Recovered

Actually, I was back to knitting on Tuesday, but lightly. I have done quite a bit of spinning this week. However, I have currently no active projects on the needles! That’s right. I know it’s a bit odd. But, I finished the Lemongrass sweater, though it is taking ages and ages to dry, and I finished the striped cowl I had been working on.

And I didn’t block it. Because I prefer to keep the 1X1 rib bouncy.

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This is, again, two different skeins of Marja’s handspun. It was a ton of fun to knit due to the color changes. I used up all of the darker more solid color, but I’ve got enough of the bright stuff for either another cowl like this, or maybe some fingerless mitts or something for Miss Bug. I am sure she’d adore that.

As I was knitting this, I decided I probably wouldn’t wear it. I’ve just got too many cowls and scarves already. So, this one is headed to Marja’s quickly growing stash of handknits.

Now I’m off to find some buttons for the Lemongrass, and to wind some handspun for my next project. I am headed to the yarn store tomorrow in order to find yarn for another sweater! Might as well keep knocking them out while I am on a roll.

Not Gonna Win

Yesterday I realized I was dangerously close to completing my lemongrass sweater. And I’d started it merely 8 days prior. I felt certain if I kept at it, I’d have a finished sweater on Monday, giving me a 10 day sweater completion, something I haven’t managed since the summer of 2008. Mr. Ink and I made dinner Saturday evening, and then rather than going out to see a movie, I chose to have us watch one at home so that I could knit through it.

Today we went out to a mountain bike trail a bit farther away than we usually do. I brought my knitting for 2 reasons. It’s a bit of a car trip, and because often Mr. Ink rides a second lap when I can only manage the strength and endurance for one. This leaves me a lovely peaceful time in nature knitting while he rides his second lap fast.

We rode. The trail we rode is advanced for me, but I seem to recently have had a major uptick in ability on the mountain bike. So, for the first time ever, I was able to ride probably 95% of this trail. Prior to this, I’d ride the trail, but end up walking most of it. It was an absolutely BLISSFUL ride. But, toward the end, I attempted to ride over a pile of logs, and my bike itself probably wasn’t up for the challenge. I got over them, and then everything went tits up. I went over my handlebars, taking a decent spill. To be honest, this is something I’ve come to expect while mountain biking, but not something that regularly happens anymore.

I hopped up, refused to assess the damage, hopped back on the bike, and told Mr. Ink to keep going, as he’d heard me fall and was riding back toward me. I rode along, assessing the damage, knowing I’d probably hurt later and be stiff this week.

During lap 2 for Mr. Ink, I tried to knit, but didn’t seem to be feeling up to it. Then, we went out for lunch, and once we returned home, I again tried to knit. Again, I wasn’t feeling it, and I couldn’t figure out why. Then, I noticed my wrist hurt a bit. I thought “Perhaps trying to knit a sweater in 10 days is getting to my hands.” But it just wasn’t the right kind of pain.

And then, all at once, it hit me. That’s the wrist I fell on out on the trail, and I did go down pretty hard. So, I’ve now set aside the sweater, and rather than the triumphant post about knitting a sweater in 10 days you were going to see in the near future, I am deciding to throw in the towel. I am not winning this one. And that’s ok.

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Sad right? I’ve only a few more inches to the sleeves and then the turtleneck to knit!  But, it’s still toasty warm here, and, I won’t be able to wear it in the near future anyhow.

Better to see how I feel tomorrow.

I hope everyone had a fabulous weekend! My long weekend is drawing to a close, and it has been fantastic.

Enough

It’s official, I have ENOUGH! enough yarn to finish this sweater. Of course, had I known that, I would have added an inch or so to the length. But, it’s alpaca, it’ll probably stretch. I did add length to the arm even, and I still have enough. One arm done, second arm started.

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Aran yarn knits up so quickly! It’s been fun to see this one come so far in just a week.

I have also done a bit of spinning. I am using a bunch of random rolags, most of them dyeabolical, and just spinning them all up for a 2 ply yarn. We’ll see what the end result becomes, thankfully, the predominate color is green.

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It might be awful. But it might be wonderful.

You know what I haven’t had enough of? Time off! It’s too bad I can’t take more!

Hooky Days

Not really, just post conference days off. A chance to recharge my batteries, and dump some overtime.

