Saturday, April 03, 2010

In progress. And stuff.

I finished the short rows on the East Meet West Satchel (Rav link). I've done a couple rows past that and I think this part of the bag could be done in a week or so, if I get a move on.

This is a big relief for me, because I'd originally agreed to knit this with my mother-in-law, she bought me the kit, and I felt like I'd left her hanging when she started it months ago and I didn't. I saw her yesterday, and we knit together for a while, and we're in about the same spot on this, so I feel a lot better (and I imagine she does, too). She's also working on an epic garter-stitch project (a tunic), so I think I'll have a chance to keep up with her.

The test spin continues. It's a little trickier than I first thought. It looked all dandy at first, but some of the coils snagged on the flyer hooks and sort of oozed all over.

I went back and looked at some photos of coiled yarn, read up with some articles and books, and gave it another try.

I've about got the hang of it. This first bit is going to get knit up as an experiment, just to see what happens. I'll give it another go and hopefully the coils will stay where I put them, this time.

Aaaaand, I'm about halfway through prepping the gears for the Gear Yarn.

After some hilarity involving power tools and wire cutters (the husbeast brought home one pair, I used them for about fifteen minutes, and we threw them away because I'd destroyed the blades), we realized we could simply press the central hubs out of the gears, leaving the cut brass toothed part. You know, the part that looks cool. Every time I work with these, I think of more fun things to do with them, and think I need to buy more. Anyone know where I can find bigger gears, maybe the size of a quarter, or so?

I don't know if it's the sunshine, the flowers starting to bloom, or the fact I've finally found some pain meds that work and kicked the last effects of the lung problems I had all winter, but I'm finally feeling focused. It's a lot easier to knit stranded color like this when you can actually concentrate. Then again, I was having a lot of trouble counting to eight one night this week, so you never know.


Nalamienea said...

It makes me smile to hear you're feeling better and more like your usual self! I love the yarn you're spinning and I hope we get to see what it looks like knitted up!

Emily said...

Those gears look cool; I can't wait.

Aaaand, being sick definitely makes me pretty stupid, so I guess (I hope! I hope!) that you're finally really on the mend!

Roxie said...

Hooray for modern medicine and for pain meds that work!

Just looking at that purse makes my head hurt. You're a braver knitter than I am!

The gears will obviously not go through orifice and flyer hooks, ao will you be drop-spindle plying?

Catie said...

looks good

hope you continue to feel good

Galad said...

It does seem like you are finally feeling more like yourself. Good to have you back :-)

NeedleTart said...

You make me feel like such a slacker. Pneumonia, glasses for the Goob, swOMGeddon, moistened notebooks and yet still you post for us. I have a bit of the blues and haven't posted for a month. Thanks for keeping us posted and glad you're feeling better.

Donna Lee said...

I'm glad you're finally feeling better. I love the look of all the gears in the bowl. Such potential there. That will be some cool yarn.

Amy Lane said...

huzzah--you're feeling better! I'm so glad! (And the yarn is just sooooooooooo WONDERFUL...the gears too...)

nicoliebee said...

I'm glad you're FINALLY feeling better. It always amazes me how much shit you put up with and you still maintain an optimistic attitude (mostly, lol).

That supercoiling looks like a hoot. What would you make with yarn like that?