Posted by Caroline in Dyeing, hats, Knitting, Spinning on May 24th, 2018
I’m still on a mission to reduce the bag of sock yarn leftovers. They are tumbling out of the top of the bag so it’s either use some up or get a bigger bag. I’ve gone down the route of “bigger bag” once already so that has not proved to be much of a long term solution. I would normally knit half a dozen pairs of striped socks but the only feet that need socks are my son’s and he says that he has enough now. After further discussion it seems that was because he had too many to fit in the drawer, I came up with storage solutions and now I have the green light to knit more.
This should have been a hat with earflaps but I was done with it before I reached that stage. It is all leftover sock yarn so even without earflaps it is a winner. This is a free pattern, Ch’ullu and I rather liked it but not enough to make another. My dislike is down to setting off with a circular needle that was just slightly too short so it was an effort to move the stitches along. It did stretch the floats out nicely so I stuck with it. When I changed to dpns after the decreases you could see the transition very clearly – lovely smooth colourwork vs puckering. A quick pass with a steam iron made it all look the same so I could have changed needles without making it obvious in the knitting. Learning through doing it wrong – I make these mistakes so you don’t have to.
For the record, 100g of yarn does not an Ulina make. This weighs 163g which explains why I ran out of the main colour just before reaching the sleeves. After that it all went downhill because I was knitting at night and I thought that the solid yarn was brown which would have picked out the brown in the first yarn. It was a shock the next morning to find that it was a deep burgundy which went with nothing at all. I should have ripped it out but I’d already done the messing about at the beginning of the sleeves and it was easier not to bother. It doesn’t have buttons yet, I made buttonholes on both sides so I can be indecisive right until the last minute. The body yarn in this is the one from my last post, the scary orange vanished with a bit of red dye.
This is my third project out of the sock scrap bag. Much as I would love to know how much it weighs that won’t be happening until it is finished because it is set out in the order that I want to put it on the loom and I’m not messing that up just to weigh it. It should end up at two metres long, if it is a thing of wonder and beauty then I’ll make three or four more and make it into a blanket. If it remains as unappealing as it looks now then I’ll cut it in half, sew it together side by side and make a lap blanket. Either way it gets me back into weaving and uses up sock scraps. I’m not going to say “how can it possibly go wrong?” because it’s years since I warped a loom and I’m rediscovering all those beginner errors that I thought I’d left behind me.
I’m still ahead on yarn usage because I haven’t bought any. I’ve knitted the hat without earflaps (71g) and the baby jacket (163g), two more Tychus (180g) and most of a pair of socks that will fall into next month. I also sold 560g of fibre so the total used since last time is 974g for a total to date of 5.94kg
Posted by Caroline in hats, Knitting, socks, Stashbash on January 22nd, 2018
These may look like hats but they are part of my strategy for tidying up the front bedroom. The spare bedroom has yet again reached the stage where I look in, sigh and walk away even though I know from previous experience that it never takes as long as I think it will to clear it up and get everything back into boxes. The last time I had a serious sort through of the stash was six years ago when I decided to move out a net two kilos of yarn. At that time I had no idea how big a challenge that would be and it was a surprise to me that by October I’d used up 8.9kg. Admittedly I’d bought rather a lot during the year but once the purchases had been netted off I still hit the target. This year I’m planning to buy less so I think that to aim for a net four kilo reduction is possible. It’s not only about having less stuff in boxes but also about seeing the wood for the trees and getting reacquainted with what I have. I’ve reopened the Etsy shop and intend spinning all the fibre into yarn as that takes up less space. There will no doubt be a number of project bags that will need new homes once I’ve moved enough stuff off the floor to be able to get to the box with the fabric in.
The hats on the right are random odd balls together with the leftovers from the grey cardigan that I knitted for mum in 2014. There are a few small balls of grey left now but not enough for another hat. The hats on the left feature the leftovers from the brown cardigan that I knitted earlier this year. There is one more brown hat on the needles which I think is the last one. I could have done something radical such as weigh how much yarn one hat takes but that thought eluded me. So far all of the yarn has come from off the floor and knitting it means that I don’t have to put it away. There were a few other grey hats but they left in a parcel of other woolies earlier in the month. I also sold a few odd balls of cotton yarn making the total used for January 1.5kg. I bought nothing so that’s 1.5kg net.
