Thursday, 3 September 2015

One thing a day

Some days I struggle to find something to write about.  Some days I struggle to not write about every living thing under the sun.  I have a funny feeling that everyone who writes at all starts to feel this way after a while.

Today is a much stuff kind of day. I will resist because some things deserve to have in depth coverage.  Today I shall restrain myself.  Which makes me want to laugh like a loon.

I knit the whole day away yesterday.  It was gray and cloudy all day so the motivation to clean my windows left as rapidly as it came. (This won't surprise my mom at all!)  I could have knit on those thousand things that are important like sweaters or little kids things, but I knit on this.

Its just a shopping bag but I am really having enormous fun with it.  Plus it is using up large amounts of the cotton.  I think that is really what this is about.  It sure isn't about having a shopping bag.  I have those.  It sure isn't about loving the yarn.  I like it but I don't love it.  What I really am enjoying is watching the ball creep lower with every row.

I started on straps, but I might go back and knit a little more of the purse stitch to make the bag a little longer.  It's about 12 inches right now and with the clear light of morning, I have a feeling that might be a little short.  I need an intermediate bag.  Something in between what could just go in my purse and the big bags you carry groceries with.  12 inches might be a little short for those days when you shop with a list of errands and come home with a packet of nails, a couple spools of thread, your books from the library and the household mail. That is the sort of bag I need.  15 inches will probably be better.  May 18 inches.

Purse stitch, by the way is a simple lace.  Its very similar to what Donna Druchanas used on the Myliu Lino pattern, a combination of yarn overs and purl 2 together.  Depending on how you are knitting, it can stack or it can offset.  Knitting in the round, it offsets, making it perfect for a bag. Its a lovely thing to work when you want quiet well behaved knitting. 

There.  That's it for today.  A dozen different things all wanting to burst out, but today, you will just get one.  

Wednesday, 2 September 2015

And some days we

tie up loose ends and have tea!

That is exactly what I did yesterday.  I finished the big living room clean sort and order of 2015. and then a good friend who I have not seen for far too long, came to tea.  I really enjoyed the visit.

That room is clean.  Beyond clean.  Cleaner.  Well, except for windows.  My windows are a mess.

I lived in a forest for 20 years and there really was not very often where the sun shone in directly enough that it drove you to distraction.  I confess that here, with all my lovely light, I need to wash windows.  At least the ones that get direct sunlight.  Because really, though I have a high tolerance for dirt, and disorder, there is something unseemly about my windows.

My mom is probably shouting hallelujah.  Figuring out my windows today is going to be my big task.  They are supposed to be the kind that you can tip in to clean.  I'm almost looking forward to it!

At the same time, I am not going to do too much.  I haven't knit anything but the few rounds on the bottom of that grocery bag in 2 days.  I am almost ready to switch out my double points for a circular needle.  Knitting is going to become much more fun once I do that and it shouldn't take too long to get to where I want to start the purse stitch.  

So 2 goals;  figure out the windows and find the right short circular.  It feels like a return to normal.

Monday, 31 August 2015

What a guy gets up to on the weekend.

Sometimes you go out and do stuff on the weekend.  Sometimes, you stay in and have a nice quiet weekend at home, where the biggest thing you do is knit.  And then there are times when the sorting and ordering just goes a little bit too far.

I started my day, goofing around with what was at hand.  Sadly there still is a lot of 'that yarn' at hand.  I did this.

There might be one more basket in me, but not today. There certainly is another basket in the remainders of this yarn.  I have a small and private nightmare that the next time I go into the wool room, I will find two more skeins of this.  Sweet Heavens, I hope not.

Because there is so much yarn remaining, I also started this.

It's the base for a grocery bag.  I didn't go looking for a pattern yet, but I have a good part of a base started.  I like a solid bottom on bags.  I think I am going to wing it and use and old 'purse' stitch from my old Stichery book, slap a sturdy top and some handles on it and call it good.

I was watching a movie so I decided to do a little something till it was done.  I have one of these for all my bits and pieces. 

Trouble is, there is so much in that middle drawer that looking for a single stitch marker when you really need one is a pain.  The middle drawer is out right now

because the plan is to put all those things that I need less often into this,

things like point protectors, and tip covers, and cable needles and extra scissors and so on.  I am pondering going back to get a couple more of these for my traveling knitting kits.  The box would be much tidier than what I have now and could fit everything I routinely take along.  

Mission accomplished.

And then the urge to organize just took off and went nuts.

There were times through the afternoon where I couldn't even get out of the living room at all.  I worked till close to midnight and I am still only half done.  Every book has been taken off the shelves and been dusted.  Every surface has been wiped.  Every corner has been vacuumed.  Furniture has been moved.  Now all the bazillions of books and movies need to go back onto the shelves.  A knitting corner needs to be re-established.    

It will all settle eventually.  I have no idea if I am going to like it or if it will work in this house, but it feels different.  Maybe that is all that matters.  That it feel different.  

I don't know when I have had had so much fun all on my own, messing about in my stuff.  There will be further sorting and ordering to do.  There are some books that need reviewing.  There are some boxes to shift and to go through.  There is a stack of papers too. Plenty to keep me busy, but there will still be a little time for fun.  Maybe even some time to knit too.