Actual progress happened on the Queen Susan this week, despite also starting and finishing at hat. I am now on round One Hundred of the border -- which qualifies me to begin the last two pages (of six) for each of the corners. I've only 30 rows left until I get to the last section of border charts. Oooh, progress!
A chart explanation: The center and the edging of the Queen Susan are nice, simple, and easily charted on one page. The border is less simple. The 160-odd (or even) rows of border have no vertical repeats and a 60-st multiple across the center 'straight' section, and no multiples in the mitered corners. Rather than squeeze everything onto one page, the thoughtful charters wanted people to actually SEE the charts - so the 'straightaway' of the border is charted three pages wide and four pages tall, and each half of the mitred corner is charted two pages wide and three pages tall. For any given round, therefore, the knitter is working from 7 pages of charts. Just 5 in the early stages, really, since the corner section is pretty narrow at the beginning and doesn't take up two pages in width. There are 24 pages of charts in all, and I am finished with 14 of them, using 7 currently, and have but 3 'fresh' ones to achieve.
Filia is finished with 11 more credits of college classes, and did beautifully (especially once the teacher corrected a computer glitch which was wreaking serious havoc with her class grade). Filii laptop screen died, and he is looking forward to the arrival of a new computer that will allow him to play Skyrim -- when he's not being the Model Child as a thank-you for our contribution to that new computer, that is. My Kombucha is misbehaving, so I am culturing a Master Race of Bacteria. At least, that's what the trouble-shooting website says I am now doing. In reality, I'm leaving some jars of vinegary stuff on top of the fridge for 6 weeks. And we're prepping for a hospital stay next week. KNITTING TIME! (And, quite likely, no blog update. Sorry.)
Merry May, everyone! What are you reading, knitting, and doing these days?