I drove to California. Stayed for maybe fifteen hours. Then flew back.
But the great thing about road trips is you can knit little things when you stop, so I did. I finished that green scarf in the last post, and I also started and finished the Half Dome from knitty.com in 2006...Jesse Loesberg, you're cute AND you're a great designer! Here is my installment of the hat with, if I do say so myself, a pretty flawless mattress stitch. See, the hat is knitted flat. Would you ever guess I sewed the sucker up if it weren't for the rolled brim to see the underside of the seam?
I had a dear friend pick me up from the airport and bring me to my car, but of course my car was at work, so there was a bit of an unexpected (duh...I actually SHOULD have expected it) hiccup there. No worries, though...I felt accomplished for finishing two knitting projects on my days off.
Never mind the fact that I also own a real estate investment company, and there is PLENTY of work to be done on that front. But whatever...that stuff will get done also. Since I don't have a choice and all real estate stuff has...you know...deadlines and a legal expectation of customer service.
So now I'm designing the socks that I hope will make the yarn-dyer famous (yes I'm serious), and I went back to the Asymmetrical Tunic from Vogue Knitting's 30th Anniversary issue. I have the two short pieces done, and I have started the first of the two long pieces. The pattern is actually perfect for me, because it's knit in eight pieces and then sewn together in this cool, unique construction at the end. While I won't ever agree, I've been accused (that's the wrong word...more like it has been suggested to me) of having ADHD because of my penchant for doing sixty things at once, and just finishing them on my own time.
Little teeny bursts of knitting, and feeling like I finish something every time I bind off on a piece? Sign me up!
Meanwhile, I have a new place I love to hang out in the house, but Bluto will do all he can to prevent the place from being as happy as possible. Basically, I have this purple chair and mismatched ottoman that I bought on Craigslist, and it's in the kitchen between two huge windows. Great place to knit, neighborhood-watch, listen to Pandora (my favorite stations are Sara Evans, Doobie Brothers, Debbie Gibson, and the Grateful Dead), and basically chill out. Until Bluto gets involved.
See, Bluto likes sitting in the chair as well. I am used to sharing a chair with this dog, of course...if you have followed my blog, you have no doubt seen that he sleeps on me in the red chair...but this chair is half the size of the other one. He sits behind me, and his fat ass pushes mine right to the edge of the chair so he can stalk birds and squirrels in the back yard. Suddenly, knitting a cable pattern with five different charts, all with a different number of rows, becomes a challenge. Bluto just sits peacefully for ten seconds, and then licks my face for no reason and completely out of nowhere. Here is the evidence:
It doesn't matter what I'm doing...he feels the need to sit there. Sometimes he brings Kong, which he then drops, and of course freaks out and runs over me to retrieve it because that's what Kong does to dogs.
My column will be picking up again in a few days...this week is particularly stressful, but a lot will be better after that. I have one more property to buy, the home-situation thing is semi-resolving, and then I'll be able to nap with the best of them and be fresh to get some work done. Until then, I have pretty much given up getting everything done. I just don't have the mental energy. But I will. So I shall knit. Oh, and finally, as I was wrapping this up to publish, Bluto stopped chewing on my hair long enough to just sit peacefully for a photo. See?
I'll keep publishing the progress of the Vogue sweater...it's really beautiful even in pieces! I hope it looks that great when I sew it...this may be one of those instances where I cash in a favor and say, "Umm...friend...can you put this thing together? I'll f*** it up."