Friday Gauge Check: Coming out of the Darkness

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.

The longest night of the year has passed, and the world has once again made those of us in the Northern Hemisphere the promise that spring will come.

I feel like we turned a corner somewhere in there, and we’re making progress.  Jack and I both had interviews today, for two positions in Vancouver that don’t involve answering phones.  His is for a job very similar to the one he had in Phoenix, and mine is for a job similar to one I did several years ago that I enjoyed.

I’m sure I’m far from the first person to notice this, but job hunting feels like online dating – you put yourself out there, contacting a bunch of random strangers, hoping that somebody thinks you’re attractive enough to go to dinner with at least once.  Up here, though, nobody will just invite you to dinner; they want to meet for coffee first.  This step is called the “phone interview,” and I can at least thank my current job for giving me a solid phone presence and the ability to think on my feet.  I had the coffee date on Wednesday and the dinner date today; Jack had his coffee date today and scored a dinner date for Tuesday.  My date… left me really wondering.  I thought it was going really well up to the very end, and then it fell sort of flat.  So I’m not sure if I’m going to get a second date, but I hope so.  Your thoughts, good wishes, and prayers would be very welcome, because this is a break we really need.

The February Baby Blanket (aka the Pine Forest blanket) is finished!  I also finished the body of the Sneaky Mountain Shawl (aka Multnomah); it’s headlong into the lace border next.  It feels really small, but I’m not sure how much of that is the way garter stitch behaves when it’s blocked, and how much is the shawl itself.  I suppose I’ll just keep knitting until I reach the end of my yarn, and see how big it turns out.  I think I’d be more inclined to wear a small shawl anyway, so I’m not really going to worry about it.

Everything else has just been simmering.  The Spillyjane Mitts got another round or two, but I’m up into the cabled part, so it requires the ability to pay attention and read directions, which means I don’t often have the mental fortitude to work on it in the evening.

One thing that I have been doing is sitting down to spin daily.  I can’t put a lot of time into it, but I do feel more grounded when I spend time with my wheel.  Spinning consistency is still a problem; I can’t seem to produce a good merino yarn for the life of me.  It’s overspun in spots, underspun in others, and completely disintegrates when I try to ply it.  I gave up, dug into my fiber stash, and pulled out a small bump of some miscellaneous undyed fiber (Corriedale cross, maybe?) I picked up from Webs and am working on that.  It’s a lot crimpier than the merino, and is much easier to work with.

That’s about it for me, this week.  I hope you all have (or had) a lovely holiday.  See you next week!



~ by Amber on December 23, 2011.

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