I took full advantage of having a nice boyfriend by getting him to put together my new piece-of-crap-from-Wal-Mart knitting bookshelf. Just the right size, the shelf gives me elbow room to buy a bunch of new knitting books, too. For $35, it's a great investment.
Another joy from this three-day weekend: extensive time knitting my Early Bird Special cardigan. As I told you, I planned on using hourglass shaping for this sweater. On paper, the design looked fine. But when I actually started knitting, this crazy trapezoidal shape appeared. YIKES! How can this be right? Especially when every other sweater is shaped like a shoebox?
Well, I dragged the knitting into the bathroom and held the piece up to my waist. PERFECT. Wow! How can this be? It looks like it was made just for me - which of course it was. Now I can't wait to get this thing finished. If this shaping works, I'm going to use it for the Waltham Cabled Cardigan and every other sweater I ever make, too.
More big three-day weekend news: this afternoon, Tom plans to wrap me in duct tape. No, this is not some act of middle-aged kinkiness. He's just going to help me make another dress form. I've lost 50 pounds since we made the first one and I'm shaped differently now. Actually, I think I'm shaped exactly the same but smaller. We'll see... I'll post pics when we're done. Here's a photo of me with the original dress form (to learn more, read the original posting). I want to make a currently sized form to help fit the Early Bird and the Waltham. Can't hurt, right?
So, thanks again, George and Abe. I appreciate the day of relaxing and knitting -and for your wise governance during difficult times, too.