Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Work, 1; Knitting, 0

Yesterday was the first day since I started this year of school that I did not knit a single stitch. GPG's sock accompanied to school and back, but languished in my bag the whole day. It's hard to believe that it's only the second full week of class, and already I'm so inundated with work that I don't have any free time to knit. GPG's sock is going to take forever to finish. It knits up at 12 sts/inch on size 1 needles. And that's when Koigu and Wollmeise yarn usually knits up for me at 9 sts/inch, or thereabouts. Throw in the fact that GPG has unusually large feet (not long, just wide and very thick around the ankles), and I'll be lucky to finish these suckers by the end of the year.

(Now, admittedly, I could have knit instead of making pesto for lunches this week. I could have scrounged up something for dinner, left the pesto for another day, and knit. But the basil wasn't getting any fresher, and the more times I bring lunch to school instead of buying something on the go, the more money I save to buy . . . more yarn! Right?)

Of course, though, it's at the time that I'm busiest that I want to knit the most. Conveniently, now that school is really busy, a long-awaited package arrived today from Amazon. Inside? A new scale to measure out yarn, so I can evenly divide up all those beautiful hanks of Socks that Rock and Wollmeise yarn that I got this summer. Plus, THREE beautiful new books: Elizabeth Zimmermann's Knitting Without Tears, and Nancy Bush's Knitting on the Road and Knitting Vintage Socks. I figured I needed some good sock patterns for all that sock yarn I have!

Although I have tons of reading and work to do, I want nothing more than to sit down on my bed with my knitting and look through these beautiful books. Fortunately for my work load, I have a habit of generally staying at school until pretty late in the evening to get work done. If I went home, I wouldn't get anything done besides vegging out and knitting.

All right. Enough with the blogging. Back to work.


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