So, sometimes life hands you many changes.
I took part in my first Triathlon relay. I was the biking part. My son swam, my husband ran. My butt hurt. I had not ridden a bike for more than a mile or so in years. I rode for four and...and swallowed a fly. The tri was to help cancer patients and their caregivers. We raised almost 10K Yeah! That's my Tom racing toward the finish and chasing him the recipient of the sock chronicle below. Susan came straight from the hospital (and her second round of chemo) to the race and stayed to watch all her friends and relatives swim, bike, and run. It took a lot out of her but she couldn't stay away.
Oh...and I quit my job.
This past Thursday I learned the art of spinning on a dreidel, I mean a top whorl spindle. I drafted the fibre and I'm pleased to say that I can spin some lumpy, though yet not too uneven fibre. I receive the spindle as a gift from one of my knitting groupies. I didn't think that I would enjoy this pursuit. Wrong, its very soothing.
Did I mention that I quit my job?
I signed up for a full course load at the local college because I want to become a nurse. I'm taking 10 credit hours this fall. To help keep the money coming in, I will be working in the same bakery my son works at. I can make a mean latte, fill sugar, do the creams...and I can mop a floor.
...and I am starting a new job. I'll have time to knit, to read, to sew, to garden, and catch up on my blog roll.
In the interim I will be knitting for Team Canada in the 2008 Ravelympics. I vacillated as to which team I should knit for. I went with my home country. The Flutter Scarf by Miriam Felton is entered in the Scarf Stroke as my event of choice. I am using KnitPicks Gloss in Sterling and hope that I can acheive gold.
I managed to finish a pair of socks in obscure yarn that's been marinating in my stash for several years. It was a gift from a friend who attend Maryland Sheep and Wool a couple of years ago. The socks will be gracing the feet of another friend. Hopefully she will find just the right penny loafers to complete the look.
The pattern Embossed Leaves is from Interweave's Favourite Socks book. The yarn is Blue Ridge Yarns Kaleidoscope Superwash Sock Yarn. I wish that I could buy some more. It was great to knit with, smooth and springy. I made these using Lantern Moon ebony DPN's. Unfortunately I broke two needles in the process. I'm just not a luxury wood needle woman. I think that if I get my pennies saved I will invest in the Signature Arts DPN's.
Arwen is growing and I want to Viking Patterns for Knitting that will help in mitring the cables for the collar. I am knitting away and trying to wrap my head around knitting the collar to the body in one piece. I think that it can be done. Hoods on a 50 year old, I'm just not sure.
So, stay tuned and wish this school girl luck with her new job and her pending collar modifications.