After hearing Stephanie’s rules on what her family can eat (no trans fats, no tropical oils, nothing with sugar in the first three ingredients), what did I do? Why, I came straight home and had a cup of hot chocolate with marshmallows and a mini Oh Henry! Mm, sugar. I definitely can’t take as much straight sugary food as much anymore, though. Although….the hot chocolate seems to have settled my stomach some, which was hurting pretty badly for awhile tonight.

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about winter. The weather’s getting cooler, the heat’s on (except for Stephanie, of course…), the leaves are falling and there’s that certain crispness in the air. Perhaps it didn’t help that last night I was reading last winter’s issue of Food and Wine from the LCBO – it was full of hot wintery concoctions and yummy stews and things, as well as icewine dessert photographed amidst snow and ice.

It’s also the Christmas gifts – I mean, thinking about them means that Christmas is coming! Freaky. I’m starting to the same wintery feeling that I tend to get every year – although this year, I have this feeling as if the season is going to whip by really quickly, and then it’ll be spring again, and another summer. Anyway, that’s my ramblings.

I started my first Christmas present today, a lacey scarf for my aunt. It’s moving at a good clip, I think. I’m so tempted to pick up more yarn for presents at work tomorrow, but I’m going to exercise restraint and wait until at least next week. Then I won’t feel so guilty about spending so money during the month of October.

I’ve pretty much decided that I’m going to make another ribbed cardie out of my Jo Sharp aran tweed, like the one I did in Cotton-Ease. I was contemplating Lara (by Debbie Bliss) or some kind of cabled cardie like a friend of mine has (it’s really cosy and nice-looking, and wouldn’t be difficult to figure out) but I really want to knit the yarn into something that a) I know will turn out, and I’ll like it and wear it, and b) I will be able to wear for years. I really want to have it as my default sweater. Plus I’ll have my Must Have as a cabley sweater, once I get around to making that.


Just in case you’ve missed it, the Knitty fall surprise is up. And it’s amazing. (I’ve also decided I want to knit Cozy.)

I’ve settled a few more things in my mind in regards to Christmas presents, and so shall commence shortly. I worked on the sleeve of the raglan last night and got within 4″ of the wrist. The sleeve’s damn big, though. D’oh.

Oh, and there’s a total lunar eclipse tonight! Cozy up with someone outside – or barring that, hang out at SnB where we shall watch at least the beginning!

Still no sign of yarn, book, or refund cheque from my school. C’mon, now! Where is it??

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the blahs

I am bored with my sweater (the cabled top-down raglan). That’s probably why it’s been a WIP for so long. I also don’t want to rip and make something else…but I’m just not that thrilled about it. Well, I’m gonna work on the sleeve tonight and seehow much I can get done – if it goes quickly, then it’s all good and I’ll just sort of blast through the rest (the two sleeves and I need to do something with the neck).

I still haven’t started Christmas knitting. Thing is, I’m just so unsure as to what I’m doing…for instance, I would have started with the scarf for my cousin L., but I can’t decide whether I want to use Classic Wool (and if so, what colour – black or something else?) or maybe splurging on some Manos. I mean, she has come to visit me at the store more than once and shows a lot of interest in my knitting – I know she’d appreciate it. Okay, I just talked myself into buying some Manos for her. But I’ll wait until November. I’m really trying to not spend any more money through the end of the month, EXCEPT for a set of Brittany double points, whenever they come in.

Today I had my first drum lesson, with James. So now I’ve got a practice pad and a pair of drumsticks to practice rudiments with – it’s definitely a challenge to get things even between the two hands. I suppose it’s just practice, practice!