Is this thing working?
Right after the last round with technology (the score is now something like Technology: 357; me: 0), I got a call from one of our IITS guys, telling me that it's almost time for my biennial refresh. The one where I get a new computer. I'm betting this sounds like good news (and I felt a bit better about it after I convinced him that no, I did not want to go from my 15-inch MacBook Pro to a 13-inch MacBook, thankyouverymuch), but we all remember what happened during a simple system upgrade don't we? Can you imagine what's going to happen when they try to move everything to a whole new computer?
Chaos. Mayhem. Madness.
I'm trying not to think about it. I work for the state, after all. It could be years before anything comes to pass.
Meanwhile, spring has sprung.
Younger Daughter really likes picking flowers for us. Unfortunately, this occasionally leads to the total and complete decimation of whole beds of flowers, so we've had to point her in the direction of things like these lovely self-seeding and well-spread nasturtium (although shouldn't the plural be "nasturtia"?).
I think I can get the pictures of knitting that I wanted to show you last time to upload. Let's see.
That's the shell I'm working on -- essentially a complete reversal of the Slinky Ribs pattern, done in Louet linen. At the moment, though, it's been put on another needle and set aside so that I can work on this instead (how is it that I only have one size-three circular needle? how?).
That is the back of Anne's Ondule cardigan (imagine an accent over that e); I've knit up through the peplum and am almost done increasing again after the waist shaping. Then it's a straight shot to the armscye. And can I just tell you how much I am loving this yarn? This is Briar Rose Grandma's Blessing, and it's so soft and squishy it's a crime. Honestly, I keep making Rick squeeze it when I'm knitting in the evenings; he agrees that it's pretty decadent. Unfortunately, that means I'm torn between wanting to knit slowly so that the experience will last, and wanting to knit quickly so I can wear it. Life is so confusing sometimes.
I've also momentarily set aside the SeaSilk scarf. Not because it's not gorgeous and fun to knit (because it is; this yarn feels almost like suede -- it is, to borrow a word that Ellen used to so perfectly describe Maplewing, unctuous), but because I'm having an issue.
Aren't those colors beautiful? I'm using the Trinity stitch from Victorian Lace Today, which I think is beautifully textured and works really well with the color changes in this yarn; it looks rich and jewel-like. But that's not the problem.
The problem is that, for some reason, I'm doing something very wrong with the faggotting between the edging and the body. It's not doing what it's supposed to, and I can't for the life of me figure out why. So I'll fiddle with it until I get it right, and then rip this out and start over. But that will probably wait while I work on Ondule. This thing is addictive...
I think I'm going to need to pace myself.