Friday, March 7, 2008

Busy Busy Busy!

I know it's bizarre (especially lately) for me to just disappear for a week, but I have my reasons! I spent the first half of the week down in Lake Geneva for an industry related conference (Those of you feeling nosy can Google WIGCOT 2008 to see more). On the plus side, the conference was informative, entertaining, and enjoyable. On the minus side, the professional conference environment isn't exactly conducive for knitting. At all. The end result was me getting about 3 hours of knitting time in the car there and back. Don't get me wrong, I'm certainly not complaining since, as before mentioned, I had a great time. That being said however, the rest of the week was spent catching up on everything I had missed the first 4 days of the week. Isn't that how it always goes? Playing catch-up? Regardless of how much I think I've gotten done, I'm nowhere near finished with everything I need to have finished up by next week. What better time then [heh] to decide to write a blog entry! Anyway, here's what I have to show for myself:Yes, he is that cute in person. I had been eying up Ysolda's "Elijah" for months now and finally decided to make the commitment to actually knitting him up. Now, did I have sport weight & DK weight yarn on hand? YES! Did I choose to use either of them? hah-NO WAY! Why make the easy decision in a situation like this? I had 3 skeins of Blue Sky dyed cotton in a pretty ice blue. I actually got the idea from seeing Ysolda's newest toy, Otto, whom she made out of the same yarn in white. "Elijah would look cute if he were bigger too", I thought. "I'm going to give it a try!". The saga continues from there...

I might also add that the pattern construction on this project is just mind blowing. There was A LOT of careful thought put into this pattern. I'm talking meticulous diagrams and fantastic descriptions. Given my previous experience with her patterns, I'm not surprised in the slightest. He does look awfully goofy with no arms, ears, and only one leg though--that alone is enough to give me motivation to finish him!

And lastly, I'd like to take this opportunity to point out that SPRING BREAK starts in six short little days. Get ready Boston, I'm almost there! (Those of you in the Boston area: any LYS's to check out??)

7 comments:

Gudrun Johnston said...

I've made an Elijah too and I agree it really is a great pattern! Love the colour you picked for this one.

IrishgirlieKnits said...

So cute! I'll have to remember this pattern for my nephew!

Alice said...

Bigger is better! I am sure it's so soft too in the BS cotton. Can't wait to see him all finished up :)

jamie said...

Very cute so far!

frillbow said...

I want to do an Elijah too! The pattern does look fastastically well written.
I'm counting the days to getting away too btw!

Melissa said...

I just put Elijah in my Ravelry queue the other day. I'm a sucker for elephants. Good to know that the pattern is well-written!

Twin XL said...

Such cute stuff on ysolda.com....especially loving the animals :)