Time piece II: 11-17 January 2016
86cm x 17.5cm
Week 2 – 11 January 2016 / Monday
8.5 cm x 13 cm – knit (s 8 metal)
The start of a fresh week and the next Time Piece. I casted on my new piece on the bus from Binghampton back to Middletown, NY. I was so glad I had brought 2 x pairs of knitting needles to Binghampton with me.
Re-visiting the red yarn from the week before, I was able to detect progress in my knitting technique: I was faster and there was less snagging.
I tried to visit the yarn store in Warwick, but it is closed on Mondays!
Mom and I had a fun conversation about the colour orange and her yarn – whether it was orange or ‘peach’ and whether it fit better in my Code as Monday or Tuesday (the difference between red and orange in my own delineation). She was a firm believer that the colour was orange and therefore should be perfectly adequate for my Tuesday knitting purposes.
When we got beck to my Mom’s office and I looked at the yarn in question again, I had to agree with her. I was very pleased about this because there was a large quantity of it and I suspected I would be using a lot on the 4.5 hour drive the next day.
A lady at my Mom’s pottery studio later that day showed me how to cast off the first Time piece. It was nice to have something to bond with a stranger over.
Week 2 – 12 January 2016 / Tuesday
21.5 cm x 14 cm – knit (s 8 metal)
I had a lot of knitting time while driving out to our family house EH with Mom. It possibly contributed to my exhaustion upon arrival. It makes me wonder if maybe exhaustion is a symptom of motion sickness without the nausea, as I noticed that after every long drive I am exhausted and usually any motion in a vehicle (including boats) makes me want to close my eyes and sleep (thankfully this is when I am a passenger and not too noticeable when I’m driving).
Earlier in the morning, I also knitted during our lunch with M after going to my Mom’s client with her in the residential assisted care facility nearby. I did not knit while we were there though because I joined in with the pottery painting and general activity of the session with I and her daughter.
The peach orange yarn from my Mom was easy to work with: somewhat synthetic, it held the strands together well and was neither too thin nor thick.
I really like this particular colour generally and I liked the way it looked next to the deeper reds of the day before, although the weight and quality of the yarns are very different. I liked the contrast actually too. It enhanced a sense of solidity and stability in the peach yarn.
Mom took a picture of me knitting on the couch at Grace Cottage but my eyes are weirdly closed. She took another one of me the next morning where it looks like I am asleep or stoned. I suppose in most pictured of me knitting my eyes will be focused downwards but these are particularly unflattering pics.
Week 2 – 13 January 2016 / Wednesday
10.5 cm x 17 cm – knit (s 8 metal)
I used bright yellow cotton yarn from E. She gave me 2 large balls of it. It has an unusual texture to it that makes it interesting but difficult to knit with, at least at this early stage in my knitting development.
I was grateful to have the knitting to do while Mom went through her EH routine of reading Dan’s Papers and the Amagansett Star, and also focused on house rental tasks.
While we were in EH (town) to see Real Estate agents about listings, we also went to visit a craft store there that my Mom thought might have yarns but they did not.
I am eager to have an abundant supply of coloured yarns to choose from for each day and still feel like I am gearing up for the project by having to eek out the yarn to satisfy the day’s intention. I also have an urge to be immersed in a shop filled head to toe with shelving and baskets of yarn – all colour coded and bursting with character and possibility….
I also took a picture of an empty shop front on Main St, EH that is exactly how I would wish my own studio (when I next have one) to look like. I have a vision of me using a shop front as a studio where I could run my CreativeCore workshops and use the front window for performances of daily making and displays. I imagine me sitting in a rocking chair in the window knitting…or at a table making collage or whatever….
This storefront in EH is exactly how I imagine the inside space looking. I would also have large trestle tables and folding chairs for working. I also want a workroom in the back with equipment and machinery needed for making.
This vision is one version of where I would like to work…the other is in a wellness facility where the body work can be integrated into the creative art making activities.
I also knitted happily while we watched TV in the evening.
Week 2 – 14 January 2016 / Thursday
31.5 cm x 17 cm – (s 8 metal)
knit – also started purl.
Again it was a long day of driving with lots of opportunity for me to knit. The thick wool taking up even more volume. The wool is natural fibres in a deep dark emerald green with flecks of purple and yellow. E gave me 2 x balls of this lovely yarn.
After knitting all the way home, and moving on to the second ball of the same yarn, my Mom showed me how to purl over dinner and I continued a little bit after eating to get into the swing of it.
I decided to just purl for the rest of week 2.
Week 2 – 15 January 2016 / Friday
2 cm x 16 cm – (s 8 metal)
Re-visited the same blue yarn that I used in the first Time Piece. Today was the smallest accumulation of knitting so far. The purl stitch required much more concentration, but also busy with other visits and activities. The blue yarn is lost next to the thick green yarn of the day before.
I did knit over lunch with my Mom and Uncle D. But not when D and I went for coffee at the spa.
I also took pictures of the first Time Piece on my iPhone in my Mom’s office at the house.
Week 2 – 16 January 2016 / Saturday
4.5 cm x 13-14.5 cm – (s 8 metal)
Today I used purple wool from my Mom’s collection. I had unraveled an aborted knitting piece she had. Even unraveled, the yarn is all wavy from the previous knitting.
I did not knit much today either – I spent more time with clay and my visit with A at my Mom’s pottery studio. It was hard to focus on purl and talk intently at the same time.
Week 2 – 17 January 2016 / Sunday
7.5 cm x 15 – 16cm – (s 8 metal)
I used a magenta wool from E today. It is a nice deep colour but very ‘strandy’. I used the whole (small) ball that I had. The tones sat very nice alongside the purple of the previous day.
I knitted during my visit with DH and shared my Knitting Time project intention with him.
Had a conversation with B later – before dinner – about the project and how the colour coding related to my coding of the days of the week and my overlaying of the chakras to this daily mediation practice I am playing with.
B suggested I make a blog about the Knitting Time project – which is something I had just started considering earlier in the week. It was nice to have a fleeting thought be validated by his observation that this might be worthwhile.
This day’s knitting concluded my second Time Piece.