I decided last week that I would not spend my last days at home running around doing stuff. My packing needs were simple, 4 shirts, 4 pants, a light jacket, undergarments and toiletries. Add an extra skein of yarn, a prayer flag and I'm done. Anything I need I can buy there or borrow from my Mother.
Instead, I have walked Dennett many times over the last few days, both alone and with some of the other dogs, loved up on the horses and goats, made sure the cats had plenty of attention and basically just hung out.
I have also given in to the urge to monkey with the inkle loom and start Gene's sweater.
The sweater pattern came back to my fingers like an old friend. This picture doesn't capture at all the lovely green of the yarn.
I love this pattern though, both in looks and in the knitting. I am not worried that I have yet a third sweater to do in it. I might just do a fourth for myself, you never know!
The inkle was another matter. The first attempt was gawd awful. Mistakes were made, a tear was shed and then the scissors came out.
I think I made the band too narrow for a first attempt. The second attempt I corrected that and got better results. Like anything there is a learning curve. I can see why people enjoy it though. It's a fast, easy warping process and the weaving does go quickly once you are proficient enough not to have fiddle with it. ;-)
The Schacht loom is sturdy, simple and very friendly to use. They even have a great tutorial on youtube here. I had questions, they had the answers. Priceless!
So today, I'll sit in the comfy chair, cuddle with the critters, knit a little, nibble a little and serve up a simple dinner. Tomorrow's frantic travel pace will come quick enough.