I have that new song from One Republic stuck in my head, although when he sings the chorus, it sounds like he's singing "we're MARSHING on", which is just sort of weird.
I have no clue where this past month went. It flew by so fast I feel I have a little bit of virtual whiplash. I've also missed updating the blog, which is something I plan to remedy not only today, but also in the coming months.
March was packed with happenings. Salmaan turned 30 this month, and closed the first quarter of his life with great aplomb. He excitedly donned the Blackhawks jerseys he had been gifted, and still has some shopping to do with a few gifts cards he was grateful to receive. We had a chill weekend full of relaxation and time together. We also went to a John Mayer concert in Charlottesville, which, I have to say, was completely disappointing. I had purchased the tickets long ago, before he made a complete and total ass of himself in the Playboy and Rolling Stones interviews, but even after that I was still hopeful that he would put on a great show. We were left wanting.
In all fairness, however, my lackluster assessment might also be colored by the fact that I contracted a very nasty stomach virus after the concert, and was more ill than I have ever been before. It lasted a long time, and after about 7 days of feeling awful and missing way more work than I was comfortable with, I realized just how important my health is, and how much I take it for granted. I'm sure I will drift into that bad habit again sooner than I would like, but for now? It's wonderful to wake up in the morning feeling good and ready to take on the day.
March 20th also marked my two year blogoversary! Woohoo! Yay blog! I've said it before, and I'll say it again, I really love this space, and I feel blessed to have found such a creative, supportive community of knitters, crafters, cooks, spinners, writers, and just downright cool folks. Thanks for reading!
March also gave me some time to sit down with my rental wheel before I had to return it to the shop, and I created a couple more skeins of yarn. The first skein I completed was a fitting project for spring as things seem to be bursting into bloom all around us--this is 137 yards of heavy worsted two ply, spun out of 4.4 oz. of superwash merino from Pigeonroof Studios in the Crepe Myrtle colorway.
I was really pleased with how this turned out, and very much enjoyed working with this fiber. It is slowly but surely knitting up into a nice knobbly gift for Little Niece. (Hooray for superwash and kid-knits!)
Another FO to share is this skein of 112 yards of heavy worsted two ply, spun out of 4.4 oz. of superwash BFL from Pigeonroof Studios in the Black Walnut colorway.
This ended up being a pretty entertaining project. First of all, I have always found Krista's photos to be very accurate on her shop page, but that was not the case with this particular batch of roving. When it came in the mail, I was so happy to oggle over it as I had experienced a particularly long and frustrating day at work. Upon opening the package, I took the fiber out of its bag and laid it on the kitchen counter. Salmaan turned around to oggle it as well and gave a bit of a start, asking, "Sheesh, are you sure it isn't still alive???" I laughed my ass off, because he was totally right. It looked like road kill. And maybe, JUST maybe that perception was fueled in no small part by the fact that River had killed a squirrel in our back yard the night before. And maybe, JUST maybe it took us about a half hour to get her to let it go so we could toss it over the fence into the woods. Maybe. In any case, while I have tried really, really hard to imagine this yarn as being a reflection of some sort of woody, barkey, nutty goodness....I still kind of see roadkill. ;-) I have no idea what this will become, but I may be tempted to give the FO eyes and a gaping mouth. But don't worry, I won't toss it over the fence into the woods. Promise. In the end it provided us both with more than a few laughs, and for someone who normally knits in a palette more reminiscent of Rainbow Bright's wardrobe, a nice, earthy departure.
And thus ended my two month long relationship with Babe the rental spinning wheel. We returned it a couple of weekends ago in the village of Powhatan, and enjoyed an early breakfast with a good friend at a local restaurant, The County Seat. The food, I must say, was really quite good. And cheap. We'll be back.
Regretfully, there has been very little knitting at Chez K this past month, but again, that's something I plan to remedy in the coming days and weeks. Little Niece is turning 2 in May, which I think is probably JUST old enough to start worrying about monsters under the bed....don't you think? ;-)