Ten on Tuesday: Good Things About Coming Home From Vacation

Hi all – I’ve been reading the Carole Knits blog for more than two years now, and I’ve really enjoyed reading her Ten on Tuesday posts. They’re about a variety of things, and I’ve been mentally following her with my own inputs to these lists for a while. Today, I’m going to start participating for realz on the blog.

This week’s topic is 10 Good Things About Coming Home From Vacation. Here are mine:

  1. My own bed. I miss it terribly in hotels. Even ones with nice beds are never quite as comfortable as my own.
  2. My own shower. My hair and skin never feel as nice after a few days of a hotel shower.
  3. Coming home to a clean house. We make it a point to clean before we leave on vacation so that it is actually pleasant to come home.
  4. Returning to my DVR. I always miss a couple of my favorite shows, and I’m excited to come home and watch them! Mostly, I get excited about the episodes of Castle that I miss.
  5. Returning to my stash. No longer am I limited to knitting on the one or two projects that I packed in my bag – the world is my knitting oyster!
  6. Brining my souvenir yarn home. And perusing Ravelry to figure out what to do with it. But you know, I cannot resist the siren song of beautiful yarn at a far-flung knit shop.
  7. Catching up on reading my knitting blogs. Because I miss reading about what my favorites are doing! And I usually make it a point to be totally unplugged while I’m away.
  8. My coffee machine. As I’ve mentioned before, my Tassimo and I are in a committed relationship.
  9. Enjoying my other souvenirs (i.e. – not yarn). I always try to buy something nice while I’m away. It’s often jewelry, because it’s something that I will use and will make me smile when I wear it. It’s a great way to extend the happy feeling of a vacation.
  10. Sleeping in. Travelling almost always exhausts me beyond words. Not on the way there, but certainly on the way back. This requires an extra long sleep.

Wow – this was way way harder than I thought! Because, let’s face it, coming home from vacation is often a let down. I’ll have to revisit this list next time I return from vacation to cheer myself up!

I hope to make the Ten on Tuesday a fairly regular thing, so stay tuned for some more fun lists!

Spring knitting fever

Just last week, I was thinking how I had hardly any desire to knit. Readjusting to a full-time job outside of the home has been draining, and I find myself staring mindlessly at the TV as soon as BK is asleep. I hardly ever watch TV without multitasking – usually it’s knitting, but sometimes it’s looking up cute things to buy BK online or talking to Mr Snips or reading a book and occasionally looking up. This staring like a zombie thing is new to me. But it’s literally all I have the mind power for after the day is done.

But on Saturday, something snapped in me. And I caught spring knitting fever badly. I blame it on the soccer.

Indy Eleven Inaugural Game

Indy Eleven’s Inaugural Game

You see, Mr Snips and I are passionately supporting our new pro team in Indianapolis, the Indy Eleven. Since we are a half-British household, it is required that we follow football/soccer. And while we watch EPL at home, there is something great about having access to live games close by. Back in pre-baby days, we’d travel to Columbus, Ohio once a year to catch a Columbus Crew and make a weekend of it. Now with BK, it’s lovely to have the grandparents watch her and go to a local game more frequently. So far, we’ve been to the first two home games. And while the team appeared to be in a bit of a slump during part of the game, I started browsing the crowd (as I tend to do). Checking out handbags to see if I like them, making mental notes of styles I like and want to look out for in the store – those kinds of things. Since it’s gotten pretty warm, I wasn’t really looking to scout a knitted project, but the evening chill had brought out a few light jackets. And then I saw it two rows in front of me, a perfect lightweight effortless cardigan. And I wanted it. And wanted to knit it. Badly.

I can’t decide what is most like it. After a quick Ravelry search, I think it’s like the Effortless Cardigan, but without the ribbing, in that the primary characteristic is that it’s longer in front. If you know of any other patterns in this vein, let me know! I’m dying to get one made in some kind of cotton-y something for a spring/summer/fall evening thing to throw on for these evening football games.

And then. Then I received a baby shower invitation. And it’s for a boy. So I mentally went through the boy patterns I considered for BK before I knew she was a girl. After some thought, I’m pretty sure it’s going to have to be a Gramps cardigan. But which one (cables or sweet elbow patches?) But then I wonder if I should go for a classic hooded cardigan, because I found those so nice to put on BK in lieu of a coat? My mom has a great little unisex pattern that only has one seam on the hood that would be beautiful – but I can’t seem to locate it on Ravelry.

Then… I was thinking that I bought a short-sleeved quantity of Ultra Pima in a lovely bright blue in 2012 for a Gemini. It was going to be my traveling project for our visit to England, but I was having such a great time at the Olympics and Harry Potter and such that very little got done. I also found a weird spot at the very beginning of the project and decided to unravel everything. So it may be time to resurrect that project!

And of course, I’m still working on my happy, bright pink socks to work on. I’m blaming the knitting fever on spring and looking at these beauties in my yard!Yellow tulip Pink tulip

Spring is here!

Well, my friends, I think spring has finally sprung here in Indiana. At least, that’s what the daffodils in my back yard are telling me!DaffodilsThis happy turn in the weather has been wonderful. Even though there’s a tiny bit of chill in the wind, Mr Snips, BK and I have been putting on light jackets and venturing out every chance we get. We’ve had a nice time catching up with our neighbors who are also outside enjoying the sunshine. The winter was so hard and long that our next-door neighbor had a baby and I never even knew she was pregnant! That’s how little I’ve seen people in the past few months. And this weekend, Mr Snips fully uncovered and cleaned our patio furniture, and we had our first guests (my parents) over to enjoy food from the new grill Mr Snips purchased. It was lovely.

To match the beautiful sunshine outside, I have finally put my autumn-colored socks to rest (blocking now – pictures soon!) and cast on with this very happy spring-y beautiful Orchid yarn from the TFA Year in Colour Club. I haven’t managed to get past the ribbing yet (nearly!), but can’t wait to dig into this cool lace pattern. Maybe a day or two of commuter knitting will get me there!Cavalcade Socks in progressHope the weather is nice where you are. I’m dreaming of the temperatures in the 70s that we’re supposed to have this weekend!

 

TFA Year in Colour Club

As a little treat to myself, I joined the Tanis Fiber Arts Year in Colour Club.

I have only joined one yarn club before, and that was when my parents generously gifted me a Three Irish Girls subscription. I asked for the superwash worsted weight option (you can see one of those here). And while I loved the yarn, I’ve struggled a bit with what to make with one skein of worsted.

So I was excited to find the TFA club, since they also provide you a one-skein pattern that specifically goes with the yarn you receive. I received my first shipment two weeks ago (or maybe three?), since I signed up too late for the initial January shipment. Here are my beautiful Orchid and Fiesta yarns!

My first shipment of TFA club yarnI am ridiculously excited about both colors – they are even more stunning in person than they are in this photo. The January skein is destined to be these gorgeous Cavalcade Socks. The March shipment came with the Causerie Hatt and Mitts pattern. I don’t know if I’m totally sold on the cable cuff yet, but I’m willing to try!

I’m dreaming of winding up that Orchid yarn and casting on for the Cavalcade Socks, but I’m forcing myself to finish up my Hermione’s Everyday Socks first. I’m very close to finishing, but my lukewarm attitude towards them is slowing me down. The benefit to my new job is that Mr Snips and I can carpool about half the time, and that equals knitting time! I’m only averaging about 4 rows per way (which is kind of sad), but I can’t help running my mouth while we are in the car, too! Maybe I can hunker down and crank those out so I can get started on this brighter, fresher, spring-ier pair.