My brain is quite full and I'm not sure where to begin. DH had the levy briefing today and brought home a cornucopia of information. Picture one of those Thanksgiving horns o' plenty with paperwork just flowing out. The tentative plan for now is to get packed up, clear Ft. Bliss, drive to Dallas, drop the van off for shipping, and fly to Germany by the 9th of June. We can't make flight arrangements until we are 30 days out, so we're just marking the calendar in pencil for now.
We've been making appointments with a frenzy. Me, the kids, the dog, we've all got physicals and checkups and screenings. DH and I working together have already managed to double book ourselves for one day, so I've got to call back and reschedule, which will be fun. The guy at Central Appointments for the hospital told me, "Hold on, I gotta type all this stuff in. Man, all this typing! I didn't know I was going to have to type so much when I took this job! They told me just answering the phones." Sadly, this cracked me right up.
Over in the knitting realm, I still don't have photos of the Zenzi scarf. I think it needs to be shown with me wearing it and frankly, I haven't looked presentable in 2 days. Maybe tomorrow, since I have to leave the house and will thus be motivated to put on a decent outfit. But I do have some photos that don't include my scraggly self.
'Member the project that I said I was getting ready to rip out?
This is the beginning of the Monteagle Bag (freebie pattern link) from the Mason-Dixon Knitting Outside the Lines book. I loved going to the outdoor markets in Europe and I decided I totally need some string bags to take now. Obviously, I will be carrying fresh flowers and one of those long baguettes in my string bag as I stroll the cobblestone streets.
I'm using AllHemp 6 and hemp is just a hateful fiber to knit with. I like that it is sturdy and useful and makes a good project in the end, but it feels like knitting with thick, waxy butcher string. But really, it's the pattern causing problems. This is a string bag, not a lace shawl or some other work of art type project. Just a bag. Useful and practical, much like a dishcloth. I shouldn't have to go online and watch videos to figure out the stitches before I get to row 10.
At this point that I took the picture, I thought my stitch count was messed up and I was absolutely in no mood to try and figure out how to fix it. Just before I pulled it off the needles, I counted again and it had magically corrected itself, so I kept going a little further. Now I've kind of gotten the hang of things (and also lowered my expectations, I plan to increase/decrease at whim if the stitch count is off again) and I'm cautiously continuing. The next set of stitches look even nuttier, so I'll probably be looking at videos again. I'm certainly not going to be knocking out an assortment of these bags. I'll just be glad to finish this one.
In more pleasant progress, this is another sock that I began last month, knit in Sanguine Gryphon Bugga! yarn:
The colorway is Giant Night Moth and it's a delicious cashmere blend. I wanted a bold pattern for the dark colors (slightly darker than this sunny photo) and I'll give you a guess where the stitch pattern came from. Uh-huh, the Japanese stitch directories. I just love those books.