Crazy Days, with FOs!

The past few days have been c-r-a-z-y!

Last Saturday, ‘Lil Bro and I moved Mr. Blue-eyes into his new pad. It’s an absolutely beautiful apartment in a building I have loved since I was a small child. One problem: Mr. Blue-eyes has lived as a nomadic batchelor for a very, very long time…and thusly has, well had, no furniture. I’ve never known anyone else who could pack their entire apartment in exactly four hours. Which, in this situation turned out to be a very good thing, since he didn’t get back from Los Angeles until late Friday night. But this new apartment is empty…or was…but I digress.

Last weekend was also Mr. Blue-eye’s birthday, and coincidently his folks were in New York for the U.S. Open. So dinner at Max Fish (awesome seared yellow fin!) was in order, as were gifts of new artwork for empty, 20-foot-high apartment walls.

Monday was a relaxing Labor Day picnic down on the farm with my family, full of laughs, card games, horseback riding, good food and good beer (not necessarily in that order).

Say hello to the handsome Mr. Blue-eyes...dont mind the demented look on my face...
Say hello to the handsome Mr. Blue-eyes…don’t mind the demented look on my face…

Tuesday was back to work after a week of vacation (in which much knitting ensued), and yesterday was a 5 hour, post-work excursion in a UHaul van here…which ultimately resulted in a soon-to-be-assembled-and-almost-fully-furnished-apartment. Were talking a couch, a chair, a footstool, a dining room table,  a TV stand, a sofa table, and a big-ass mirror…soon to be joined by some leather dining room chairs that were out of stock.

I’d like to say the place is now furnished and awesome, but that’d be a lie. Even the couch has to be assembled…so basically the place is full of cardboard boxes. Can we say, “project”?

While it’s been hectic and labor intensive, it’s been awesome to have so much time with Mr. Blue-eyes. He doesn’t have travel for work again for two whole weeks, and I’m determined to see him as much as possible. Luckily, he feels the same way.

On the knitting front, much has been accomplished. My new adventures in thrumming are going very well… 

A thrummy mitt!
A thrummy mitt!

…and I totally recommend Fiber Monster for, well, fiber. Her batts really are as beautiful as those photographs. The inside of this mitt is a thing of beauty as well.

Oooh...squishy....
Oooh…squishy….

 Sweet. The second mitt just needs a thumb, and then the first of the thrumming will be complete.

I also whipped out the first Everlasting Bagstopper….

The Original
Bagstopper: The Original

….and the second everlasting bagstopper.

The Sequel
Bagstopper: The Sequel

 I really love the handles on this bad boy too.

Little hand-painted beads, all in a row
Little hand-painted beads, all in a row

Both bagstoppers have already made it to the grocery store and the farmstand, with much success and appreciation.

Finally, I whipped out the second of these bad ass babes in one super-productive knitting day while on vacation.

The Hippy-Dippy-Happy Ti-Dye Socks
The Hippy-Dippy-Happy Ti-Dye Socks

Wah-bam! How freaking awesome are these?!?! I’m really pleased with the final socks. The short-row heel technique used in this pattern (Ann Budd’s toe-up recipe from Interweave) makes a nice, solid knit with no holes (yay!), but it gave me some trouble on the second sock…but not the first…some synapses were’nt firing in unison, obviously. I couldn’t be happier with these, though, and Big Sis is going to love them.

I just have to force myself to wait until Xmas to give them to her….that may actually prove difficult…

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