Friday Gauge Check: Thankful

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.

When in doubt, ladies and gentlemen, wash your swatch.  I threw my swatch for the Gnarled Oak Cardigan into the washer (it’s superwash wool, and I do not have a bathtub or a laundry sink; I’m totally washing it in the machine, why pretend otherwise?) and then in the dryer (to see what would happen!) and, lo and behold, it came out perfectly on gauge.  Now that I knew what needle size to use (US 4, what is that), the next step was casting on!  Yeah, I’m still working on that, because apparently? I can’t count.  I cast on (three times, don’t ask), knit the set up row, knit the second row (the one that says “knit x stitches for the front right, place marker, knit y stitches for the back, place marker, knit x stitches for the front left”) and somehow I didn’t have enough stitches.  Somehow I was eleven stitches short.  I don’t know.  (After double-checking, it appears that I was misremembering the number of cast-on stitches, so I just didn’t cast on enough.)

The Enya socks gained another half-inch each (I measured), which means I have half an inch more to go before I start fiddling with the heel.  These socks are never-ending, guys, really.  I’ve never fallen into the knitting black hole on the foot of a sock before.  Of course, the minimal progress on those socks may be because I’m nearly done with the leg of the first Oxidation Sock. I am loving this pattern – a four row repeat, easy to memorize, looks gorgeous, and the yarn (Blissful Knits in the colorway Deep Woods, if you’ll remember) is a joy to knit with.  The only issue I’m having is a little bit of tangling in the cake, and since I wound it, it’s probably my fault.

The pink half of the cotton candy fiber is spun up, and I’m making decent headway on the blue.  I expect to have it ready to ply by the end of the week.  This mostly excites me because I’m not particularly enjoying spinning it, so I’d really like to be done with it.

I’ve been sitting here for thirty minutes trying to come up with a good segue, and I just can’t.  My craft life, my happy relationship, every good thing that’s blossomed in my life since I got away from Isabel – I am so thankful for all of these things.

First panel: a stick figure stands beside a chasm. Text reads: "I know that no matter where I go or who I build a life with." Second panel: Stick figure alone. Text reads, "I will never have with anyone what I had with you." Third panel: stick figure walking. Text, "Thank God."

I'll never forget you - at least, the parts of you that were important red flags.

Sometimes XKCD says it best.

Have a good weekend, everybody.  Feel free to check your own gauge in the comments – or tell me what you’re thankful for leaving behind.

~ by Amber on April 13, 2012.

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