Wednesday, June 30, 2010

I'm still recuperating after the weekend

Yes, the weekend was really intense! Everything was fun fun fun, but I still can't really believe that I'm actually going to Virginia to visit Sarah! We spoke for almost three hours this past Saturday, and we think that the best time to visit her will probably be when she's on spring break next March. We're thinking that we (me and Thomas) will stay in her town for about a week, and then we'll try to see some other stuff as well. The hard part is trying to limit what we want to see! As a die-hard Stephen King fan I of course would love to see Maine. And I would also love to see new Orleans. Thomas wants to see New York and Las Vegas. We probably won't be able to see everything we want, as we're not made of money, but we'll certainly try to get some of it in. What sights would you recommend?

Other than trying to plan the trip, we haven't done very much this week. I've started using my Wii Sports Active program again, as I've finally tired of looking at my 10 kg too heavy self. I started taking antidepressants about 1.5 years ago, and almost immediately gained 10 kg. As we've been having really great weather this week, I've spent some time in the garden in my bikini, and now I've finally tired of this. I have to loose the weight! So I've started excercising a bit, and I'm also trying to eat a little bit healthier (although the HUGE ice-cream yesterday probably went right to my ass...). At least I've started, right? And now that I've written about it here, I feel more obligated to actually continue with it too.

I also got a yarn package in the mail yesterday! I ordered some skeins last week, before I knew about the upcoming trip, but now I'll really try to put all my extra money away instead of buying more yarn. Anyhow, I bought this Wollmeise lace skein in colourway Sabrina from a fellow ravelrer, Arwen666. I couldn't be happier with it, the colour is just amazing!

The skein contains 300 grams of 100 % merino wool lace yarn, and it is amazingly soft. I've decided to make the Evenstar shawl in this colourway instead of using my red Wollmeise yarn for it. This will definitely be my next cast-on!

And knitting-wise, I'm working on the edging of the Gala shawl. This is a real scorcher, let me tell you! At the largest point I was up to 1350 stitches on the needles! But I think it will be really pretty, and I'll probably be done bu Friday or Saturday. I have come to the conclusion that I really don't like this yarn after all. It is Pälsull, from the swedish spinner Östergötlands Ullspinneri, and it is just not fun to work with. It is really fuzzy, and sheds a lot. Plus it is really splitty, as it's a two-ply, and I keep getting only one of the threads! I think I'll probably use most of it for this shawl, and I think it will look very pretty once blocked, but I probably won't buy any more of it. The colour is amazing, but it just isn't worth the hassle of working with it.

I've spent today catching up with lots and lots of old paper work lying around! I've finally fixed all of the paper for the unemployment office, so hopefully I'll get some extra money from them soon too. I've sorted through all the papers I brought home with me from my old work place, and sent off those that shouldn't stay with me. I've also sorted through all the files on my old work computer (it chose to start today), and uploaded lots and lots of files to my dropbox. Hopefully I'll never need to start that computer again! So now I have to sort the laundry and clean the kitchen, then it's just knitting time for the rest of the evening. I can't wait to actually finish the Gala shawl, it seems like ages since I actually finished a project!

/ Jenny


Sarah said...

My sister had a friend come over from Norway who had big plans for his visit to the US. Remember that all of those things you want to see are hundreds of miles apart!
Hope you have a great time when you visit!

Sarah {The Student Knitter} said...

Wow, you have quite a list, don't you? hehehe! I would take a look at a map of the US and plot out your destinations. The ones you have picked out are pretty much in three of the four corners of the country. hehe Las Vegas is almost the very south west, Maine is the VERY north east and New Orleans is pretty dang close to the South east. hehe All great places, though!

I covet your Wollmeise, just so you know. ;)

Gracey is not my name.... said...

Just read this on Sarah' site - Congratulations! Your visit will be very full....all the places you wish to visit are pretty far from each other, except New York and Maine. What excitement!

Virginia G said...

New York City isn't that far from Virginia... just sayin.

You can totally come crash at my apartment in the ghetto. We have lots of room. :)

ImplausibleYarn said...

And in that vein if your going to New York well then your almost to New England and driving a mere 12 more hours? Will get you to Maine. Stephen King. Just saying.