Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Surfacing for a Navigation Check

I feel like I've been rushing from one thing to another and getting nothing done for weeks.  Which is mostly due to the phenomenon that when something is done, you stop thinking about it and switch your attention to the list of things still waiting.  And truly, things have been happening. 

Last night I realized that it had been over a week since I'd finished knitting the auction socks, and had still not gotten to weave in ends.  So I did, and blocked the socks.  Hopefully I'll get them sent out this week.

Seeing the socks on the blockers reminds me that weekend before last, the Interweave Labs conference was close to me.  I didn't take any classes, but I did manage to swing by the marketplace.  In addition to the sock blockers (see the above photo), I found some lovely glass buttons for one sweater-in-progress.  I also picked up some blocking mats to replace the tattered, cat-shredded piece of styrofoam I've been using for blocking, and some blocking wires.   Which means I've pretty much wiped out my list of 'knitting tools I'd like to get one of these days'.  Despite severe temptation, I managed to leave without any new yarn. 

The root cause of not completely finishing the auction socks was some business travel.  I didn't want to take a knitting project that only needed about fifteen more minutes to finish with me.  So instead I packed a sweater (for bland conference knitting) and a ball of sock yarn for the airplane.  This is my last skein of the lovely Deep Water Dye Works yarn that my sister gave me, and I thought it would look good in Nutkin.

After looking over the pattern and noting how much it draws in, I decided to knit an extra pattern repeat in the leg.  Which I did, casting on 80 stitches.  Somewhat to my chagrin, after the heel turn I tried it on and discovered that it's still too tight for me.   I actually considered frogging and casting on again with 96 stitches, but came to my senses.  In its current size, this will make a perfectly nice pair of socks as a gift for someone with smaller feet.  And since I hadn't yet started Christmas knitting, this is a good way to get a jump on it.  Fate has spoken- this yarn is not meant for me, and I should just enjoy knitting it, then pass it on.

For conference knitting, I took  the long vest I'm working on.  I'm past the arms, so it's just a whole enormous whack of stockinette with a few increases as I knit out the long A-line body.  My plan is to make this mid-thigh length, so there is still a long ways to go.  Fortunately, as far as I can tell, there is just as much yarn on the cone as there was when I started, so I'm unlikely to run out anytime soon. 

And then when I was taking pictures,  I came across these mittens, which I knit during the last couple of weeks of the auction socks, because I really, really needed to finish something.  

In non-knitting news- the same weekend as Interweave, we had a couple of really gorgeous days, and I got a lot of spring yard cleanup finally done, weeded, mowed, and planted some flowers.  This week I've got a bunch of little nasturtiums coming up, the lilies of the valley and violets are blooming furiously, and the irises and impatiens are full of budding promises.   The day lilies, lupins, and Siberian irises are all flourishing, and I expect they'll give me a show later in the summer. Maybe I'll even get the camera out in daylight so I can take a picture. 

Then last weekend- a long holiday weekend here in the US- we had a huge board gaming party, completely with grilling, snack food, and the infamous maple baklava.  Biscuit helped by fiercely attacking the sheets when I was making up beds for guests.  He even stuck around to see what was going on for a while before hiding from all the scary strange people.

This week...I really, really need to eat sensibly and exercise!  And, of course, to knit. And maintain cats.  And...I was about to mention other things on the list, but really.  Actually finishing everything on my list is never going to happen, but then it's all about the journey, isn't it?  


  1. Looks like you've been busy! I'm heading to Chicago next week and Im still tying to decide what knitting to take with me...

    I've got a bed-making "helper" too. Mostly we play"Try and make the bed around the furry rock that refuses to move"

    1. We started out with that game, but then progressed to the 'ferociously attack the sheets whenever they move!' game, which is even less useful. But really funny to watch!

  2. Oh, I do love those buttons!