This wasn’t a great week for knitting accomplishments, but there are some.
On Tuesday, I had my first-ever (and last-ever, I hope) root canal. Considering how stressed out I can get about things like this, I thought I was as cool as a cucumber. The dentist, however, thought I looked tense. Well, I hadn’t yet lost my appetite, which is the first clue I have that my fight-or-flight system has kicked in. Aside from some lingering soreness, I feel ok, but I didn’t knit on Tuesday.
I have been hanging out at the Ravelry groups, and I’m excited about starting the Summer of Socks 2008 and the Season of Lace KALs. And so I’m determined to finish my two sweater WIPs before the KAL June 21 start dates. I did spend some time fondling the yarn I intend to knit. Although my planned lace shawls (Bee Fields and Summer in Kansas) are set, I haven’t yet picked out the socks.
The second interruption was unplanned, but far more pleasant than my hour at the dentist, at least for me. Ed’s 4-year-old Mac is having problems with its screen. It freezes up at unpredictable intervals and he wants a new computer—my 4-year-old Mac. This means that I have to get a new one (*sad*, isn't it). And so on Thursday we came home from the Apple Store in White Plains with this:
It has a 24-inch screen and all the bells-and-whistles that ought to keep me happy for another 4 years. After we took it home, I had a field day on Amazon ordering software and books. I am old-fashioned enough to want to read how to do something on a computer before pressing any keys. Today I am making room for it in my office, so I can start working with it and begin to transfer my files and programs.
And another reason for not knitting much is that I’ve been watching DVDs. These are my combined Mother’s Day/Anniversary presents from DH and DS.
A few well-placed hints were necessary for this haul. Yarnsbydesign.com has all of them, and I printed the page, circled those I’d like to have most, and handed the paper to Ed. Handing the paper to my son would not have resulted in the desired outcome. I leave nothing to chance when it comes to encouraging two men who are shopaphobes (this is my made-up antithesis to "shopaholic") to buy presents. (In the interests of full disclosure, it is not hard to get Ed to shop for computers or DS to shop for video games.) So far I’ve watched only the sock DVDs, as inspiration for the Summer of Socks KAL. I want to try techniques that I haven’t done before. If I want to attempt Lucy’s buttonholes on the Calvin Klein cardigan, I’ll definitely need to stare at the two on Finesse Your Knitting. So there will be no rerun watching for me this weekend.
I blocked the partial sleeve (knit from wrist to armhole) and the collar of the Devonshire jacket this morning.
It doesn’t seem as if it will be dry for tonight’s knitting, but I still can be somewhat productive. I started some of the finishing—attaching the pockets.
I can attach the rest and join the fronts and back at the shoulders. I’ll need to do that anyway to put the collar on. The collar is longer than the size in the schematic, and the sleeve measures 17 ½, not 17 inches. There is a chance I’ll need to do some altering, but things are moving along.