2014 seems to have the sole goal of evaporating more quickly than any other year in my lifetime, and August in particular seems to propelled passed in warp-like speed.
The week after my last blog post was spent preparing to host Mr. Joseph’s 30th birthday party: we shopped for decorations (it was Bollywood themed), made playlists to set the mood, transformed the back yard into a neon-splattered paradise, and I happily whipped up a menu our 40 or so guests loved, which included 100+ cupcakes made from scratch (take that, Martha Stewart).
The morning after the part proved to be especially challenging for Mr. Joseph (as it should be), but I woke up with all the enthusiasm of a five year old, completely lacking comprehension in the concept of time. Why? Well, every year Mr. Joseph’s birthday coincides with Stitches MidWest (the lucky Leo), and the Sunday following his birthday bash was the very last day of the event.
Like a champ, utilizing only his sheer will, he convinced his body to engage within the day, and even put on a smile as we made our way to Schaumburg for the event. We spent four hours, all of which without complaint from him as he contended with his hangover, shopping around for fabulous goodies.
We approached the marketplace with our traditional plan of attack: scope out all of the booths, completing a full loop while writing down all of the things we loved. Then, we circle back to pick up all of the goodies we can’t live without.
Here’s this year’s picture of the afternoon haul:
When we had initially completed our loop and declaring it officially shopping time, Mr. Joseph darted around a corner with a blazing speed to pick up the stuffed alpacas he spotted, which he cradled under his arms for the rest of the afternoon as passersby either expressed their love for it or confused it for a small dog:
The large one has been named PooPoo (I think maybe we were still a little drunk?), while the tiny one has been put away, waiting for Christmas time to be hung on our tree. I think we’ll name him then.
The large knitted blob you see is a shawl I’m making from a Draonfly Fibers gradient kit called ‘Winter Woods’. It was my only yarn purchase of the day, but I’m horribly in love with the brown-black hues and can’t wait to wear it as my inaugural Fall scarf (which is probably going to be in a few weeks, judging by the weather here in Chicago.
The crumpled up edges inbetween the color changes are eyelets that should stretch nicely when the shawl is blocked. I only have two more rows to complete of the mid-grey colour, before switching over to the black, which will pretty much be utilized as a simple garter edge to complete the beast.
Since all six skeins in the kit are the same yardage, each stripe is slightly shorter than the last, which is a design element I’m embracing and loving.
The very last find of the day (the part of the photo above that looks like those stuffed alpacas have left a little treat on my desk) were these amazing skull stitch markers I picked up at the very end of the day (I stuck to budget, and I’ll be damned if I’m suddenly going to be under-budget for a fiber event).
They’re my very first set of grown-up stitch markers, as usually I just use pieces of contrasting yarn. However, my battle with 16 repeats of the Pretty Thing Cowl pretty much ended any further subscription to this method, so I’m happy to welcome these stitch markers home as the first set of many I plan to purchase in the future.
The week after Stitches, Mr. Joseph took off to New Mexico for a work retreat, which left me to my own devices for four solid days. This is the main reason why I’ve been able to complete a solid 800 yards of knitting in less than 10 days. To be honest, I would have probably gotten more done, except I kept getting drunk off of leftover champagne and cupcakes from the party (I’m not kidding, I lived on cupcakes the entire time he was gone).
I hope all of you have had a fabulous August so far – the Fall is in the air, and I can’t wait for the cooler weather to take root. I might even finish a sweater this year.