Oh, Bear

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This was the last spinning I touched. It’s been a full week. You’re probably wondering, “OMG, Sarah! Are you feeling all right?!?!” The answer, quite simply is that it’s been quite a week.

About a week ago, Mr. Knitting Sarah went from being kind of sick with a cold to pretty darn sick with a cold. The worst of his cold seemed to hit Sunday night — there was a fever and a lot of restlessness which led to our Bear, tender heart that he is, spending most of the night whining. Unfortunately, Monday through Wednesday of this past week was Mr. KS’ annual work conference and it’s one where the kids and I ride along, board the dogs nearby, and spend a couple days at the indoor waterpark at the conference center where the meetings are held. It’s a wonderful treat… unless you arrive sleep deprived thanks to a puppy’s good-hearted concerns as well as pretty certain you’re going to leave sick. Then, it’s kind of exhausting.

I don’t know how, but Mr. KS went and handled his conference well (clearly he has superpowers) and the the rest of us managed to stave off the sickness until the last day and enjoy ourselves. I played some arcade games with the kiddos day one and day three, we went bowling, and ran ragged while we had the chance — sanitizing as we went, of course, to hopefully not infect the entire complex with any germs we might be carrying along. The kiddos spent one day in the waterpark while I knit.

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I started a sock for Mr. KS since it was small and easy to carry around and it felt like a nice thing to do while he was busy working. Plus, he needs some new socks.

Also, I finished up my Milliken vest on the way down, doing a 3-needle bind-off with a pen because I didn’t have the third needle.

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You would think with the load of stuff I packed that I’d have remembered a needle for this bind-off, but I did not. In any case, this beauty is washed and drying as I type, so there will be more on it soon!

By the time we hit the road home Wednesday afternoon, I was feeling the dreaded cold setting in. I was unwell enough that I didn’t touch my knitting at all on the drive (it was also a snowstorm because it seems we can only travel in snowstorms now). There was also this…

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Bear still hates the car and awkwardly sits next to or on top of Moose a lot. It’s as heartbreaking as it is hilarious. Moose, it’s clear to see, is a very patient gent. I should mention that while Bear is riding in the car he is almost always drooling profusely so Moose emerges soaked. If they sainted dogs, Moose should be first on that list.

Yesterday, among a bunch of chores, I started a new garment project…

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Lesley in this Quince & Co Osprey that’s been in my stash for a long while. I’m knitting the top-down seamless version and my goal was to get through separating the sleeves today. Let me tell you, I managed it, but it was against great odds. Thanks wholly to this guy…

 

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Oh Bear. Bear who decided that instead of letting me get some rest last night, he would whine almost through the entire night, waking me about every 30minutes to an hour. Normally, he sleeps from bedtime to 6am with no problem. I’d have gladly slept through it if I could have, but mom hearing being what it is, I woke up for every whimper. Since he did it when Mr. KS was at his sickest as well, I wonder if it was that? Some sort of intuition? Some sort of attempt to help. I have no idea. Let’s pretend that’s it because it’s at least endearing.

Suffice to say, I awoke exhausted and much worse for the wear today, but after a brief nap this morning, I did manage to get through separating the sleeves off of my Lesley.

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And Bear, well, he thinks it’s his job to find me where ever I am and whatever I’m doing, check in with me, and play with me. Or share his treats with me. And I’m going to tell myself it’s because he’s a baby and if he was sad or didn’t feel good, he’d want me to find him and play with him. Or share my treats with him. Oh, Bear.

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Now maybe tonight he can let me sleep so I have the energy to get back to spinning (and shovel the 5-8″ of snow we’re supposed to get tonight) tomorrow. Oh, Bear.

 

Box Ticking

I’m definitely someone who is driven by ticking items off of a list. Nothing motivates me more than seeing progress unfold. This means that it I make a list and I keep said list on-hand, I’m generally guaranteed to get things done. The more way points I have to check off, the better I function. First you do this, check. Then you do this, check. And finally you do this, check. It is music to my ears.

It should come as no surprise then that when you add evenly spaced colorwork to a sweater project that it will translate to mild obsession for me. First I will work the neck short rows, check. Then I will work the first yellow colorwork section, check. Next I will complete the first blue colorwork section, check. And so on and so forth. This has turned out to be my Tecumseh handspun sweater knit and I am just all in on it.

This is where I was one week ago…

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And this is where I am today…

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The next complete round will send me into the final repeat of the blue colorwork on the body of this sweater. If I’m estimating correctly that’ll put me somewhere between 2-4″ from the bottom ribbing. Not too shabby for a week of knitting!

Also on the good news front…

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My Stylish Hermit project bag still has plenty of yarn in it for the rest of the sweater, I think. My gauge has been pretty consistent throughout this knit and I’m not yet halfway through my main color skeins, so I am hopeful that my yardage will hold up and it’s all going to work out just fine. I don’t know why, but with handspun projects it’s around this point that I start to freak out a little about running out of yarn. I’m relieved that not only is the main color looking promising, but the contrast colors are right where I expected them to be. I’ve been knitting with slightly more generous than I think I need floats on the back of the colorwork because I decided I’d rather risk have slightly larger gauge on those stitches or too much yarn on the wrong side than have the colorwork choking the fabric at all. So far, not only do I have enough yarn, but it’s looking pretty good. I intend to give it a good solid blocking when it’s all done and I feel fairly confident that it’ll turn out pretty darn close to exactly how I want it.

I had been a little unsure about how I’d use the contrast colors because the yellow was a very high contrast to the grey and the blue, not so much. At this point, I’m really not concerned any more…img_4450

There’s some glare on this image, but suffice to say, I just really adore this whole combination. It’s just like I dreamed it would be.

I’d love to keep writing about it here, but honestly, let’s be real, I have an obsession to get back to… I mean a sweater to get back to knitting. I did, after all, just finish the last yellow colorwork section on the body, check. So I know I now need to get on finishing up the last blue colorwork section on the body. And then the last few inches of the main color. And finally, the ribbing. So many boxes to tick, I’d better get to it!