Don't let the door bang your a** on the way out.
2016 has been a spectacularly awful year. And it has been a spectacularly busy year. I am crawling to the finish line of the year. Unfortunately, the first third of 2017 isn't looking any better.
Speaking of a spectacularly awful year, I see that the last time I posted was election night.
There has been a bit of knitting, virtually no stash acquisition, and not much of anything else. I haven't had a ton of time to knit.
I did finish the mansox for G-man (Princess's boyfriend). And I didn't run out of yarn.
They're just plain vanilla stockinette because apparently he will be wearing them over his white cotton tube socks.
The yarn is Poste Yarn US Targhee Sock from Simply Socks Co. It's a nice yarn to work with. It's a 90/10 blend with 465 yards to the skein. The colourway is Gotham.
I should invest in a large pair of sock blockers. The toes of these are about an inch and a half beyond the end of my blue ones.
And how happy am I that Typepad now allows me to upload multiple photographs instead of having to do them one at a time? This is going to cut my blogging time by a third. Easily. Small mercies.
There have been some nice skies since I last blogged. And there was one week where it snowed three times and I was out shovelling like a crazy person.
Construction downtown continues to flourish.
This piece lives in the little foyer just outside the Utility and Review Board's hearing room. It's slightly less creepy than the Ukranian friendship statue.
The pups are still adorable but also bad.
I made a Bankhead hat and just a plain 1x1 ribbed hat for the Lad and his girlfriend out of the Peruvian alpaca yarn they bought me in October. Apparently the GF wanted a very slouchy hat, so that's what I did. The pattern on the Bankhead is hard to discern because of the marled tweedy effect. I did a double brim, but the Lad told me it felt tight where the two halves were joined. They were Christmas presents.
I made the Thermoluminescence socks from this year's String Theory Colorworks sock club yarn. I did a Fish Lips Kiss Heel and discovered after the fact that I had done additional boomerang rows on the first sock but not the second sock. Because I'm smart that way.
They're on 2.0 mm needles so will be too small for me. If they don't fit Princess, they'll fit someone.
I've knit one sock out of the Mineville Wool Project yarn the Lad and his GF brought me back. It's kind of brown and red and burgundy and black and purple and dark orange in most lights, but if you get it under a daylight bulb it's cherry red. It's wacko bizarre.
The first sock is actually finished. I'll take a picture in both lights to show how bizarre it is, but it will have to wait until tomorrow.
Princess asked if I'd make her another "scarf" (by which she means infinity scarf or cowl) for Christmas, so I obliged. I did a Ghazal cowl (size large) out of my Miss Babs Yowza in South Beach. This is pre-blocking. Yes, it is actually currently blocking and is pinned to the spare room bed. Miracles, I know...
Hmmm. This multiple photo upload thing doesn't do them in order, but whatever. It's still faster.
So anyway, that's the first cowl I did.
I also did a hat for G-man out of some Baby Llama. He's fussy about colour. He likes grey and black and some shades of blue. Beige or oatmeal or natural is out.
I decided I had enough time to do another cowl for Princess. I used the Peacock Minis kit from Canon Hand Dyes that I've been saving. Instead of the blue contrast yarn which came with the kit, I used a skein of Sweet Georgia Tough Love Sock in Tumbled Stone. I ended up with 112 stitches instead of 100 on 3.5 mm needles. I used all of each of the minis and then did however many rounds of the tumbled stone to make it to a total of 20 rounds. I ended up with about 2 yards of Tumbled stone left. I finished this morning at 2:00 and it took me until after 4:00 to kitchener it together.
But it's done and I'm pretty happy. I hope she loves it.
Now I don't know what I am going to work on, but it's not going to be grey. I'm a little sick of grey.
My gallstones and I had a quiet Christmas. Princess and G-man were in Victoria and the Lad has been in Alberta since the 15th. Xmas dinner was kale and spinach salad with sliced sriracha (sembal olek) chicken breast with sauteed leeks, mushrooms and cranberries and some random dressing.
I had what I am 100% certain was a gallstone attack a week ago. It started just before 5 pm. I was so uncomfortable that I couldn't actually participate in my strength & core class at 6:15. I couldn't get comfortable so I went to Emergency around 9:30 pm. I spent hours just rocking back and forth and swearing sotto voce. I was in so much pain I couldn't even knit. The pain died down enough by around 2:00 that I just decided to go home and sleep it off. They probably weren't going to get around me until mid-morning, and I was concerned about the dogs and the cats. So for two days I ate nothing but toast. I'm not going to tempt fate (or court disaster) until I can see the doctor on Friday.
2016 can bite me.
There is no yarn to show. I ordered two skeins of HF Sock Yarn from Simply Socks Yarn Co on December 10 and they were shipped out on December 12. They stayed in Indiana until December 20 when they went to Illinois. Apparently they hit the Canadian border on December 22, but they haven't shown up yet. And other than my Pencil Crayon of the Month club skeins, that's all I'm expecting.
I'll be mostly knitting from stash in 2017. Assuming I have time to knit, that is. I'm not overly optimistic.
Princess and G-man are coming out tomorrow for a week. And the Lad comes back on the 4th. I'm back to work on the 4th. Tra la. I have some work that I'll have to do on Friday, but I can do that from home.
I've been watching lots of documentaries on YouTube. Mostly they're about murders and serial killers, but I've watched some on the heroin crisis for a little variety. I'm nothing but cheerful at this time of year.
One of the things Princess got me for Christmas was West Knits Best Knits Number 1 Shawls. The pictures are fabulous. I intend to make an Exploration Station at some point.
I may go and stash dive to find something colourful to do.
It's unlikely I'll blog again before the end of the year, so Happy New Year. Here's to a better 2017.