ever since i blocked that shawl i’ve been a scattered mess, as far as my fiber affairs are concerned. without a Seriously Big Project to ground me, i have drifted from one meaningless flirtation to another.
debbieKnitter contributed to my debauchery by giving me a beautiful skein of sock yarn
does this remind anyone besides me of the colors in an old celestial map? you know—the ones with the sun-that-has-a-face? i love those.
this yarn is from Mystical Creation Yarns, colorway mother earth; i am unfamiliar with their product, but am going to try it soon—like maybe when i finish this post. it’s really soft and very very beautiful. i can’t figure out how many yards are on this skein or how much it weighs; the tag must’ve gotten lost along the way. from the information on the website, it looks like possibly it is a 4-ounce skein that has 875 yards—wow. so, i could get a really big scarfy shawly thang out of it, OR his ‘n’ hers socks.
d’ya think we are the his ‘n’ hers sock types?
(i mean, other than we don’t really care much what goes on our feet and that it could match or not for all we know? i don’t ask him what he has on his feet most days . . .)
and then, there is THIS which does nothing for my security right now
this is our stair hall. what you see is the upper regions. that ladder? the bottom of it is sitting on a weeny little step about halfway up. it is erected so that it slants across thin air 20 or more feet from the bottom floor and rests against a joist for the third floor. that dark blob at the tippety top of the ladder? that’s my beloved husband. right now, he’s not standing on one foot at the edge of the ladder and reaching four feet across to drill something, but he does do that. a LOT.
add the fact that he is up there fooling around with electricity, and i think what you’d have is a recipe for a wife-ulcer. this behavior makes me excessively nervous and unable to concentrate. i keep moseying through hall to peek, and then running away asking myself WHY i did that. (shudder). i can hardly stand this.
he’s hanging very simple light fixtures with very beatiful bulbs in lieu of chandelier. which i appreciate.
he has a knack for doing just the right simple thing that makes our home unique.
i just don’t want one of our home’s “unique” features to be a big splat mark on the hall floor.
i’m sure you understand.
so my knitting projects this week have been wide-ranging and varied, since i can only focus on any one thing for a short amount of time.
luckily, yesterday i had classes and escaped the house for a while. in fact, it was a good sunny day with a strong north wind, and my ride over was brisk enough to shake off most of that anxiety.
i finished one blue sock and started another
and made plans to go the the Yarn Harlot event in cleveland on saturday with some yarn shop buddies (we might eat sushi too!). i have my hat ready to bring and picked up one from susan, who can’t make it, but brought hers to class.
hers is the cute green one and mine is the one that looks like a popover. it’s cute too, when it’s on.
i am SO looking forward to attending this event. i’m bringing the tree scum socks to knit on during the talk (just look at them glow),
and the blue ones as well, in case i have trouble concentrating on the “bark” patten while listening
(the fact that i have issues with narrowing down my travel knitting even for day trips does not bother me in the least . . .).
i knit a bit on the pink ragg sox during a phone meeting yesterday
(see? all this knitting and it’s just bits and pieces—nothing really getting done)
i struggled some more with the software i bought, which in don’t have a picture of, thankfully. it was not going very well. then i had a brilliant idea.
i read the manual.
and you know what? there’s a LOT of good information in there. it cleared up several questions i had. unfortunately, it also sparked about 147 more questions, but i have enough now to work with, and actually made some headway.
the fact that this software upgrade is causing me all sorts of struggles and delays is duly noted and entered in my personal book of grievances. but in public, i’m sucking it up—waddaya gonna do?
with no new shawl to work on (yet), i turned to an old WIP for comfort
it’s a sweater i started, i dunno, last year, and it really deserves more attention. especially because it is a nice lightweight one, that i can wear in spring and fall. we’ll see how long this lasts . . . after all, i am officially done swatching for the Briar Rose shawl (after many, many swatching-and-ripping sessions) and will be able to get that on the needles tonight. yay! (i’ll show you the final swatch tomorrow).
i have several joint shawl projects lined up for the coming months. once the briar rose one is on the needles, i’ll start planning the one that i’m going to do with deb’s new merino laceweight yarn. i have the rubicum colorway and i’m lookig forward to knitting with it.
i haven’t decided on the stitches yet; but i have a few ideas floating around in my head.
(ok, i’ll come clean here. when i took this yarn out to photograph it, i treated myself to a little squeeze. let’s just say . . . there’s no such thing as a “little squeeze” of this stuff . . . )
i’m also going to work with anne on a design to go with her hand-dyed yarn, for a kit which she will be selling in her online shop. i have a very specific design that i’m trying to find the right color for, and anne is working on dyeing it for me (how special do I feel??).
today i received the samples from her first pass
aren’t they pretty? can you guess which ones i liked best? i’ll tell you more about that tomorrow, too.
for now, there’s this . . .
spring is popping out all over.