Sunday, May 31, 2009

A Quick Update

I'm continuing with my bad habit of not updating the blog very often, but that's all I'm going to say about that.  I got a new computer (yay for the iMac) and am slowly learning how to work everything that's different from my old PC.  I like it a lot, but definitely don't know all the ins and outs of it yet.

On the knitting front, I finished a few things since last time.  My sister's late birthday present has been finished and given, so I can reveal it:  A shawl I based on the Snowdrop Lace scarf pattern, but made wider and longer so it would be a stole.  I used Knit Picks Bare merino/silk fingering weight yarn and I think it came out well.

I also finished my Wollmeise Die Auster socks and like them a lot.  They're plain stockinette and were knit that way as an example of the colorway on the Wollmeiseaholics board on Ravelry.  Not many people have this color, since it was a Spring Fling gift last year, but I wanted to knit it up and this gave me a good reason to.  

I also whipped out a few Catnip Mice for Bob, Mason and Emily.  Here they are:

Perhaps we can get a few action shots of them being used?

Despite other intentions, I had to cast on the new kit from the May installment of Woolgirl's Embrace the Lace club.  This cashmere yarn is incredibly soft and the blue is beautiful.  I made it through the first repeat the other day and now have an idea of how the pattern works.  It will be very pretty.

All for now.  The next couple of posts will likely feature the Princess; prom and graduation are looming.

Oh, and I remembered why I wanted to post:  I recently noticed that The Red Scarf Project
is up and running again and will accept scarves from September 1 through December 15, 2009.  If you get a chance to make a soft scarf for a young adult who has aged out of foster care, do it!  They are much appreciated.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Living in the Present Moment

I do yoga. I actually practice quite a bit of yoga, and have for some time. What's one of the first directions you get when the class starts? "Come into the present. Leave the past and future alone and just concentrate on the present moment." Sometimes I have trouble doing that, but for the most part, it's possible.

So I can't figure out why I seem to totally be living in a different time period in the rest of my life. For example, I'm in a book club. It's existed for over five years, and we meet the last Tuesday of the month. Always have. Here's what happened at the end of April. I returned from my knitting extravaganza late Sunday night, April 26. Monday was my birthday and we went out to dinner. I know I mentioned book club a couple of times on Monday..."tomorrow is book club. Tomorrow I'll find out about etc. etc...." You get the picture. I knew it was tomorrow.

Fast forward to tomorrow, Tuesday night. I'm sitting on the sofa, knitting and watching tv with DH. Again I say something about book club being tomorrow. My alert DH says, "I thought it was Tuesday." "Yes, Tuesday, I answer." Then in my great wisdom, I figure out that we're watching the show that we watch on Tuesdays. Book club is at 7:30 on Tuesday. It's now 8:45 on Tuesday. Ooops!

The worst part was that it was a book I had suggested. I read it twice. I loved it. I was so looking forward to the discussion. I forgot to go. (The Double Bind by Chris Bohjalian. Read it. It's great.)

And apparently I'm still not over the problem. Today my Collegeboy called me about summer quarter classes and a bill that needed paying. I had paid the bill and saw that the bank had scheduled the payment to go out on the 11th, guaranteed to arrive by the 18th. I told him, "no problem, it's supposed to be there today." To my credit, it only took me a few minutes to figure out that I was on the wrong week. I'm ready to go back to normal time now, please.

A knitting update: I've been working on several things, as usual. My main emphasis is a gift I'm making for my sister's birthday, so no photos now. To my credit again, I realize that her birthday was last Wednesday, so I'm just late and not under the impression that it's some other day!

I took a tiny break from that project to whip up a pair of children's socks since I read that afghans for Afghans needed some more for their current campaign. I used some of the Cascade 220 that was in my fabulous big box and they only took me a couple of days to make. I did them two at a time on Magic Loop and if I hadn't decided to get a little fancy with the colors, they would have been done sooner. They'll be in the mail by tomorrow morning.

I'm noticing a theme in my WIPs. It's apparently the season of green. I'm doing a stockinette plain pair of socks from last year's Spring Fling yarn, Die Auster. It looks more green in person.

These will go up on the Wollmeiseholics Anonymous group page (on Ravelry) illustrating all of the colorways in plain socks. I'm liking them a lot. They're on the left.

I have one of my Wendy Knits Asparagus Cable socks done, too. I like how this looks, but I needed a break from the tiny little cables.

I hope to get back to these before too long.

Next up will be a change in color. This yarn was my April KAL prize in the Spring Fling group. It's The YoYo String and Fluff superwash merino in the Spiced Up colorway. It's very soft and I'm looking forward to getting started. This color is not one I would ever choose for myself, but I think it will look great in the Sock Knitters Anonymous May mystery sock as designed by Yarnissima. I need to get a little farther into my sister's gift before I cast these on, but I'm having a hard time waiting.

It's too bad that I haven't' figured out how to get more done when I magically transport myself into the future all the time!