Sunday, March 11, 2007

I'm A Producing Sheep

Despite the utter emotional and temporal chaos in which I am living due to the phenomenon we here in our little corner of the world like to call Daylight Savings Time, I have managed to put this day into some sort of perspective and get something done. I generally do OK when we set the clocks back in the fall. But this whole "spring ahead" an hour thing does me in every time. It's a mere sixty minutes, but I feel like I lose a whole day such is my confusion over where I am in those twenty four hours.

Near as I can tell, I just got out of bed an hour ago. Never mind that the clock is telling me that we are nigh on dinner time. Or that I seem to recall having lunch today. And I'm watching Pokemon on TV and that is on at five o'clock in the afternoon so it can't be morning.

I'm a mess. Tomorrow's teaching day should be fun...

Any-hoo...like I was saying: I did actually manage to produce a bit today. I wound off an impressive length of The Shire blend from the spindle and onto a bobbin without incident and began a second lot. I made it past the inch of ribbing on the mate to the sock completed yesterday and am now happily working the mindless stockinette stitch portion of the leg. I wonder if I can finish this sock in something less than the month the first one took.

I also completed the finishing on a test knit that I've been working on and sent the final "beauty shot" picture to the author of the pattern for her perusal. Without permission, I won't post the actual item, but I can give a little teaser of which I think she'd approve.



Yup...it's felt. And pink. Two of my favorite things.
Having completed my obligations to the knitting community, I then perched myself near the wheel and began spinning happily away on a merino/silk blend from Spunky Eclectic that I purchased at SPA. It seems like that was so very long ago...seriously, I'm having wicked time issues here!

Kinda pretty, dontcha think?

This shot was actually taken earlier in the day. In real time (which is also Daylight Savings Time, I guess) I'm almost finished with the first four ounce lot. I may even have it all on the bobbin before I call this weekend finished. I'm still not really seeing what this yarn wants to be when it grows up. Maybe once it's plied it will speak to me more clearly. Meanwhile, I'm just enjoying the play of color and feel of the silk. I'll be sad to see it finished, but there are eight more ounces in a different colorway sitting in the fiber waiting room so there will be more to come.

So with a sock, a felted project, and a full bobbin in the "done" column, I'm feeling like I did pretty well in my quest to finish some of the "to do's" this weekend. The next few weeks are going to be busy ones, but I'm still thinking that I've made a decent dent in the pile for the time being.

That's right...you can take away an hour of my weekend, but you can't keep a good Sheep down.

SA

16 comments:

Mouse said...

Daylight Savings Time screws me up like nobodys business. I really don't give up that hour without a fight.. and my body seems perpetually behind for at least a week afterwards. I think I have a DST hangover.

Jeanne said...

Oooh, you're spinning silk! Please come to Ohio and teach me. My wheel lies waiting.

DST sucks. I had breakfast around 4 pm today. It's 7 and still light out (that part I don't mind so much). But I feel so tired and dragged out! Maybe instead of a DST hangover, I'm having a yarnover from all that Friday S.E.X.

At least you're being productive!

brenda said...

I love the extra hour of daylight we will be gaining, but it's a bitch getting used to it. All day long, if I asked my husband what time it was, he would reply "New time or old time?". Half of the clocks in the house are set ahead and half of them are on "old time" so we're really screwed up around here.
Didn't I just eat lunch an hour ago?

Teri S. said...

Not bad at all for being so discombulated by the time change. Hmmm...I have Thin Mints at my house. The Girl Scouts sell them at the grocery stores on weekends. Do they do that in your neck of the woods? If they don't, would you like me to send you a box or two, assuming they are still around next weekend? There's nothing more tragic than a Sheep without her Thin Mints.

Julie said...

You really are a producing sheep! Me, I can't seem to do anything today. I have a second sock to finish for the Sock Madness madness I joined. I just may be eliminated in this first round!

Knit, I AM said...

I too hate giving up that hour,a ndI always still feel the pain on Monday...Augh...in the words of Charlie Brown. Sheepish Annie I need your stamina...I'm too much a procastinator at times and long to increase my game and knit some socks...you are my inspiration! Anyhoo :) those coffee cozies I knitted for my caffeine attacks are keeping me awake from that extra hour lost..
Knit I Am..aka Michelle :)

trek said...

The 'spring ahead' thing always hits chez trek like jet lag...

Good luck.

Beth said...

Wow! You got a lot done - especially for a weird day like today. Don't worry - soon it will be Christmas again. :)

Anne said...

Is there ANYONE who does okay with springing forward? After we got into the truck post-horse-ride, I said "Oh good, it's only 11:45". Nope - forgot to change the truck clock and instead, I was late for lunch. I hate it - HATE IT.

How did I not know you did test knitting? I am so gonna hit you up later this spring.

Mel said...

The answer is to stay up past the time change, then sleep until 4PM. Worked for me, anyway.

April said...

Ooo, I like the Spunky Eclectic, I love those colors. Any day that starts later than it's supposed to is good by me. Does that even make sense? What time is it?

Anonymous said...

I think you got tons done even with that dang loss of an hour. I hate DST. I need a nap.
Karen
http://nothingbutknit.blog-city.com/

lobstah said...

This is the very first year that I actually do not feel screwed up by the "spring forward." I actually feel completely normal today. Have no clue why...I should call it the "DST Miracle" or something.

Bobbi said...

so glad to hear I'm not the only one who has such a major problem with one hour change in time! It doesn't seem to affect me when I travel just when it involves changing the time on the coffee pot

mehitabel said...

The fallacy is that you lose an hour--the truth is, you are having to get up one whole hour earlier every stinkin' day for the duration of the period. It's like moving to an earlier time zone. I wonder if Ben Franklin is whirling in his grave over the damage his stupid joke has done...

mehitabel said...

...and by the way, nice knitting! I love the yarn you're spinning, too. I am really trying to just knit up the stuff that's already yarn... must.. not.. succumb.. must.. not.. learn.. to.. spin....