And it seems like only yesterday the insomniac and the youngest were both exclaiming in horror, “Tomorrow is New Year's Eve!” albeit for vastly different reasons. The youngest texting anyone and everyone, pleading for a ride into the city so she wouldn't be forced to spend tonight with persons notorious for not being able to stay awake past 10:30 p.m. for almost thirty years now - the incentive of a sixth night of turkey leftovers not lessening her resolve to make her exit as swiftly as possible in the slightest. And the insomniac because she had a nagging suspicion she hadn't completed all of her BatFit goals yet ...
Be a better blogger.
Beat 2014's posts by six, for a total of thirteen whopping blog posts in 2015. Woot. Woot.
Finish Nightwind's coat.
Take the camera off the Automatic setting and actually learn how to use it properly.
One has decided she's perfectly content to leave the camera on Automatic after capturing this photo, which she considers to be a personal best.
Start baking bread again.
Although Professor Z's comment about that particular goal was, “Bread is life! Bread is nourishment!” she was likely imagining the insomniac planned on baking loaves of healthy whole-grain bread when she said it. But in this household, anything that contains yeast is referred to as bread. And “bread” was baked every Sunday morning from January right up until April, when we were forced to stop because everyone's pants were getting too tight.
Spend more time in the Four Seasons Sunroom, drinking coffee and watching wildlife.
Learn how to knit cables.
Oopsie. There it is.
So the socks that were started on Christmas Day were put aside, as was the scarf that was started on Boxing Day, and a relatively easy pattern found on the internet explaining how to make an Owl Coffee Cozy with Cables. And work began on the first cozy. Yesterday. Around 2:00 p.m.
Because it was such a fun and quick project, and not terribly difficult as there were only three rows requiring the use of a cable holder, the insomniac had enough time to whip up a second cozy in pink. Although neither is cast off particularly nicely, after a full year of making only socks and mittens it hasn't been necessary to master the art of casting off. One can claim to have mastered the Kitchener Stitch used to close up the toes and tips of socks and mittens though.
Although the instructions indicate they are meant to be used as Coffee Cozies, there are no Starbucks* in the Spooky Forest where their usefulness could be tested, necessitating a drive into town this morning for a rather enormous breakfast of bacon, eggs, bacon, hash-browns, bacon and toast, all washed down with plenty of coffee served in real mugs - also unsuitable for this particular style of cozy. Afterwards, the insomniac enlisted help from two of her favourite people at the Texas Gate ...
|Ronda and Jackie demonstrating proper usage |
of an Owl Beer Koozie ...
Learn how to knit cables.
And as she slouches in front of the computer again this evening, debating whether it's too early to have yet another of her new favourite holiday drink for this year - a maple-flavoured whiskey called Sortilege (because Eggnog Paralyzers are so last year) - she has come up with a few new goals for Bat Fit 2016:
- Spend a little less time in the Four Seasons Sunroom, drinking coffee and watching wildlife.
- Start baking “bread” again. Beginning this Sunday and ending sometime in April when everyone's pants get too snug.
- Master the art of a decent-looking cast off.
- Be a better blogger.
And to all you dedicated readers who have stuck it out for another twelve months - your only reward being a paltry thirteen posts and an occasional giveaway - thanks for hanging around. No seriously, it means a lot. And no, that is not sarcasm. It really does.
A special thank-you to all the new readers over in Russia, who have been misdirected to the Attic via some circuitous route and arrive here expecting to find porn - only to discover a blog about knitting and baking and how to decorate your taxidermy for the holidays. Sorry about that.
Until next time, the insomniac wishes you nights of blissful sleep filled with pleasant dreams. Goodnight, my pretties.
* In all honesty, that's a crock - there actually is a Starbucks in Cochrane. But if a person is going to spend $5 on a beverage, she'd far rather spend it on beer than coffee. A decent cup of coffee can be made at home.
5. Learn how to make beer at home ...