Thanksgiving Day was a lovely day.
I lolled about for much of the morning, enjoying sleeping in and just hangin' with my girls (and knitting in front of the TV). Though I did have to rip back a butch of Natalia because I detected a pattern/rhythm to the pattern, and then forged ahead without actually reading the directions closely -- and thus seemed to be unable to recognize that when knitting, you have more rows to knit between rows 18-42 than you do between rows 16-20... (doh). It's what happens when you get into the TV show too much...
Anyway, having frogged the incorrectly knit stuff (which was making a nifty pattern, just not the one I claim to be knitting, I re-knit it and got to here before it was time to leave for dinner.
I then began to brood about how to add the inevitable short row shaping that I require for a proper fitting sweater. I feared that doing so would lower the already deep v-neck, and frankly, I'd be happier if I could wear this sweater without something underneath it. I'm guessing, however, that I'll wind up leaving the basic neckline alone, and finding a cami to wear underneath ...
Anyway, I was brooding, and I prowled Ravelry boards... and finally learned and/realized that DUH, since it's top down... my shaping will have no effect whatsoever on the height/depth of the vee. This pleases me. I like simplicity.
When we embarked for the Wayward Souls Thanksgiving festivities (a wonderful meal that a friend serves to those whose families are far away on T-Day so that we needn't celebrate without a BUNCH of folk around), I swapped Natalia for Florella. I was on that lovely stretch of simple stockinette that I could knit without paying a bit of attention.
As it turns out... lots of the "Wayward Souls" knit. There were, at the table after dinner, two sweaters (Star and Bam) a scarf (Alexa) and a shawl (Alicia) being knit ... in addition to my wee baby thing. In the other room, Mary was working on Chrysopolis in the other room (it having gotten a bit large for working at the the table.. Eric discovered that the socks he'd brought along to knit were actually too small.... that cuff wasn't going over his foot no-how... so he's going to frog them. He got very defensive of the lovely wool/silk yarn he was knitting them in.
I made it to the point where I have to set aside the body to work the sleeves. I'd show you, but 1/2" of k2,p2 ribbing is unlikely to be very exciting. I have, however, noticed a wee error in that picture up there. It's in row one ... and will not be redone. I do rather like the way the purple bits make stair steps that march up to the right, while the green ones march up to the left. Who me? easily amused?
Today, I'll be taking both Florella and Natalia to Second Thanksgiving with Whichy and her family. After we enjoy the amazing meal they've got cooking, and a bit o' pecan pie I'm taking in just for grins (they've got fruit pies, of course...), I'm sure Whichy and I will spend a bit o' time with Natalia.
I can't wait to see what Joann (Whichy's mom) is knitting this time!
Another day full of reminders to be thankful. And I am so thankful for all the friends I have!
(and get a huge kick out of C's recent question to me: "Mom, how come your friends are all so cool?")