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February 21, 2011

The First Step is Admitting I Have a Problem

The February project is done and gifted so I have the rest of the month to do as I wish which has made me drunk with the possibilities. I have proceeded to knit beautiful baby things for the new baby girl. I wanted to do a wee sweater and had a bunch of colorful superwash yarn left over from the Baby Shane blanket (which I realized I never posted a picture of or even shared any project details about. I shall rectify that!) so I thought I'd do another Baby Tulip.

I do not know why this pattern is so entertaining. It must be the change in color which reveals a really simple side to me. You know, the side that likes shiny objects and pretty rocks. Yup. I've been so entertained by this little sweater that weekend chores have kind of gotten "forgotten." But who needs clean clothes and groceries, right? I haven't been able to stop working on it and watched all the episodes of Downton Abbey while knitting it yesterday. My idea of heaven. If you don't have Netflix and can't stream the episodes, it looks like you can watch some episodes online for a little while.

We have had a gorgeous three-day weekend here in Oregon which has been needed. Springs are wet for us (are we officially Spring yet or still Winter?) and even I am ready for the rain to stop about now. I really need to win the lottery so I can spend time outdoors puttering around in the yard and cleaning out my garage. Looking out my window I can see buds starting on my rose bushes but I haven't pruned them yet so I may need to just cut this short and run outside to prune like crazy. I get a lot more roses when I prune.

That is, if I can stop knitting long enough to do anything else.

February 16, 2011

Procedures Men Would Rather We Not Discuss

February Socks are finished with two days to spare. They are wonky...there is no denying that. However, I shall wrap them and present them to the birthday girl and have her try them on before I judge them harshly. I kept trying them on and except for the heel poof, they were fitting just fine. The colors are nice. Brown, cream, minty green and cerulean blue. It is an unusual colorway for me and it is a testament to how wool fumes can overpower a normally sensible knitter when surrounded by beautiful wool. I can't believe I even bought it but Grandma wears a lot of brown, blue, and green, and really, they are kind of neutral with a pop of a little color here and there without taking over the colorway.

I do think this will make adorable baby socks though and I have a couple of babies that require wooly love.

I've been requested to provide an update on Frankie's progress with the prozac. I was not seeing any change in his personality at all and, unfortunately, no change in his behaviors either. Then I happened to read the medication label and realized I should have doubled his dosage after the first week. Oops. So we shall see if there is any progress after this week. I have threatened him with a penis-ectomy and then I found out that is a real procedure.

I'm sure he is quaking in his furry boots.

February 14, 2011

The Black Hole Sock

I'm making progress on the February sock but I'm not thrilled with the result. This has a shorter deadline because it is for a birthday this week. If I had to the end of the month I'd rip it out and go again. The leg pattern is kind of cool but I think it is going to be way too big for Grandma's leg and the line from the pattern to the heel has created a poof that makes the sock look slouchy. Just want Grandma wants. The really depressing part is I tried this on two days ago and was in the exact same spot as you see here. Two days of knitting that has gone into the ether.

I'm also decreasing like crazy because that big leg will just not be faked on the foot. It must be smaller for Grandma. See? Disaster after disaster. This is why I should rip it out.

Ah well...

February 06, 2011

Vinegar and Chocolate

I hate grocery shopping with a passion. I will scrape crumbs from the cupboard before I drag myself to the store. But this weekend I had eaten all crumbs so I sucked it up and went shopping Sunday morning. I did it early so I wouldn’t have time to get comfortable and talk myself out of it (yet again!). The advantage of hitting Trader Joe’s at about 9am is that the rest of the people there are actual shoppers. These are people getting their groceries vs. what I call the Trader Joe’s “tourists.” Those are the folks that think it would be nice to get a few things but since they aren't in there a lot they mosey down the aisles with their sample of coffee looking at everything on every shelf. These people are hard to get around with the cart and they always seem to plant themselves in front of the shelf that has the polenta I want. If you really want to punish yourself, go during the holidays around lunch time. The tourists are thick and your shopping is guaranteed to take twice as long as normal.

I do love how Trader Joe’s did Super Bowl Sunday though. They had vegetarian chili and blue corn chips on one end cap and the fixins for Thai coconut curry on another end cap. When I saw that I realized that curry is actually the perfect Super Bowl food! It is lively with a little kick. It isn't unlike spicy buffalo wings. Maybe if there is ever a Super Bowl I care to watch I'll throw a curry feast.

For Sunday's grocery shopping trip, I made the rookie mistake of going to the grocery store hungry. I had a list like all the experts suggest you do to prevent impulse buying but I would have put the list to better use if I had just eaten it and curbed my hunger. I completely abandoned all weekly meal plans and went on a flat-out impulse shopping trip. I’m not even entirely sure what I ended up with which means a week of either pleasant surprises or confusion. Judging from past experience, I would put my money on confusion.

Impulse buying really means I make imprudent decisions in more way than one. For example, I like to have a little bit of sweet about the house so I looked for my chocolate meringue cookies which are deliciously chocolaty but I also can maintain some semblance of control around them. There were no meringue cookies so I settled on shortbread cookies with the chocolate drop. These are cookies that will be gone by the time I go to bed tonight. *sigh*

Well, at least I made the trip, I have food in the house again, and I was back home by 11am enjoying a Top Gear marathon and knitting socks wondering how I was going to turn Orange Muscat Champagne vinegar and frozen waffles into a dinner. I haven't come up with anything yet but I'll be sure to share the recipe when I do.

February 05, 2011

February Socks and Prozac

The February socks are on the needle and with a bit of a false start, they are on their way. Originally I was going to do a New Pathways pattern by Cat Bordhi who I have a knitting crush on and am in awe of but the sock was getting too big for Grandma (who is the recipient of these socks) and it wasn't going to quite work. So I fell back to a handy book I have where you can just flip through and pick the cuff, leg, and foot of the sock you would like to do. Socks a la Carte. The sock has been ripped out and redone and I'm just about to start on the leg. The colorway is OK. I think Grandma will find them very wearable because she wears a lot of green and brown. I did notice that the yarn matches my knitting bag perfectly. How coordinated do I feel?

I've squeezed in a few other projects. I'm not completely stressed out from work anymore so I'm really feeling a creative rush. I guess I need to get some of it out of my system. A friend just had a daughter which means lovely little baby things beginning with this adorable hat. I love it and will make booties and a sweater to send a long to the new baby.

I also knit a beret. This was supposed to be a birthday present for my Aunt and half way through I realized that we don't really exchange birthday gifts anymore and I probably should just make this for me. I need a new winter hat since I felted one accidentally and have lost my other one. So at the last minute I made it a little bigger and I love it. I tried to take a picture of me wearing it but they all look pretty silly. I think it would be best if I could get a picture of the back. Maybe next time I'm wearing it I'll try. In the meantime I already am using this everyday so I guess I really needed it!

In other news around here, the vet put Frankie on Prozac! I'm just not entirely surprised. He is my wacky boy that operates differently than the rest of the world. I'm not sure I like the idea of medicating him. If it changes his personality too much I'm taking him off it. This is just supposed to curb some of his less desirable behaviors (lifting his leg in the house) but I don't want to drug him. We'll see. Tomorrow is the Super Bowl which means we'll be watching the Puppy Bowl! Have fun all!