This is going to be another long one, so grab a cuppa’ (I’m serving peppermint tea, so you’ll probably want to bring your own) and settle into a comfortable chair. Maybe grab a snack too.
First, it’s the second Sunday of Advent. Peace is this week’s theme, and as mellow as I’m feeling, that’s a good fit. Regardless of your religious beliefs or affiliations, I wish you peace this week and always. Peace beats blood pressure medication every time, but we’ll come back to that.
Next, I need to bring a lot of you up to date on a few things. It’s come up in conversations, and while I don’t wish to make a big deal of it, I did realize that this community we have here online is real in its dynamics. That means that you want to share the good and the bad in my life, just as I would in yours. To cut to the chase, Mugsy and I had an encounter with black ice Friday morning. I knew it was there, I consider myself a good driver in wintry conditions, and we still ended up with the driver’s side on the pavement. Mugsy is perfect. There’s only one explanation for his old, brittle bones surviving without any aches and pains, and that’s our own little miracle. I fared well enough, but for ten years, we’ve lived in fear of even a simple fender-bender setting me and my back into a fit. I am walking, talking, knitting and blogging, so it’s going to be fine! The Knight has waffled after seeing my vehicle yesterday, so we’ll just wait and see what the adjuster has to say.
With all of my down time, I have an FO! My model isn’t cooperating – we had a high of 52 degrees today, so I am sympathetic – but you know you’ll see him in it in due time! This is my THIRD coat from the Fiber Trends Dandy Dogs, and I am well-pleased.
Needles: #6 x 14″ Clover bamboos for body, with #5 Addi turbos for the neck.
Yarn: Paton’s Shetland Chunky, colorway “Country Boy”
Mugsy still needs a lightweight “jacket” but I didn’t plan on this mini-heatwave…
Then, you’ll get to see a rare thing at my house. Meet the Wick’d Quant, which is on its way to the frog pond. I squeed this morning when I realized that Wick is variegated, and it wouldn’t be quite as warm as wool, but as you can see, the repeats are too short and the entrelac is lost before we even begin.
I’ve already cast on with my lone skein (88 yds!) of Wooly Stripes, so if you’ve already knitted Quant up, let me know if there’s just no way it will work, please? The Ravelry buzz is that with a skein around 120 yds., there’s still a lot left over, so I’m hoping…
The lace is growing too, and I had hoped to block the secret project, but I can’t bend over even the slightest bit, so blocking doesn’t seem like a good idea. The Knight has been taking great care of me and doing errands, but somehow, I think it’s best if I don’t ask for him to block my first lace project. If it comes it that, I’ll get my mother inlaw to help…
The world is full of wonderful people though. The other vendors at the open house I was supposed to attend this afternoon collected Pampered Chef orders without me, and there’s just enough to turn in a little show! For all of my griping about lacking the holiday spirit, the truth of the matter is, I am just not inclined to shop, shop, shop. I do feel very blessed, even moreso now, and I know I live a very good life. Maybe this is just my Christmas of Peace. For me, peace is something that settles deep within me, but has the rather unique ability to wrap itself around me when I need it most.
Practice peace, and enjoy your week.