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It may be impossible for a cat to enjoy being scritched more than Kipling does. He would be happy if I spent all my time scrubbing his ribs with my fingertips like he was a washboard, with brief intermissions for bellyrubs and ear-scratches.

I think I'm going to be taking a summer break from blogging here. I've got a camping-trip vacation coming up, followed by travel for work, and a bunch of other distracting stuff going on.

Pirate-Husband and I are embarking on a big home renovation project. Log homes require much more maintenance than I'd realized. We need to wash, strip, bug-proof, repair, stain and seal the entire house. A contractor gave us a quote that was way too high, so we're going to be doing it ourselves. To be fair, Pirate-Husband is going to be doing most of it. Just not today; the heat index is up around 127F/53C and it's a day for staying inside.

Once that is done, we hope to be putting new windows into the house before winter sets in. That one, we're not doing ourselves. We've gotten quotes from a number of window companies and picked the best one. It's still going to be some major work!

On the knitting front, I'm almost done with the first of the stockinette socks I've been carrying around, and I got started on the second front half of the pink sweater. I'll probably end up making my own buttons for the sweaters, either from shrinky-dink or out of polymer clay. Store-bought buttons are so expensive!

I've managed to spin a little bit for the Tour de Fleece, but not nearly enough as I'd hoped. Ah well, the wheel is oiled and ready to go, even if I only have a few free minutes. I have it next to my computer so that I can turn 90 degrees and spin a few yards at any moment.

And that's the State of the Pirate. I didn't want to just drop everything and leave with no explanation, but I can safely say: I'll be back!

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Sometimes it's not knitting which bothers my arms (even without the Knitting Olympics). Sometimes it's work, and work has to take precedence until someone wants to match my salary with a knitting job. Well, last week I was busier than normal at work, and as a result, my arms are sore from wrists to elbows. This coming week is looking as if it will be just as busy... so there might not be much knitting to write about in the next few days.

I've been taking naproxen and sleeping with wrist braces on... but hopefully I'll be able to get a few stitches in here and there.

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Thanks to Emm1e, here are my completed Garter Rib Socks! I knit the first one in five weeks; the second one took longer because I got caught up in moving, cleaning, unpacking, and all those other things that go along with buying a house. They were a quick knit, and a decent pattern. Some of the instructions, like the part for centering the pattern over the instep, could have been written a little more clearly. I think I put one too many rows (two, really) into the heel flap as well, but the socks seem to fit all right when I tried them on. I'll have to see how they are when I wear them for a whole day instead of a whole five minutes.

I'm looking forward to showing these off at work tomorrow! Some of my co-workers have been following the saga of the socks. One of them even gave a little "woohoo!" when I said that I'd found a source for the little bit of extra that I needed!

I found out that another of my co-workers knits and suggested that we should set up a lunchtime group to sit, knit, relax, and teach anyone else who wants to learn. She smiled and nodded. I get the feeling that she's not quite as into this yarn thing as I am...

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Yesterday we had an all-hands meeting, and one of my co-workers was admiring the So-Called Scarf. "Maybe," she said, "I could give you $20 and you could knit me something like this?"

"Uhhhhh," I answered as nicely as I could, "I could teach you to knit..."

She laughed and said, "Oh come on, you're just trying to empower me now!"

Yes, yes I am.

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Ah, finally, a chance to talk about both knitting, and my day job, in the same post!

Today at around 10:00am the power went out. It flicked off, then on again (the HVAC was confused) then off. And it stayed that way. After a minute or two, we all shut our computers off (it's so nice to have UPSes) and wandered around in the dark. I decided that the best place for me was in one of the front lobby chairs, in front of a window, with my sock-in-progress - and I stayed there for an hour until the power came back on. Unfortunately it stayed that way, so I went back to work.

I didn't make much progress, because people kept asking me about it - but that's cool, I like to show my work. The receptionist mentioned that her daughter was interested in learning to knit, and I recommended Stitch 'n Bitch to her. She thanked me and said she'd buy it for her daughter's Christmas present, and that I'd solved her dilemma about what to buy!

