Icord Forever

Guys, clue 4 came out. It is, indeed, icord bind off of the 822 stitches on the needles. I laugh, because I do think it’s what would look the best, and I don’t mind icord for miles, but I am sure it’s sending shivers down spines of knitters all over.

However, I don’t have pictures of that yet. Because I got the clue this morning. Instead, I’ve got some more spinning.

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Once I finished clue 3, and by finished, I mean knit until I ran out of yarn, earlier than I had hoped, I decided I needed some support spinning time.

This is some fiber out of roving (true roving, jumbled up fiber all in different directions) I received from the lovely, but sadly quiet lately, introverted knitter.  It seems to have wool and silk in it, the brightest green being silk. It works fairly well on the support spindles, as long as I don’t get too concerned about how even the yarn is.

With Mr. Ink being in the midst of the worst of his cold, and me still recovering, last evening was spent fairly quietly. Basically, we ate junk and we watched Mad Max Fury Road. I was left wondering exactly how many times I’ll have to watch that movie to get tired of it. Hasn’t happened yet, and we’ve watched it over and over. Every single time, we end up having a Discussion about it. We both notice new subtleties every time. It’s great, I love it. I spun throughout the movie and got a fair bit done. I guess I’ll have to table this project now, until those 822 stitches are bound off! But seriously, I hope that’s tomorrow so I can keep spinning and working on my striped pullover.

I am also hoping to feel better, REALLY better this weekend. I’d like to get the dog washed, I’ve been saying that for weeks now and I keep putting it off. I’d also like to take her on a nice long walk at a lake, we keep doing the same route through the neighborhood over and over, and she’s such a happy dog when she’s in the car it’s time to go exploring elsewhere. Plus, she’s increased her endurance quite well and I won’t have to worry about her tiring out too much.

That’s about it from here, hopefully next I’ll be showing you a new shawl! Though if I am realistic I know that the bind off and the washing/blocking will take longer than I expect!

A Tiny Bit

I spent most of my sick day napping and knitting. I have completed 4 (I think) repeats of clue 3 of the mystery shawl. I don’t mind knitting it, but it’s a lot of same. It’s really a matter of just cranking out that knitting at this point. But I am excited to have a finished object soon. These mystery knits really go faster than I expect them to.

At some point two things happened. Well, 3. I got really sick of knitting, I realized that it was super nice outside, and netflix quit working. So I took my wheel outside and spun on it for the first time in ages. It was pretty close to the time that Mr. Ink was to come home, so I figured I’d wait for him on the patio. Miss Lizzie alternated between rolling around in the grass, and trying to sneakily wander off to parts of the yard unknown. One good “Lizzie!” brings her running back, so I just have to keep my eye out. When Mr. Ink got home, he was eager to be outdoors in the nice weather too, so had his after work snack outside and we chatted about the yard.

Here’s the spinning I did:

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I am working on a classy squid batt, and intend to chain ply it when it’s done.

Unfortunately, the pirate bugs that are so prevalent here in October were out in force, and quickly drove me inside again.

I am off work again today, and plan to keep after my mystery shawl. I am at a point I think it’s pretty clear I won’t be able to do all 10 repeats, in fact it might be really pushing it to get the 7. Though I admit I am tempted to make a 2 color brioche into a one color brioche, just adding in the second main color as I run out of the first and third. We’ll see. I want a big as possible shawl!

When I called in to work yesterday, my boss said “I am not surprised. I think you caught this because you’ve been working so hard, there’s no way you aren’t completely exhausted.” It was nice to have that noticed. Then, I called in this morning and she said “I sent you a meeting invite for Friday because I really didn’t think you were going to be better today.” So, certainly feeling noticed at the moment, which I appreciate.

Anyhow, catch you all later! Hope you have a great remainder of your week.

Spoilers!

This post will contain spoilers of the clue 3 westknits mystery KAL. Be warned.

