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Is Music Monday more of a twitter meme? Well, regardless of how it started, I really like the idea and I thought I’d use to share some of my favorite new and old tunes. I love music, there is always something out there to suit the mood. My taste can vary from one day to another. Kanye West today, Rilo Kiley tomorrow. I explain this as me having some kind of musical version of SAD, but instead of my mood being changing with weather, it my musical taste. Spring and Summer I lean towards hip-hop, punk, and rap – faster music. Fall and winter I lean towards folk and indie rock. When the weather is in between, the options are wide open.
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As embarrassing as it is to admit this, it takes me approximately one song to commute to work. I always choose my one song carefully. Today I listened to Warpaint’s song, Elephants. I fell in love with this song (and the band) when I watched their video on YouTube. I don’t even know how I stumbled upon it, but once the wind machine kicked in, I couldn’t tune out. This is the perfect some to car-seat-dance in while driving, trust me.
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Okay, now I need to go find a nice flowy dress to wear.

The ideal sick day for me is one in which I stay home and do a little knitting while catching up on some television series that I’m woefully behind in (there are many). Instead, my sick days are spent in bed, sleeping and avoiding life in general. Stepping foot out of my apartment just to get the mail feels like such a treat (Oh, hai sun!). Towards the tail end of my sickness last week, I did get some knitting done.
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New hat
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I’m a little behind with my to do list of knitting. My co-worker (and good friend) asked for a new hat for her little boy at the end of last year. She ordered the yarn, had it shipped to me and I said I’d do it over our mandatory Christmas break. I got a lot done over the Christmas break, none of which included her son’s hat! I decided to do that when I started feeling better last week.
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The pattern is b16-13 Hat in 2 threads ”Alpaca” which I made using one ball of Queensland Rustic Wool. I think this is my favorite hat pattern for little kids. I made one for my great-nephew last year and the semi-pointy top is what sold me on it.
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nom nom nom
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That, and those perfect earflaps that hug baby cheeks so perfectly. I didn’t stray from the pattern too much. The only change I made is that I added an i-cord at the start of the earflaps instead of adding braid ties later. Once my i-cord reached the length I wanted, I increased the middle stitch by one and ta-da, I had four stitches and was ready to dive into the pattern. Simple. Oh, and I used US 7 needles and didn’t hold the yarn doubled – the yarn required is fingering weight, so I figure worsted gets me there. I’m terrible at checking gauge, I just wing these things and cross my fingers tightly.
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Don’t worry, one day soon, I will be a reformed gauge checker, just not today.
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You’ll probably see more of this hat – my niece already lost the one I made for my great-nephew (it fell out of his stroller!) and I enjoy this pattern so much, I need to make it in every color for him!

I’ve been sick. I don’t like being sick! But then again, I don’t know anyone that does. It started out with that little tickle in my throat that quickly turned into a cough, congestion, and missed work. Staying in bed while sick is not exactly my idea of a good time. While in bed, I kept looking over at the basket of yarn and needles next to my bed and then turning over the other way. It’s so frustrating to want to just get a little knitting done, but not have the energy to do it! Ah well, I finally felt a little better today (I can breath through my nose!!!) to crack a little smile for you.
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Thank you for your patience, kind reader, while I try to get this whole blogging regularly thing on the ground.

Welcome to the new blog!

And since I have nothing else to add for the moment, I leave you with this saucy picture of our cat, Apple.
Oh, Apple.

I fear that I’ve become a bit of a yarn snob. Last week, while perusing the yarn aisles at Michael’s, I heard some women gawking over how much they loved Lion Bran Homespun. That is one of my least favorite yarns in the world! I wanted to run up to them and tell them about the wonderful, better, yarns that were out there that could stomp on Lion Brand Homespun any day! Instead, I quietly continued on with my browsing. What is a yarn snob like me doing at Michael’s, you ask? Usually I buy yarn online because I tend to find that my LYS has high prices and I’m highly intimidated by their clique like regulars, I always feel like I’m in the way of whatever party is going on. I only go when they have a sale or if I am feeling desperate for non-mass produced yarn brands and have no patience to wait for something to ship… but I digress. I went to Michael’s in search of baby-friendly yarn for yet another baby sweater.
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I found some Lion Brand Cotton Ease and grabbed a couple of colors in hopes of making a striped sweater for a girl. I started a top-down raglan sweater, but I didn’t like it so much. The yarn is sitting in my kitchen waiting to be knit up, but I’m still in search of a perfect sweater pattern! To make matters worse, I am making this for someone that leaves at the end of this month! Ack, no pressure…
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Sadly I have no photos to share, so I will leave you with a picture of the yummilicious sushi my husband made a week or so ago:
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Sushi
And yes, it was just as delicious as it looks!