Deadline

This week has been full of costume crafting, but clearly we are very close to being done now. Just one more evening of it, and then I can show it all off. It really has taken a chunk out of my crafting time though. All the little crafty bits I have to do for Bug’s costume are tedious at best, and don’t leave a ton of time for other things. And, blogging about them makes little sense until the costume is completely finished.

But, as I mentioned, I finished a huge skein of yarn on Monday. I had the smallest bit of plying left at that point, and so I got it done. Then, I washed it and hung it to dry. Between the cooler weather and the over 10 oz skein, it took days to dry!

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This skein is truly massive. So large, I could not double it over for pretty pictures. It’s 720 yards of sport to DK weight  2 ply yarn. I DO have plans for this one, and I am hoping to get started pretty soon.

Taking a Moment

Boy has it been busy around here! I really imagined downtime between the conference and Halloween. But, that just hasn’t happened. Last weekend we completely overextended ourselves with social events, and I’ve started this week at a severe alone time/down time deficit.

Add to that the fact that I didn’t have knitting on my needles from Thursday evening to Saturday evening. I ended up, on Friday, getting quite upset with my next door neighbor and stomping around the house about it. Mr. Ink mentioned later that he thought I wouldn’t have gotten quite so upset if I’d had a bit of knitting to take the edge off. I suspect he’s right.

I now have a new sweater on the needles, as well as a new shawl. I’ve also done a bunch of spinning/plying. So much to show, but the yarn needs to dry, and the sweater isn’t interesting, and I keep forgetting to get a picture of the shawl. Until today.

I had all this great, interesting, different types of yarns all dyed in the same colorway from the Taos trip last year. I finally pulled out a shawl to work on. I am just alternating yarns as I see fit. I bet I’ll never wear this because I think mohair is really the most miserable stuff. But, I am going to have a great time knitting it, and it has many awesome memories attached to it.

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The colors still remind me of the chickens at our casita while we were out in Taos.

More from me very soon, cross your fingers that some of the handspun has decided to dry!

So Much Spinning

As I may have mentioned yesterday, I officially have nothing on the needles. That doesn’t happen very often. In fact, I found myself getting increasingly annoyed with my neighbor, leading to me stomping around the house muttering “There goes the neighborhood!” under my breath and having strong urges to post a public vaguepost on facebook about it. Mr. Ink eventually said “You know, if you had some knitting on the needles, I feel certain you’d be able to find a way to let this go.” And I realized he was right.

But, I still wasn’t ready to put anything on the needles Instead, I worked on spinning. I have been working long term on 2 coordinating Loop bumps, and I was at the end of the spinning portion of them last evening. I was quickly able to finish the last bit up, so I could snap a shot of them both before the light left.

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As you can see, they are very similar, but they are not the same.  I spent a portion of the evening plying these, bringing me to this point:

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You can see that I am just beginning the orange here. I then went to Marja’s house to watch the local college football game, and plied through that.

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One bobbin done, the other isn’t far behind.

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And yet I still feel like I’ve got a long way to go!

I also went to the yarn shop to spend a gift certificate, and I WILL be casting on a new project quite shortly now. Soon. Very very soon!

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.