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Did you notice something?  An absence of something?  I didn’t think so.

Well, I was told by my (sometimes) wiser companion that I should just blog as if nothing has happened.  That ridiculously long hiatus I took from blogging and knitting never happened.  I knew it wouldn’t be easy getting back into routine after being funemployed for so long, but almost exactly a year later, I’m still struggling to stay balanced.  It probably doesn’t help that I also have one of these things in tow now.

Of course she isn’t this tiny anymore.  Now she looks mostly like this:


Scout is pretty much the best dog on the planet.  I know that’s what everyone says about their dogs, but she really is the best.  So I can forgive her for eating up all of my free time… and socks.  Thankfully, she doesn’t seem to have any interest in my knitting.  Knitting.  That reminds me….

Just like work, I’ve been slowly reintegrating knitting back into my daily life.  I did my best to get Christmas gifts out to the family, but sadly, I just wove in my last end and took pictures today (incidentally, it was the first time I’ve used my camera since August).  I really am a poster child of procrastination, in case you didn’t already know that.  But what is family for, if not to forgive your faults?

There are some goodies in here, but I’ll keep the details on my ravelry page.  It just sort of happened that all the gifts were blue.

And I seriously did not plan this, but the two things currently on my needles are both yellow.

Right now I’m working on Deco by Kate Davies and a lace pillow for a baby gift.  I like working on multiple projects at a time, not necessarily in the same color family but these things happen.  When I get tired of working my fingers to death with the sturdy Frangipani yarn, I can switch over to some soft baby yarn and give my hands a break.  Also I’m crazy and love to overload myself.

I’m feeling like I’m finally back to full knitting production.  At least, my ravelry queue and yarn stash (which I spent a week creating a detailed inventory, no joke) are growing.  I think that’s a good sign that things in my knitting world are returning back to normal.  Which in turn means that things should be back to normal here on the ol’ bloggy blog.  Lucky you!

PS.  There are still a few travel posts that I want to share, but I’m not promising anything since I still have about 10,000 photos to sort through.  Remember that thing I said about procrastination?  Ya.  Don’t do what I do people.  It only hurts you and those around you.

Alternate title: I’m the worst knitting blogger ever because I never publish posts about my FO’s in a timely manner.

Alternately alternate title: I’m the worst knitting blogger ever because I forgot to take a picture of recipient in FO, so I had to ask recipient to provide me a photo.

Well, we can’t be perfect at everything, and since I’m just about perfect with everything else, I’ll let my poor blogging skills take one for the team.  Hah!  I’m the best….. in my mind.

Since we are on the subjects of cowls, I thought I would show you this one that I made so many moons ago.  A stockinette cowl in the round.  Because life is too short to act like you’re too good to knit plain stockinette in the round.  I’m not too good.  This cowl is way too good for me, however, so that’s why I gave it to my sister.  Because she’s good enough for the cowl.

I started it way back in October when I went to New York (and visited the shop that wrote the pattern) and finished it a day before Christmas/my sister’s birthday.  She loves it, of course.  Who wouldn’t?  It’s delicately feminine chic.  All those things I’m not, which is why she gets the cowl and I don’t.  Also she wears it better than I ever could.

Project Details:

Pattern: White Caps Cowl by Purl Soho
Yarn: Habu Textiles, Cotton Slub and Sizing Silk
Needles: US 4
Modifications: Didn’t do the decreases at the top of the cowl and knitted a few less repeats.  Also I spilled some red wine on the silk.  Does that count as a mod?  Probably not.
Recommend to a Friend: Yes!  Easy to knit and super silky soft to wear.

At 2:30am this morning, I put down my needles.  My hands were about to fall off, my eyes were bulging out of my head and a blister had started to form on my tensioning finger.  I finished two sleeves, knit the collar and started one of the two pocket linings.  Why, oh why, didn’t I listen to my better judgment and leave out the damn pockets?  It was downright hopeless.  Lest, of course, I wanted to pull my first all-nighter since college and live the rest of my life without hands… I had to pack it in.  I cradled my hands like they were precious little babies as I slept last night.

I dreamt that I was blocking the sweater.  But I was doing it all wrong.  I was putting my iron directly on the dry fabric of the sweater.  I burned it completely.  The smell was horrible.  8am came too soon and oh ya, I hadn’t packed yet.

My friend was really understanding about me not finishing the sweater.  He has a back up Christmas gift for his mom and I breathed a sigh of relief.  There’s nothing like disappointing someone.  Nothing.  Except maybe disappointing two someones.  So here I am at the airport, working on another gift.

Gift Knitting at the airport

Well, I use the term “working” lightly.  What I’m really doing is staring at this project, trying to will my hands to do something other than shake uncontrollably and cursing myself for packing projects that are all on size 4 needles or smaller.  I apparently do not have any foresight whatsoever.

I have a codependency with my knitting.  I often decline social outings so I can, instead, stay home and knit.  However, on the rare occasion that I do get the urge to talk to other humans, I bring my date; my knitting tags along with me to dinner parties, it shows up unannounced at game nights, it makes an appearance while I’m waiting to be seated at Chinese restaurants, and it casually sips a beer along side me at my local dive and laughs at my terrible puns.  And this is how (even though I attend a full time job of sitting in front of a computer designing big metal objects, while incidentally, I am actually dreaming about designing knitwear) this:

grew into this in less than 4 days….Granted, it is just plain stockinette stitch, but damn, I’ve been productive.

Oh, and after over a year of not doing so, I finally went and got my hair cut today.  The guy shampoo’d it and styled it better than I will ever be able to reproduce by myself and I came home and thought about going out to show off my new ‘do.  Then a thought occurred to me to model my knitting project instead, because it’s cold outside and I don’t really feel like being social.  What can I say?  My knitting has a hold on me like nothing else does.  It’s hard to photograph yourself, hence that weird face I’m making.  Also, my bicep looks huge.  But at least I made my bed…sorta….

As you can see, I’m really close to finishing this cardigan.  But herein lies the problem: when I originally bought this yarn, I was going to make this (but without the anchors on the bottom because, honestly, that would look lame on me) so I purchased equal amounts of white and blue yarn.  Then the more I thought about it, the more I really detested that pattern and wanted something different.  I decided something like this, but with stripes.  Now due to my heavy modifications, I am short on white yarn and must put a hold on finishing the cardigan until more shows up at my doorstep, which according to Knit Picks, will be very soon.

While I’m waiting, however, I will be working on a fun sewing project:

A generous gift, courtesy of my dear sissy pants.  It feels like I’m cheating on my knitting, but I’m sure it will understand.  And as they say, absence makes the heart grown fonder.

Dear Supreme Ruler of the Cosmic Universe,

I know my birthday has already come and gone, but I was too busy partying like a rockstar entertaining guests this weekend to ask you for a special birthday wish.  This year, for my belated birthday present, I kindly ask that you give me more time.  More time to knit, that is.  You see, I’ve calculated how many hours I spend every week not knitting.  It’s a lot.  A lot more than I would like.

Can you give me a time suspending device that I can turn on when I feel the urge to knit (which quite possibly might be all the time)?  I understand that with great power comes great responsibility.  And I promise that I will only use this device for good!  There are so many new techniques I’d like to learn and so many gifts I’d like to make for some very deserving people.  You see?  It’s a selfless thing I’m trying to do over here.  I just need a little help getting some more time.  Thank you for your consideration.

Your humble servant,


PS.  I would also like to point out that I’ve been very good this year and have references.

PPS.  I cross my heart that the first thing I make with my new time suspending device will be a sweet raglan sweater for you.  I know it must be cold up there in the universe.

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