A bad week, getting better.

Last week was not such a great week at work. 

Monday I hurried to get payroll out and do all the things I would normally do on Tuesday also. 

Tuesday I was in a meeting in Seattle (had to leave the house just before 6 am to get there, only to discover that I was an hour early, and I got the times mixed up!)  When the meeting was over I dropped into the LYS store over there to pick up a couple of things for Christmas presents, just because I was so close I thought I should pop in.  I thought if I was fast I could get back on the highway and head for home and be there before dark… HA HA HA – I didn’t get home until 8 PM!!! It was a long day. 

Then came Wednesday – the whole day was spent fixing a stupid mistake.

Now let’s talk about Poison Me Thursday… The building I work in leaks!  I’m on the first floor so I don’t notice it unless I go up to the 3rd floor where they have the pretty blue tarps hanging from the ceiling.  They have been working on the roof for almost 3 weeks and now that they can’t seem to fix the leak, they are going… it’s been raining here for a few days.  Well, while this little obnoxious project has been going on they had to turn off our air/venting system and tape up the outside air intake.  On this lovely day, they took down the plastic that covered our outside air intake and turn the system back on.  However, they had a truck running all day taking the equipment off the roof, parked 10 feet from the vent.  About 11 am I started getting a really bad headache and sick feeling.  For the rest of the afternoon people kept coming in saying that it smelled like a garage in our office and that it made them sick to come in there.  Hmm, I’m sitting in the back of our office right next to the air intake and ready to pass out, but does anyone notice?  Finally they realized what they had done and turned the air vent off.  I left work about 4, got home and layed down on the sofa and didn’t wake up again until 1 in the morning.  Still a little sick feeling.  My hubby couldn’t believe that I came home and didn’t eat or knit!

Friday was a much better day.  I had a mammogram appointment first thing in the morning, and a very nice sick lady walked around the office looking like death warmed over.  Why do sick people come to work when they work with the public?  Everything else went well and I was off to work to find NO TRUCKS!!!  I got a lot of knitting done at break and lunch time.  I even finished another Christmas present!!!

Well I’ve been knitting on Christmas presents and I have 2 done now.  I stepped away from the beautiful white little scarf I was working on last weekend to cast on the Birthday Cowl.  I love a quick knitting project that turns out.  This is the most wonderful yarn to knit with, I want more for a sweater, but that will have to wait.  In the mean time let me just say, if you need a quick present this is a great pattern.

All done and ready to wear.

All done and ready to wear.


this is the slouchier view.

this is the slouchier view.

Not the greatest picture, but you get the idea.

Not the greatest picture, but you get the idea.

Pattern: Birthday Cowl (free download)  (the only change I made was to knit 3 rows of seed stitch instead of garter stitch.  I knit until it measured 10 inches and then knit another 3 rows of seed stitch.
Yarn: Cascade Yarns Dolce  – colorway Doe #940 – 55% superfine alpaca 23% wool 22% silk – 109 yards per skein and I used about 1 and maybe a third of the second skein.
Needles: size 8 bamboo circ
I’m hoping that this color will go with most anything.  I know I don’t usually wear a long winter scarf, but I think I would like a couple of these to throw on for warmth and to keep the wind out.  I think it would look great with a jean jacket.  I pulled it up high so you could see the size, but it could be worn more slouchier.   


Next up… remember the Knitspot.com pattern Fiddlehead Scarf that I started in the beautiful Red Clover Honey yarn… well, I changed my mind and I decided I wanted to do something else with that yarn, so I took in out and restarted the Fiddlehead scarf in a lovely color of Willow.  I just started it and wanted to get a few pattern repeats done.  It a good knit for quite time.  Not a good gabbing knit for me. 

3 repeats of Fiddlehead on a not so sunny Sunday morning.

3 repeats of Fiddlehead on a not so sunny Sunday morning.

It’s a little hard to tell the yarn color in the outdoor picture.  The yarn is Louet Gems in Super Fine/Fingering Weight – 185 yards per skein – colorway Willow 80-1552-20/7
I cant seem to capture the color correctly... Ill try again later.

I can't seem to capture the color correctly... I'll try again later.

 OK, this project needs to get back in the bag for after I finish my white little scarf. 

We are going camping this coming weekend… Yes, that’s right camping!  And you are all invited to join up with us if you want. (Oct 10th – 12th)  We’ll be staying at the Kalaoch Campground and there is a lodge nearby too.  Anyway, I’ll be needing an easy knitting project of course, so I started this one!

This is a Knitty.com pattern - Aibhlinn

This is a Knitty.com pattern - Aibhlinn

Another green colored project.  I love this color!  It’s Cascade 220 Heather #9322 – another great color for a sweater.  I’m not a huge bobble fan and when I saw this knit up on Ravelry I saw many people had changed the bobbles to picot cast on, or just left it plain.  It’s going to be a gift and I’m going to knit it totally according to the pattern.  Aibhlinn (pronounced “ave – leen”) is a very straight forward pattern that I think I can gab and chat all I want while knitting it!  Go check out how many have been made in Ravelry, and how cute they are.  I should maybe have made it out of something softer, but I’m hoping it will be OK.  Once again, the color of the yarn doesn’t show up correctly, but I’ll try to do better later when I have more to show of it.
I did pick up another skein of Cascade 220 Heathers in colorway #4006 – I’m going to use it in a Swell hat (another Christmas present) I hadn’t ever seen this color before and I love it.  It reminds me of blackberries.
Cascade 220 Heathers color # 4006

Cascade 220 Heathers color # 4006

I only bought one skein because I’m going to use it as the waves in the hat pattern, and when I’m ready for more I’ll see if my LYS can get this color.  Another use for this yarn I’m thinking will be to make the felted clogs for me, I’d like this to be the bottom color. – but that goes on the next year knitting list, after the Christmas knitting!  That list is really getting big!!!

Well I’m going to get back to knittng on my white little scarf, and maybe a quick trip to the beach to let the dogs run.

Have a safe week and keep knitting!

One response to “A bad week, getting better.

  1. I’m sorry you had a crummy week, but your knitting is beautiful, as usual.
    Love the cowl!

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