At this moment, I have nothing on the needles.
Let that sink in for a moment. No current project, and I'm not rushing off to start one. This is big, guys.
I mean, yes, I have 3 or 4 things that need ends woven in, and one or two of those projects that are destined to be permanent WIPs until the strange day when I feel like going back to them. But aside from a little swatch for a design submission (which I'll finish later tonight) I'm currently unoccupied. I've been working on swatches for my self-designed master's program, but those take all of 10 minutes so it's pretty easy to stay in my current state. And while that's intentional (that IS what I want to be focusing on right now) it feels strange. It's like being single and appreciating your freedom, but still feeling slightly lonely and uneasy. Or like when my pet rats died, and suddenly I realized I could travel without finding a pet sitter, or turn the heat off when I left the house without worrying about freezing them, but at the same time my life felt a bit emptier, the house a bit colder and lonelier. (My response was to get a deaf, aging, quasi-retarded pom-mutt with missing teeth, a hacking cough, and a whole host of bad habits. This was not the ideal solution, but I sure do love the little bugger.)
I feel uneasy. Perhaps knitting is more of a drug than I give it credit for.
In other news, IT'S MY BIRTHDAY! And that means knitting books (no yarn this time, I'm trying to use up as much as I can of my stash before I move to Portland in the fall. The less to carry, the better.) The boyfriend got me "Knitting New Mittens & Gloves", which is delightfully full of techniques I don't already know (many of which will be added to the master's program as soon as I get around to pulling them all out), and his parents got me Pluckyfluff's new book (Intertwined.) While I'll probably never get into making yarn quite that impractical, I did want to learn the techniques, and the book itself is lovely coffee table ornamentation (too bad I don't have a coffee table.) My parents got me an amazing sewing machine, so I'm sure that stuff will start showing up here too. I'm pumped.
I've finally gotten my pictures back from my other computer, so as soon as I get a free moment, I'll put up the posts from my spring break trips. I fail at timeliness.