This will be the basis of the third phase of hats but not until I’ve made myself a cardigan out of it and have some actual leftovers. This is a kilo cone of aran Forsell Touch of Silk which was so incredibly cheap that it would have been rude not to buy it especially as I bought a second kilo at the same time thereby saving on postage too. It is the same yarn as the brown that I made a cardigan from last year so I already know what sort of fabric it makes and that it changes significantly on scouring as it is oiled for machine knitting. I would usually start with the measurements of the last cardigan I made but that is already too big because I’ve lost a stone in weight since then. I have the yarn, I have the buttons but I need the measurements and a design idea. Don’t hold your breath.
It’s not been all hats this month, I’m knitting them on straight needles and they won’t go in my handbag so they don’t make for good travel knitting. These are socks for feet I don’t know very well, if I’m lucky then they will fit but if not they may return for some minor adjustment. I’ve written down the number of rounds so I could reproduce them again if I get lucky. If I don’t get lucky then at least I know the starting numbers from which I can make adjustments.
Posted by Caroline in Family, hats, Knitting, sweaters on May 13th, 2016
Let us start with a contender for the most boring photograph in the history of knitting. It’s a length of plain white rolling stockinette. Worse than that, it’s a very short piece of plain white rolling stockinette. Hopefully by the next time it appears it will be much longer with a touch of colour – either that or I will have ripped it for offences against tension. It’s sock yarn (again) but this time on a 3.75mm needle rather than a 3.25mm. It means it will make a cardigan the same size as in the pattern rather than combining the stitch count from the third size with the lengths for the first size. This should be a good thing but my inner knitter is positive that she prefers the fabric from the smaller needle. We shall see.
That is the start of sweater three because I haven’t quite finished sweater one. The grey is left over from the Geilo sweater from the last post and the blue is overdyed sock yarn leftovers. This is knitted on a 3.25mm needle which means my tension is way off but it makes a nice cushy fabric. I am using the neckline from Geilo so it’s knitted around all the way up and then the opening is cut. The photo on the right shows the two yellow lines of machine stitching on the reverse, I’ll pick up alongside those and knit a facing on each side. I am still undecided as to whether the neck will have a plain band or a collar, my decision will be influenced by how much yarn I have left.
Sweater two was started and finished over a weekend. With a 13″ chest it is easily the smallest garment that I’ve ever made and I hope that the baby is too big for it. Full term babies come in all sizes, premature babies do too. This is Heim in Drops Fabel sock yarn, again on a 3.75mm needle as that’s what I needed to match gauge. It took 48g for the smallest size so you’d get one from a ball of yarn. The pattern has five buttons but I thought there was more chance of finding a set of four in the button tin. It goes without saying that when I tipped them all out I found five. The pattern also has a helmet and leggings but I skipped those in favour of a little lace hat in leftover yarn. You can see from my finger how small it is, it fitted nicely over a wine glass.
I might have to find something that needs a lot of planning, possibly also spinning because GCSEs start next week. There are two weeks of exams, a week’s holiday and then another two weeks of exams. After that it’s summer all the way through to September.
Posted by Caroline in hats, Knitting, sweaters on November 30th, 2015
I’m not at all convinced that this will be the final colour of the hats, I’m tempted to dye them with a small amount of navy to reduce the contrast and make the turquoise less attention seeking. I have one more bobbin to ply which will make another hat and then that will see the end of this batch of fibre. There is a small amount of yarn left over from each hat but I don’t think that combining the leftovers will give me enough for another one. The first one was boring, the second was not that bad and then after that I got into the swing of casting on eight stitches on to double pointed needles. It’s a good thing that there was only 400g of wool to start with because otherwise I could have been going on with these all winter.
The baby sweater is cast off but not finished, it’s a twelve month size and the baby is currently less than two months old so I have plenty of time. The first part of finishing is making the sleeves match, at the start of the first sleeve (on the left) I strayed from the pattern and if I’d replicated it on the second sleeve I could have got away with calling it a design feature. On the second sleeve I copied the pattern from the body rather than from the first sleeve so now I have one sleeve that has a purple row at the top of the band and one that doesn’t. I could just leave it, I keep telling myself that it doesn’t matter. If I didn’t know that I could fix it then I might leave it but I know that I could make it right in under fifteen minutes. I’ve already spent more time than that trying to convince myself to leave it alone, at some point I’ll make a cup of tea, find an appropriate needle and get down to a spot of grafting.
