Current Projects and a Finished Object

20200329_170412I would like to say that I missed Friday’s blog post because I was busy doing exciting things, but the truth is, I was catching up on sleep. Bast has spent every waking moment trying to get out either the front or back door, convinced he can find his sister. As they are a bonded pair, we have taken him out on walks to see if he can find her or draw her out, but so far that hasn’t amounted to anything. If anything, it just encourages him and makes him more eager to get outside. We have dubbed him Search and Rescue cat, though so far he’s still in training. I won’t be sewing any badges onto his harness any time soon.

When I wasn’t sleeping this weekend, I had a Lord of the Rings marathon. I’ve never been a big fan of the books (though I love The Hobbit), but I do love the movies and somehow in this watchthrough I saw a lot more in the films than I have previously. I found myself mentally screaming at Arwen. I know her relationship with Aragorn isn’t canonical in the books, but I do like it in the film version. But I was screaming at her, “If you love him so much, why are you still sitting there?” She’s a healer, a magic user, and an immortal. The big objection to the two of them being together is that he has a shorter life span than her; so why is she wasting time in Rivendell instead of going with him? Having a healer and another magic user could have changed the tide so much sooner. I guess that’s why I’m still a bigger fan of Eowyn, even though I dislike her crush on Aragorn. “I am no man,” is one of my all time favorite lines in any film.

But movie marathons aside, I also got a lot of knitting done. I’ve been meaning to take some of these pictures for a few days, but the lack of sleep meant I didn’t feel much like putting on makeup.

Yes, this is the fanciest I’ve been since the stay at home order came down.

This was a self drafted pattern, but at this point in my slouchy hat addiction I have a recipe I follow. Eventually, it will make it’s way into a pattern, but I want to do more work on it first.

For this particular hat, I left a slit in the brim, where I knit flat for the ribbing instead of in the round, before joining just before starting the body on the hat. The bow is attached just above that slit, and I think it’s super cute even though I’m usually not a bow person.


The yarn is Malibrigo Sock in the color Iris, and I am in love. This hat is going to go with 90% of my wardrobe.

Other projects this week:

I’m working on a pair of socks to swap with a friend. I don’t knit lace, so she’s trading me a lace shawl for a pair of socks. I found this fabulous rainbow yarn at the same time I found the Iris yarn, back when I was in Ohio for the holidays. I had about half a sock, then ripped it out last week. And then I sat down to watch LOTR, and somehow, I had 3/4 of a sock. Not sure how that happened.


I got bored having only one project on the needles though, after so many months with sweaters and socks coming out my ears.

So what did I do?

Cast on another sweater of course.

20200412_181712I admit, it’s not much to look at just yet. It’s only a couple of inches long, so mostly it just rolls back on itself at this point. But it’s eventually going to be a raglan-sleeved color work pullover, using the leftover yarn from my dad’s sweater and a skein I got for Christmas from a coworker. I am almost positive I’m going to run out of yarn, but it’s cool. The main color is a standard-issue Lion Brand that shouldn’t be hard to acquire online (now watch, it’s going to be discontinued when I go looking for it. Just wait).

So in between working from home, looking for the cat, corralling the other cat, and trying to sleep, that is what I’ve been up to.  I hope you are all staying safe and healthy. While I might be known more for creepy history and things you didn’t know you didn’t want to know about medicine, I’m going to do my best to follow my regular posting schedule while still keeping things a little more cheerful around here. I don’t know about the rest of you, but I get enough news and doom and gloom from Twitter, so while I will continue to post some of my more…interesting research, I’ll try to keep it unrelated from current events.

Stay safe, stay healthy, and stay home.

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