In addition, I prepped this week's classes, and did some stats runs for a paper I had collected data for but hadn't started writing up. There's a 3/1 deadline for a special issue where the paper might work (it might not, so I won't invest a ton of hope and dreams into it). I also got a student's project set up in the sometimes-confusing survey software. So yay for me!
Let's see what I knit, shall we?
I'm making The Easy Bulky One with a few differences. I'm not using bulky yarn, I'm using this yarn, several skeins of which were gifted to me perhaps by my twinnie? I like the hand so much I bought a few more, and this was the yarn that didn't get taken to the coast for Christmas. I counted and did math and figured I had enough for this sweater (but bought a few more skeins just in case) and thought I'd try a striped sweater.
It starts with the yoke--
And then the yoke goes in the round:
So now this is mindless knitting for the next foot or so, except for the changing of the color every four rounds.
This really is an easy sweater, and I think I went through a 'no more sweaters' phase but now I'm in a 'no more MKAL or shawls or scarves' so this seems to be a good place to be (there is one more shawl I want to make though, but it isn't a mystery and I have the yarn for it).
Do you have strong opinions on Michael's and Joanns? Not for yarn, but for other crafty things. In Eugene, we have two Joanns and one Michaels---I've had better luck getting some stuff at Joanns (like embroidery stuff) in Eugene. At the coast, there's only the Joanns half an hour from us, and my last visit there was not good--unhelpful people and some confusion over their coupons (is it me, or does Joanns tend to have six different coupons that are very confusing? Michael's tends to have lots of stuff on sale and one coupon for either a big amount over a full priced thing or a little amount over the whole purchase). So I went to Michael's on Saturday (Tim needed to go to the Best Buy in the same shopping plaza, then we went to a Brew Pub for lunch).
I prefer 12"x12" paper, and Michael's had none (but that's ok because I bought some at Joanns on the coast) but they did have a BIG SALE on this:
400 pages of bright and happy 8.5x11" cardstock.
I also picked up some foil for the foil quill machine and checked out the 'blank glass' they had for glass etching--much better prices (and selection) than Joanns.