Oie. It's been 2 weeks since I posted. I've got to pick up the slack here.
Knitting has unfortunately not progressed fast enough for me to cross any of the current WIPs off the list (tripping off the Battlestar Galactica season finale last put a wee crimp in my work ethic), but fortunately far enough that I can see the end will be in sight soon for some of them. Last night I finished the last piece of the Brennan cardi. Tonight I can start seaming the ribbing panels together and block that sucker out before seaming the whole sweater. After that it'll be the home stretch of the button band and collar. Woo baby. Icarus is getting all growed up, too. I'm on the 4th Chart 1 repeat, but I know that 5th one is just going to be a doozy before I get to the feathers. The rows aren't gettin' any shorter, I tell ya hwhut.
In knitting-outreach news, this morning I met with another TA Trainer to go over a project we've both been working on, and after we looked at her knitting. She's a fairly new knitter and has made only scarves so far, because she was scared about doing increases and decreases. We looked at the starter-scarf she'd done with super-bulky acrylic (in nice rainbow-y shades) and 7mm needles (which was making it pretty tight, we decided). I cast on about 15 stitches, knit a couple rows, and then showed her a make-1 increase and a K2tog. Then when she went to try, I witnessed that she was not only a left-handed knitter, but that she was knitting backwards.
Backwards knitting. All by herself. A beginner knitter. I was floored. She'd taught herself from a leaflet for left-handers. Of all the techniques out there, all the things knitting can do, backwards knitting is the thing that truly melts my brain. I marvelled.
The other thing I marvelled at was a momentary super-bulky yarn epiphany. She was using Lion Brand Thick 'n Quick. The squeak of the acrylic on the 7mm made our teeth hurt but oh sweet y'all. It was thick, it was quick, and comforting and soft and satisfying to hold and knit. It made me want to forget all my laceweight dreams, ditch my 2.25mm sock needles, and knit nothing but vests and hats and pullovers on (Lords of Kobol help me) Speed Stix, the thrill was so cheap. I'm blaming the yarn fumes.
I don't have any pics for today (next time!) but since a post without pics is like a cone without ice cream, I have to share this little The Office vid from the mists of YouTube. I'm getting a ridiculous amount of amusement out of it.
Get up, up, on the dance floor, knitters. And take it off like you're home alone.