Hibernating

This morning there was snow.  Yup.  A layer of bright white snow to mock the recently delightful temperatures.  I spent Saturday lounging on a deck outdoors, sipping a beer and knitting away – WITHOUT a jacket.  And this morning I’m back to needing boots.  My mind and body are in turmoil.  There are spurts of energy as the sun comes out and I want to get a million things completed.  Then I look outside and just want to curl up in my blankets with hot tea again.

I started something new, just to break up the monotony. This is for Ellette. The problem lies in the guilt I feel when I grab a pre-existing project.  Ellette looks at me with a scowl and says “You’re not working on my sweater!” I think I’ve gotten past the worst of this one though.  The pattern is Get Off My Cloud, by Kate Davies.  One of the reasons I was drawn to it was the adorable puffy sleeves.  I failed to remember that puffy sleeves mean loads of extra stitches, and the last few rounds were intense.  Not only was my mind going numb, but my wrists were starting to hurt from pushing the large quantity of loops around the needles.

 

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This morning, however, I managed to separate the sleeves from the body.  It should be smooth sailing from here on out.

I just want something to be finished right now, and preferably something simple and without difficulty.  I could use some instant gratification. And no more snow.  I could really do without that again.

Vacant Expression

I’m still working on this sweater, expecting it to be bigger every time I pull it out of the bag, even though I don’t work on it except for the 1 hour lunch break I have Monday thru Friday.  In the evenings and on the weekends I’ve been working on a different summer sweater – a new pattern that I’m really excited about.  This one, though – with the rows and rows of blue ripples – just sits there mocking me with it’s “Eyes Wide Open.”

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Granted, I have been spending a lot of my evenings with a similarly blank expression.  Something about my life right now is exhausting me to the core.  I had enough energy to get very upset about the state of cleanliness (or lack of) in my apartment last night, and then realized that the mess is all mine and I can’t get mad at other people for it.  My jam-packed schedule is also entirely my fault, and complaining about it doesn’t get me sympathy, just smirks.

Tonight, I hope to blast the music, clean the house, work on my hula hoop routine for this weekend’s performance, and knock out a bit more of this sweater before collapsing in my bed.  If I can get even one thing crossed off that list, I’ll feel successful.  Check back later for either “Pixie’s Mischievous Meltdown” or “I Deserve a Gold Star.”

Waiting for Spring

I’m back to work on my Eyes Wide Open sweater.  The sleeves are done, and here is my progress on the front.  Afraid that I was going to run out of blue (I’m still unsuccessfully stashbusting), I threw in a few rows of white.  Then, later that same day, I found two more balls of the blue.  I’m leaving the white in, though.  I like the contrast.

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The most exciting thing about this picture, if you look closely in the upper right hand corner – GREEN.  There’s no snow on the sidewalks, just sunshine, and things are starting to turn green again.  Don’t be fooled – the wind is still gnarly, but I’m choosing to focus on the happier parts of the weather.  This sweater is going to be a fantastic spring/summer layering piece.

How are you getting ready for Spring?

Somewhere Over the Rainbow

Last night, after my lyra class and the long commute home, with a friend chatting away on the couch and my muscles sore as can be, I had the strongest urge to knit – just pick up a project and knit.  But it wasn’t like I could pick up just any project, because there was some intense need for the project, which was, at that point, unknown.  I spent a while pulling out my project bags, peeking inside, spreading them out and showing them off, and then quietly stuffing them into the bag again, because for some reason they didn’t seem to satisfy the need.

This has happened before, usually those rare moments when I’m struck with an odd sense of boredom, and I spend some time roaming around looking for something to do that satisfies the intense need for a specific type of productivity.  Sometimes it’s cleaning, sometimes it’s walking and last night it was a specific kind of fiber project.

And then I landed on it.  Yesterday was the first day it was really above freezing in a long time.  The sun was shining and you could hear the pitter patter of melting icicles throughout the neighborhood.  Everything felt like it was waking up, and I couldn’t find the project that reflected what I was feeling, until I pulled out the Follow Your Arrow that I had made when the sense of winter gloom was looming overhead.

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I ended up staying up too late working on it, and I’m eager to get back to it tonight.  This colorway inspires me to be cheerful and bright.

Back then, I had named the project “Over the Rainbow” – and seems to have been entirely appropriate.  I’ve got my rainbow.

Hope Springs Eternal

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Found it on my chilly walk home this evening. It lightened my soul considerably.

This Is How I Know It’s Spring

My very first face-painting gig of the year.  It was outdoors and sunny.  It was a multi-birthday party Easter celebration in Kankakee, and I was very impressed with the level of the enthusiasm I encountered.  I always fully expect to be bombarded by the under-10-year-olds.  And I was, up until a certain point of the evening, when confetti filled eggs took precedence.  Then, I was bombarded by the 13-16 year olds who fell in love with the novelty of face and body painting, realizing how long it had been since they let themselves indulge in such a “childish” activity.

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The usual designs like tigers and fairy makeup were about, and then two of the older girls wanted cheetah faces and that was the trend of the day.  I find it amusing how these trends take form, and what they are each time.  Butterfly faces or tigers or dragons.

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The eyes on the eyelids is also a popular trick, which can be amusing and startling all at once.

 

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I have begun putting together a completely new fairy outfit.  The wings are not the ones I want to use – I’m still deciding on a set for myself.

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And my personal favorite of the day:

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Now, I look forward at the upcoming season, wondering what adventures await me with the warm weather.

Butterflies and Lace

Tonight, I reached the part of the Bosc pattern that reminds me of butterflies.

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I feel like I am knitting my way towards Spring. It’s been difficult to put down.

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