I have a hole in my head.

That is the ONLY thing that can explain why I signed up for the "Secret of the Stole" KAL. I had bought 3 hanks of KnitPicks' Shadow, in a greeny heather (the colorway name eludes me at the moment), to make a shawl, but this one sounds much better than the one I got the pattern for. BUT, I'm cranking away on the Clap, to make sure that I can get it done before I dive into this stole, and to free up my Addi Lace needles for the project. Oh, and there's beads involved, too. Yipes. Learning, learning. It will be a good thing. I hope.

And thanks to all you guys who commented on the new 'do. Everyone I come across looks at me in shock, and then says how much they love it. So, as much as I miss my blonde, I'm really liking the switch. And, if I get sick of it, I can always go bleach the crap out of it again. It's only hair, after all...
This has been my hair for the past 8 years or so:

Blonde, long, oh, and blonde. I was a towhead as a kid. Platinum naturally. And as I got older, and my blonde gradually turned into a blah dirty blonde, I started highlighting. And it was never blonde enough, so we went with bleach. Yeah, that's the blonde I like. Had it this light or a looong time. So, I go in for a haircut yesterday, and my hairdresser, J, suggests that I tone it down a bit for fall, give it a break from the bleach. Good idea, I figure. And, it needed a good healthy trim too. Took off a couple of inches and cut in some textured layers. I've never been one to turn down a good hair-choppin. I like the fact that if it sucks, it's just hair, and it can be fixed. But this round, well, the cut isn't as drastic as some I've done (I went from shoulder-length hair to a pixie cut once - it kicked butt!), but the color, well..

It's the darkest it's ever been. And at first, I freaked. Not enough to make J redo the color, but when I was told we were going to a darker blonde, this isn't what I had in mind. But after living with it for a day, well, it's growing on me..

I promise, knitting content next post. :)
Busy week. I worked WAAAAAY too many hours last week, and just when relief from work was in sight, I had to pick up my 4-year old nephew to watch him for the weekend while my SIL was out of town. (What about my brother, you ask? Don't go there. Not gonna watch a kid for a whole weekend, nosir.) So, me and the kid. My DH was out of town with my dad golfing, so it was just the two of us. I got to play soccer mom. TWICE. As much fun as it was, I'm glad he's not here any more. You moms out there, hats off to ya. I know there's a reason why kids start out as cute portable little infants and not 4 year olds, but still. I don't know if I'm ready do take on that job just yet.

But, whilst the kiddo was sleeping, I got quite a bit of knitting done on the Blackberry sweater. Back and fronts are done, sleeves have begun. It's on 13's, so it's kinda nice to have things done so quickly. The DH's sweater from hell is officially finished, seamed, ends woven, and all. He wore it around the house last night (because it's freezing up here now...) and really liked it. One of these days, I'll talk him into posing for some pics. Other than that, the other projects are plodding along.

So, I've been lurking on the blogs a lot, but no comments, and no posts here, solely because time is a little hard to come by these days. But, rest assured, I'm still stalking you all... and planning my PRGE swap package... mwahahaha.. I'm still revved up for this one. :)

State of the union...

I wish I had more interesting things to blog about, but alas, I do not. Things at the ol homestead are same old, same old.. the aforementioned projects are still cruising along, with the addition of a pair of socks done in Wick. Just got the toe done tonight, and I'm really liking the fabric that this yarn makes. It's spongy and cushy and has the potential for a nice thick pair of socks. The clap kinda got tossed aside for more progress on Blackberry, which is kinda boring, but I'm only doing the stockinette parts on the body, the fun should start on the sleeve cables.

I'm also really getting into Ravelry. Spending some time checking stuff out. It's nice how you can look up stuff that other people are making with the yarn that you seem to have a ludicrous amount of in your stash, but no idea what to do with it.. and although I spend too much time on there, I feel like my knitting projects are better organized and documented than they ever were. I might need to spend some time loading up pics of finished stuff. I also enjoy stalking "famous" knitters, designers, and the like, and peeking in on what they're doing. It's just cool.

I'm also psyched about starting another round of the Punk Rock Gift Exchange! I have so many cool ideas for my pal, and there's nothing better than getting a package full of goodies in the mail. Even when it's not your birthday. I think this round's going to kick butt. The other rounds were nothing short of fantastic, so I'm giddy with anticipation for this go-round.

And for those who might be looking for a horsie update, Little Siouxsie Chik is doing fabulous. She was weaned from mom last weekend, and is being a big girl all by herself. She spends her days hanging out with her new buddy Luna, who is a sweet old mare who likes taking care of little kids. AND, we had our first bath today. Well, not so much a bath, but a spongeing. It's a start. She's been so calm and good about everything thus far, I hope she's going to be a good girl for training. But that's still a ways down the road...
I have to tell you... Ravelry will suck my life away if I don't pry myself away from it every so often...

Not too much on the knitting front here, though. Still not completely done with seaming together DH's sweater, and I still will have to knit the collar when I'm done with that part.

The Jaywalkers are done, though!

I still had yet to Kitchener the toe of sock #2 at the time these photos were taken, please rest assured that this has, in fact, been done.

The critters love to hang out on the front porch when I'm out there...

And I do have a few drop stitch sections done on the Clap, making progress...

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