Monday, 31 March 2008

Today’s Cliché

Because I am terribly unoriginal:

All good things must come to an end, and this morning at 5:10, my vacation came to a rather abrupt one. *sigh*

I spent most of my week knitting, sleeping, reading and walking the dogs – not necessarily in that order, but I’m not going to go figure it out percentage wise – I haven’t hit that level of Swissness yet. I spent quite a lot of time knitting, and also quite a lot of time frogging and re-knitting. Once again I wasn’t paying attention and didn’t notice that there was a cable chart for the raglan increases on the Eris, so after having done plain increases for about 20 rows, I had to frog it all and start over. Then I didn’t like the way the increases were coming out, so I *re-frogged and re-knit again*. Repeat from * to *. After that I swatched the increases so as not to have to rip out the endless stockinet each time (clever, eh? *eyeroll*) and discovered that I was just not knitting tightly enough. After that, things went a bit better until I stopped paying attention to what I was doing and increased in the wrong places. Repeat from * to * again. Now I’ve gotten it all sorted out and can start the sleeve splits tonight. I briefly considered taking a break and knitting something else, but I realized that summer is approaching fast and this sweater is knit in pretty much one piece. It’s already getting warm sitting there with it in my lap. I’m not going to wait for summer to get here so I can fry.

In other knitting news, I went to the yarn store on Sat. Once again, it’s a good thing I need to diet because I spent most of my week’s grocery budget on yarn. Hey, no calories and hours of pleasure is better than food, yes? I was going to order, but I’m glad I didn’t. I found that one of the yarns I had chosen from the catalogue was not really what I wanted and that what they had on sale was much, much better. Huge savings, better yarn, who could want more? Unfortunately, they had new Hot Socks colours that I really like. Someone really should ban me from buying sock yarn. Really. I don’t even want to know how many pair I could knit before running out. Still, they are pretty and I do have an immediate use for one of the colours. OK, fine, the others were frivolous, but they remain calorie free. Nothing like a bit of justification, oui?

I’m not quite sure if the dogs are happy or sad that I’ve gone back to work.

I’m not around 24/7 for possible ear scritching
I’m not around 24/7 for any type of attention
I’m not around 24/7 to let them out onto the balcony when they would prefer to veg out there.
They don’t get quite as much exercise as they do when I’m home all day.

They get to sleep more.
They get to get up in the morning, use the loo, and then go back to bed instead of going for a walk.
They don’t have to wait in the car while I am yarn shopping.
They don’t have to listen to random, sometimes violent, knitting-related swearing.
I’m not around to disturb them while they are napping.
I can’t vacuum in the middle of the day three times a week (that is entirely their fault too)
The cat is no longer constantly screaming at me which contributes to the quality of the dog’s naps.
They don’t have to listen to me threaten said cat with knitted clothing, such as mouth socks.

What do you think? Are they glad I went back to work? I have my suspicions.


  1. Well, now they can get back to their e-bay business they started when your out of the way.

  2. One can never have too much sock yarn, can one?

  3. Sounds like your vacation was perfect! If your beasts are anything like our one beast, they're probably happy when order is restored, and they can go back to the way things are supposed to be. Even though we just had great success traveling with Beasty-Boy, he was ready to leave when I was. He can only take so much change, and then he wants his regular day-to-day routine. I bet your kids feel the same way.