Friday Gauge Check: Training

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 Olympics, everybody!  That’s totally my excuse for not getting this posted on Friday – I was distracted by NBC’s mediocre coverage of the opening ceremonies.  My excuse for not getting this posted on Saturday had to do with not starting until after dark, and not having a good picture to add to the post.  Also the Olympics.

This has been a busy week! I was trying to get everything done before Thursday, when foster parenting classes started.  That took up all day Thursday and Friday, and will also take up Thursday and Friday of next week.  I’m learning a lot, accompanied by the (hopefully) appropriate levels of terror that come with the idea of actually being responsible for the health and well-being of a small person who will be totally dependent on me.  Also children end up in foster care because terrible things have happened to them, and foster parents have a lot of responsibility for helping them adjust to being in normal, safe surroundings.  One of our trainers has been a foster parent for 24 years, and she had lots of stories to share about her kids and things they’d done.

Some of the things we studied triggered my own anxiety, but I was expecting it and I was knitting, so I was able to work through it.

Lace and Nupp Shawl by Nancy Bush

I did a lot of knitting this week.  The leg on the second Diamonds and Cables sock got a little bit of attention.  It’s also been my Olympics knitting, because I’m really trying to get it finished.

I gave up on the pi shawl, at least for the time being. The needles just weren’t cooperating, and I didn’t like how it was knitting up, so I decided to switch to a different pattern. I started the Leaf and Nupp Shawl from Knitted Lace of Estonia, which I borrowed from the library, in the same yarn (Knit Picks Shadow).  I’m liking it a lot better, and I feel like this yarn just wants to be a rectangular stole, not a round shawl.  (That may sound strange if you’re not a knitter. It’s nevertheless true.) I got through the edging and several pattern repeats into the stole itself, and I taught myself how to knit nupps with help from this video recorded by the magnificent Paula of the Knitting Pipeline podcast.

Of course, since I was going to spend two days this week in classes, I had to cast on something that didn’t require hyperfocus on a chart, and ideally something I didn’t even have to track much.  I thought about just starting a vanilla sock, but I took a look at the Welsh Traveling Socks, which I’d chosen for the July Year of Good Intentions project. It turned out to have a four-row repeat that was very easy to memorize, so I decided to bring it along. Jack had been asking for some summer-weight socks, for days that it was too hot for wool, and I pulled a skein of TOFUtsies in the creatively named colorway 857 out of my stash.  This was the very first skein I bought when I got to Portland, before we’d even moved out of the hotel – it was on sale at Yarn Garden. It’s a blend of superwash wool, soysilk, and cotton, plus 2.5% chitin, which is made from shrimp and crab shells.  I’m hoping it’ll be cooler than plain wool, but it’s definitely much easier to knit with than pure cotton or even CotLin.  In two days of class, I knit the leg, heel flap, and turned the heel, and started on the gusset decreases.

Welsh traveling sock #1

It’s been a long time since I knit nearly eight hours straight, and my hands were definitely complaining at the end of the first day.  Fortunately for me, (and entirely coincidentally) Jack had scheduled a massage for me that evening!  The massage itself was very nice, but I wasn’t expecting the anxiety triggered from being touched by a complete stranger.

However, it did help with the pain in my hands, so I was able to knit the next day without issue.  Since I didn’t have another massage scheduled, I made sure to take more breaks and put my needles down for longer, and that helped.

Friday I got a call from the agency that I temped for earlier this summer.  The client I’d worked with wanted me back, this time for a 2-3 month assignment.  I start Monday.

What did you get started this week?  Let me know, or check your gauge, in the comments.

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~ by Amber on July 29, 2012.

One Response to “Friday Gauge Check: Training”

  1. The Welsh Traveling Socks look especially awesome. And I really understand the yarn thing–I have some lightweight wool with a weird spin that absolutely hates every different stitch pattern I’ve tried. Crochet finally worked, but we’re still not happy.

    There will be a lot about fostering small people that will trigger anxiety for both of you, particularly related to family issues (as small and big people) you’ve faced. But it’s totally ok to take a break, take a deep breath, and collect yourself before you take care of whatever-it-is. Kids are really understanding and really resilient, and I have no doubt they will know that they are loved in your care. ❤ I'm glad you're getting through the classes–I'm still really excited for you guys.

    And I hope that new assignment goes well with work. 🙂

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