Life's been just a little busy for me lately. Not sure I actually have the wherewithall for the witty prose I'd like to present you with. Today is day 14 of 19 in a row that I need to put in full on working days. I'm starting to get a little punchy. Suffice to say it's a combination of May/June deadlines and the net result of my less than efficient winter.
Funny story to share though....
Last weekend I attended a conference put on for teachers by SMART. They are the leading manufacturer etc of interactive white boards and are based here in Calgary. I'm fortunate enough to be in a school where nearly every teaching space has been equipped with a SMARTBoard and Notebook software is part of the image on every computer - both teacher and student. Anyway... I figured that since I had been a bit distracted all winter and really didn't know much more than how to turn on the thing, that I should take advantage of an opportunity for some intensive training. Fabulous idea - crappy timing. Three full days of training in the middle of May! I'll tell you something though; it was one the best conferences I can remember attending and in 22 years of teaching, I've been to one or two. My brain is still processing the information, techniques, strategies, applications and extensions of both hardware and software.
"Great" you say, "but not funny."
I always sit in the back row of keynote speaker sessions. I want to be able to listen and focus, but I never take notes (because I never use them later). You can guess what I like to do in that back row (NO! That's dirty.) So... I slipped into a seat at the back that caught a beam of light from a doorway, got settled, and pulled out my knitting. The lady two seats down turned to me and asked, "Are you going to knit?" I smiled and nodded, ready to explain that knitting during speaker sessions actually helps me to focus. She grinned back at me, reached into her bag, and pulled out her own knitting! Turned out we both had shawls on the needles and we caused a bit of a scene laughing at ourselves, and admiring each other's knitting. Turned out we had registered for several of the same sessions and were able to spend the rest of the afternoon together. The next day we connected again for a session and another keynote before skipping out for a quick visit to a LYS before she had to get ready to catch a flight back home to Seattle.
The subtitle of this blog since the very beginning has been, "Whenever two knitters meet, they find a friend." That's part of the reason I named the blog "Knit Two Together" as well. Two knitters never lack for common ground, conversation flows easily between knitters who share a language of stitches and fiber; patterns and authors; techniques and mistakes. It's been quite a while since I spent time in the company of another knitter, and it was wonderful. I'm so pleased I met you.
In my own knitting news...
Progress on the Cable Neck Cardi is stalled with about 3" left to go in the body, and the sleeves. First, because the miles of stocking stitch have become painfully dull. Second, because I'm not entirely sure a lime green cardi is actually wearable. And mostly because I decided to make a shawl for a colleague who is moving away at the end of the year. I, quite rightly, doubted my ability to work a lace pattern in the spring so chose Lavalette. I've done one before and knew that it lacked counting or repeats but still looks very pretty. I paired it with some pale green Kidlin from the stash. From my first shawl I knew that the pattern as written makes a small shawl but that I could just keep adding sections without any issue as long as I had the yarn. It's been slow going because I've been working so much, but I'm down to the last 8 rows or so before I cast off. It's lovely and soft, with a halo that will make it a very light, but warm shawl. Pictures will be taken, and posted, both before and after blocking.
I really do need to stop stalling and get back to work. I promise to take next weekend off in it's entirety. Maybe I'll go see a movie (Iron Man 2? Robin Hood?) -- Speaking of movies - go see "Gunless". Paul Gross is still hot, and the movie is hysterically funny. It was filmed around Sparwood, BC. I took the kids and all 4 of us laughed our butts off. Well worth the ticket, and looking forward to adding it to the DVD collection. -- or maybe I'll find a yarn store where I can sit and knit and make another friend.