The last time I posted about Kai, it was quite awhile ago. It is now 14 inches in length, and I'm almost ready to cast-on for the sleeve steeks.
It's a bit more form fitting than intended, but I'm hoping that a nice bit of blocking will loosen things up just enough to look casual.
Franklin has already volunteered to be the recipient if things really don't work out with the blocking.
I have recently made a few observations about my knitting. These are actually things I've known about for awhile but hadn't quite come to grips with until now. The first observation pertains to my work bag. I generally thought that I carried important "work stuff" back and forth from the office in this bag as a necessary part of my commute. Well, I realized today that I've been fooling myself all this time. The real reason I really carry it is so that I can conveniently transport my current knitting project(s) everywhere I go. While it is true that, occasionally, work-related items do find their way into the bag, it is by no means essential.
I find myself taking my bag to lunch and to coffee breaks. Since it zips, its contents are inconspicuous to the rest of the world. People ask me if I'm leaving for the day when I sling my bag onto my back. "No," I reply, "I just never know when I might have some time to knit." I have even found myself knitting while on long conference calls and in meetings. We're all a bit eccentric in our group, so very few really give a second thought about it.
The second observation pertains to large circular knitting. When I'm knitting on one big circular, I mark the end of the round with a stitch marker. I'm the kind of guy who likes to knit round by round, stopping at the end of each to consider if I should knit another. Well, since the marker is at the end of my round, I can't actually stop there, otherwise the stitch marker would fall off. So I have a tendency to sit and knit a large circular project for long spans on time because there is no good stopping point. When I have to stop, I usually try to stop one stitch before the marker, but I can't help but feel a bit dirty about this. Like I somehow haven't really completed the round because I'm one stitch short. Does this bother anyone else?