Just before dashing out the door for work yesterday morning I took a couple quick photos of my Citron so you can see just how tiny this freaking thing is:
See? I wasn’t kidding! It’s mouse sized! Hamster sized! VOLE SIZED. And yes, that’s a(n empty) Diet Coke can wedged in between the couch cushions. I did that for scale (not as a matter of practice) so you can see JUST HOW TINY THAT FREAKING THING IS.
And just because I know you’re gonna ask: no, I haven’t blocked it yet. I’m still too mad. Though maybe drowning it and then poking it repeatedly with pins would help my attitude…
By the way, I did NOT end up cross-stitching on Monday night. Instead Jeff and I went through my whole Ravelry queue and he helped me decide on a project which would:
1)be highly unlikely to anger me further
2)involved relatively little gamble – no critical gauge, no pattern with only 2 projects on Rav, no new techniques (hellooooo stranded colorwork! I’m lookin’ at youuuuu….!)
3)allow me to use pretty yarn, not just yarnyarn. And also yarn from my stash. I have lots of pretty yarn in my stash.
4)would involve no swatching, measuring, or calculating
So we came up with the Strangling Vine Lace Scarf (4-row pattern repeat? a giant rectangle of simple lace? yes PLEASE!), and I pulled this beauty out of my fingering weight bin:
That’s Dream in Color Starry (loooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooveee) and the harsh morning light doesn’t do much for it, but I assure you it’s lovely.
This bit of unblocked lace shows the color better:
I want to nom this yarn, I want to nom this pattern. But most of all, I’m *stubborn* and I WILL keep at it through this rough patch, and when I’ve slogged my way through then I can gleefully return to all the beautiful, complex sweaters and shawls in my queue.
Failing that, well, I’m still willing to make a sacrifice to the yarn gods.