Friday Gauge Check: Saturday Morning Edition

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.

Back in March, when I registered for a class at Black Sheep Gathering, we’d been planning to go down for the entire weekend, heading down on Friday and camping out.  Along the way, we realized that Eugene was going to be hosting the Olympic track and field trials, and a friend of Jack’s from Southern California was also going to be in town this weekend, so we decided that we’re going to go down Sunday morning and stay for the day.

Looking at the weather reports – pouring rain – I’m glad we changed our minds. I’m many things, but a hard-core camper is not one of them, and camping in a soggy field doesn’t exactly sound like a good time.

Jack took Friday and Monday off from work anyway, and we did a little garage saling (which I totally want to spell “sailing”) and thrifting, then headed into downtown to have dinner with his friend at a (delicious) Thai place we hadn’t tried before.  My Goodwill score of the day was a copy of EZ’s Knitting Workshop. I’ve never seen a Zimmermann book at a Goodwill before, and there were two copies of this book but no other knitting books at all.  Perhaps someone bought it to try and learn to knit, but didn’t get into it?

Thursday I went to the final job hunt strategy class (where I learned about two topics I loathe: networking and online social media, specifically LinkedIn) and for some reason I thought I had gotten past the increases for the sleeve of the Gnarled Oak Cardigan, so I knit straight to the end of the sleeve.  I’d done nine of fourteen.  The sleeve fits, albeit in the smaller size, and I’m wondering whether I’m going to have to rip back and add the proper increases or I can just attach the sleeve and go with it.  I have very small shoulders, so I’m thinking about putting in a couple of lifelines, attaching the first sleeve to the body, and seeing if it fits.  Opinions, anybody?

Most of my knitting this week has gone to the first Diamonds and Cables sock. I’ve gotten all the way through the foot, turned the heel, and am now working on the leg.  It’s a fun knit, not quite easy enough to be memorizable, but rhythmic in a way that’s enjoyable. Rather potato-chippy, to be honest.

My third project is going to be an Elizabeth Zimmermann pi shawl, but I’m having a hard time getting the cast-on to look good on DPNs, and my US 4 Addi Lace needles have mysteriously disappeared.  (Yes, the ones I was just using for the Forest Ridge shawl. I’m perplexed.) It calls for a four-stitch cast-on, which doesn’t seem to be solid enough to get a good start.  I’m thinking about casting on eight stitches, essentially starting from row 2.  I welcome opinions on that one, too.

That’s pretty much it for this week, though you’ll probably get a Black Sheep report early next week, and I’m also working on a post about having awkward conversations.  Check your gauge, or offer me good knitting advice, in the comments.

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~ by Amber on June 23, 2012.

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