Friday evening after work, I decided it was time to get started on a Baby Surprise Jacket. I’m using merino worsted from 100purewool in Trieste, a dark green with blips of light and dark pink. First, of course, I had to wind up the yarn. But where was my swift and ball-winder? Certain that it was in one of the boxes labeled “Pirate’s Room,” I searched for half an hour with no luck. Finally I called Pirate-Husband. “I remember putting them in one of the giant boxes,” he said, “I think on top of all the alpaca fleece.” Sure enough, there it was! I wound up one of the hanks and got started. Swatching on a US 7 needle gave me a good gauge and feel, so I cast on… and then it was bedtime.

Saturday morning I was up early and got started knitting. When Pirate-Husband got up, I told him, “This yarn I’m using is soft like.. like.. a horse’s nose.”

“That’s a really funny way of describing it,” he said. “A horse’s nose? Really?”

“Yeah! You know, the tip of a horse’s nose, right between the nostrils, where it’s all velvet soft? This yarn feels like that.”

Later, when he came up to see my progress, I made him pet the yarn, and he said “Huh! It *does* feel like a horse’s nose!”

I may be crazy, but at least I know my softness indicators.

Anyway, I only got six rows into the project because the weekend was dedicated to painting the great room. It’s done now, except for a little bit of touch-up on the edges. I’ll be so happy when the house stops looking like a construction site!

Edited to add: See that comment? It’s so obviously spam, but it’s so amusing to me that I’m leaving it there. “Infernal pink” indeed!

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