I was realizing that I was spending more time on knitting-related stuff (blogging, putting the new zine together, etc.) than actual knitting and it had to change. I'm knitting with a bit of a deadline right now - though I'm a little embarrassed to go into the details on that, thank you.
The chartreuse top-down cardi has been bound off, but the sewing in of ends and the thought of putting in a zipper are making me a little batty so I think I'm gonna try and barter with Denny - she's the finishing mistress.
There has been much deliberation over this shrug and I thank you all for your comments (and I feel like a bit of an arse for not thanking you all individually for your helpful suggestions). I've decided to go with one of the recently posted shrugs from Interweave:
I picked up an almost ridiculous amount of Debbie Bliss merino (both DK and aran weight) at the DKC Knitters' Frolic yesterday, but upon the return to the Market I started having doubts about the colour and went back to an earlier plan of organic cotton. Drama about an insufficient yarn supply and the wacky gauge (substituting rayon with cotton) threw me off track for a while, and I thought Jill, Johanna, Megan and Joyce might strangle me before the shop closed, but they were all lovely and helpful. I am so grateful for this knitting community that I've nestled myself into so comfortably.
In closing I have to mention that Abby RAOKed me! I got a button! (See sidebar.) Whew, I guess that makes me a real, certified blogstress now. Go ahead and add me to your collection. I dare you!
And now I'm off, as I've got a hell of a lot of ribbing to do.