Ah, nothing like going to a playground packed full of screaming kids to get one's adrenaline pumping and a stress headache to end all stress headaches. Really, I have nothing against kids, but I don't like them when they're in groups of what seems like 2,000 and they're all yelling into my ear at about 150 decibels. So, I did a loser Mommy thing. I wimped out, left my husband to watch over my son while my son played, and sat in the car for ten minutes where I happily pulled some 5mm's out of my handbag and swatched some Rowan Calmer. (Think I was going to swatch at a crowded playground with a bunch of kids looking on? No, thank you.) And there is no air conditioning in the car! But I have one headache less and one swatch more.
As for my pretty cotton jacket
, I had a slight episode of knitting madness when I decided to, oh, rip out all that I had done on the right front piece so I could start it over. Simply because I didn't like how my tension looked! (It's madness, I tell you.) As I was starting over anyway, I thought I'd just start the left front piece as well and do them both at the same time on the same circular needle. They're mirror images of each other and match the back, so doing them at the same time is just like doing the back piece split in half with two extra selvedges in the middle. I don't think I'm working faster but at least I can feel confident that these pieces will match up as my tension will be the same on both of them.
In other news, I'd like to give a public thank you to Robin S., who now has star status around here as she sent yours truly a glowing box of Girl Scout Thin Mints
[!]. Really, cookies from home are just the motivation I need to get cracking with seaming Carolyn's sweater
this weekend. And yes, I will eat them all my lonesome, greedy-gut self. Notify my dentist.