Weekend Gauge Check: A Night at the Fair

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.

The project I’m working on basically involves doing all the things people in my office don’t (or haven’t) had time to do, which the degree of difficulty and challenge varies.  A lot.  This week’s task involved 35+ pages of social security numbers that had to be looked up in three different databases, and I’m pretty sure it was the single most boring thing I’ve had to do in the past decade.  It was so dull that there were some podcasts I couldn’t listen to because they weren’t interesting enough to keep my attention.  It was so dull that even being almost done was not enough to motivate me to work faster.  The days didn’t even do the courtesy of going quickly.  It was awful.

But it’s DONE, and next week I’ll be on to something else.

After work on Friday, we went to the Clark County Fair.  Walking around the arts and crafts area and some of the animal barns kept us out of the sun until it went down. It wasn’t hot, by my standards, but it was shining right in our eyes when we arrived at around 6:00. 

It seemed to me like the standards of spinning and knitting were overall higher at this fair than at the Multnomah County Fair earlier in the summer.  I’m not sure why this is; I doubt that the overall level of knitting is just better on this side of the state line.  Maybe people in Multnomah County are more likely to submit entries to fiber festivals than the general county fair.

There were “Master Canner” and “Master Gardener” displays courtesy of the Washington State University extended education programs, and a lot of 4-H displays.  (The succulent was a 4-H entry, because it didn’t occur to me to start taking pictures until well after I’d already walked through the adult flower entries.)

Outside, there was a huge display of antique tools and equipment, including a functioning blacksmith shop and several turn-of-the century engines. Jack was delighted.

We stopped for apple pie and roasted corn on the cob, and then we walked through more animal barns and the midway. I love fairs at night.  It had cooled off and gotten windy, and it was beautiful and bordering on chilly as we walked around taking pictures.  A night shot of a Ferris WheelWe didn’t feel the need to ride anything – just feeling the energy of the fair was enough for us.

Saturday we stopped by the Portland Zine Symposium for a little while, and then went up to the Alberta Street Fair.  Alberta is an artsy neighborhood in Portland, home to my favorite LYS, Close Knit.  The street fair was huge – we covered more than ten blocks and didn’t see more than half of it.  It was in the 90s and fiercely sunny, so eventually we gave up and went home.

Today was cooler, and we went into downtown to have lunch and then out to a coffee shop for a write-in.  I put two complete pattern repeats on my Peacock Tail and Leaf Shawl, mostly on the Max.

Over the course of the week, I put a few more rounds on the Welsh Traveling Socks.  I’m almost to the heel on the second sock.  It makes excellent sitting-in-the-car knitting while I’m waiting for Jack to get off work.

A smaller Ferris Wheel, lit up at night.

I’m feeling motivated to pick my needles back up, so off I go.  Check your gauge, or tell me what the most boring thing you had to do last week was, in the comments.  Doesn’t matter if it’s the weekend or not – it’s always a good time to check your gauge.

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~ by Amber on August 12, 2012.

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