I’ve got to give it to Gerald. He cooks the food, he makes me feel better when I’m down (usually by telling me to get over it, and he’s usually right), and he always tells the funniest jokes. That is not all. He puts up with all the wool, and as you might suspect there is quite a lot of it. And he also takes the children away when he senses that I might benefit from some time to myself.
Right this minute he is off somewhere in town yardsaling with Maggie and Jerry. *Drive for a few miles, unbuckle the two. Browse for a minute. Re-buckle the two.* Repeat between *s. If they are still happy after a while of that, he will take them to the grocery store and do the shopping for the week. They could be back at any moment but for now I will just enjoy the silence (or rather, the music).
What I have needed lately is a chunk of time to figure out some lace, and I think I’ve got it now.
ETA: Swallowtail Shawl from an old Interweave issue, in KnitPicks Shadow that I dyed turquoise (project page).
I put this project down a while ago and when I picked it up and counted the stitches, I was off by one. Today, with an empty house, I was able to straighten it out. I missed a yarn over but fixed the problem on a subsequent pattern row (I skipped a decrease).
I knit a few more rows, counted again, and was again off by one. After careful examination, and some cursing, I discovered that I didn’t psso of the sk2p (sl 1 kwise, k2tog, psso). Deep breath.
Now sure exactly how to fix it, but I’m hoping when I get to the pin that marks the error the answer will come to me. Usually does.
I’m thinking now, maybe I should have spent this supposedly rejuvenating “alone time” painting my toe nails or something. Not wrestling with a motherfrakking pile of lace.