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Let’s start off with this piece of advice.

Waking up at 4.45am on a workday so you can cast on a new project at exactly 5.08am is not something I recommend doing very often. In fact I’d say once every 4 years is about right.

It was easy casting on for the Jayne Hat tea cozy since it was size 13 needles and bulky yarn (yay Webs!), I even got the ribbing and several rounds of stockingnette completed before I decided to stop and actually watch the opening ceremonies more closely. I think I fell asleep on the couch around 6am (I remember seeing the Guinea-Bissau team walking into the stadium) with Nicki curled up on my chest.

Then 8am rolled around and I was still sleeping on the couch. All I can say is it’s a good thing I took a shower when I first woke up otherwise I would never have made it into work in time for my 9am meeting.

Look what I did! That is all the knitting I did before I made it into work today. Nicki was nice enough to hold the hat down so you can see all the details. I missed the picture right after this when he sprawled on it so all you could see was a tuft of bright orange under his butt. Do you like my snazzy row marker? A metallic lime green paperclip works just fine in a pinch.

The big needles and bulky yarn made knitting 4inches of the hat a breeze. The downside to knitting that quickly? I only brought the orange yarn to work with me today and unless I want to knit a water pitcher cozy I was at the point where I needed to switch to the yellow. 

Once home I figured I needed to carb up and snuck a piece of asian swiss roll cake before tackling the yellow section of the hat. That’s when I noticed the original pattern called for size 10 needles and not 13. Why I was convinced I needed 13’s is beyond me, in hindsight the looser gauge is probably better for felting anyway. I happily knit away on the yellow and dealt with the dreaded hat decreases. The problem is I only have size 13 needles in my Denise kit so I had to attempt to magic loop the decreases with fat needles and that annoying thick Denise cord. ¬†Then came the earflaps, I had no clue how big to make these and just guessed at a size. It looks proportional in the un-felted piece but who knows what will happen post-felting.

The whole thing was cast off just before 8pm on 8/8/08. How spooky.

Now I just need to do a load of laundry tomorrow so I can felt it and cross one item off my list. It’s only 9pm and I’m eyeing the Sakura shawl now. I should take it easy and relax but I think the shawl might distract me from the ridiculously loud music my upstairs neighbors are playing. I swear they put the entire lineup of Lilith Fair on random and cranked the volume up to maximum. Don’t get me wrong, I like that music just fine, heck it takes me back to when I actually went to Lilith Fair but why are a couple of 20-something guys playing it at full blast on a Friday night?

I woke up, I cast on, I knit.

Then I went back to sleep.

Flickr Photos

Dragonfibers

On the needles

February Fitted Pullover

Sapphire Waves of Grain

On the Bedside Table

The Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan (ok not really since I can't find the book anymore)

on the wheel

Absolutely Nothing.

Stashdown 2009

January 1st 2009

Balls/Skeins of Yarn: 233 Total Weight:33.13lbs Total Miles: 27

February 1st 2009

Balls/Skeins of Yarn: 213 Total Weight:30.09lbs Total Miles: 26

March 1st 2009

Balls/Skeins of Yarn: 218 Total Weight:31.95lbs Total Miles: 27

April 1st 2009

Balls/Skeins of Yarn: 217 Total Weight:31.45lbs Total Miles: 26.5

May 1st 2009

Balls/Skeins: 229 Total Weight: 33.8 Total Miles: 28.4

June 1st 2009

Balls/Skeins: 210 Total Weight: 31.9 Total Miles: 27.7

July 1st 2009

Balls/Skeins: 201 Total Weight: 30.5 Total Miles: 26.5

August 1st 2009

Balls/Skeins: 228 Total Weight: 34.0 Total Miles: 28.8

October 1st 2009

Balls/Skeins: 254 Total Weight: 38.2 Total Miles: 31.8

November1st 2009

Balls/Skeins: 224 Total Weight: 34.9 Total Miles: 29.9

December 1st 2009

Balls/Skeins: 206 Total Weight: 31.9 Total Miles: 27.1

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