small and discrete should I desperately need to knit during a dull speaker. Worldly events contrive against my knitting. (This is the Party manifesto. Secretly I believe the world is contriving totally for my knitting because these socks are great fun! What a pattern! If you feel the same but fear the wrath of the Party (eg. haven’t you got yarn just like that already? why are you knitting a pair of socks instead of finishing a sweater?), join me in some secret seminar knitting or call 1-800-NEED-2-KNIT).

I have lived in Dublin for six years and I’ve noticed that everybody has a personal relationship with Dublin Bus. They do great things, they do bad things. They’re on time, they don’t show up. They change routes, they extend routes. Personally, I love Dublin Bus because I benefit from their more random routes. Just this year they introduced a completely new route – the number 4 – running from Ballymun to Vincent’s Hospital. This meant that as well as the lottery system of catching the 13 into college, I also had the very regular 4 that I could depend on. Only last week Dublin Bus extended this route so that the bus now runs into Blackrock village. Guess what’s in Blackrock! What a bizarre route! … but I now have a bus that goes from my house, all the way across town, to my local yarn shop. Fabulous!



  1. Love the monkey socks the colorway is very appealing.

    Comment by Cole — June 19, 2007 @ 22:39

  2. now that IS providential! guess the only thing better than that would be to live above a yarn shop, though that’d be just plain dangerous!

    Comment by elise — June 19, 2007 @ 23:12

  3. Clearly, you have somehow pleased the knitting gods for them to finally hook you up with a bus route straight to your favorite LYS.

    I ordered yarn for Thermal. *grin*

    Comment by Kristen — June 21, 2007 @ 02:06

  4. So you are a Ballyer now, are you *grin*
    Didnt think you could dare live that far away from This is Knit 😉

    Comment by Sara — June 21, 2007 @ 18:33

  5. Oh, ooh ooh ooh, I want to do a monkey tooo

    Comment by Sara — June 21, 2007 @ 18:35

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