Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Catching my breath

I'm back. I had a lovely trip to Denver, although I did not make it to the Lamb Shoppe (this is probably because none of my girl friends are fiber addicts like me). The trip was the first time we'd all gotten together since we graduated over two years ago, but in many ways, it was like we'd never been apart. In short, it was a weekend full of much talking and giggling, and it was a fantastic time. And to top it off, not only did one of my dearest friends get married, I got the gift done in time!

Ballband dish cloths in Peaches and Creme worsted weight, colors white and shaded blue. I think I had them done about 12 hours before the wedding. (Apologies for the lousy photo - it was around midnight in a hotel room kitchenette - the lighting was bad and the counter ugly, but it was the best I could do.)

Since I'm still trying to recover from all the travel/work/school work/life as an adult, I'm going to keep it short tonight and save the scarves for later. I'm not going anywhere this weekend, though, so there's the possibility that I might even get to relax a bit...

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Overcome by events

So, the last two weeks or so, I've been pretty much completely overcome by events. Work has been absolutely nuts (staying until 9:30pm really isn't my idea of a good time), there's a huge looming deadline for class work (which I've been studiously ignoring), and there's my social life -I had a friend staying with me last weekend, and I've spent this weekend visiting Mr. Darcy, which has been completely wonderful. In fact, the only reason I can justify blogging right now, is that I'm sitting in an airport, waiting for my plane that was supposed to have taken off almost an hour ago and isn't even here yet. They tell me that I have another hour and a half to wait.

But despite the crazy hectic blur that is my life of late, I have managed to do some knitting. Although I've kind of fallen down on the job when it comes to photographing said knitting.

I've worked on the second Bayerische sock - I'm almost done with the leg. No picture, though.

I knit two of four wash cloths (again, no pictures) that I'm planning to be a gift for my friend who's getting married on Saturday. I have a couple of commutes and a flight to Denver between now and then. I can totally get them done. (Please don't disillusion me. Clinging to the illusion of hopeful competency is much better than falling victim to the pit of despair.)

And I've been knitting scarves.

I've knit a scarf and part of a second (no pictures of either) out of Patons Soy Wool Stripes, and I'm pretty pleased with the yarn. It's soft and has nice color changes. It's reasonably consistent in thickness, although there has been a frustratingly high number of knots (two or three so far in four balls). Even so, it's great yarn, especially when one factors in the price.

And I knit the Chinese wool (thanks, Nicole, for confirming that it's wool!) into two scarves - a large mitery thing (no picture) and an easy, bias-knit scarf. There actually are photos of the bias-knit scarf, but the free wi-fi in the airport won't let me get to Flickr to get the photo so that I can post it here.

Perhaps I should take this as a sign that I should be working on my project for class instead of blogging... I expect I'll be back with pictures in a week or so - I just have to survive the week and a whirlwind trip to Denver next weekend. Easy, right?