Irrelevant note: apparently I can type something like jnirr into my phone and it’ll figure out that I mean knitting.  Do I really talk about it that much?  I found that out when sending this picture to myself.

knitting, knitted things, my living room and kitchen

Sharp eyes will note the scarves (knitted by me: naughty little cable scarf, 1x1 ribbed noro scarf)) draped over the throw (sadly, not knitted by me but purchased from pottery barn via eBay in a months-long hunt after seeing it on House but I'm planning on reverse-engineering it, eventually) draped, in turn, over my secondhand Ikea Poäng chair. There's also a teensy glimpse of a Quant, also knitted by me, ungracefully clumped on the seat of the chair.

I’ve been up all night.   My life has been full of more complicated and upsetting problems that usual, of the sort that I don’t and won’t talk about on the Internet in any form, which have basically put me out of commission for anything other than sleeping all day and maybe watching the occasional movie in between crying or blocking everything out.  This has been going on for the entirety of my “Spring Break” (and let’s not even mention the week before, in which I squeaked by during my last week of my rotation on nothing more than determination to not fail out and so much sleep deprivation that nothing seemed real) and finally I just couldn’t even sleep at all this past night and did incredibly useful things instead, like playing with Facebook, watching 20-minute documentaries about 30-second commercials, and starting to work through the massive YouTube archive of The Ellen Degeneres Show clips.

Yeah, well.  At least I got some knitting done.  Lately I’ve been carrying my knitting bag around with me like a security blanket, not even taking out the knitting but just…having it there.  Just in case I feel up to it.  Tonight was the first time I actually knitted for I-don’t-kn0w-how-long, though.  Oh, there is a small messy pile of calendar blocks on the other side table.  I shall do some iPhone photo magic:

calendar squares and assorted other shapes

This crappy picture was cunningly taken at arm's length so I don't have to move.

So, I did make some progress with those little guys.  I keep meaning to make a post about them showing them all off, but, you know, stuff happened.

So it’s almost 10 AM now.  (I just noticed that this blog’s time is an hour early.  Wish I knew how to fix that setting.)  I should probably just try to stay up through the day, have caffeine or whatever and try to at least make it to the afternoon and take a nap at most.  I hope I do that.  I might just sleep all day again.

Life in the past few weeks has been very disorienting but not really all that conducive to knitting.  Rotating through the ER has, as I alluded to in my last post, made my life a rather different variety of crazy and left me devoting most of my free time to sleeping.  I also spilled a drink onto my computer, which is now out of commission until it gets repaired if it turns out I can afford to repair it.  I bought the cheapest computer Staples sells so I don’t fail out of school.  I was also sick twice in the first two weeks of the rotation.  TWICE.

A sane person might take this as a sign that working with sick people every day might not be advisable, but this is what I want to do with my life and my immune system had damn well better suck it up and adjust. Maybe they’ll come up with a full-body Purell dispenser/Plasma bather that I can step in every 5 minutes to thoroughly disinfect myself.  In the meantime, I’ll go with obsessive hand-washing, a mental map of the alcohol-foam-lotion-whatever dispensers, and alcohol-swabbing everything I carry around that might survive it.

But you’re here to hear about knitting, not endless bitching about my non-knitting (so-called?) life. FEAR NOT, reader*, for I have plenty of knitting to show you today!

It should be no surprise to you that I did not score a gold medal in the Knitting Olympics. I’m glad I participated, though — it helped knock me further out of my knitting rut.  I didn’t finish, sure, but I did make some progress.

Cerus scarf scrunch

It really confuses people when I tell them this is a scarf. I think the idea of a scarf sort of appearing out of the end of a set of knitting needles and lengthening is really ingrained.

Obligatory gratuitous close-ups:

Cerus scarf close-up

I'm always surprised at how my iPhone manages decent detail.

Another angle of the Cerus scarf

I think the holding-two-strands-together thing is a cheating way to make this scarf appear even more luxurious. Well, it makes up for having to move each stitch around twice to knit it once and having to deal with all of the yarn-wrangling that comes with a K1P1 kind of pattern.

I also started a new project!

Swatch and calendar

For the perceptive, no, the swatch doesn't match the picture. I was already moving on!

I have one of those Knitting Perpetual Calendars that’s really a stitch dictionary in flippy form.  I have decided to try to knit a swatch of the stitch of the day every day on that day!  Here are my rules:

  • Knit a swatch every day, time permitting.
  • Swatches don’t have to be square.  Square can be boring.  They can be square, though!  Squares are pleasing shapes.
  • I’ll cast on however many stitches I feel like, but not too many (boring, slow) — and not too few, either.  It would be a bummer to do 80% of a stitch pattern.
  • If I don’t like today’s pattern, I don’t have to do it.  Knitting is for fun.  Not fun patterns can get made fun of and flipped past.
  • If I really want to do some different day’s pattern, that’s cool, too.
  • Stick to the stash.  If I get to the point that I’ve got a lot of these buggers and I want to do something magic with them like sew them into an odd-sized-and-shaped blanket, then maybe I can start buying yarn for it.  Until then, it’s a stash-buster.

These are what I got done on the first day (I was a little excited):

swatches, needles, a bit of keyboard

Triangle and rectangle are buddies.

I’ve since knit two more and have the yarn out for a third.  This is a special kind of satisfying.  Don’t like the stitch pattern?  Bind off.  Whatever shape I was attempting can be more unique since I ended early.  Feeling like I can’t do anything?  I just completed a whole polygon!  I’m a knitting STAR!  (Note to self: figure out how to knit a star shape.)  Knitting a whole year’s worth of these things may not happen, or I may get bored and forget about the project at some early point, or I may pick it up and put it down a lot of times, but who cares?  It’s knitting!  It’s supposed to be fun, and these bright little swatches are reminding me of it.

*On a good day, readers.

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