Saturday was the wedding reception for our friends backrubbear and dizzi-d. As I'd expect when those two are involved, the food was awesome and the company even more so. I met a number of folk for the first time and actually talked with them. This is somewhat amazing as I tend not to say much in social situations.
Sunday I slept in, re-read a bunch of Harry Potter fanfic, searched the web for a good knitting pattern for a child-sized hood cape (I saw one at the party and absolutely fell in love with it), and basically killed time until Jebra left the house and I could regain my position on the couch. He and mbumby went to Ann Arbor for a concert at the Ark; I stayed home and waited for Lewis to come on. While I waited, I watched tv and knit.
On Saturday, while I was at the party, I finished a pair of fingerless mittens and cast on for a matching beret. While waiting for Lewis, I worked on the beret and then took a break to look through the bags of yarn I inherited from Jean Sr. to see if I had any that matched a request for red and pink fingerless mittens. I found a nice pinky/purple acrylic that I think fits the bill and I cast on and stitched the first 15 rows of the first mitten. I think they'll be to her liking; if not I'll put them in the 2011 Moonridge Auction and try again. After I had the mittens off to a good start I went back to the beret. I understand the knitting part of the pattern quite well (this makes the 4th time I've knit it), but I'm still having trouble with grafting the edges together. This time I ended up with an extra seven or eight stitches on one side of the graft. That wasn't what annoyed me the most though -- I'd gotten it into my head that I wanted to felt the beret before going to bed. I wasn't sure how well it would felt, the yarn being 60% wool and 40% silk, but I figured it would felt some if I used enough hot water and enough agitation. I kneeded the snot out of that hat, in water hot enough to hurt, and it hardly felted at all. This was a good thing as I wanted it to shrink a size or two and if it shrank anything at all it wasn't noticeable. I checked it this morning and saw that it was still quite wet and the same size at it was last night. Darn.
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