Friday Gauge Check: Farewell September

Friday 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.

So last week we were welcoming in autumn, and this week we’re saying goodbye to September and hello to October, which is my favorite month of the year.  It’s still early enough to grumble about Christmas decorations, too soon for Christmas-carols-everywhere, but late enough to start thinking about presents and travel and crafting.  There are still warm days but there are cool days, too, and enough of both that you can enjoy whichever you prefer.  The stores are full of the most incredible decorations – it’s a goth girl’s paradise, and while I’m not a goth, I do love me some black.  And the end of the month is Halloween, which has always been my favorite holiday.  It is a time of transitions, and I’m sure you’re all tired of me talking about how much I love transitions.

So let’s talk about something else!

You may remember how I talked about how painful taking the art down in my old apartment was, how suddenly it made the place feel vacant.  Well, because of the space constraints, we ended up leaving most of the art with a friend to ship later.  Wednesday, it arrived, and I spent much of the afternoon hanging it.  Our little apartment feels like our home now, and we’re almost completely settled in.  Maybe next week I’ll give you a photo tour of the craft room.

In the meantime, another triumph!  Meet Emily:

Emily Shawlette

I know I’ve had her finished for a while, and I’ve even worn her, but now she’s BLOCKING.

My blocking boards are fatigue mats I found at the thrift store, and I’m very glad she’s not any bigger.  Not only do I not have any more mats, I don’t really have much more available floor space.  As soon as she’s done, the December Little Shawl has its turn on the board.  I do wish I had blocking wires, though; it would make what are supposed to be straight lines much easier to create.

I also finished the first of the cabled gloves I’m designing.  These will be called the Iyawo Mitts, in honor of the friend they’re being made for.  Here’s a sneak peek:

Iyawo Mitt #1

They don’t look like much yet.  Also, white is dreadfully hard to photograph well. But they do look good on, and the recipient likes them, which is the important part.

I’ve cast on for the second one, and will probably be doing a call for testers soon.  If anyone’s interested in testing, let me know.  These are worsted weight, and I knit them on size 5 DPNs.  They require basic cabling, increasing, and working in the round.

It’s a cabled cuff, one cable carries up the hand, and then the top is also cabled.  The thumb is gussetted and has a little cable of its own at the tip.

That’s probably more detail than anybody wants, sorry. 🙂

I’m still working on the Pine Forest blanket (slowly).  It’s lace, though, so I can’t get a good picture of it to save my life.  There’s a bad one up on Ravelry if you really must look.

The Conwy socks have almost made it to the heel.  The pattern was originally written for calf shaping, and Jack has serious calves, so I moved it down to create some ankle shaping instead.  The plan, since I’m not sure whether I have enough yarn, is to do an afterthought heel.  I’ve done afterthought thumbs, so it can’t be that different, right?  Right?

Yeah, probably not.  Fortunately Stephanie Pearl-McPhee has a tutorial up.  After careful review, it reminds me rather a lot of the way you open the leg when you’re knitting a Cat Bordhi Personal Footprint sock.  I know for a fact that I can do that, so I’m sure I can manage an afterthought heel.

(Can I admit that creating that link led to a twenty-minute detour that involved looking at sock yarn?  Because it did.  But I didn’t buy any, because I’m strong like that.)

While I was blocking Emily, I washed some socks and hung them on the windowsill to dry.  I had this fantasy that the afternoon light shining in my west-facing window would help.  It didn’t really, since it was fairly cloudy, but it was a nice idea.  If it had been yesterday, it would’ve worked great, but of course I wasn’t home yesterday afternoon.

It made a pretty picture, though.

Window Socks

In hindsight, the very large tree right outside my window probably didn’t help in the getting-sunlight-to-the-window goal.  Despite this tree, my apartment is somehow always flooded with afternoon light.  In the afternoon, at least.  Right now it’s not flooded with any light, because it’s dark.  Well, I have the overhead light on, and that’s flooding pretty well.

So that’s my week, and my September.  Onward to October, and employment, and more posts about knitting.

By the way, if there’s anything you want me to talk about, please drop me a line at rippingback at gmail dot com.  Crafting, yarn, relationship troubles, emotional honesty… or just whatever you want to hear about.

Check your gauge in the comments, or tell me what’s outside your window.

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~ by Amber on September 30, 2011.

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