I could not write on Thursday. By Thursday night, I had not seen the sun for four days, I had been working at least nine hours every day, and I knew the only thing that would let me get through Friday was if I spent Thursday night curled up on the couch, drinking wine, knitting, and watching Close Encounters of the Third Kind. So I did.

And Friday, in light of what happened, it didn’t seem okay to write about knitting and wine and how lovely it is to finally see the sun. So I didn’t. I was too heartbroken to pretend that nothing was wrong. I came home and hugged my love and we spent a quiet evening seeing our friend’s folk band play at a coffee shop. I got a fair amount of knitting done on the secret project for the person who reads this blog and I wove in the ends of the baby kimono.

Red baby sweater!

That’s right, it’s done, except for the ribbon button backing and the buttons. So there’s no way it won’t be done for Christmas. I’m quite happy with it. I’m always surprised when I’m knitting a garment and I finally seam it up into it’s real shape and it’s so small! This sweater felt huge when I was knitting it and I kept thinking, “That’s okay, he’s a baby. Babies only get bigger and they never get smaller.” But now that it’s done I’m thinking he really won’t have to wait terribly long to wear it. I’m fairly pleased with how it turned out, but next time I think I will do the sleeves in the round. I hate sewing seams and I know that I hate seaming, so I don’t know why I persist in knitting sleeves flat when I could knit them in the round and eliminate that seaming part.

Today, after guild meeting, I went to Concepts in Yarn & Needlepoint, because they were selling some of their cashmere for 50% off. I had never been to this store before. It was a moderately frustrating experience. The store has a lot of inventory, when is great. But it is poorly organized and a lot of stuff did not have prices on it. They do have a price sheet book hanging up by the needles, but I really shouldn’t have to go look up the price every time I find a yarn I think I like.

I did get some of this though:

Pink and Green Cashmere yarn!

Isn’t it pretty? This is the first 100% cashmere yarn I have ever bought for myself. And let me tell you, there is a reason cashmere is the holy grail for knitters. It is so wonderfully soft. I’m going to make it into something lovely, let me tell you.

I also picked up some fingering weight wool (no pictures because it’s really not that exciting) to do Latvian mittens with. I have lately become OBSESSED with colorwork mittens, particularly Latvian ones with the braids and the motifs. I’m 99% certain that I am ordering that book and am going to drive myself either into fits of ecstasy or the depths of craziness knitting them. I’m not sure what I will do with them after I knit them. There is really no need for stranded colorwork wool mittens where I live.

I will admit that lately I’m colder more often than I have been in past years. Either my blood has thinned and I have become weak about the weather or the issues I have keeping my iron levels up have finally caught up with me. Maybe I do need some mittens.

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