The Baron really is one of the best and most lovely people I’ve ever known. So far, our little co-habitation experiment has survived two huge truckloads of stuff (junk from my old apartment that I haven’t used in years) backing up to
his our house. Two meals with my sisters, five nights of my dad staying with us and helping out with the move (and helping to get adorable settled), and a room full of my crap later, we are still speaking and even enjoying being around each other. That in itself feels like a huge accomplishment.
And now to the good stuff: I have converted yet another knitter at work. Mrs. K has an insanely stressful job, and she was too crazed to make it to our knit-night, but she finally made it over to my cubicle for some knitting lessons. Nothing makes my cubicle buddy Cap laugh harder than when the ladies stop by for some knitting advice or to have me correct their mistakes. The best part is that the whole operation is somewhat stealthy, so they saunter down the hall to our little cubby area and then whip out the yarn and needles from under a jacket or stuffed into a pocket. The secrecy gives the knitting process that little something extra – just a little bit more fun – and so far it’s been a fun office-bonding experience. Pretty soon now the squares will be due, and I am a bit nervous because I want everyone to enjoy that fantastic feeling of creation and completion that comes when you bind off your final stitch. And if even one or two of my “students” wants to cast on again for a second project, well, all the better. I’ve got two squares done and two almost off the needles, so at least I’ll be able to make a substantial contribution myself to our charity blanket.
Meanwhile, my skinny Clapotis is cranking along — I should be done very soon — but I’m knitting without a net on this one — I have no idea when I’ll run out of yarn, and since the Lorna’s Laces Lion & Lamb is on the insanely pricey side, I don’t want to waste a single inch. I’m going to start placing lifelines in the next few rows so that if I run out of yarn too soon, or if I have too much left over, I can rip back and re-knit in order to maximize my yardage.
Finally, I am thrilled that my blog entry on ripping as well as my Frost Flowers & Leaves round-up were included in this month’s Yarnival!, generously hosted by Kelpknits. If you’re a knitter and you haven’t checked it out, make it a priority . . . there are some great blogs out there to discover! And if you’ve found me via the Yarnival!, please feel free to say hello by leaving a comment . . . they’re always welcome.