its a bit of ‘in-between’ days here right now. the weather seems to be attempting to resuscitate the summer we really didnt have, but i think it should just give up, it was cloudy and grey on saturday (perfect beach walking weather)
and is again today. i deliberately just took miss possum to the beach on saturday. i need to get used to it just being me and her for a while (i have a new puppy ordered – a working border collie (as opposed to a show one) – but it wont be available until late in the year). next saturday the human male moves out, and a week after that the two canine males go to join him. its not like i wont see any of them ever again, we have regular meet ups planned and sometimes the dogs will come back here for weekends. and i can go see them whenever i want, they’re not going far. but it will be funny with just me and my girl here. i think people are right, i am kind of nesting, and it helps that winter is coming (thank you george r r martin for changing the significance of that phrase for me for the rest of my life). i am a bit sad about the impending changes but i know it will be ok. i have lots of other good stuff happening i need to focus on, like choir rehearsal tonight, which will be the first time we sing with the orchestra before sundays performance. i may have picked up some tickets to see his purpleness in concert (turns out a whole heap of knitters are also fans, so its going to be quite a night!)
and theres lots of interesting things at work happening (kicked a few big goals last week in terms of recognition for the current project/s and discussions about future career direction). also, now that the guild exhibition is over i have time to knit again! i am desperate to finish something that i can wear soon, once the wind turns southerly here and comes in over the ocean, well you need to be well wrapped. i remembered that i was nearly halfway through the celes scarf, in the most beautiful bluesky alpaca silk, so i pulled it out and got back to work
i finished the first half and am well on my way with the second
these two halves get grafted together then you knit on the border. if i just stick with this for a while it will be finished soon, and then i can move on to other things. i am trying to work from my list and stick to projects and yarn already assigned but i may have been distracted over the weekend by some shiny things:
the sundara on the left is ‘petite sock’ in the special ‘red roses’ colourway. there is over 800 yards there, so thats looking like something other than socks! or socks plus other things. it feels almost too good for socks. the mad tosh eyre light in the middle is in ‘raspberry’ and ‘tart’ (my favourite colour of hers) and im thinking scarves, but they might go in the stash for a bit, and the two lovely dark skeins on the right are some knitabulous supertwist merino. im thinking that will be a windward.
what am i doing buying more yarn, i hear you ask? well the sundara has been on order for a while and just arrived this week, and the other beauties came to me via a destash party held on the weekend.
i managed to sell about as much as i bought, so it doesnt really count does it? i also made cupcakes for said party. red velvet ones to be precise.
i wanted to make them from scratch, i havent done any baking in a long time given the house is mostly a flour and sugar free zone these days. but i figure if you’re going to splurge you might as well do it properly.
they were fantastic.
i used the recipe from the magnolia bakery in NYC. why is this significant? one, its the worlds best cupcake shop. two, i was going to be there in june but now am not. yes its very sad, but ive had to cancel the NYC part of my american june trip. it was just going to be too expensive and i have other things i want to do this year (staying debt free being one of them) and there didnt seem to be much point in being in NYC if none of my friends could come and i would be scrimping on money the whole time. so i am still going to baltimore for a week but it will be mostly conference time now. see how sensible and grown up im being?
but really, in keeping with the title of todays post, im mostly only interested in doing things properly these days. i didnt buy any yarn on the weekend just for the sake of it, i stuck with things i knew i really liked and would wear. im not buying any yarn for garments over a 6 ply for me anymore, i know they just dont look right. and if i make a mistake in my knitting now, i rip it out. near enough used to be good enough for me, but its not anymore. im finding this attitude drifting through to my work as well. the more responsibility i get given, the more confident i get, and the more i want to do things right.
i feel like i owe that to myself, these days.