As I may or may not have pointed out here a few times that I live in California (and not the part that is on fire right now, still) and we get “weather” here. I mean don’t get me wrong, we do have nice warm summers and chilly winters. We do know what rain is, you would not guess it based on the way that we act when we see it (as a friend of mine stated it we start to freak out and say “it’s water from the sky”). But now we are in November and the mornings are in the mid to low 40s, which is chilly for us. In some parts of California, when it goes below 64 people dress like they’re in the arctic (I’m not kidding, I’ve seen it first hand). With that in mind, in the 40s is quite chilly for us and for me, since I’m used to this kind of weather (though I do like cooler weather). I’ve been trying to bring out my knit wear more and more, with a little sweater sized problem. I want to be wearing sweaters but all of my sweaters are for a 44″ finished measurement and I need a 40″ now. I have a feeling some of you are reading that and saying “stop complaining, I want that problem” but it just is what it. Yes that one sweater that needs the repair still needs it to be done. Yes I know that it won’t take more then a few minutes to complete the repair, but as I also may have mentioned, I don’t have that much time sometimes.
I’m frantically trying to squeeze any last brain filled, potential knitting time with just that, knitting time. Granted I do have the occasional I need to decompress, or remove the smoke from my lungs (it’s not as bad as it sounds here, but I am sensitive to bad air quality) with something that is not knitting but video game related. But once that’s done, the knitting comes out and then it’s time to sleep. I am just about to split the front for the neck on the Sandy Neck pullover and I can’t wait. Though I realize I still need to make those sleeves, but at least it will be less stitches then a front or back. Let’s hope I don’t have to play yarn chicken with this, hopefully I didn’t just jinx myself with the knitting fates.
I could just look at those cables forever, they are just so pretty (and yes I mean pretty, they’re handsome too, but they’re pretty too). The yarn is just so great and I think lol of it was a great choice, except for the small needles and finer gauge while I’m knitting on it. At least the socks are coming along too, I can finally start the toe in a round or two. While getting to that point I amazed some of my coworkers while I knit and read on a break. They were just dumbfounded that I could do that and not have to look while doing it. I think the muggles hadn’t seen me actually knit in front of them before, but knew I was a knitter.
With this weather I think of warm houses and baked goods to share. In the last post I mentioned I am a fan of baking and I purchased a new book recently. Another French baking book, but in my defense this one isn’t just about Macarons (even though there’s a handful of pages about them, I mean come on, it’s a French baking book). I’m already devising all kinds of things I am going to make to fill people with warm pastries and butter, lots of butter. But isn’t that what this time of year is about? Sitting with people you care about, good conversation, good wine (or insert beverage of choice), and some butter filled pastry that just makes your heart sing. That sounds like what I want to do in the coming weeks, as time permits. I’ll have to be back in the kitchen soon to make a few things. I’ll post more pictures as they come.
Yet again I am trying to simplify and streamline my workflow here so I can get these to you on a more timely schedule. Hopefully the picture are up to their normal quality (at least I think they have a sort of quality to them), if not please let me know.