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I know I didn’t post this weekend, I was not in the mood. 🙂 My whole plan for last week went kerflooey when I came down with a cold late on Sunday. I went to work Monday, hoping I could make it through the twelve hours, but I went down hill fast – came home at 1, went to sleep. Stayed home not doing much on Tuesday, tried again on Wednesday. Again made it to about 1, then headed home for a nap. So my day off for making things did NOT happen. In fact, instead of taking a day off to keep my hours under 40, I had to use some vacation time to get them up to 40! Even with two very long days on Thursday and Friday. The good news was, that by Friday, I could tell I was getting better, and by Saturday, I was really fine, just tired.
So – odd little things this week.
#1 As soon as I knew I was getting sick, I hopped over to the pharmacy and picked up some disposable masks. My boss, with whom I share a small office, was scheduled for some nasty oral surgery on Wednesday. I knew he did NOT want a head cold. I wore the mask while at work Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday, because even though the boss was out Thursday, it was a tax day, and I didn’t want to share those germs with all the clients.
It amazed me the number of people who stopped to ask “why the mask?” and made a face when I told them “to keep my germs to myself” but not one of them said “Oh, don’t wear it on my account” 🙂 Today a coworker approached me at lunch time and thanked me for wearing that mask. I really appreciated that on her part.
I am of the school that says “stay home when you are sick” so that everyone doesn’t share it, but this week it just wasn’t possible, so this seemed the second best thing.
And HR has ordered a box of masks to have on hand! I might have started a trend. 🙂
#2 By Friday, even though I was getting better, I was really done with work, taxes, and not feeling well. And Friday was a Milbridge tax day, which essentially means 12 hour day. Sigh. I carpooled with the other volunteers, so only had to drive 2 miles. And it was a lovely, sunny day! So sad to be stuck in side with computers and more clients than we expected (last clinic there, we always get walk ins. But we got LOTS of walk ins!) so when the day was over, we packed up and cleaned up FAST, hit the road. It wasn’t until we pulled into the parking lot next to my car that I realized I forgot my coat and car keys back at the tax site, 50 miles away.
Ugh. My wonderful volunteer drove me home, where I convinced A that it would be a fun thing to hop into the truck, drive the 20 miles to Ellsworth for dinner at our favorite take out place, then continue on to Milbridge. It was nearly 9 o’clock by the time we pulled back into the driveway. I won’t be doing that again. I could have lived without the jacket, but not the keys.
So that’s why I was tired on Saturday. Not too tired to go to Whorls and Purls, though. 🙂 A few solid hours of knitting with people who love fiber is always good for the soul!
Sunday I just laid low – did a few household chores and lots of knitting. Oh, and some spinning. Did I mention that the new spinning project was kicking my butt? It was. I posted on the dyer’s Ravelry group and got loads of advice, some of it good, all of it well-intentioned. 🙂 I decided that the ones who told me to add twist were on target, tried it very carefully, hand turning the wheel at the start, until I got going. It worked! So Sunday I made sure I was going ahead properly on that project.
And, I finished my socks! They are so cute, and very thick and warm. In spite of me spinning the thinnest yarn I could they are still a bit thicker than commercial sock yarn. But not so thick I can’t wear them. 🙂
The sweater plods along, as does the shawl, although both show signed of progress. the shawl only needs one chart plus the edging, the sweater sleeves are near the top, decreasing now! No photos of that stuff as it looks the same as last week. But soon we will have more finished objects.
The blue foolproof cowl is also nearly done, I will show you that next week, all complete. After that I will knit a hat to match it. I have to hold off starting a new pair of socks until May 1 – self-imposed rule, only allowed one sock per month, or I will run out of sock yarn before the year is over, LOL.
Monday was our very last tax clinic anywhere for the 2016 filing year, and boy were we all ready! It was a tough year with the new software. I hope they spend the summer making it easier for next year! We celebrated with dinner out in Ellsworth, and everyone made sure I had my keys before we left. I did. 😝
So now the week will be spent telling people other ways to get their taxes done, and working on reports. Oh, and there is a grant due this month. The boss told me yesterday that he wants to bring in a new partner on it, that the program manager will write it, I just have to “review” it. It’s due while I am on vacation, so they have less than 2 weeks to get it ready for my review. My experience tells me that after I review it, I will be doing some serious editing. I think I will be ready for that vacation!
I know I haven’t written much lately – no excuse except that nothing seems worth mentioning. I work, I watch basketball, I knit, I spin.
Well, basketball is nearly over – one more game tonight. It was a thrilling weekend, and while I am happy for Mississippi, I wish they hadn’t beaten my UCONN team. A says it is good for the women’s game to have a year like this, and I am THRILLED for South Carolina – been following Dawn Staley for a very long time, so glad to see her hard work pay off. But still…I wanted to see the Samuelson girls play against each other, and neither made it to the final game. The flukey thing is that A and I have these bracket bets, and I beat her on the men’s. Not the women’s that we actually watch and know something about. The men’s, where I almost throw darts to determine my picks. So that is $25 more toward my spinning wheel. And if North Carolina wins tonight, that’s an additional $25, lol New spinning wheel is happening next month, for sure. Go Tar Heels!!
