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Morning stretches

April 28, 2013 - 6:51 am

New lace scarf giving its all

It’s 7:30am. Showered, puttered, tea made, meditated, and now writing.  Check!

The puttering this morning took rather a long time, because I was blocking the ends of a scarf I’ve been knitting on the machine. I blocked the body before vacation, but decided it wasn’t finished enough, so created a border chart. I knit the first end, which is on the right in the picture below, by hand. The second end last night by machine. I definitely could have knit the second end faster by hand than by manipulating the stitches on the machine, but I learned a lot, so perhaps it was worth it. I certainly now have more motivation to figure out how to use the lace carriage!

New lace scarf giving its all

When blocking lace I believe a harsh blocking is best, no matter how the lace screams, particularly when blocking silk.  This is Handmaiden Sea Silk in colorway Boreal. The iPad camera doesn’t do it justice; photos later when it’s off the rack. Note the hand weights to help keep the mat flat- it’s not really blocking if I don’t need at least 10 lbs. This one used 18, but I probably could have gotten away with a little less. 😉

Also, pro tip: when pinning on the dining table, be VERY CAREFUL that the pins don’t go through the mat. Perhaps avoid this all together in the future, and pin on the floor, then check for pins sticking through before moving the lace to the table for photos.

There are some errors in the pattern on the machine knit side, but I declare it Good Enough.

Yesterday was spent continuing to get acquainted with my wacom tablet, working on the Illustrator course on lynda.com, and napping, glorious napping. I feel more well rested today. David and I also took photos of some FO’s I need to post, including the sweater I finished at the Visionaries retreat and a skirt I made on the knitting machine.

Today there will be more illustrator class, and writing. I’ve cleared all the nagging UFO’s out of my backlog in the past week or so, but am not starting anything new until the documentation is complete.

We are also having an extreme low tide again, so may take a little jaunt down to the beach with our cameras for that.

Finally, I’ll be taking advantage of David being home to complete the sorting and rearranging of Stuff on the main floor of the house.  The remainder of what needs to be sorted is joint property, and I want to be certain the putting away of Stuff is satisfactory to all. I’m determined the dining table will be empty of clutter 100% of the time. I like sitting here looking out over the bay, and I like having a nice table for eating, rather than plopping down on the couch as has become our habit.

Next up: exercise! Yesterday I had to abort the morning routine after an upper body twisting stretch triggered some sort of stomach spasm that had me heaving for half an hour or so. I’m working on strengthening and mobilizing my scalenes. The stretches I’ve found to help are uncommon yoga poses that I don’t know the names for. If anyone has suggestions, please share.

And there’s a goldfinch on the bird feeder.  It really is spring.

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Comments

Laura K

April 29, 2013 6:51 am

Look at that view! Wow. So nice to hear about your knitting and napping 😉 I have envy.

jennigma

April 29, 2013 6:51 am

The knitting machine is fabulous, now that I’ve climbed most of the learning curve!

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