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My feet Are Cold

I’m kind of to the point where the winter sun makes me want to smack someone. I love the snow, don’t get me wrong, but I feel like dying whenever the sun comes out.

Last night I went to buy a new tea kettle. I needed to replace my adorable red kettle when the enamel started burning off in really ugly holes. I love drinking cocoa and hot cider and tea when Wisconsin gets super cold, so I needed to replace it. I had spent weeks… and I mean WEEKS… searching for a new kettle but I never loved any of them. Finally, when I knew I really wanted to make tea that night, I decided to make a decision.

Sur la Table had a cute, TARDIS blue tea kettle for $40 which is more than I wanted to spend, but it was available and I liked it and I could pick it up day-of. So I had them hold it for me. I seriously thought traffic wouldn’t  be terrible going west but it took twice as long as planned to get to Bayshore.

20 cents in the meter and I was in and out 10 minutes later with two burlap bags as well as the tea kettle.

I then stopped at CrossFit to get dinner at the Urban Caveman Food Truck. Finally I was able to go home. Needless to say, my feet were freezing from toddling around in boots and thin socks that were sweat through.

So I got home, realized my feet were gross, took off my socks and snuggled up on the couch with Boyfriend. When he touched my feet he realized they were freezing. I went upstairs to get my one and only pair of socks only to realize I felt the need to knit more. These were made when my feet were bigger so, when I lost the weight and my feet shrank, I find it hard now to walk in these socks as they’re not very tight and have a tendency to shift around a bit. Not comfy.

I have sock yarn, but I don’t want to knit something that’ll take forever. I want socks now. It’s cold now. If I made socks with sock yarn, I’ll be done in a month. I’m also listening to The Knitmore Girls Podcast and Jasmin has been talking about #operationsockdrawer for the longest time and it’s making me want to join her.

So I grabbed some sport weight yarn from a Christmas present years ago and two size 2 needles. My hope is to start them this weekend on my one and only day off this month. That’s only after I’ve finished cleaning the entire apartment and finishing this commission knitting.

Oh. Right. The Commission. I’m knitting two Gaptastic seed stitch cowls and one self-ruffling scarf for a woman who bought it all for her mother who no longer can knit. It’s cementing in my mind how boring seed stitch is, but it’s so easy to finish that it’s been about 5 hours and I’m half-done with the first one. I dropped a few stitches this morning but manged to pick them up with no issue so at least I’m good at some things.

I am really looking forward to having all of Saturday and half of Sunday off work, but I feel like it’s all going to go too quickly and I won’t get everything done. I’ll let you know how it goes.


Emotionally Over It

I finished the first stocking and was very exceptionally proud of myself.

Apparently neither boyfriend nor I can keep our toes out of the image. And the lighting at Boyfriends’ does not lend to taking photos of knitwear. Know that it is cherry red and dark grey. Really pretty, if not a little masculine. I think a couple snowflake buttons will ‘girly’ it up.

I spent a good amount of time looking at it and petting it and admiring it until I realized I needed to knit a second one.

So on Saturday I cast on the second stocking and got through to the Green foot part before the end of my shift at Cream City.

I even threw a fit with Boyfriend when it looked too boyish, that both stockings looked like boy stockings.

It’s at about this point where I started losing steam with the whole stocking thing. I was loving the Quatro yarn and I enjoyed the knitting aspect of things but I was just BORED with the fact that I was making another stocking for my apartment and I wasn’t knitting something else. I began imagining what else I could knit from my stash, thinking about the piles and piles of yarn I had available to me so why was I being so monogamous with this idea? I should have four projects in my purse, not just this one giant sock!

Sunday was spent bitching about the stocking, how I didn’t want to be knitting it, but I only had that one thing in my purse. I slowly churned away at it and finished half a skein of green before thinking I was coming up to the end of the foot. I stopped and ignored it until the end of my shift and I headed home to meet Boyfriend before driving up to Neenah to visit his little sister for dinner. I knew I couldn’t stand to knit the stocking any further and I wanted to knit a cowl for an event this weekend. I knew I had two skeins of Berocco Chunky that I could make into a seed-stitch cowl. I rushed around the apartment, grabbing a knitpicks interchangeable needle and a skein of the yarn before running out the door.

I cast on 131 stitches but realized it was going to be too small, so I upped it to 151 and started the K1P1 pattern. I worried that I’d be creating a rib but was pleasantly surprised that this was becoming a rather thin seed stitch pattern.

I got through about 6 rows before getting to Neenah so I stuffed it in my purse and headed up. After dinner I pulled it back out and knit for the entire game last night, among all the screams at the TV and playing with the cat. I finished most of the skein and was very surprised at myself and my speed in doing this project. Either I’m highly motivated or I just was knitting at the speed of light.

Sorry for the crappy lighting. “Cavernous” doesn’t even begin to describe it.

It’s rather thin, so I’m hoping wrapping it around my neck twice will help keep out the chill while still looking chic. I’m also completely charmed with the speed at which I can knit one of these, so I might have to do some more stash busting with some more colorful  yarns and make something up with this.

I also grabbed the blue socks I’ve been knitting but I’m pretty sure they’ll never be done. I need different needles as the clover needles are too small for me to properly get a handle on. I’ll be buying some KnitPicks needles when I finally have money again. And I just don’t really like knitting socks, I don’t know what it is. They’re nowhere near instant enough for me, especially when I’m knitting on size 1 needles.

I still have the Christmas Present hat to knit, but I probably won’t be working on it until the last second.

I’m desperate to keep knitting my Chevry. I want it done so badly I can taste it. However, other things just keep getting in the way and I won’t be able to work on it until Christmas Day.

Until I can calm myself and my desires for other knitting, I will keep knitting and purling on this cowl. Saturday is quickly approaching, after all!