I haven't forgotten that I need to draw up designs for sock patterns and email them to that yarn dyer. I have two ideas that I think are pretty solid, and some graph paper a spreadsheet to act as graph paper. All I need to do is get it down and send it in. Maybe I'll do that tomorrow!

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My new job is pretty cool, even if it is seriously cutting into my knitting time. I did find one co-worker who knows the basics of knitting, but like me, she's chosen the path of "eating a quick lunch at your desk means you can leave at 4:00 instead of 5:00." That means a 50 minute drive home instead of a 90 minute drive, so... yeah. No knitting time at work.

I don't want to let the blog go entirely, but I don't think I'm going to have daily updates for a while until I work out some kind of schedule for my evenings. There are so many hobbies in addition to knitting that I want to keep up with - playing guitar, learning violin, remembering to go to the gym, reading, and oh yeah, sleep.

Guess this means I'm going to have to catch up with knitting over the weekends!

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Jaywalker 2, pic 3 I only got a few rounds past the point at which this picture was taken when my hands started seriously complaining about two straight hours of sock knitting. That being said, tonight's SnB was fun as usual! We had about fifteen people at the most crowded. Some crocheters and some needlepointers, but mostly knitters. I really enjoy talking to everyone, and showing the sock around. I demonstrated Continental knitting ("that looks weird, doesn't it?") and talked up the ease of flap heels to someone who's just getting into the idea of socks. Also, I came home with a bonus copy of "Knit 'N Style" magazine. I may not knit anything from it, but I love looking at the pictures and seeing what crazy ideas people come up with!

The other cool thing about the SnB, I may have mentioned, is that we're working together on a charity blanket. I got the yarn for my four squares today, as well as the one border square that Pirate-Husband agreed to knit. My size 6 needles are free, so I can get started on my squares right away. Pirate-Husband is away on business... but when he gets back, I'm putting him to work!

Now, because the subtitle of the blog is "A Knitter and Her Day Job," I feel that it is very important for me to share this next bit of news: I have joined the ranks of the re-employed. Yes, my days of bumming around are over as of July 9th. I had an interview yesterday and one today - and both places made offers. I took the one from yesterday. The commute is going to be rough, but I plan to get books and French lessons on CD to help me pass the time in the car. I am very excited about this; I think it's blah blah great opportunity blah blah buzzword drone drone... the important thing is, I wasn't out of work for very long and I haven't forgotten how. I'm eager. Just think of all the yarn I can buy, now that I'll have income again! Mmmm, celebratory yarn...

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Since my co-workers discovered my knitting habit, they have rarely missed an opportunity to tease me about it.

My project manager asked if I knit the chunky cabled cardigan I often wear to keep me from freezing to death in this ice-cave of an office. When I said no, he wanted to know why not. Why not? Because I bought it from the store for $20. Talk about instant gratification - knitting it myself would mean that I'd still be shivering in my cubicle while a half-knit cardigan languishes in the "finish this soon" pile.

Another co-worker asked about my green scarf and was surprised to hear that I'd knit it myself. I mentioned that I was working on a pair of socks. "Wow," she gushed, "That's fantastic! ...Hey, how about you knit a pair for me?" Then I took out my current sock-in-progress and showed it to her. "Ohhh, wow, look at those tiny little stitches! How do you do it? It's so neat and... and tiny! How long does it take you to knit a pair of socks?" She looked horrified when I told her, and waved off her request. "No, no, never mind about knitting me a pair. I had no idea it was so much work!" I could almost hear the unspoken, "Why the heck do you do it?"

The bookkeeper proclaimed that she would never have the patience for knitting. "Knitting gives you patience," I said, but she didn't seem to believe me. Most of the rest of them just give me this look of disbelief. "You... knit?" they ask. What do they expect me to do instead?

I think I'll just leave the knitting at home from now on.

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