Playing Catch Up

I’ve been doing absolutely everything other than knitting and dyeing yarn for the last month. Family, friends, travel and even beginning to settle at my new teaching job for the fall. Also, in a really bizarre this-can’t-be-happening sort of moment, there was a sudden interest in information about the kind of work I did in my former job as a federal prosecutor and I spent some time commenting on TV news. It was fun and interesting, and I have new respect for the people who bring us the news every day! Definitely not planning on quitting my day job.

As an added plus, I found a lot of knitters who read the news on Twitter, so it’s all good.  This week, I’m back to knitting.  Actually, unknitting. First, there was this sweater, my Rhea, in my beloved Plucky Groovy in Highlander.  I was about a third done with the sweater when I realized I really wasn’t happy with my knitting.  There were some errors in the lace panels and because the yarn is slightly felted, it was almost impossible to drop 15 or 20 rows back and fix them.  I tried it for the first few mistakes, but finally hit one I really couldn’t fix, so I ended up ripping the whole thing out.  I love this sweater and want it to be perfect.

Once you rip out one project, you may as well go for broke, so I also pulled out two pairs of socks in progress that had been lingering, one because the yarn was a bad match with the pattern and the other something that hadn’t held my interest.  I think I’ll repurpose both skeins and need some of the Janina Kallio one-skein shawls in my queue.

This week, more knitting, and, moving into my new office.  I took the important things in on the first run – favorite books and a knitting project (that’s my Drachenfels, that had been languishing until I picked it up last week). Looking forward to getting back into my knitting groove this week. It’s about time!

One thought on “Playing Catch Up

  1. Dear Lady, The Amazing Joyce Vance,
    You are Inspirational! As soon as my CMC joints and right ulna heal , I plan to purchase some of your lovely yarn.
    I found you on Ravelry via a divine/Heaven sent perusal of groups. (‘Twas a holy harmonic convergence!)

    You had me at Impeachment knitalong . I have been watching MSNBC almost religiously since the night the Chief Lunatic, aka President D. J. Trump, was elected. (I am an Independent [centrist/ Democrat-leaning] Episcopalian 60-year-old lady from Virginia–currently King George county. (Yes, that was a run-on sentence!) I was born in Fredericksburg, VA, raised in King Geo., Stafford, and Spotsylvania counties…VA Tech grad.,Retired elementary school teacher—enthusiastic citizen and Patriot.

    Thank you, Ms. Vance, for all that you do to adVance [pun intended–it’s late!] sane, logical thinking via your spot on news analysis in re these Fraught- by-Pres. D.J.T. times. I don’t toss around the words Heroine and Hero lightly; you and Ari Melber are the former and latter.
    I like other wise hosts and guests, but you two are Aces!

    I’ve been a knitter since 1968. It hurts to knit with Carpometacarpal (CMC) joint erosian, but I’ve found a wonderful hand surgeon, who is treating these joints conservatively for now. I suffered a spiral right ulna fracture in June. The bone has knit back together well, but now there are Issues that need resolving as regards the surrounding tendon(s) & ligament(s). Wrist and hand surgeries are likely in 2020.

    Today I accomplished only one thing of note: I donned splints and drove to the registrar’s office and Voted absentee. On November 5th, I will be having surgery on my jaw. Seeing my splinted hands and wrists, the lady who gave me my ballot inquired as to why I was voting early. Smiling, I said, “I’m having surgery on Tuesday”. She was surprised when I responded to her next question, “Which hand?”, with “Neither.” I’m almost certain I was under no legal obligation to answer, but I was polite and kind. I interrupted her next question with …”jaw”,etc. Blushing, she said, “You’ll be bionic.” Rather than say “Good save!”, I said, “That’s my plan!” I hope God agrees.

    Thank you for reading! God bless you and yours always.

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