Monday, April 20, 2009

The Slogfest

WARNING: The following blog post is likely to be dull and, due to a complete lack of sun, contain unimpressive photos.

So, the neverending knitting on Mr. Foster's clothing continues, and while the end is in sight, it seems like the slog just gets worse and worse. As of this moment, I am in the final section of the pajamas (which, of course, is the most fiddly) and am only a second sleeve, a belt, and some sewing up away from finishing the robe.

That little bit of burgundy yarn you see to the right of the PJs is all that's left of the original skein in the kit, and it's clearly not going to be enough. I was able to find some scraps of the same colorway buried in the stash, but of course they're very old and not likely to match perfectly. (I doubt Aidan will notice, though.) I'm also getting dangerously close to running out of gray yarn for the robe. I'm hoping at least to make it through the second sleeve; I can always use another similar yarn for the belt, if need be.

This whole project is really an exercise in perseverance. Last night I was completely ready to throw in the towel, but The Mister expressed serious doubts that I'd truly be able to abandon such vital parts of the project, and he's right. Mr. Foster is cute on his own, but he's really devastatingly adorable with his PJs and robe. And I do have an end date in sight -- he absolutely must be mailed by this Saturday at the latest to make it to Aidan for his birthday. So, slog I must. With any luck, the next blog post you see here will feature a fully dressed monkey.

Meanwhile, I did do some spinning this weekend, finishing up the second and third bobbins of my latest fiber.

Tonight, I started plying. I aim for about 30 minutes of spinning time on weekday evenings (I tend to spin more over the weekend), so I hope to have a finished yarn by this weekend.


  1. If it makes you feel better, I managed to finish my slog-a-long socks last night. I can hardly believe it! Keep going on Mr. Foster. You're almost there!

    And I think it's really crappy to kit something and not give the kit-buyer enough yarn to finish the kit. :-(

  2. Anonymous7:00 AM

    I agree with DPUTiger; it sucks that the kit is short on yarn!
    I can't wait to see Mr. Foster fully clothed; he's going to be so handsome!

  3. I agree with the others on shorting you on yardage to finish him. What the hell, knitpicks?

  4. I am anxiously awaiting the finished Mr. Foster. He is quite the handsome guy. KnitPicks should be ashamed...I was thinking about purchasing one of the kits, but now...not so much.

  5. Well, I'm seriously proud of you for hanging in there with Mr. Foster! Mine has fallen by the wayside. I'm hoping that seeing yours finished will inspire me to finish mine!