In all of that, I haven't managed a whole lot of knitting, alas. I did get two swatches knit with the sample yarn I spun for the gansey. In fact, I got those done relatively early on in the whole thing and have been carrying the swatches around in the bottom of my book bag for nearly a week and a half, hoping for an opportunity to take a picture - even if it had to be on PhotoBooth - to share. That actually turned out not to be a bad thing, as I am reassured by how well they survived. (Also, in answer to a question that someone left about blocking my yarn before I knit with it - yes, I do soak, snap, and hang (unweighted) my skeins of handspun before I knit with them. I also blocked these swatches after knitting.)
Of course, now I need to find the time to actually spin the yarn. Even though the woolen spinning goes much faster, I still need to get to the wheel. On the other hand, I also need to get to my spindles, as I'm teaching another intro to spindling class a week from today at my LYS (I don't know if anyone who's reading is from around here, but right now there's plenty of room in the class, if you want to give it a whirl - it's a very low-key commitment to try something that you might like a lot, and we always have a lot of fun)(and yes, I meant that pun-like thing in the last parenthetical).
Meanwhile, I've been knitting a little bit here and there. I finally knit my very first baby surprise jacket.
I knitted the first one (which will be accompanied by little bitty matching booties) for Knit for the Cure, which is a fundraiser that my beloved LYS puts together every year. The store gathers up knitted donations which they sell in a booth at the end of the Susan Komen Race for the Cure in San Diego. I'm also walking this year in the 5k (on November 6th), with the team that my friend Pam has put together: Purls for the Girls. If you happen to like to donate to that particular cause, and you haven't had a chance to do that this year, I know the team would appreciate your support tremendously. If you do, please let me know, and also (regardless of whether you donate) do let me know if there's anyone you'd like us to be particularly remembering or thinking of as we knit our way through our 5k walk.
The second jacket is for a friend of mine at work whose baby is due soon; there will be booties to accompany that one as well. These little jackets knit up pretty quickly, and they work well for meeting knitting (garter stitch all the way, and very small). They also seem to be about all that my brain can handle these days; I am so terminally distracted by my ever-growing and unshrinking to-do list (which now stretches into mid-December at least), that I actually completely forgot to bring my computer to work one day this week. It's always a bad sign when I forget something that obvious and important (especially when I've left the computer sitting right next to my bookbag, and right under my car keys). Clearly, it's better not to try something like a pair of Cookie A socks or stranded colorwork at this point in time.
With luck, the next post will come much sooner than two weeks. Meanwhile, happy weekend - what kinds of fun things are you all doing to celebrate your Saturday?