I have lots of FOs coming up, but since this one is the only one uploaded, here we go!

So now that I’m on my way towards owning lots of black, white and grey clothing items, I decided that I need lots of fun accessories to lighten up my outfits. First on the list was a black scarf. But why make a scarf when you can make a shawl that is also a scarf, pray tell? So behold: Lacy Black Shawlette

Okay, so having pictures taken of me is not my strong suit.

But it’s cute and versatile!

Used as a shawl on our 2nd anniversary. Also featuring Rowan, Camera Hog Extraordinaire.

Used as a shawl on our 2nd anniversary. Also featuring Rowan, Camera Hog Extraordinaire.

This is a pretty standard summer outfit (it doesnt get terribly hot here). Classy with the black shawl, but made more fun with coloured cowls and necklaces and stuff.

Summatime!

I know I should take more pictures of the stitch on the FO itself, and I’ll get around to that when I do my massive FO post. Spoiler: Look forward to LOTS of neckwarmers and cowls.

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…and this is primarily why I can’t get any work done:

They won’t stop being furry and cute. Lily (in black) keeps saying “Hey mama! Hey! I am sooo much better than syntax! You can’t pet syntax, can you? And I bet it doesn’t purr like this…see? Purrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr”.  Look at how demure she looks.  Croissant on the other hand has been keeping me distracted by turning into a twenty-pound hurricane and wreaking absolute havoc in every room of the house. We are currently down one collectable Lord of the Rings goblet. How will we ever be classy without Frodo? And how will Gandalf survive without his little hobbit friend? We’ll see.

When the cats aren’t distracting me, I’ve been distracting myself by pretending that I really need to bake more bread:

…yum. I can never manage to take a picture before it mysteriously loses chunks of itself. It is somewhat perplexing. I may have to go do another loaf just to investigate.

Now, it’s one thing to tell myself that I need to bake bread, because in this house bread is always a necessity. However, it went a bit too far when I convinced myself that more important than a final paper were these bad boys:

…who were delicious, incidentally. The glasses are filled with oat-milk which I decided to try since it was on sale at Sundance for cheaper than soy. I can’t stand rice milk, and I don’t really like soy milk all that much, but it’s usually the most economical option. The oatmilk was…acceptable. Not any better than soy though, especially not for the  loss of protein per cup of it. It served its purpose quite well for these cookies. I think I used the Classic Chocolate Chip recipe from How it All Vegan. I usually am set in my ways and always make the recipe from Vegan with a Vengeance, so I don’t know why I switched it up. They were utterly delicious though. The second batch was better because I refrigerated the dough and they were firm and plump. I just didn’t want to take the time for these ones so they were a bit spreadier.

Also on my distractions list: ZIGGY!

So far I think it’s coming along pretty well. I’ve never really worked with a lace pattern before. It’s kind of ridiculous how long I’ve been knitting and all of the things I’ve never tried. Anyway, it’s knitting up just fine, but really awkward to photgraph at this stage. I still don’t fully understand how it’s put together in the end, but that’s okay. I’m also worried about the quantity of yarn I have left. I’m only halfway through and it seems to me that my skein is running a little small…but the skein was a good deal longer than called for by the pattern so I hope that I am just being paranoid. It’s a lot of fun to knit, but it does put a crimp in my knitting-while-doing-things style. Which is probably why I’ve never done lace before. It’s not really movie-material. But it’s kind of nice to wake up in the morning, make my tea and knit a repeat. And then scream because I still have a week and a half left of pure torture.

Final distraction, and last desperate attempt to keep myself from starting my socioling paper? Blog. So I think I’ve run out things by now. I will leave you with a good dose of cute and a favorite haiku of mine:

I sleep with one paw

protecting my nose from harm;

one can’t be too safe