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I’m not going to lie to you — this year hasn’t seen my best work, knitting-wise.

I started to list the highlights of this past year, by month, and I got bored doing it. I got bored talking about my own self. How lame is that? And when I looked at my Ravelry projects I saw that I only have 10 projects completed for the entire 12 months of 2008. TEN. And two of them are actually one project (the snowflake IOU gift ornaments), so really it’s nine. Nine paltry lame-ass projects.

Morning Light

Part of me feels like a failure about this, and part of me is pretty much okay with it. So I didn’t knit everything I wrote down on my list. I enjoyed what I did knit and enjoyed the time I spent not knitting. So I didn’t accomplish everything on my other resolutions list. I did buy a house and I did get my ass in gear (though not all the way into shape…). I ran a 3K in August and currently have very stiff hamstrings from my latest trip to the gym, which now includes weight training. I’m counting that as a win.

All over but the starchin'

Overall, 2008 was a pretty good year for me. I made a pair of socks. I made mittens. I traveled to New Jersey for the first time to visit an awesome friend. I sort of slept through an earthquake. I got a sweet tattoo. I took some good pictures. I took in a sweet cat. I started volunteering. See? Full of win.

And as it turned out, this past Sunday found me winning yet again. I was at Knit Night (having a really good time, with Heather and Anna and Sandi and more! all there in one place for the first time in like a billion years) working on Clapotis (Ravelry link) (my project page). I was in Section 4 and had 1 1/2 repeats left to go according to my little sticky note. I kept looking at the stitch count and thinking I had far fewer stitches than suggested for where I was. Turns out I was about 2 repeats ahead of myself and was actually at the end of Section 4! I don’t know if I had knit more than I thought and never noted it on the sticky (possible) or if benevolent Knitting Gnomes came to my aid and worked on my scarf for me (highly probable), but it didn’t matter — I was in the home stretch. Section 5 flew by and, amid the cheers of my fellow knitters, I came to the final stitch…

Last Stitch

(Sorry for the blurry… the flash washed everything out and I wanted to document this piece of awesomesauce quickly.)

It’s now off the needles all I have left to do is help the remaining stitches drop down (like half of them are left) and weave in the ends. I hear blocking is not necessary with this scarf, but I might just wash it and gently pin it out anyway.

That’s my year. I’m glad it’s ending on a high note. How was your 2008? Epic win or epic fail? Share in the comments!

And even though I just installed The Internet in my house last night (first in-home internet since the move!), I’ll probably maintain radio silence as we’re having 12+ houseguests over the holiday. Happy New Year everyone!

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The weather has turned a little cooler in the last couple days, and I’m starting to see autumn everywhere. I love it. I’m so ready for summer heat to be over. The forecast calls for one day out of the next week to be in the 80s, and the rest of them are low-to-mid 70s! Hooray! Bring on the sweater weather!

And bring on the babies. My friend is due on September 20th or 21st, and while she’s hoping the baby will come sooner, I’m hoping for an on-time or fashionably late arrival, as I’m still working on this:

There's a little pooling

I’ve passed the halfway point, where I measured the length and found it to be exactly half of the width. Now that I’ve done that, of course, I’m certain to find myself circling the Black Hole of Knitting and it may take me some time to get out. I love this pattern for its simplicity (seed stitch a bit, knit a bit, purl a bit, seed stitch some more; repeat) and mindlessness (hello re-watching the whole series of West Wing!), but I’ve loved simple and mindless things before and it always takes some effort to extract myself from them. For example, my first high school boyfriend.

For now, though, this blanket is treating me pretty well. I can watch intelligent TV while I knit on it (though not subtitled foreign films), I can take it to knit night and feed it beer (really, I dropped a corner in my Guinness on Sunday. This baby is going to be a rabble-rouser, I can tell). It’s a good pattern.

Do you see the pooling purple XX in there? I think it’s charming and hilarious that this baby is going to have a hot pink blanket with two Xs worked into it. Outstanding.

Last Friday I had Anna and The Red Queen over to cut up t-shirts for the purpose of making recycled bathmats/throw rugs. You may recall (but maybe not, it’s okay) the bathmat I crocheted three years ago. It’s time to make some more, as half my basement floor is cold concrete and one of my kitchen rugs really belongs outside.

So we’re sitting on my living room floor (Anna likes the carpet), cutting our accumulated t-shirts into strips (pictures to follow), and Anna asked me this extremely puzzling question:

“So what are you knitting for you now?”

