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If my goal for March was to organize and execute a birth fair/expo and get MASSIVELY sick, then yes, I accomplished my March goals.

Goddamn the end of that month was hard.

I had a really great time working with a friend to put together the birth fair, but then I couldn’t enjoy the afterglow of our success because I immediately came down with the worst sinus/ear infection I’ve had in a long time. It was totally gross. If I say now that my goal was to produce the most snot ever produced by one person, does that mean I win? Because you guys, I totally did. I went through three boxes of kleenex in less than seven days. EPIC is the only word I have to describe my sickness.

Anyway!

I also took pictures during the month of March. Here they are.

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March 10th, 2010 – DeKalb IL
These are raccoon pawprints in the cement of a sidewalk next to the St Mary’s parking lot on Pine Street. It had just rained, or snow had just melted, and the impressions caught the water in such a fun way.

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March 18th, 2010 – DeKalb IL
Some delicious hummus prettily presented at The House Cafe. I love going there on my lunch hour (and it’s where we held the birth fair on the 27th). Everyone there is lovely, and beautiful things like this happen all the time.

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March 18th, 2010 – Sycamore IL
I doubled up on the pictures for this day, which is something I hadn’t wanted to do when I started this project, but you guys, MY SOCKS! I finished them! And they’re so pretty! And they fit perfectly! I love them! SOCKS! I’m kind of chuffed/embarrassed because it took so long to finish them but they are so very awesome. I’m not sure I’ll ever love top-down socks, but these were not so bad once I actually kicked my own ass to finish them.

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March 23rd, 2010 – DeKalb IL
Speaking of OMG PROUD, I freaking love this picture. I took probably 30+ shots when I was trying to get this one, with the pink/red in focus and the white of the church steeple in the background, against all that blue sky. SO COOL. I may have to frame this one just so I can gaze on it forever. I love spring.

Now that it is Tax Day and April is half over, I will tell you that my goal for this month is to get back into the gym regularly (because the Evil Plague knocked me out of my routine for a really long time), choose 12 pictures from last year’s Project 365 and print them out and get them framed, and update this blog at least three more times. This month.

Tonight’s goal: leave work on time, pick up delicious takeout food, and make some gin and juice for my drinkydrink. You know why.

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Which is why they’re going up ahead of my next batch of daily photos.

My Chosen-by-Blog Socks are done! D-U-N done!

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I started these on April 22, 2008 and finished August 23, 2009. Yes, these socks have been in the works for 16 months. I am appropriately shamed.

foot!

This sock (above) was finished first, last year sometime. Then I stalled on the second one, because I wasn’t knitting them at the same time, as is my wont. Apparently I only have 2 sets of 2.25mm / US 1 double points, and one set was tied up in another sock that ultimately died a froggy death because it was too tight. I have learned my lesson and will never knit single socks alone again.

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This sock (above, again) was the second one that got neglected. And by the time I got around to knitting on it again, I had grabbed the wrong pattern like an idiot. (At one point I had downloaded and printed off a bunch of Wendy’s toe-up sock patterns, and for some reason thought I was working on the Toe-Up Gusset Heel, when in reality I had been working from Toe-Up Slipstich Heel) When I realized my mistake I bemoaned my stupidity, cursed my eyes, and threw the socks into the bottom of the workbag.

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I didn’t pick this up until two weeks ago, when Femiknitter was visiting. I had finished most of the baby knitting I was working on (except for the baby blanket, which I’ll talk about later), wanted a simple stockinette project (the better for talking while knitting), and pulled this out. Femiknitter must have some project mojo because every time I have a stalled project around her, I pick it back up and finish it within a few weeks. I pulled back the yarn to where I could start the correct heel and forged ahead like I owned the place.

twisted rib

The pattern is Wendy’s Toe-Up with Slipstitch Heel, and I added three columns of twisted knit stitches along the sides, and topped the socks with 1×1 twisted rib. Delicious.

I wore them yesterday, because it was a little cool for August, and they fit perfectly. Hooray!

Ravelry project page

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Not all of my time has been eaten by the house.

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Hurricane Hat, modeled by our lovely and enormous aloe plant, named Chuck Norris. That’s right. Chuck Norris.

I did have time to knit a tiny baby hat for Henry, who will join his parents (our good friends) in the air-breathing world sometime in September.

Want more details? My Ravelry project page, the pattern.

It went superfast and only took about 23 grams of fingering weight yarn. Amazing.

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The hat in progress. It’s so tiny!

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I think I prefer knitting to massive home projects, overall.

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In Bloom

I’ve started up a new project for a baby-to-be.

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This replaces the blanket I started a few weeks ago — that one just wasn’t working out for me and was threatening to take too long.

Pretty stripes!

So my solution? Rip out the blanket and cast on for a baby cardigan. But instead of making it baby-sized, I cast on for the largest size possible, 2-3 years.

Stripey Cardigan

Yeah. Big time saver there, right? Whatever, I’m in it now and there’s no way I’m ripping back, so I’ll continue deluding myself that because I’m using smaller yarn and needles, and because the yarn will shrink when machine washed, and because I want to give something that the baby will wear for longer than 30 seconds, that this will all be okay.

Besides, the baby shower is in 8 days and I don’t have time to think about the consequences of my actions. I only have time to knit. A lot.

another shot from above

On the upside, some inspiration hit me this morning as I worked on this cardigan before work. After this is done and presented at the baby shower, I’ll knit a baby blanket using the same yarn & stripe pattern. And that will be used when the baby is still tiny. And then I’ll feel better about myself.

Pattern: SuperNatural Stripes by Fawn Pea / Ravelry link / my project page
Yarn: Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece in Wisteria, Peridot, Banana, and Prosperous Plum
Needles: 4.0mm/US 6
Days Remaining: 7, 8-ish if I count tonight and next Saturday morning
To Help with the Miles of Stockinette: listening to the Harry Potter books (on #3) and re-watching Scrubs

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Green is my color

I didn’t get last week’s pictures up last night because I was busy finishing this:

Tuscany cast off

Excuse me while I go block it.

SQUEE OF JOY!!

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Sunday Top Ten

I’m stealing this meme from every other blogger. Want to play along? Set your ipod to shuffle all (or play all, whatever) and list the first ten songs that come up.

1. “Dream Lover” by Bobby Darin
2. “Footloose” by Kenny Loggins
3. “Take a Chance on Me” by ABBA
4. “One More Robot / Sympathy 3000-21” by The Flaming Lips
5. “Miseria Cantare (The Beginning)” by AFI
6. “Bad Education” by Tilly and the Wall
7. “Wise Up” by Aimee Man
8. “Bloody Mother Fucking Asshole” by Martha Wainwright
9. “All the Umbrellas in London” by The Magnetic Fields
10. “Red Tide” by Neko Case

Huh. That’s kind of a weird list.

In other news, I’m two repeats away from finishing the shawl, and I’ve reached the Slogging Bit. I had hoped to get it done this weekend, but got busy with all the doing nothing that I did instead.

Leaves!

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My plans for this week included:

1. Filing our tax return
2. Buy a plane ticket to Philadelphia for May
3. Start playing with paint colors for the kitchen
4. Finishing several knitting projects
5. Cleaning the kitchen
6. Doing several loads of laundry
7. Uploading pictures
8. Updating my other blog
9. Being awesome
10. Knit on my shawl

My plans for the weekend did not include:

1. Getting sicker and possibly developing laryngitis which is making me too tired to do any of those things on the list.

And yet.

However, I have been knitting on the shawl.

Tuscany shawl, in progress

So I’ve got that going for me.

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