White Knuckling It

Do not attempt this at home.  Although no cars were harmed during the taking of this photo, it probably wasn’t a good idea. 

While traffic around the Duluth area has come to almost a complete standstill, it feels like my life has shifted into overdrive.  Here’s an idea of what my non-nine-to-five working life has been like lately. 

I finished up a consignment piece I was working on and got it taken to the new (temporary) owner.  I’ve been working on the sock you see above in tiny chunks of time.  It’s the second sock and although it seems to be going faster than the first because I have the pattern memorized, it is still suffering from a bit of Second Sock Syndrome.  I also am working on a second mitten for someone.  The mittens are going to be part of a trade; he did some work on my car in return for the mittens.  I have a wrap that I’m carrying around in the hopes that it might actually be cool enough some night to work on an alpaca shawl.  And I may have accidentally cast on for a new project 2 weekends ago while at the cabin.  In my defense, I ran out of UFO knitting.  I had forgotten to bring the consignment piece (even though I brought all the extra yarn for it) and there was some glitch with the mittens that meant I couldn’t work on that.  For some reason it seemed completely reasonable to cast on 479 stitches for a Faroe Island Shawl.  Reasonable to me anyway, my mother-in-law and her niece didn’t think it was so reasonable that I would ask them to recount my stitches for me.  They kept asking me if it was really so important that I get the correct number of stitches. 

I’ve also been busy with the Optimist Club.  We had a picnic last week at Chester Bowl for Mentor Duluth. 

We saw a dinosaur…

And we’ve had people coming and going from our house all week long (I’m not complaining, I love the visitors).  Add to this my workout routine in the morning, and I am completely wiped out.  I hope to make it to August without getting sick or completely breaking down.  In the meantime, check out Treasure Adventure down at Bayfront Park this week or next.  If you see a knitting Pirate Wench, say hi to her, she could really use the encouragement. 

4 thoughts on “White Knuckling It”

  1. Driving a car (no matter you were stuck in stop and go traffic) with any distraction is dangerous. Knitting? Not even a little funny.
    Keep knitting, but do it when you aren’t in a position to crash, injure or kill someone.
    (and stay off the phone, too)

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  2. Driving a car (no matter you were stuck in stop and go traffic) with any distraction is dangerous. Knitting? Not even a little funny.
    Keep knitting, but do it when you aren’t in a position to crash, injure or kill someone.
    (and stay off the phone, too)

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  3. Just for the record, the car was in park and there was no movement in sight. But yes, you’re right it is dangerous to do anything that would distract you from driving.

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  4. Smokey says “even if your car is in park, traffic hasn’t moved in 10 minutes, and isn’t going to move again for 10 minutes more, keep the 9-and-3 position on the wheel, radio off and do not speak to anyone in the vehicle, no matter how badly they beg. This is not fun, this is not funny, your are driving (or about to drive in 30 minutes) keep your eyes forward and do not BLINK! otherwise it was a good commintary on the terrable traffic problem n Duluth. nice knitting too.

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