Fruit Salad, The Knitter’s Guild & Fajitas

Tomorrow, at my office,  starts the week of recognition for a certain department. I have a cubicle in this department, but I’m not a part of that department. They were nice enough to include me on the breakfast they’re having tomorrow.  But, I have to bring something.  I was volunteered to bring fruit salad.  Not cheap.  I got grapes, strawberries, melon, and pineapple.  It was all pre-chopped, so less work for me.  My hands smell like fruit, sniff sniff, so good! 

I’ve been knitting a majority of the day.  I ripped my Vanilla Fog hat out once more.  Andrea Mowry got in touch with me about the pattern question I had. It still didn’t make sense,  so I altered it to make sense to me.  I finally got the hang of the brioche knitting in the round,  and I’m about 1.5 inches into the hat. Fun! 

I’m going to sign up for the Knitters Guild this summer.  It’s basically a school for knitters to test your skills, I think.  I want to be a master knitter.   I know,  I cannot even get brioche in the round to work, I have a ways to go before I could be a master. The idea of having knitting homework just seems fun.  So, yea.  

I’m dyeing some yarn right now.  Water is heating up in my 20 quart pot.  I don’t think I needed a pot that big, but for some reason,  I got it.  It would be awesome for crab legs though.  Too bad it is contaminated with acid dyes now. 

Per the request of my daughter,  I’m going to use pink and aqua dyes for this yarn. It’s going to be called Jigglypuff.  She loves Pokemon.  But, it will not be available in my store. I’m just testing the color combination for now.  Plus,  it’s on 100% Peruvian Highland Wool.  Not soft,  at all.  I’d feel awful if someone bought that base.  I’m waiting on my yarn order to come in,  and this scratchy yarn is the only thing I had left to dye.

I’ve got my secret dry rub marinating on chicken now.   Going to fire up the grill around 5:00 and cook my favorite meal, fajitas!!  Spanish rice,  refried beans, peppers, onions, and cheese will be in the mix as well.  Not to toot my own horn,  but my fajitas are better than any fajitas I’ve ever had. Nom!

I guess that’s all for now.  I’m going to go dye my yarn,  get back to knitting,  and start cooking soon.   


Brioche, purls, and ripping 

Vanilla Fog by Andrea Mowry is a brioche knitted hat. I’m new to brioche in the round.  Needless to say, I’ve ripped it a few times now.  However, I swear there is a hiccup in the pattern.  Therefore,  I am on hold to start again until the designer emails me back.  It’s probably me,  but I just need clarification.

People hate the purl stitch. Why? Maybe I just knit differently than the average bear, but purl stitches do not bother me. 

My daughter and I went on a road trip today about 2 hours away.  We ended up seeing Beauty and the Beast, having lunch,  doing a little shopping,  then getting back home by 5:30. It was a fun day.  

I really want to concentrate on knitting tomorrow.  I’ve been physically and mentally exhausted over the past week and I haven’t knitted a single stitch until today.   

Sunday’s are both good and bad.  Good because it’s a day off work.  Bad because all you can think of is how you don’t want to go to work.   Well,  that’s me at least.  Saturday is really the only day off that is worry free in my opinion. 

When I get bored at night,  I go to bed.  My husband and daughter are normally consumed into some video game by this time of night,  so I don’t feel guilty about crashing.  It is 8:45 though.  I’m 34 years old.  This just isn’t natural.   I need to find more to do so I don’t get bored and get tired. 

But for now,  I’m bored and tired.