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Next Thursday my oldest daughter turns 18, the week after she graduates from high school. I’m not sure where the time went. This comes with a small amount of freedom on my part. I’m excited to let her have her head and frightened to let her have her head. But as I have told myself before, if I do the kid raising thing right, the kid eventually moves on with their lives to do what ever cool thing they have in their heart.

I was able to register for Sock Summit, which was a funny process. I got two classes that I wanted and I am looking forward to four days of knitting immersion. Silk Exotica and Socks without Wool. Both spinning classes. Go Figure!

Right now is here in Cornelius, Oregon. The weather has been wonderful. Knitting is proceeding at a good pace.

My stash is the size of Mount St Helens…..It’s a good time.

Tomorrow is the big sock summit registration day. My fingers are at the ready to begin typing precisely at 10:00 am.

Summer Shawl from Knitted Lace of Estonia is almost complete. 3 more rows (271 stiches!!!) for the sewn on border and then I block it and attach. I blocked the main body of the shawl yesterday to allow for smoother sailing. It’s lovely and not as large as I thought it would be. Very fun project. My next shawl may be Toe the Line.

I ripped Leafling out and began again as a toe up sock using a super secret method I learned at Camp Knittyhaha. I just could never get the sock right with the original pattern, and after several do-overs I still had a giant sock I didn’t love. And it’s far too nice of a pattern to not finish it and wear it. We shall see how it goes.

Now if I would only make time for spinning….. ARGHHH

Red Clover under a blue sky.

Red clover

I’ve gone through the looking glass and come out the other side. At least that’s what it feels like. I’ve gone from worrying about if I would have a job to having a job. I’ve taken a cut in pay, but I have made it through tough times before and I think I will again.

Best part is, I have 45 minutes each way to work on a train, that I use to knit furiously. Looking forward to having a three day weekend after this week. Lot’s of projects wrapping up. Shawl that Jazz, Celtic Bunny Hat, Summer Shawl. Waiting to start Prairie Boots and Sideways Spencer!!

I’m working on Shawl that Jazz and I am almost finished. Made from Blue Moon Fiber Arts Geisha Colorways Typhoon Tina and Downpour held together.

Shawl that Jazz by Samro

I didn’t think they would go together either, but they do. Like Peanut Butter and Jelly, like Rogers and Astaire, like. Ok, I’ll stop.

I’m on a serious tear to finish this one because lookie what I’ve been up to. Each one of those bags holds a project on the needles. Pay no attention to the yarn behind the project bag. It’s nothing. Really


In other news there is Yak and silk from Fine Fibers purchased from Nancy Martin of Fine Fibers at BSG. It used to look like this. Unspun bit o' heaven

Possibly the nicest stuff I’ve ever worked with.

10. Because at the end of a long day working I do not have a pair of socks or a sweater.

09. There is no work equivalent to a yarn store. I don’t go to the work store and enhance stash. I just get more work, no fun exploratory visit required.

08. There are no co-workers in knitting, just co-conspirators, which is way more fun.

07. Visiting another office of your employer is NOT like visiting a new yarn store in a new location.

06. I do not lose brain cells, hair or sleep over patterns (usually). I frequently lose all three over work.

05. Knitting does not require talking, cajoling, pacifying, or expenditures of 55 hours of my life to be completed without compensating me with something lovely. Yes money is lovely. I’m not discounting the money…. This is my ten – you can make up your own.

04. Work is not a trip through color and texture. The dude on the corner that just ralphed up breakfast not withstanding.

03. Fiber does not call 15 times in one day to ask if it’s done yet. I check in with fiber 15 times per day to see if it’s done yet. That’s different.

02. Sheep, goats, bunnies, alpacas. Nuf said.

And my top reason why fiber is better than work…..drumroll please……

01. Yarn cannot swipe your food out of the office refrigerator and eat it without telling you.