Everyone says that retirement is the busiest time of your life, and at one stage that was hard to believe. Maybe organisation is a little more relaxed, maybe bigger projects are tackled, but somehow time just goes. Like it has been over a week since I wrote on this. Yes, I had lunch for 8 on Friday, and a few other activities that I would once handball to Pete, but still…
Project 1 – the scarf for Grandmothers to Grandmothers finished. It may be a little short because the wool didn’t relax like I thought it would, but the stitch pattern came up nicely. Photo was taken with my phone, so it isn’t very clear.
Project 2: I thought I was going to finish the main body last night, but the ball of wool ran out on the second last row of the lace pattern at the hem. Not a secure place to splice in a new ball, so I decided to double the lace section. Should finish the main body tonight.
Project 3: Sometime in the next week I have to get a birthday beanie knitted, washed and dried. So that has been cast on and a couple dozen rows finished.
While I was working through the long boring rows of Project 2, I started trying to count up all the items I have knitted in the first 6 months of this year.
- 21 scarves and beanies for Grandmothers to Grandmothers
- 12 items – a beanie, scarf and jumper for each of the 4 nephews/grandnephews
- 3 pairs of socks for Pete
- 3 items – mittens, scarf and beanie for one niece
- 2 pairs of socks for myself
- 1 Major project (1.6km of wool used) a blanket for another niece.
- 1 Major project – smaller lap rug for myself (still over 1km of wool)
- 1 pair of socks as a gift
I should finish both projects on needles before the 30th, so I think that will be 46 individual items done since January. The goal was to do something for Grandmothers to Grandmothers for every item made for myself or family, so I need to try to do a couple of little gifts for them to sell. I have had some baby wool given to me, so I might throw together a couple pairs of booties, just to balance the total.
The Gippsland Symphony goes back to rehearsal in a week. David sent through the program and I have printed it out. He must be happy with his flute section because half the program features flutes. After a few weeks off, I will need to get the lip back in shape. The last time I played the Chaminade, I was the soloist. This time I will be happy to match the tone and tempo while playing the accompaniment. Although, I might drag out the solo for fun.