This week has been very difficult; the first one alone in my own apartment in 18 years. I took the week off to 'settle in' and acclimate Ben, but that may have been a mistake since it gave me extra alone time to think and sob. I'm looking forward to getting back to work tomorrow. Nothing distracts you from real life like a dozen wacky scientists to take care of!
Friend Anne and I went to the Jefferson Sheep and Wool festival. It was pretty difficult as I had always attended with Mr. Bee and last year's purchase of my spinning wheel, Mabel is such a strong memory for me. I was a bit verklempt, except for watching that sheep shearing guy. I have to admit, all of those arm muscles did distract me for a bit. Boy Howdy!
I didn't buy ANYTHING for me; not roving, no books, no yarn. That should tell you how off my feed I am! I did get a backseat extender and seat belt for Ben at the border collie shop though, and used them when I took him to the dog park yesterday. I feel a lot better about transporting him now that he's safely buckeled in rather than flailing around the back seat like a wild man.
Friend Donna came over for a visit and brought me a beautiful bouquet. I only have one photo and it's truly crappy, but I'll share it anyway. You can't see it, but there are beads woven in amongst the tall grasses. I'd never seen anything like that before. Those guys at The House Of Flowers in Verona do a great job! (Yes, I did that Hardanger doily it's sitting on my very own self, Thank You Very Much! )
I am still pumping out the charity knitting. I am working on the Coronet Hat from Knitty right now. If you have successfully picked up the stitches from the cable band, we need to talk cause I've ruined one cable band trying. It tells you to knit the cable band and graft it together and then turn it inside out, and with the wrong side facing you, pick up 80 something stitches around the edge. Then purl a row, then straight stitch the hat part, then decrease, etc. etc. It never mentions when to turn the thing back right side to, and for that matter, if you' ve picked up stitches on the wrong side, and you DO turn it back over, your working yarn is now in the wrong hand. Any and all assistance would be appreciated. I'm not an advanced enough knitter and I don't have the gift of being able to imagine spacial relationships (plus, see 'verklempt' above) so I am just not getting it. I'm almost done with the second cable band and am dead set on ruining that one too if I don't figure it out! What am I missing. Any suggestions?
(A few minutes later....) Der! Typing that long winded tirade out must have kick started my brain, because I figured it out! The brim turns UP!!! Now I get it!