The Cardinals lost. Were out-hit more like. Harrumph. I've watched more baseball in the last week than I have all season. I'm a post-season fan, I'll admit it.
My Gryffindor scarf was just too wide and thick. I followed the directions and got about halfway through -- but it was going to absolutely swallow Dear Daughter. So...I ripped it out, cast on 50 instead of 90 stitches, still knit in the round, and watched about 4 baseball games. Voila. We like it much better this size. Others are doing it with DK weight yarn, I think. Worsted makes it just too bulky. And do I have to say that it is about half the knitting? Which is a good thing because this is part of a Halloween costume, remember? 10 days to big Halloween Party and counting.
And...I was one of a very few to get the Gryffindor sock yarn from Dani yesterday. Whoo hoo! You know, the stuff that stripes to form maroon and gold stripes? See it on Alison's blog. Harry Potter geek that I am, I sat on that Etsy website and refreshed while I knit, waiting for the promised Wed. a.m. update. She says the Gryffindor yarn went in under a minute. I guess I wasn't the only one, but man, am I fixated or what...is there a 12 step program for acquiring yarn?
I've also been working on these. The Lamb's Pride Bulky is from my stash and the pattern is loosely based on the Ann Norling Basic Mittens pattern #8. I added the large cable on the back because I love large cables in bulky yarn. And I love single ply yarn for the fact that it shows stitch work so well. Sometimes a curse though...this is the third incarnation of this particular mitten. The first was too small, the second one's thumb was wonky (follow the pattern, stupid!) and now the 3rd is just right. I think I got the yarn last year on clearance because it matched my winter coat exactly. So, now I have bulky, soft, will-felt-slightly-with-wear, snugly driving mittens. My hands are at their coldest when I am driving kids to school in the morning. So there.
I'm doing them now, while it is 83 degrees here in St. Louis because I am teaching a "Knitting in the Round" class at a gift shop on these and socks this weekend and I had to remember how to do them. Always good for the teacher to know how to follow the pattern.
*shhh -- there is another literary allusion in this post...prize, anyone? I've got some Mountain Colors mohair burning a hole in my pocket.