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My Missing Mojo

Every once in a while I get in a funk. A slump. I lose my motivation. These moods usually pass pretty quickly. But right now, the condition is critical. I’ve lost my mojo!

Part of the problem is the move, I’m sure. I’m missing my Monday night knitting group terribly. They were always good for ending a slump, just by being there and giving me an excuse to get out and work on something. Then there’s the pinched nerve in my elbow. I wrenched my arm moving and that is affecting my wrist and hand. It’s getting problematic; I should see someone about that. And the weather. The glorious weather!! A good rain storm would fix me, I think, but it’s just too warm and sunny. Curse you, beautiful weather!

Whatever the cause, I need to fix this. So I suckered the hubby into taking me yarn shopping last weekend, something he’s always a good sport about. “Oh, there’s a yarn shop here? I had no idea!! Do you mind…?” (Don’t judge. He secretly enjoys it!)

fannies fingeringAt our first stop, The Lavender Lamb in Corrales, I found a beautiful skein of Farmhouse Yarns Fannie’s Fingering Weight in the Fall Foliage colorway. I had no idea what I would do with it, but I fell in love and it had to come home with me. While attempting, and failing miserably, to organize my craft room yesterday I came across a copy of the Fenmore pattern I had printed off for a different skein, but never made. I think the garter pattern will play nicely with the crazy variegation, and the fall leaves would be a nice touch.

willow tweedLater we stopped in to visit the Fiber Chicks in Old Town Albuquerque. There I found two pink skeins of Louisa Harding Willow Tweed, to pair with the two bluish-gray skeins Mark had picked up for me on one of his pre-move work trips here. (Yes, the Hubster buys me yarn. Yes, I know he’s a keeper.) Stripes or chevrons would be nice. I was thinking a long cowl or infinity scarf, but maybe a heavier weight Glacier Point is the direction I want to go in. Which, of course, also means I get to buy more yarn!! Maybe a light gray?

I think my mojo might be hiding with the ball winder.

Easter Bunny’s Little Knitter

Once upon a time, I made a bunny named Chickenbutt. I didn’t name him that. My then three-year-old did. Chickenbutt is somewhat famous in some circles. He’s much loved, we’ve celebrated his birthday (you get strange looks when you ask the bakery for a cake that says ‘Happy Birthday Chickenbutt!’) He is B’s best friend. 

For years I have refused to re-knit the bunny for others. No, that was a one-off for B. It’s special. Then a friend asked if I would knit a bunny for her 3 year old. A rainbow bunny. For Easter. And they live on the other side of the country. How could I say no?

 

rainbow Collage

 I found the perfect rainbow colors in KnitPicks Shine, a ridiculously soft cotton blend. I only needed one skein of each color, and even then had enough leftover for another buddy for someone. And by someone I mean the kid I had to pry the rainbow bunny away from. The pattern I used is Nummy Bunny, a free pattern that also happens to be adorable!

The stripes were tedious, but the end result is so worth it. I am NOT making any more bunnies, though! Wait, what? Oh, fine. I’m not making any more after this Denver Broncos bunny…

Nice Form

I recently acquired a new roommate. She’s quiet, she only takes up a small amount of space and she doesn’t leave her stuff lying around. Meet Thelma. (modeling my smooshy soft Color Affection shawl!)

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I’ve wanted an old vintage style dress form for years. When I first moved to Colorado, a neighbor had one in the window and I would see it driving home every night. I wasn’t even knitting then, but loved the idea of one just as decor. Then I started knitting and thought maybe having one would be useful. In the last year I decided it was a necessity. That she doesn’t look half bad when not in use is a bonus.

Earlier this year I was at a HomeGoods store and they had a half dozen different dress forms in various patterns and I decided then and there I would have one! On pay day… When I went back they were gone. Since then I’ve watched Craigslist and Ebay religiously, but never found quite the right thing in quite the right price range. Then on a whim, needing to burn a little time before an appointment, I decided to go poke around TJ Maxx and HomeGoods, and there she was.

The hubby suggested the name, the reasoning being that if I get another, I can call her Louise. Sounds like he just sent me shopping!

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