Sunday, September 09, 2018

Focus, Girl! Focus...or, at least, finish something.

I'm in Louisville, Kentucky right now, enjoying a quiet morning of reflection.  I drove up yesterday for a rare treat, dinner with my parents and both of my siblings and their families.  With my family living in another state and one brother and his family in another country, a gathering of all of us happens, at best, twice a year.  We laughed, teared up a bit, acted goofy, marveled at how the nieces and nephew have grown, talked about the passage of time, books we've read, movies we've seen, and, maybe, just maybe, beaver butts. (Have you heard the urban legend about secretions from beavers' rear ends being used in candies, etc. as strawberry and raspberry flavorings?  Turns out it is NOT a myth!  Ew.)  Yes, my brothers, sisters-in-law, and I will talk about anything.  I think it's great that we still can be loving, supportive, serious, and in the next moment plain silly.  It's been an incredibly hectic few weeks at the day job, and I almost stayed home this weekend.  I'm so glad I didn't. 

With being stretched in so many directions, it's been hard for me to knit anything that requires much brain power.  Seems my resistance is low, too, because THIS happened:

That's right, 2,000 yards of Dream in Color Smooshy with Cashmere.  I'm thinking of belatedly joining the Find Your Fade fever.  What do you think?  Too much pink?  Can there ever be too much pink?

But first, I AM GOING TO FOCUS!  I am not allowing myself to dive into the cashmere loveliness until I finish a few things in my active UFO basket:

Making progress on the Crown Wools MKAL.  I'm on Clue 10.  This has been a fun knit with lots of interesting stitch patterns.  I'm about middle of the pack of the knitters at my favorite LYS (Ewe & Company) who signed up for this.  Not bad, considering my low powers of concentration right now. 

I've also vowed to finish the Tegna before I find my fade.  I'm knitting this in Ella Rae Lace Merino.  I love love love everything about this yarn.  I'd had my eye on it for a while but refused to buy it until...I was at the LYS and picked up a project the owner was working on.  It was beautiful and felt luscious.  When she told me it was another colorway of the Ella Rae I'd been!  The yarn and the pattern went right home with me.  I was making such good progress until something else caught my eye, sending this lovely into hibernation in the basket. 

And then there are the sock.  But do those really count as UFOs?

Plus, the one at the top is butt-ugly.  So right now, I can't even.

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