Wednesday, January 29, 2014

The Best Laid Plans

I had plans today to work quite a bit on the Beekeeper's Quilt.  I had visions of sitting and knitting multiple puffs while waiting for my new recliners to be delivered.  Ummmmm not happening.

I also had plans to make Boeuf Bourguignon (a la Julia Child) (and yes, I did have to look at the cookbook in order to type the name correctly here).  Not sure why I thought I could cook this dish, which takes a fair amount of prep and watching over, at the same time as I knit little puffs.

Instead, I spent the morning happily cooking away and listening to the final chapters of The Secret Garden.  About an hour ago, this cast iron dutch oven, filled with succulent pieces of beef, carrots, onions, wine and spices, was put into the oven to bake for about 3 hours.  I poured myself a glass of the wine that was left to have while posting this entry.

Just after noon, when Paul had come home for lunch, our recliners were delivered.  Perfect timing!  Paul was able to take care of the delivery while I continued working on our dinner.  I love these chairs!  They are Lazy Boy rocking recliners in a beautiful red leather.  Now to make sure Digit doesn't claw them to death!

Once dinner was put into the oven, I was finally able to sit down and knit a puff.  Behold the only knitting I have accomplished today!  I used up the last little bit of the purplish skein in this one.  I'm thinking soon I should be able to start sewing some of these together so I can see what they will look like as a blanket.

Yesterday, I worked some more on the octopus bag.  I'm getting about 10 rounds done per day, so the fair isle portion should be done this Friday.  I'm hoping to have the rest of the knitting done this weekend.

I started a new project last night, since I was allowed to.  I received this pattern free from the designer when she offered a few up in the Tiny Owl Knits group on Ravelry.  I even had appropriate yarn in my stash to knit it up!  This should work up really quickly.  Can't ask for a more perfect project; free pattern, yarn in stash = zero financial commitment!

I've been checking over my wips too.  Really taking a good hard look at them and trying to decide if they aren't complete because I got sidetracked, or because I really don't want the item.  I decided to frog the Ann Marie Stockings.  I think they were just a beautiful project that I should have shown love to by making the pattern a favorite on Ravelry instead of a project that I should have been making for myself.  I'm never going to wear them out of this house, and I had already modified the pattern to make them sans toe/heel for use as yoga legwarmers.  Have I ever needed yoga legwarmers? No.  Do I need yoga legwarmers now? No.  I've decided that later this year I will cast them on again and make them as knee high bed socks.  Bed socks are something I DO need here in blustery Wisconsin.

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