Friday, February 25, 2011

Retirement Day!

It's a soggy day in the neighborhood.
It's a perfect day for Retirement Day:  rainy, gloomy. and chilly.  What could be better than knitting, reading, drinking many cups of tea and maybe a cuppa coffee than weather like this.  I did all my errands, bread for the weekend is baked and some of it is frozen.  Going out for supper tonight.  Yep, there's the laundry, but then there's always the laundry.  So, a good day to cuddle up and be retired.

I'm making progress on the sweater, about 2" done on the body.  I'd love to finish this in March; I want to wear it!  But the knitting is slow.  Usually, when I go bottom up on a sweater, the body just zooms along; now I'm going top down and it seems to take forever.  Boredom has set in.  Very dangerous because it's at this point that I move onto another project.  Sigh.

Here's the underarm - k1, p1 ribbing.

And here's a shot of a front.

I'm thinking of the next project, another shawl because I just can't resist making them.  The yarn is a new colorway called Honeysuckle.  Pantone declared it the color of the year, and I liked it, so fooled around until I came up with this.  After all, who am I to argue with the color guru?

Isn't that a pretty color?  If I told you what dyes I used to make it, you shake your head in disbelief, but it worked, and I'm pretty much in love with it.

So, I'll wind it up and start playing around with patterns.  I love playing days; they are my favorite kinds of days.

Have a lovely weekend.  I have no idea what we are doing, but we're doing it together and that's the best part.

All you lovely folks who commented:  Turned out that I didn't have my retirement day.  My mom had a small stroke and I spent hours and hours in the ER.  She seems completely fine now, has her full strength back and is quite coherent, but she's still in the telemetry unit.  She's not hooked up to anything except something to measure her urine, but otherwise she's as bright and feisty as ever.  Me - I'm in stress-overload.  Ack.  Now I could really use a Retirement Week!


Scrabblequeen said...

Thank you for the photo!! Retirement Day? As in, no more job, for real, day? If congrats!

Wall-to-wall books said...

Sweater looks great. Very pretty pattern.

We just got 10" of new snow, thank you very much! And that was on top of the foot we already had. I'll be posting some pictures on my blog sometime tomorrow.

DJNL said...
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DJNL said...

Yes, I, too, LOVE Retirement Days and I am hsving one today :-) Received your soft brown yarn and it is GORGEOUS!! It will be a shawl because the yarn is just too beautiful to stick in a pair of shoes! (I removed the previous post because it had TOO many typos in it!)

DJNL said...

And I STILL didn't type all the words correctly:-( 'having' NOT 'hsving. Maybe Retirement Days are not too good for the brain. Homemade chicken soup for dinner tonight might help.


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