I am on Sleeve Island! I finally managed to finish the body of this sweater and with the last of my second to last skein I began on the sleeves. I have just attached my last skein and will be working toward finishing both of the sleeves. I have 29 rounds to finish on the first and 34 on the second.
This past Thursday was busy, I worked (of course), and a woman whom I had been speaking with told me that her husband would be delivering a Union Loom Free of Charge, the gentleman would not even take gas money! Admittedly it is partially disassembled, needs cleaned up and a new reed, however this counterbalance loom also came with 3 rag shuttles which at $35 each (plus the stick shuttles) certainly makes up for the reed I purchased. Yes, I bought items again, I know I was supposed to wait. I am going to go into more details about the loom, purchases, and other uses in a post either later this week or next week. There was a sad bit of news, a new colleague was let go right after her trial period ended. In the short run it is too bad for her since she moved across the country, in the long run she had told me that she was homesick already so this might be better for her. Only time will tell. Friday was the all-day staff meeting at the public library where I work.
We had a ton of fun, I became updated in my Sexual Harassment training which is mandatory for NYS employees, as well as hands-only CPR refresher. There was a lot of fun and interesting information that really only applies to our library, but there was one really interesting fact: One of my colleagues was wearing a beaded lace shawlette that SHE KNIT! I was so enamoured of it that she offered to teach me to lace knit. She told me that the first pattern she started with was the Dinner in the Eiffel Tower Shawl by Jessie Dodington of Multicraftual Designs. My colleague offered to send me the pattern, but I opted to pay the $5 and support the publisher, then I started digging in my stash to find DK weight yarn. While it turns out that I have more lace and sock yarn than I do DK, I had splurged and bought some patriotic DK in wool. I have already finished the first 10 rows of the start-up of the shawl. I have 8 more before we get to the ‘lattice’ which I am a bit worried about.
Tomorrow I will be going to Crook farm, a reenactment farm, for their music festival and to demonstrate spinning and weaving. I hope to have a ton of fun, and look forward to posting more about that later.
Remember to Live Life a Little More Abstract!