I needed your comments to make me feel better and I do! You're right, why cast on for something that you're just not in love with. It doesn't make sense to spend all that precious time and energy on something you feel blah about. Thanks also to Stacey's suggestion as I casted on for a scarf this weekend. (have you seen her puppies btw!!) There's nothing better than Grumperina's Shifting Sands and Malabrigo to make one fall in love with knitting all over again.
At first the color of the Malabrigo threw me - it's a brown pinkish color to which my lovely Boyfriend called "roast beef" but I got over his hunger influenced mind and continued to knit.
I went this weekend up to a lake in the Adirondacks called Otter Lake. One of my closest friends has a house there and we decided to go up to enjoy a nice long quiet weekend. I spent a good deal of my weekend sitting lake side with my girlfriends who both re-kindled their knitting skills this weekend. One is working on a Retro Redux Shrug while the other is working on a simple baby blanket. I think I got them hooked!
It feels good to see someone get excited about something you get excited about daily!
As for my work, it has calmed down dramatically. The first two weeks were so hectic I think they made everything else I have to do seem so much more doable. As much as I really felt like I got my butt kicked I'm happy I had to do it. The scarf has also been an excellent gateway knit easing me back to work time. It's the perfect project to accompany me to the many presentations I will start to do at night.