Last Wednesday, I subjected you to a frightening (to me anyway) list of WIPs in honor of the now traditional (in the KnitBlog World anyway) WIP It Wednesday.
Doing that today would likely be dull. You'd get no new pictures at all.
Why? Because I didn't work on any WIPs ....
Work-wise, the evil proof-reading job from hell was over and done with on Monday. I hadn't really anticipated another this week because I knew this morning's meeting was coming. Instead of proofreading this week, I get editing.
I am pleased.
I am even finding the specific task amusing, despite the book's somewhat gloomy subject (it's all about 9-11 and the things that led to it). Part of the task is making sure that various documents were transcribed correctly. That means I have the ... er ... privilege of reading some of Osama's writings (yes, that Osama -- and that's as close as I'm coming to putting this blog in line for hits based on that kind of search).
It is likely a sign of just how twisted I am that when I read this line in one of his Declarations, "So the people of Islam realized that they were the fundamental target of the hostility of the Judeo-Crusader alliance.", my response was, "What? This is new? the Crusades weren't a clue? Remember the guys in the white surplices with the red crosses? The Knight's Templar? Came in with a bunch of Brits? killed a bunch of folk?" I'm twisted. I know that. (And for the record -- I don't think that the Judeo-Christians are currently out to destroy Islam. I think most of the Judeo-Christian folk have learned tolerance well enough to accept that different folk can have different religions without offending God).
With any luck, my disrespectful side will keep this task interesting. I sure hope so. There's a LOT of it this time.
So... while I guess that's a WIP now, it sure wasn't when I started it.
Along those same lines, I took no WIPs with me to piano lessons today. Instead, since I clearly have insufficient choices in the WIP pile (what with the four different socks, multiple sweaters, and two lace and one intarsia shawl to choose among), I started something new:
I'm calling them Two-Fingered Knucks for now. They're for DT (she writes the Chaos Chronicles, which, though technically a public blog, is read by about three people, all of whom know her well. I include the link for the sake of completeness, but don't really expect you to go there). She is the pleased owner of an iPhone, but has discovered that you need bare flesh to operate the thing. This means that in the cold, with gloves on, she can't answer her phone! And though she knits, she is afflicted with nerve damage in one hand that means she can't use needles smaller than about an 11, or perhaps a 13. So, she can't whip up a pair of fingerless gloves to enable phone use in cooler weather. I decided to do something about it. And since you use more than one finger to get full use of the iPhone, I'm knitting her gloves that are fully fingered at the pinky and ring finger (which aren't involved in iPhone use),
but are un-tipped for the middle- and fore-fingers and thumb. Un-tipped kinda the way Knucks are untipped.
I'm using Ella Rae's Silkience, because in addition to being wristily affilcted, by dear friend is allergic to wool. No seriously -- allergic. Hives. Allergic. And Alpaca itches. Even with two layers of fabric between it and her skin. (I can't imagine being deprived of alpaca). She claims that anything would work, since all her hands seem to need are covers, not insulating fibers. Even so, I'm working a stranded pattern to put in an extra space for trapped air to keep her warm to offset the high percentage of cotton in the yarn. I'm hoping that the silk, Modal, and rayon contents will serve as sufficient insulators to keep her hands warm enough in all be the worst of days. (Days like Thursday this week are not included. Sub-zero. Fahrenheit. School-closing cold).
Speaking of school.... Guess what.... I can still pass High School!
Okay. So I did work on one WIP this evening. I put in another three rows on the Pre-Columbian Shawl. I'm into the home stretch -- 11 more rows of intarsia, then 13 in the border, and the knitting will be done! Not that I'm counting.