Stitching and sewing

Where I write far more than you ever wanted to know about my knitting, embroidery, crochet and assorted other crafty ventures.

Thursday, September 14, 2006

I don't teach until 5:30 tonight, which gives me plenty of time to sit around in my pajamas and knit. I'm actually kind of worried, because at the moment my studio numbers are down significantly. Last spring I had 20 students, in the summer I had 15 (numbers always go down in the summer) and now, as of the first week of lessons, I have 1o or 11. Of course, numbers always go up once the other classes start, and the late starters get around to signing up. But still... nervous. Somebody's got to pay the yarn bill around here, you know what I'm saying? I should probably recruit more aggressively, but I just hate doing that sort of thing. It feels so silly. I guess I could probably take on piano students, but I don't really like teaching piano.

I still have my church job though, which as of late has begun paying more, and it's still high wedding season around here, plus I've been doing an extra mass most weekends, so no worries for awhile. Marc says that I'm the world's biggest worrier, and at some point I should probably get it into my head that I don't only have myself to depend on, but still... it's a hard mental switch to make.

In news of the knitting kind, I finally have a progress picture of Rusted root.
Knitpicks shine sport in green apple.
Size 6 needles.
I'm 16 rounds in.

This is such a fun knit - the lace keeps it interesting, and I adore this yarn color.

I've also made some progress on my Multidirectional scarf

I kind of like that the colors are subtle in this one (Noro silk garden #82.) I'm not pleased with the ridge you get from doing the short rows, but looking at other scarves it appears to be normal. I actually restarted once because I thought I was doing something wrong, so I'm a little behind on this one.

I went thrifting yesterday and bought cookbooks!
I didn't start cooking until a year or two ago, and now I'm totally hooked. I'm not vegetarian, but I do love vegetables far more than meat, so I mostly cook vegetarian dishes or those that are light in meat. I've been drooling over these all afternoon, trying to decide what to try for dinner.
I am a sad, sad person. I tried to resist the allure of the Knitpicks summer yarn sale, but I was no match for it. Ok, so maybe I didn't try so hard...

Rusted Root is coming along very quickly, so I feel justified in my spending! I'm halfway through the increases. I had to restart it once because I inadvertently twisted the join, but it's all better now!

I ordered Main line in Blueberry, for an Hourglass sweater from "Last Minute Knitted gifts". I know it seems a little odd... but in truth I am not a fan of wool sweaters. It doesn't really get cold enough here for me to wear a wool sweater with my coat more than a week out of the year. I appreciate that mercy, as I'm the worst person to deal with in cold weather. Tonight, for instance, Marc and our friend Jason wanted to walk to play triva, maybe 3 blocks away. Me? I drove because the temperature was under 70. Yes, I know... sad.

I also got shine worsted in Green Apple and Wave, for a something red (ok, green) cardigan and the Looking Glass top from the Summer 06 Interweave Knits. I also got Shine sport in Silver sage and Aquarmarine, for the "Somewhat Cowl" and yet another cardigan (I'm not sure which one yet). And some random Merino Style in Asparagus for a scarf. Why yes, since you ask, I am obsessed with the color green. It's sad, really.

My order is still pending... even if it ships tomorrow, experience tells me that it won't arrive til Tuesday. I think waiting for yarn is the worst part!