Crime & Punishment

It’s time for me to come clean y’all!  I mean really clean.  Don’t know what I’m talking about?  Let me tell y’all what has happened to me.  :oops:

A few weeks ago, I had the audacity to respond to Andi’s post “Thoughts on Finishing Things” and stated that I’m now a monogamous crafter.   I even went on to say that my “Mood Blanket” project was keeping me on the straight and narrow and that I didn’t suffer from cast-on-itis anymore.  I absolutely didn’t plan to tell such lies!   I was so proud of myself with my  … errrr … alleged …. one Mood Blanket project.  But then my W.I.P (work in progress) basket started to mock me.  I mean — it showed absolutely no respect!  Called me a liar!  Had projects all up and through my apt — on my work table, on my couch, on my night stand and even in my bed!   Taunting me like “monogamy, what is that m’lady”?

Then exposed me it did:

Laurie's beanie

It showed me the beanie I need to add 1 inch of stockinette too, then decrease for my friend Laurie.  Plus it reminded me of the purple pom-pom I need to finish it off with.

Socks

Then I got slammed with two at a time socks that’s been sitting in my yarn bowl for the last three months.  I’ve been promising to make socks since last year. :oops:

Mood Blanket Progress

I tried to hide, but was accosted by my mood blanket that’s stuck at 2.5 rounds behind.  Oye vey!!!!   She’s a demanding beauty that one.  Le sigh!

Julian's Blanket

Then I got blasted with the fact that I started Julian’s blanket last week after the Tax Office tried to sandbag me with a crazy bill, but I don’t like garter stitch in Stylecraft’s DK yarn so I hauled out some worsted in sea blue colours, only to have them sit there waiting for a start date.    This blanket was supposed to be done since last year; he’s going to be 1 in August, in a mere few weeks.  Bigger Le Sigh!

By this time, I was whimpering, asking my WIP basket not to charge me with treasonous lying behavior, to give me another chance and I got one.  I got my sentence lessened based on the fact that I actually finished a project  this week.  It was my HPKCHC project for my Defense of Dark Arts class.   This project is the “Big Lace Scarf” which was perfect for newbie lace knitters, but let me not digress.

HPKCHC DADA Spring 14

Although I had that project to help me out a little, the fact that I had a mojito then cast on my first colourwork hat on Monday night and worked on it up to midnight ended any graciousness my WIP basket had for me.   An alcohol induced cast-on!  Treason!!!!!   In my defense, I had tried to start this project on the train earlier in the day, but my needles separated while I was doing the ribbing so I waited until later.  What?!!!! That’s the truth!  With all that drama and the fact that I had the nerve to cast on yet another project — woooo Nellie — not even the sweetness of the colourwork gave me favor.

First Colourwork Hat

My sentence: Finish all these (except for the mood blanket) and make progress on my sweater before Stitches East (October 9th 2014).   Finish them or be sentenced to the Monogamy Tower with no chance of parole or leniency.  Without opportunity to start new projects or practice new techniques .  Finish them and showcase each of them in their own F.O. post by or before the deadline or be forever known as a starter, never a finisher!

That’s too heavy a price for me to pay for not being monogamous.  I have a day off on Friday; I intend to get up early, put on pretty pjs and designate the long weekend as time served for these projects.  Will any of you be in the cells above, below or next to me?  I know I’m not the only one.  Maybe we can commiserate through the walls?  :(

Gratitude Sunday

Today:

  • I’m feeling: great.
  • I’m listening to: the soundtrack of the Tudors’ series.
  • I’m thinking of / wondering why:  new things, new opportunities.

 I’m looking forward to: seeing my friend who’s visiting from home on Tuesday.

  • I’m learning to/practicing to/working on/embracing: accept that I can’t do every single thing but I can do something.  Whatever that something is, I must do it with all my heart.
  • I’m enjoying: working on HPKCHC project.  It’s not a hard project, but as a lace newbie, it’s teaching me patience.  Growing okra on my fire escape.  Flowering succulents (never mind the dirty window; building management is working on the building facade).  Just being.

 

Okra

 

Flowering succulents

  • I’m creating: socks, a baby blanket, flourless cookies and a lace scarf.
  • I’m grateful for: the two people at the NY Office of Taxation and Finance who helped me with this issue last week.  I’ll know next week what the outcome is.   A surprise thank you gift from a co-worker.  He gave it to me as a “thanks I appreciate all you do” type gift.  It’s an over the shoulder Ghanian print bag.Ghanian print bag

My baby brother celebrating another birthday.  My mom feeling better from her emergency room visit.  An invitation from my cousin to visit her in Philly two weekends from this one.

  • Around the house are: balls of yarny goodness everywhere.  I want to craft all the time now so I have yarn in my bedroom, living room and if you let me at it, I might put a basket outside my kitchen.  LOLOL!

In my kitchen: baked catfish,  roasted sweet potato and kale.

  • I’m planning later in the coming week to: finish my Big Lace scarf.  Spend a day with my friend visiting from home. Make a trip to the library. Transplant my aloe vera plant.  It’s too big for the pot it’s in.  Continue watching the Tudors’ series.  Re-read one historical account of the development of the Christian church.  The reviews are mixed so I’m interested in really coming to my own conclusions.  Really putting in some workout time.
  • My quote/verse for the upcoming week is:

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  • I’m wishing you: the very best of Sundays and a wonderful week ahead.