Merry New Year

I hope everyone had a nice Christmas.  Things were pretty mellow here.  Especially considering the toddler situation.  He doesn’t really understand Christmas yet so it was just another day for him.  He managed to open a few presents but the whole mad frenzy to rip open packages is lost on him.

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He liked his holiday cross stitch, though.  There’s a leek in the boat.  LOL.  That’ll always be funny.  Inspired by his favorite movie, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, and my love of puns.  This movie has a lot of great food puns but this one was the best.   Yup…still funny.   And, I introduced my sister to the Tiger King since I’ve been here so a Carole Baskin cross stitch was perfect for her.

I had a socially distanced visit with my Mom, this week too.  The first thing I did when I got to her house was make a beeline to the bathroom for a hand washing.  Turns out Mom had a bathroom surprise…she’s done some decorating with cross stitch of her own.

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They’re great!  Not sure which one I like best — ‘don’t tell me to smile’ or ‘I love the sound you make when you shut the fuck up’.  Can you tell we’re related? lol.  I’m a chip off the ol’block.

The annual tradition of hand dyed yarn continued, too!  There’s two projects worth of yarn in this year’s gift.  The two hanks on the bottom are a sport weight, superwash merino.  I love the colors, makes me think of grapes & vines.  Not sure what it’ll be but maybe something brioche, these colors definitely need to get involved with each other beyond stripes.  Maybe something mosaic, if the brioche doesn’t work out.

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Then, there’s the 3 balls at the top.  It’s two skeins of bamboo and a laceweight skein of cashmere.  Mom dyed them at the same time, so they’re the same dye lot but still different.  I love seeing how the two fibers took the dye differently.  A really fun experiment.  Initially, I was thinking they’d be striped together but that cashmere is very fine.  I’m thinking about holding them double now.  Some kind of shawl.

Of course, despite this lovely, brand new yarn…I cast on an acrylic project.  A new nephew sweater.  Nothing fancy, just a top down raglan in stockinette stitch. Being able to fit him on the spot means it’s going quickly.  No days that turn into weeks while I agonize over is the neck wide enough, is the arm deep enough?  I just try it on.  This is less than 24 hours progress.  Unless I get stuck on sleeve island, it should be done by the end of the week.  I’m tempted to sneak in a cashmere + bamboo cast on though…

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Only time will tell!

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