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forest mittens and holiday plans

November 16, 2008

Since last week Mr. NotCharles and I suddenly gained a whole whack of Holiday travel plans. We’re going to be going in two different directions and visiting a whole lot of cities, including Toronto, New York & Philly, with everywhere in between. I haven’t been back to the states since Christmas of 2007, so I’m pretty excited about this trip, even if it means having to lug a whole lot of presents around, both given and received.

And then there’s the knitting. I’ll have to bring a lot of that. I’m planning on making these Deep In Forest Mittens.

I’m not the type of person who buys pay patterns right after she sees them. Usually my knitting is a bit more long winded than that. I plan things out and then get around to making them eventually. If I do see a pattern I really want to make I usually buy it right before casting on. However, when I first saw the pattern for the Forest Mittens I knew I needed to buy it immediately. I’ve been wanting to make colorwork mittens for a while now, and I find that a lot of them have motifs that are a bit too cutesy, or just generally unappealing (another exception would be the Galileo Mittens, which I also really like).

But I totally have a thing for tree branches, especially bare ones, especially with the night sky as a backdrop, so these mittens were a no brainer. They are totally me. I bought some O-Wool 2-Ply the other day in shades of navy and chocolate. Casting on is my carrot for writing 3,000 words for NaNoWriMo today.

Speaking of NaNoWriMo, it’s going better than I ever imagined. To write 50,000 words in 30 days you generally have to keep a pace of 1,667 words a day. On weekdays I usually write that, though depending on the day it’s sometimes only half that. Yesterday I moved my goal up from staying four days ahead to five days ahead. This is a great cushion that I haven’t really needed to use. Yesterday was only the 15th of the month and I finished the day with 33,300 words. I’m hoping to avoid having to write anything during the last weekend of November. I have way to much stuff going on when to concentrate on writing.

NaNoWriMo has totally killed my photo a day for a year project though. Well, that and the lack of light around here lately.

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