Friday Gauge Check: Stress

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.

This week, you guys.  I don’t even have words.  On top of everything, it’s complicated and financial and stressful.  So very stressful.

Long story short, we bought a new car on Saturday.  There were many, many reasons why this was the best decision, not the least of which was the nightmarish repair experience of not long enough ago.  But one of the requirements for the new loan is that Jack get a driver’s license.  Yes, he’s 31 and he’s never had a license – it’s another long story that involves a lot of anxiety.  He got a permit before we left Arizona, and we had plans for him to learn to drive, but it never quite got past the ‘planning’ stage.

I’ve been teaching him, and he’s doing really well.  Surprisingly well; he’s kind of a natural.  (He learned to parallel park in less than twenty minutes.)  But nevertheless, I’ve been the primary driver in my household for ten years, and giving someone else the wheel is apparently extremely stressful for me.  Add to that the anxiety over teaching someone else to drive, and I suppose it’s no wonder that I’ve been having nightmares about him running into something and it being all my fault.

One benefit to spending hours trapped in a car dealership, though, is you get a lot of knitting time.  I finished the flat placket for my Through the Woods hood, and was prepared to cast on the buttonhole placket, but before I could do that, I needed buttons.  So I went to the Button Emporium, because where else would you go if you needed buttons?  I mean, really.

A skein of bright blue yarn and a bag of shell buttons.

Bayside and Buttons!

While I was in town, I swung by Dublin Bay Knitting Company.  During the yarn crawl, I’d spotted a skein of yarn that I had thought about, and ultimately decided not to purchase, but I wanted a second look.  Upon that second look, I determined that I did make the right decision in not bringing it home.  However, there were a few skeins in the “oddball” section that I petted every time I stopped in, and one of them was a skein of Three Irish Girls Felicity (a worsted weight merino/silk blend) in a beautiful bright blue colorway called Bayside.  It so happens that I have a couple of one-skein worsted-weight projects in the Year of Good Intentions list.  It also happens that blue is my favorite color, and that particular shade of blue may be my very favorite of all the blues.  And it was all by itself!  I couldn’t very well leave it there, could I?  Of course not.  Look at that skein; you can’t tell me that you would’ve abandoned it, either, right?

Bayside therefore came home with me, and it’s sitting on the shelf in my kitchen because it’s too pretty even to put in the craft room just yet.

So, as you might have surmised, I finished the body of the hood, knitted the flat placket, and I’m working on the buttonhole placket.  Making buttonholes proved too much for my tired brain last night. (This week’s tip: 11:30 PM is not a good time to attempt to learn a new knitting technique.)  I worked a few more rounds of the Enya socks on the train; I’m almost done with the second repeat and I’m thinking about putting them on another needle.  I really want to like the Kollage square needles, but the cable is just too flexible to make me happy.

I also took the first bobbin’s worth of the blue and teal yarn off the wheel and put it on the niddy-noddy, then skeined it up.  315 yards of lace to light fingering, and there’s more on the second bobbin!  There is also enough to knit the handspun project off my YoGI list.  I’m super excited, not gonna lie.  It still needs a bath to set the twist, but this week has really been about doing one thing at a time, and not worrying about what didn’t get done.  I did, however, do a little bit of spinning on the pink half of the hand-dyed Cotton Candy colorway.

Next week, I want to get the hood finished (at least, the knitting finished, and maybe the washing and blocking?  The actual finishing may be outside my purview).  I want to look closely at the YoGI list and decide what my first project is going to be, and get it cast on (or at least swatched).  I’d really like to get to the heel of the Enya socks, because I’m really kind of tired of working on them and I’d like to be done.

If all goes well, I’ll be taking a class on reading Japanese patterns at Knit Purl next Friday.  Could I probably figure them out myself, given time?  Sure.  But it’s not an expensive class and it could be fun.

How’s your week been?  Check your gauge in the comments, or feel free to drop me a line at rippingback at gmail.

~ by Amber on March 31, 2012.

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