6 down…. So much progress

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Finally making headway on this project and I’m super happy that I’ve manage to finish off the end of clue 5 and the whole of 6 today… Now for 7 and the finishing. My project depression is finally lifting and the excitement is back. I could burn some serious midnight oil on this if I didn’t have my husband dragging me to bed blithering about responsibilities, kids, dogs, and all those early morning routine things.

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Patience is worth it’s weight in gold

I can say that I’m a fairly fast paced learner. I move quickly and prefer to keep a steady pace. I’ve been rushing too many things lately, and that has become apparent. I’ve had to relearn patience. It’s a dreadful child’s task, or so it seems. I keep trying to work faster than I should, trying to skip through the lacework on my Downton Abbey MKAL. I’ve frogged more rows than I’ve progressed and taken a longer break than I wanted to. I refuse to be impatient. I thought I had slowed down enough the first time I had to tink back, but surely that wasn’t the case. So I finally caved and threw in a lifeline. As much as I hate doing them, its definitely a time saver. I have so much to catch up on now, I feel like I’ve let a pile of string get the better of me, but reality is, I needed a reminder to slow down.

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Lacework is easy for some people, but man does it make me wish I actually drank or smoke, or had some particular vice that people had when their patience ran out. 🍷 I gave up the bad habits for migraines and yarn, go figure. Hopefully I will be caught back up by the weekend, and be finished or close to by the end of the month. That’s my goal. There, I said it, no takesy backsies.

Approaching week 5 of the Downton Abbey Mystery Knit along

The first 3 clues were pretty mindless after getting past the cast on.

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Last weekend’s clue was a game changer. One that took away the monotonous garter stitch.

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I made it to row 12 before I realized that I had screwed up at least twice and frogged back to the beginning of row 3, where it began. It took one day to make that mess, 4 to get the motivation and tink it back. Tedious. I actually looked at it with pure disgust for the first time since I started the damkal. I never thought that would happen. There had to be a patience with the unknitting, and thus I only worked on it when I could fully commit to it. (More in fear of royally effing it up and having to start all over than anything)
So what else have I been doing while avoiding this mess you might ask?

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Helping thing 1 with her solar system project.

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Helping thing 2 make his minion valentine box.

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Working on a tote bag I will be fulling if I ever finish it, and get all this dog hair out of it… Lol! Now I really need to be more productive and finish folding the laundry.
So l will leave you with this:

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DAMKAL 2015

I’ve joined my first MKAL, and choose the Downton Abbey 2015 MKAL. (Dubbed Edith’s Secret) Jimmy Bean’s Wool carries the kits and there is still time to catch up, as express shipping is included up until 1/21 I believe.

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I picked Grand Street Ink as my opposing color and my MC.
I’m super thrilled with how it is turning out so far. I’ve never participated in any sort or M/KAL before, and the anticipation is really pushing me to get excited for the weekend.

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So a lot of ladies who had originally joined and bought the kits made comments about it looking similar to the Outlander shawl, and have forgone finishing it, which has discouraged quite a few, as well as it being a plain garter stitch. I understand it’s not everyone’s cup of tea. I certainly confirmed my excitement when I saw people choosing solids over variegateds as their mc’s and found the look quite facisnating and unlike most shawls that are currently popular. The variegated main colored shawls tend to look swirled with the single color “stripe” every huge chunk of rows. Either way, it is exciting and fun, gossiping and seeing progress. I can’t wait to find another!

Update for sock progress….

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Sooooo close… and playing yarn chicken at this point.

Alright, back to slowly getting the sock together, found out I have super horrible farsightedness and that’s why I’m so blind with my knitting…. New glasses should be in soon, and hopefully that’ll knock the migraines down and I’ll be back to top form in no time. Fingers crossed.