I’ve been doing the bulk of my knitting out of the house in the past several months.  It means I’ve been doing mostly mindless knitting that doesn’t require a lot of concentration.  I have a pair of socks that are “stalled” because I need to turn heels and I can’t do those out of the house.

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Instead, I’ve been working on this 1×1 ribbed scarf out of 2 colors of Lion Brand Amazing (wildflowers and constellation).  My instagram page is currently boring since this is the only thing I’ve been posting about (the location varies, but the project doesn’t).

This picture is from the hockey rink.  I had to be there early with Thing 1, so I brought a book, my knitting, and some tea and set myself up on one of the tables. I have paper and pencil there, too, because I’m reading Bad Feminist for a book group and I have things I want to remember for discussion or comment.

Some parts of this scarf are dull, color-wise.  The bit in this picture, though, is really fun with almost a rainbow quality.

I really need to turn those sock heels.  This scarf is 45 inches/114.3 centimeters already which means I’m over half-way done.  While I have enough yarn to make another one (and another one, and probably another one), I’d like to get some other things done. Oh wait – my friends over at The Crafty Hive are doing a hat knit along with prizes!  That’s what’s next, then.  Do you have a favorite hat pattern?  Worsted yarn or finer, please and thank you.

 

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Long time, yada yada

I could offer you reasons and excuses for my absence, but it basically boils down to apathy and being distracted.  I feel down the hole of Instagram and its instant microblogging and ignored wordpress.  I want to be writing more so I need to get back into the routine.

I’m currently working on a no-frills 1×1 ribbed scarf out of two colors of Lion Brand Amazing and it’s perfect for car/meeting/waiting room knitting.  I have some socks in progress that need heels done and I need to plot out time to do that.

How are things with you?

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Thankfulness 2016 Day 17

I’m thankful for our cat.  Charlie joined our family when his former family moved far away.  He’s a young cat and quite lively.  He excitedly chases that troublesome red dot, he stalks the squirrels from the screen porch, and he’s finally started sitting in my lap.  Oh, and he slays spiders.

He’s not as “cozy” as our previous cat, but she was much older.  Gizmo would spend her days waiting for someone to sit down so she could pounce and set up camp in a lap. I feel like I have to ignore Charlie for him to show interest.

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Thankfulness 2016 Day 16

I am thankful for craft fairs.  I went to a very large one in town today, accompanied by a hockey friend.  The first space we entered was quite large and we devised a walking plan to make sure we saw everything.  When we stopped for lunch, we discovered two other much larger areas!  We were really surprised, and decided to skip those spaces.

We each made a few purchases (including fudge!), and headed home. I’m glad I was able to have a good day out with a friend.

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Thankfulness 2016 Day 15

I am thankful for liquor.  I’m not a regular drinker of alcoholic beverages, but I do enjoy one from time to time.  I’ve had wonderful cocktails and bad choice booze.  I’m currently enjoying a glass of Crabbie’s Ginger Beer as part of my “night before Thanksgiving” prep work.

I’ve had celebratory champagne toasts, “help me get thru this event” glasses of wine, shots of a new to me drink with family (last Christmas I learned I like Rumchata mixed with Fireball whiskey), and medicinal booze (those bourbon toddies that I’m not sure actually helped, so I should probably find something else to do with the bourbon).  I’ve made pitchers of margaritas for backyard parties, and several lovely chicken dishes involving white wine.

So, while Dionysus and I aren’t very best buds, we are passing acquaintances which serves me well.

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Thankfulness 2016 Day 14

(holy cow I’m behind – it’s currently 11/23, so I need to get caught up).

I’m thankful for firefighters.  There are several wildfires blazing here in North Carolina.  Firefighters from around the country have come in to help battle the blazes that aren’t slowing down (even at night).  I know it’s exhausting work.

I have lived in places with full paid firefighting staff and places where the entire crew were volunteers.  I imagine staffing a volunteer crew has to be a challenge.  My step-mother is the president of her local fire company and I know she carries a lot of responsibility on her shoulders.

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2016 Thankfulness Day 13

I am thankful for Costco.  I did shopping for the family today that included cucumbers, sweatpants, paper towels, and eggs.  I also browsed Christmas decorations and wine.  On my walk out, I considered getting lunch and noticed that I could get a deal on a new car.

I know there are issues with shopping at big box style stores.  When I was checking out, though, I noticed my cashier had been with the company since 1990.  We talked about that a bit while – he mentioned their bonus structure, they way they treat employees, and his overall job satisfaction.

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