Friday Gauge Check: Sunset, Shopping, and Sweater Machines

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.

One thing I’m having a hard time adjusting to is how short the days are right now.  It’s the last plunge into December, approaching the shortest day of the year, and I was on my way home from a thrifting spree.  It was sunny and clear today, and the sun was westering, creating that beautiful golden light I associate with late afternoon.  I glanced down at the clock, thinking about dinner, and realized that it was 3:00.  Now, it’s just past 5, and the sun is in the final stages of setting, where the sky is deepening to black.  It still seems strange that it could be dark this early… and that it will get dark even earlier before it starts getting light again.

As I mentioned, we went thrifting this afternoon, wandering through a series of Vancouver thrift stores and used book stores.  Last week we found a thrift store run by the Humane Society, and discovered that they had not only an amazing assortment of old sewing machines, many with instruction manuals included,  but a complete Bond Incredible Sweater Machine, still in the box.  It was outside my budget, at the time.  However, the tag color indicated that it would be on sale this week, so we stopped in this afternoon.  Lo and behold, it was still there, and 50% off.  Score!  So, I have myself a knitting machine to try out.  If I don’t like it, I’m putting it up on Ravelry, where someone will doubtless give it a very good home.

I also got my box of yarn from Knit Picks, moving my hypothetical sweater further down the path to becoming real.  Now comes serious decision-making time.  I’m thinking about a cardigan, because it will be both more flexible (in terms of usefulness) and more forgiving (in terms of fit).  Cabled, because I’m much more into cables than lace, at least on my sweaters.  Can I tell you how happy it makes me that cabled knits are in?  So very happy.

At the moment, this is what my short list of potential sweaters looks like, although it’s mostly in the abstract sense of “I like the look of this sweater.”  Opinions?  Suggestions?  Recommendations?  I do have both Big Girl Knits and Little Red in the City, so I’m prepared to make appropriate adjustments.

When I’m not working on Christmas knitting or at work, I’ve been playing video games.  I was playing Final Fantasy X-2, but gave up at the end of chapter 2.  The game is just… not quite what I want it to be.  The dress sphere system is interesting and kind of fun, but mostly it seems to be like a lot of flash and not much substance.  The garment grid setup saves it a little, but mostly it feels artificially limiting.  I like the fact that there are three female characters, but the overall plot is so unrelentingly depressing that even Rikku can’t cheer it up.  Mostly it makes me want to play the original, but I didn’t quite get high enough of a level before facing the Sanctuary Keeper in Zanarkand, so I’m pretty much stuck.  Instead, I re-started XII.  (Restarted because I tried to pick up from my save point, 63 play-hours into the game, and had no idea what was going on plot-wise and apparently had completely forgotten how the battle system worked.  Probably for the best.)

On one hand, I should probably be knitting, but on the other, I need the relaxation.

What do you do to unwind at the end of the day?  Give me your best relaxation tips, or just check your gauge, in the comments.


~ by Amber on December 9, 2011.

One Response to “Friday Gauge Check: Sunset, Shopping, and Sweater Machines”

  1. …I’ve just added more sweaters to my queue. Thanks. ;p (Collins was already there. I can’t wait to find yarn for the one. EEEEEE)

    The dark’s been taking me a little by surprise, too, but I kind of like it. I’m much more productive in the dark for reasons I have yet to figure out. I can settle down and plow through things better at night, so I like the longer dark hours.

    Lately, my relaxing non-knitting time is soaking in a super hot bath loaded up with a Lush bath bomb, a book, and a glass of something cold. 🙂 I float around for at least an hour and just reeeeaaaad. Love it. 😀

    If you decide you don’t like the sweater machine, lemme know. Or, even if you do love it, so I can start hunting around for one or something similar of my own. I’ve always been curious about them.

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