Knitwit's Rambles

My attempt to actually have a knitting blog, and to update it regularly. We'll see how well that works.

Friday, March 02, 2007

Heavy on the "Rambles"

I just finished mopping up a surprise remnant of the flood we had in the basement of the library branch I work at this morning (from other staff's reports, we had about an inch or two of water on the floor), so as a treat for dealing with the water and slime, I've been experimenting with Google's Blog Search feature looking for sock knitting blog posts. Recently I've been thinking I really should knit something other than socks sometime, but then socks are such wonderful projects; portable, relatively fast (says she who takes about a month to finish a pair) and I have such pretty sock yarn, why bother at the moment. I'll keep knitting them for the moment; a sweater can wait.

I actually haven't knit a sweater yet, something that shocked the ladies at the Sit & Knit last month. I had t explain that for four of the six years I've been knitting I was in university, and therefore if I was going to be knitting a sweater it would have to be in Red Heart, which I didn't want to do. In the last two years I've gone through various stages of employment (or unemployment) and it's only in the last year that I've really had the ability to...well, somewhat afford nice yarn.

There's also the issue of my being a plus-size, yadda, yadda. As I said, a sweater can wait.

So instead, it's socks, socks, socks, and I am unrepentant. Particularly as this way I can get truly yummy yarn without breaking the bank, like the ones I'm working on now. I also got more inspiration in the form of Knitting Vintage Socks by Nancy Bush via Inter-Library Loan.

Now hopefully, despite a leaky sink in the staff bathroom there won't be any more mopping to do. The fun of working at a small branch without its own on-duty maintenance person--all maintenance staff work out of the main library downtown. It's not something I'm not used to though; for a couple summers during university I worked at Hutchison House Museum in Peterborough, which was so small that staff--including the curator herself--were responsible for everything. If there was sweeping or dusting-- or mopping, considering Peterborough's penchant for flooding--or anything to be done, you did it. Working at a small branch is a bit like that, though we do have cleaners in the evenings, which helps.

Anyway, more experimenting to do. Google + Librarians = OTP!