Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Knitting with Stranger Things

And so it begins...

Every summer, as work takes over my life and the weather gets hotter and the weeks seem longer, I begin to skip regularly scheduled posts here and there until I suddenly realize I haven't posted in a week.  Sometimes two.  This year I promised myself that wouldn't happen, even if I had to resort to 'phoning in' the posts.  I picked a bad year to make that promise to myself.  I think I've previously mentioned that I'm having a lot of dental work done.  Anyway, I've been averaging 60 - 65 hour work weeks and since mid May, every day off has been spent either at the dentist or taking Sue to the chemo doctor.  The schedule is wearing on me.  The schedule (work schedule that is) also got messed up this past week and I had Sunday off instead of a weekday... and I just had to say, "Ef it!  I'm spending my day knitting and binge watching Stranger Things, not writing a blog post."  So sorry, not sorry. 

My new chart keeper is helping me knit Madli's Shawl (affiliate link)

Anyway... I did knit.  I knit sixteen rows on my Madli's Shawl while I finished binge watching Roswell on Netflix.  Yes, my TV viewing tends to be that of a 12 year old girl.  Laugh all you want, I don't care.  It was a good show.  And there was more than one Buffy reference made and y'all know how I feel about Buffy.  Anyway, I've finished 20 and a half pattern repeats, only ten and a half more to go.  My goal is to have it blocked and finished by October 1st.  I wanted to keep knitting on it but....

Stranger Things!  I'm not coordinated enough to knit beaded lace and watch Stranger Things at the same time.  I put down the lace and picked up a simple stockinette hat. 

Knitting a stockinette hat with Cascade Heritage Wave yarn while binge watching Stranger Things
knitting with Stranger Things

The hat is knit with Cascade's Heritage Wave yarn on US2 needles and it's taking forever!  It is my 'only knit while I read' project which is one reason it's taking so long.  The other is, well, to quote my mother when she'd get really mad, "Dammit all to Hell!"  A fellow blogger recently posted about how their ball winder had started messing up and causing big loops of thread to hang out of the skein.  I smugly thought to myself, "That never happens to me.... except for the skein I just wound yesterday did have one weird loop sticking out of it..."  Of course that skein was my Cascade Heritage Wave.  And of course, karma!  After knitting about five rounds, that loop started causing all kinds of problems.  I have No idea how that one little loop sticking out could cause SO many tangles but.... ever since, I've knit about half a round, spent five minutes untangling and freeing enough yarn to knit another half round... and repeat.  Over and over and over again.  Dammit all to Hell!

But back to topic - Stranger Things!  Have you watched it yet?  Besides being a fantastic show, I'd forgotten how much fun it is to be visually carried back to the '80's.  And that outfit that Nancy Wheeler is wearing in the photo, I had the exact same outfit!  Well, almost the same.  Her stripes look gray while mine were a faded blue.  I remember not wearing the skirt much but I practically lived in the shirt.

And now, I suddenly realize I'm running late and have to go get ready for work so I'm cutting this short.  Until next time, happy knitting!


  1. I LOVE Stranger Things.It's the only show I am not knitting to. I just want to watch it and take in all the sights of the 80's. Dare I say I have a bit of a crush on Steve? I've got one episode to go and I am so sad. I am not ready to say goodbye to Hawkins. I think I am going to go back and re-watch the other two seasons when I am done.

  2. Don't watch it, but my daughter loves it. I am loving Madli and can't wait to see the finish!!!

  3. I haven't watch STranger Things but maybe I have to.

  4. Sounds like your life is a little hectic these days. If watching Stranger Things helps you relax and rejuvenate, I say go for it. Both the hat and the shawl look great. I haven't ever added beads to knitting but I sure like the look in your shawl.

  5. we are finishing up handmaid's tale before starting stranger things, I'm excited for the new season released!!!

  6. Maybe I should check out Stranger Things??? Your knitting looks great. Hope your hectic pace slows a bit so you can enjoy at least a little down time.

  7. I am hearing more and more about Stranger THINGS I'll give it a go

  8. I've been seeing lots of about Stranger Things, but haven't actually watched. We're gonna run out of Killing Eve soon, so maybe?! and as much as I enjoy your posts, I'd completely vote for you taking a sanity day away ... with knitting, TV and whatever else ... during your busy time!

  9. My son and I were just talking about this show and he was telling me all the 80's references. I haven't watched it yet but have heard great things about it. Good luck with your crazy work schedule and your dental work.

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