It was a fun little knit so I cast on for another small sweater. This one doesn’t involve any cutting of armholes, it’s knitted in the round up to the sleeves and then divided for the front and back. It was the elephants that drew me to it, they would have been better in a solid grey but I’m all about using up leftover sock yarn so variegated elephants were the order of the day. This uses the leftovers from the last sweater together with some oddments from the bag of sock yarn leftovers. I’m knitting the small size because I know someone with a new baby. The idea is that they get the elephants now and the bigger sweater later.
The blog silence is down to me being very busy at the moment. Sixth form visits were followed by application forms and now interviews. Junior has a music exam coming up and mock GCSEs on the horizon and the result is that I’m putting in extra hours as a taxi service and tutor. Rumour has it that Christmas is just around the corner but I think this is a scare story designed to put the wind up those of us who are working flat out on other things.
Posted by caroline in Family, hats, Knitting, Weaving on March 24th, 2013
This is the first year that we’ve seen snow on D’s birthday. I’d like to think that in years to come we’ll be trying to remember that one freak year where there was snow on the ground because I’d hate for this to be a regular thing. I thought that this was maybe down to the curse of the thrummed hat and that if I finished that then there would be no more snow this year. I’ll let you know how that one works out for me. It’s taken so long to finish because knitting thrums has the same appeal for me as adding beads with a crochet hook, it makes knitting into a stop-start process and is no fun at all. I might have stuck it out if I had thought that I’d look stunning in it but I don’t care how cold it gets I’m never wearing it. This does not matter as it was immediately taken from my hands and adopted. I did try to take another photo showing the flaps up but that resulted in a continuous cry of “coldearscoldearscoldears” so I gave up on that one. It’s not entirely finished, I still have to trim the fluff bits and then bash them with a brush to encourage felting. Should you want to knit one of your very own it’s the Cocoknits fleeced earflap hat except that I knitted mine top down in doubled handspun with a blatant disregard for the stated tension. As an aside – see how much lighter the thrums look than the sweater – they are both from the same bag of fibre.
There was a setback with the cake. I’d planned to make a square cake then cut it and reassemble it into the shape of a creeper. The key element to this was the purchase of green and black ready to roll icing but the only colours I could find were white and pink which made the whole thing a non starter. This required a fast switch to Plan B which I’m calling “Minecraft Inspired”, the translation of which is “bears no relation to that thing that you were aiming at”. It was a chocolate and mint sponge cake and tasted very good even though it didn’t bear much resemblance to grass. We had a major icing fail, the plan was for the three shades of green frosting to emerge randomly from the icing bag but that didn’t happen, if I could turn back time I’d have frosted the top and covered it with the same crumbs as the sides thereby making it a dirt block cake. The good thing that came out of this was that I learned that freezing sponge cake makes it much easier to cut into shape and to frost and that if you bash chocolate coated chocolate chip biscuits they make a beautifully textured coating. The trick with freezing the cake is something I wish I’d known years ago – how could I get to my age without knowing that?
It looks as if the purple gradient yarn will indeed show a gradient once on the loom, this is the wound warp with the weft yarn sitting across the top. It’s been sitting on top of the loom for a couple of days now and it is showing no sign of threading itself so I suppose I’ll have to do it. It’s not made it onto my to do list though so officially it doesn’t exist.
Posted by caroline in hats, Knitting, Non-fibre, socks on March 2nd, 2013
I have to admit that I’m not enjoying these latest socks all that much. I let the recipient have the full choice of colours from the scrap bag and he pulled out the first ball he came to and proclaimed it to be perfect. I moved from plain black to plain purple and it’s all so …. plain. I’m at the same point on both socks, just about to start the toe shaping and I think there is just not quite enough yarn to finish them. This wasn’t a problem because all I needed to do is poke about in the sock scrap bag and I already had three perfect (really perfect, not just first-out-of-the-bag perfect) not-plain yarns in mind. I had a good look in the bag but couldn’t find any of them, in fact there seemed to be a shortage of purple scraps which puzzled me because I was sure that I hadn’t knitted them.
