I had this post sort of planned out in my head. It was going to be all about what a failure I am. I've completely failed on two of the four Knitting News Year's Resolutions (socks, so not going to happen every month, and posting, well you can see for yourself how that's going!). Thing is that doesn't really matter. I'm so very happy that I can hardly bear it!
Last Thursday, at the Juba, Sudan Department of Motor Vehicles and Traffic Violations, my darling Sparky proposed to me and I accepted! To tell a rather amusing story (if you've head it already, skip ahead. There's knitting content in this post, I promise), we were there to get Sudanese drivers licenses. The application is in Arabic, so the official there has to fill them out for us. As one of my co-workers was getting his application filled out, the official asks for a 4th name. This presented a bit of a problem as I only have three names. At this point, Sparky caught my eye and said that if I needed a 4th name that I was welcome to his. There was this long looking at each other moment where I tried to figure out the seriousness of the offer and all that. A moment later he says that it would be an honor and a privilege and I blush and agree. Of course the Sudanese official totally ruins the moment by asking for my grandfather's name!
I just can't tell you how happy I am!!!!!
As this is a knitting blog, I should really post some knitting.
As I mentioned before, may of my friends and co-workers are having babies. I have been knitting baby sweaters intermittently for about two months now and this is the latest offering:
Project: Lace Edged Bolero
Pattern: from the Cathay book By Debbie Bliss
Yarn: Cathay by Debbie Bliss in colors Lilac 17 with a bit of pale green for the edges
Yardage: 3 Balls (330 Yards)
Started: November 11, 2007
Finished: January 28, 2008
Yarn Source: The Wonderful Phyl-phyl via a care package to Romania from the Wonderful Courtney
Needles: 3.75 mm (US 5)
Gauge: 5.5 sts per inch in Stst
This is actually the second time I've made this sweater. The first version is still a sample at Knit Happens. I knit the smallest size which is a 12-18 month size. When I knit baby gifts, I generally try to knit slightly larger sizes as babies seem to grow really quickly. Sweaters are still cute when they're a little bit big and I'm all about extending their life span.
The sweater itself is knit all in one piece starting at the lower back. You then increase for the sleeves and then split it into two pieces for the fronts. The edging is knit separately and then sewn on (which, let me tell you, is my least favorite part). I'm really glad I knit the edging in green. I think it add a nice little something. Then again, I'm biased. I really love green.
WIPs tomorrow (or maybe Thursday). I promise!!!!