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Yule Preparations

I’ve been coughing up my intestines for about nine days now, and felt crummy for about a week before that. It’s that time of year. I’ve been through more boxes of tissues than I’ve managed to keep track of. It’s been oh so fun.

While I’ve been sitting on the Queen Anne recliner in the living room working through my Netflix queue, I’ve been working on the reversible cable and lace scarf in Frog Tree Alpaca (fingering weight). I love the pattern. After about five inches, I memorized the eight rows (four really, as on the second row four, you cable twist and that’s the only difference) and it’s knitting up fast. I just attached the second skein and will probably be through it by the end of the day tomorrow. Photos to come.

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New Place, Old Face

Gabe and I have been living in our new home for a smidge over two weeks now. It’s been wonderful. It’s such a different experience than I even imagined. We’re in an area of Boston that is primarily industrial:¬† office buildings, restaurants, parking garages, hotels, and a few blank slates for someone’s imagination to take hold of. We have all of Boston at our finger tips but forget trying to get a gallon of milk without hopping on the T or getting in the car after 6 pm on Friday. The only remotely reasonable convenience store is only open when the offices are. But, I’d have to say, that’s really not a huge deal. It’s just different.

I don’t have photos of the new place yet because we’re still settling in. There are books and boxes and bags of stuff in various¬† out-of-the-way places waiting for furniture to organize them. Maybe next week we’ll have photos? We’ll see.

One of the things I’m growing accustomed to and am rather enjoying is not having Internet access in the apartment. We get it in the club room downstairs, but not in our apartment. It wasn’t until the last two weeks that I realized how much time I had spent idling away the hours on Facebook, instant messanger, and on other web haunts. I’ve read more. I’ve knit more. I’ve spent more time planning, and organizing, and goal setting. Heck, I’ve even spent more time exercising! I’ll take it.

Speaking of exercising, I have absolutely NO excuse anymore for not getting my butt in gear 5x a week or more. Our building has a whole, fully stocked, fitness center. I’ve been focusing on weight training and getting my endurance for running back. When I get to a place where I won’t feel wholly embarrassed to share what I’ve been doing, I will. I didn’t realize how quickly I got squidgy around the edges. It won’t last, though, I’m too determined and motivated after going to my 10-year reunion for that.

Seriously, I didn’t realize how much blogworthy stuff I’ve been up to until I sat down to write.

While in Maine this weekend for my class reunion, we stopped in to Purl Diva in Brunswick where I picked up materials for two new projects:¬† Noro Striped Scarf for Gabe, and some mohair for some undetermined project for me. I tend to buy fiber I like and figure out what to do with it later. I’ve come up with some great projects that way.

I started the scarf and am poking around for patterns and inspiration for the mohair. All while enjoying being in my new home and living with Gabe.

The Mega-Update

It’s been about ten days since I last posted. Again, it’s not for lack of content, but rather, lack of dedication and time. I’ve been so unbelievably tired these last few weeks. The year is winding down with four weeks to go but the work is winding up. I have a pile of grading as tall as my Norton Anthology of literature is. I also have two more units to plan and execute, finals to administer then grade, a supply order to place after taking inventory of my room, and all the normal work-day stuff.

I have not knit a stitch in the last 10 days, either. My second sockotta sock is halfway done and I was so excited about finishing it off and then I saw this:

You may not be able to see what is going on here readily, so here’s the scoop. The pattern is a k3, p1, k1, p1. On one section, I had been purling the middle knit stitch. And I didn’t realize it until it was time to make the heel flap. The above image is after I started running the stitches so I could make them knit stitches. That’s all done now. It’s just a matter of getting the momentum going on this sock again.

I’ve been bringing my Noro garter stitch scarf to school to work on at lunch. It’s getting pretty long quickly despite the fact that I’ve frogged the scarf at least four times and put on various numbers of stitches on various size needles. Currently it’s 18 stitches on size 15 needles. Ever try going between size 1 and size 15 before? It’s interesting to say the least.

Allan is down my way permanently now. It’s been really nice to cut the weekend commute, either his or mine, out of the agenda. We’ve spent the last few days with the Lawsons. Allan has been learning to fly fish with Jared, and I’ve been running and commiserating with Amy. And James has been James. Allan and I put in tomatoes at the Lawson Garden today. It’s the first of many vegetables to go in over there.

Speaking of running, I never posted about my race results! I ran the whole race about 8 minutes faster than my training times, at about 32 minutes, roughly 10 minute miles, versus about 40 minutes at about 12 minute miles. I didn’t hurt until the day after the race. I was sore for about 2 days. I’ve run twice since the race.

And that, as they say, is that. I’ll try to be better about posting more frequently.

Continental Break-through.

A few days ago I posted about the life-changing event that took place at Fiberphilia and the resulting decision, namely to learn to knit using the continental style of holding the strand. I didn’t realize what this decision fully entailed until that night when I was home working on a moss stitch scarf for my brother-in-law. I found myself getting stressed, frustrated, and tired. I couldn’t keep the tension. I couldn’t get the strand to move around my pointer. I’d end up dropping the strand when dipping for a purl. I was ready to throw the knitting across the room, or shake it up and down like a frustrated 3-year-old with a teddy bear while wailing. Knitting has never ever felt like this for me before.

I tried so hard for a few days to sit and knit and those sessions always ended in walking away after 15 minutes. Not cool. I finally took a look at the knit-stitch video at Knitting Help again. That’s when the break-through occurred. I had been wrapping the strand once around my pinky and twice around my pointer. I couldn’t keep the strand moving that way. I watched the video and she showed two ways of wrapping the yarn. It was the second that dissipated my frustration. I wrapped twice around my pinky and once around my pointer and off I went! I zipped through several rows on a baby blanket like I used to with the old method. It was the most wonderful experience.

Despite the frustration that learning continental has been, it has been immensely valuable as it has encouraged me to try out other techniques and styles that I’d never considered before. It has urged me on to be a better, more skilled, more diverse knitter.

Etsy of the Day

This beautiful robotic scarf hails from the Etsy shop of Crystal J. I love the bright colors against the black and I love the whimsical stance of the robots. It’s a wonderful juxtaposition of stiff movements and soft fabric and colors. This scarf would fit in well at any coffee shop, book store, classroom, or party. Wear it as a kerchief, shoulder cover, or whatever your imagination dreams up. It’ll be perfect for any event.