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It was absolute love at first sight, and I had to take them home with me.

A Fluevog store near(ish… still a mile’s walk but worth it) to my work just opened. I spotted it a few weeks ago when I went to a new haircutting place. They close at 6, I get off work at 6, so I had to settle with drooling through the window because they were closed every time I passed by. Well… yesterday when I went to purchase the buttons for my Owls during my lunch break I had the brilliant idea of stopping by Fluevog before heading back to work, to try on a pair of strappy shoes that I was particularly salivating over. Those shoes ended up being too pointy for my taste, but these made my heart skip a beat:

I sigh every time I look at them. Not only are they omgCUTE, but they are also omgCOMFORTABLE. Comfortable heels. WHAT? Really, more comfortable than some of my flat shoes. I love retro-y heels but I walk a lot and I hate uncomfortable shoes. I’m still amazed at how nice they feel to walk in. I’m still lusting over the Bond girl boots too. Been wanting Fluevog boots since I saw an amazing pair of my friend Michelle, but I just can’t buy shoes I can’t try on. But now I can!!! *happy dance*

Enough on shoes. By some sort of miracle, I was able to dodge the weekend work bullet today and got to stay home to finish projects, pack, and run errands. I finished a ton of projects today!!!! The owls are blocked and I sewed on most of the buttons, I finished the ever-dragging-on houndstooth scarf (when I get back I want to write up the pattern and post it), finished the neckwarmer and bought some cool buttons for it, and finished the thumbs on the mittens. Pictures posted soon! I also tried to do some packing, but somehow every time I tried I went into zombie mode I managed to move my clothes from one pile to another, and then back but I didn’t manage to actually pack anything. I’m stuck on “how many pairs of pants/skirts do I need vs. how many I want to take”. It’s a continuous battle in my brain. The travel jitters have really really hit me, I can’t sleep, and all can do is circle my suitcase moving clothes around. It looks like a closet barfed on my livingroom floor.

Ahhh! Its almost 4am, that means I have 24 hours until I need to be at the airport. *panic!*

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The time is ticking down for my Iceland trip! As of now I have 3 days, 17 hours and 37 minutes until my first flight takes off. Not that I’m really keeping track or anything.

I will be in Iceland for 8 days of knitting and hiking and sight seeing and good-food-eating and geothermal-bath-soaking. It should be a fun adventure, hopefully full of thrills and learning new stuff. I can’t wait!!!!

I set a few knitting goals for things I wanted to make and take (it will be on the quite chilly side there…) and so far I haven’t finished any of them! I knit up snapdragon flip-top mittens which I haven’t finished the thumbs on, snapdragon tam which is done but is WAY too big (I’m going to stick it in the dryer to see if I can get it to shrink down, and if not I’ll frog and start over *teary eyes*). I’m more than halfway done with my cashmere neckwarmer which should be an easy simple knit but it keeps getting bumped for all the other projects. I wanted to finally finish the houndstooth crochet scarf that was been kicking a round for months because its been too warm to wear (well, not really but it seems so wintery). And lastly, I was crazy enough to start my first sweater project on Saturday to finish in time for the trip because I realized I don’t have any wool sweaters:

Body was done over the weekend, sleeve one on Monday and sleeve two on Tuesday. I worked on the owl yoke yesterday, but after getting almost halfway through I was quite unhappy about how loose my purls were turning out. No matter how tightly I knit those purls, they were sloppy. So I did some digging and found out about Norwegian purling. *cue angelic music*

I’m in love! It’s wonderful, and looks a bit tricky at first but with a tad of practice its fast and more importantly, its NEAT. Super neat, so neat that I can’t wait to start the ribbing (which I normally hate because it looks sloppy when I do it). So I ripped back those owls and started them over with my new purl and they look 100 times better.

Seeeeee….
Owl closeup

Here is the video I learned from, its super clear:

I need a game plan to get everything done that I need to do, and have time to pack (relaxed and focused, not panicked and scrambling 2 hours before my flight).

– I need to finish owl sweater tonight and start blocking.

– I need to stick the snapdragon tam in the dryer when I do laundry (note: MUST DO LAUNDRY).

– I need to finish the last few inches of my neckwarmer and block.

– Hopefully finish my houndstooth scarf with enough time for blocking.

– Do the thumbs on the mittens. These don’t need blocking so I can do them last minute or on the flight.

– Wind yarn and print patterns for traveling projects. Read patterns ahead of time in case there is something I don’t understand and need to research.

– Find and purchase buttons for Owls and neckwarmer (eek!) Probably sew these on the plane.

– Pack!!!! This throws me into a panic, at least I made a packing list.

Wow, that’s a lot to finish in the next 3.5 days, specially considering I might need to work late on Friday, and for sure have to work on Saturday. Time to use every free minute wisely! Off to knit some owls during lunch hour.

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