It’s Beginning To Feel Like Christmas …

I think the Grinch came to my neck of the woods and was trying to suck the life and light of Christmas out of me.  But some quiet, prayer and reflection is bringing it right back.

Corn & asparagus chowder in the crockpot.

Two pretties on their way to me.  This one via a gift-card

and this one via my boo E (since serious colourwork is one of my goals for 2014).  She’s convinced that I could have this finished by December 2014.  I’m going to do my best:



And this to keep the mood right!

Hope the season has been good to you so far.  If not … find a way to make it happen.  Christmas to me is the most magical, loving, spiritually reflective time of the year.  And it should be enjoyed to the fullest.

Starting Over & Cyber Monday Yarn Shenanigans


Over the Thanksgiving holiday I started a hat.  It wasn’t working; I didn’t like the seam that was being created when I changed between the knit and purl rows.  So I frogged it.   I used to look at knitters who had no issue starting over the same projects multiple times or a new project when the old one wasn’t working with awe, but I understand now.  If it’s not working, there’s no point in continuing.  Starting over is an opportunity to get it right; it’s an opportunity to do something that is worth my time and effort.  And this principle works for so much more than knitting.  It works for life.

So this:

Garter Hat 1213has become this:

Cowl 1213 iMe and Pablo (my penguin stitch-marker) cranked about two inches of this cowl out early this morning in the laundry mat.  The one in my building is out of service … again 🙄 … so I had to go to one three blocks away.  Because it’s too much to go home in between washing and drying, going there this morning gave me some uninterrupted knitting time.  😀  I really am enjoying working on this and I’m so glad I decided to give in to starting over.   I can’t wait to finish this project!  It felt good knitting after a too long break.

As for my “Cyber Monday” shenanigans — my misbehavior started one week early (Cyber Monday’s officially tomorrow).  Knitpicks started their Cyber Monday sale early. Despite my “I will NEVER shop with KP again” proclamation after that poorly handled credit card breach situation in January of this year, I tested the waters once again.  I was one of the customers caught in the debacle who wasn’t formally notified and I kinda felt like this, but I wanted some “play” roving to test some spinning techniques (since I’m basically teaching myself how to spin from books and Youtube) so I got these:

Wool of the Andes Roving

Wool of The Andes Roving

and these — Full Circle Roving:

IMG_3818I hope I don’t have to pay for shopping with them after a year with another breach issue. Their products and prices are pretty decent and it’s the affordability of their workhorse yarns that allowed me to move from working solely with acrylic yarn to natural fibers.  While I don’t have the strong negative feelings I had initially after the issue, I’m still cautious buying from them.  But in the meantime … I’m pretty chuffed (according to my British cousins) about the “play” roving I got.  😀

Will you guys be going nuts tomorrow with the yarn sales?  😀  Post pics so I could live vicariously through you all okay!  😀