So first of all, may I just take a moment to say that blogging rocks. Because we all have days where we want to go home, pour ourselves a great big old glass of wine, and then storm around the room for a few minutes sneering "fuckfuckfuckfuckfuckfuck FUCK!," before snorfing up the aforementioned glass. As I believe I made plain in my prior post, Wednesday was that kind of a day.
While those sorts of days are generally unavoidable, I can think of no better antidote than to invite the internets to join you in the pacing and the muttering of profanity, and to have thirty or so of your friends join in the fuck-muttering and the complaining (and heck, the wine too if they're so inclined).
What does it say about me that I'm deeply moved by people emailing me curse words? Oh, who knows.
As I acknowledged on Wednesday, hormones are playing a not-insignificant role in this whole thing, and the storm has not quite abated. (As an aside, I decided a while ago that I would stop blogging my PMS when it got to the point where I really needed a category for it, but apparently I've broken my self-imposed rule and now is not the time to deal with it, OKAY?) Anyway, stash acquisition seems to be a feature of my hormone storm, and this month is no different. I have been looking at sweaters.
Did I mention that the vast majority of my stash is in storage, and I've cast on almost everything that's out of storage and none of it (none of it!) is doing it for me? It is. And it's not. I'd probably be casting on Mermaid right about now if I could get at it. And Elizabeth I is stalled because I can't figure out how to make the triangle the right size if my row gauge is on and my stitch gauge is way off and I found another yarn that might work that would knit to gauge but for some reason the people I ordered it from haven't sent it (do you know anything about JKL Needles?).
Anyway, save me from myself:
Do you understand what I'm up against here? Worse, AS herself describes this project as "a challenge":
"However I have included one very complex design - St Columba - which requires a lot of time and concentration, and is intended for those who like a challenge."
It's also alarmingly expensive. But my Fair Isle is giving me all sorts of fits--it's going to take forever (forever! and St. Columba is in 3-ply/DK! and has no sleeves!), and the colors of the FI aren't really quite right, and I've flubbed centering the motifs *completely*, though I did finish another motif and I like it. So I want to knit something else, something from a pattern. Something that I'll finish, and love, and be proud of. And I want this sweater, despite the fact that it costs an arm and a leg.
And did I mention the size of my new mortgage payment?
Somebody talk me off the ledge, won't you? Or at least point me to another wonderful DK-weight cabled (better--twisted stitch) vest that I can knit from a pattern. Please.