Thursday, November 15, 2007

Guilt Edged

So here I am in Beautiful Alberta (flatter than I'd thought - but so was Denver - I keep expecting that high altitude will be being IN the mountains!)

Tonight I have a class at Make One, then tomorrow we leave for Banff for the weekend of knitting and teaching and communing with the scenery. I'm so excited - and so wishing that there were some way I could have brought Gerry. Maybe later - maybe I'll come again with him...

I left this morning - but later than I would have liked - after walking Max to the bus stop and getting a few packages ready to go. But there are things at home I wish I could have accomplished before I left. Things like:
    • Make hair appt for Hannah
      She's decided she'd like her hair short for fencing
    • Get shelves put up in downstairs bathroom
      Old china hutch needs notches cut out of it,
      then it needs to be mounted on wall
    • Put hinges on door of vanity, add shelf
      Just fiddly work, needs to be done...
    • Get old dryer up on Craig's list for sale
    • Put away outdoor furniture
      Hang from the ceiling in the garage.
    • Carry boxes of books from garage down to basement storage
      Thus freeing up more space in garage -
      I may hire a high school or college kid to help with all this carrying...
    • Reconfigure basement storage
      Now that laundry is on ground floor,
      we can use that room for book storage - yay!
    • Put away summer clothes, get out winter clothes
Those are the non-teaching / non-designing things that are on my mind. There are more, but that's what seems to be hovering around my head.

So here I am, 1,000 miles away and in another high altitude city, and I find myself fretting about things that I can't do anything about right now. Altitude and fretting. Fretting is pretty useless, but writing all this stuff down does make it seem surmountable.

Knitting A Bit More
I've been getting some nice knitting done - I have a cardigan I'm working on using Tilli Tomas silk Plie, and I'm really excited about the shaping. It also has a cool double knit edging up the front and along the neckline that will be fun to do (but hard to explain - why do I do this to myself...)

It's a simple knit - the shaping is created by a box pleat that sits under the armhole on each side. I had a student in Virginia try it on, and I'm very happy with the fit - quite flattering. I have to finish the sleeves, though, and then get the pattern written up.

I'm going slower these days than I used to - I know I sound a little idiotic, but it really is true that having so much to do makes less time for designing. In my worst moments I wonder if I'll ever be back to a place where I have a certain amount of 'waste time' - just to doodle around. On the plane today I doodled with some very pretty yarn, fiddling around with a hat pattern I've had in my head. I miss that. I did, though, have time to get the heel onto one of Max's socks. Yay!

Yarn will be arriving any day for a few pieces I'm doing for Lorna's Laces. I love that yarn so much - I think LL & Artyarns still rank as my all time favorite yarns.

I wish I could be at TNNA this January to see the pieces in action at the LL booth! I don't think I'll be going, though, as it's just not prudent for my budget if I'm not teaching out there. It will be good, though, to have more time at home.

When I get home next week I'll have a nice chunk of time to try to bring a few projects to a manageable state.

Spring Plans?
I'm thinking of putting together an East Coast trip, centered around the NY/NJ/CT area in the early Spring. Anyone interested?

I'm also closing in on finishing the tank top I've been working on since it was HOT. It's going to be a plus size - the sample will be - so for a nice change of pace I'll see if I can get a zaftig model to show off the pattern. I think I may just set that aside until Spring, at any rate.
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Blogger Karen said...

Yeah!!! I was hoping that you'd come to the east coast at some point! :-)

November 15, 2007 6:07 PM  
Blogger Deborah said...

So Hannah fences? Good for her! My daughter teaches fencing for the city recreation department. They need more fine girls in the sport!

November 15, 2007 6:30 PM  
Blogger Frances said...

I hope you teach in NJ and I can get to the class!

November 15, 2007 6:55 PM  
Anonymous kmkat said...

Zaftig? You want zaftig? I'm your girl!

November 15, 2007 8:36 PM  
Anonymous ellen in minnetonka said...

I fenced for Ohio State back in the 70's. It is a great sport. Please note that the fact that I fenced for a Big 10 team doesn't mean I was a great fencer - the Midwest wasn't exactly a hotbed of talent at that time. What blade will Hannah use? Back then, the women were only allowed to use foil, not epee or saber.

And though you feel you are going slowly on design, I assure you that it is clear you are picking up speed. I love the shaping on the cardigan, and the edging idea is genius.

November 15, 2007 8:41 PM  
Blogger cathyannhenry said...

The cardi is absolutely gorgeous! Not my colors, but we all know that's one of the great things about hand-knitting--you pick the colors! Where will this pattern be published?

November 16, 2007 6:05 AM  
Anonymous Marie said...

If there is one place on earth that is restorative its Banff! You will love it and you should plan to go back! I can't imagine a lovelier setting in which to knit and be inspired!

When I first saw your workshop was being held in the that particular hotel and location I actually looked into flights from here in Toronto but in the end the dates didn't work for me.

You can also look forward to utterly losing any sense of flatness in the landscape!

Enjoy your weekend!

November 16, 2007 6:39 AM  
Anonymous Cheryl said...

"Reconfigure basement storage
Now that laundry is on ground floor,
we can use that room for book storage - yay!"

watch the basement for books! They tend to get musty....

November 16, 2007 7:12 AM  
Anonymous tracey in mi said...

oh. my. the tilli thomas design... oh please Im must make it--- please oh please with sugar and coffee?

November 16, 2007 8:31 AM  
Blogger Cursing Mama said...

I believe the University of St. Thomas has a place for people to post jobs for students (everything from nannies & yardwork to pizza delivery). I bet you'd be able to find a fine student or students to do or help with the work you need done.

November 16, 2007 9:25 AM  
Anonymous Nancy said...

OMG! Please please come to Connecticut!

November 16, 2007 9:53 AM  
Blogger Lisa C. said...

Yay! I was also hoping you would come back East.

November 16, 2007 10:21 AM  
Blogger Seanna Lea said...

Oooh, I like the cardigan even if the Plie is too steep for my budget.

The double knitting border isn't hard to explain to me, but I'm doing the Hoover blanket from Knitty, which gives you a bit of double knitting practice (I love how double knitting is often "self finishing").

November 16, 2007 10:35 AM  
Anonymous Sharon said...

I have a friend looking for a me at sknutson at sjm dot com if you want to give me more info...may be able to help you cross something off your list!

November 16, 2007 11:00 AM  
Blogger Leslie said...

Annie, please go to WEBS in Northampton MA! I am not an habituee of that store since it's way too big for my comfort level, but I will go there for a class! And I'm salivating over that cardi with the pleat on the side for shaping - what a genious idea! Your ideas can be so brillant...

Saluations and best wishes to Gerry, Hannah, Max, the dog and the cats! Hope G's doing well!

November 17, 2007 4:12 PM  
Blogger Erica said...

Count me in for a class in the tri-state area for sure! YAY!

November 18, 2007 7:30 AM  
Anonymous Harriet L said...

NY/NJ/CT???? PLEEEEEEEEASE come to the Albany NY area. We have four wonderful yarn shops, BeauKnits in Cohoes, Wool and Word in West Sand Lake, Trumpet Hill in Colonie, and Lansingburgh Yarn Depot in Troy. I can get you contact info for all of them.

November 19, 2007 8:15 AM  
Blogger mattandlisasicilian said...

If you come the the NY/NJ area, I will be there.

I'm pretty sure I qualify as zaftig too!!


November 19, 2007 12:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, Annie, depending upon how far east you come, I might travel a little if it works in with my working schedule.


November 28, 2007 9:26 PM  

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