If you're not knitting, the terrorists win

(My mostly on-topic ramblings about knitting. And life in general. My life in specific.)

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I'm a middle aged mother of 2 grown children and wife to a man who doesn't seem to mind my almost heroin-like yarn addiction. I spend my time writing, knitting, and generally stressing out.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Making Art

I love to shop with T. He genuinely enjoys himself. Maybe not so much the looking at yarn--although he has been known to point out a great deal or a new yarn. But he enjoys being with me and he makes the shopping trip better for me. (Not that a yarn shopping trip needs to be made any better! But hey, you put Cool Whip on pie, right? Same thing.)

So we're shopping. And T drops behind. Just for a second. Then he calls to me, "I'm creating art!"

Took me half a second to get it.

Friday, April 11, 2014

New UFO Started

I was just thinking that I didn't have enough on the needles. I mean, where's the challenge? So I decided to cast on another project.

Actually, this is for M and will go in the Christmas Knitting Box. It's Drops Design's Little Red Riding Slippers. Very cute boot-ish slippers with chunky cables and buttons.

The slipper part is worked on dpns, which are kind of a pain in the ass, but the upper part is done on straight needles. So that will kind of make up for it, I guess. (Until is comes time to sew the upper to the lower. Then I might not think it's so great, right?)

Still and all, it's bulky yarn, so it seems to be going pretty quickly. And it gives me the opportunity to mark the beginning of the round with one of the new stitch markers I made.

Stay tuned.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Yarn Organization

With just about a month left to go before we move to our new place, I am trying to think of a way to organize my yarn stash. Of course, the organization method I'm using right now is working just fine. It keeps all my yarn close at hand. But somehow, I don't think "Keeping It All Over The House" is the best organizational method for this move.


I'm thinking of getting a label gun (because everyone needs one of those anyway and how did I get to be this age without one, anyway?) and putting it all in plastic tubs and then labeling the outside (of course) but also the inside of the lid. That way I can call the outside "YARN," and the inside will be more specific: "LB Vanna Tangerine Mist - 2, Brick - 4, Charcoal - 6" or some such. Or maybe "WORSTED YARN" on the outside and all of that on the inside?

I am really a little worried about labelling so many tubs "YARN." It's going to make me look very bad.

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

If I Had A Hammer

Actually, I do have a hammer. And an anvil. And now I have some awesome metal stamps. I don't know what I'm going to do, but I've wanted to do some metal stamped jewelry for so long!

Stay tuned!

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Scarf Progress

But it takes so much knitting! Wow!

What's funny, is that I made one of these when I hadn't been a knitter for very long. It's not hard. It's just garter stitch, after all. But I just don't remember it taking so long. And I have to think that I'm a much faster knitter now than I was then. Funny how time distorts age you get older, isn't it?

Anyway, I've been knitting away on the scarf when R is not home (and I can take a break from work) and on the afghan when he is here. There's quite a bit of progress on both. In fact, I am now keeping only the scarf and its yarn in the bag and keeping the afghan and its yarn on top of the bag.

Hopefully, I will finish this scarf (and probably the afghan)within the next week and I will move on to some small projects. Yeah, small. I need to get some easy wins to motivate me again.

Monday, April 07, 2014

If All The World's A Stage...

...And we are poor players, I think my play is called Arachnophobia.

Seriously. I checked the shower before getting in today, but there somehow was a spider on the ceiling by the time I'd shampoo'd my hair. And then Achilles caught another one near the doorway. And then, I found a teeny tiny one by the sink. And you know what they say about baby spiders, right? Today there's a baby spider by the sink...

...but there's also about a million more baby spiders eating the dessicated corpse of their mama spider somewhere nearby.

I washed it down the drain, but I am always so creeped out to do that. Does anybody remember that Night Gallery episode where the woman keeps washing the spider down the drain and it keeps coming back, bigger and bigger, until it's finally the size of the whole room? Yeah, I know. Even as a child watching this, I thought "Why doesn't she just get a shoe and smash it? I'd like to see it come back from that."

But anyway. I know--logically--that can't really happen, but that's always there in the back of my mind, every time I wash a spider down the drain. (Damn you, Rod Serling.)

They're all coming from the space between the walls, I'm sure. This is why you should never have a pocket door in your house, no matter how cool you think it is. Because that pocket, dear heart, is actually just the space in between the walls. And that space is spiderlicious.

Sunday, April 06, 2014

Scarfing Along

Another Doctor Scarf update. Still not done. Still knitting along. I'm about 3/4 done now. And between this scarf and the Magic Ball Afghan, I'm juuuuuuust about done with garter stitch.

But, I have to say, garter stitch is about the best thing to be knitting when you're on Benadryl.

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