Yeesh…

Smile pretty, little man!Not off to a very good start on that whole blog more resolution.

Oh well, Whyatt still loves me.

It’s hard to get a good photo of Whyatt. He never stops moving, and his eyes are actually a dark burgandy…which seems to preclude him to the red eye. With the Artifact, that meant I never got a shot of him. With my new little beauty, however, we’re in a different world…but that’s for a different post.

 The stars aligned for this one, however. He’s pretty darn cute here…course, he’d been playing for two hours and was about to fall into blissful weasel slumber, but I’ll take ‘um where I can get ‘um.

Halcyon has taken up most of my recent knitting attention. Halcyon..in camel fiber

I had hoped all the slipped stitches and decreases would help hold it in better shape, but no such luck.

This baby rolls like a boulder down a steep hill.

I’m also thinking that this Halcyon’s going into the future gift pile, unless a good washing works some sort of miracle with the fiber. Right now it’s super itchy on my neck. Gorgeous, don’t get me wrong. And I think the fiber will even out really nicely and bloom significantly with a washing. But super itchy.

Umm...Wabi-Sabi...Course, my dedication to Halcyon doesn’t mean that I’ve forgotten all fibers.

A trip to Northampton yesterday, and a stop at Northampton Wools, introduced me to Alchemy.

I only got the one skein because it was a bit pricey. But wow…this is some amazing stuff. I can only imagine how it’s going to feel on the needles, and the color is divine.

I’m thinking fingerless gloves or a lacy hat. This one will be for me, though. The silk content makes my skin very happy.

The Alchemy splurge didn’t leave much room in my yarn-purchasing budget for much else, but I did finally pick up one hank of Misti Alpaca Chunky.

So soft!

While I’ve never worked with a bulky yarn before, I couldn’t help myself.

I haven’t been able to find an alpaca that doesn’t make me itch, but this may be a winner. It’s amazingly soft. Everytime I’ve gone into my LYS recently, I’ve had to stop and check out the Misti Chunky.

I finally gave in.

Northampton also offered Moroccan tea with dried mint leaves at Amanouz Cafe, Musaka (which was awesome), and some 20 decible earplug-style hearing protection pieces from Downtown Sounds…because I walked away from the drum set in some serious discomfort after my last practice.

Can we say ‘Hooked up’?

ZzzzzzzZZZZZZzzzzzz

Madori says, “Whatever, Momma….” 

BTW, in comparison to Whyatt, Madori is the easiest creature in the world to photograph.

Back to the Grind

Sleeping peacefulI go back to work tomorrow after a long and restful vacation.

I’m ok with it.

We’re gearing up for our busiest time of the year, and it makes the time pass pretty quickly when we’re busy.

Plus, it’ll be good to get back into the swing of things; I’ve been blissfully out of touch for a week and a half. Cutest little feet ever

The one who will take it hard, however, is Madori. She hates when I go to work on a normal day. After a week of spending a lot of time together, she’s really going to hate it when I leave tomorrow morning.

Total depressed poochie.

She’ll be a little maniac when I get home in the afternoon.

I’ve made some good progress on the first Noro Jaywalker. The yarn’s alright and feels like it’ll wear well at this gauge, but I probably won’t splurge on it again. It’s rough on my fingers and it’s a bit too slubby for my taste.

The sock is very pretty though….

Ohhh...colors...

But I did cast on Halcyon in a spat with Startis.

I started it on my US 2 straights with the School Products laceweight baby camel fiber from the stash.

Halcyon

I think it’s a good fit the the pattern. and it’s working up really nicely. I have a feeling the yarn is really going to bloom when it’s washed.

It’s not rolling too badly, either, which gives me hope that a good wet block at the end will set it really nicely.