Hot weather squelches the writing urge. It’s supposed to get up to 99° F (37° C) today—the average for today is 73° F (23° C)—and my focus has baked away in the
summer spring sunlight. I am actually contemplating a trip to the Mall of America mainly to hide in their air conditioning. But before I go (there or somewhere else), I have locked myself in with my own air conditioner and my computer, determined to get a blog post out.
I’m impressed at how much knitting I’m getting done despite the weather. A major factor is that as we prepare to switch to a new library management system at work, I’ve had to sit through a series of live trainings, conference calls, and webinars. I hardly need to take notes nowadays (“I’ll have the PowerPoint uploaded to the conference website by tomorrow” is a standard refrain at the modern presentation), which leaves me free to knit the hours away. (And it is hours. Lots of them. Ack!) I continue to network via knitting. At the last training, I connected with another librarian who’d brought a couple of fingerless glove projects with her to get her through the days. Also, I’d been wearing shawlettes to the training and sitting close to the front of the room. One morning, the trainer saw me in the restroom and asked if I was wearing a Hitchhiker.* Yep, another knitter. The next day, she started the presentation in her usual way by asking if there were any questions on yesterday’s material, and then interrupted herself to call out, “Hey there, Knitter! I see you!” much to the amusement of the other people at my table.
My new Summer Sky shawlette exists because of these trainings. When our library consortium launched the transition to the new system back in January, I needed a project for the two-day event. I chose my yarn, figured out which needle I’d use, and headed off to St. Cloud. The shawlette began quite normally, with a section of garter stitch. I knitted away, looking forward to the first mesh section for a little variety. The thing is, I hadn’t looked all that closely at the pattern beyond what I’d need to work it. I thought the mesh would be Janina Kallio’s traditional (yo, k2tog) mesh. Nope. It was a pattern stitch called Open Star Lace: pretty, but harder to work. It’s built around a (yo, k3pso) repeat, where k3pso means knit 3 stitches, then pass the first of these stitches over the other two. I hadn’t brought a lace needle with me, and I was having the hardest time getting the point of the needle into that first stitch. My hands ached after a row of this. And yes, I was trapped away from home with this as my only project (sob!). When I got home, I promptly ignored it in favor of projects that were more fun and easier on my hands.
But the trainings continued, and we started a series of twice-weekly conference calls. I finally got tired of feeling like a slacker every time I saw Summer Sky’s project bag, and began taking it to work. Luckily for my hands and my patience, Open Star Lace gets easier with practice. Several conference calls and most of a four-day training later, I have a new shawlette! Weather permitting, I’m thinking about wearing it on January 31, when we’re supposed to go live with the new LMS.
Pattern: Summer Sky
Yarn: Cascade Yarns Heritage Silk Paints
Colorway: Misty Blue (9942)
Needles: 5 (3.75 mm)
*It was actually a Be Simple Variations shawlette, but they’re similar.