Sometimes, however, we do have a bit of control over our lives and I have to say that I've sort of screwed myself this time. This past week I had Thursday and Friday off from classes as our mid-term break, and it happened to be perfect timing for several reasons. The first being that my little sister is in a circus and I was able to drive home to see her show on Thursday night. It was really fun (and quite frightening) to watch the circus! - she does the trapeze.
I was home long enough to snap a picture of my latest creation before heading off on the second part of my weekend adventure.
I wish I had taken better pictures before leaving, but as it is I snapped this one while running out the door, so it's the one that you get.
If you can't tell, that is a knitted pear. I mentioned Salihan Laugesen's Perry the Pear pattern on my podcast a while back, and she sent me the pattern for free as a thank you! I definitely recommend checking out the pattern as her pear looks much more adorable than mine.
I used Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece held doubled for the body (in the "Willow Leaf" colorway) and I think US size 7 DPNs, but I didn't actually ever check the size, so I'm not positive. This was one of those grab'n'go projects. All I knew was that I wanted a sufficiently tight gauge for a stuffed toy, so I wasn't too preoccupied by the yarn or needles I was using. I also used little scraps of Cascade 220 for the stem, mouth, and leaf. I substituted this leaf pattern because I liked the shaping details a bit better.
He may be a bit frumpy, but he served his purpose, which was to act as a quick knit to contrast the other more long-term projects I have on the needles. (Let's face it, I needed something to show all of you wonderful people). I was going to stuff him with some really horrendous novelty yarn I have locked away, but I was afraid it would peek through, so instead I cut open an old pillow and used its innards to stuff him. I have some Cotton Fleece in two other shades of green and am toying with the idea of making a couple more pears to add to this one, but I haven't decided yet.
Oh! Back to how I screwed myself. The second part of my weekend adventure was that it just so happened that my three very best friends and I all happened to have this weekend free. Seeing as how one of us is married, one is in grad school, another is doing the "real world" thing, and I am living in a completely different state, we don't get to hang out very often. We jumped at the opportunity and decided to spend the weekend at the Wisconsin Dells!
I re-f*ed up my ankle on a waterslide (it was totally worth it! ...the first time), but other than that it was really fun! We have a tradition of going on water-themed vacations (water parks, canoe trips, lazy rivers, etc.) and they are always a blast. I am so happy that I was able to spend time with my friends again and I reeaaaallllly needed a break from school (5 weeks left!). The screwing myself part came when I got back to campus and was instantly ambushed by the mountain of unfinished homework that I happily ignored all weekend. This week is going to be a bit of a stress-fest, but it's the price you have to pay, right?