And back again she goes. This time in a new car!! Oh, the week I've had since returning from Kansas. My visit this time will be a long weekend - not an entire week. Coming back next Tuesday unless we have a meeting with a lender to conflict with that, in which case I'll probably return Wednesday, though there's nothing to make me come back sooner than Thursday other than house work. Oh, and my Christmas tree. It's not down yet. Terrible. Last year it stayed up until late May (baby came June 2nd - it was time).
Monday of this week I got a "new" vehicle - 2000 Chevy Blazer. So so so so nice. This is like a new car to us after the hunk of junk I've been driving around. That car really declined in the last year - everything was either falling apart or falling off. And now it's sitting in the driveway waiting for me to clean out the old french fries and lollypop sticks, soda cans, crumbs, abandoned burp rags, tapes, Bible school papers, etc, wash it, and get it ready for some poor soul to purchase. It does run so maybe someone will want it. I just hope they realize what a lot of work she really needs.
New car (nearly a truck) has a CD player and everything electric, great whistles and bells (what else really matters?), low miles (oh, I guess that's important), and looks like new. Very nice for a 5yo vehicle. And I'll be traveling in style to visit Jeff this weekend.
And guess what!? I've been knitting!! I finished the wonderful and fun Shining Star hat for Emeline. This "hydrangea" color isn't what I expected from the Knitting Garden color sample but that's okay - it's a beautiful color on my sweet baby. There are more pictures in the photo album on the right side of my blog page.
So I'm back to the Magic Stripe socks. I've ordered yarn from Elann (yes, more) for the Six Sox KAL's latest pattern (nearly 11 days old and I haven't even begun). I've been reading all of the emails about how scary the toe style is, so hopefully I can handle it. I am bound and determined to follow this pattern and not substitute something else for the toe or switch to a top-down blah blah blah. I don't know enough about knitting socks to make my own changes anyway so I will have faith in the designer (who thankfully is available for email consult) and make it. I'm looking forward to finishing the Magic Stripes and get going with something else.
I need to shop for Katie's sweater yarn. The pattern calls for Lion Brand Homespun and I've heard it pills a lot. This might be the wrong yarn to use for this sweater so maybe I'll shop around for something different that will give the same effect (will need to be a boucle) with a better quality yarn. I've pretty much decided that I will not use poor quality yarn when I'm putting the time and effort into making a garment that should really last forever - this stuff really doesn't go out of style. The pattern for Katie is a very basic pullover that is a nice casual style that she should get many years of wear from if I use good yarn. It'll be worth it. And if she outgrows it my other two girls can wear it. There. That settles it. Nice yarn, not Lion Homespun. Now to find the "nice yarn" to use. :)
Time to finish the laundry and get to bed. I've got 8 hours of driving tomorrow and would like to get an early start.