December 31, 2005

Fast away the old year passes...

What with one thing and another, I didn’t actually get alot of knitting done over Christmas. I finished up the last sleeve of Hervor, washed, and blocked it just before I went back to Ottawa. I left it on the foam mattress in the spare room… where Tigger was enjoying sleeping on the wet wool. Unfortunately, the next thing I heard about it was Mark telling me that Tigger had quite clearly peed all over all the pieces. The mattress was ruined, and there was much doubt about whether the sweater could be rescued. We only left him alone for 2.5 days… nothing else was touched, just my sweater. Clearly malicious.

When I got home, I put the pieces through three washes — fortunately the Briggs and Little yarn is tough stuff, and stood up to the washing machine with little effect. By the third washing even the most discriminating noses among us couldn’t catch a whiff of anything bad — so I’ve decided to declare conditional rehabilitation and continue with putting the sweater together. I may dunk the whole thing one more time when it’s done, just to be sure.

Here’s Hervor, still in pieces, but with the shoulders attached and the neckband added:


I’ve stalled a little on putting in the sleeves — it seems to require more attention than I can give it at the moment.

In the meantime, for mindless knitting, I’ve been working on socks for mark:


Don’t worry, I’m keeping a close watch on Tigger around the knitting from now on…

These are made from Lett Lopi — and before you say it, I know that they won’t last very long, and will be horribly scratchy. But Mark wanted socks to match his wool sweaters, so these will be companions for this and this. I knit all the socks up to the ankle (good travel knitting) and now I’m adding the bands to them:


This is the pattern that’s at the cuffs of the sweaters. They should look pretty nice, for as long as they last.

And now let me wish everyone a very happy, peaceful, and healthy new year. This past year has been very eventful for us, in both good and bad ways — this fall in particular has been a little rough. But I’m looking forward to finding out what’s coming in the new year, and to sharing it with all of you. Thanks for being here!

Posted by Aven at December 31, 2005 05:08 PM

Wow, no treats for Tigger!

Happy New Year Aven and Mark. Keep smiling, and remember all the bad stuff in life just makes you stronger, and makes your happy times even better!

Posted by: Dani at December 31, 2005 05:40 PM

Happy New Year Aven, Mark and that bad little Tigger who doesn’t like to be left alone. I hope next year is better for you :)

Posted by: jan at December 31, 2005 10:06 PM

Best Wishes to you, Mark and Tigger too for a Happy New Year.

Posted by: Paula at January 1, 2006 12:39 PM

Happy New Year!

Posted by: S. Worthen at January 1, 2006 02:38 PM


Happy New Year! Your parents are over at mine for dinner. We want to see your stockings! Pics and patterns please!

Posted by: Stephanie O'Neill at January 5, 2006 08:21 PM

Well, Tigger was clearly trying to tell you he didn’t like you going away. Say it with pee! That’s only happened to me once, when we moved the location to our bedroom and Seamus peed on the bed as soon as we put it in it’s new room. They certainly do not like change.
Happy New Year, Aven!

Posted by: Elizabeth at January 10, 2006 09:16 PM