Quarantimes Part 3

After three precious work from home days, I have mustered the energy to pull together a bit more blog content. It’s amazing how the brain works. When you can get a break from the constant questions and planning, get slightly more time for downtime, since you are no longer commuting, get slightly more sleep for a similar reason, get somewhat used to this new type of normal even though it’s pretty awful, and have the space for bigger work projects requiring time, quiet, and creativity, thus making you feel productive, suddenly you’ve got a little more left to give to your other hobbies. And that’s what happened for me in the past few days.

At the end of last year I had begun a little spindle spinning project. I am almost positive I didn’t blog about it, as I wasn’t blogging much due to being both busy and mourning Lizzie. I might have, and if I did, I apologize for presenting this as new. But, I’ve been working on it again in the past day or so. This will become a gradient laceweight two ply yarn. As of right now, it’s a very enjoyable spindle spin.

I cannot immediately remember who the batt is from, but I suspect fat cat knits.

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It’s a lovely neutral toned batt with some interesting pops of silk and flax. I am feeling rather eager to be doing some spinning again, and with the weather warming, that feels like the right time to be eager to do it.

Speaking of the weather warming:

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These lovelies survived some snow and a serious 2 or 3 day freeze to bring us this color and joy during a difficult time.

I’ve noticed all over the yard signs of flowers peaking their way out of the ground in anticipation of the beautiful spring blooms. This year it feels all the more beautiful, even the tiny shoots of green, as we need to be able to take whatever we can get to make us feel like life is moving forward and going through its normal cycles. This spring I am grateful for each and every one of them.

That’s it from here today. We are keeping a quiet day. It’s cloudy (again) and sometimes rainy, as it is spring, and we do need the rain. This will make the dog park out of the question today, but hopefully, we can get a little walk done during the breaks in the clouds.

Quarantimes

I recently read that people who enjoy writing should be daily logging this experience so that they could look back and have it on record. Quite frankly, there’s nothing I’d like to do less, despite the fact I enjoy writing.

I think we all develop coping skills and strategies that ideally work as best as they can for us, for some that will be writing. That’s not the case for me. Thus far, my coping strategy has been working 100% of the time I am awake.

I am classified as a healthcare worker. I do not work directly with patient care. But they have deemed us critical even so, and I get it. I have spent the past two weeks working on plans to split my team in two in order to have half work from home and half physically at work, switching weekly. In part, this is to ideally keep my entire team from getting sick at once. We are also aware that if things go completely pear-shaped, we will be called in to work patient care in some manner though we are all hoping it will not come to that.

We move to the split shifts this upcoming week and I am hoping things run as smoothly as possible because I think we are in this for the long haul now, and I am hoping my team works together to prove we can operate in this manner.

Planning for work situations is where my brain is right now. If I am not directly working, I am thinking about work and what I/we can do to help. I am really struggling to turn that off, and since I can’t turn it off too well, I tend to end my days completely exhausted. I appreciate my understanding family.

Mr. Ink is in danger of losing about half his hours, or more, as the shop begins to make moves toward splitting their team as well, plus parts warehouses are in danger of shutting down completely. We are extremely thankful for my stable job right now, even though things might get tight.

All this is to say, in part, that I haven’t had a lot of time or energy to be working on knitting or crafting projects. Before this all started, I’d cast on a lintilla shawlette as I wanted something mindless out of my handspun, and lintilla is one of those knits that really brings me peace and joy.

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It is already the size it would be if I was using 4 ounces of fiber, but I am using an 8 ounce handspun so this one is going to be mega-sized. I am totally ok with that. I can knit on this forever and not get bored. And I greatly appreciate having this long term piece to knit on when I am feeling like attempting stillness.

I do hope you are all quite well out there, and are holding up in place and aren’t putting others in danger no matter how hard it is. We are in it for the long haul, and like everything, this too shall pass.

Handspun Scarf

You know that feeling, when you are a knitter, that you just gotta cast something on but you really don’t want to think about what and how? I had that feeling lately. I wanted the simplest of projects with yarn that was already wound into a ball, and I wanted to do exactly zero research on what that project would be.

I landed on a 1×1 rib scarf, alternating two colors of handspun yarn. They are both shades of green, one darker, one lighter. When I ran out of the lighter yarn, the scarf wasn’t long enough, nor was I done with the darker green. So I just kept knitting the 1×1 rib, leaving me with a darker edge. I don’t care. It’s fine. I knit, and at that time, that’s what counted.

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But, it did turn out fine, and it’s another for the donation/give away bin. I don’t need it in my life and I hope that someday it brings someone else joy.

That’s it from me this week, see you next week!

Knitting and Updates

Hi all! I’ve been fairly absent around here, for the usual reasons. I just don’t have a lot of time for blogging, or haven’t, and also haven’t had a ton of photos for the blog either.

A few updates in this post as well as a finished object. First of all, one of the reasons that I have been absent is that I recently received a promotion at work, but along with that comes having to learn a whole lot of new things, leaving me pretty much an exhausted puddle of brain by the evenings. I also had to change my work hours for a time, and since I was working later, just wasn’t home at all while it was light enough for a decent photo. My hours are back to normal, I’m beginning to absorb and get more comfortable with new work tasks, and it’s beginning to get lighter outside. I’d say we are on the upswing.

