There are certain truisms in the universe. I can think of three at the moment:
- It is what it is.
- You have to pay the piper.
- I’m ridiculous.
Really, items 2 and 3 are kind of related.
Truism 1 is a simple but profound expression which I first heard from one of the lawyers I worked with. It was often used in the context of having to accept the facts as they are, even if that means that the consequences for the client are less than desirable. It applies to many things in life.
The second truism is that you have to pay the piper. There are no shortcuts, and at the end of the day you just have to suck it up. There is no magic fast forward button.
The third truism is that I’m ridiculous. Look up the word “ridiculous” in the dictionary (if they even have such things anymore) and you’ll see my name.
Here it is, the long weekend in April. Lots of people are celebrating Easter. Which, since it’s Good Friday, I guess means that today people are celebrating death, then on Sunday they’ll be celebrating life, and on Saturday they’ll be celebrating chocolate or whatever. Not being the religious type, I don’t celebrate anything. Sometimes there is chocolate, but not this year. Princess is out west again, the Lad has to work a Mooseheads game tonight, and I have to mark.
Which is where the ridiculous and the piper come in.
I have stack of papers which I still haven’t marked because they are so abysmally awful I don’t know where to start. I’m trying not to be cranky at the fact that most of the students don’t bother to show up for class, so they haven’t actually paid attention to whatever little nuggets of wisdom I dispense. But they’re terrible writers and on top of that, are completely misguided about this particular assignment. And that makes for a totally disastrous marking experience. It takes four times as long to mark a bad assignment as it does to mark a good one.
I now have three days in which to finish (start?) marking 55 papers. Then on Easter Monday, the students write their 3.5 hour exam. And those have to be marked and handed back the following Monday. My life is a disaster.
We’re getting to the ridiculous part.
Does anyone else do this? “I’ll just knit / watch tv / go to a movie / whatever right now, and then in 2 hours / 1 day / on the weekend I’ll mark papers / house clean / mow the lawn / do my taxes….”
I’m the queen of that because I’m ridiculous. It’s 11:10. So here’s my thought. I’ll just blog / surf the internet until noon and then I’ll mark my papers.
And at the end of the day, the papers always take longer than I think they will and I’ll spend sometimes an all-nighter getting them marked. Because you have to pay the piper.
So my ridiculousness right now is blogging.
Hmm…Typepad is not responding. Do you think that’s possibly a sign?
No, I don’t believe in karma or the universe, so shut up.
It will be a briefish post because I do in fact have to spend a lot of time marking from now on.
So let’s begin, shall we?
One of the ways I structure my blog posts is to look at the photos I’ve uploaded since the last one. It’s that simple.
And I see that I have a photo of my delicious tomato, avocado, bocconcini salad with green onions, balsamic vinegar & olive oil and basil paste. Sobey’s never has fresh basil. It’s always sold out. So I bought a tube of the paste. It’s like vile toothpaste, but is full of basilly deliciousness.
I’m feeling virtuous about my salad because it meant that I actually used avocado rather than letting it rot / petrify in the vegetable drawer. And it’s only 7 ingredients. Even I, lazy as I am, can do that. And I think of it as being pretty healthy. Go me.
I particularly love how the olive oil and the balsamic vinegar emulsify almost immediately.
If you follow me on Instgram, you’ve seen this already.
In terms of non-food fiber this week, there was another delivery from White Birch Fiber Arts. I have no one to blame but myself. Last week when I was blog posting, I had the link to Lisa’s shop. And of course I had to check it out to make sure that the link was correct. And what did I find? “Nothing Says Screw You Like a Rainbow” and “Scandalous Carrot” and “Red, Red Wine”. So they leaped into my cart. (I guess that would be “leapt” if you’re one of my UK readers.)
The amazing thing is that I got an instantaneous shipping notice, and lo and behold, the yarn arrived at my door (well, at the communal mail box) on Wednesday. That’s because in the US, the postal system operates on Saturdays.
Granted, this was only coming from Vermont, which is basically a hop, skip and a jump from Nova Scotia. But three days? Really? Unbelievable.
I’m still waiting for a wee shipment that left California on the 9th of April.
So what does this tell me? It tells me that I’m gonna order more yarn from White Birch Fiber Arts and less yarn from anywhere which is 4 time zones away. That’s the kind of karma I believe in.
And I have three more skeins in my Etsy cart. And Lisa is having a shop update on the 25th. You people need to get on it and buy up all her yarn in order to save me from myself.
Here are the three lovelies that arrived. First is the group shot, then the individual portraits.
And yes, I use that somewhat tongue in cheekily. Unlike the Yarn Harlot, I will never own a camera which looks more complicated than a nuclear power station control centre and which comes with a 329 page instruction manual. I love my iPhone camera. It does the trick for me.
And because I am ridiculous and engage in procrastiknitting, I have completed the first CaterpillarGreen sock and started on a White Birch Fiber Arts sock.
Here’s the CaterpillarGreen sock in progress and then some HO portraits.
The yarn is an 80/10/10 MCN, and it’s nice and soft, but not to the point that it feels like mouse fur.
This is an asymmetrical or irregularly striping colourway in that not all the stripes are the same width (or length in the skein, I guess) and they are random in terms of colour placement. I love this yarn. It reminds me a bit of a Dr. Who scarf. So these might be my Dr. Who socks. Even the colours are a bit close. The official colourway is called Hillside. But I think Dr. Who Scarf covers it.
There’s a gorgeous teal, followed by a teeny olive section, then a terra cotta, followed by a sapphire/cobalty blue, then terra cotta, sapphire/cobalt, olive [with a wonky line of a darker green for about half a stripe which I assume was a dye pot error but I don’t care], then the cobalt, the teal, olive, greyish plum, mustard, purple, teal, plummy grey – not quite the same colour as on the heel, cobalt, grey, teal, olive, and terra cotta. There’s still a strand of a darker moss green which I didn’t get to because the sock ended.
I hope that this patterning sequence repeats so that I can have matching socks. If not, it’s no big deal.
In terms of project details, I cast on 72 stitches on 2.25 mm needles for the leg; did 20 rows of ribbing and then started the stockinette. I did a heel flap and gusset (duh), but instead of slipping stitches, I did a stockinette heel where I did twisted knit stitches. If I were smart, I would have done that on the toes as well, since I think these will end up being for Princess because they’re just a wee bit short in terms of length. I switched to 2.0 mm needles for the heel flap, gusset and foot.
Anyway, I am quite pleased with this particular yarn. There are a couple of colourways from CaterpillarGreen which have this sort of asymmetrical/irregular striping.
And since I worked from home yesterday, I ended up working until 8 pm. (Which is the downside of working from home – you can just keep going and going without having to worry about traffic or anything and if there are no kids home, the next thing you know it's 8:00 at night). Then I decided it was far too late to start marking papers, so I would knit instead. There’s the ridiculous again.
So I finished the CaterpillarGreen sock last night and then started on a White Birch Fiber Arts sock in the Purple Rain Purple Rainbow colourway. It’s awesome. I love it so much. I don’t want to stop knitting it. I think I’m going to call the project When Doves Fly as a bit of a nod to the Prince reference in the colourway name, and as a bit of a nod to the fact that the blue and white looks like clouds / sky and birds fly in the air.
The Lad has been out at school until all hours of the night, so sometimes Des comes to stay in my room until the Lad gets home. Persia’s not sure how she feels about him.
Okay, that’s it for now folks. I really and truly am off to start marking. If I’m really fast, then maybe I can get all 55 knit by Sunday night.
ETA: 4:00 and I have 6 marked. uh oh..... And these are the good ones.