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Monday Meme

This fun little meme comes from cowgalutah. Do a google images search on the answers to the following questions and post the first result thusly:

How old will you be on your next birthday?

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What is the name of a place you would like to visit?

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What is your favorite place?

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What are your favorite things?

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What is your favorite food?

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What is your favorite color?

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What is your nickname?

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Where were you born?

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Fun, huh? If you use this meme on your blog, let me know. I would love to see what you come up with.

crochet · Knitting

Coming Out of Retirement

Last night, I finished the Kitty Pi,

and then spent several hours playing around with my stash, trying to decide what to cast on next.

This is never an easy process for me. There’s just so much to chose from! I have an okay-sized stash with some yarn purchased for specific projects and a lot of other random yarn from projects I was going to do, but have since changed my mind about. Take, for example, the 5 skeins of Red Heart Super Saver that I picked up to knit into a bat costume for Isaac. Luckily, he changed his mind and decided instead to wear the awesome Jaguar costume I got for him at the second-hand store. But now I have a huge amount of yarn taking up an inordinate amount of space in my stash, yarn that I’m not all that excited about. I had considered giving it away, until I saw this on Ravelry. I’ll admit, I used to crochet a lot, but abandoned it entirely to make room for knitting. I really liked this project, however, and thought it would be nice to have a big warm afghan to keep in our living room. So, I decided to come out of crochet retirement and I hooked it on late last night.

Although, I wonder how much I will like this project when it turns into a gigantic plain black star, hah!

Also, I had this pair of toe-up Jaywalkers hibernating in my sock yarn stash. I decided to wake them up, in support of my friend Dawn who is wrestling with her own pair of Jaywalkers (knit in the traditional manner).

I figure these projects with keep me busy, at least through Christmas anyway, when Santa brings me a set of Knit Picks Options. Then I can cast on this and this and this. Yay! (Oh, and let’s not forget this.)

What is the process you use to decide what project to knit (or crochet) next? Do you struggle with it as much as I do?

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First Sentence Meme

I’ve seen this around and thought it would be fun. Let’s have a look back at a year of blogging, shall we? The idea is to post the first sentence from the first post of each month. Enjoy, and please feel free to use at will! (Thanks to Carole!)

January
I blog about as often as I journal.

February
We’re home from our trip to Florida.

March
I am knitting away on E’s sweater.

April
It has been a while since my last post and I think I ought to take care of that, even though there isn’t much to post about.

May
I don’t know how many posts I will do where the sole purpose is to point you to a link–this is my first–but I wanted to share this link with so many people, I figured this would be the easiest way.

June
It’s Faire season.

July
I woke up yesterday, feeling slightly nauseous and was, two hours later, in the throes of a vicious stomach flu.

August
…too busy getting ready to schlep up to Madison with my children to see the Yarn Harlot tomorrow.

September
…chosen by random sequence generation at random.org, is Bellamoden!

October
I had to rip back a few inches of my secret project because I didn’t “short row down” enough stitches.

November
Remember when I mentioned that I would be too busy in the month of November for Holiday knitting?

December
Today has been one of those days, spent mostly distracted by the computer and cleaning up after children (including the 6′4″ child to whom I am married) and I have nothing of interest really to report.

This is a fun meme. I notice that I start a lot of blog posts with some variation of “I don’t have anything to blog about” but I always seem to come up with something. I think I’m going to resolve not to do that in the new year. Hah. That’s a post for another day! :-)

TMI

I Apologize in Advance

I survived the week of supreme bitchiness and wanting to eat all the chocolate only to arrive at the week of wanting to snuggle up on the couch with my hot water bottle, a cup of coffee, and my knitting. I wonder if the children can make their own meals for the next couple of days.

Knitting · life

More FOs

So, after my last post, I cast on this:

santa hat

A Santa Hat. I’ve had the yarn for this in my stash since the year I started knitting, so about 4 years now. I never cast it on because by the time I was in the mood to knit Santa Hats, I never thought I could finish in time for Christmas. My knitting skills must be coming along because I cast on Saturday afternoon and finished Sunday afternoon. Hooray for learning!

Anyway, when that was finished, I cast on this:

Doozer Bed

A Kitty Pi for Doozer. And, it’s a good thing, too, because last night the kids trashed the cheep-o cat condo we got at Target a couple of months ago. They must’ve caught a little cabin fever because hoo-boy was it crazy in here. Speaking of crazy, it’s starting to escalate again.

Ta!

Knitting

Two Hats

I actually got some knitting done this week. Check out my Calorimetry:

Calorimetry Back View

Calorimetry side/top view

I actually had a hard time with this because I didn’t realize at first that in order to get gauge with it, you have to stretch your swatch as far as you would like it to stretch on your head before you measure it. My first attempt measured nearly 32″ long, unstretched. The pattern states it should be 24″ long, stretched. Needless to say, I had to do some math and fiddle with the pattern a little. My Calorimetry is worked on 78 sts with a gauge of 3.25 sts/inch. I think it’s adorable.

Also, the other night, I finished a Who Hat for Mr. Interrupted:

Who Hat

It didn’t come out as DoctorWhoScarf-ery as I had envisioned, but I’m still happy with it.

I now, officially, have nothing on my needles (no projects AT ALL, how is that even possible?) and am going to spend the rest of this evening rooting through my stash and scouring the Ravelry pattern pages to figure out what I’m going to knit next.

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Pay It Forward Meme

Pay It Forward is probably one of the best internet themes I’ve seen. The following is lifted almost directly from Divine Bird

I have joined in Pay It Forward, the blogging adventure in which I create handmade gifts for the first three people to comment on this post. In exchange, those three people must also post this on their blog, and create handmade gifts for the first three people that comment on THEIR entries…and so on, and so forth.

The great thing about this particular little meme, however, is that the time limit on the gifts is ONE YEAR. That’s right–you have ONE YEAR in which to make and send your gift. Since I am posting on December 6th, 2007, I will promise that the gift will arrive on your doorstep sometime between now and December 5, 2008. It may not be a big gift, or an especially expensive gift, and I might not even announce that it’s on its way. But it WILL be a special, handmade gift made JUST for you. I will take into account your likes and dislikes, and you never know whether it’ll be a knitted item, a box of cookies, or even a tape of songs I sing (okay, maybe not that).

If you want one of these very special little gifts, you have to be one of the first three commenters, and you do need to offer this same thing on your blog. Even if you’re not usually crafty, nothing says you can’t bake cookies or make a card or a scrapbook, or whatever. The only thing is that you have to make the gift yourself.

I’m looking forward to your comments! :-)

Later, a Finished Object…

Uncategorized

Moving Day

I know this will come as news to everyone, but I have been thinking for some time about changing blog hosts. Part of the reason I was so distracted by the computer yesterday is that I was setting up my blog over here. One of the benefits will be that it will be easier to interact with my readers/commenters, which is what I believe to be the purpose of blogging in the first place. I do hope you will continue reading and commenting. So what are you hanging around here for? Head on over and let me know what you think! :-)

life

Ugh!

Today has been one of those days, spent mostly distracted by the computer and cleaning up after children and I have nothing of interest really to report. I seem to have lost my writing groove, but seriously? Who could blame me? I want to knit but whenever I pick up my needles, the project I’m working on just seems to flail around in my hands and I have no love for it. To top it off, Christmas is just 22 days away and I am behind. Really behind. Usually I get ready for Christmas in November, but I was otherwise occupied. It’s not just my knitting that’s flailing, it’s me.

*glub, glub*

Ah well, tomorrow is another day!