Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Stress Reduction

I handed in my resignation at my job yesterday. Currently looking for work and entertaining ideas about new career paths. Drop me a line if you have any ideas.

I am starting an 8-week meditation project based on Full-Catastrophe Living by Jon Kabat-Zinn. Great book.

I am chugging away at the Cinnamon Grace I am currently knitting for Jorie. This is to replace the failed Damson. I'm a little more than halfway done with the body of the shawl. And given that the rows are only 36 stitches wide, it's moving along pretty quickly despite the fact that I'm using sock weight yarn. Here's a shot of it as of right now (taken on the subway where I do the lion's share of my knitting. That's Georgia's foot in the pink sandal):

And in case anybody is interested, here's a shot of what was formerly known as Yankee Stadium. It's almost all gone. As of this morning there was one entrance gate left - the stairs/escalator on the far left of the stadium, as viewed from the subway platform - and the crew was busily tearing that down. I expect it'll all be gone by the time I get home this evening.

And I'm still working on the Villane. Although I have discovered something about myself. Cables stress me out, and my gauge shrinks massively. Also, I screwed up one of the cables on the sleeve, so I'm going to have to go back and rip out.

Might have to go to a bigger needle size. But all is well because I'm magic looping it, so I won't have to buy any new needles. Magic loop is kind of a pain, but I like it better than DPNs.

I'll start posting more frequently as I work on leaving this job (last day is the 26th!). I might actually have more time and energy.


1 comment:

  1. Sounds like you're happy to be moving away from that job, so congrats on that :-)

    As to the cables, they used to stress me out too, and I felt like I had to pull the yarn real tight to close up the holes when you do the crossovers. The result of that was the same as yours: my gauge to real tight on the cables. Truth is, though, you don't have to do that. Once it's washed and blocked (says I, who avoids blocking at every opportunity) they will fall into place. If not, you can always take a crochet hook or the end of a needle and move the yarn away from the open space later, just like you would at the corner of a sock heel if there's an open spot. Don't know if that helps, but my point is, when it comes to cables, I make a conscious effort to relax both mind and hands, and it comes out just fine (especially compared to when I used to pull it real tight).

    Now if I could just follow that advice when it comes to crochet.....