I hope you had a good Thanksgiving and your holiday knitting is sailing along. After purchasing some beads and more yarn, I started another ornament for a gift, but had to frog it last night. Will start over again shortly.
After the ornament class the Saturday before last, I was itching to knit, but my current projects were stalled. So I took out the Takhi Shannon yarn, and within a couple of hours, finally made myself a Calorimetry. It's going to be ideal for covering my ears at spring bike races, and not mashing my hair flat against my head like a regular hat would. We won't mention the static electricity from said regular hats that makes my hair stand on end. Not a good look!
Wisp has also been calling me. I tried to fight it, told myself I needed to concentrate on finding beads for the ornaments, and finishing Fantine and the beret first. But I couldn't stop thinking about it -- maybe it's because I have nothing else pink on the needles right now -- does that happen to you? So, I've cast on for that too. As a stole. With 100 stitches. Of fuzzy, non-froggable yarn-thread. Wish me luck.
Speaking of Fantine, count me in with the other knitters who sing the praises of Ravelry saving their lives, or at least, their projects. As I've been knitting along on this sweater, and looking at the finished ones on Ravelry, it started to become more obvious to me how cropped the sweater is in the pattern. Since I'm long-waisted, I will probably like the sweater more if it's longer in length. So, after calls to some local and national LYS for extra yarn turned up nothing, Ravelry came to the rescue in the person of COKnitter, who had 2 skeins in my dye lot and was willing to sell them to me. *Thank You* COKnitter!!!! Now Fantine can come out of time out.
Continuing on in my McReading fashion of late, the next mystery I've read was the first book in an established series by Emily Brightwell, called The Inspector and Mrs. Jeffries: A Victorian Mystery. Now the curious thing about this book is that other than the subtitle and cover design, there is almost no evidence this books takes place in Victorian times. Normally, an author will include descriptions of clothing, homes, political events, everyday tasks, etc, that will support the story's setting during a particular time period. Other than mentioning a hansom cab, as opposed to a car, there is nothing of the kind. In fact, I don't recall any mention of England either, other than a village name or two. I'm wondering how an editor didn't catch or respond to this?
Despite that, the book is charming. Mrs. Jeffries, the housekeeper, and her staff clearly care for their less-than-competent Inspector Witherspoon. Investigating his murder cases right under his nose, they feed him clues to ward off the suspicions of Inspector Niven, his superior. Keeping Witherspoon employed is a mission of loyalty, a thank you for their employment when they would otherwise be out on the street. As tempting as it is for me to wax thesis-paper-style over employer-employee relationships, whether or not it's right for them to keep him in his job, and for him to take credit, not to mention the whole male-taking-credit-for-female-abilities in that day and age, I'll just say that it's a quick, cozy read and leave it at that. :)
A few posts ago, I showed photos of my newly painted office/creative room. One thing the room really needed was another lamp. It is so dark this time of year! I had my heart set on a style of lamp I kept seeing in Domino magazine, one with a glass ball base. Those who know my taste might wonder why I wanted it, since I normally like formal, girly vintage styles, and this is sort of an art deco modern style. But for some reason, that lamp kept calling to me (yes, I'm hearing a lot of voices lately!), and I finally found one in the local discount store starting with T. It proved to me again that style does not have to be expensive (the crystal glass versions of this lamp are).
What inexpensive luxuries are calling to you lately? Here's hoping you make a little time for yourself this week to enjoy them.