A.W.O.L. indeed.  I took the week off — most certainly without leave — and it was glorious.  I passed the oral exam on Monday morning, then quickly proceeded to realize just how much of a relief it was to be finished.  Again.

That “again” was causing a lot of anxiety, but now … I get to write “with distinction” on my C.V. and, well, that feels really good.  Really, really good.

Wool-buying good, in fact.


I picked up this lovely EcoWool in the hopes of some kind of wooly, neutral cardigan.  This was my inspiration, but in the end I went with another try at OWLS, this time in my size.  The Mawrtyr in me is very partial to the idea of sporting a parliament of wooly owls.


This might all end in disaster, of course, since my gauge is all kinds of off.  And I’m attempting to fashion this as a cardigan … because Nashville and pullovers just don’t seem to work.  Despite the current cold weather and snow, this is a “humid subtropical climate” — with BBQ and fried chicken — so, you know, layers of wool aren’t all that necessary most of the time.


It’s a modest start, but today’s schedule of reading just might be the perfect opportunity to make a dent in the waist shaping.  If it turns out even half as flattering and easy-to-wear as twenty eleven, I’ll be a very happy camper.

selbu slow

More to remind myself that anything, here’s selbu two … languishing.  I really need to finish this.

Alice loves EcoWool

The other evening, I made Alice a wooly yarn ball, just to see … and, yep, she’s a cat.  It’s pretty darn adorable watching her bat this around the house.

Alice loves EcoWool


7 thoughts on “A.W.O.L.

  1. What a lovely post to read on a Sunday morning. Perfectly woolly wool and a perfectly catlike cat. Glad you enjoyed your week off. Without leave it may have been but it was well-deserved! Keep basking in being finished. Oh how I envy you!

  2. Yippee!! Congratulations! I think you most certainly deserved leave to take a week off.
    Your cardiganized Owls is going to be awesome. I’m jonesing to knit one, too… but the math has me worried, and I need to work on finishing up languishing projects plus a bunch of baby gifts (oh, the joy of being in one’s early 30s). I’m looking forward to seeing how it goes!

  3. Congratulations on being finished! Again!

    I also recently ended up with some Eco Wool in a nice turtle green for an OWLs sweater. Now if only I could figure out what size to make.

  4. Wow, that color on your selbu looks like the UVA cowl I’m working on for a friend. Love the cuffs you sent to barefoot rooster, btw.

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