March 03, 2008
That's how many days left until I go home. And on the 70th day, I'm going to Green Island Centre (corner of Wyandotte and Louis, if you're ever in Windsor, and highly recommended) and having a grape leaf sandwich for lunch. I may even have two.
Days until my installation has to be delivered to the Museum? Twenty-four. Let's not discuss that again, hmm?
In knitty news, Miss Henry (Ariann) is so close to completion I can taste it. I've just started on the collar, which is a four-inch garter stitch walk in the park, and have only about four ends to weave in (oh, spit splice, how I adore thee). Even though yesterday afternoon was t-shirt weather here in Georgia, there was still frost on the grass when I first went out in the morning, and tomorrow it's supposed to rain all day long (100% chance, they're saying, which hardly makes one want to bother getting out of bed), so I have confidence that I'll still have a few cool mornings on which to wear her after she's blocked and be-buttoned. And once I've triumphantly shown her off, I'll finally get around to writing about stash, and the busting thereof.
Speaking of busting stash: one of the nicest things that yarny friends can do for you when you're on a self-imposed full halt in stash enhancement is send you yarn in the mail. Just before our departure to Baltimore a box full of awesome arrived in the mail from Stacie:
Not only did Stacie send me some lovely handspun yarns, there's also fancy little dish (which I'd pretty much already filled up with safety pins before I'd gotten it all the way out of the box) and two hand bound books: a gorgeous limp vellum (a binding I love but have never tried myself), and another soft binding whose name I can't remember but which is totally cool, with two paper cover pieces that weave through each other. I joked to her that I finally understood how those people felt, the ones who would look at my blank bookbindings and say "oh, they're so lovely, I'd be afraid to write in them" (to which I would reply that I used mine for grocery lists, and frequently tore pages from them), because I don't think I've ever had a book bound by someone else before. But don't worry. They're lovely, and I'm not afraid to write in them.
As I was about to get on a plane and my near-finished sweater was too cumbersome to knit on the go, I immediately cast on for a top-down raglan using one of Stacie's yarns for a contrastey yoke against a dark gray alpaca/wool/acrylic blend (how well do you guys know me by now? of course it's recycled). I cast on too many stitches for the neck ribbing and will have to remove and reknit that later, but here's how much I managed to finish during travel time over the weekend (in between bouts of filming and rehearsing at Jacey's I worked on Miss Henry instead, because monogamy is for boring people).
Since returning home I've put this aside on waste yarn in order to pick up Straight Outta Brompton again (as they're forced to share a circular needle); this sweater's going to be lovely but two gray projects on the go is a bit of a downer, and SOB's Georgia-dirt-red is much more appropriate for the current Project Spectrum fire theme (at least, I hope it's still fire theme; I had a dream that Lolly blogged how excited she was that the theme was about to change from "fire" to "pink", and I freaked out that I wasn't ready for pink) (and then when I went looking for links I saw that pink is included as a fire colour anyway). (Yes, I'm a big enough stressball that I dream about stuff like that, but isn't that better than lying awake at 4:00 a.m., heart racing, worrying about my thesis? Yeah, I thought so).
I will miss you and our get-togethers, but will always wish you the best.
Posted by: Bob at March 3, 2008 11:58 PM
I'm SURE there's no pun intended in that title. LOL
Posted by: Norma at March 4, 2008 10:09 AM
I'll send you the Limp Vellum instructions - easy-peasy! I'm glad that blue/grey was put to good use!
So only a bit more of thesis pictures? Gah! I've so enjoyed checking in to see the progressions of the dresses. I was hoping to convince you to print those cute little dress illustration/prints from your sketchbooks.
Do you feel like when you are done with the thesis you will be DONE and want to walk away and not really look at it for a bit or will you immediately turn it around and incorporate it into your next venture? Or a little from Column A, little from Column B?
Posted by: NJStacie at March 4, 2008 11:24 AM
I love that new top down raglan! it's definitely a good thing to have yarny friends :)
You're so close to finishing your Ariann! Can't wait to see it!
Posted by: Jody at March 4, 2008 11:51 AM
Posted by: Sandy at March 4, 2008 02:27 PM
Lying awake worrying about your thesis is a special kind of hell. Ask me how I know.... or what I did 4 nights this week. *groan*
Posted by: zardra at March 9, 2008 02:04 AM