I really meant to post more last week than just the weekly photo update, but life got away from me a bit and my brain got all tangled up in the woecake that has been my winter experience. After realizing that I needed a change of scenery before I started gnawing on my own arm, I made reservations for this coming weekend at a hotel in a city a few hours from here. And then I told NinjaHusband about it. Impulse control is my next life lesson.
February 16, 2009
Monday, after celebrating the completion of my grant application, I did some housework and then sat down to blog. Miyagi hopped up on the footie part of the recliner and, as is her wont, curled up on my legs. I thought this picture was gloriously meta, with my blog dashboard infinitesimally visible in the corner.
February 17, 2009
This was the example I knit up for my students on Tuesday evening while I waited for them to show up. I teach by demonstrating a technique first, several times, then asking them to repeat it while I walk around to each student and help them one-on-one. The yarn is a bulky something that I got in a swap, and the needles are 12.0mm / US 17 — the bigness really helps when I stand at the front of the room to demonstrate. I actually started knitting backwards, or from the wrong side, in order to show them without my arms and torso getting in their way. Teaching knitting always makes me learn something, and I love it.
February 18, 2009
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Yeah, it happened. I didn’t think it would happen so early in the year, but I knew I would fall down on this project. On Wednesday our friend Amy came into town and after work I was busy running around, cleaning, getting the guest room ready, and figuring out dinner. I meant to take a picture of her, but after dinner we got to talking and it just didn’t warrant the intrusion — the photo would have felt forced and not genuine. Also I forgot.
February 19, 2009
To make up for the non-picture on Wednesday, I took this picture on Thursday morning. Organic apples (woot! overtime money = yummier groceries!) in a locally-made, hand-made bowl, on a frosty February morning. (Could I sound more greener-than-thou? Gah.) Our kitchen table is next to the patio door, which faces East and gives nice pretty light. I thought the apples looked especially delicious that morning.
February 20, 2009
And this brings us to Friday. Goddamn car. Amy and I were driving into DeKalb to get some breakfast and a little shopping in, and before we even got to the diner, my goddamn car started pouring smoke out from under the hood. And then the smoke started coming inside the car. Fully expecting my goddamn car to explode in my face, I pulled into my bank’s parking lot. I turned it off and looked under my hood and there was oil everywhere, all over the engine block. NinjaHusband counseled taking it to a mechanic he knows, and that turned out to be the best idea ever. The towtruck came in 7 minutes, and the owner was able to fix only what needed fixing to get the goddamn car back on the road without trying to sneak in other “oh, well, this waternator was wobbly so we tightened it and that’ll be $250 ma’am” type things. I have it back now, and the goddamn thing is running. I was half hoping the goddamn car would just be too far gone. Of course, I haven’t looked at the estimates for the other work the mechanic very strongly suggested I get done soonish. This amazing, kind, honest mechanic, if you’re in DeKalb/Sycamore is Bockman’s on 7th and Lincoln.
February 21, 2009
Because I had no transport on Friday, I spent all day knitting on this birthday gift for a friend. Fetchings, in a discontinued dk-weight yarn and 3.5mm / US 4 needles. I knit both at the same time and got quite far. but had to finish them up both at work on Saturday and at home after work and before the birthday party (just weaving in the ends). If you’re thinking the finger bind-off edge looks extra-frilly, you are correct. I misinterpreted the instructions and made the picot bind-off much more bigger. My friend seemed to like them, and she likes frilly things, so it worked out. I learned how to put in a thumb using waste yarn, which is pretty awesome.
February 22, 2009
Full circle. Back in the recliner, cat and blanket and all. I’ve got the second sock (of this pair, remember? it’s okay if you don’t… it’s been a while) on the go and have gotten to the part where I make the gusset and heel. It’s amazing what you can accomplish when you actually knit, instead of bitching about not knitting.
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