So in this last week, I have plugged away on the sweater sleeves. They are getting wider, so slower. Can’t wait until we reach the part where they start getting smaller again!
The High Country Crescent shawl grows even more slowly, rows take an hour or more! I can’t take it anywhere to work on now, it is too complex and slow. Which means it won’t grow very fast at all for a while. The colored threads are the lifelines marking the end of each chart. I don’t actually need them all, just the last one, but I like to see the progression of the pattern through the charts.
Socks – they continue so grow, and I struggle with my commitment to only make 6 pairs this year, to keep me from knitting all socks all the time. This pair isn’t going to make it until May, this is the second sock. But I will follow the good advice of some fellow Ravelers – I’ll just finish them and then not cast on any more until May. Hmmm.
So when I finish the socks, what will be my traveling project? Well, perhaps this cowl? It is knit out of ancient stash of Bartlett Yarn and a mystery hand-painted skein, both of these have been in stash for many years. The pattern is Foolproof, and I was intrigued by the description – no casting on, no picking up stitches, no purling, no binding off, no grafting, no knitting in the round, yet you wind up with a cowl. It is very clever, and I am loving it. This is a heavy worsted weight, almost aran, so it grows fast. It might carry me until May.
But the big news here in my world is this:
I finished the big combo spin. It is my biggest, most adventurous spin to date ( and truly it is not very big nor adventurous). I spun up three different braids of fiber from Three Waters Farm, and then plied them together. It took FOREVER.
But I love it. I love that from a distance it is all soft brown and green, but when you get close, there are so many other colors in it!
I had hoped to get a DK weight, and then knit a sweater using it with a commercial yarn I have. But I am not yet a good enough spinner that I can get the yarn I want, so I have 1000 yards of fingering weight loveliness! I will dig out a vest pattern and make that instead. Just look at the pretty colors. 🙂 And the tiny skein is 86 yards of two ply, using up the leftovers. The two braids were the brighter of the three, so it really is a different look for this bit.
Isn’t it pretty? I can’t stop looking at it.
On to other stuff – tax season is also about to end – hurrah! Have a crazy week this week, then Monday is the last of our tax clinics. It went fast, as it always does – February was really scary with the new software, March we were starting to get the hang of it, and could tell when the problem was us and when it was the software acting up. Now it is April and we just want it to be done. I hope next year is easier, that the software won’t be as tedious and error prone. But I won’t think about that until November. 🙂
Between taxes Thursday and Friday, and a late meeting today, I have a day off this week sometime – either Tuesday or Wednesday. Which is good as I am coming down with nasty cold. My boss is having oral surgery on Wednesday, and so I am in a different office today, wearing a mask and wiping down everything I touch. And praying that he doesn’t get this thing, it will really complicate life if he gets sick. I had planned to have off Wednesday, but I think I might change that to tomorrow so I minimize contact with him. Whatever day I take, if I feel up to it, I will start my next spin, which involves adding beads to a commercial silk lace weight yarn and plying it with my handspun for some serious bling. I hope to make a shawl with the resulting yarn. But that is ages away, I know it will take me some time to spin the singles.
Off to work now – hope you have a good week!
First off, a quick health update – feeling ever so much better now! Thank you all SO MUCH for your kind thoughts and comments, it feels good to know there are friends out there who wish me well.
I went to work all 5 days last week, although I only stayed all day toward the end of the week, and was SO glad when the week ended. Somehow I found the energy to go to knitting on Saturday, and made loads of progress on my sweater as I resisted a delicious looking cheesecake. Can’t eat while you are knitting (good thing, really.)
I am now past the body/sleeve division, and working my way through the waist decreasing. I really think I will have this done by the end of November at this rate. Of course, I can’t keep up this pace – I have an order for a hat from my Etsy shop – yeah! – that I need to make this weekend – just waiting for the yarn to come in. And a few Christmas gifts that need doing, some by the end of the month for shipping. But those aren’t huge projects, so then it is back to my sweater.
And spinning – I don’t think I ever showed you the finished skein of this yarn – September’s roving of the month from Purple Fleece – it’s corriedale. I totally missed on bulky weight but it will make a good warm hat anyway.
Or October’s roving of the month, as yet unspun.
Debbie is getting creative, trying to find fibers we haven’t spun yet. She thinks this one will make great mittens, and I can see that it might! Only one of us had spun it when we met last week, and she wasn’t a fan, but I will give it a shot, eventually. Right now I am working on finishing this spin:
which is cheviot in Hestia, from Highland Handmades. I think it will match nicely with this one:
Cadillac Mountain by Purple Fleece, and I have a plan to make a cowl with them. I got the pattern from Over the Rainbow when I was there this summer. You will have to trust me that the pinks in them both are loads closer than these photos show.
