July 27, 2005
I've been walking after midnight
I'm in the middle of a set of crazy experiments at work. They aren't any more time consuming than my typical stuff, but they require multiple trips to the lab each day for about a week. My walk to lab is 20 minutes, and a grand idea occurred to me - what if I knit while walking?!? That would be 40 minutes of knitting time, at least twice every day, so I should have a sweater finished by the end of the month! Hehehe...
I gave this idea a try... tonight. See, the one additional piece of information that you need to have is that some of these trips to and from lab occur between 10 p.m. and 2 a.m., in nearly perfect darkness.
Results: (I'm all about results) I can do it! I did it! The worst part about knitting while walking in the dark is... the heat. :-D :-D Didn't see that coming, did you? Yuck, it is so gross outside, and I have such a low heat tolerance as is. So of course I decided to work on a small, portable project on my first knitting walk, socks for Miss Paula.
The socks didn't cling to me as a sweater would, and there was no awkward turning of the project as I walked; really, the perfect solution. I found that I needed a modicum of light (a street lamp will do) for the first stitch on every needle, and no light or looking down for all the other stitches. On my walk today I only had to tink once, about 10-15 stitches, and for that I had to stand still. I nearly fell only once, but considering my usual clumsiness while walking, this is not statistically significant :).
The sock exchange Paula and I are having is secret. We specified preferences and sizes, but the rest is entirely hush-hush until we actually exchange the socks. So it's a huge deal for me to share this picture with you:
Hey, it's the socks' first appearance on my blog!
Actually, I've been thinking about ways to share more sock pictures with you. I'm concerned about Paula seeing the pictures, though. Even if I use some of Nona's html tricks, I'm afraid Paula won't be able to resist clicking. I'm not sure I'd be able to resist! But the urge to share is strong because... the socks are quite charming, and I'm having a grand time knitting them, and even though the pattern is simple enough to knit in the dark while walking, I came up with it myself (surprised?).
I'll have to think about it. In the meantime, I won't dread walking back and forth to lab from now on, even if it's in the middle of the night.
Adrienne Vittadini sweater: as evident from my last post, the sleeves are blocking. More pictures soon, although I probably won't get to the steeking until next week/weekend.
Filati orange sweater: I bought KnitPicks Shine in Apricot today. I'm excited about the color, but not so excited about having to knit on US 4 when others get the appropriate gauge on honkin' US 6s. By the way, for those who placed their KnitPicks orders recently, any trouble with the website? Gosh, I was having such a hellish time. From my Mac, it was a bust no matter what I tried. Basically, the yarn wouldn't add to the cart. From my PC, I could not log in, even though I perfectly well know my user name and password, and even when I created a new account from scratch in case I forgot. I can't remember the last time before this that I had to phone in an order! Anyway, that yarn won't be coming in for a week or two, which should be enough time to work a bit more on Paula's socks and perhaps finish the AV sweater.
Bloglines: no news. I mean, there have been some more nonsensical e-mails telling me that, "we believe the issue has been resolved," when it clearly hasn't. So, yesterday, today, and tomorrow, Bloglines "service" is more like, "big-ass headache."