Tuesday, May 25, 2010

I'm back!

Apologies for the long silence.  It's just a busy time of year in the teaching world - not only are things gearing up towards the end of the year at school, but all kinds of extra commitments come up outside of school time as well.  We also spent the long weekend in Vernon, which was lovely, but meant we didn't have any catch-up-on-things-at-home time!

I finished the first sock of the pair I'm working on, and made some good progress on the second one while we were stuck in the end-of-the-first-long-weekend-of-summer traffic (yes, Dave was driving) on the way home yestereve (that's a word Jane Austen coined in a letter, and I like it).  Luckily we were only in the thick of the traffic between Hope and Chilliwack, and from there we were able to take secondary roads home and leave the jam behind.

I learned a new bind-off the other night when I finished the first sock.  It turns out that the super stretchy sewn bind-off that Frauke showed me is not the same as Jeny's Surprisingly Stretchy Bind-off (JSSBO).  Here is a wonderful video of Cat Bordhi demonstrating the JSSBO, as well as a nifty trick for prettying up the join between the last and first stitch of the bind-off on an object knit in the round.

Mookie decided that he wanted to be in the sock photo, so here he is looking out of the window.  In the background you can see the barbecue skewers that keep adventurous kitties from getting funky in the plant pots!

Taking pictures for the blog, or anything else, has become quite a challenge.  We're shopping for a new camera, but we're having trouble settling on a model.  In the meantime, our current camera is eating batteries for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  Basically, freshly charged batteries last for about 3 pictures, and have to be removed when the camera is turned off in order to keep them from getting drained.  It's very hard to get good pictures under these circumstances.  Hence the cat accoutrements!

I've knit the first sleeve for the little cardi.  Hopefully this week I can get the second sleeve knit and finish this little project - it's taking a lot longer than it should with all the other things getting in the way!

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