And the Christmas cards for this year are rolling around in my head – it is time to get started with those – November already! Some people take November off from work to go hunting. I think I need to start taking it off to do crafting!
Other news – I finished the first 30 days of Whole 30. Hurrah! I lost about 20 pounds, (eventually) found I didn’t miss much except my morning coffee WITH CREAM. In the process, I am holding tight to first place in the Biggest Loser game at A’s office. Big money prizes on the line, so I will take two days off from Whole 30 (sort of – turns out we have a whole fridge full of veggies to be eaten) and then return to it until the end of the competition and Thanksgiving. After that, I think it will be that I develop a lifestyle of eating that way and having occasional meals where I don’t worry about it. I have to say, it really works – I feel so much better, not just the weight loss. Knees feel better, skin is better, digestion is better. Rats. Why can’t eating cheese and bread and chocolate ever make me lose weight and feel better?
Tuesday marked the last day of my volunteering for Fair Vote Maine – I have been doing that for several months now, as they work to educate voters on Rank Choice Voting, which is on our referendum ballot this year. No more Tuesdays before the election, so we wrapped up our Tuesday night gig with a some sparkling cider, cookies, and lots of data entry and shredding! It will feel odd not to go there anymore – wonder what I will do with Tuesdays now? Well, I know what I will be doing next Tuesday – agonizing over the returns and knitting. After that, who knows?
Other than all of this, nothing much is new – A is away for a few days this week – working up in “the County” (Aroostook, for those of you not from Maine) which is far enough away that she stays there overnight. The cats are quite put out, as she is the favorite mommy. Last night they acted like I was completely insane to think they should go to bed when she wasn’t home. Zumba didn’t even want her bedtime treats. She wasn’t even really interested in breakfast! For Zumba to turn down food is amazing. Allie isn’t sure what to do – I don’t play right, but I do pat her nicely. So she was torn during play time this morning, finally decided to ignore the toys and get some loving instead. It usually takes them a couple of days to adjust to one of us being gone, and right around the time they do, A returns, and they forget all about me again. 🙂
What’s new in your neck of the woods?
But oh boy, not well yet, either. Friday the doc checked me all out. Lungs are clear. Sinus infection and ear infection are gone, BUT sinuses are still full of gunk, blocking ear. (TMI? Sorry!) That drainage causes coughing. She gave me a cough syrup that will help me sleep, said keep on doing the nasal spray and the antibiotics and added a sinus rinse. Swore I would feel like a new woman by Monday.
That was yesterday.
Same old sick woman here, although I do sleep better with that cough syrup.
Tried going to work yesterday, got through about half a day. today I went in, and stayed a couple of hours. I would have stayed longer, but my computer was unavailable, and without it there isn’t too much I can do, so it was just easier to come home. 🙂 I’ll try again tomorrow.
Meanwhile, a bit of spinning has happened – I finished one bobbin of Hestia – a nice spin, but I have no energy for it. (Phone shot – bluer than the real color which is a nice rosy hue.)
and I blocked Mirno eventually last week (it soaked for a couple of days!)
I love this shawl, and can see getting lots of use from it and making more of them. From stash, of course. I think I have yarn and beads for two more. 🙂
And because I could not handle lace or long rows, I cast on and finished this hitchhiker in You red My Mind – hand spun. Which is actually red, not pink or purple. I love how this came out, it feels quite rustic. I will also get a lot of use out of this, I am sure.
And lastly, I cast on a sweater this weekend. Been intending to make it for sometime, and it is a fairly easy knit, so I went ahead and did it.
It is Derry from New England Knits, and I am using the Cottage Craft yarn I re-purposed in September. So far I am enjoying the knit. I won’t think about the acres of stockinette in my future, I will think about the nice warm sweater I will have someday. 🙂
Not much to show for being home for nearly two weeks, I know. But most of that time, I was asleep.
Oh, and just so that you know – on my way home from the doctor last week, I stopped and voted. So if you are a political survey telephone person, YOU CAN STOP CALLING ME NOW.
Time for a nap, so I will catch up with you all later – and hopefully have more interesting things to talk about than sinus drip.
Our sick-ation is almost over, and the only chore we will do today is laundry. I could not help but notice that this is not NORMAL laundry. Three loads of pajamas, socks, towels, and sheets. And one dress outfit for each of us.
That’s it. It seems we only got dressed one day since Tuesday.
The good news is that I am pretty much better, just a lingering cough and occasional sniffle. A is about 4 days behind, so she is still tired and coughing and stuffy. But we will manage to get ourselves up and dressed tomorrow and next week’s laundry will look more normal. 🙂
Another vacation where we got nothing done that we wanted to… but the projects will wait for us.