August 05, 2004

Such a (sea)breeze!

I finished up the front of Seabreeze and cast on for the back, zipping along to get the first eight rows of ribbing done. I'm happy that when grafting in a new piece of yarn in the front you cannot tell a difference at all in the color, but not so happy about the fact that it seems as if somehow or other I did a few too many rows on the recently finished chunk. So I may just break down and rip out that part and redo it later - but that will wait until after I am done with the back, now that that is on the needles.

Surprisingly I am not all that upset about the prospect of having to rip out that entire piece and do it again. After all, it's not the whole front - just one piece from where the front splits for the v-neck, up to the shoulder, and for such skinny thread and tiny needles it went pretty fast. Yes, I know size 7 needles aren't so tiny, but they still *feel* tiny. Three months of afghans and a shawl on size 10 and 13 do not disappear from my fingers' memory so easily!

What I did not mention in my last entry is that I have found a new knitting group! One of the librarians at the main library in Vacaville has organized a group on the second Tuesday of each month (although this month was an exception since it was this past Tuesday night). There were probably 15 or 20 women there in every age. I think the little 11-year-old working on her very first scarf sitting next to me was the youngest, and quite possibly the sweet grandma type fussing over a Christmas stocking was the oldest. There was also every range of knowledge about knitting - from the lady across the group who was whipping up a raglan with an intricate pattern of cabling, to the two women who had bravely purchased yarn and needles and came to the group hoping someone would show them just what the heck to do with it.

We sat around in a circle and we chatted and knit and those of us who have a vague clue what we're doing did our best to help out those who didn't. There was a lot of laughing and sharing of projects and talking about yarn stores and needle preferences and it was just the most marvelous thing. This is definitely going on my calendar for a regular monthly appointment. It was so nice to be surrounded by so many other people - people who all fully understood why it was that I broke down and went back on eBay and now have more pretty, pretty yarn (pink and mauve and purple!) winging my way from around the country. It's an addiction, I tell you. This can be my 'support' group. Heh heh heh.

Posted by Jenipurr at August 5, 2004 06:45 AM

Ahhh, isn't a Stitch-n-Bitch a wonderful thing?! I don't think I could make it through without a little help from my knitting friends. Glad you found a group to run with! :)

Posted by: chris at August 6, 2004 02:31 PM

Vacaville? The one between Dixon and Fairfield? If so, I do believe you've grabbed the title of "closest online knitter found". :) If you're ever in Sacramento on a Thursday, there's a knitting group at Naked Lounge on 15th and Q that meets 7:30ish.

Posted by: jae at August 16, 2004 02:45 AM