This puzzle was solved when I sat at the loom. This is my first weaving this year, I wound this warp months ago and it’s been threaded and ready to start for weeks so it’s not surprising that I’d put it from my mind. All those missing purples and the rest of the turquoise are now accounted for. This is all sock yarn from the scrap bag, I’m confident that there is enough of the weft to actually finish it, I didn’t do anything radical like work it out but it was a pretty big ball so I was happy to wing it. This is all machine washable sock yarn and I think I already have a home for it.
The other reason that the plain and boring socks aren’t finished is that I have had two projects on the go. They say that a change is as good as a rest and there has been a world of difference between tiny yarn on tiny dpns and doubled yarn on pencil sized dpns. (Excuse the weird crusty fingers, it’s dough, not a gruesome skin condition) This is my first thrummed item, apart from when we have freak weather and it gets down to -17 we don’t really have it cold enough to need that extra trapped air. If I get to the end this will be something that looks like a trapper hat except that as soon as I started with the grey I immediately regretted my colour choices. I’m going to carry on and finish it because it will suit someone somewhere, I’ve learned from it (don’t use wool that matches your hair colour unless you are knitting a wool wig) and with needles that big there is not exactly a lot of work involved.
My other first is still proving and is the reason for the scabby fingers in the photo above. I’ve been making bread by the same method all my life and I thought it was time for a change. These are my first loaves made by the sponge method and it will be interesting to see whether they are actually noticeably different to ones made with a one stage mix. If the kitchen wasn’t north facing and cold then I might already know, as it is the bag is now sitting in the living room enjoying the sun.
If I knuckle down then there is a chance that everything here could be finished next week – unlikely but possible.
Posted by caroline in Bohusish, Dyeing, hats, Knitting on December 7th, 2012
Before I started dyeing the angora blend yarns I looked at the chart in the book and worked out how many rows were knitted with each colour. There are fifteen colours in the chart and I calculated the percentage of each I’d need, used that percentage to split up the yarn and then dyed it. What could possibly go wrong?
I knew it was going to be difficult to tell all of the yarns apart, especially the greens as they were all so close in colour so I labelled them all before I started knitting. The staple is close enough to the yarn for the label to stay put, it’s not going to slip off accidentally. I wrote down the name I’d given them when I wrote out my dye plan and the colour number that corresponded to on the chart. That was the stage when I realised that I’d dyed a colour too many, it was a bit obvious when I had a ball left over. What I’d failed to consider was that one of the colours in the chart was the body colour for the hat, that didn’t need dyeing at all because it was already in the big ball of camel silk. I thought that this might run me into problems later, the knock on from dyeing one ball of brown too many is that all of the other colours are slightly smaller than they could have been. As I had no way of knowing whether I’d have enough of any colour anyway I decided not to worry about it until I had to.
The hat is the Wild Apple, you can see the start of the apples just appearing on the needles. I’ve knitted the second of the reds, the balls were small to start with and I was convinced that this meant that there wouldn’t be enough for the second round of apples. My scales say that there’s enough of the darker yarn and as the lighter yarn doesn’t appear again there’s the fallback of overdyeing it and using it if I need to. The more pressing problem is that I have two more red/oranges in the bag and three left in the chart. My page of dye calculations confirms that I haven’t lost one, I never dyed it at all. I think this is the follow on from my dyeing the background colour again – I counted the right number of colours but I was a brown too many and an orange short. It’s not the end of the world, the orange I didn’t dye is at the end of the colour range so I don’t have to slot it in between two existing colours but just make it more yellow than the existing orange. The real stumbling block is that I dyed all the yarn I spun and I have no more angora blend to make more.
Why did I not notice this earlier? The chart I’m working from is in false colour, the only true colour shot in the book is a photo of a sweater and it’s too small to be of any use in replicating the colours. Ravelry came to the rescue, there are several stash photos of the skeins in the kit all laid out and they were what I was referring to when I was dyeing. I saw a burgundy-red, a red, an orange-red and an orange in the photo and that’s what I dyed. Once I realised I was a skein short of a hat I went back to the two photos I’d been looking at and even now that I’m really looking at them I can still only see four orange/reds rather than five.
