It's been fun, let me tell you. Anyway, my deliriousness wasn't allowing for coherent discussions on my class boards, so I put them off for another day (I'm good at that). Instead, I didn't move from bed till after 1pm, and when I dragged my protesting achy carcass downstairs to the couch, I brought the "mindless" Sugar Calico Cat socks with me, which were done other than grafting the heels. I decided to rip back the cuffs I had done (on yarn that was WAY too bulky for size 1's) and re-knit them after splitting the ultra-splitty MicroSpun yarn into a three-strand yarn instead of a six-strand yarn. They came out pretty good, other than having to knot all of my ends (I NEVER knot! Well, only with acrylics, but only when I really have to. With socks I really had no choice, they're gonna be abused). I also randomly noticed several hours (of bad TV) later, that one, no, TWO heel stitches on one of the socks had dropped and were unraveling. WHAAAAAAAAAAAT!? So I fixed that. They're now a COMPLETE FO. Most of my FO's are actually unusable due to the ends not being woven in, but these are alllllll done.
Another project I wrapped up today (with a lot of ripping) was the interestingly-sized Viking Helmet. I was improvising the whole thing, but the horns were giving me trouble. Since they're structural, I decided to do the horns in crochet and stuff 'em with polyfil. It took three rippings and one viewing of "Woodstock" somethingorother documentary on the History channel to get them right, though not necessarily exactly the same! I think I sewed them on wonkily, as well, but I let it slide. I blame the fever for the lapse in perfectionism.
I think I've mentioned on here before that I judge myself pretty harshly based on how much I whittle down my WIP list by the end of each month. I don't know why I hold myself to monthly deadlines (regardless of when the ACTUAL deadline is). I also keep track of how many projects I've completed yearly. I figured I'd get more lax about this when I joined Ravelry, but I haven't been able to get all my projects up (there are so many). Also my latest camera ROCKS, but has crappy required software, which won't let me see the thumbnails before I decide which pics to copy to my hard drive. So...with an 8G card, this tends to make it take for-frickin-ever to upload pics, so I constantly put that off. Thus, most of my newest projects on Ravelry have no pics up, or have crappy cell phone pics that I txted to Flickr.
It's on my list of things to do to add the pics I've already taken to ravelry, and to take pics of the projects I have yet to photograph. I also have it on that to-do list to email my gift recipients and request modeled photographs, or for me to do a modeled photo shoot with them, since I'm compiling a set of photographs for a portfolio book. Of course, paying my bills, doing homework, and getting groceries are all higher on that list. ;)
So, looking over my WIP list for August (I can't believe in less than 48 hours it will be September. INCONCEIVABLE!), without casting on anything new, it looks like only one more project could get done this month: The Seastar Hat, to match the completed Seastar Mitts. Why only this hat? The other WIP's include: The Waving Chevron Scrap Scarf, which will be an ongoing scrap-eater. The Phoenix Feathers scarf - okay, this could get done, but I planned on casting on a second from the third ball of this redonculous yarn, knitting to the same length as what I have so far, and then knitting the rest of both of them simultaneously from either end of the second ball (I'm all precise like that. Sometimes). I mean, technically it could be just deemed "done." It's a friggin novelty yarn scarf. I've been whipping up a bunch of Instant Gratification scarves as novelty yarn stash-busters, to have on-hand as holiday gifts (particularly for those gift-giving occasions that sneak up on you and you need a gift for the host of a party that you weren't prepared to give a gift to. Relatives of friends/boyfriends also fall in this category of non-personal but still handmade and cute gifts). The Palindrome scarf has been worked on in-between other projects; it's been slightly backburnered as two birthdays and a housewarming all hit within a week. I actually don't have a mindless "movie" knit on the needles right now, since I finished up the Calico socks. Tuesday, I keep telling myself. I can cast on a new pair of socks on Tuesday. so, on we go up the list; the Pop Tab thing, also backburnered for the time being. Maybe until after the holidays. GASP! I know! We'll see, when I do my Holiday Gifts post (which I have to wait till I go thru my box-o-gifts at Gram's and catalog it properly. I also have two tabs open in firefox right now with shopping carts full of gifts, just waiting for me to hit "check out" and throw in my CC#. I hesitated several times already and have lost out on a couple of clearance items that are now out of stock, but clearly they were not meant to be. But these two right now are the Hard Rock Cafe and the Disney Store. So random for me to be shopping at these two places, mostly for the same people, too. Adult people. Who are almost 30. We care not. Anywho...after I catalog that box-o-gifts and I see what I actually already have for people, THEN I will decide what I will make for who. And if I don't have a ton of holiday knitting left undone, I may be able to treat myself to some pop tab experimentation (that sounds so groovy, man).
So, other than those projects,the Emu Stole is a long haul project that I have backburnered time and time again, yes the portability issue. I can't remember if I blathered on about that on here, or in my pen-and-paper knitting journal, but yeah. I can't drag the entire Best of Knitters Shawls and Scarves book with me plus thousands of yards of laceweight and my happy-to-slide off the needles active project. I delegated it to "TV/Movie-watching" status, yet I rarely grab it in those times of need. Often a small project that's close to completion fills in then. The last two projects, technically could also be done in this time. Okay, the last two ACTIVE projects. First is the Nautical Skully mitts. Technically, they're done. I could deem them FO's and call it a day. But the fingers are all wrong, and I plan to frog them (on both hands) and reknit them. I could definitely do that in a day. This may happen. Or it could be another year before I touch them again. I hope not, they came out really rad. The last project is the second argyle sock for Ben. If I just sat down with it and pounded through the chart, I could have that done in a day, too. I finished the argyle on the first sock in one afternoon (After ripping my first attempt from the night before). After that, the heel is solid and the foot is plain stockinette. Doable, but easily ignored. Other than these things, the only bits left on my WIP's are hibernating projects, like my Wobbly Hoodie, and the Uncle Argyle scarf, then projects that just need to be lined (Punk Rock Backpack, Acorn, Skylla) and the recycled bags bag, which hurts my hands after working on it for too long. I should probably keep that sucker in a basket next to the bed, and do one row each night before bed, and here and there whenever the urge hits. Then maybe I wouldn't have dangling WIP's from 2005.
Five hours into the second-to-last day of the month. Solidly awake with a nasty stomachache/fever/chills/headache/thing.