Monday, September 28, 2009

Playing catch-up

*blows dust off the blog*

I suppose since I haven't posted a darn thing since May, that I ought to do a little catch-up posting. What exactly have I been doing the past four months? A brief run-down:

-- Spent a little time learning that, when something you really, really want fails to work out, the best way to deal with it is to cut your losses and move on.

-- Spent a little more time discovering that being a caretaker requires patience of a divine nature.

-- Finally exposed myself to Firefly and Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog.

-- Unofficially joined the Bible study that my mom has been attending.

-- Delved deeper into the foods and ideas associated with veganism and have enjoyed every minute of it, including attending a local Vegetarian Expo and testing out numerous amazing cookbooks.

-- Acquired another guinea pig, named her Abbey, and subsequently discovered that Zivah was not, in fact, a girl. No further guinea pigs resulted, but Zivah did have to be neutered and was subsequently re-named McGee. (Why yes, I am an NCIS fan...why do you ask?)

And, of course, I've been knitting. Not as much as I would like, but still an appreciable amount. This is a good thing, considering the NY Sheep & Wool Festival is fast approaching, and I still have a bunch of yarn and fiber from last year that hasn't yet seen the light of day.

I did some more sample items for the local yarn shop:

Put It All Together gloves from Kristin Knits, and the Keath scarf from Oceanwind Knits. I really enjoyed doing the gloves, which I think is unusual for me. I prefer to knit gloves with DK or even fingering weight yarns, and am completely unused to adding details with duplicate stitch, but it all worked out in the end. The scarf, too, was perfect; knit in Duo (100% acrylic, which doesn't feel a thing like 100% acrylic) on big needles with pattern changes occurring just often enough to keep my brain interested while still being a great mindless knit.

I finished Stricken:

and moved on to Poseidon, which has been my pride and joy as of late.

I'm currently working my way through the dolphin pattern on sock #2, and am determined to finish them before Sheep & Wool. Why? Because this kit's been sitting in the stash since last year's Sheep & Wool, and my budget-conscious self can't justify buying another of the Tsock Tsarina's amazing kits until I'm done with the one I already have.

(Well, okay, I probably could. But I'd feel a lot better about myself if I had these done before another kit made its way into my stash...)

And that, dear readers, is what I've been up to these past months. I will be trying to work blogging back into the equation somehow, though there will no doubt be more activity over on my other blog once I officially re-launch it for the Vegan Month of Food.

Yep, Vegan MoFo is nearly upon us. And I love food. So you can see where that will be going...

Mood: apathetic
Music: The Swell Season - Paper Cup (live @ NPR)


Al said...

just wanted to let you know I'm highly jealous of your socks. :-p but that could just because I'm lazy and have never finished a pair!

R. Anderson said...

Epic socks, Sam. Simply epic.