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Sock yarn blankets and insane looking hats

My sunny knitting spot for today

You know that whole thing about how it is always cold in Canada? Yeah, not so much. Today, on May 4th, 2015, it is 28° Celsius. And it isn’t like we’re in Vancouver or something – This is New Brunswick, and our weather is FAR from temperate and nice. We had meters and meters of snow this winter, and just a month ago we still had well over a meter of snow on the ground. For it to be this warm right now is just sort of magical. This is downright hot weather by pretty much any standard. The weather is actually so nice that my husband and I decided to use one of our vacations days to be able to enjoy this weather. So very very worth it. Blue sky, nice breeze, no bugs (but they’re coming… or lord they’re coming…), cold refreshing margarita in the glass beside me… Yup, it is awesome.

I’m over halfway through the Aragorn section in my Fellowship of the Shawl, but man…I needed a break! Lacework requires THINKING and BRAIN USAGE, two things I can’t be bothered to engage, so I have gone back to my Sock Yarn Blanket. Weirdly relieving to get back to this super simple mindless knit after all that lacework. The very reasons why I needed a break from it (ex. the super repetitive nature of it, endless garter stitch, super simplicity, etc) are exactly the things that are making is so nice to knit right now. Those stupid little squares are like candy for god’s sake, each one a quick little treat to satisfy some hedonistic part of me.

I don’t know how many blocks there are now. 135ish? Hold on I’ll count…. Holy crap, I’m at 151 blocks! WOOOOO! That is awesome!!

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It really is looking great, right? You don’t have to say anything, I know it is awesome. 😉 I’m really impressed/surprised I am over 150 blocks. That feels like a benchmark. And you know, the more I look at this stupid thing the more I love it. And finishing a couple squares has really rekindled my love of this project. I really can’t wait to get it done, I think if I can just make it to the end this will end up being one of my all time favourite projects.

 

On an unrelated note, I had a sober hit of reality today. I have this ENORMOUS floppy summer hat that I love so hard I can hardly breathe. It is ridiculous in how large it is, and the brim was long since crumpled and broken, so when I wear it it is all crumply and every which way. This amazing hat of mine has been mocked many a time by people (usually my best friend who thinks I should burn it to rid the world of its fashion sins) but I just loved it too much. I genuinely love wearing this hat. I feel sassy and fun wearing my hat.

Then there is the other reality… I am the whitest white girl that ever whited (ie. super pale) and I burn intensely easily. I never tan, just burn. And burn badly. I have had a bunch of truly severe sunburns, and I usually have at least one “so badly sunburned that I blister” burn a year. This hat of mine is so big that it protects my head, chest, shoulders, neck, and top of my back! Amazing protection!

I took a picture of me wearing my hat today and I was all “Look! That is totally cute! What a great hat!!” and then my husband showed me the picture he took of me knitting on the deck yesterday wearing my hat…. You can see both below…

 

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 SASSY! FANCY! Paris, here I come! Woo!  Maximum Dork Achieved (+2pts for knitting while wearing this hat)

Yeah, maybe my hat is a sassy piece of cuteness when I pose, but in reality… oh god, I look insane…

I refuse to retire my enormous hat. I just may wear it out in public a little less….

 

 

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