Finishing things

We are now at what? the 26th of the year. That means five more days until the end of the calendar year. Five more days in which to finish up all the WIPs so that I can start the year on a clean slate.

If I didn’t have to work for the next couple of days, it would be obviously easier (grin). Also, if I had not been the usual procrastinator and put off the recertification module that I have to do to maintain my professional board certification in Family Medicine, my life would be much more my own.

If I don’t do finish up this module (on depression which is enough to “make me so”) I slide backwards onto a seven year exam cycle rather than ten. Since I paid the discounted rate up front, it would be extremely stupid.

And doing several questions a night is not going to cut it – there are sixty of them, plus a couple of hours of practice module. But I did knock off a number of questions last night, and have a few more figured out. If I was in regular practice, this would be easy. And I can’t argue with the validity of the requirements. So, I will whine, and you can be appropriately sympathetic.

Let us more on to the other things to finish up before the first of the year –


First is the funnel neck sweater – I mentioned this over the weekend. I found it while packing for the U.K. and dragged it along. Now that I am into forever knitting going around and around the sleeve, I have really decided that 12 years knitting on the same sweater would just be too much and I want to finishing it this year rather than next.

Funnel Neck SweaterFunnel Neck Sweater

Then comes the Kauni Cardigan

I am here, on the last facing. I would have finished it up in the U.K. but for the slight fact that I forgot the yarn. The yarn that I had made an effort to go and pick up, then wind the day before we left.

Grey Kauni Yarn

OTOH, if I had brought it with, then perhaps the other small projects that made the kids happy would not have happened.

On the inside, you can see the facing, and on the outside, the row of red that has been picked up.

Kauni SweaterKauni Sweater

After that – it is a matter of blocking.

The Valley Jacket – well, as I mentioned, if I had taken the pattern with me, I could have also finished that in the UK. It is for the eldest and she is here. I have to pull back the neck a couple of rows since it is not lying as smoothly as I would like and do the sleeves. Couple of hours for each sleeve.

Valley Sweater

Mein Weg
well, as you can see, it is a pile still of pieces. Sew and cut the steeks, hand sew the pieces together, then the neck and front edgings. This is the sweater with actually the most left to do.

Pile of Pieces

Miriam’s Handwarmers.

Pirate Hand Warmers

Looking kind of weird, the guess-as-you-go worked better on the second. I also put a knit row between each of the rows with beads. She likes shiny. I just have the thumb on the second and to weave in the ends. Should be the fastest?

What do you have left to finish by the New Year?

Audio Books

I returned all but one of the books and audio books to the library today. One of the kids is reading the hard copy of Jasper Fforde’s The Fourth Bear. I have finished up the Michael Connelly CDs. Those that the library has, that is. I found a few more on sale through AudioBookStand. After that, it is going to be ABE to find the earlier books in the series.
Just started Nora Robert’s The Black Rose in Audio Books.

There are those times when I am listening to things that I have already read. It might be a bit safer while the driving is really nasty.

But nothing is going to be done tonight. I am tired from chasing down a replacement ID card and am going to crawl in bed early with Kay Hooper’s rewrite of CJ ‘s Fate.


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About Holly

fiber person - knitter, spinner, weaver who spent 33 years being a military officer to fund the above. And home. And family. Sewing and quilting projects are also in the stash. After living again in Heidelberg after retiring (finally) from the U.S. Army May 2011, we moved to the US ~ Dec 2015. Something about being over 65 and access to health care. It also might have had to do with finding a buyer for our house. Allegedly this will provide me a home base in the same country as our four adult children, all of whom I adore, so that I can drive them totally insane. Considerations of time to knit down the stash…(right, and if you believe that…) and spin and .... There is now actually enough time to do a bit of consulting, editing. Even more amazing - we have only one household again. As long as everyone understands that I still, 40 years into our marriage, don't do kitchens or bathrooms. For that matter, not being a golden retriever, I don't do slippers or newspapers either. I don’t miss either the military or full-time clinical practice. Limiting my public health/travel med/consulting and lecturing to “when I feel like it” has let me happily spend my pension cruising, stash enhancing (oops), arguing with the DH about where we are going to travel next and book buying. Life is good!
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