It took me a day to get over my bad knitting day, but I finally did. The whole experience of frogging the Brooks Farm yarn wasn’t good, so I decided to do something else. I do love the yarn, and will start the Flower Basket shawl again, but just not right now.
I actually started this once, and messed up the first row. I ripped it back to the garter stitch border and put in stitch markers every 20 stitches so I could keep track. That helped a lot, and now I’m clipping along. I’m still on the first repeat, but I think this will go relatively quickly. I knit yesterday on the train, and expect that I’ll be able to continue to do that until it gets to big for me to cart around.
I have two skeins of this yarn – so about 1600 yards. The pattern calls for 2000 yards, so I sent Carol of Black Bunny an email asking if I could order another skein. Since this is hand-dyed, I’m not sure she can or will do a custom order. If not, it will just be a little bit shorter.
Last night I worked on my second Canada sock, and everything went well, so I think I got my knitting mojo back…although I’m a bit scared to say that! I have knitting group today, and I’m not sure what I’ll bring to work on. I don’t want to work on the shawl – I find that I generally need something that I don’t have to concentrate on when I knit with others. Too much talking, laughing and looking at other people’s projects. I may bring the Canada socks, but we’ll see.
I listen to podcasts on the train, and this week found a new one. Its called Sticks and Strings, and its very good. The creator is David, and he’s from Australia. I’m not sure if its the content or his accent, but I really enjoyed it. I hope he continues to do them – its so disappointing when podcasts just disappear. It seems a lot of the knitting ones have just gone away.
As I said, I have knitting group today, and I’m looking forward to it. Its always fun to get together with the group and see what they are working on. Other than that, I don’t have much going on this weekend – yea! I really could use some downtime. Work is too busy, and I need a chance to recharge.
Ever since the spinning retreat, I’ve been thinking about weaving. I think it would be a lot of fun, and I’d really like to learn it. But looms are pretty expensive, and I’m not sure this is something I could learn by myself. The Mannings has a week long class on it, but giving up a week of vacation for this is hard. They do have a weekend class, but not until March. Last week’s Cast On podcast was all about weaving…..which made me want to do it more. So I decided that before I invest in a class or loom, I need to research it. I so bought two books from Amazon…Learning to Weave by Deborah Chandler and Hands On Rigid Heddle Weaving by Betty Lynn Davenport. If I buy a loom, its probably going to be a rigid heddle loom as I’ve read that its a good way to start – not too much money, but still pretty functional. I can’t wait to get the books so I can get a basic understanding of how it works. Then I’ll decide whether to buy the loom or wait until March and take the weekend class.
I thought I’d leave you with a picture of Maggie recharging. Apparently she has had a busy week as well…so much so that she had to pull the bandana over her face!
Have a great weekend!