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Surprise! Or…

love.1 of 4 skeins of Dream in Color Classy in “Happy Forest”

I love when this happens. I wasn’t expecting this to arrive till the end of the week, and then my cheery postman knocked on the door this morning with a box for me. Kind of a bad move though seeing as I’m way down to the wire working on a chunk of my thesis that has to be handed in tomorrow so I really didn’t need such an alluring distraction. Not that that stopped me. The writing still awaits, and instead I swatched. Like, instantly.

Swatchface Swatchface. Heh heh.

My plan, and the reason I ordered this, was to join in the frenzy that has slowly been picking off knitters the web over, and knit the February Lady Sweater, but now I find myself having doubts. I’ve already cast on, however, and I’m way too indecisive to give in to these doubts so I will most likely keep knitting until it’s kind of too late not to continue, and then eventually end up with a finished cardigan and just never wear it. It’s the least rational, and therefore most likely, outcome. What can I say, that’s how I roll.

Enjoy!

Had to include a shot of the receipt for my order because it cracks me up that someone wrote “Enjoy!” on it. Love that. And I have truly taken their advice to heart.

Now, I really really have to do some work. Really. Someone make my knitting decision for me, ‘kay?

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Nigh on impossible

Jitterbuggin'

… is what it would be for me to love this yarn any more than I do. I love you, Jitterbug! In fact, so great is my love for it that I’m starting to believe it is not only a magnificent yarn, but that it could probably also solve all of my life’s problems. Yes, it’s that good. Squishy, sproingy, fabulous.

And to think I nearly didn’t even try it, having heard fairly damning things about it on Ravelry. Lots of people complained about multiple knots in skeins (none so far), knitted items not wearing well (far too early for me to comment) and the miserly yardage (which I can’t argue with, but I care not! It’s too pretty!). But instead I was delighted to discover that it may in fact be the greatest sock yarn of all time.

Oh and the pattern pictured is the Child’s First Sock in Shell Pattern from Knitting Vintage Socks, which I love love love!

P.S. It’s June! JUNE peeps! This excites me a great deal. Summer summer summer!

Dreams of a productive laziness

As I’ve mentioned before, I have something of a problem with procrastination, most especially when it comes to my college work. Right now, I’m in the midst of a gut-wrenching mania known as dissertation writing, except that I’m not writing anything. Hence the mania. It’s super stressful, but at least 98 % of the stress is caused by wondering how your stupidity has reached even further dizzying heights, when you thought you really had its number way back. Anyway, I digress. While mulling all this over today I was thinking about how, while I’m really a fundamentally lazy creature at heart (curse you, inherent sloth), I hate sitting still doing nothing. Even if I’m watching tv, etc, I need to be doing something with my hands. I am what you call a born fidgeter, and I come from a long line of them. And since discovering that knitting is the perfect way to keep my hands busy while I’m (not really) doing other things, I manage to be sneakily productive while ostensibly doing nothing. And now all I can think of is how much I wish this could somehow translate into also getting my college work done without my really realising. Because that is the dream.

Today, seeing as I (shockingly!) actually did a semi-reasonable amount of work (ask me anything you want to know about gender and comedy) I naturally rewarded myself by, um, doing nothing for the rest of the day.

And the fruits of my sloth? Well they come in several courses, my friends.

First a little spinning, to whet the appetite:

Sickly sweet
A colourway I like to call “Exploding Sweetshop”

I’ll be honest, I don’t really like this. Loved the roving, but somehow when I spun it up the colours turned into a sickly sweet pastel-y mess. Blech. This is only half of it, the other half awaits me.

Then I blocked the Lace Ribbon Scarf:

Bloc(k) Party
Why won’t you dry faster?

And, gripped by a sudden fever at the realisation that I now only had one or two serious (i.e. not already forsaken and banished to the UFO pile) projects on my needles, I hurriedly cast on for Ene. Ene! Oh how long I’ve waited to knit you. Soon, you shall be mine!

Because apparently, my needles can't be without a scarf
You don’t look like much yet, but we know your potential

Oh and to conclude, I am currently obsessed with the colour of this yarn that I recently ordered. Colinette Jitterbug in Elephant’s Daydream, for the curious.

I love you, yarn cakes!
I’m so pretty that elephants daydream about me.

‘Twill become socks, but which socks? Eh? Eh? I ask you.

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In which I cry computer tears.

13 balls of this arrived today:

Indi-go-go-go!

…and are destined to become one of these [pattern here] (because who doesn’t want to make everything Parikha makes?)

But instead of being able to happily cast on and make all sorts of lovely knitterly finger movements, I must write a monstrous, demonic 6,000 word essay. Today. In one day. Worst part? It’s entirely self inflicted.

Not self-inflicted in the sense that I volunteered to do this, because that would never happen. But in the sense that I have had ages to do this and somehow have ended up with only a day to do the whole thing. For that, I have no one else to blame (though I’ve tried. Oh, how I’ve tried!).

Indi-go-go-go!
Rowan Pure Wool DK. Squishy squish squish squish.

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Yesssss!

Handspun stash

All done. Now the knitting can start.

Handspun stash
Look at them there, just like little marching ants. Bless…

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The race against winter.

“The heat is on…On the street…” These are exactly the blood-pumping song lyrics I am humming to myself as I gear up, Rocky-style, to show winter up to be the slovenly creature it is and glide gracefully past it to the finish line. The heat, however, is precisely what I am trying to avoid. What??, you might exclaim, we’re sick of winter. Give us sunshine and warmer days that allow us to wear nicer and less-bulky outfits. Yes, my friends, ordinarily I would be angrily chorusing such cries along with you. But this time I have a very particular reason for wanting winter to dawdle in its departure.

On Friday night when I was coming home from a friend’s house, I left my scarf in the taxi. Leaving me scarf-less for the still fairly cold days ahead. So, as I am practicing my spinning and have a stash of small rovings in different colours from Spunky Eclectic that are each too little on their own to be used for anything much, but together seem to eagerly cry out “make us into a stripy scarf!”, I decided to do just that. The problem being, I have to spin it all up before I can knit it. And I am very much a beginner in this respect. But should I eventually complete this gargantuan task (hyperbole! I hear you cry, and you’re right, but still…), it damn well better still be cold enough that I actually need to wear the thing. And if it isn’t, Winter? We’re going to have words. Words that may lead to fisticuffs.

I started yesterday, and so far have completed one of the nine colours, which is nice and peachy:

Handspun Merino - Peach

That’s about 56 yds of 2-ply merino at 13 wpi – roughly sport weight, spindle-spun. Now to try and keep all of the batches the same weight! I foresee no calamities whatsoever! Eh… hooray!

Handspun Merino - Peach

Handspun Merino - Peach

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