And I broke my yarn diet – well, actually, I never had any intention of dieting through May, because this is my month to start (and finish) Arwen. I found a nice teal merino, and am trying to ignore the fact that I have about 25 teal sweaters already. This will be my favorite one. It’s not the gauge the recipe calls for, so I will have to do some (gasp!) math, but I’m strong. I can take it.
Also in the works for May: Caspian Sea Socks for my SIL (she whose husband is in the hospital right now with an arm full of shredded glass), and what will be called Find The River Socks – I’m “inventing” the Find The River cable right now. “Inventing” is in quotes because of course there is nothing new in knitting. But I’ve never seen this before, and don’t have it charted anywhere, so I’m having to develop it myself.
The Ruby recipe will get written up someday soon, but I’ve gotten all ambitious and decided I need a site, a place with lucid instructions for everything I’ve come up with so far. This raises the question of how to illustrate stitch patterns – not a problem with Ruby, but for cables and the few fairisle sweaters I’ve done, it must be pondered.
Franklin Habit reviewed some charting software a few months back, and I clicked the link and found out it cost $125. I’m sure it’s worth it, but I don’t tend to spend that much money on things. Around 1988, my friend Theresa said, “Unless it’s real estate, $99 is not ‘on sale’,” and I’ve more or less lived by that principle ever since. What can I say, I grew up poor.
Anyway. Knitting. I have a notebook full of past project documentation, graphs and yarn scraps, photos and patterns. Charting and designing is one of the few things left that I do by hand (I bet I’m the only person in the universe who uses the calculator on my PC) – should I turn that over to the computer too? I already spend a lot of time sitting in front of this thing.
Seriously, I would love it if coffee could just shoot from the computer screen directly into my mouth, but I’m not sure that would really be… healthy. Maybe it would be better if I didn’t spend all my time sitting here, you know?
Song du jour of the day: sure, why not? Find the River, by R.E.M.