Knitting Withdrawal

I’ve spent the last month working on a deadline project and then suddenly, as of lunchtime yesterday, it’s gone. My portion is finished. Even the remaining yarn is gone, save for the scrap of yarn I found this morning beside my bed. (That I totally didn’t have any difficulty throwing away. Nope. Not me.)

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This photo from my instagram is making me nostalgic already. Um. Yeah.

Several hundred thousands tiny stitches (I did the math because…because of course I did) and some – possibly permanently – stained fingers later, it’s all over.

So I’m drinking my coffee and looking around me going…what…what now? I’m going to be taking on some more serious design projects shortly, but I didn’t plan on starting until I’d had a bit of a knitting break. I have a considerable amount of brain fog right now, which doesn’t pair nicely with red wine OR pattern design. I ought to take a break.

But my hands are not having it. Despite the fact that my right wrist might be very slightly strained from knitting eight hours a day for the last few weeks (Don’t look at me like that, I knit slower than I thought…) all I can think about is knitting something. Anything. Now.

Friends, it’s been 24 hours and instead of taking a well earned break, I am in full blown knitting withdrawal. I can’t watch a TV show. I can’t have a rest. I can’t talk on the phone, not with idle hands. If you need me, I’ll be perusing my stash for a suitable rebound project. Suggestions welcome. Wish me luck.

Nicole

P.S. The Weekly Round Up – for those of you that have missed them – will be back this week!

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Eight days…

I finished my last high school exam today! It was my physics exam and it went very well. I managed to finish every questions in under three hours. I was at somewhat of a loss afterward, I mean, I had a whole afternoon and nothing to study! Preposterous. And perhaps a sign that school took over my life a little bit at the end there…

Faced with nothing to learn I went down to the book store to buy a book on sign language and began learning new signs. Cassie got me interested in sign language a few years ago and she taught me enough so that we could “talk” while listening backstage at choir concerts. I don’t remember much… signs for “song” and “good” and “popcorn” (I don’t know why but I never ever forgot popcorn.)

Anyhow on to what we actually care about here- the dress. The dress that I have exactly… eight days to finish knitting, blocking and sewing. Hold on EIGHT days??? What’s today? The 18th? When did that happen? What the-

Oh. Exams. Right. Nevermind.

Soooo the skirt lace is going well. I’m a little nervous because my swatch didn’t help me much and I’m kinda working blind. Flying by the seat of my pants if you will. I’m increasing as a go inbetween the panels every 4 or 6 rows.

This is what the (unblocked) skirt pattern looks like:

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It’s dayflower lace originally by Barbra Walker. I’m using the dayflower scarf chart written by Cheryl Fuller and posted on her blog Jung at Heart. I didn’t include the beads but the chart is awesome.

Here’s the whole thing…

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I’ve put the underdress underneath it so the lace can been seen. It’s sort of bunched up on the bottom because it’s still on the needles but you get the picture.  I’m very pleased with it and I think (cross your fingers) that it will be done in time. Wish me luck!

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