Friday, October 23, 2015

Working on a Phd ( Partially Half Done)

 Autumn has arrived, here in the Fraser Valley. The mornings are chilly, and sometimes foggy. The afternoons are warm and golden.
 I actually finished these ribbed socks for my son for Christmas. They should make good hiking socks in Sweet Georgia's Tough Sock with Paton's Kroy for heels and toes. Knit from the cuff down, I should be able to make the toes longer or shorter if needed (even though I fussed and worried about the fit for a long time).
 Another tea mitten. This is for the teapot of our new minister who has already served me tea in her office and shared coffee with me in many venues.
 For comfort, I knit on my sock yarn blanket. I don't want the word scrap in here because I love all these yarns and I still love the socks and shawls I made from them. This is a long term project. I keep finding more wool to use. Who knows how big I will want to make it, 40 inches? I might want it to fit my lap, or be a gift for a baby. I will miss it when it's done.

Finally making some progress on D's Leo sweater. The silky wool is not that fun to work with, and the fingering weight means a lot of knitting for a man's large sweater. I am using progress keepers to help me measure and feel I have knit a bit. Almost done the front and ready to cast on both sleeves to knit concurrently.
I want to finish this before I work on either of my two shawls or cast on a third shawl and two cowls. I am craving some colour!
 The centre of the baby Hap blanket is finished and is blocked to get rid of some of the kinkiness from unwinding it. I cast on the edging in grey, that matches her brother's blanket, and have started the feather and fan portion. This is also a priority Christmas project, because when the season starts, I don't want to have the stress of finishing. I want to work on something colourful and lovely for me.
Took a quick trip to the Island to see Emily's UVic Wind Symphony concert. It was wonderful and I met a terrific mom whose daughter was a clarinet soloist. Very exciting and a proud moment.

Saturday morning was breakfast downtown Victoria and wandering around Chinatown, which I love. Tea and import shops and there was a giant spinning whorl.

Emily and I traded bikes. Ours are a lot alike, but mine has gears, which she needs for all the hills in Victoria. This coaster bike is fine for our very flat valley. Right away I cycled to the mall for some items. It should work out fine.

 Able to do a little gardening in the nice weather. The ground is now nice and wet and easy to weed. The violets have come back to our front door.

 The hellebore is blooming. I said it was a Christmas Rose and knows all the Christmas decorations are already in the stores.
Decisions have been made about my Alpine Frost shawl. But I had to ask my best friend. I am not going to put an edge on it, but I can crochet to the end of the ball, about 10 inches more, and that will make it more wearable for me. This was cast on in January, but I have rarely really worked on it. Funny how things go faster when you actually work on them.
One reason, I discovered, that I am not working on this stole, is because I don't like the idea of not having it there to turn to. I can't do a lot of crochet because it hurts my hand, but it is soothing and rhythmic. So I bought yarn to make another of alpaca silk in a steel grey for a friend we hope to visit in New York next spring.

Tonight we are having friends over and I have my system in order. At 3 pm I will heat up the oven and start peeling the vegetables for the roaster. The dessert dishes are set aside and the wine is being chilled. Again with no last minute plans. When my guests arrive, I like all the food to be ready and I can just focus on them and let them relax.
Hang in there.
It has been a bit crazy here with D working long hours and dealing with some people who are very disappointing in their interpersonal reactions. We are just not up for that kind of unpleasantness anymore. I am learning to sit for shorter periods and do some of my work standing up, or in alternate work spaces and that is helping with my limitations.
We are no longer looking forward to it being all over. We are living in the midst of it all. When the sweater is blocked and sewn, there is another project already on the needles.

1 comment:

Lifesastitch said...

Love the colours in the sock yarn project. I feel like we're missing an entire season there, will have to live it through your blog.