If you think you have seen this before you have sort of. This is my second Interrupted Cowl by Heather Hill. Made with, yes you guessed it Universal Yarns Bamboo Bloom Handpaints, in the color Koi Pond. I had two skeins of this yarn in my stash, different dye lots but the same idea, purchased at two different stores. Let me tell you there is a big difference in these two yarns. The first cowl was a breeze, everything worked out like a charm. I fear I got a bit cocky with it all, such an easy breezy knit, really no thought in it at all from start to finish. I wrapped it up and sent it on its way and immediately cast on number two.
Number two was not having any of the thoughtless knitting stuff I needed so badly. It started to pile up, all the thick parts on top of each other with miles of thin parts flowing without interruption. It did not look good, it actually looked like it had some sort of crazy skin disease. And coming from someone who had chicken pox and the fragile age of 20 and a horrible case of poison oak all over my face and neck a few years back that is saying something. I frogged and started over with more stitches, surely this would do the trick, but it still manged to congregate in all the wrong places. I cut parts of the yarn out and started again. I cut even more out in hopes I would interrupt the pattern. I finally let it go and somehow it all ended up okay. So here are the specifics, I cast on with 120 stitches, using 10 1/2 needles, knit in the round, purling the thicker parts and knitting the thinner ones. Knitting round after round until I ran out of yarn. This one is indeed for Mr. 23's girlfriend for Christmas. I hope she likes it and does not see all the ends I had to weave in!
I had an unintentional day off yesterday because I thought I was going to have to camp out in the Neurology office for Little Buddy to get an appointment. Turns out he had a miraculous recovery Sunday and does not need to go until next week. He even went to school for half a day yesterday, I did not want him to stay the whole day considering that he was still a bit weak. So I decided to break out the glitter and make these fun Christmas trees to hang in my windows. You know me and glitter I just can't seem to resist the sparkle. I tried to keep the glitter bomb area relatively contained but it ended up all over my house. Still I was happy to get these put up. I made stars last year that I was not in love with so I wanted something else to sparkle in my windows. I love to see them turn as the air gently moves them round and round. Don't get completely excited I had a day off, I will be making it up on Friday. Ah well it was still nice to have a few moments to myself after all the hectic time we had with Little Buddy.
Here is just a bit of my decorating, I am so happy it is all done. Now to see if I can handle it all up until after Christmas!
Thank you to those of you that were thinking about Mr. 23 yesterday with the Ohio State event, such a scary thing to happen to those students. Thank goodness things were contained quickly by the fast acting police. My son was at his internship in downtown Columbus when the event took place. His girlfriend was in class in lockdown for an hour and a half until they were sent home. We certainly live in scary times.
And a special note to the lovely commenter that was concerned about Little Buddy and the iPad. Yes those screens can cause seizures by those sensitive especially when rapid pulsating lights are present. He has his iPad on a very limited basis, mostly when he does not feel well and will go weeks and weeks without touching it. Thank you for being so perceptive and caring, I appreciate your thoughtfulness.