Ha, I always think, “oh, I should do a blog post” … and then three weeks go by.
Things have settled down a bit here. The after-shocks of the demise of our derby league have subsided. I and my fellow ref have joined the league in Saskatoon and have been taking turns driving down for practices. It’s very nice to have a full reffing crew to learn from/with and to discuss scenarios and rule interpretations. I also went down to a boot camp they hosted last weekend and helped out during the scrimmage. The derby season is gearing up for the province and I have several dates already booked, and several tentative ones that I haven’t committed to yet. While I truly miss our own league and the fantastic chemistry we had, I don’t miss spending several hours a week working on board and league business. It’s nice to just show up and skate. And now I have time to pour over the rule book and watch footage on tv.
I managed to finish a pair of socks. I had originally started these using the two-socks-on-one-set-of-dpns (double knitting, one sock inside the other). I had tried that a few years ago, but found it too stressful. Well … it was still stressful and not relaxing. So instead of keeping going and being anxious about it, simply to have what equates to a knitting party trick (the second sock inside), I split them onto two separate sets of double points and carried on.
I had started with two separate colours of yarn so I could see easily which was the inside sock vs the outside. But after splitting them onto their own set of dpns, I realized I would have to knit a second pair of socks when I was done these. Instead I swapped yarn after I turned the heel. They are fraternal socks, not identical.
The colourways are Black Plum and Nightshade. Such lovely tonal colours! Ravelry project page is here.
I have some really cute and interesting sweater patterns that I want to try; they call for DK weight yarn. I need to see what I have in that weight. I’ve been working on minimizing our house/possessions/STUFF and that included my yarn. I had some storage bins in the basement that had really not been touched since we moved here over six years ago, so I pulled it all out, sorted it according to people who expressed interest in it, and cleared a lot of it out. What I have left is recently purchased yarns and/or yarns that I really loved and wanted to use.
For now, I cast on for a sock yarn hat using the leftover yarns from the socks. I’m working a Fibonacci striping sequence; that’s interesting!
“The Fibonacci sequence – also known as the golden ratio. It’s a pattern of numbers that occurs naturally in nature and is aesthetically pleasing to the eye. The numbers give perfect proportion and will produce interesting stripes.
1 + 2 = 3
2 + 3 = 5
3 + 5 = 8
5 + 8 = 13
8 + 13 = 21
The sequence: 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, 89, etc.
Each number in this series equals the sum of the two previous numbers.”
I will post a photo once I have made more progress. It’s looking good so far. So until I figure out what my next “big” project will be, I’ll use up some of my sock yarn making socks and hats. Maybe mittens. Who knows!
The poopers are anxiously awaiting the arrival of spring.
Ava doesn’t care because she doesn’t like being outside, but the boys are getting antsy for long walks along the river bank and playing chase in the yard. Chopper has a cut on his toe from the sharp ice in the yard. The past few days have been melting and messy, but it’s only early March, so we’re not fooled that spring is actually on its way.
Yesterday we bought a twin sized 6″ foam mattress to put in the living room to replace two old dog beds. Chopper stretched out on it all night, but Rufie was leery of it and didn’t want anything to do with it. But this morning, he gave it a try.