made in 2013

Mesa View cowl, v2

::taps mic:: Is this thing still on? Phew! Nothing like actually finishing something to motivate me to get to the blog again.

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I made a cowl! A second Mesa View Cowl in this lovely, naturally oatmeal-colored Breakfast Blend fingering yarn from the wonderful folks at Knitspot. Anne, Erica, and David sent me two skeins to play with - this lovely oatmeal color, and a really pretty dark brown - and they've been at the top of the squish basket near my desk ever since. (Yep, that's a thing. Sometimes you just need a squish, you know?)

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After fondling the yarn for a while, and noticing that I don't really have any neutral or light-colored cowls, I realized this skein had a destiny. I think the garter stitch zig-zags pop nicely in this oatmeal yarn, and the alpaca in the blend gives the finished cowl a lovely, cozy drape (extra important with these long infinity cowls, I think - especially if I unbutton this and wear it as a scarf). Nothing like having a new cowl ready to go well before it's actually cowl weather! 

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p.s. I miiiight be biased, but I still think my dog has the cutest sheppieface in all the land. In case you were wondering.

Let's catch up.

Finished the first Bosque Trails hat!

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I love a good slouchy hat and an easy-to memorize stitch pattern. 

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So I started another Bosque Trails hat! This one is on hold at the decreases; lately I've been focusing on projects for my brother's wedding (more soon). I also might have a fun and unusual project that I'll have to keep under wraps for a bit - figuring that out this week. Busy is good!

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Went to Texas to meet with the rest of the Ravelry staff for some in-person goal setting and planning! It was fabulous. So inspired by the team I work with, all day every day.

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And of course, Charlie is always nearby.

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Jacob's Halo game on the TV in the background there is amusing me. It shows a typical scene around here when we're fortunate enough to get a lazy weekend morning. I'll knit, Jacob will play a game or put on an old movie (most likely a classic and/or a Western), and Charlie will supervise us both. 

Also, there are some really foul-mouthed little kids playing Halo and learning to cuss as they talk smack into their headsets. In case you weren't aware.