Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Not much knitting

but I am getting things settled and done.

I did knit a little on socks and by the end of today, I do expect to have a pair complete.  Or complete sans heels.

I have 3 or 4 pairs now that are complete sans heels. 

Off the top of my head, they are the Geek socks
and the pair I just completed.

as well as the pair for Marcus.  I am pretty sure there is another pair but I can't think which one it is.

I'm not quite where I like to be before I do a heel day, though, so I am going to have to knit another pair or two before I am ready for that.  I have a couple more pair in the WIP bin, and I am going to work on that before I start any more.


Heel day is best left for a nice damp day when it is cool.  Pop in a good movie and a cup of coffee and it will be heels away.  Today is not that day, though. 

Today is hot.  Sitting with a cup of coffee in a leisurely way feels wrong somehow.  Fort Mac is on fire and ease here just feels wrong. 

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

That didn't go like I thought

Well.  What a day.  Big things happened.  Unexpected things.  Big unexpected things.

Before I started work for the day I tossed the bag with the blob.  I debated tossing the whole thing out as I prepared to move, but that felt like it would be so wasteful.  As it was, it just needed a good shake out and dusting.  I was going to tuck it back in the corner but the needles were sticking out so I gave them a couple of quick flips and twists.  And then it was done.

The blob.  It was done.  Ready to felt.

It was so unbelievable that I found myself just a touch giddy and lightheaded.  Which led to throwing it into the wash with a load of jeans.  It felted wonderfully. In one wash,  much better than in my small machine at my wee house. Apparently with big projects, big machines matter for felting.

Once it was dry I pinned the seams together to see how it looked.  Well....

You can't have everything.   Everything is pretty good and should work but for the sleeves.  The sleeves have a serious Romulan shoulder thing happening.  Still, I am so pumped that I think I can fix it.

And the spinning wheel was repaired.  All by myself. It runs so smoothly, as if it had never been broken at all.

Its been a heck of a day.  A heck of a day.

Monday, 2 May 2016

Going through stuff

One of the things that happens when you move is that you often have to change how you store things.

Such is what is happening with my works in progress boxes.  There just isn't room for two cube storage type footstools.  There really isn't.  They were in my way every single time I did anything in here.

So I have been assessing the best way to keep them.  I don't have nearly so many as I used to, but when I have a WIP I keep all the yarn for the project together with it.  It makes it easier to NOT avoid a project but it does mean there is a fair bit of stuff to put in the bin.  I resolved that over the weekend.  A nice new  bin, fits an odd but really easy to get to space at the end of my bed.  It's a small crack of space, only about 8 inches wide, but this long shallow bin fits perfectly.

And further, if required, I could toss this bin the other way and stick another of the same size in that spot!

You also see the box with the spinning wheel repair parts in the picture.  That is getting addressed today.  Wheel repair, here I come!

I also took some time to repair my needle case.

Forgive the fuzzy tip photo.  The regular needles are in cut down to fit the case, ziplocs, and after all these years, they are still working marvelously and are in great shape.  The little pouches from Knitpicks, not so much. The closures were long gone and it was time to change out the storage.

The needles are now in ziplocs, just like the rest of the needles.

And then, I think because I was digging anyway, I worked on a couple different things.  More about that tomorrow!