But first up, my chair and ottoman.

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It was hard to get this photo, none of the lighting was right, and now I see that I left a couch pillow sideways and it annoys me. But I am leaving it. Because it was hard enough to get the shot in the first place. I love my chair. This is the chair that sold me in the first place, though when we went to the furniture store it had a different pattterned fabric on the back of it. The grey remained the same. The fabric it did have leaned toward tones of burgundy and olive green again, and after 14 years of that, I just needed a serious change. So, in the end we found we really liked the yellow and grey combination.

I’ve begun, again, searching for area rugs. I actually don’t absolutely hate the purple that’s currently there, but I do hate the rug itself. I bought it deeply discounted a few years ago, mostly to keep old Coco dog from waking us up in the middle of the night clicking around on the hardwood floors. It was basically nothing but a needs must purchase, having been a floor sample in our local furniture store. It sheds like mad. Every time I vacuum just this area rug, it fills the container with purple fuzz. After 4.5 years, that should have stopped, don’t you think? If you sit on it, your clothing will get covered in purple fuzz. I turned my ottoman upside down to assemble it, and the top of the ottoman was covered in purple fuzz. It’s not ideal.

As soon as we are feeling better (Yep, Mr. Ink came down with this cold too) we’ll have to get back out there and figure out an area rug. It’s tabled for now.

Speaking of feeling poorly, (and really, as far as head colds go, this is certainly not the worst one I’ve had) I am taking a much appreciated sick day. Finally. My grant, due today, was submitted yesterday afternoon, much to my joy. That means a sick day today, maybe even another tomorrow. So, I plan to get some rest finally. After all, Miss Lizzie got me up this morning at 5:30. She was most insistent. I thought “Dog, if you have gotten me up and you don’t absolutely NEED to go out, I am not going to be pleased!” But, she did need. And it’s good to know that she WILL be insistent if she does need to go out. We are still learning about each other.

In between naps I am hoping for knitting. I have completed 2 repeats on clue 3 of the mystery shawl. The pattern calls for 7 to 9 of them. I am worrying about yarn amounts a little bit. And, I would really like to get all 9 repeats in, since I do love a big shawl. But also, those rows are so so long. 822 stitches on the needles all at once is ridiculous. I have knit and knit and knit and knit to only get those 2 repeats done. Want to see? I think you do.

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Here’s the right side, with the pretty little triangles and the huge holes and the brioche stitch after the huge holes. Color 3, which is my solid, is making the brioche knit line up the front of that section, and I couldn’t be happier about that. But it looks great on the reverse side too, where color 1 shines:

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No matter how you look at it though, that’s a lot of knitting. It’s certainly taking up all the time I have to knit. And I fear losing momentum right now, so I am going to keep after it until I am done. Clue 3 should easily take me until Friday when the final clue comes out. So, expect to be seeing this project pretty exclusively until I am finished!

Sneak Peek

So, soon after posting on my blog yesterday, we pulled out the truck and loaded up the old sofa and loveseat. We took them to a good friend’s home for their second life in his basement. We had a bit of trouble, as they are large pieces, and we couldn’t fit the sofa through the garage door into the house. We contemplated it for a bit, considered bringing it in through the front door, but we were worried we wouldn’t be able to maneuver a corner in his split level ranch home, and then looked at each other like we were all idiots, realizing that he had a sliding glass patio door to work with out back. In went the sofa through the larger door and soon after I got this photo:

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That’s sweet Arty cat giving his approval to the set. I am glad this 14 year old set will get more use, and it was particularly nice to be able to give them to a friend who will appreciate them.

Once the delivery of the old furniture was done, we headed to pick up our new furniture. Apparently it’s some assembly required! But, everything was packaged nicely in really good packaging, so at least I didn’t have to worry too much about the dirty truck bed.