Just for me? Hmm. Well, I’ve got the completely stalled green socks from April that I can’t seem to finish, the stunted Sprout cardigan (Ravelry link) that is lost in its own black hole of knitting, and … yeah. A few other things in which I have totally lost interest. I don’t know if it’s the projects or the fact that summer kind of sucked my love of knitting from my soul, but I haven’t been inclined to knit anything for myself lately. And (and I just realized this) I find it pretty weird that I’ve been knitting on this pink baby blanket exclusively since I started it. What the crackers is going on?

So, after this blanket is finished I’m going to start on something that is for me. I don’t know what that is yet, but I’m thinking something warm. A shawl in worsted alpaca, purchased on my honeymoon? A Clapotis in a silvery silk/wool blend, a wedding gift from my favorite knitters of all time (because I may be the last knitter in the known universe to knit this amazing scarf)? The DROPS jacket that Femiknitter made? So many choices. So many warm and cozy possibilities to wrap up in.

And autumn is coming.

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So, you know how I said before that I haven’t been knitting much and I didn’t know why? And you know how I’ve been kind of absent from the blog lately?

Yeah, I know why I haven’t been knitting or posting. I just haven’t told you about it.

We’re buying a house.

That is why.

The story goes like this: We’ve been looking at houses for months and months, finding lots of houses out of our price range and lots of houses in our price range that need to have lots of work done or be completely gutted because it’s vacant/it’s older/someone let the 20 cats use the house as a litter box. I was getting a bit depressed about the whole thing.

Then we started looking in the town just north of our town (they’re practically the same town, really) and were finding some nice homes that were in our price range. We found a townhouse that was recently vacated, needed a bit of work and was, mirable dictu, affordable. This house had been on the market back in April and had gone under contract, but the buyers’ financing fell through and the house went back on the market. So we offered. The same buyers from before were back in the mix and could (a) offer more AND (b) close faster. We offered a little more, but the other buyers trumped us (it’s not hard, we have nothing) and the pretty townhouse was on its way to being owned by these other people.

Or so we thought! We found out on July 3rd that these other buyers’ financing fell through again and that the seller was ready to accept our offer (not the original offer, of course, the one we bumped up to in order to compete with Non-Financed Buyers)! So now we’re in the process of getting our loan finalized, negotiating with the seller for a credit for some things, and zooming toward a closing date of July 31st-ish. Zooming, I say.

This is what the living room looks like:

upheaval in the main room

Another bare shelf

And I am slowly coming to terms with how much crap I own. It’s ridiculous. We’ve set aside roughly 150 – 200 books to donate to the library’s upcoming book sale…
as seen here
another look at the books

and STILL have lots of boxes of books. I have packed about 1/4 to 1/3 of my yarn stash into a huge box (bagged first, to avoid dust and critters!), filled another 13 gallon garbage bag, and still have tons of yarn left to pack up. (If you are interested in helping me defray the costs of moving, avoid moving yarn I don’t want, and if you like mohair, please see my Ravelry trade/sell page for more information.) The coolest thing about this new place? I get a yarn room.

Any tips on packing? Moving? How to remove wallpaper (seriously it’s hideous) and choose paint colors together without ruining your marriage?

I’ll be posting sporadically through the rest of this month, and probably into early August. We’ll be getting a new internet service provider when we move so we can stop paying Comcast $70.00 a month for internet (“But it would be cheaper if you only purchased cable TV as well!!!”), so we’ll see how that goes.

Another goal to cross off the list. It feels pretty good.

And I forgot to say Happy Birthday to NinjaHusband. Happy Birthday!
Campfire, Nick

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Renae! Who is, sadly, without blog.

The random number generator randomly generated the number 12, which means Renae wins the sock yarn. Renae, I’ve emailed you for your address.

Thank you to every one of you who commented — I really appreciate seeing everyone’s name and hearing what you like about springtime knitting. I’m with Jessica who liked the no-sleeves aspect of spring. I’ve started a tank top in the round (more on that project later) and I love that it’s going to be done when the body is done.

I’m also loving this new (-ish) project…

… which is keeping me on my toes. Counting is definitely not my strong suit these days. I blame the gorgeous weather. It’s Molly’s Headband from the Sweet Somethings extra (it’s a .pdf) from IK a hundred years ago or something. The yarn is Twize from SWTC, and it’s in the colorway Twing. I love the shine, I love the color, and I love that it’s making a great headband.

