Friday Gauge Check: On the Way Out

Friday, of course, means it’s time for our Friday rituals, the ceremonies of escorting one week out and preparing the next one.  Which, around here, is the Gauge Check, where I take a look at my week and figure out where I’ve come from and where I’m going.  Sometimes there are goals, sometimes I just talk about what’s going on in my life and my crafting.  You are all welcome to join in in the comments.

Happy Friday, folks.

Fancy intro!  I figure I should start introducing my Gauge Check for the sake of the new readers, which I’m sure there are some.  Or there will someday be some.  Or something.

Unsurprisingly, I’m thinking about transitions.

I’m sitting on the floor in the living room of my apartment.  On the floor, because there’s no furniture left in here – the only furniture left in the apartment at all, in fact, are three folding bookshelves (that are coming with us), the bed (which is sold, and is getting picked up on Sunday) and the stand the bird cage is sitting on.  I almost sent that with the charity truck, too, but I decided that it would be easy to throw it in the car on Sunday and take it to Goodwill myself, and in the meantime I have a place to keep the birds safely out of the way.

I have, for the first time, hired someone to clean my kitchen and bathroom, and she’s here now.

There’s a certain amount of guilt in that; I am able-bodied and perfectly capable of cleaning my own house.  I have to admit, though, that it’s nice to be able to sit here and work on this blog post and not think about having to clean the kitchen and the bathroom.  The fact that there’s not any furniture left in my living room is due to my own diligence and organization; the fact that most everything is in some kind of container (box or otherwise) is because I put it there.  I have done plenty of hard physical labor this week.  This morning I’ve made three trips to the Dumpster.  Do I need to clean the place, too?

I sound like I’m whining, or making excuses.  If I’m trying to convince someone that what I’m doing is acceptable, it’s mostly myself.

It doesn’t help that I’m a thirty-something white woman who was born in the deep South, and the person cleaning my house (whom I found on Craigslist, and corresponded with entirely via email) is an older black lady.  We’ll call it residual cultural guilt and leave it at that.

So what have I done this week, besides packing, cleaning, and throwing away?  (Where did we get so much STUFF? Our apartment is NOT THAT LARGE.)

Not much.

I finished a pattern repeat of the Argyle State scarf.  And then I ran out of yarn.  It isn’t long enough to be a real scarf yet.  So I don’t know what I’m going to do with it.  Probably try and buy more yarn.

Got a very little bit done on the December Little Shawl, and a few rows of the Scottish Boxes socks.  The conclusion I’m rapidly coming to on the Scottish Boxes socks is that they’re not really meant to be a purse project.  There’s too much counting to be social when I’m working on them, and the thick-and-thin nature of the yarn means that I can’t just look at my knitting and eyeball the pattern, I actually have to count.  Spending most of my time packing also means that I haven’t spent much time out of the house.

I took a break and spent Wednesday with a friend, which is when I worked on the December Little Shawl.  I’m nearly out of yarn, so I keep eyeing the yarn and the project and wondering how many more rows I can do, and I’ve come to the realization that I don’t like to be nearly out of yarn.

As realizations go, this one isn’t very significant.  I mean, who likes to wonder if they’ll be able to finish a project?  Stephanie Pearl-McPhee’s response to being nearly out of yarn is to knit faster, hoping that she’ll run out of project before she runs out of yarn.  My response is apparently to knit slower.  Really slowly.  As in, put the project aside – perhaps in the hope that it will suddenly develop more yarn?  I’m thinking, as a result, that if I buy more yarn for the Argyle State scarf, I’ll get my mojo back and actually finish the damn thing.  With the December Little Shawl, though, not only is there no more yarn to be had (this is handspun I bought at the Ren Faire), but I’m knitting until I run out of yarn, so running out of yarn is actually the goal!  I want to use all of it, so I’ll probably end up tinking back a row or two in order to complete the bind-off.

The Swan Maiden Mitts are up to the thumb gusset, so I need to figure out where I put the other mitt (it was just here, I swear) so I can check the starting point against the complete one.  Also I have this irrational fear that I will make two right mitts or something.  I made the first mitt in the pattern, so if I make the second one, it will absolutely be the other hand!  See?  Irrational.  Still going to check before I start.

Alvida is tucked into her carry bag, so there will be no more spinning until we’re settled.  I packed her yesterday, although I spent some quality time working on her first.  My spinning chair went on the charity truck, so there wasn’t any use in leaving her out.  (Sitting on the floor, remember?)  While I call it my spinning chair, it’s really a very basic dining room chair from Ikea, so it’ll be easy enough to replace when we get to Portland.  Maybe with something a little nicer, even.

So it’s all over but the details, at this point.  I have a few more errands to run, but then it’s off on our adventure.

We leave Monday.

Wish us luck, and if I don’t get to update before then, I’ll see you next Friday in Oregon!

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~ by Amber on August 26, 2011.

3 Responses to “Friday Gauge Check: On the Way Out”

  1. I’m thinking of you both and your birdies

  2. best of luck in your relocation.

  3. […] A year ago, we were in the final stages of packing and cleaning, with less than three days left before our departure date. I fell in love with Oregon in the autumn, and while I’ve loved every season in its own way, I suspect that the autumn will always be my favorite.  Perhaps because it is so completely unlike Arizona. […]

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