When I first started Knitting (with a capital ‘K’, as opposed to the knitting I learned as a child and dabbled in two or three times over a decade…) it was a response to the huge quantity of “free” time I found myself with when I married and became a stay-at-home mom. Not to say that moms don’t have plenty to do; I suppose I’d just become conditioned to a life of juggling several jobs along with a social life, so keeping house and chasing kids still felt hectic, but with more time sitting around. I don’t sit still well. I started knitting during all those times waiting, after bedtime, during Dora the Explorer… Now that my own schedule is full, and the kids’ schedules are full, and my husband’s schedule is full, I don’t seem to have quite so much knitting time anymore.
Not to say that I’ve given up entirely. Oh, no, not by a long shot! I sneak in a couple rows here and there, between perusals of that classic tome, “Applied Statistics for the Life Sciences,” and studying for the first-quarter exam in botany. (I got an 88%, plus 10 extra credit points – not bad, considering it’s a tough course.) But I think overall my knitting is turning from quantity to quality.
I’m still enjoying working away at Autumn Rose. Though I’m still on the body, I’m one repeat away from setting it aside to work on the sleeves. It will be done before it’s too warm to wear it.
I got an undeniable urge to spin last week, and noting the lack of time I’ve had lately, I decided to give worsted-weight singles yarn a try.
I used a 4-ounce BFL roving from Spunky Eclectic (“Grand Opening” colorway) and was very pleased to end up with a beautifully balanced 215 yard skein that reminded me a lot of Manos del Uruguay’s yarn. I’d never trusted my singles as a knitting yarn before, but I’m a newly converted fan – it’s bouncy, stripey, soft, and fast – it only took me one evening to spin.
So over the next two nights, I knit myself a hat.
Not so bad, eh? It was just in time, as we’ve had a bout of the snow/melt/snow/melt cycle which more often than not leaves me feeling damp and more chilled than I did in the colder weather of Alaska. I wish it would just snow a lot, then get cold and let it stick around. We’ve had a snow day (or early dismissal due to icy-slick roads) every week for the past month or so, and I’ve about had it. Supposedly, we’re to expect another 4-8 inches of frozen precipitation this evening and tomorrow, but, as a teacher at the school said, “That means we’re either in for a foot of snow followed by another thaw, or a dusting followed by sub-zero temps…” *sigh* (End of weather ranting. Sorry.)
The other project I’ve been working on is a pair of Embossed Leaves socks, with the Araucania Ranco Multi yarn I received for Christmas.
I made a pair of socks with this pattern for my mother a couple years ago, and am finally making myself a pair. I really love the yarn; it’s soft but sturdy, and the colors come in short bursts that dance rather than pool. The first sock is actually done now (I took this photo a few days ago) and I’ve done the first repeat on the second leg. Not coincidentally, it also fits in well with the current Project Spectrum theme, “Fire.”
What else did I mention in my title? Oh, yes, the FLU. I’m not certain it’s actually the flu that I’ve got, but it’s a full-on knock-down drag-out something that’s laid me flat since Thursday night. As Andy said, “You must be really sick, you haven’t even been knitting!” Eek. Today the fever has gone down, but I’m still not feeling great. In fact, I think I’m going to take my box of tissues and crawl back into my wooby-hole on the sofa for a couple hours… Just wanted to check in at the blog before I start getting concerned emails… 🙂 I’ll be back in a couple days.