Whirlwind Calmed by Knitting…

I feel like I’ve been constantly busy, and yet I have nothing to say. Weird, huh? I blame it all on Twitter. Twitter has eaten my brain. If I can cram it all into 140 characters, do I really have that much to say?

Last week I had several meetings that I scheduled while Mike was out of town the week before. They needed to be in the evening, and I didn’t want to leave Jason home alone for extended periods of time on a school night. I looked forward to Friday, as I’ve made myself set a standing personal appointment with Twisted Yarns and the Friday knitting circle to make sure I get away from the computer! (I move it if I have to, but I really try to avoid doing that — I find that taking a break is actually a good thing!)

When I went to the yarn shop, I brought along all of the pieces of my Cambridge Jacket that I knit out of the Brooks Farm 4-Play yarn and handed it off to LynnAnne to do the seaming for me. The pieces have been done for well over a month now, and it was just sitting there waiting to be seamed. I would rather knit something new. My spare time seems to be quite valuable these days, and why spend it with something I don’t love doing? I feel a little bit like I’m cheating, and at the same time a huge weight to finish it is lifted off of my shoulders. So that made it all worth it. Once she finishes with that, I still have to put on the collar and do the crochet edging, so it isn’t quite finished yet. I have a feeling I won’t be wearing it this winter unless I turn the air conditioning on really cold in the house!

Two weeks ago I started the “Do Your Own Math” shawl available to Knit at Night Guild members – basically a garter stitch shawl. Another one of the Twisted Yarn knitters had made one some time back, and I bought the 5 skeins of Mountain Colors Bearfoot needed that very day, so inspired by hers! (It didn’t help that it was the holiday gumball sale that day – I got the yarn at 20% off!) As I started, restarted, and restarted it again, I realized that while the joy of being wrapped in Bearfoot is a good thing, I’m also less likely to wear a shawl because I’m not very tall and it might make me look like a big blob. I also noted that the gauge I was getting was pretty spot on with the gauge required by the Einstein Coat, which I have wanted to make for years. I’ve never made one though, because it was going to be too heavy if made out of regular yarn for regular Texas wear. But the sock yarn, knit loosely? So far, fabulous! So we’ll see if it all works out. I’m 50 ridges into the 166 or so required for the bottom half of the coat; it has been going very fast! I *heart* Garter Stitch!

Yes, photos. Uhm, I seem to be terrible about taking personal photos lately. Working on that – photos to follow, hopefully.

Friday night our friend Brittany came over to knit with me (she is working on the shawl that I had started, since I inspired her to do it – and then stopped making mine), and we all watched “Grandma’s Boy”. Oh goodness. That was just hysterical. Seriously hysterical. It seemed I needed a good mindless movie. I keep quoting lines from it to Mike! Plus how can you resist a movie where the main character is a video game testers, where they don’t play with bad boosters at all, when people would love to have that kind of job, trying the latest games and hardware as the processor from this amd fx 6300 3.5 ghz 6 core processor review. Oh, and there was knitting in the movie, which made it all appropriate!

I have been knitting more today along with getting housework done. I feel a lot calmer going in to Monday, and I attribute a lot of that to the joy of wool!


Knitting, At Last!

Fruit Loop SocksWhen my Mom was staying with us while there house was being worked on, she commented on how I wasn’t knitting. Crazy – not like there is a shortage of yarn in my house! – but I just didn’t seem to have it in me. But I packed yarn and needles when we went to Germany, and while sitting at the Hofbrauhaus in Munich, watching Mike enjoy his mass of beer, I cast on for my Fruit Loop Socks. I finished the first one on the train on the way to the airport to fly home, after working on it in Salzburg, Berchtesgaden, more in Munich, Wurzburg, Rothenberg, and Havert. I immediately cast on for number two while I was still on the train headed towards Amsterdam. I worked on it for most of the flight home, and off and on the rest of this week.

They will have an afterthought heel inserted once I finish the second sock and decide what colors to use for the heel. I’m using my US 000 needles, Magic Loop style. The yarn is Opal Feelings (wowowo Feeeeeeeeeeeeeelings), color #1701. It is made in Germany, but I purchased it in the US from the Knitting Zone. It is 64 stitches around. Plain Vanilla sock, since the yarn obviously needs no competition.

I should note that I purchased no yarn in Germany, even though I had the opportunity at least 2 times. I considered some sock yarn (the new Kaffe Regia yarn), but decided I could buy the same yarn in the US, and put it back down. The dollar is weak, the euro is strong, and my stash is really too big. Until I make more of a dent in it – and get the new lens I need before my fall wedding season begins – a yarn purchase didn’t make sense. Instead, I’ll have the memories knit into my Fruit Loop sock, and I’m perfectly happy with that.

By the way, I’m slowly adding my stuff over at Ravelry, the best thing for knitters & crocheters since sliced bread. Stash with photos coming soon, if I can face it. I created groups for both Twisted Yarns and PointySticks, so join them if you’re interested.

And I’m listening to all of you. See the lovely, shiny new “PointySticks” category? Yeah, I’ll cross post from my other blogs over here, and tag accordingly. I like having a main site, a home. And obviously, you guys agree. Thank you for all the lovely comments on the thought!