Wednesday, March 12, 2008

I got the fever. Yeah, I can feel it coming on.... You know the symptoms: a listless feeling while contemplating your present projects, an unhealthy and speculative interest in what other people are knitting, the incipient rationalization of wanting to start a million new and different and shiny projects under the guise of "stash-busting".

I'm slogging through the Paisley Shawl from "Folk Style". Here is unhelpful progress shot:

I love the yarn (Berroco Ultra Alpaca) and I love the finished look (lots of nice flat stretches of stockinette interspersed with paisley yarnover blobs), but the knitting isn't fun. There's no rhythm to the yarnovers and I have to count the stockinette stitches on every row. I finally gave in and charted the last two charts on Excel, complete with stitch counts, but that's 10 lonnnnnnnnnnnnnggggggg rows away. It makes me yearn for some delightful palate-cleansing Feather and Fan - you know, full of regular k2togs and yos.

My Landscape Shawl is growing, but it's so mindless it's almost like socks, so it doesn't count as a project. [hear the rationalization??]

I think I might finish (or actually start) the other Selbuvotter mitten. It would give me a new fussy project to start, but I actually would be finishing a project at the same time. I'm tricky!! [Update: yes I did start the second mitten yesterday, and it feels so good!]

In Phillies spring training news, Davey Lopes has been diagnosed with prostate cancer. It was diagnosed early and his outlook is good, but still very scary. I remember (said in creaky, old-coot voice) when he used to fly around the bases for the Dodgers in the 70s. Phillies baserunners had some insane base-stealing success rate (like 95%) last year because he was the first base coach. Let's send some good healing vibes out to him.

Likewise to the pitching staff, which seems to have gone into a collective swoon. Of course, they're just swooning now to engage my interest. Once the season starts, they will pitch brilliantly. Yes, say it with me. They....will....pitch....brilliantly.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wish Davey the best even though Bowa threw him out in Oct 1977.

8:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

But that was Bruce Froemming's fault, not Davey's.

9:52 AM  

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