And in honor of spring and things I love and all things green, I bought this wallet from DogwoodLane at etsy. Fantastic customer service, quick shipping, and stellar work. If you need a new wallet, go to her. Go.

In other news, if you’re thinking of going on the Yaz birth control pill, don’t. It’s made me miss a period, break out in more acne than I’ve had since sophomore year of high school, and now I’m having the period from hell during the hormone weeks. We hates it, precious, and we’re going back to our old pill in 24 days.

What do you think? Too much? (Hi Mom!)

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Hey kiddies, sorry to have left all that yarn up there for a week. I didn’t mean to make you wach my commercialism on purpose. I spent most of last week either blowing my nose every three seconds, bitching about my inability to smell or taste anything, or under heavy sedation (god bless Nyquil), and wasn’t able to get to the computer. And then, when I was able, I didn’t really want to. You know.

But I started feeling loads better on Saturday and Sunday, and this is what happened:

This might be more impressive if I had a picture of what this corner of the office looked like before. Or what the insides of the drawers looked like, for that matter. I got rid of FOUR huge BAGS OF YARN (stop freaking out, it was crap acrylic) which I had acquired in the days when I was a new crocheter with high hopes of an afghan for everyone I knew! and purchased with quantity, rather than quality, in mind. Lots of Red Heart. Lots of leftovers. Lots of crap just taking up space. Those bags were surrounding the dresser like grumpy castle guards, making it very difficult for me to get into the drawers. Eventually I stopped using them for actual storage. When I emptied them out they just had a few scraps each. Excellent use of space!!!

Now, the dresser holds almost all my yarn (not the sock yarn, that’s still in the living room). The top drawer holds leftover balls that are actually worth keeping around, a case of embroidery floss, my shears, and probably other things. (What? It’s a spring cleaning, not a spring complete-conversion-to-the-church-of-Martha.) The other three drawers are packed with all my real yarn. I even emptied out the under-bed storage box and moved that stuff in with the rest.

The blue bag to the left of the dresser holds the crocheted ripple afghan my grandma Shirley was working on before she died. The plastic bags in the foreground hold all the yarn I’m trying to sell (see previous post and also here if you are interested and if you are I love you a lot). I do have one more large bag (another crocheted afghan project) that’s currently out in the living room. It taunts me with its mass.

This is the top of the dresser. The wicker basket is holding my current WIPs. The crate holds my swift, ballwinder, and Eucalan (other stuff too, but I’ll share that another day). The top of the crate holds some Cascade EcoWool (for swatching or for a house cozy – that stuff has some outstanding yardage), my straight needle roll, and the dyepot and dyecolander, which of course both hold extra yarn that won’t fit in the dresser.

And that is the story of how a little case of cabin fever can turn into a giant destashing and a soothing feeling of having control over one’s yarn. Let us hope it lasts.

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All yarn has lived with me for 3+ years in a non-pet, non-smoking home, and has spent most of its time in plastic bags. It’s lovely stuff, but mohair and I just don’t get along. I’m open to PayPal and check (will wait until it clears). Shipping (you choose method) is not included in the price here, but will be when the order is compete.

For Sale Unger Legacy Cotton/Mohair

9 x 50g balls of Unger Legacy, one ball had been swatched and then rewound, but all the yardage (appx 140 yds per ball) is there.
32% nylon, 26% acrylic, 26% cotton, 16% mohair
Color #01, Dove

Price: $35.00 the lot

For Sale Mohair of Unknown Origin

A friend works at a place where yarn companies send their stuff to be made into color cards. They have huge amounts left over, and I got this batch in a sale a few years ago. It came to me in weird cone-shaped hanks, and I’ve wound them into yarn cakes. I don’t know what brand this is, what the total fiber content is (though Mohair is pretty obvious), and I don’t know the yardage. The yarn WPI is about 6 w
ith space left for the fluffs to spread out.

Dark purple, 9 ounces
Price: $20.00
now $10.00

Blue/purple variegated, 11 ounces
Price: $24.00 now $12.00

Raspberry/deep pink, 10 ounces
Price: $22.00 now $11.00

Midnight blue, 6.5 ounces
Price: $11.00 now $5.50

Medium blue, 5.5 ounces
Price: $9.00 now $4.50

Turquoise/robin’s egg blue, 2 ounces
Price: $4.00 now $2.00

Acid green, 3 ounces
Price: $5.00 now $2.50

Dark blue, 4.5 ounces
Price: $6.50 now $3.25

Want the whole lot? All Mystery Mohair for $40.00 plus shipping.

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