Yes, my blogging is sporadic and that's probably how it will be for a month or so. I work most of my waking hours. Most people can say that, but it burns me out to get up and go straight to work, only to come home much later and go straight to bed. I need a little free time that isn't carved out of my sleep schedule.

When my boss attempted to entice me into working on my day off (ha!), I declined. I finally got my hair trimmed, as it was looking quite shaggy. I even went to a real hairdresser instead of hair modeling for the cut. I wanted less stress and less time in the chair. I was in and out in less than an hour and I love the cut. It even looks good unstyled, the true sign of a good cut, and especially good for me considering that I often do not style my hair before going to work. Pic when I don't have raccoon eyes.

So, I've been looking at my knitting through rose-colored glasses. I put in a whopper of an order to my favorite online yarn store: enough for five sweaters. At the rate that I am knitting now, they'll be ready to wear to the 2016 Olympics (with last minute finishing on the El). So, what did I buy?
* Black Cascade 220 wool, to make a Chicknits Ariann cardigan. Low priority project, ordered because they had C220 on sale. It's almost never marked down.
* White Cascade 220 wool, to make a Chicknits Scoop du Jour cardigan. See reasons above.
* Black Blue Sky Alpaca Cotton, to make Wendy Bernard's Tomato from No Sheep for You. Probably the first project that will made, due to weather and gauge considerations.
* Black Silky Wool, to make Wendy Bernard's Not So Shrunken Cardigan (available on her website). I'm really enjoying working with this yarn on another project and could really use a little black cardigan.
* White Cotton Fleece (a cotton/wool blend) to make Zephyrstyle's Rusted Root. Adorable! Moderate amount of lace!

I also had a cast-on delusion this morning. I was so excited to finally find a cute pattern at the right gauge for my long-ignored cone of black mercerized cotton, that I cast on and worked a couple of lace rows on the train. This is not a good combination, tired commuter and new lace pattern. And in black! I'm such a masochist. I tore it out.

A side note on the coned yarn: one of the reasons that I hadn't found a project for this yarn is that I wasn't sure how much of it was on the cone. So, I decided to throw it on the deli scale at work and do some math. I innocently called the store to ask them the weight of the cone itself. They refused to tell, saying that it weighs "almost nothing". It's made out of cardboard, not crepe paper. To that lousy customer service, I say fuck you, I'm never spending another cent in your store. Not even if you were selling cones of cashmere for a dollar. I weighed it on the kitchen scale and guestimated the weight of the cone. I think that I have about 1500 yards.

In non-knitting news, I went to the last ballet in my subscription tonight. It was amazing. I was a little sad that it was the last one of the year, but I remain firm in my resolve not to renew for next year. I'm just not interested in seeing any of the programs next season. Still, it was nice to end the season on a high note (small pun: one of the pieces featured music by Robert Fripp and a strobe light).

Not much else going on at the moment. I've got to get to bed in order to hit the road around eight tomorrow morning. I'd forgotten that there was an eight in the morning, too, until recently.


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