I am checking my tension several times a day so I’m happy that it’s still coming to the size that I wanted and I’ve decided that when and if I run out of a colour I’ll substitute one of the others. When I’m knitting this in the evening all the greens look the same as do most of the blues, even in daylight the differences in colour are very subtle. I have four rounds of knitting before I’m stuck, the last fibre I ordered took a week to get here and so even though these rounds involve knitting with three colours I think it’s safe to say that the hat is going to be sidelined for a while. It looks like it will be back to socks again tonight.
Posted by caroline in doubleweave, hats, Knitting, Stashbash, Weaving on May 23rd, 2012
I live with two musicians, it should be no surprise that I pick something up along the way. It’s nice that there is a phrase for when you’ve got to the end and then go back and start the whole thing again because that is exactly what I’ll be doing here. This is the first of the piano keyboards, sett at 12 epi and intended for a scarf. It finished at 78″ long, I’d estimated that it would be 79″ so I got that bang on target. The yarn is JC Rennie 2/11.3nm, it comes in big cones, oiled for machine knitters. I’ve picked up quite a few cones cheaply on Ebay so I already had a kilo of the white but I did have to buy the black.
The draft is from Handwoven of November/December 2011, it has a scarf in laceweight sett at 20epi for each layer and one in chenille sett at 15. I was reluctant to trim the pattern down to get the same size scarf at 12 epi because the gap between the keys is already as narrow as it can be. If I made the keys narrower and shorter to allow for the thicker yarn then the gaps would be proportionately bigger. I decided to just make a scarf that would be longer and wider than a piano keyboard but would have the right proportions. The second piece is destined to become part of a cover for a digital piano and with that I’m going to sett it at 15 epi and generate a keyboard that’s the right size and stiff as a board. It would have been nice to have woven the first piece at the right sett and got a scarf the same size as a keyboard but I’m all about using what I have where I can.
I’m still not knitting, this week while not knitting I’ve made another three hats and started a pair of socks. The four hats and the piano scarf weigh more than the cone of black I bought to make the scarf so I’m still on target with my stashbusting exercise. I also whipped up a little sleeveless number in blue, when I cast on it was going to be a sweater but the more I thought about it the more I realised that getting those long spindly arms into sleeves was going to be more trouble than it was worth. Having no shoulders and your chin lower than your arms does pose some interesting fitting challenges. He needs a hat and possibly a scarf but I can slack off for the moment as he’s nowhere to be seen and I can claim that I forgot all about him. At least the hat and scarf won’t be difficult to fit.
I might be on the brink of a return to the needles, we’re having some warm and sunny weather at the moment so why I should be thinking about cardigans is beyond me. I don’t know yet whether this is The One, the sign is when I start dreaming about it and I’m not there yet. It also depends on whether there’s enough of the Ryeland, the coloured bands can be larger but there’s a limit to how far you can stretch “not enough” yarn. I don’t know what colour the bands are or how they are worked, I’ve left that with my inner knitter to work out while I get on with other things. I haven’t thought about a collar or the bottom edges but just for once I know exactly what the buttons should look like. I’m not sure that buttons are the best place to start but I might well be building a cardigan around them.
Posted by caroline in doubleweave, Dyeing, hats, Knitting, socks, Spinning, Weaving on May 18th, 2012
You’re going to be looking at this for a while, I’m still totally enthralled by it which is good because I have just got to the halfway point on the first one. I’ve set myself a target of an octave a day, which isn’t very much, less than an hour’s weaving time. Some days I do two octaves, some days I do one and a half and some days I don’t put the loom up at all. At the moment there is a clear difference between the leading edge (bottom of the black key) and the trailing edge (top) on the keys but this yarn is oiled on the cone and I know when the wool hits water and blooms the nasty gap will disappear. I can be pretty confident about this because I’ve used the same yarn before for doubleweave and had the same effect on the loom. After washing, the gaps in the weaving will fill up and the white will look white because you’ll not be seeing the black layer through it. I’m not convinced that hot water will do anything at all for my edges but I can hope. In general the less I mess with them the better they get but I can’t help but fiddle.
Knitting is still blah but socks are pretty essential, especially if you have only one pair of hand knit socks. I made a pair for someone we know after she’d noticed that when the band was playing my husband didn’t get cold feet while she was freezing. Once she had her pair of socks she knew the reason why (“and they don’t fall down”). One pair isn’t enough to see you through the week so she asked me for another pair. These are Opal something or other from a Ravelry destash, which seems to be the source of all my sock yarn these days. I like them but my sock drawer is full and her need is greater.
