--Kiri continues on in that "I love it/I hate it" sort of way. I love it because I keep nuzzling the fabric: so airy, yet so snuggly. It has also proved really easy to memorize... which, I suppose, leads me to hate it for its monotony.
I'd heard horror stories about Kidsilk Haze, but I was enjoying it thus far. no problems, barely missed a stitch anywhere. Somewhere along the line a few nights ago, though, I must have fallen asleep and continued knitting, because I've completely lost my place in the row system. It's a simple leaf pattern, but it seems that within multiple rows I've varied the counts somehow. Why this should happen two weeks into the project is beyond me. Anyways, I've had decent luck tinking, so hopefully I'll just head back and count carefully to get back in.
I'd been dragging it around with me everywhere, though I've really only been knitting on it in the evenings. Still, I'm not even close to being done with the first ball (of three) yet. CRIPES.
--I got bored with Kiri and went back to Mermaid's Hair one night (mmm, more lace, and a pattern to follow too!) but only succeeded in a) identifying a major problem, b) ripping it out and fixing it, and c) finding another major problem that may or may not have been caused by the first fix. Hmph. So I finally ripped back eight or ten rows, and hopefully that'll at least get me back on an even keel. Still, I don't think I'll get back into it until I get my new needles (see below).
--Why no, I haven't finished either my own hat or the bunny hat yet! Funny you should ask!
Stuff I bought
I didn't get anything knitting-related for Christmas, so my next book purchase may well be Gathering of Lace. I did, however, spring for the first of what will hopefully be a whole new set of Inox Express circs today. Oh, they're so wonderful. I've noticed the difference quite clearly when switching between the aforementioned projects; the Clover joins are really tripping up Mermaid's Hair. It'll really be nice to have some smooth needles I can count on.
My mom will hopefully pick out a color for her Bomber jacket soon so I can get a start on it before the weather gets too warm :P
Things I have watched recently while knitting
--Pride and Prejudice (2005/6 feature film version with Keira Knightley and Matthew Macfadyen): OH, it's so pretty. I had to watch the end multiple times just for fun. If you have a problem with compressing classic novels, however, you might want to choose something else.
--Jane Eyre (1997 TV movie version with Samantha Morton and Ciaran Hinds): Not very good. Ciaran Hinds is really distracting as Rochester, and here I thought I'd like him a whole lot more.
--Jane Eyre (2006 BBC miniseries version with Ruth Wilson and Toby Stephens): Much better, although I have the niggling feeling that the casting could still be a tinge better. But Toby Stephens (son of Maggie Smith) was much better.
--Upstairs Downstairs, first four episodes on DVD: A delightfully pleasant way to spend Christmas Eve morning; my pal and I lolled on her couch and petted kitties and ate quiche and pannettone whilst examining a 1971 interpretation of Edwardian class system. Both of our mothers practically went into hysterics when they heard that we'd be watching it; I guess the previous video incarnation didn't have many of the episodes. Kind of slow moving, but I found myself wishing that we had more to watch :)