Needle Tart

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Thursday, April 19, 2007


Just a quick post before I am off to attend the training for Saturday's job. I will be proctoring an advanced degree test and in the instructions was the following, "Proctors must not read newspapers, books, knit or write letters during the exam." I think the muggles are on to us (or a knitter was invovled in the instruction writing......Nah!)

Ta Dah! Elder Son is modeling it. Specs: A McCall's pattern from 1981. Lion Brand Wool-Ease yarn (now that KnitPicks has a machine washable sweater weight yarn I will only knit accesories from WoolEase. I don't mind it, but the darker colors have a tendency to split). The buttons are a grey plastic and they really picked up the flash. I had thought about adding "afterthought" pockets to the front (where else would I put them?) but there are just too many cables and too much honeycomb stitch to risk it.

I had to re-knit the front and one of the sleeves, making this one of the longer projects (shhhhh! I know there's an eight-, crap, ten-year-old unfinished afghan in my closet) I have taken on in recent years. I've mostly been working on scarves and socks.

To put the lie to that last statement, here is a picture of the Purple Passover Pullover (yes, I know Passover has come and gone but I love the alliteration). It's been a really fun knit. I love the top-down-ness that let me try it on as I go. Ususally when I knit a sweater for me I get gauge, knit the size it says I measure and then the darn thing is too big. This time I got gauge, knit one size smaller than the pattern said I should and it fits!! Now I have to figure out how to knit the sleeves. They are about 100 stitches around and the circular needle that will hold the stitches is too short to comfortably knit with, if I use dpns (of course, I don't have that size so I'd have to go shopping......) I get a float between the needles. This never happens in stocking stitch or ribbing, only in garter stitch. Guess which stitch the sleeves are in? I may try two circular needles. I'll let you know how that works out. We have had some pretty cold weather this spring in the east. Do you think the warmth is just waiting for me to bind off the last sleeve and be eager to wear it?
On the entertainment front: The Husband has taken a liking to the new Jeff Goldblum show on NBC (Raines) and will actually sit down next to me and look at the tube. This is the first show in 27 years that he had made time for in his schedule. As he is now retired his schedule is get up, eat breakfast, read the paper, read yesterday's New York Times, do the crossword, visit the local outlet shops to see if there is anything new, take a nap, eat lunch, exercise, go to the grocery store just in case something new came in, take a nap, make dinner, read a book, go to bed. Yeah, life's tough.
Driving to work, I like to listen to spoken word CDs. They seem to keep me more awake than music. Yesterday, Elder Son loaned me his copy of Christopher Titus:The 5th Annual End of the World Tour. If you can get past the rough language (that's a whole 'nother post), this is one of the funniest men around. He made me laugh until I cried. At least in part because he tells about his Dad's funeral. Mr. Titus's dad dies shortly before 9-11 and my Dad dies 6 days after. Titus tells about his dad and what he wanted and seriously, you will laugh until it hurts, then he cursed his father for leaving him with this world to clean up all alone and I cried for blocks (remember? driving?) Every time Titus brings you to tears because this "is a f7#$^12 up world" he can bring you to hysterical laughter, because laughing gives you the strength to go on.
Hmmm. This was supposed to be a short post and I'd better go get breakfast. The Husband wants to go check out the new grocery store that opened a few blocks away......

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Blogger Julie said...

I also liked Titus talking about how after 9-11 he wanted to take his kid (who had very recently been born) and PUT THE BABY BACK so it could be safe inside momma.

His wife wasn't amused, but everyone else is.

He used to have a TV series on, I think, WB. Stacey Keech played his father and it was hilarious but also had a lot of good father-son-brother issues being addressed.

That's a smart man. It takes brillance to make people laugh and cry that much.

11:06 AM  
Blogger NeedleTart said...

The series was on Fox and is now out on DVD. Ask me how I know. (Elder Son is a big fan, probably because people used to mistake him for Titus).

7:17 PM  
Blogger confiance said...

YAY! You're done the sweater! It looks awesome and I'm also liking the PPP. P cubed? PPP works better.

(sorry, tis 2am and I just got home from work.)

I think you and the husband should switch jobs for a few days. Specially if you can't knit while proctoring the exam. I hope, for your sake and the students, that it doesn't take that long.

10:53 PM  
Blogger Amy Lane said...

Now see, I loved the Titus show--I didn't know he had a comedy tape out--I'll have to check it out! I like the whole Raines show...Jeff Goldblum makes the part!!! (btw? Nifty Knitting! Very very nice!!!)

11:12 PM  
Blogger Susan said...

I will have to get the Titus CD. I liked his show. The sweaters are gorgeous. I especially like the cables on the PPP.

6:26 AM  
Blogger Kari said...

Nice sweater! :-) I like the show Raines.

8:44 PM  

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