Certainly not to London, or anywhere for that matter. Alas, no Queen either, except on TV.
Please, please forgive me! Mea culpa, mea culpa! I am beating my chest in a fit of remorse and repentence! I have only one excuse, and that is that I absolutely had to find time to sleep!
Chez Sheep has been tres bete lately! I'm working all kinds of extra, as we have a couple of new hospitals to cover. Occasionally, when I do get home, I sleep and do laundry. I check e-mail and pay bills. Oh, and I get to see DD#2 and the Ass-headed Bottom! The floor is cluttered and needs a good scrubbing, instead of a quick once-over with the Swiffer mop. The dust bunnies have been reproducing at an alarming rate. I'm thinking we may need a hutch for the little bastards! The cats have taken to jumping on the table, in my face, and screeching at me for no good reason, other than they want to be petted NOW! And the pod of dogs follows me everywhere I turn, for fear that I'm leaving again! Only 6 more weeks of crazy, then things should slow down!
Now, in my knitting world, a few things have happened that I'll share with you. I finished a pair of socks, and a baby sweater. I knit on Dun-A.D.D., then I frogged part of Dun-A.D.D. (I didn't rename it A.D.D. for nothin', folks!) I've swatched....(and the Yarniverse did not rend itself into pieces!) for Arwen! I've also done preliminary math to adjust Arwen. I cast on for another pair of STR "Rock and Weave" socks, this time in Watermelon Tourmaline, since my last pair was hijacked to Chile! So, there has been knitting going on...just not as much as I'd like.
I also went (on one of the weekends that I didn't have to work) to the DFW Fiber Festival in Addison, TX. I managed to stick with sock yarn and spinning fiber, which I'll share with you later, when I've got the camera. I also took my first knitting class ever! With Lily Chin! Yea! We did "Reversible Cables" (how lucky I was working on the STR socks!) and "Shaping up with Short Rows". Well worth the time, I think. I already knew how to cable and short row, but learned some really great tricks. Lily is very good at communicating the intricacies of well planned design and finishing techniques. Very helpful! I also met some really great fiber people from the area. I also discovered some of the laws which help shape our great Yarniverse!
Theorem Number One:
(Henceforth to be known as the Halfasheep Hypothesis:)
The compulsion to purchase yarn, fiber, knitting or spinning tools, bags or other paraphenalia is inversely related to the amount of time available to use these purchases.
In other words, the less time I have to knit, spin, blog, etc., the more likely I am to BUY things related to those activities. I may have enough yarn to knit a blanket to COVER Mongolia, but if I don't get time to knit it, I have to at least PLAN to knit something, and then ORDER the yarn for it. Oh, and let's not forget the NEEDLES....
Theorem Number Two
(Also known as the "I Have No Yarn" Rule)
If there is sufficient yarn in one's stash for any given project, it will be in the wrong color, hand, or fiber composition for said project, thereby necessitating purchase of more yarn.
I've fallen to this one countless times. I've got some lovely Aruncania in the right weight for Arwen...but it's varigated. I've got some great handpainted yarn for "Rock and Weave" socks, but it calls for medium-weight yarn, and this is really thin...I could go on, but you know.....
Now, if you have anything to add to Acquisition Theory, please leave a note in the comments, or drop me an e-mail! Who knows, we could be teaching Acquisition 101 at Knit U in the not too distant future! I could be the next Isadora Newton, explaining the physical laws governing wool! Or I could be full of dust bunnies!