Friday, May 25, 2007

why is knitting any way slow right now?

Mom lives 120 miles west of me, then Nashville (where the doctors are) is 90 miles back again to the east. But we are cheerful and making the best of it, what else can you do?
The times I do stay at Momma and Daddy's, their rural area has the worst dial up in the world (and no cell service, either) Mom says when we get on the other side of her breast cancer, she will consider satellite internet, and then I will be able to answer emails with more grace and timeliness when I am styaing there, and she can do the type of research on the internet that she enjoys so much. There will no longer be time to go make supper before a single page loads.
So, if you get aggravated with me for being slow, just give me a little time and I will catch up to you, I am keeping up, just a week or so behind everyone else. It's ok if you want to keep buggin me, though, I don't mind, and maybe I need the reminder, as I was the type of personality that went around in circles before this and the fire happened, anyway.
This really makes me realize what a face paced world we live in, and how we have all escalated our expectations to match the speed of Amazon.

mindless mindfulness

Mindless mindfulness- part 1
I am getting adjusted to these times. I get home, unload my truck, have a cup of tea and head straight for the shop to make spindolyns or tools,working steadily from the top of the list down. I walk longingly past the garden that needs so much tending, and promise the dogs that maybe next month we will go on a long ramble.
But now is a time of a lot of driving (Mom and Dad live 120 miles -one way, west) a lot of hours in waiting rooms and a lot of long hours at the drill press or standing before other noisy shop tools. These activities are ripe grounds for wandering minds and I have been thinking a lot about multi-tasking and the mindful state and have noticed some trends I would like to ponder on paper, but it is going to have to be in snippets, as now, when I catch a few minutes in the waiting room and write on my pda.
The first observation is that sometimes my mind wanders in pictures, sometimes in words and sometimes it is just a dull semi-coherant fog.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

out of town and easy on the hands

So there may be a couple of extra day delays on spindolyn orders right now. Thanks again to everyone for their patience and well wishing.
On a knitty note, I have had a chance to do a little knitting in waiting rooms. I have three projects in my bag right now, and have noticed that (counter-intuitively) the US size 2 dp needles on which I have started the cuffs for the wristers, are easier on my arthritis than the circular size 10s that have the capelet out of the shiny purple stuff on them.
For some reason, I thought the bigger needles would be easier, maybe it is not the size, but the weight of the larger project?
Even though having a little time to handknit is nice, I can't wait to get home and get caught up, as I would love to have a little time to work on the new spindle prototype, and to hang this purple capelet on the bond and finish it up.
I plan on using the adjustable latch tool with the bodkins stuck in it for transferring the stitches across the row for decreases for the neckline of the capelet, which is knit from the bottom up.
I need to start another project on the LK to have finish work to do, as there will be many more waiting rooms with Mom over the coming weeks.