Morning kittens! Did you all think I was trapped under something heavy, unable to call for help or reach my laptop?? I’ve sort of felt that way! Here’s what I’ve been up to so far…

That’s right, {laptop} death, sickness and tedium. It’s been very apocalyptic up in here. And to top it all off, this odd winter we’ve been un-enjoying is just getting better and better with below zero temperatures and a continued lack of snow. I am starting to feel a bit stir crazy. How about you felines?

ANYWAY. I finally have my computer back from the clutches of those odd geeks with their white socks and black ties and empty promises. I am not entirely certain why it took them nearly a WEEK to transfer the data from my poor, broken Dell to my shiny new Toshiba with it’s giant screen (17.6″, y’all!) But it’s back and I’ve almost gotten all my software reinstalled and everything just the way I like it. Yay! I planned to make a splashy re-entry to the bloggy world with an actual reveal post, but I spent too much time reloading actions and iClouds this morning, so all you get is a calendar and these few photos.

Other than researching laptops and recovering from the worst cold I’ve had in five years, I’ve spent a lion’s share of my time knitting. My goal: make the warmest mittens in the history of mittens. They’re finished and already looking pretty shabby (note to self: alpaca roving IS super warm and silky, but is a wispy collection of annoying fibers…) Here they are half finished. With the documentary Helvetica in the background…

Once I finished the mittens, nothing would do but I knit a matching hat. I wanted something that sort of matched, stylewise, and I became enamoured with entrelac – a knitting method that yields a sort of basketweave look. I downloaded an easy looking pattern, got some more matching yarn and started knitting away. Partway through the project, I realized that I was knitting myself a giant Strawberry Shortcake bonnet. I have yet to weave in the tails, but other than that it’s also done…

I continued with my obsessive collecting of bargain basement cashmere cardigans from the Lands End outlet. I have built a nice little collection of toasty sweaters in colors I like. One of the sweaters has this very nice grosgrain finish on the front button band..

I am steeling myself up to try out this finish to convert one of my crew neck cashmere sweaters into a cardi. These sweaters were impossible to resist – 100% goat fur for under $20 in two of my favorite colors… lime and coral. But they’re crew necks and I really don’t love this style on me. I’m afraid of ruining the stinkers with my tinkering. Plus I can’t decide which color to experiment on…

And I actually DID sew something. A wrap dress from this thin, stretchy poly jersey that ended up being a super cute, retro-vibe little dress. Here’s a peep of the sleeve…

And with that, I’m off to get ready for work! Nice to see all of you again.. not only have I missed you, but without my morning blogging routine, I’ve been a lazy layabout, sleeping in ’till 6:30!!!

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