Sunday, August 14, 2005

Work. Eat. Sleep. Repeat.

That has been the story of my life the last month or so, thus the lack of postings. I'm working 45 hours a week or so at my new job (which I LOOOOOVE, by the way), plus another 5 hours a week at the yarn store - 2.5 each on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Plus knit nite on Tuesdays, and all I have left for weeknights is Monday and Friday. Monday, I'm still full of energy so I get ambitious and try to cook for the week, do laundry, or run errands - and Friday I'm so wiped I'm crashed out on the couch knitting. Weekends are for catching up on sleep and spending a little time with TK, since I don't get to see him during the week.

I did manage to get out and have a little fun. A couple weeks ago the Yarn Harlot was at Stash in Berkeley, and I left work early with Hollis to drive up. We made it just in time - but after she took her pics of the crowd, so we're not in them. :( She is as funny in person as she is written, with a lovely Canadian lilt to her voice. She is so non-pretentious, I felt as though I'd made a new friend - but couldn't help geeking out a bit. After, we met up with some of the other South Bay knitters for Chicago-style pizza across the street. I know Emy and Jeni (and met Becky) from the San Jose S&B, Kristi and Abigail are also SJS&B'ers who have joined Peninsula Knitters, and I met Emily and Joanne for the first time. Joanne was last in line for the book signing (poor thing), so we thought she might have ditched us for dinner with the Yarn Harlot - who wouldn't?

My wrist is bothering me again - last time this happened I was making baby afghans, this time I think it's just knitting in general. I tried to be good and stop, but it's been a month - so now I just try to take it easy and not do anything stressful and stick to plain stockinette, etc.

OTN: Baby blanket of my own design out of "fire engine red" Trendsetter Blossom - for TKS( it's not quite so red as in the picture, it's more salmon/pink/orange/red), Wilma's "poncho" (this is anything but a poncho, more like a cardigan/shrug/wrap) out of gray King Tut cotton, A Good Bias in a lovely purple Horstia Maulbeerseide-Schurwole (Mulberry Silk - shade #38, furthest right on lower color card - discontinued), the Cosy shrug out of the kool-aid wool, TK's afghan.... can you tell I've had start-itis lately? I'm focusing on the baby blanket and the gray cardi thing because they're boring and I want to be done soon, then I can go back to lovely lace knitting.

I've also been stash binging lately - partly from working in a yarn store, and partly from reading what everyone else has been getting. I bought 32 balls of Debbie Bliss Soho in 2 colorways - 10 of the purple (colorway #8) and 22 of the pink/green (colorway #1). It wants to be something dramatic, but I don't know yet. I also hit the Tuesday Morning near me on Friday and wiped them out of the Lion Brand Cotton-Ease, which will be discontinued shortly. 6 balls of Candy Blue and 9 balls of Pistachio, all for $2/ball. Anyone need Pistachio Cotton-Ease??

I have a draft post about my last felting project, hopefully I'll write it up and post it soon. It was felted over the 4th of July, but if you remember, that was the weekend before all the work stuff started, so please forgive me!


At 6:30 PM, Blogger Elspeth said...

Man, how come you found blue and green Cotton Ease and I found orange and yellow?! (They have it at our JoAnn's, but the same colors as Tuesday Morning). I tried to dye it but it just stained as if I had poured grape juice on it. Gross.

At 9:41 PM, Blogger Abigail said...

Hey, that's the only photographic evidence of me at the Yarn Harlot reading, other than her picture. ;)

I actually want Cotton-Ease in yellow and orange, but I don't want to drive to Elspeth's Jo-Ann which is probably far, eh? :)

At 2:16 AM, Blogger spinnity said...

Message from former repetitive strain sufferer: when knitting hurts, stop knitting. This is serious. Look into ways to change your knitting style, your computer setup, and anything else that uses hands & arms regularly to avoid permanent injury. Please!

At 1:53 PM, Blogger Roy Naka said...

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