I've found myself at a loss for words this week, wanting to write more posts, but finding my fingertips frozen at the keyboard. We're still waiting for that good news to come. It was supposed to arrive by last Friday, but we got word that it wouldn't turn up until hopefully before Thanksgiving. We're still sitting around wondering what December has in store for us, fingers crossed that we won't be relying on unemployment funds for Christmas.

It was a busy week otherwise with a whole bunch of preschool related activities and obligations. I discovered that the best time to go grocery shopping is Monday between 2 and 3pm. All the parents are out picking up kids from school, at least for me the store was mostly empty but the shelves were all restocked from Sunday. As luck would have it, the store also had a huge sale on meat so we stocked up on stewing and braising meats that we can make last for weeks. I cooked a goulash for my mother in law and tonight it's pulled pork.

The pulled pork will be made into burritos tonight, probably added to ramen later in the week and made into quesadillas for lunch. I got a giant pork shoulder so it should make up at least 10 meals for two people. Not bad for a $10 piece of meat.

Husbeast has been awesome, taking the boys out to the park so that I can get some quiet time at home. I've been taking advantage of the time to organize and watch French or fashion films, both if possible. Yesterday it was Haute Cuisine and today it was a documentary about Diana Vreeland and then yet another documentary this time about shopping Mecca Bergdorf Goodman. While the movies played I cleared our messy faux fireplace mantle of junk and rearranged the photos. Mother in Law brought me one that might interest you, dear readers.

It's my husband's grandfather and I think you'll be tickled to see what he's doing:


I'm not sure of the whole story behind this photo. It looks to me like he is actually knitting (as opposed to pretending to knit) and judging from some of the handknits I've seen in my father in law's baby pictures I suspect that this was a family of knitters. I need to remember to email my husband's aunt to get a full story. Mother in Law promised me that there are other photos of ladies from the 50's knitting which I hope to have soon.

As for knitting the Dahlia Cardigan has captured my imagination, or perhaps I am now determinted to finish 100+ rows of stockinette to complete the right front of this cardi. I know I should be doing some sort of holiday knitting, visiting the stash to make hats and mittens and scarves. Or maybe I should be finishing that Ikea Mini Poang Chair cover, but the Dahlia Cardigan remains in my knitting seat ready to pick up to mindlessly knit another row or two of stockinette.

Keep your fingers crossed still. I'm not going to feel happy until all the papers are delivered and signed.

So here's my progress for the year!

  • Textured Shawl (5% done)
  • Poang chair cover (5% done)
  • Christmas Socks #3 (3% done)
  • Older Boy Cardigan
  • Younger Boy Cardigan
  • That Knitted Cuff Thing
  • Dahlia Cardigan (8% done)


Mitered Block Blanket (100% done.)

Hannah Hat #2 100% done

Christmas Socks #2 (95% done)

Shakespeare Cardigan (100% done)

Multnomah Shawl (100% done)

Pepperberry Knits Hat (100% done)

Holden Shawlette (100% done)

Christmas Socks #1 (99% done)

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