I can not believe how long it has been

I can not believe how long it has been since I posted last. Long story short: I finally got a job right after I posted last, and was doing fine assembly with my hands all day long, making knitting out of the question. I worked there for four months before they got rid of me, and just yesterday started a new job. The mean time was spent doing all kinds of odd things and even some knitting. I finished three Foliage hats in various colors and I am starting another one tonight. I have been working on the amazing Queen Anne's Lace, and now just have one problem; I know how to join yarn when it is normal sized, but how do I join a new skein when it is lace-weight yarn on large needles? I have been stalled on this for months, because I just keep putting off finding out/asking someone/trying it myself for fear of making a mistake on an otherwise perfectly knit piece.

I have been working on my socks as well, finally got the heel done and will be working on the foot as soon as I get paid. My best estimate will leave me with several inches still to go on the toe, so online hunting I go to find a matching skein. The socks are turning out beautifully though, I can not wait for this two year adventure to be done.

I have been spending a lot of time making baby things for my brother and his wife, who had a little girl just before my birthday in May. Baby socks and hats and things were all I made for about two months. I have also been making some things for a 9-month old boy, and his parents have loved them. The socks I made were OSU orange and black colored (both the boy's Father and I went there so we are kind of partial) and were the only ones he could not kick off apparently. While I don't mind making them, they are fast and very useful, I just wish that the items I was making has a bit more style. I have looked at hundreds of kids patterns, and I absolutely hate almost every single one of them. I was feeling like I was back looking for a men's sweater pattern.

Other than that, I am at the age where all of my friends are getting married. This has led me to be the Best Man at one wedding last month, and I will be officiating a wedding for another couple in November. While I consider myself to be a rather fluent public speaker, just as with my Best Man's toast I will have to be walking a very fine between being funny and not offending anyone. This is going to be quite a challenge.


MMario's picture

what fiber is the lace weight? If it's feltable, then do a "spit join" (or what the more couth call a felted join) - if it is NOT feltable, then do a russian join.

BTW - good to see you back

MMario - I'm not divorced from reality - we're having a trial separation

NonStopAndrew's picture

It is baby Alpaca...I have no idea if that felts, I never use it for anything.

jessemkahn's picture

Russian join, my friend.

Good to see you back. I've also been away, but am trying to rejoin the world of manly knitting.

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Good to hear from you! Here's hoping things steady out and we can keep in touch with you. I go with Russian join also for the splicing. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.