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.