We got home and got smart, using the various carts Mr. Ink uses for hauling rocks to haul the furniture. So much easier than all that heavy lifting. And then? Nothing. Mr. Ink didn’t want to open it up and put it together right away! It was so painful!

So, instead, I did the thing I felt would work the best to encourage the assembly of the furniture. I took my knitting and my spinning and settled into his den. Guys, it worked! First he put together the couch, and said “Now will you remove yourself from my den?” I said “Oh no! My chair and ottoman are what would make me consider removing myself from your den.” So, those got assembled too and I moved my stuff back to the living room. Mr. Ink’s recliner stayed packaged up until all three (four? Do we count the dog?) of us decided to watch a movie. It was at that point the recliner got assembled.

I will take more photos later, when the living room is a bit more in order. I still haven’t moved pieces of furniture back where they belong, and the rug needs vacuuming again. I am glad we waited on purchasing a rug though, it’s a lot easier to envision something now that the furniture has arrived.

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Lizzie and Miss Butterfly approve of the couch.

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And here’s Mr. Ink looking real smug about his well deserved recliner. I spent the evening in my chair as well, and really loved it. All is pretty well! Just need a plant stand that holds a lot of house plants, and that new rug and we’ll be all set.

Here’s another sneak peek:

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A spindle with some singles. It’s been a long time since I spun, but I did get bored enough to want to on Sunday. Not well enough to use the wheel, but a little spindle spinning was exactly what I needed.

I’d be at home today, recovering, if I didn’t have another grant due this week. Hopefully it’ll get submitted tomorrow. In which case, I’ll probably go home and take some time off. It would be well deserved. On that note, my new needle for the westknits shawl should arrive at my home today. If I have the brain power, I’ll be able to get started on those super long rows!

 

Stripes

I really took it easy yesterday. I stayed at home, I did a bunch of organizing, I knit, and I did a tiny bit of spindle spinning. We also moved area rugs around, though we ended up with the purple rug that was in our bedroom in the living room. Meaning, I went to move it, decided I needed to lay it out in the living room for a really good vacuuming, and then realized that it might be wise to leave it there until we get a new area rug in order to save the wood floors. So this morning I’ve been attempting to rid the former bedroom rug of it’s dents. We’ll see how it goes, I am attempting the ice cube trick on a few spots to see if it works.

Today is new furniture day, I am very excited. I can’t wait to sit in my new chair with my feet up on the ottoman. I’ve always loved a wingback chair, so I can’t wait to enjoy my own. And a sofa that you don’t need to sit sideways in to be comfortable, that’ll be cool too!

Since I did a lot of knitting yesterday, I was able to divide out the sleeves on my pullover. It’s a lot of knitting. I forget just how long those rows get when one is working on something with contiguous sleeves. I have to admit though, even now that I’ve divided, the rows seem pretty long! Or maybe I am bored. Which is why I pulled out a tiny bit of spinning to occupy myself. I didn’t get a photo of that today, but will do so soon.

Here’s my pullover:

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Again, tough to get any type of decent photo of those rich colors. I guess I should try an indoor shot and see if it helps. Anyhow, it’s moving right along. I keep waiting to get to the point that I’ve knit as much on this pullover as I did on the pas de valse that I frogged, but it’s not looking like that’ll happen any time soon! I really had sunk quite a lot of knitting time into that thing.

That’s about it from here! I’d better get myself ready for some furniture hauling. Maybe I’ll just start with the ibuprofen right now. Have a great Sunday!

Teaser

This post sort of contains spoilers of the westknits mystery shawl, so be aware.

The usual first photo of my swatch for hopeful hiding purposes.

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Know what this is?

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It’s a few things. It’s the beginning of clue 3 of the mystery shawl. Unfortunately, I am using the longest cabled size 3 needles I own, and it’s not going to be enough. I ordered a new pair yesterday and they should arrive by monday. I did the first row of clue 3 that only increased stitch counts by about 35. I can’t go further. Within the next 2 rows there’ll be over 800 stitches on the needle and it’s not going to work. I’ll wait.

