Mom is now in Hong Kong along with suitcases filled to the brim with an odd assortment of ‘American’ items. I wanted to ask why a trip to Costco for plastic wrap and canned tuna was necessary so she could finish packing but I was good and just played driver for the day. I’m hoping she has time in the next few months to check out a few of the yarn shops there (she apparently remembers where many of her old haunts are).

As for other fibery news…I wish I could say the FLS was finished. I’m really not sure what is holding me up at this point. The amount of knitting required for the sleeves is minimal yet I find myself getting antsy after only 30 minutes and my attention wanders. I initially wanted it done by Thanksgiving but now I’m aiming for Christmas.

I did finish one sleeve late last night. 

I was so motivated by finishing the 1st sleeve that I cast on for the 2nd one right away (despite it being about 11pm). 

I have sleeve #2 going! Hey wait a minute…something doesn’t look quite right…nah I didn’t, did I?

SHIT!

It might be kind of hard to tell but I picked up my sleeve stitches inside out…and proceeded to knit my 2nd sleeve that way. By the time I realized what I had done it was already after midnight and there was no way I was frogging that late. Right now it’s the perfect Escher cardigan.

I’ve been having a couple of busy dyeing days recently. In case you haven’t heard….there was a  big Dragonfibers sale on Nov 23rd. In order to make it worth the sale I’ve been pulling out all my fiber and yarn boxes and rediscovering items I completely forgot I had. Then I’ve been throwing all sorts of colors at them. After the frustratingly slow progress of the Ramen dyeing the last few weeks have been wonderful. I’m having fun and it feels great to ‘play’ again.

I’ve also officially finished 2 out of the 3 handknit Christmas gifts. However I was distracted from casting on #3 because of Cristi’s thrummed mittens. Somehow I found myself doublechecking yardage and figuring out if 2 strands of DK=worsted/aran or not. Then there was the dilemma of what color and fiber a thrum should be to match a merino/cashmere purple yarn. It’s remarkably hard to find the right fiber in my apt for such a project and eventually I settled on an unbleached soy silk top that I (sort of) forgot I had. 

Non-meat-eaters beware….animal product photo ahead.

 

 

I got a wonderful forwarded email on Tuesday from an old culinary school friend…a small cooking school in Seattle was applying to sell their cured meats and other delicious goods at the farmer’s markets next year. The only thing in their way? The 1000lbs of organic heritage house-cured bacon that was in their kitchen space. I rallied the coworkers (developers at my company perk up when you even whisper the word bacon) and before I knew it I was calling in an order for 20lbs of slab bacon. I’ve been warned that this bacon may ruin me for all other bacon. I guess the only thing I can do is take the cooking school’s class on Charcuterie so I can make my own. (yes I fully admit I would love nothing more than to take a class on how to make my own bacon, prosciutto and salami)

I plan on spending Thanksgiving doing as little as possible, I’ve got a quiet dinner planned with a friend and then it is early to bed for me. For the first time ever I have to go to a Black Friday sale. It’s a good thing I love my Dad because why else would I get up to stand outside Sears at 4am just to buy him a Christmas present? I’m not looking forward to it.

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