Archive for April, 2007

A definition, a manifesto.

fa·tigue n.

  1. Physical or mental weariness resulting from exertion.
  2. Something, such as tiring effort or activity, that causes weariness: the fatigue of a long argument.
  3. The decreased capacity or complete inability of an organism, an organ, or a part to function normally because of excessive stimulation or prolonged exertion.
  4. The weakening or failure of a material, such as metal or wood, resulting from prolonged stress.
  5. Manual or menial labor, such as barracks cleaning, assigned to soldiers

Emphasis mine. I am fatigued, in multiple ways. Starting from the top.

  1. The day after LARPing is always a wasted day, because I am so tired, both physically and mentally. It was a good game, overall, which is probably part of the reason why I am so drained.  Plus, I got a tan!
  2. Drama fatigues me. I know everyone feels the same, and has been there. I am tired of interpersonal issues, tired of worrying, tired of being filled with crushing anxiety at inopportune times. Most of all, I’m tired of people who do not think about how their actions may affect others (namely, me). I know I am not the center of the universe, it would be nice to have some consideration every so often. And no, I’m not talking to you, nor accusing anyone, just airing my feelings. 🙂 I’m tired, so take it with a grain of salt.  All I want is for everyone to get along.
  3. I have a new project, and new yarn, and want it to arrive right this second so I can start working on it right this second. But, I still have a sock to finish. I enjoy working on socks in general, and I have really enjoyed working on this particular pair of socks, but the newness of a shiny new project is really hard to resist.

I know my fatigue will fade, and I will feel better tomorrow.

I’m not knitting at work, no sir.

The above is sarcasm, in case there was any question. As it stands, Lori’s socks will not be done by tonight unless I sacrifice. I am a very bad girl, and decided that that the best sacrifice I could make would be to sacrifice my work productivity to work on the sock. I have an office, with a door, so I’m not worried about getting in trouble. Plus, I am generally able to do other things while knitting, so I can make some phone calls and knit at the same time.

In other news, I think I may have found my next sweater project. I feel guilty mentioning it, though, because I feel like a copycat. The Yarn Harlot linked to a modified Juno, which caused me to gasp and clutch my chest. Now, I too took note of this sweater when I first saw it, and also noted the bizzarely low collar. Not being an adventuous knitter at the time, I dismissed it. Now that I’m much more experienced and in need of a new project, I think this fits perfectly. Let the shopping begin! I know that I never would have thought of it had I not read about it, but I’m okay with being a sheep: sheep make yarn.

Progress?

I’ll tell you what, there are few projects that go faster than a pair of size 5 women’s socks, even when said socks are made from yarn that clearly hates me. After deciding on a lace pattern for the sock, I discovered that it didn’t look good with the yarn, and switch to Grumperina’s pattern, Rosa’s Socks (in Spring 07 IK). So, Lori’s first sock is done, and the second sock is well on it’s way. I have no hope that I will get Dave’s second sock done before XPI this weekend, which was my original due date. So, I decided to prioritize them based on whose birthday was first (Lori’s).  I still hold out a small hope that I can get both done by this weekend, but it is doubtful.

Of course, the fact that I keep getting distracted by my newly cast-on wedding shawl doesn’t help.  Damn you, 100% cashmere laceweight!

Serrano

 

Started: January 15(ish)
Finished: April 13
Yarn: Louet Gems Pearl, 5 skeins used, linen grey

While I didn’t have too many problems with this pattern, I do admit that it required attention. It was a fun knit, though, and went fairly fast, despite the sockweight yarn. I’m especially pleased with the way the lace pattern looks, and I suspect I’ll be using sockweight yarn for sweaters in the future. I wasn’t sure about the 3 needle bind-off used for the shoulder seams, but it worked out well. The only thing I’m not entirely pleased about is the hook and eye tape (still). I think I will be taking out one side of it and re-sewing it in. All in all, I like this sweater, and I know I will be wearing it quite a lot. In fact, I have been toying with the idea of making another, in a brighter color…

Now I have to start looking for my next big project, which probably will be my wedding shawl. Maybe I’ll make a fair isle something.

Sometimes small things have great power.

For example, right now, at this very second, I have a small piece of carrot stuck in one of the left bottom holes where my wisdom teeth used to live. It is driving me nuts. I swish, and it doesn’t go away. I went to the dentist this morning, who was impressed with how I was doing, and gave me the okay to use my tongue. So, I try. The carrot laughs, and gives me the finger.

Similarly, I got an email yesterday afternoon from Pick-Up Sticks, a very nice yarn store in Canada. The email said that there would be about 100 skeins of Sweet Georgia coming in, to be posted online at 5:00 EST. I was excited, even though I’m generally the type of knitter who only buys yarn when they have a project in mind (mostly).  Still, I figured I would go over to the site, and pick up a little yarn.  I went to the site at said time, and browed the yarn, though the refresh time on the website kept getting slower and slower…  In our eagerness, we overloaded the site.  Now, I’m not angry or upset about this, but amazed and pleased that I could be involved.  A few, small skeins of yarn caused this.  Knitters are powerful.

Some encouraging statements.

First, I’d like to thank everyone who has been leaving super awesome comments about my wisdom teeth surgery. Reading encouragement and advice from others really made me feel good. So, thanks. 🙂 My mouth is doing well, and I’m scheduling a follow-up appointment tomorrow. I have developed a good swishing technique, and no food can survive (in the holes)!

I finished the first sock for Friend 1, and I’m quite pleased with the way it turned out. This is my first time working with Koigu, and it is very nice and squishy. There is one problem, though. I weighed the first sock after I finished it, and it weighed 49 grams. Then, I weighed the sock yarn that was left, and it weighed 45 grams. Badness. This means that I will probably not have quite enough to finish the second sock. Fortunately, I have a few tricks up my sleeve.

This ball of yarn is for Lori (Friend 2)’s sock. I’m very sure that she doesn’t read my    blog, so I feel no need to be all secretive. This is very nice yarn. It is a cashmere/wool blend, which is one of the few things that she isn’t allergic to, and it’s an acceptable color. This is a ball of yarn that does not want to become anything. I have tried starting many projects with this ball of yarn, including a hat, gloves, and currently two sock attempts for Lori. The yarn says, “No!” It will not defeat me. I have decided that I will cast on (again) for Lori’s socks, this time with a lace pattern (I already tried cable patterns). I will be victorious.

My mouth doesn’t hurt: Day 1


But I have holes in my mouth that get stuff stuck in them. The word “swish” is the bane of my existance. I have tried the regular swishing, squirt guns, and, when in dire need, a kleenex twisted into a point. I carry a flashlight around with me everywhere, so the second I finish eating something I peer into my mouth (and make my fiance do it too) to see how much swishing needs to be done. The holes on the right hand side are causing issues. There is always something stuck in there, it seems, and all the swishing and poking has made it continue to ache, even when the other side is fine. Ah well.

Here’s a picture of one sock, child’s first sock, from Knitting Vintage socks. All the other things I’m knitting right now can’t be shown on the blog; they’re suprises!


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