Friday, November 10, 2006

While not nearly as important as one's first smile, first tooth, or first steps, I am nonetheless very pleased to present my first bobbles:Aren't they cute? I finished the back piece by early last week and was able to start on the much more exciting front piece, which has a bobble and cable pattern that looks like...hmmm...I'm not sure what plant it looks like. I guess some sort of branches and berries? Well whatever it is, it's pretty and I like it!

The only bad part is that the k5tog is a bit straining on my right wrist and arm. I decided to try to use a crochet hook to draw the yarn through the 5 stitches. It is a bit awkward but definitely does not cause any strain, so I guess I'll keep using it. I didn't knit the last few days so as to let the soreness completely subside, but I'm ready to roll again today...the first day of a three-day weekend. Hooray for holidays!

Quincy (aka Mr. Grump-a-lot) has been moping around the apartment for the last month or so, ever since the windows have been shut and sealed. We have to put that plastic stuff over them due to the fact that they date from about 1910 and let in ridiculous amounts of cold air, especially through the little pulley holes (I'm guessing there ain't much insulation in this place either). Quincy lets out his peevishness by yowling loudly and clawing holes in the plastic, which we then repair with clear packing tape. So by December they look totally ghetto. Despite his cranky ways, Quincy does have some peer pressure, erm, I mean a message for his comrade Neko: "You've gotta try some of this catnip stuff, man! It really takes the edge off of having to deal with these irritating humanoids."

It is quite a windy day out today! Great for drying some clothes on our line.You can just barely see the Germany Socks peeking through from the back!

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11 Comments:

At November 10, 2006 2:46 PM, Blogger Emma said...

Oooh, they are cute! Great job.

 
At November 10, 2006 10:07 PM, Blogger Aprilynne said...

grapes perhaps? Very nice and yes k5tog is daunting. eek I'd probably use a crochet hook as an aid in that. lol

 
At November 11, 2006 8:55 AM, Blogger Jeanne said...

Very nice - I haven't done bobbles yet, but I'll keep the crochet hook idea in mind when I do.

 
At November 12, 2006 12:59 AM, Anonymous Dipsy D. said...

I love these bobbles! But wow, k5tog is really quite a job to do, I can well imagine how much your hands and wrists hurt. But the look of the bobbles is worth it, isn't it?
Oy, poor Quincy - but then again, poor you too! My cat is a big howler too, and gosh, this can certainly get to one's nerves, can't it? Especially when it happens right in the middle of the night or so ;)

 
At November 12, 2006 5:18 AM, Blogger Michelle said...

hey there! Looks very cute! I want to pop them ;-)

Nothing much going on here.. We finished raking the yard in the freezing rain today and are enjoying our new ridiculous tv. We had to rearrange the living room for it but the movies look great. Watched Lilo and Stitch last night for a test run.

 
At November 13, 2006 2:33 PM, Blogger Kirsten said...

Congrats on your first bobbles!!

 
At November 13, 2006 4:29 PM, Blogger Brahdelt said...

Wow, first bobbles!... *^v^*
Totally cute, as is your beautiful cat!

 
At November 14, 2006 11:24 AM, Anonymous desiknitter said...

Nice harvest of white berries! But the bobbles are a pain to make. I had to do p5tog for the swallowtail, and I ended up doing p3tog, which was bad enough, and then slipping hte last two over. Can't you do something like that?

 
At November 15, 2006 10:11 PM, Blogger Zonda said...

Wow, those bobbles are looking good, but K5tog..yikes!!!

 
At November 18, 2006 9:58 PM, Blogger Mary, Mary... said...

LOL! We just had a catnip discussion today and decided Neko was of 'sniffing' age, although I worry that he'll be caught with a PWI--prowling under the influence. Bobbles are fun, just don't put them near your, ah, natural bobbles!(Have you tried ssk, ssk, then pass those over #5?)

 
At November 19, 2006 2:50 AM, Blogger Brown Pants said...

oooh, very impressive bobbles!

 

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