On Call

Being on call is a drag. You can’t leave town. You can’t plan for events that take all day or goes late into the night. You just never know when disaster will strike. You can hope that you will have the hours from noon to 5 free, because, if all goes well, that’s the “quiet” time between Japan and Europe reporting hours. Sigh. The perils of working for an international company.

On the plus side, a lot of this is “hurry up and wait.” You get paged. Most times, there’s not much you can do after the initial troubleshooting, alerting the right parties of the issues, and wait … and wait.

What can I do? KNIT! I tried spinning, but I can’t really do that in front of the computer and periodically hit the refresh button to see the status of the current jobs. It’s much easier to do this with a knitting project.

Although, I suppose I can invent some sort of music stand type of thing for my laptop and put it next to the spinning wheel …

After spinning the silk, I got into the spinning mood. I found some mill end rovings in my stash and started working on those. I finished up 9 oz of a brown/white roving that turned into this really pretty light grey ragg 2-ply yarn (about 500 yards). It was really soft and wonderful to spin. I have no idea what is in it. Merino? Perhaps some alpaca? Luscious.

There’s about 8-9 oz of pink roving of the same stuff. I’m about half way through spinning the singles on that.

I told Martin that I am thinking about making a cropped sweater for myself with the yarn. Although it would be first time I would wear pink and grey since my preppy period during the freshman college days. Martin thinks I’m joking.

As I said, spinning and computer work don’t really go together. So, I started a sweater vest with Brown Sheep Lamb’s Pride Worsted and Kureyon. This is a Christmas present (Martin helped me pick out the colors). I’ve been putting it off. It shouldn’t take long, since I already made one similar for Martin’s Birthday and it took about 7 days. I should have plenty of time to finish it.