last night i made it back to my wonderful alameda apartment, after exactly eight weeks of foreign adventures. the trip was absolutely amazing, but part of me was definitely ready to come home. i slept in my own bed last night. it was amazing.

as for knitting, i did my fair share on this journey. i brought three skeins of noro silk garden lite with me to work on cozy for my mom. i’m about halfway through that third skein. i knitted madly for the beginning and then took a break for a few months to catch up on some reading. the one downfall to knitting is that i don’t read nearly as much as i would like to, so i am going to be trying to balance these two things. maybe i will even turn this into a knitting and reading blog. that would be something.

i also finished my own pair of knucks, just AFTER we left iceland, where they would have been quite nice to have. i bought yarn in a few places. i found some for really cheap at a giant flea markent in dresden, and then i bought some irish wool. in iceland i meant to buy a few skeins and then i never got around to it. i’ll look for it on the internet. i also didn’t happen upon a norweigian yarn store, but if i get some of that i can knit it with the irish yarn to represent my ancestry. ironically enough, icelanders are descended from a mixture of norweigian vikings and celts that they enslaved. so essentially, i’m icelandic. i just don’t live there. and there’s a few other things thrown into muddy it up.

i did get inspired by those icelandic sweaters, which i would have loved to buy. but on a budget trip, $100+ for a sweater was not going to happen. i did decide that i will knit myself one. it’s going to be beautiful.

now is the time to get in gear for knitting xmas presents. mom’s cozy is about halfway done. also on the list:

-socks for dad
-armwarmers for kristen
-‘we call them pirates’ hat for katie (j’s sister)

maybe something for keriann, though she is a little difficult because i want her to actually LIKE the thing i make for her.

also jon mentioned something on this blog about needing clothes for colder weather (he’s in salem, oregon). his birthday was a few days ago. i thought maybe i’ll knit him a hat or a scarf and send it to him as a surprise.

now, i just need the time for all this. i started reading ulysses, which isn’t going to be done anytime soon. next on the book list are said’s orientalism, don quixote, and marquez’s one hunndred years of solitude. the books don’t need to be done by xmas, but all this ambition is going to take some discipline.