Monday, July 26, 2010

Back to Normal

Le sigh, le moan, le creaky groan. The Tour de France/Fleece is over finally and it is time to step away from the treadles. I was so ready to give up on the last bit of plying. I love the capacity of the bulky flyer on Mr. Matchless, but treadling on the bulky flyer like my own personal mountain stage. It takes a lot of effort to make that 8oz bobbin go around, but I kept at it and finished plying with just 1 kilometer left in the Tour de France. I watched Contrador cross the line looking so happy, as opposed to his normal serious looking self.

These are the last 2 bobbins I plied. I will take an official Tour picture later today of all the yarns I spun. Oh great, now I have "To all the yarns I've spun before...." running through my head. That won't be out of my head all day. Thanks, Willie Nelson.

 I'm looking forward to moving on from the Tour project. My laptop has been hooked up to the TV for most of the last 3 weeks. It's annoying to unhook it and move it to the office to get work done, so I've been doing most of my work from in front of my TV. The larger screen is nice, but it is 5 feet away, which is less nice. I predict a 20% increase in the amount of twittering blog reading work I get done in August over July. Oh jeez, August? It's almost August?

I'm looking forward to getting back to doing that knitting thing I used to love so much. I managed to knit the Purlieu scarf from this issue of Knitty and a single sock. I am doing an informal Yarn Harlot-esque sock club with Deborah, 6 pairs in 6 months. I need to get knitting if I'm going to make my first months goal.

I have another longer term goal of having a sweater finished by the time the new Harry Potter movie comes out. It took me 2 years to talk myself out of this sweater, which looks great on this little boy:

and in to this sweater, which is more appropriate and attractive for an extended plus-size grown-up woman to wear:
Except...I am 4 whole rows in to this sweater and I hate it already. The pattern is clever and well-written, so that isn't the problem. The problem is the first 2.5"is almost 500 stitches of 1x1 ribbing, followed by 20" of 250-stitch boring stockinette that isn't even done in the round and that's not including the sleeves or hood.

I am very fond of the plain mindless knitting, but only within reason. I was so enthusiastic for this pattern before I read it, which just goes to show you that it doesn't always pay to read your patterns in advance. I am pretty sure I am going to rip and knit a plain old v-neck cardigan with a reasonable number of stitches per round and no clever, but mind-numbing, detailing. I'm pretty sure I used too many commas in that last sentence.

I am happy that Scott is back to work this week. He took a week of lazy and lovely vacation followed by 2 more weeks where he only worked 2-3 days because some of his jobs canceled. Thank God for extra vacation time. He's back to a full schedule for at least the next 5 weeks and, hopefully, longer than that. I will miss him during the week, but I am eager to get back to my established work routines in the kitchen. It's hard to get any dyeing done when someone wants to use the kitchen to, you know, make food. What crazy notions that boy sometimes has.

Finally, I am happy that the Tour is over because that means I get my mornings back. I love the Tour, you know I do, but it does suck up a lot of time. That's 5 hours every morning, or evening if I miss the AM broadcast, that I'm spinning, watching the Tour and not blogging, not leisurely drinking coffee, not blog reading and not even pretending to get ready for my day until mid-afternoon. I love spinning and I love the Tour, but it's no knitting. Oh, and knitting? I miss you. Time to cast on for that second sock.