Yes, there’s been a lot of that happening here in our condo after 5+ years. Things have been going belly-up with mystifying regularity. Remembering words from a Robert Frost poem, “the best way out is always through,” I’ve been working through this, eager to finish so I can get back to my knitting and projects that are calling loudly to be completed.
First to go was the heat pump fan installed in the ceiling. Things are often not as simple as they first appear. When it was all over, the final bill included a new fan and the cost of cutting away and replacing a portion of the ceiling (because the pump had initially been installed incorrectly). Could there actually be a law in nature that prevents costly items from breaking down during warranty periods?
The next to bite the dirt was my all-in-one printer which suddenly produced grinding noises when it should have been printing. Alas, it was 2-1/2 years old, close to ancient in the world of electronics. After replacing it with a newer, simpler, cheaper model (who needs a fax, anyway?), I experienced a feeling of sweet victory after losing a big one with the heat pump. Shortly thereafter the over-the-oven microwave weighed in with symptoms suspiciously similar to the printer. And if you’re like me, you, too, wonder if all of the recent earthquakes aren’t somehow related? Only a few days after the printer was replaced, the microwave began producing noise instead of heat. The magnetron (think old tv picture tube) was shot, as well as a control panel, which triggered some serious microwave consumer research. It’s amazing how much information I sifted through trying to make the right microwave decision. A week later, I’m again able to re-heat coffee, defrost breakfast blueberries, make popcorn, enjoy fresh asparagus. and heat up leftovers. It’s not lost on me that I could be in the same situation if I’d limited my information gathering to a few hours…
To celebrate getting back to my real life, my knitting life (or maybe as a cleansing ritual?), I am dealing with my UFOs. Thankfully, my unfinished projects are few in number. You may have noticed that I didn’t say I’d finish them—-just deal with them. It’s a clean slate I’m after! Or maybe this is my version of spring cleaning. Yesterday I finished my son’s late Christmas socks. He likes 4″ ribbing and long legs . These measure 10 inches from cast-on to the beginning of the heel flap. A lacy-topped version of this pattern (“Rhythm”) appears in the new edition of my book “Knit Socks!” which will be available from Storey Press in September.
Next to be completed are two very close-to-being-finished lace projects. The first is “Manzanita,” a triangle shawl pattern by Evelyn Clark. I had just started applying the lace edging when I put this down in July. This is the third time I’ve made this pattern from Fleece Artist Suri Blue yarn. The pattern is easy enough for relaxing social knitting. Note: the color is more yellow-green than the yellow that shows up here on my monitor.
The second is “Wildflower Lace Scarf,” also by Evelyn Clark and knit from Gypsy Girl Creations “Transitions,” yarn in “viola bouquet” color. The hand-dyed colors move from an intense sapphire blue at one end of the skein morphing into a brassy gold and then to a buttery natural at the other end. It’d be fun to use both ends of a 50 gram skein to makeslip stitch patterned gloves or socks. I was on a roll knitting this side-to-side garter stitch scarf over the course of a few days in early March when I confirmed (a few inches from the end) that I needed to order more yarn to finish it.
If I keep on track, I should be able to finish both projects tonight or tomorrow. It’s good to be back tending to my knitting!