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Note to self

Dear self:

It is time to start another Clapotis. In fact you need to start two of them. In shades of pink. For the purpose of the one you have already made. You need to so this as soon as you finish the BSJ. Unless, of course, you have already done it by the time this post auto publishes on Monday.

Has anyone seen my mojo?

Wow, how many bloggers have said THAT in the past 24 hours alone? But mine has gone missing, and today, I am setting about to reclaim it. I’ve been muddling along okay with the blogging, but the knitting is faltering. I’m just tired. Or hot. Or distracted. Or not able to count. MOJO, COME BACK! I swear, one day, I shall have to get a d-o-g and name him Mojo, just so I have something that will obey when I say that.

Anyway, because I have learned over the years to eat and elephant one small bite at a time, I finally managed today to pin the sleeves on the BSJ. I am not sure why this particular project is a holdup for me. I’ve made several of them, and I know that the sleeves are slightly aggravating, but not difficult by any means. I’m giving this one as a baby gift, but I know the lady I am presenting it to will love it, so………? Yeah, I dunno either. But here is a picture of the one side, all ready to seam. The other one looks very similar, which I suppose is a good thing, right?

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BTW, I am not waiting for the baby shower invitations to go out. She’ll get it as soon as it’s washed and blocked, along with the matching hat. The baby is coming in September and I am estimating this is about a size 6 months, so it should be just right for cooler weather.

And, oh yeah, please excuse the crappy cell phone picture. SOMEONE thinks my camera belongs to them.

Little Bitty Baby Steps

So, no, I haven’t knitted yet. But I did stop by Walgreens today. I needed some hair mousse, which they didn’t have. I’m assuming that, like all other hair products I have loved, this one has been discontinued. I did buy something, though. Nope, not acnepril. I saw a pack of those itty bitty jaw clips that I talked about in my last post, and so I bought them. Look out, BSJ, your time is very, very near.

I’ve also been thinking about Hocks. It’s been stored in the top of my closet for some time now, and I was considering if maybe I wanted to take it down again and maybe move it to the living room. It’s interesting enough to keep me intrigued, but not so complex that I can’t watch tv or talk with the kids while I work on it. And it is also like a majorly old UFO. Like, a couple of years now, I think.


That’s me the last few days. It seems like I have been constantly jumping from one blaze to another, trying to put things out before they just explode. I lost my asbestos under-roos, too! Ok, it’s not as bad as all that, but I am caught in that cycle where the stuff you have to do expands exponentially to occupy every available moment. I know you know what I mean, because it happens to all of us.

So, it’s Wednesday. And I haven’t done a crafty thing in over a week. Though I did manage to cook yesterday between appointments. But I am purposing now to get in some quality time with some fiber-y thing by Sunday evening. Which may prove tricky since I have a full day today, work and a cake to bake tomorrow, work and a party to throw on Friday and work on Saturday. If my free time had life insurance, I’d be cashing it in about now. Not that I should complain, because I like cooking and the party is for ME!

Anyway, I saw an idea the other day for using those tiny jaw clips like you use for hair to hold the seams of garments together, and since the next thing is the seams on BSJ, and part of the reason I haven’t done it is because that always aggravates me, I am going to pick some up today. I’ll let you know how it works. Soon. And this time I mean it.


No plan yet. I have spent the day blogging, and discussing the plumbing, the fam, the increasing largeness of my hair without water and what’s for dinner. The plumbing should be good to go tonight, the fam is what the fam is, the hair still needs wetting and pizza is for dinner.

Oh, and I knit a little bit on a hat. So, I still need to figure out about the yarn thing, and I also need to get my UFOs to a place where I can talk on the phone/watch a movie while I work on them. Or just start another new something….. which would be akin to taking the best prenatal vitamins during menopause. That’s how badly I need another knitting project right now!

So, I’ve been thinking

And not about how to lose weight. I’ve actually been thinking about how I want to be home more, Especially with school getting out for the summer. And I also miss doing the stuff I love to do: creating words and yarny goodness.

And so, I have been toying with the idea of staying home one more day per week, and working on writing and designing and dyeing yarn. And that’s where you guys come in. Is there room in the market for an old hand-dyer to come back, or is it saturated? Haha, punny, right? Anyway, I’m considering opening up shop again, mostly just yarns and maybe a few patterns for now, and I want to know what you think. So, tell. Please.

I should finish something

But I haven’t. I really need to seam up the BSJ and make the sleeves for my turtleneck and and and. Instead the only knitting I have been doing has been a hat while talking on the phone. The other stuff requires too much attention to do it while yapping. I guess I’ll get to it eventually, but when I am not on the phone, I am either reading or surfing the internet. Finding time to “only” sit and knit is like looking for a Texas Maritime lawyer in Siberia. Guess that means if I am going to do it, I am going to have to MAKE time, not find it, right? In the meantime, more phone projects, hahahahahaha!

OhMyGosh—Thigh High Socks

Ok, so I am holding in my hands yet another book. It’s reading night here at Chez Cass Knits, mostly because I promised myself I was going to take care of this stack of backed-up books/pepers/magazines this weekend, and the weekend is winding down and I worked yesterday and tore out my room today and re-arranged it, and here we are on Sunday evening, soon to be Monday morning, and I. Must. Finish. This. Stack. of. Stuff. And, also, I hope those energy vitamins kick in soon. But don’t last too long. I still gotta get up in the morning, ykwim?

But, where was I? Oh yeah, ohmygosh, thigh high socks! This book has a pair of thigh-highs. Now, folks, I hate panty hose. Hate them, hate them, hate them. I only buy them when absolutely necessary, and I wear thigh-highs unless my skirt is absolutely too short for them (in which case I go with tights) or I am going to be dancing (because one near wardrobe malfunction at a formal event is enough for this gal). But the thought of making my own never occurred to me! And why not? I don’t kow, because really you can only find them in black or tan, and they aren’t very sturdy, and ohmygosh THIGH HIGH SOCKS!

Umm, I should probably tell you the name of the book, huh? Well, it’s Toe-Up Socks For Every Body by Wendy Johnson of Wendy Knits. In addition to the THS, there are pretty little socks for Drama, manly socks (including a pair with flames) which I may make for That One when I am tired of making hats for him and have knitted all the socks I want for myself (read that never if you like), kneesocks for Diva. I guess she really meant it when she said every body.

This book will be staying on my bookshelf, along with the other sock books I plan to work my way though. You know, after I …… I dunno. Use up all my fat yarn, maybe? Slog through the tall-as-me pile of reading material I have to read? And the equally tall pile I want to read? Cause I sure haven’t been knitting socks lately, though I really enjoy doing so. Hmmm…..can I trade myself sock knitting for reading? Of course, it hardly seems fair that I can’t knit socks and read at the same time. I can do that with fat yarn. And by fat, I mean anything above fingering weight.

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