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More holiday musings…

I slept for 12 hours last night, which is just unheard of for me.  But today is my day off, and I’m allowed to do what I want, right?

Otismurph enabled me towards using the Rowan Felted tweed for Marc’s hat… and I kind of wanted to anyway, so I went to the LYS.  I spent about half an hour walking around trying to decide whether the yarn I’d picked was purple or blue.  I decided it was blue, bought an Addi Turbo 16″ #3 needle and left.  Oh, and I did find a few lonesome balls of Noro’s Cashmere island hiding from me on a low shelf, so I was able to feel up the yarn and get a better look at the colors.  I think Noro must use a ton of sizing in their yarns, as every single one of them feels stiff until washed.  Don’t get me wrong, the Cashmere island was a bajillion times softer than the Silk Garden, but it still feels “starched” to me… but since I think Silk Garden feels nice after washing I’d imagine this stuff will be great!  The #6 colorway was really lovely, as was the #2.  I also find it interesting that all of these yarns have black segments as well as the colors.  I think that’s a good idea, as it will help to anchor the crazy color changes that Noro has.  So I’m pretty certain my Lady Eleanor will be made of this… I’ll order from WEBs soon.

Here’s the ball of yarn I bought.

I think the color will look really nice with Marc’s pale coloring and black/silver hair (poor guy… he’s been greying since he was 20!) I’m going to use this for a Christmas gift (my only knitted one, because I know he will appreciate it.)  I’ll have to do some stealth knitting, because I don’t want him to know about it ahead of time.

I meant to buy a new cable needle but forgot.  The size of your cable needle doesn’t really make a different, right?  Because mine is large (bought it to use with bulky yarn).  I’m thinking it would be ok.  My cable experience is… um… limited.  By limited I mean that I’ve made swatches with cables in them, but no actual cabled things.  I think I’ll practice a bit more before I try for the hat – perhaps I shall be a lemming and make a pair of those lovely “fetching” gloves from the summer Knitty.

I’ve given some more thought to my handmade gifts and decided on bath salts, glycerin soaps, and jars of readymade muffin mixes (I’m going to put these together with my Mom – it was her idea)

So that takes care of the women on my list who aren’t my Mom, and I’ll probably just buy gifts for the men.

Tonight we’re having dinner with my Mom and her boyfriend at my favorite Thai restaurant.  I’m happy because it’s a “low stress” kind of day around here.    I might even get in some knitting.  I require a lot more “down time” than I think most people do.  I’m unhappy being stressed and too busy, and I’m not afraid to bail on things if I feel myself getting too tense.  This makes me none too popular with the people who would like me to do things for them, but I’ve learned from hard experience that I need this time to myself every day.

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Today was better…

Today was a better day than yesterday.  I had a new student who was just lovely, and I made up a yummy recipe for chili in the crockpot.  I loved it, although I think Marc wished it had bacon.  His dad’s chili has bacon in it, which was enough to make me not eat it.  I think I’m the only person on the planet who hates bacon.  I don’t even like the smell of bacon cooking.  So anything that requires bacon either gets subbed with ham or italian bacon, or just doesn’t get made.  I toyed with the idea of making veggie chili today, but it would have only made Marc sad.  I frequently toy with the idea of being a vegetarian.  I think that I’m unlikely to ever go full throttle on the idea, but I’m not really big on meat.  I like vegetables better, possible because I was raised on a diet that was light on the meat, heavy on the granola.

I frogged my Jaywalker sock because I wasn’t sure about the size.  I want to consider my options before starting over.  I like the stripey yarn, but I think it might be better suited to a different pattern.  I saw some finished ones where the stripes on the foot were all wonky… so maybe I’ll use some Lorna’s laces I have instead.

I put in another hour or so on the Short Row ribbed scarf tonight while watching Angel.

Sorry for the crappy picture… it’s late and the flash makes the colors totally fluourescent on this one.  It’s brighter than the picture, and I think it’s going to be very striking when it’s finished.  It’s 4′ long, and I really want another foot at least before casting off.  I remember from my last silk garden scarf that it really grew in washing, so I don’t want it to get too long the way that one did.   I don’t know why I’m finding this scarf so tedious, but it seems to never end!  The silk garden hurts my hands, so who knows when I’ll actually finish the thing.

I want to make a hat for Marc, because I want him to no longer wear the bright orange acryllic hat he’s owned since 1989.  I like the pattern “Shedir” from knitty (I want to practice my cables), and I’ve seen some great “manly” renditions, but I don’t want to make it from Calmer – he walks to the bus every day and I want something warmer.  I was thinking of Merino style, which I have stashed in a nice olive… or I could go buy something nice and tweedy.  I know Calmer is super stretchy, but I’m feeling cheap here, and wanting to use up some of my small yarn amounts.  Maybe if I went up to sz 4 needles it would go better?  (I say because I don’t have a sz 3 16″ needle and would have to buy one – how is it possible that I still don’t own every needle?)

I’ll have to swatch!  I know I’m the crazy knitter, but I love to swatch with a new yarn.