Monday, June 11, 2012

Moving the Stash and Going to the Sox

I'm going to have to admit the stash again. I'm moving in July.  It's not a long move, just about 10 miles to a new apartment, but it comes with a Philosopher roommate and the knowledge that the stash has to be drug out of all of it's various spots and relocated. I'm a little terrified by that.

I was chatting with a friend recently who commented that he almost always sees me knitting socks.  I countered that while being in class, being short staffed at work (even more so than usual--coworker is gone for a month doing a practicum), packing, and trying to get ready for a major conference in just over a  week, socks are about the only thing I have the brain power for. In theory I'd love to dive into sweaters, work on the giant afghans, etc etc.  But I find that it's easier to let my hands just process the wool and if I happen to end up with a lot more pairs of 2x2 ribbed socks at the end of it, that's okay.

The Philosopher knows how much yarn I own. In theory. He knows there are tubs and hat boxes. I don't think he quite realizes just how much there is though. It's a little easier to say "oh, there are some tubs there" and "there's a basket or two over here."  He's started talking about building shelves and the idea of having to get it all out where he can actually see it is a little daunting. I haven't seen all of the stash in at least two years, probably longer, whenever it was the last time I dumped everything out and sorted. I looked at most of it right before I moved back to Chicago but that was with an eye to get rid of things I didn't love. Now I have to look at it as something taking up shared space.

Gah.

In other news, the Color Affection Shawl is going well, it was my knitting a week ago when I accompanied Franklin to the White Sox game. He needed a driver, so I got the Gecko vacuumed and we headed south. It's a good thing I'm a little paranoid about travel time--we ended up in traffic on Lake Shore Drive that was stopped long enough that *I* broke out my knitting. I should not be able to get through an entire round of a sock on something purporting itself to be an active road.

He was knitting a sock and while I'd brought one, I wanted to make a dent on the Color Affection. After five innings and a hot pretzel, I'm about 2/3rds of the way through the second section and starting to contemplate section three. A lot of knitters asked questions about it and really liked the colors I'm using. I think it will be really beautiful when it's done. I haven't seen another one done in four colors, but I've not waded through all of the completed projects on Ravelry.

I worked on it again at dinner with AudioGirl. The colors make me so happy, I'm looking forward to seeing how the wrap and turn rows of section 3 look with the added third orange.  I had seen one suggestion to only go 2 rather than three stitches past where one had done the previous row to get a deeper shawl and I do plan to do that.  Eventually I might even get you a picture....

For now, I just finished a black sock and my pillows are hailing me.