So Many Works in Progress

I’m going into my last week at my job and they want me to wrap up all the things. Honestly, I don’t think they will realize how much I did until I’ve left because every few hours I remember another thing I need to switch over to someone else or give instructions on how to do or give some type of closure on. I’ll be happy when my inbox is zero’d out. On top of that I’ve got to submit things to the university at the end of the week in preparation for school! And I’m teaching two new to me classes and I’m a little nervous because they’re core courses so I have to match what others are teaching. So of course, what do I do over the weekend? Start a new knitting project in the midst of all my chaos.
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I cast on another cotton Guthrie sweater yesterday afternoon. This one will be long sleeve and it is black for the main color (I never knit with black) with hot pink for the pattern. I really do love this pattern and the colorwork is kind of rhythmic and soothing to me. It’s a great break in my mind from everything else. But I wasn’t just randomly starting new things and ignoring others…
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One of the few pics I’ve taken of the Spindrift cardigan I’m working on for my sister. I’ve completed the entire body and blocked it before I pick up stitches for the neckband (picking up stitches is my favorite part). Then I’ve got almost 6 inches of garter stitch for the neckband to work on before I’ll block it again and sew on pockets. It’s so close to being finished. YAY! And not pictured…I swatched the yarn for my newest test knit I plan to start this week. It’s all garter stitch and gauge is pretty critical so I wanted to make sure I was on point and focused on getting my gauge right. I like to wait 24 hours for it to dry and then do my measurements and I’m spot on! Woohoo!
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And of course in between the laundry, grocery store runs and cooking (I got an Instant Pot and am pretty obsessed with how fast everything cooks) I got distractions from my knitting. Jellybean decided for a bit that she needed to be directly in my face and staring into my eyes for a solid 20 minutes Saturday. She just kept wiggling that little butt and pulling up on me, so I obliged and gave her all my attention and love.
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And when Cher is over me knitting she just becomes the obstacle I can’t move. She loves to just physically plop herself directly on top of whatever I’m working on and demand that I rub her head. This was Sunday afternoon when she decided I did not need to focus on my Guthrie, she was totally more important. And she is, so I stopped for her.

If I can make it through this week I’ve got a week break to myself before orientation and classes start. I know I’ll be using it to prep for class and get myself ready but I’m still looking forward to that week at home to try and get my life together. I’m so close I can taste it.

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Yarn Dreams

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I’ve got lots of things going on and not enough time to really write here but wanted to send you positive vibes as you roll into your weekend. May you have sweet dreams filled with yummy yarn and doggy cuddles (if that’s your thing). Have a great weekend!

Test Knits and Dog Birthdays

First, let me say thank you for all the kind comments and emails I’ve gotten lately. I’ve been super busy between wrapping up my current job and prepping for the new job that I haven’t been able to respond to them all but I read them and appreciate them so much! And in my down time I’m always knitting.
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The other day on my lunch break I finished knitting a cuff faster than I ever have before because I’m ready to put this secret test knit to bed and get started on my next one. Here’s a tiny glimpse of what I’ve been working on but honestly this picture doesn’t give you any idea of what I’m creating but the pattern will be released soon and I’ll share all the details. In the meantime I’m swatching for another test knit and going to try to wrap up my sister’s sweater too. In other news, guess who had a birthday yesterday?
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Jellybean! My wiggly girl turned 6 yesterday and her second anniversary Gotcha Day is coming up soon! I like to celebrate my dogs birthdays because why not? Over the weekend when we were at a gelato place Kendell spotted a sign for dog gelato. It was made with bananas, sweet potatoes, peanut butter and agave – the perfect birthday treat for the girls to celebrate Bean’s birthday.
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To say they enjoyed it was an understatement. LOL And Jellybean ate it so fast and furiously without lifting her head up until it was all gone. She of course got a bit of brain freeze and was shaking all over afterwards. I had to sit down with her on a heated mat to get her back to normal temps but it was totally worth it.
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I like celebrating these little things, they make life a lot more fun. Have a great Wednesday!