As for content, Mr. Ink and I purchased each other new computers for christmas as we both needed an upgrade desperately. Once I had a new computer, I quickly purchased a video game that I am pretty obsessed with right now. Like everything else I’ve ever been obsessed with, I know that I can ride this wave and it will slow down at some point. But, for a time there, I really got pretty intense. And honestly, it was a good mindless way to occupy my brain goo evenings.

In other things, we’ve actually been going out more and socializing more than we had been there for quite some time. This is because a cousin of mine moved to the area. It’s been a delight. One way to gain an appreciation for the city I’ve lived in for years now is to show it and share it with someone new. Mr. Ink has also found this to be the case. So, now, if I want to grab lunch during work hours with a friend, I can call my cousin and we go grab lunch. When we want to have company for dinner, we can give her a call and Mr. Ink will make us dinner. Earlier this month she asked if we’d like to go see Tig Notaro with her. We did very much want to do that, and then some. So, we took her to one of our favorite local dive bars, a place where we can order food across the street and have it delivered to the bar. Much talk of all the other places we’d like to share with her ensued. Then off to see Tig Notaro and laugh until our cheeks hurt. Mr. Ink and I agreed that this was one of our favorite nights out in quite a long time, and continued to grin the rest of the evening.

We’ve also had some issues with the dogs. Fury has allergies and itchy skin which we are trying to get a handle on. It wakes her up at night multiple times which means it wakes us up too, so we run on less sleep than normal. We’ve also had a few episodes of Rose and her ongoing digestive upsets, the one she had this week came to a head and required a trip to urgent care, antibiotics, and stomach protectant. Thankfully she’s now on the mend again. Luckily the dogs are doing great together, play together regularly, and really show no discontent with each other, so Fury as an addition has been fantastic. I was doing training with her which she passed with flying colors, and I need to pick another class but also I was so tired from all the things so I decided to take a little break. We’ll get back to it shortly.

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There’s your obligatory dog photo.

And now on to the knitting. Anything I have been knitting lately is with Miss Marja’s yarn. For this one I used a bulky 3 ply and wanted to make a scarf, but ended up with a cowl instead.

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I very much enjoyed the gentle color changes in this one. I used the one row scarf pattern, and once I realized that I didn’t have scarf amounts, I just sewed the ends together.

And after all that, that’s it from here. It’s the end of the month so tomorrow will bring the first of two project pan posts and then I do have one more finished handknit to show off. Hopefully, I will get motivated enough to start something else new and that would be a good photo op as well. Have a great weekend!

Another paintbox cowl

I had a great time working on Marja’s paintbox cowl. We chose a solid blue handspun and paired it with a chainply handspun, both Marja’s yarn creations. It took me a lot longer than it typically would, mostly because I am not knitting a ton right now, as I just want to play computer games when I get home. I know myself well enough to know that like any other hobby obsession, it’s good to just let it run its course.

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So, here’s the deal. I took this photo midday while at work because trying to take a photo in the dark doesn’t show off the yarn very well. But, it looks wrinkly. Sorry about the not-great photo, it does look great when worn!

 

Quick Knitting Update

I haven’t got too much to say at the moment, I played computer games this weekend way more than I knit. But it’s been awhile since I’ve shown off this project, I got two more chunks done since the last photo.

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As of today, it lives at work. I am desperately close to finishing the previous work project, so hopefully, I’ll have an update on that this weekend. I am just loving how the colors flow on this project, really fun, pretty, and interesting!

A Nice Chunk

It’s been a very busy 2 weeks at work, we have taken on new work we’ve not previously done before, and I have been hard at work learning those tasks so I can teach them to my team, as well as creating new procedures to track the new work. I am actually quite amazed at what I was capable of accomplishing in only two weeks, but my brain has paid the price.

This is to say, I am exhausted. I’ve also had family in town (That’s a good thing!) so we’ve had some various dinners together and so on as well, taking up evenings where we’d typically be chilling and unwinding at home.

So, today, I planned a quiet day. I knew Mr. Ink would be working in the morning, so I didn’t sign up for my regular volunteer shift at the dog rescue. I decided what I was going to need most was a day of introversion. A day of quietly getting tasks done at home and unwinding. I plan to walk the dogs, maybe take them to the dog park as well, but in general, keep things quiet and chill.

This morning I managed to finish a chunk of a newer knitting project, enough of it to finally show it off.

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The pattern is scottish stripes by Ursa Major knits. I have knit this before. It got old toward the end of the scarf, and I didn’t want to knit it again immediately. But, Miss Marja really liked it and had hoped for one for herself out of her own handspun. It’s been a while, maybe even 2 years, so I decided I wanted to knit another, and we recently searched her stash for an appropriate yarn. I think this yarn, a chain ply, is working out beautifully! It has a lot of interest and I am staying highly motivated on knitting it so far. It’s mindless enough to knit while watching TV with Mr. Ink in the evenings but I do need to pay attention to the pattern from time to time as well, so not so utterly mindless as to be mind-numbing. It’s working out so well at the moment.

I have another project going at work, and these are the only two knitting projects in my life right now. I am enjoying them both immensely and am satisfied with just those two. Hopefully the sharp focus on both of them will make it seem that they are getting finished up in a rapid amount of time.

That’s all from here on my quiet and relaxing day. I hope you are having one of the same!