Weekend Gauge Check: Yarnventure!

It’s time for our weekend 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.

Yes, I’ve officially given up on the guilt for not making my gauge check on Friday.  Maybe I will shift back to being able to make it on Friday in the future, but right now, this is where my life is at.  Besides, I don’t think any of you really care about the regular happenings of my day job. (I barely care, and I’m the one doing them.)

Like I mentioned last week, I have a longer-term temp position with the same agency I worked with for two days.  They want me for at least two months, and possibly longer, as one member of the team is retiring, another is training to take over her job, and then they will have to hire someone to fill her vacated position.  The longer, the better, as far as I’m concerned.

Monday through Wednesday was doing that, and then Thursday and Friday I took the last two classes for foster parent training.  We have one more class to take, which is scheduled for the beginning of September, and a lot of paperwork to fill out, but the big thing will be moving to a larger place.  For some reason, they won’t let us have a baby in our studio apartment – not that I would really want to try and figure out where to put any more furniture in here.

Yesterday was hot, even by my standards – it hit 108 in some places in the metro area.  We hit the farmer’s market before it got too bad, but then we retreated to the movie theatre.  Kiggins was showing Beasts of the Southern Wild, which is an indie fantasy film about climate change, community, and “civilization” set in southern Louisiana.  It was visually stunning, richly told, and amazingly acted – and the young girl who is the main character is five years old.  If it shows up in your area, go see it.

Afterward we went down to Barnes and Noble and spent a few hours mostly appreciating their air conditioning.  I picked up the Summer 2012 issue of Jane Austen Knits, which has a lot of lovely patterns plus some fantastic articles about literature, clothing, and culture.

Today we’d been planning to go to the Clark County Fair with a co-worker of Jack’s, but she ended up bailing. Instead, we drove down to Scappoose, Oregon for the Blue Moon Fiber Arts barn sale.

What I got at the Blue Moon barn saleI ended up with two skeins of Socks That Rock Mediumweight (one for me in varying shades of blue and teal, and one for Jack in red, brown, green and blue), a sweater’s worth of teal Wensleydale, a Cat Bordhi book, and a tube of fiber. The Blue Moon Eastern Luxury Collection is yak, baby camel/tussah silk top, Mongolian cashmere top, mulberry silk, and baby camel top, all in natural colors, and I’m very excited about spinning it.  Jack picked up some mini-skeins for rug punching and a stack of cards.  She also had a bunch of leftover Sock Summit paraphernalia; I scored a notions box and Jack got a button.

It was a beautiful drive, sunny and warm but not quite triple digits, and we had a lovely time.

Since I spent two days in class again this week, I bet you want to know how much knitting I did!  The Diamonds and Cables socks are finished!  In fact, I wore them today.  It’s probably the last time I’m going to wear them until it starts cooling off, but I couldn’t resist putting them on for a few hours.  I also finished the first Welsh Traveling sock, and got about halfway down the leg of the second.  It felt good.  If you’re looking for a sock knitting pattern that is easily memorizable but fun to do and hard to get lost on, this is a good one.

Diamonds and Cables socks

Of course, now it’s August, and it’s boiling hot out, so I suspect the August project will be more socks – something from 2-at-a-Time Socks, probably. The last thing I want in my lap right now is a sweater.

What are you working on now? Or have you given up on knitting for the summer?

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~ by Amber on August 5, 2012.

One Response to “Weekend Gauge Check: Yarnventure!”

  1. My goal is to get going on my spinning. Still making “artisan” yarn.
    I want to sit by the fire and spin this winter. Then I will take a cup and drink it up.
    And possibly call my neighbors in. ;}

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