I did also manage a hat this week. It’s Tychus again in a mixture of handspun yarns. One runs green-purple-grey and that was my first attempt at carding a three colour gradient. I wanted to see whether I could diz the batt off in one piece in a reasonable time and whether it spun into the yarn that I thought it would. The other is something that was sold to me as Whitefaced Woodland but wasn’t, it was very soft and wrong for the breed. I can’t sell it so it had to stop home and be play yarn. I need to catch up with some stashbashing this month because I bought a 500g cone of black yarn for the piano scarves and then immediately stopped knitting. The hat weighs 114g and there’s a chance that I’ll weigh in a piano scarf before the end of the month so I might yet end up level.
I’m still playing with colour changes. This yarn is Black Welsh Mountain, Manx Loaghtan and grey falkland. As it doesn’t have white in it that means that it would work with white as a contrast colour. My plan for this (if I had a loom free) would be to weave it in a nice simple log cabin with some white falkland. It’s not all shades of grey this week, I’m having an experiment with superwash and sparkle for socks. The main question was whether I could handle slippery superwash successfully because it wasn’t not going to behave the same way as nice grippy wool-from-sheep, it doesn’t hang together in the same way and I thought that it would be more difficult to diz off in one piece. It appears that I’m up to the job after all as exhibit A proves that I can take it off in one length and I have witnesses to the fact that there was no swearing involved.
Posted by caroline in hats, Knitting, Stashbash, Weaving on April 30th, 2012
My self imposed mission was to get through 2012g of unloved odd ball yarn before November. I didn’t know whether that was an achievable target, it sounded a lot but 180g a month sounded more realistic. That shows if you’re planning to eat an elephant you first need to cut it into bite sized chunks. I can say now that it was an easy target to meet because I’ve hit it by April. All I have to do for the rest of the year is move more out than I buy.
This was the key to my success, when you make a single item that weighs 913g then it goes a long way towards the goal. The sharp eyed may notice that it’s not entirely finished but it’s in use so I’m counting it. I used all of a cone of brown/green yarn, part of a cone of gold and nearly all of the mountain of alpaca/bfl that I spun three years ago. Using the alpaca has left a noticeable gap in the bottom wool box, it’s very pleasing to see. I made this as a single length, cut it into three and sewed it back together again with what my machine calls “patchwork stitch”. If you do it by hand then I think it would be baseball stitch and I’m fairly certain that if I did it by hand then it would never get done.
The brown/gold mix changes across the width, my grand plan was that the warp ran from mostly brown to mostly gold and then back to mostly brown again. That would probably have worked better if I’d made this in four sections rather than three, as it is there are not enough of the changes for it to show as a pattern. It was sett at seven ends per inch except for the experimental section where I went with six. I can’t tell the difference now, going with six overall would have made life easier because it was a six dent reed. The reason that it’s not really finished yet is the end. I didn’t want a hem because this is very thick fabric and I thought a triple thickness edge would be too bulky so I decided to pretend that it’s a quilt and bind the ends with double fold cotton fabric. When I had this idea I had the perfect fabric in mind that had the advantages of being easily accessible and of decent yardage. It was a pity that the reality was that it was easily accessible, very long and totally the wrong colour so now I need a good poke through the quilting stash to audition alternatives. The ends are secure for now, just not very pretty.
I’ve also seen off one ball of Kureyon and reduced some other aran weight yarn. I made dozens of these hats back in my last stash reduction attempt of 2007, it’s Tychus from Knitty and this could possibly be my favourite hat pattern. It’s garter stitch so it stretches to fit all size heads, it’s knitted on the same needles throughout and if you start with a provisional cast on over a circular needle it’s a simple three needle bind off to close what should be the seam. If you watch what you are doing you might even remember to do the bind off with the right sides together, unlike me. I add two stitches to the depth and make four wedges instead of five and it turns out a lovely hat every time. The four hats weighed 235g and took a couple of evenings to knit so again that shows that 180g a month is not a huge accomplishment.
I could decide to up my target to something more challenging or I could sit back and rest on my laurels. Having given it a bit of thought I’m going to keep track of the ins and outs for the rest of the year and look at doing the same thing again next year but maybe with a higher target figure. I’ve spent a solid four months on stash reduction knitting and I think I’m overdue some time off.