Friday Gauge Check: Garden Exploration

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.

Happy Friday, everybody, and I hope everybody has the time and the weather to enjoy the weekend ahead.  It’s Memorial Day weekend here in the US, which means I get to spend three days with Jack, something I am definitely looking forward to.

ImageLast weekend we had a houseguest, so we did a little bit of sightseeing, including the Portland Saturday Market (one of our favorite weekend haunts, really) and the Portland Japanese Garden (which was lovely). We spent a little while at the International Rose Test Garden, but it’s still early, so there weren’t more than sporadic blooms.

It’s cooler this week, so I put two more inches on the Gnarled Oak Cardigan while we were on the Max or hanging out.  Vast swathes of stockinette stitch: excellent for social knitting.  Unfortunately it’s big enough that I can’t work on it for very long, because it’s heavy – as 13″ of sweater tends to be.

I’m also halfway through the ninth repeat of Chart B for the Forest Ridge Shawl.  Looking at the yarn I have left, I’m probably going toput an extra repeat on it before I moveto the edging.  It doesn’t seem very large, but I suspect that it’s going to block much bigger.  Lace does that, right?


The other thing I did this week was take the first 35 rows of the chart from the Hurry Up Spring Armwarmers and turn it into a beanie.  Inch and a half of ribbing, knit the chart until the whole thing is 5″, decrease as appropriate.  If you want more details on how I worked the decreases, drop me a line at rippingback at gmail dot com and I’ll figure it out for you.  It made sense at the time.

So a few weeks ago, I won a copy of the third book in Mira Grant’s Newsflesh trilogy, Blackout (links will take you to Powell’s).  It showed up at my door at lunchtime on Monday, and I spent all of Monday and part of Tuesday morning reading it.  (I hit a point on Monday evening where I decided to put the book down so I didn’t stay up all night finishing it.)

The first book in the trilogy, Feed, replaced Stephen King’s The Stand as my all-time favorite book.  The third one does the trilogy justice, tying up loose ends and explaining many things.  If you have any fondness for post-apocalyptic stories or zombie novels, this is one of the best trilogies you’re going to find.

While I’ve been writing, a thunderstorm has rolled in, so I’m going to wrap this up in case we lose power.  Feel free to check your gauge in the comments – even if it’s not still Friday – or tell me about your favorite book.

~ by Amber on May 25, 2012.

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