Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Read the directions and directly you will be directed in the right direction.

It's around 2 PM on a dreary, rainy, overcast, but near balmy day in Detroit. By midnight, the temperature will be below freezing. I'll be dressing accordingly and likely in layers. The mitts are done and soaking in a bath right now. I'm sure my friend will be thrilled to finally have them. She only asked I do this 2 months ago. Better late than never.

Thank you for the advice on the Nordic hat. I'll stay away for a bit, but not long. What concerns me most about that pattern is the hat which is knit stockinette and then hemmed. I'm worried it'll have no give and squeeze my head, so I'm considering the instructions and my own variation. Today I'm back to Christmas knitting and I'll cast on for Jane's Mock Cable Hat. I bought the pattern the day she released it on Ravelry. Since there is quite a bit of worsted weight wool in the stash, I won't have to go shopping and being fresh off the mitts that employed plenty of right and left twist stitches in the cables, I think I'm ready.

Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dumb, my schedulers, have already sent out my schedule for tonight and changed their minds once. I'll let them get a grip on what they may really want before I look at my emails again, or maybe I'll wait to clock in at 4 PM, which ever comes first. I'm betting on 4 PM. But wait...just as I wrote that sentence, my Blackberry chirped.

It comes to mind that I'm in dire need of a vacation. I'm taking two extra days off in December and this gives me three short weeks in a row, but the big staycation is in the works for February. Not being of sound mind, I couldn't bear the thought of working all of February. It's a month I abhor in the first place, and doubly so when working the streets of Detroit. It's cold, dark, snowy and miserable, so I took half of it off--the last half. I've no plans and in my mind, that's the best kind of vacation to have. When I return to work, it'll be March and with any luck, spring will be in the air.

Oh my. It's 2 minutes past the last time my Blackberry chirped and I think they've changed their minds yet again. They really do need to get their excreta together.

Well, off to wind wool and at least knit a row or two of that spiffy new hat.

Today's title? What the Doorknob said...
Alice in Wonderland


The Bug said...

Taking half of February off sounds HEAVENLY to me.

Stephanie V said...

Seems so odd to think about spring budding forth when the rain streams down and the wind blows. Like Detroit, it's not cold here but not pleasant either.

Enjoy Jane's hat.

Barb said...

Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dumb... hehehe. I'm pretty sure they've both worked for me in the past.

sapphireblue said...

Let's go get hammered!

Jane/WTKnits said...

Enjoy the hat!.....and I'm glad you're taking time off when you can to stay on your game. February will be a time to look forward to now.
Re: the Nordic hat. They're often knitted with a stockinette liner which is then slip stitched to the inside, thereby covering the floats AND giving double the insulation from the cold. They do stretch with wear.

Denise said...

March was always the longest month for me back in NY. Good for you to take off the time you need to take care of yourself.