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It's slow going

by Nanc filed under knitting on June 26, 2006 02:08 PM

I have neither fell off the face of our earth, nor become so famous and wealthy that I can vacation in my own, secluded retreat (be it island or cabin) without internet access. Although I can still dream. (About the later.)

Nope. Just stuff. Not a lot to report or show, but at least this keeps me honest.

It's been slow going, but I have been knitting. For a while there, I was a sock knitting machine. But with my recent return to the work force (I started a new contract job- 'nuf sed) and knitting socks on size US#0s, my progress just isn't what it should be.

There's always a bit of an adjustment period when going back to work after being off for a while. (A 'while' being defined as more than two weeks.) All those tasks and errands still need to be done, despite having nine less hours in my day to do them. Oh, sure. I know that I'll get no sympathy from y'all. In fact, I'm not asking for any. Just an acknowledgement that there is a period of time when schedules and chores are jumbled until it all settles into a different routine.

Anyhoo... besides the obvious less knitting time, I've started my Trekking socks for the Trek Along With Me... er, along. I'm using color 93 and knitting them on Addi Turbos US#0. (That's ZERO! in case you missed it.) I can't believe that there is such a difference between 1s and 0s, but there is (although it might be mental).

These socks are for MattyBonez, and I'm am following the Thuja pattern from Knitty with one major difference. Due to the fineness of Trekking, I've cast on 80 stitches. Eep!

I haven't had much time or inclination (do you know how HOT it's been here?) to take any treks with my sock, but I have found some enjoyment during my lunch breaks. The company's offices are along a man-made canal, similar to the Riverwalk of San Anton(ee-oh). Except not the party attitude at all.

The canal provides shade and a pretty area to walk or knit, and it is typically 10-15 degrees cooler down there. And if you get bored of looking down (into the water), you can look up and watch for the monorail people mover. Yep, that's right. Crazy, no? I'll try to remember my camera one day soon and take some pix.

Besides the Trekking socks, I have also started two larger projects: the Adamas shawl and a Tivoli sweater. The shawl is my first lace project and I've been brought up short by already having a mistake and no lifeline. I'm not that far in, so if it's determined that I'll need to rip and reknit, I won't be too despondent.

The Tivoli (aka Picovoli sweater sans picot edges) is coming along nicely. It's been a while since I've worked on needles larger than 2s, and I can really get some inches (okay - millimeters) in with just a few hours of TV watching.

As with everything, I hope to get some pictures taken and posted of my current projects. Although I may need a quickie project soon. Just for the FO satisfaction.

Er... I just overheard a colleague quote and then refer to the movie 'Planes, Trains, and Automobiles' as a "classic comedy." Um, no.

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Posted by: chris on June 26, 2006 05:05 PM

"Planes, Trains, and Automobiles"?? Classic comedy??? Whut?

Now, "Bringing Up Baby" or "The Philadelphia Story" . . . THOSE are classic comedies.

And the difference between 0s and 1s? Seems huge, but I do think it's mainly mental. Or maybe I'm mental . . . who knows!

Posted by: P-la on June 26, 2006 08:59 PM

What about Young Frankenstein? Is that a classic comedy?

I made a dishcloth last night just so I could finish something for ME!

Posted by: Jen da Purse-Ho on June 27, 2006 06:13 AM

I love planes, trains, and automobiles!!! hahahahah i guess it could be considered an 80's classic comedy? ehh.... not an alll time classic.

Posted by: mk on June 27, 2006 07:46 AM

You are so right...there are these little, time-consuming, pesky details that one must accomplish when starting a new job. Whether it's filling out the tax form telling them how much money to deduct from your hard-earned wages to finding out where everything is and where everything goes...it just seems exhausting on the first couple of days of a new job. Anyway, congratulations, and what are you doing? Are you working in Las Colinas?

Knit on...

Posted by: aubyn on June 27, 2006 10:43 PM

I think all of your projects sound wonderful and i can't wait to hear about all of the progress.

Posted by: P-la on July 1, 2006 07:24 AM

Just checking to see if you fell of the face of the earth this time...

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