Sheesh, a girl stops checking the blogs for a week or two and you all just produce and produce and produce. As Inigo Montoya once said, "Let me explain. No there is too much to explain, let me sum up."
There are things I have not been doing: blogging, reading blogs, commenting on blogs, taking pictures, checking my email, cleaning my apartment, cooking, seeing my friends, enjoying springtime, or finishing works-in-progress.
And there are things I have been doing: working.
We're at a crucial stage in my current project at work, doing the final rounds of testing for a new systems implementation. This means late nights and early calls and mandatory overtime (including weekends). It also makes for one seriously exhausted Librarian-in-Training. I realized things had reached a crisis point when I had an entire nightmare-filled night of dreams where I was alternately attacked by vicious flesh-eating monsters and testing our new system. What my subconscious lacks in subtlety, it more than makes up for in inventive and graphic gore. Yuck. And even with all the gore, I honestly couldn't tell which dream-fate was worse.
So I decided I needed to slow down a bit, to make time for the things that matter to me. I went to my knitting group last night for the first time in weeks, and it was amazingly restorative. A few hours of knitting and chatting was exactly what I needed. Plus, I found out one of the my fellow knitters is a knitblogger, and a damn good one at that. Imagine, the Craft Pirate. At my very own knitting group. What a pleasant surprise!
And there actually has been some knitting, but entirely of the mindless variety. Only things I can knit a few rows on, put down and pick up days later without having to check a pattern. This includes Wicked, at long last almost be-sleeved.
I don't think I'm in love with the top-down method. I think bottom-up, where you knit the sleeves separately, then join them with the body to knit the raglan decreases is the method for me. Heaving the entire gigantic flopping weight of the body around while knitting the sleeves is a bit of a pain.
That said, I do leave him draped artfully over the living room furniture, so I can admire him in passing and give him an affectionate stroke even when I don't have time to knit.
I've also been swatching up the J Knits sock yarn I got on my Yarn Safari.
I'm thinking Waving Lace socks from Favorite Socks. I'm going to keep my fingers crossed that they'll magically fit me, even though my foot is nowhere near the pattern's 7.5" around. My friend Megan (of the dainty feet) may be getting more socks.
And for subway knitting, there's a basic stockinette sock, in Meilenweit MegaBoots Stretch. The same yarn I used for My Pretties, in a different colorway. I'm still loving the subtle gradations of color and finding it tremendously motivating to know a few more inches will bring me to the next exciting change of color.
Check out the green just peeking through. Nice, no?