Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Tuesday night jabber.

I live about 13 miles from my work. But tonight, it took me nearly an hour to get home. What stunk is that I left the office after 6:00, which is usually well beyond normal traffic times. I should have known because I actually got away earlier than the last few weeks and was thinking how nice it would be to be home a little early this evening. The reason for the delay? Rain. If you've never driven on a Southern California freeway in the rain, boy are you missing out. We turn into one giant mass of vehicles that are going super slow because it's raining, super fast because we refuse to be inconvenienced by rain, and as always, no one will let anyone merge because - God forbid - someone gets in front of you.

As proof I am at the office entirely too early, here's another of those great sunrises...and a hint of the rain to come this evening...

I am so tired, but eyes hurt. I feel like I'm holding on by a thread. I'm living at the office, life at home is entirely abnormal right now and the time change is killing me. I just hope I get used to it soon. I've been walking around the last 2 days feeling like if I let myself go, I'll probably just burst into tears. Fortunately life should be back to normal next Tuesday when B gets back...I just have to make it through Tuesday. I'll have a bit of a respit though, since I don't have to work on Friday and I don't plan on it - even if that means I have to go in some other time during the weekend.

I also wanted to share my Starsky progress. I have 3 cable chart repeats done and I hope to get another one done tonight.

I noticed in the pattern that it says to block as desired. I'm going to "need" to block this. My ribs at the beginning just suck up the entire width of the back. If I pull them out to what I think looks like a nice effect, I can get the appropriate back measurement, so I think I should be ok in that respect. Here's the real issue: I also checked my row gauge and as always, I am off and coming up short. It looks like I can block it longer. But that leaves the question - how far do I knit? I'm supposed to knit 15 inches. But, is that pre-blocked gauge or post-blocked gauge? Is the suggested gauge the blocked gauge? What if I knit to 15 inches in the gauge I'm at now and I run out of yarn because I've knit such a long back? What if my long back then grows? I'm tall, but sheesh.

I also wanted to share a funny story - well, I think it's funny. It just goes to show you that those non-knitters in our lives are actually listening to us when we talk nonsensically at them about knitting stuff. I was complaining to B that I don't feel like I have any clothes right now. B said - who's fault is that Ms. Knitter Girl? You need to start knitting some summer things. I know, I said, but the San Diego winter is tricking me into knitting sweaters. B said - yeah, you keep knitting things with that large gauge yarn. You should use something thinner...or use like, size 60 needles. (This said with a smile on his face.) I couldn't help but bust out laughing. Not only did he understand the gauge relationship, he understood it well enough to make a joke that I'd need a size "60" in order to get my big wool loose enough. Ha! I still can't believe he made a knitting joke! Now he may as well pick up the needles, because he got one of the most important concepts under his belt.

5 comments:

Jennifer said...

I'd knit to the suggested length and then block it longer. If the length is written up as inches and not rows, you should be good. Just remember to do the same thing in the front.

Chris said...

Yay, B!!! Woo-hoo!!

Hang in there, Dis. Hang in there.

Nonnahs said...

I feel much the same as you over in my neck of the woods. At least we have the end of the week to look forward to! LOVE B's knitting joke. Wow...

knitzalot said...

I know what you mean about bursting into tears. I actually did it last night, and I felt better afterwards. Apparently it's hell week for a few of us. Btw, I'm NOT sorry I missed that commute yesterday. I didn't go to work because I was working on my stupid project, but at least I wasn't in traffic!

Nasus said...

Can't wait to see you twice tomorrow! (we should bust out with one of the Paso wines... if not at lunch, then after work!)