mistakes were made

Some of you may be wondering what happened to the lovely blazer whose sleeves I was lengthening. Well let me tell you, nothing but DISAPPOINTMENT and LIES.

I ripped out the hem and lining of one sleeve. While I was turning the piece around to reach the other sleeve, I noticed that the lining was only tacked down in a few places at the bottom. “I can just pull the sleeve inside out! That will make this whole thing so much easier,” I thought, and congratulated myself on my brilliance.

Behind the cut is a photo of what greeted me in the lining of the jacket. It is behind a cut because it is full of what Google has led me to believe are spider eggs, and I don’t want that to ruin anybody’s day. (Too late, say the spider eggs. We already ruined yours! Mwahahahaha!)

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Mending

I wore my Storm Walkers on the way home for Thanksgiving, which ended up taking 30 hours. I paced a lot during my overnight at the airport, since the calm of knitting seemed beyond me. Apparently I paced a bit too much, because I ended up with a sizable hole in one of the toes. Tonight is for mending that.

Rcentely at a charity shop, I bought a blazer (of course, who can resist?) with too-short-sleeves (of course). Tonight I’m going to try and do something about that, as well.

Observe:

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P.S. I’m so tired of having shaggy growing-out hair. Can’t wait until it’s long enough to braid, or even just put behind my shoulders.

quietude

I spent thanksgiving with family, for the first time that I can remember. (I’m sure I did as a young child, but moving to China at age 5 does weird things to family holidays.) It was incredibly pleasant and heartwarming and stomach-filling and all those good things. Sometime during the week I spent in Arkansas surrounded by dogs and family and absolutely nothing from my daily life, it became clear what I should be pursuing in the near-ish future. I may be coordinating a cross-country move in the next few months, a thought that is incredibly exciting and daunting.

In the meantime I’m enjoying sitting down with a cuppa and some knitting in my quiet apartment, feeling rested and settled for the first time since getting home on Monday.

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After a small mishap involving a lost sleeve (sleeve 1 was just snuggled up against sleeve 2 in a very deceptive manner, it’s all good!), I’m blocking my Kittiwake today. So far, this project has gone unbelievably smoothly, despite several possibly ill-advised modifications, but I’m worried my luck won’t hold up, and one front will end up being twice the size of the other. 

Just in case, here’s a picture of the sweater from when I still had faith. 

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Introducing Deadly

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Deadly is a reversible cowl or scarf worked in fingering weight yarn. Its sinister-but-sweet vine design will keep your neck cosy and your enemies scared (so long as your enemies are chilly winds). It can be purchased here, or here on Ravelry.

give me the hope to run out of steam

NBC’s Community was recently announced to be premiering January 5th, 2014. This has (of course) prompted me to rewatch the first 4 seasons of the show, and I have spent the last two weeks fangirling nonstop.

When I walked into a charity shop earlier today (for half off!), I simply had to have this Abed-like cardigan.

Cardie worn on the show:

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And here’s the sweater I found:

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I’m thrilled to be able to dress up as Abed, but I also wanted to take a moment to gush about my store-bought sweater. It seems like hand-knitters have a bit of reluctance or shame about enjoying store-bought sweaters. So here’s mine. I never would have knit this sweater for myself, but I’m glad to have it.

 

 

The only thing I have to say about the shutdown is that I hope it goes as well as it did in The West Wing (season 5, episode 8).

However, I’m having a lot of shutdown feels and need to distract myself, so allow me to ramble about various things for a while.

1. I finished one sleeve for Kittiwake, and the second is coming along. In addition, I’m knitting up a pattern sample that feels like it’s been going on forever (hasn’t though, and I promise the actual knitting is not tedious at all, I’m just twitchy and have been working on it for a long. ass. time.). Because of this, I knit up a quick Mini Mochi Fair Isle hat modified for worsted weight yarn.

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The poorly-lit webcam picture exists to satisfy the masses positively peeing their pants for a peek at the hat + my new flat, and totally not because I’m an airhead who spent the last few hours of daylight distracted by World of Warcraft.

2. I am officially declaring my intent to grow out my hair (again). I’ve been on the long/short rollercoaster quite a few times, and have come to the conclusion that long hair just feels more like me. I’m not used to much of anything feeling or not feeling like “me”, but since it’s only hair, I will pamper the feelings. Flowing locks, here I come! 

3. I had underestimated how exhausting the 15 minute walk (one-way) to the laundromat would be (even though laundromat time is delightful knitting time), and am investigating purchasing a breathing hand washer from Lehman’s. More research/talk/reviews forthcoming.

4. I have been seized with an urgent need to make every single Pioneer Woman recipe, right now. Please send assistance.

5. Fallen London is still a bit of an obsession. I am now “A Person of Some Importance”, it is very exciting to have it finally acknowledged.

Frosted Glass

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I can feel winter coming. Already, I’m wearing my typical Western Washington winter outfit of galoshes and wool, and there have been a few nights just shy of leaving frost on the ground and windows. In anticipation of cooler weather, knit your very own lacy frosted windowpanes in scarf or wrap form. “Frosted Glass” can be purchased here, or here on Ravelry.

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Flops

Total flop

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This was going to be Francis Revisited, but my gauge didn’t work out at all, I don’t have the needles I need, and even after recalculating the raglan increases it still would have barely fit a poodle. Since I wanted a simple, cozy sweater, I have revisited my plans and am knitting Kittiwake instead. 

Sort of flop: 

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These are Chevalier Mittens. The left mitt is noticeably larger than the right, as I knit one on dpns and the other using magic loop. Both fit my hands well enough, and I love them to bits even though I haven’t had a chance to wear them yet. 

Not flop at all

Last week I unexpectedly moved to a much larger flat, complete with a gas stove & oven (prior flat had 2 electric burners and a toaster oven)! The move went smoothly, and I baked bread for the first time in over three years. Image

It was delicious.