Dobby is a free elf, Smeagol is free, nobody puts Baby in a corner, etc. The boards are over and I could not be happier. In terms of undignified and epic knowledge dumps, taking Step 1 was analogous to giving birth in the bathroom at one’s high school prom. Not that I’ve done that to know what that’s like. But let’s move on from that. I’ve had the most magnificent two weeks off: first in California, and then at home. Much knitting, reading, sleeping and whatnot was had.
David and I visited his parents for a week, and we all headed to Yosemite over Easter weekend. It was pretty magnificent knitting with this as my background.
Then it was off to my parent’s house out in the country, and I continued the knitting but also did some other crafts. My Oma has an awesome collection of old vintage house parts (pretty common when you have an old vintage house) and we connected old glass doorknobs to bits of rebar and made garden stakes. This was my mom’s idea – she is so crafty.
My big project over the course of vacation is a lovely springtime project: the Clarity Cardigan. It’s a bright green color, which is exactly what I needed after too many neutral projects (although I’m still not quite done with David’s sweater – that will happen this week). I did manage to make a lot of progress on the Clarity Cardigan, thanks to all my delicious unfettered free time. It’s looking pretty good, but it’s hard to try on to tell completely as the craft store only had 29″ needles, and my back is definitely not only 29″ around (that was my not-so-subtle humble brag to inform you that my back muscles are basically the female version of Daniel Craig’s. just kidding, except not).
One day, someday, I will finish knitted presents in time for people’s birthdays. And then I will hop into my hovercar and zoom over to work where I’ll perform surgeries to implant wings and invisibility switches into humans. (The part of the story where I am a surgeon should immediately tip you off that this will never happen.) For the time being, everyone is going to have to cope with my lateness (or be honored by it, Kanye style). I recently finished the Spiral Cowl as a birthday gift for a friend (only two months late!). Chicago is actually still pretty cold, so she might actually be able to use it before next winter. Ha.
The picot edge was an interesting endeavour, and mine is more lumpy than picot-y. Alas, alack. Also, part of the reason it took me so long to knit this was that I absolutely despise repeating k2tog YO patterns, and this was only that for what seemed like a million bajillion years (mostly because I kept running away from this project). Give me a tricky cable pattern any day.
And no. I’m still not done with David’s sweater. (I’m getting there, though!)
Every now and then, you just have a few days where you wish the universe would pay you back by dropping something nice and happy and soft and cuddly your lap. Most of the time the universe drops CeeCee in my lap (while she is all of those aforementioned things she also has teeth so sometimes that doesn’t work out), but today the universe dropped Yarncon (and hence new, soft, cuddly and very nice yarn) into my lap. Phoebe accompanied me on this most fanciful foray into the fiber world, and hoo boy did we have a wild time. I haven’t bought yarn in FIVE MONTHS (um, what) so I didn’t feel too guilty about these purchases (which were really not even all that numerous!!!).
First up is the yarn of my dreams – a DK superwash merino in the Tango colorway from Daizie Knits. I am definitely making it into the Marble Falls Cowl.
Next up is a fingering weight yarn from Fleur de Fiber. The yarn-lady (what do you even call these folks?) is Chicago-based so I’m guessing the fact that this colorway is called Green Mill is not a coincidence. I need a pattern for this still so if you have any suggestions (cowls particularly, ones that you could picture Al Capone’s girlfriend wearing) please send them my way! (:
This was just what I needed to pick up my spirits, which will now be lifted for the rest of the week while I contemplate all the fun knitting that awaits me after I finish the boards. Yay yarn, yay soft squishy fiber, yay universe, yay for being on vacation in eight days, yay for sesame & red bean paste balls tonight! Okay back to work.
Another day, another study break. A classmate invited me to another Bottle and Bottega painting party, and once I found out that we would be painting jellyfish, I was instantly sold. (I’m pretty sure that based on my blog name, I am basically obligated to take on all jellyfish-related crafts.) Painting the jellyfish was just about as soothing as watching them. Am I the van Gogh of cnidarians? Most certainly not. but I am not the van Gogh of anything, so that’s okay.