Thanks for all your comments on my Mystery Stole, the Hemlock Ring Blanket, and the potential dangers of letting cats play in your knitting (insert evil purring from Bug and Moana here).
I have been home sick with a cold, and not getting as much knitting done as you might expect under the circumstances, so Moana has (very generously) been trying to "help" me with the Hemlock Ring Blanket again.
This is Moana's version of helping:
Awe... isn't she cute?
Luckily, she's also easily distracted.
I like how the "wrong" side of the blanket (while on the needles, at least) looks kind of like a brain.
Looking at the "right" side, I see some sort of jellyfish or deflated and spineless sea urchin.
Ooo! For a second there, I thought it looked like an eyeball!
I swear, I don't have a fever (though my stuffy eustachian tubes can contribute a mild sense of dizziness at times).
...Hmmmm... doesn't the first photo in my post look like Moana is emerging from a walnut?...
I have also started working on the Minimalist Cardigan from the Fall Interweave Knits. I'm using Valley Yarns Colrain - which is a really gorgeous, soft yarn (50% merino, 50% Tencel) with an amazing sheen - in the color Chestnut:
I tried really hard to want to use a non-reddish hue for this (the original is done in a lovely red, and I usually like to use something different), but alas, I just love it in red! Here's a close-up of the moss stitch / 2x1 ribbing interface:
I haven't gotten very far yet, just about 5 and a half inches up the back (still on the first ball):
Not too long ago (I hope!) Tammy tagged me for 8 Random Facts about myself, while Kerry tagged me for 7, so to compromise, here are:
7.5 Random Facts about me
1. I love to bake, cook, and eat.
2. I broke my nose in elementary school playing softball (it's still crooked today!). Yes, I caught the ball with my face. That's the only bone I've ever officially broken (though I'm pretty sure I broke my big toe, playing basketball, a few years ago).
3. I like to watch tv shows like the various CSI's, "Bones," "House," and "Numbers" at least in part because I get to laugh (or stare in dumbfounded disbelief) at their frequent misuse of scientific concepts and misrepresentations of the limitations of certain scientific instruments, not to mention their sometimes bizarre portrayals of how "scientists" behave. (Yes, I'm a scientist.) I do find them entertaining, and that's all that matters, right? Edited to add: (Actually, I'm pretty concerned about what effect these portrayals have on the public's understanding of science and scientists, so my "that's all that matters..." comment was meant to be sarcastic. Can you tell I'm torn?)
4. I'm not a vegetarian (though I don't eat much meat), but I definitely would be one if I had to kill my own food. (I also really dislike killing things in general. I catch spiders and insects I find roaming the house in an overturned glass and free them outside.)
5. In addition to knitting, I like to draw and paint (and I dabble in photography, although I have no real clue what I'm doing).
6. My favorite color is... I can't decide. I don't like to choose favorites (never have).
7. As you may have noticed, I have a major problem with using too many parentheticals (really!).
7.5. I think Bug and Moana are pretty darn cute (major revelation, I know, but hey, this one's only a half...).
If you would like to participate, consider yourself tagged!
Moana says: mmmm.... sheepy...