Friday, January 02, 2009

Time and Space

Unexpectedly, we are still having a p%&h load of snow. My little Civic with the snow tires is perfect for the terrible road conditions, but I'd rather rain and green grasses. This has gone on since I started my practicum and I'm very tired of getting out of the hospital after a12 hour shift to search for my buried car.
Emily made her annual snow(man).
A treat from my MIL, this is a fine book. I haven't even read deeply yet and I am smitten.

On boxing day I made sure that I bought enough wool at the 40% off sale to try some of the patterns in it. This is Berroco Ultra Alpaca. Sort of a light worsted weight.

I love the soft squshyness of this nashua Creative Focus Chunky. I wanted to make the Star Crossed sweater shown, but it only comes in S/M. Lot for me. I did some research and it's an adaptation of an Anthropologie sweater. Another adaptation cropped up- again small. Instead I have decided to use a pattern I had already in the cue,Slouch Rib Cardigan from IK spring 08. I'll turn the ribs into little cables and make the sleeves short because I love the deep neckline and I don't think I can change the neck shaping in other sweaters as easily.
Right now I'm knitting strips of seed stitch. The ultimate in low commitment knitting. My clock is still messed up.
This was going to be my last 2 night shifts and then I could breathe a sigh of relief and collect my "R" (for my RN). But because I had to go to my Grandma's funeral yesterday, I'm not sure when I'm done. I really wanted to have a second day shift so I could use some of my organizational skills on familiar patients and even act like I know what I'm doing.
The funeral was sweet like Grandma. All the 9 kids were there, most of the grandkids and many great-grandkids, including mine. I think my Paw apprecitated it. The Coquihalla Highway was too snowy for my sister to come. She was a great favourite of Grandpa's and the reason we were invited into the family. Today is her birthday and I'll call her and try to give her the story of the day.
I work tonight and have trouble with these stolen days. I will take my charcoal Kathy Zimmerman sweater to work and not this:

The second sleeve is coming along. But I don't see it as a travel project. Too many different balls of colour. I do and don't want to hurry up and finish the sleeve because when I start the body, I am in new territory: steeks.
First I should go back and study everything I have already read about them. Have you conquered this skill? I have learned lots of new things this year. No. It's the third day of this year. I learned lots last year. Steeks will be for 2009.


Life's a Stitch said...

Love the snow person. Someone in our neighbourhood has built a giant one with shovels for arms.

I used the Creative Focus worsted weight for a shawl for my mother. It was wonderful to work with.

Life's a Stitch said...

Now I've read the rest of your post.
What 40% off sale?

What a long life your Grandmother had. I bet you'll have lots of memories.

LNS said...

That's some snow sculpture there!
I hope you've earned your "R" (haha, it sounds a little like a merrit badge, an important and highly coveted one too) I'm sure you've worked hard for it.
Your colorwork looks marvelous, but steeks make me uneasy. The idea of cutting through all that hard work. It's not for the faint of heart I guess :-)