Yesterday morning I spent not knitting. Looking back, I am not even entirely sure WHAT I did with that time. But, I am also sure it was necessary. Then, in the afternoon I began the task of knitting the ribbing on the Lemongrass sweater. It’s no small feat, as the ribbing goes from the armpits, all the way around the bottom of the sweater, on both the front and back. I finished it late last night.

This morning I picked up stitches for the first arm.

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Really, not bad progress all things considered. You may remember that I have been nervous about running out of yarn. I have 2 and a half balls of yarn left. I started the sleeve with a brand new ball of yarn. If I can manage to finish the sleeve with just one ball of yarn, I will be just fine. If I cannot, THEN, I will begin to panic. But, not right now. I don’t have time for panic.

Today is a hooky day bike ride. I skipped the morning portion but am heading out shortly for the afternoon portion of the ride. Should be a good time with good friends, and I really am looking forward to this social time.

Vegetable

I finished my conference yesterday at around 2, but was a complete vegetable after I got home. I napped, then sat on the couch with some spindle spinning and reading. Unable to knit or really participate in life for a couple hours. Once Bug got home, there was homework to help with, and then Mr. Ink came over to make me dinner. It was a very good kind of homey evening that I needed.

I went in to the conference quite early yesterday morning, as I decided I wanted all the poster stands down and packed up before the sessions even started. Luckily, I wasn’t the only one with that thought, and I had a little bit of help. I couldn’t have finished before the session on my own, but it did get done due to the help. This freed me up for being available during the breaks for paperwork and required signatures. After making sure I was as tidy and organized as possible, I knit on the back of my sweater, and, I FINISHED THE BACK!

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I had about 2 rows left once the conference finished and lunch began. But, because I still needed to be available for paperwork, I managed to finish those two rows.

My next step, which probably will happen today if I decide that knitting is what I really want to do, is to add the ribbing around the front and back.

I am a bit nervous about yarn consumption. I might not have quite enough. I’ve never truly had to beg on Rav before, but, I fear I might have to this time.

The other thing I’ve noted is that knitting aran weight yarn like this? Frees up room in my stash so ridiculously fast! Honestly, if I next knit another bulkier sweater, I’ll have another entire square empty! That would thrill me to pieces.

Conference Progress Day #2

I’ve done all the conference knitting I can today. Tonight is a banquet, and that’s just not knitting time. And right now I am in between events. I did get stuff done, but the progress isn’t nearly as pronounced as yesterday.

I started off here:

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On my lemongrass sweater. I was able to complete the front to the point where I am to hold stitches for the ribbing.

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I didn’t have what I needed to separate out the arms and the back, as working on the back is my next step. So, I set it aside to work on the striped scarf. Before and after pics below.

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Not bad! There’s a chance I might get a few more rows of this done while I am checking in on the banquet before guests arrive.

Tomorrow is the last part of the conference, and I’ve only got the morning. I think I’ll just take the lemongrass sweater as I am sure I won’t finish the entire back in one morning, AND manage to pack up and clean up the conference as well. But, after that, I’ve got the rest of the week off! Perhaps that means I’ll get a little more done.

Conference Crafting

Today was day #2 of my conference. On day one, I did a tiny bit of spinning. No knitting. But, day #2 starts at 6:45 am and doesn’t end until after 9 p.m.  I get a break in there, but it’s a long haul. It’s also a conference of hurry up and wait for me. When the group breaks, I rush in and get stuff done. When the group is in session, I am available for paperwork that has to be filled out, questions that need answering, and any catering/AV requests that come through. There are often large chunks of time I can knit, and often my question answering allows me to go on knitting while talking. That part is very pleasant.

I started the Joji pattern called Lemongrass this weekend in hopes to work on it during the conference. I took a picture of where I started today.

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After lunch, I brought it to the point of all increases done, and ready to split for the front.

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Unfortunately, I hadn’t thought to bring extra needles for that split, so I had to drag out something else. My two color scarf out of Marja’s handspun. I started here.

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I then had a couple hours at home, so one of the tasks I chose with my down time, besides helping Bug with homework and fixing us dinner, was splitting off the front. By the end of this evening:

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That feels like some pretty insane progress. You can tell my last two sweaters were out of fingering weight yarn. I forget how fast aran knits up!

And, I also have a picture of my small progress on the 2 color scarf.

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I worked through the remainder of the pink and into other colors.

All in all, a very successful day, both professionally and crafting wise. Looking forward to tomorrow, and another full day of knitting and question answering.