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Thanks to everyone who wrote with advice or commiseration on my mortgage woes!  I will get back to everyone individually soon.  I am attempting to resolve my issues (letters have been sent), although it may take some time… but in the meantime, it’s possible we may find a house that doesn’t need my name on the mortgage anyway.  We will see!

It’s raining here right now, which hopefully means that actual fall weather is around the corner.  I am so tired of summer now!  I am about 5 inches into the hood of the CPH, and it’s going pretty fast even if it is a little tedious.  I’m still working on the plain socks in the Austermann Stepp yarn as well… I love the colors of this yarn so much, but the yarn itself is awfully splity.


The gray yarn in the picture of the CPH is what I’m using for seaming.  My only complaint so far about the Kathmandu yarn is that it breaks easily if you try to use it for seaming.  The dark gray works well enough, and you can’t see it anyway.

Yesterday the cat (Leon, the Maine Coon) knocked over an entire can of Fresca onto my Fall Interweave Knits, so I had to buy a new copy.  Thank goodness he didn’t ruin any back issues!  He hasn’t been doing the “knock over glasses” thing for awhile… he once broke an entire set of glasses over a 3 month span.  I think he thinks watching things fall is fun.

I’m not sure what my next sweater after CPH is going to be.  It’s pretty much between the tilted duster and the tangled yoke cardi… I’m not sure which I would like!  In the meantime I’ve bought a few patterns (yes, I know… but I have not bought any yarn, so that’s pretty good!)

I bought the Debbie Bliss Luxury Collection off ebay, for this sweater, which I showed a long time ago. (I have been waiting forever for this to show up in the US!)  It has not arrived yet, but I just bought it!

I got this sweater, from Sweaterbabe.  I love the pockets and the buttons. I think I could use stash yarn too!

And, in a moment of weakness, I purchased the Gretel beret pattern from Ysolda.

I have only made two hats in my entire knitting career, and one of them was for Marc.  This is because I have an enormous head and a long forehead, so hats that fit closely look terrible on me.  But this hat… since it is slouchy, perhaps it will suit me better?  Mostly I think I just want to be the sort of person who can thrown on a jaunty beret and not worry about what their hair is going to do later.  I’m not sure I have any suitable yarn for this, but it would be a small purchase if I had to find some.

It’s funny because Stash and Burn (the best podcast, you should listen!) have been all about stash busting the single skeins this month.  I was going to join in, but then I realized I don’t have any single skeins.  Seriously – I’ve always been the kind of person who says “if I can’t buy a sweater’s worth I’m not getting it.”  So while I have lots of sweater amounts of yarn, I have no single skeins… does that make me odd?