In 5 days it will be time for the Grand Depart of the Tour de France. I've had my project picked out for a while and even had the yarn but discovered I had to go and buy an addi lace circular needle because it just hurt my hands too much to try to knit this ridiculously thin yarn with regular circs.
I am doing the Adamas shawl in Knitpicks Shadow in Oregon Coast Heather. It's a neutral color yarn that has subtle shading in it when it is knitted up.
Since I am in the Polka Dot Jersey section of the kal, my project could be a wip as long as it is a challenge for me. And boy has this been a challenge! I learned a new cast on technique (cabled cast on) which was cool and I like it and may use it in the future. I have also learned that lace knitting is hard. No, that's not right. It's not hard, it's challenging. That's why this is for a polka dot jersey. I have cast on 8 times and have finally finished chart one. Lifeline time. I have never felt the need for a lifeline but have now come to see the wisdom of one.
I don't have to finish this before the Tour is over on the 27th of July but I'd like to. We are going to a wedding on Aug 2nd and I'd like to wear it as my wrap. There are 14 repeats of the second chart and then a third chart. I'm going to wait until the 5th to pick it back up. I hope I'm not being too optimistic....
Tonight I helped PK bottle his latest batch of beer. Messy business. I wish I liked beer. It would make the whole process more fun. He is counting down the days until the 9th of August when he takes his plane ride. He has also pointed out to me that there have been 3 small plane crashes in the last week. I told him the insurance is not really that much. I am going to get a disposable video camera so I can record this for posterity. If I can figure out how to put it on the blog, I'll share.
I spent some time at the hospital while my aunt was having a 'procedure' today. She was supposed to have a cardiac ablation (they kill off rogue heart muscle cells that don't play well with others and march to their own drummer) but decided not to do it because there is a clot in her heart and they don't want to disturb it. They'll give her some medicine to regulate her heartbeat and some other stuff to hopefully disolve the clot. Better living through chemicals. This is PK, my aunt Elsie and my aunt Joan (the one in the hospital), three of my favorite people in the world last November. I know they're getting old. Today when I picked up Elsie to go see Joan, I noticed the bounce is gone from her steps and I had to duck my head so she didn't see my face. I love these women. It hurts my heart to see them age. I am working on socks for aunt Joan's perpetually cold feet. She loves showing then off and made me show the nurse today what I was knitting. Every stitch has a small prayer and positive thought knit into it.
Oh, and my supervisor loved the socks. She showed them off to everyone on the third floor (where the admin folks hang out). I heard about them all day. It was great.