Rich’s “Christmas” Sweater

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I cast on for this sweater last October, telling Rich I was knitting him a sweater for Christmas.  Thankfully, I wasn’t specific as to which Christmas, so I’m still on schedule.

I finished the body last year sometime and then got hopelessly bored with the project.  I set it down for what became months, then finally got up the gumption/discipline to FINISH IT.  I cast on the first sleeve and was quickly reminded of why I set the project down in the first place: I don’t love working with this yarn.  No doubt, this is fantastically sturdy, warm, heirloom quality wool, and it’s going to make a great sweater.  But it’s not a great knitting yarn.  Hope that makes sense.

Well, I’ve finished that first sleeve (after an eternity) and am on to sleeve #2.  Now that I’m on a long and cozy stay-cation, I do think I’ll be able to finish this before the New Year (while on Christmas break so it’s still a “Christmas” sweater (ahem)).

Vay/Stay-cation

The husband and I went on a lovely vacation out to the CA coast.  First stop was Knitterly in Petaluma.  I nearly burst into tears three different times while shopping – this is one of the best LYS ever!  I picked up a bunch of Swans Island other lovely stuffs.

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Next stop, the Anderson Valley – the weather and the wine were perfect.

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We arrived at the coast feeling very happy and ready for a few days of relaxing.  The view from our little cottage was amazing!

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We had mostly foggy days, but that’s what I want when I’m at the coast, so happy happy all around.  We did a little shopping in Mendocino (I had to visit their LYS, of course) and had some tasty snacks.

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There was some pretty intense Yahtzee playing too.

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Our happy little cottage had some lovely amenities like a gas fireplace, private hot tub on the deck and a jacuzzi bath tub!  We will definitely be staying there again.

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On the way back, we did some serious IKEA shopping.  I replaced my trusty purple futon with a new comfy chair, a stand-up project table and a few other handy accessories.

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Now begins the stay-cation which I’m in desperate need of.  Why is it that you always need a vacation when you come back from vacation?