Friday Gauge Check: Blogiversary Edition

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.

I started this blog on Friday, December 17, 2010.  There are currently 49 posts tagged “gauge check,” not counting this one, which means I missed two over the course of the last year.  49 Fridays (and the occasional Saturday) where I sat down and talked about where I was and where I was going.  For someone who’s famous for starting projects and not finishing them, it’s a pretty impressive track record.  Hell, I’m going to come out and say it: I’m proud of myself.  Good times and bad, busy and lazy, I’ve kept up with this blog for an entire year.  And I have no plans to stop any time soon, either.  By and large, I’ve enjoyed having this place to come every week, and I really do appreciate being able to look back at the previous weeks and see where I’ve been.

This time last year, I was volunteering, finishing my last semester of college, working part-time at the library – oh, and knitting.  I’d just finished a cowl for a Christmas present, and I was working on the second of a pair of fingerless gloves, and a sock.  My current knitting looks rather similar: I just finished a scarf for a Christmas present, I’m working on two pairs of fingerless gloves, and a sock.  And a shawl.  And… well, I’ll get to that.  And somehow I have less time to knit right now, because I’m not commuting via bus and train.

Okay, I remember the shawl, and the sock.  But two pairs of fingerless gloves? I hear you say.  When was she knitting fingerless gloves?

 You’re right, I wasn’t.  I dug the Swan Maiden Mitts out of my UFO bin and got back to work on those!  So I can finish them!  For Christmas!  So go me!  And then… then there was Spillyjane.  Spillyjane, who designs absolutely gorgeous stuff that makes me want to knit complicated colorwork.  She’s working on all sorts of secret projects, so to make it up to her readers, she released a free fingerless glove pattern.  They’re cabled, guys.  You know how I feel about cables.  Plus I had a skein of exactly the right size, weight, and color in my stash.  Do you know how rare that is?  (Incredibly.)  But yes, I have my own pair of Spillyjane cabled gloves in process in Wool of the Andes Thunderhead Tonal, scored at that warehouse sale back in September.

If these go well, I’m going to try and turn them into mittens, since I really didn’t like the (non-existent) thumb gusset on the Celtic Moonrise Mittens, which is why they’re still languishing in the UFO bin.

The sock is the second of the pair I’m test knitting, which are still secret.  I haven’t really done much beyond cast on, but it’s sitting in my sock bag, being all hopeful that I’ll pick it back up.  Multnomah is in there too, equally neglected.  (Poor Multnomah only needs her stitches counted so I can figure out how far up the body I actually am.  I’m close, I know.) But the Christmas present that’s been my work knitting is finished!  On the other hand, that December baby my brother’s girlfriend was expecting was born, so I really need to finish the February Baby Blanket.  I dug that one out and put some rows on it, and it came to work with me today and got a few more, after I wove in the ends on Christmas present.  Somehow I must block the thing.  It’s a good thing my blocking mats are flexible, though I wish I had some wires.

I did cast on one other thing this week, though.  It’s something I’ve never really cast on before, though I do a metaphorical one every week.  That’s right, everyone: I am swatching for my sweater.  Size 6 needles, stockinette, for this.  (Love the sleeves.)  I decided that something a little less complicated than a seriously cabled sweater would be a better idea for a first attempt.  An Alice Starmore sweater is probably not an optimal first project either.  Also: not enough yarn in my Knit Picks box for a seriously cabled sweater, which is what comes of ordering yarn before you have your project picked out, I guess.  I have to admit, though, there’s something inherently satisfying about having a sweater’s worth of yarn.  I could get used to it.

Anyway, enough about knitting for now.  In honor of my blogiversary, I’m borrowing from my original format to do a quick check of how I’m doing.

Physically: Ask me to do anything but chew, okay?

Joint disorders run in my family.  My grandmother had crippling arthritis, my mother has an obscure disorder that makes her hands go white, and I have TMJ.  (Plus fussy knees and an irritable back.)  A few weeks ago, I had a really bad flare-up that made anything involving using my jaw incredibly painful.  Considering that I talk for a living?  Not fun.  The flare-up has died down, mostly, but I still can’t open my jaw very far, and I can’t eat anything that’s crunchy or prone to resisting.  (The latest thing I couldn’t bite into?  A stick of lamb jerky.  I could chew it, slowly, but I couldn’t bite pieces off.)  It means that I can’t eat things that I love, like nuts or apples.  It also means that what I can eat, I have to eat slowly, with effort, which means that I’m prone to getting tired of eating before I’m actually finished.  I normally love to eat, so this is a strange thing for me.

Mentally: Ready for the Weekend

I swapped schedules with someone so they could have today off, and so I ended up working today.  It wasn’t bad, as far as days at work go, though it was busier than it had been all week, so I didn’t get much knitting accomplished.  I’m ready for a break, though, because I’m really itching to get started on a few projects, and hopefully finish up some others.  Jack needs a hat (I’m looking at Jared Flood’s Turn A Square) and I really do need some socks.  I have – mental startitis, I guess?  I’m not actually casting on half a dozen things, I’m just thinking about doing it.

Next Week

Is Christmas.  Who decided that was okay?  I demand more time.  I don’t even have my tree decorated yet, guys, I’m so not ready for this.  Plus I’m working Christmas.  Also Christmas Eve.  Also New Year’s Eve.  Who on earth is going to call customer care for their cell phone on New Year’s Eve, I ask you?  Christmas Eve at least makes some sense, as cell phones are popular gifts.  But really, PhoneCompany, your phone monkeys are people too.  Call center job: light years away from last year’s Vegas getaway.

Apparently next week I’m going to turn into a curmudgeon.  What about you?  Any big plans for the holiday that I can enjoy vicariously?

~ by Amber on December 17, 2011.

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