Monday, February 25, 2008

i'm baaaaa-aaack

I'm sure all of your lives were quite empty without me this last week. Or perhaps, not having my blog to read, you've realized just how pointless and unnecessary it is afterall, and have vowed to stop reading it altogether. I sure hope it's the former. Or at least something in between.

Josh and I had a lovely time in Costa Rica, though not at the Miami International Airport where we wasted many, many, MANY hours of our lives that we'll never get back (our flight to San Jose was delayed 4 hours, our flight back to Baltimore just 1). I wish I could say I knit during those empty hours, but fear of having my knitting confiscated prompted me to check my socks, rather than try to carry them on. Fortunately I had the foresight to keep my knitting in a plastic bag; we had to check our duty free liquor for the Miami-Baltimore flight (because, clearly, a box of sealed liquor bottles with a fresh receipt proving it's been purchased just moments ago is a sinister threat to national security) and somehow, despite luggage being handled oh so delicately, one of the bottles shattered, spilling delicious Flor de Caña rum all over the contents of my suitcase. Anyone who will be traveling to Central America in the near future is encouraged to purchase a replacement bottle (or, say, 8) of Flor de Caña for me. I will reimburse you in cash or yarn. And for those who are more interested in my actual vacation than the trials and tribulations of international air travel, here are my photos.

Now, on to the knitting! Yes, the rumors you've heard are true. Mrs. Darcy is done! Let me piece together one of those fancy FO posts all the cool kids seem to be doing these days:

Yarn: Elsebeth Lavold Classic AL in slate grey, 7 balls
Mods: None of my own; I copied someone's mods for the armhole decreases because the pattern was wonky for that part
Brilliant thoughts: I've blogged numerous times about Mrs. Darcy, so I'm not going to rehash all the details. The sweater turned out well, but not having taken the time to really delve into the art of sizing, I knit the pattern just as it was written (and it was only written for one size), and were I a more skilled knitter, I think some adjustments for a better fit could have been made. For example, I am, sadly, quite short waisted, and had I thought about that for a second before casting on, I would've moved the center ribbing up so that it actually fell at my waist, rather than below it. I also thought the sleeves turned out quite long, and I have looong arms, so that's saying something. Overall, though, I think it turned out quite well--it may not be a perfect fit, but I wouldn't call it too big or too small, either. So far I've had no problems with the bottom rolling up, even though I opted to skip the crochet around the edge. It's quite comfy and warm, too, so it should serve its purpose--protecting me from the frost chill of my office, year round.
I finished the first sock of the pair I'm knitting for my grandfather, and am about halfway done the second. I sincerely doubt it will be done by the end of the month, but the important thing is getting going on these Christmas projects in advance, so I'll try not to be too self-critical if my projects aren't completed in their respective months.
The second-chance order I placed with WEBS shipped out surprisingly quickly and was waiting for me when I returned home. I now have yarn for 2 more projects: the impossible looking hemlock ring blanket, and the comfort shawl for my mother-in-law. And with 2 swaps wrapping up soon, I should have a few more yarn packages coming to me in the days ahead. :)


Original SINsuality said...

Being from Honduras, i know all too well the pleasure, and pain, of Flor de Cana. And, you're going to hate me for this, they sell it down here in LA at the local grocery store!!! Even the good stuff, the seven year, slide down your throat, give your husband/lover an night to remember, year!!!! When you run out, let me know. :)~

Alyssa said...

I love the sweater. I keep seeing it around and I really want to knit it...maybe I'll add it to my oh so long list.

I always bring my knitting with me to the airport along with some scrap yarn and a blunt needle. if they want to take the needles I just zip the scrap yarn through my stitches and they can run off with my needles (I keep a spare in my checked so I dont cry). More often than not no one cares about my knitting and I generally fly out of JFK and LGA and they're jerks there. Next trip, bring the knitting. I know its a risk but it helps. I was stuck in an airport in Brazil alone for 4 hours a few months ago and I dont know what I would have done without my knitting.

leann said...

I agree with Alyssa. Bring the knitting (along with the scrap yarn and blunt needle just in case the want to be jerks and confiscate.) I travel a lot from NYC area airports and have never had a problem. I only bring plastic or wood needles (usually wood), and all has been fine! I've even gotten through with a box of straight pins for blocking that I forgot to check.

Mrs. Darcy looks great! I've seen it around and have never had the desire to knit it, but seeing yours makes me re-think that! It's the perfect year-round office sweater. I wouldn't have known that the waist shaping was in the wrong place if you hadn't said so...great job!

Sheryl said...

Ms. Darcy looks great!!!!
Glad to hear the trip was great! (minus the airport delays)