On to the news.
The nice thing about temping is the occasional "blow off" position. Today I was filling in for a receptionist that was out sick at a very small insurance company. They told me to bring a book because I would just be answering the phone & there can be a lot of dead time. I didn't even have computer access. So I brought my knitting & FINALLY finished my sister's second sock. Hey, its only a week late! I even had time to knit my very first kitty toy...
The I filled the above with organic catnip as soon as I got home. 5 minutes later it was soaking wet & I had 5 very stoned cats on my hands! At least they like it! It was sooo easy to make & I just winged it. I started with an i-cord tail & then kfb up to 6 sts and joined. I worked in the round adding 3 sts every other row until I was up to 36 sts. Then I started decreasing at the ends of the top 2 needles every other row. Gradually working down to a point & decreasing on the bottom so the total sts on the top 2 needles = the bottom needle. Viola! instant mousey! I could have added ears, eyes & whiskers but figured the cats weren't going to care so why should I! :)
In other news,I know I am probably the last knitter to finally do this... I read E.Z.'s Knitting Without Tears. Why did it take me so long? I guess I'm just stubbonr & contrary. When everyone tells me I *must* see or read something I usually don't just to be different. Nope, I have to go my own way.
Well, last week I was at the library & it was just sitting there. I caved. I checked it out. Now I know what everyone was talking about. She has a wonderful writing style! I can't say it changed my whole view of knitting, but she did describe a few things in such a way that I now understand it with perfect clarity & wonder what the heck was giving me problems in the first place!! So, I guess I am a convert. I'm not joining the church or nothing but the book is now firmly in my "wish list".