Thing the first: I took that picture yesterday, after we’d had a bit of rain. We have a bunch of roses blooming. Right now, in November. After we’ve had frost. Is this normal? I’m utterly clueless about roses (and didn’t even realize we had many of them, since we just inherited this garden from the previous owners without being given a map of its contents, and the roses were buried under a bunch of other plants, both of the apparently-deliberate and weed variety), but that seems bizarre. Not that I mind seeing pretty roses in our yard, but I didn’t think they were supposed to be blooming right now. I’m sure someone reading this is more knowledgeable about this stuff than I am, so I would definitely appreciate some shared wisdom.
Thing the second: My plan to take over the world via yoked-sweaters is succeeding. Ok, ok, so the Informal Society for the Appreciation of Yoked Sweaters only has two members, but just you wait! I’m already contemplating a partner for my Bohus-Yoke-in-progress, since I’ve used less than 2 of the 10 balls I had in my bag of natural-colored Paton’s Classic Merino to knit the body of the sweater, so I will definitely have enough leftover to knit a second one. I’m thinking that for the next one, I’ll do warm, fall colors (what can I say, I’m totally inspired by Adrian’s Fantom Bohus). Oh, and I’m also planning to knit the yoked Ski Sweater from Véronik Avery’s book, but with a nice green instead of the red. I actually ordered the yarn for it yesterday from Webs, along with a sweater’s worth of Classic Elite Montera, which was inexplicably on sale for only $2/skein (it’s probably all gone by now, but feel free to go check. Just doing my enabling-duty). Yeah, I really shouldn’t be buying more yarn, I already have way too much…but $2/skein, for that wonderful llama-wool blend? And if I was ordering anyway, well, I just couldn’t help throwing some Lopi in. Oh, how easily I rationalize these things. But I’ve been wanting a sweater that could double as a warm jacket for a really long time, anyway. And I’m probably going to be divesting myself of some of the yarn that I will never wind up knitting with soon, via the Destash! blog (if I do this, I will let y’all know so that you can have first dibs).
Thing the third: I heard from the person I was knitting the Tabi sock for (that would be Golden Purl), and she loves it! I’ve been wearing a stupid grin since reading her email…it just makes me so happy when I make something that turns out just right for the person I’m making it for. Yay!
Thing the fourth: Doesn’t Alli’s Notre Dame de Grace sweater look fabulous? I never paid much attention to it in the magazine, because it looked all boxy and stiff and weird on the model, but now I sort of want one.
Well, that’s enough blathering for now. I’d best get on to actual work, since I’ve got quite a lot of it to do today. I need to read about 8 different papers, get a start on two different programming assignments, and reread all of my notes for one of my classes, because we have an exam on Tuesday. Wish me luck!