Life is full of frustrations
Well, the not-ready-to-talk-about project has hit a snag. I feel that I’m handling it pretty well, but I’m not quite ready to blog about it yet. Other areas of my life aren’t much easier. This morning DH dropped me off at the Motor Vehicles Express office. It’s a mile and change from home, across the street from a weekly coffee-and-yarn meetup I like to go to. The office had barely opened, so there wasn’t too much of a line. The clerk couldn’t give me the duplicate title I needed, but she could write down the information I needed to order it online. This was about what I’d expected, so I thanked her, tucked the slip of paper in my wallet, and went on the knitting meet up.
The meet up was fun. I don’t know the other knitters (and crocheter) very well, but I’m starting to. One woman there has a daughter who’s been a PCV twice, who is just starting a job teaching English in Indonesia. We met each others, and both daughters, at previous meet ups, so we swapped stories and that was good.
I tried multiple times to create a provisional cast on for a lined toddler cap. Honestly, I should be able to do this by now without referring to the internet, but no… no such luck. I gave up and worked on the cricket sweater for my husband instead.
After I walked home, the paper was gone. It must have fallen out of my wallet when I got my coffee. Totally my own fault, but I didn’t want to walk down and back again so I called it a loss and I’ll just have him drop me off again tomorrow.
This afternoon I got the letter Abby sent me before leaving for Senegal. It was lovely, but I found myself crying again. This is going to be hard.
So now I have four WiPs, one for each project bag. I expect the sweater is going to get too big for the largest bag pretty soon. Even if it doesn’t, I have bought yarn for the Aidez, which is much bulkier. So I ordered a new project bag.
Honestly, I think missing Abby has prompted a big bout of ‘retail therapy’. I invested in a second CritSuccess counter ring (this one in blue – so pretty!). I also got a swift cover from Slipped Stitch Studios, because I’ve been kicking myself for missing the chance to get that one in the Exploding Tardis print.
So now that I’m going to have a fifth project bag, I naturally had to order a notions case to go with it. I was torn between the Namaste “Better Buddy” case and the Lantern Moon “Mindy Pocket” case. They’re both kind of expensive for notions cases, but they’re cheaper than drinking…
Anyway, I ordered the Namaste online, because I noticed that retailers were kind of low on stock. Then someone at the knitting group told me that they’re stopping production because the Pleather doesn’t wear well. Oh well, we’ll see how long I can get mine to last for.
Following a conversation on Ravelry, I’ve decided to add a pen and notebook to each of my notions bags. Post it notes for the small boxes, handmade notebooks from Etsy for the larger ones.
For pens I’ve gotten a Fisher Space Pen stowaway (a neat, compact pen), an Ohto Petit B (a really pretty, tiny pen), a Xonex Piccollo (wow! is this thing tiny) and a keychain pen/stylus (the last of which I found at the checkout at FedexKinko’s). The Namaste buddy is bigger than any of my current pouches, so I’ll probably get a larger writing implement for that.
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