This picture is also an indoor picture because it’s been pouring again. I am not complaining really, and I was lucky this morning because when I got up I could hear it pouring, but after I got Lizzie breakfast, we were able to find a gap in the storms so she could go out.

This is also the last photo you’ll see taken on the back of my 14 year old loveseat. Tomorrow my sofa and loveseat will go live in the basement of a good friend of ours, and we’ll go pick up our new furniture and get it settled in our living room. I am so excited! We’d do so today, but, you know, pouring rain and all. Today the plan is to move area rugs around. We will move my bedroom rug to the craft room and the living room rug to the bedroom. I’ll be able to clean under the bed well, which is something I always want to do. We won’t have an area rug yet for the living room, but hopefully we’ll manage to choose something fairly quickly.

I have, unfortunately, caught a cold in the midst of all the work insanity and busy evenings and weekends. It’s not to bad, thankfully. More of an annoyance than anything else. In our house, we don’t do the typical gender roles. When Mr. Ink gets sick, he gets even more silent than normal. When I get sick, I spend a lot of time whinging about it. Though I do still get stuff done. I am not yet in whining mode, but I told Mr. Ink to prepare himself. With grants due this week, and the training of new coworkers, taking time off isn’t exactly an option.

So, I’ve taken this morning to take it fairly easy. I did a bunch of organizing of the parts of the living room that are craft related, and my craft room and yarn stash. I officially frogged another hibernating sweater partially knit. I’d already called it a loss, but hadn’t bothered to frog. Thankfully this one was easier, as I wasn’t alternating skeins so I could just use the ball winder for a quick job. So, out of 3 sweaters that hibernated for 2 years, one got finished and the other two frogged. I really need to remember that, and not cast on new sweaters until the old one is done. Or frogged. I pulled out a few yarns I know I haven’t added to my rav stash so once the weather improves I’ll be able to get those listed. I’ve got just a little more fiber headed my way, so I might as well wait until that arrives to take those photos.

All in all, the rain and the cold is creating a pleasantly quiet day around here.

Skewed

Guys, what a good week in knitting this has been! I frogged something, I started something, and I finished something!

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I finished my pair of skew socks out of dyeabolical’s watercolor stripes yarn. I love them. When I took this photo, I had already worn them all day. I am wearing them again today. I am going to need another pair of skew socks.

Here’s the thing, I had a pair a long time ago.

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They were out of noro silk garden sock. I wore them all of the time! I wore them until they developed enough holes they couldn’t be saved. So, I don’t really know why I failed to knit more once these were gone! Now I have more, and I’ll probably treat them exactly the same way.

But, I’d like to get another pair knit in the near future as well. I like the fit of these so much. I like how they stay on my feet so well. I like knitting and knitting and knitting and then suddenly there’s a completed heel with one simple kitchener bind off.

I realized, as I was sitting in a chair near my yarn stash this morning, that I’ve got very little sock yarn left in stash! This is….amazing news. I mean, I’ve worked really hard to knit down my rather extensive yarn stash. Especially the sock yarns, since I don’t knit socks with abandon anymore. For a long time it felt like I was getting absolutely nowhere. Now all of a sudden? I’ve got less than half a cube left. 10 skeins. That’s it! It’s kind of amazing. And really, much of it can be knit into scarves or shawls, it’s not really designated sock yarn anyhow. I even have 3 of those skeins set aside for another striped sweater, if I ever get to it.

It’s now mid October, and I’ve kept up with my knitting more yarn than I spin goal. In fact, I’ve knit more than double what I’ve spun. I feel quite good about that. Over the summer, my stash went from residing in two furniture pieces to one. My fiber stash is super low. I am really enjoying this, the fact that I am moving toward having less and appreciating what I have more. It’s been not just a good week, I think it’s been a good knitting year.