Upcoming Projects + A Friendly Chat

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Hello, readers! Yes it’s been a while. I’ve been ill and behind on classes, chugging coffee and cold meds to get through the day (not at the same time, mind you.) I’m working on not one, not two, but 4 projects to be blogged about in the upcoming weeks, with 2 free patterns, a project journal, and a product review in the mix. In the mean time, a seemingly random but friendly chatter list of things I’ve been working on/liking/want to talk about because I’m socially deprived in this doggone polar vortex.

-At the top of this post is a sneak preview photo of one of my upcoming free patterns. It promises a vibrant splash of color and fingering weight wool to keep the frigid air out of your coat collar.

-Did you watch Sherlock on PBS last night/last week? Are you still obsessing over what REALLY happened at The Reichenbach Fall, even though supposedly Sherlock told Anderson the truth? Are you still swooning over the Sherlolly kiss that was, but wasn’t? Do you ship Sherlolly the way some people root for their favorite NFL team? *raises hand.*Do you assume every random character is the murderer just so you can feel smart when the villain is revealed only to STILL not get it? Did you laugh/cringe/cry when Sherlock gave his best man’s speech?  *deep breath before continuing*  Are you, like me, totally convinced Mary is doomed? Did you Google Mary and John’s wedding venue and figure out how much in US dollars it would cost to have your hypothetical wedding there?  Are you crying in despair because you realized the season is now more than halfway over? The answer to the second-to-last question, by the way, is $2,154.36 for a reception in Goldney Hall’s Orangery, where the episode was filmed. If commenting, remember, if you’ve seen all of season 3, DO NOT SPOIL the last episode for me and everyone who hasn’t seen it. Thank you for your cooperation.

-Something I’ve been wondering: does it bother you if your gloves/hat/mittens/scarf don’t all match? I know it might seem odd to make them all matchy-matchy, but lately having lavender mittens, a red hat, and a cream colored scarf has been bugging me. I think at least harmonious and similarly hued colors are necessary.

-All this indoor dwelling has been good for cooking experiments. A recent tango with the Smitten Kitchen’s dulce de leche was one delicious odyssey. It’s miraculously easy to make, doesn’t burn onto the bottom of your saucepan, and it doesn’t stick to your teeth the way caramel does. Proceed to drizzle it over a banana with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a sprinkling of toasted pecans.  Bonus points if you eat this while watching Sherlock.

-Going on 42 days since Christmas gift of Palette fingering weight wool, and I’m not tired of fair isle yet. Hence the bounty of posts related to fair isle and fair isle related yarns. Thank you for your patience.

-The Irish band Celtic Thunder is amazing. Those guys can sing like nobody’s business. Their concert DVDs are ridiculously good, as are their CDs. The songs the group sing together have great harmony, but the solo pieces by individual band members are really stand-outs (YouTube their versions of Friends in Low Places, Tears of Hercules, All Out of Love, Place in the ChoirSeven Drunken Nights, and  My Land.) Some of the best sing-along songs around.

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