Knitting!

I’m happy to say that I was able to knit this evening after all! Look at my pretty purple shawl.

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It’s been slower going than I hoped, but I’m getting there!

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Even The Best Intentions…

…are sometimes thwarted. I had planned to blog every day this month, but that’s not happening now since I missed all of last week!

I’d planned on using the WordPress app on my phone to blog during some downtime at work (it was during lunch, I promise!) but then the cell service was out. AT&T, a company that must be rolling in money from all the customers paying for cell phones plans, landline service, internet, TV, and so on, can’t manage to keep its network reliably up. This is the second major outage we’ve had in 2018. I am not regretting buying an unlocked cell phone at all because if AT&T doesn’t get their act together, I can leave.

Also, another intention I had that was thwarted was knitting. This was a long weekend—today’s a bank holiday and I work in a bank, so most of us were able to take a paid holiday—and I’d planned to knit. But nope, that hasn’t happened. All I’ve done is clean, organize, buy food, cook food, pay bills, go over my budget spreadsheet, and do a ton of other things I didn’t really want to do but had to do. As a result: no knitting. Not a single bit on any of the three projects I’m working on.

I really hope I have time to knit later tonight. I think I’ve finished up everything. Knowing my luck, something else will come up, though…

A Very Knitty Day

I had an excellent day today, dear readers. I spent nearly the whole day knitting. When I wasn’t knitting, I was cleaning (no fun!), walking outside (definitely fun), and trying a new recipe (it tastes great, so that was fun too). All in all, it was a supremely satisfying day. I’m actually considering just not going online that much anymore and redirecting that time towards knitting. Doing crafts is a lot more fun than seeing tweets pop up in my Twitter timeline about the latest inane controversy, or seeing people post photos on Instagram of how amazing their lives are, even when I know that behind the Instagram facade, they’re miserable.

What is not so excellent is my neglect of this blog… I meant to write some posts but didn’t. At least I’m on a big fiction writing streak right now. I have written at least five hundred words every day since August 12. It may not seem like much, but all that consistency adds up. I’ve written two short stories since then! They’re both science fiction and set in the same universe. One of them leaves off on a huge cliffhanger, so I need to write the sequel soon. I have no idea what’s going to happen, so I’m in suspense, too. Sometimes my characters really surprise me.

Yarn Bomb!

This weekend, I decided to organize my yarn collection, once and for all. I don’t have a ton of yarn… but I don’t exactly have a paltry amount, either.

This was the result when I had all of my yarn out in my living room.

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Now, I know this isn’t a yarn bomb per se, but it does look like part of a yarn shop exploded there.

So yes, I did organize my yarn. I allocated some of it to patterns I want to make. (I have a bad habit of buying random yarn I like without a specific pattern in mind, which leads to the yarn just sitting around and accumulating without being made into something.)

I also made something last night. Yes, this cowl can be made in an entire evening, it goes so quickly. It’s crocheted, which helps. I crochet a lot faster than I knit!

It reminds me of the desert!

We had off from work on Friday due to snow. The snow was so beautiful that I went outside to admire it. We had a good 3-4 inches, from what I’ve heard. Of course, it’s almost all melted now, but it was gorgeous on Friday.

A Weekend In Pictures

I hope all of you are having a good weekend. I certainly am—and I have photographic evidence to prove it. I’ve been working on some knitting. I finished one dishcloth and I’m making an identical one now for my mom. Assuming I have enough yarn, it’ll look exactly like this.

dishcloth
Isn’t she pretty?

I also made some cake-in-a-mug on Friday night. It snowed here for several hours on Friday, but nothing really stuck. It was gone by early Saturday morning. (Thank goodness, because I don’t know how to drive in snow! Nobody does where I live.)

cake in a mug
It tasted even better than it looked!

And last, but not least, I had an exceptionally good practice session with my violin yesterday. You know when you practice something—music, sports, crafts, art, etc.—and you’re having one of those days where everything is just working really, really well? That’s what yesterday was like. I played the A major scale and the first movement of the Beethoven Violin Concerto and it all went very well.

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It’s such a hard piece that I actually had to pencil in the names of the notes in a few places!

Luckily, there’s still a number of hours left before I have to go to bed so I can get up for work tomorrow, so I’ll probably practice and knit again. But I won’t eat another mug cake, even though I’d really like to.

How has your weekend been so far?

I Want to Knit a Penguin Sweater!

SO CUTE.

Aren’t they adorable? My mom sent me this link that had the photo. When there are oil spills in New Zealand, these penguins can be harmed if they preen and ingest the oil, so the sweaters keep them from preening until they can be properly cleaned. I really, really want to knit a sweater! How long does it take for the post to get to New Zealand?