the knitting ref

Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Looking Forward

Throughout my life, I’ve needed to have things to look forward to. It didn’t have to be anything big—just something that requires a little thinking, planning, anticipating. It doesn’t matter. Just thinking about “it” makes me happy.

So right now, I’m in looking-forward-heaven. Let me count the ways:

1. Tomorrow I get my Sockapaloooza match. Can’t wait. Last round, my spoilee was from Israel (I think she’s signed up again so I mustn’t have done too badly). I would love to have another international pal. I would mind if my spoiler was international either.

2. 10 days till the start of the Knitting Olympics. (Oh yeah, the Winter Olympics in Torino too.) It just absolutely cracks me up that there are almost 1,900 knitters joining in the fun. I think it’s so incredibly cool how this is bringing so many people together that would otherwise not even have an opportunity to know that one another existed.

3. President’s Day weekend camping trip. We haven’t decided if we’re going to the desert or the beach. Personally, I don’t care, I just want to get away and knit. (See #2 above.)

4. My veggie garden. It looks like all the bean seedlings survived the transplant process, and the rest of the seedlings are coming along nicely.

5. My first Secret Pal package, or the next card or other contact. I’m having so much fun with that.

6. Valentine’s Day. Neither the Hubster or I have spoken about any specific plans, but we always do something together.

7. Making really fast progress on Mariah. I'm halfway through the back (stockinette stitch goes really fast), and I think I'm ready to tackle the other sleeve.

And that’s just what’s up for the next couple weeks.

Sunday, January 29, 2006

End of the Weekend



This is the gorgeous sunrise I saw Saturday morning and had to grab the camera. What's wrong with that statement? I was awake BEFORE DAWN on a SATURDAY. That's what's wrong. I am not, never have been and never will be a morning person. But, we were up at o'dark 30 to go referee.

And referee we did. 2 very good games, and we were home. I woke up to a pain in my side, so I was rather cranky all day Saturday. But I was bound and determined to get some serious gardening done. And garden I did.

I don't like Southern California summers, and complain long and bitterly about the heat. BUT, one thing I do really like is being able to garden in January. The front planter had gotten completely overgrown, so over the past few weeks I've been digging it out little by little. This weekend, I put in weedcloth in the bottom and around the insides. Hopefully, this will get rid of the nasty crabgrass that seems to have totally taken over the yard. Then I got it filled in with a good dirt, compost and peat moss combo. When I'm in a bad mood, there are very few things better than burying my hands in the good earth.



I have always been anti-pesticides/herbicides my whole life and have only gotten more so since my cancer diagnosis. So, in order to prepare the veggie bed, I take a page from a book I have long since lost by Rodale Press. To kill off grass without using herbicides, cut down the grass as low as possible and cover with 5-6 layers of newspapers. The newspapers prevent grass growth. Because I should have done this in October/November to maximize "cooking time", I also covered the area with a bit of weedcloth. In about 6 weeks, I'll be able to pull off the newspapers, and dig up the dead grass roots without a great deal of trouble. I've done this a number of times in different areas of the front yard that I've turned over to flower beds. (If I want to make it "pretty" while I'm waiting, I cover it it wood chips. This is on the side yard where nobody except my neighbot can see it. And they welcome it--it means they'll be getting some of the bounty come summer.) It's a great work reducer.

Then it'll be veggie planting time! Course, I couldn't wait. I think I posted previously that I started seeds a couple weeks ago. If you look closely in the raised planter, you see little tiny bush bean seedlings. I can almost taste 'em. Yum!

Friday, January 27, 2006

Progress At Last

I didn't do much of anything last night--the day was too busy. Our court had an outreach program at a local high school. That always involves a lot of running around, but I really enjoy connecting with the kids. We really had a good group. With teenagers you never know what you're going to get, but there was lots of interaction.

In the afternoon, I went to watch the niecelet play H.S. soccer. She scored a goal and the team won. I was really proud of her because it really took some second effort to score. She has grown so much as a player this season.

After the game, I did stop by the LYS. I needed a size 6 circ. to do my shawl for the Knitting Olympics. And like any elite athlete (read knitter), I need top-of-the-line equipment in order to perform at my optimum level. Right? Right? (Well, that's my story and I'm sticking to it.) So I seccumbed to the Addi Turbos. I also bought a size 7 Addi Natura for the rest of Mariah.

But the day took it's toll. I was too pooped. I was also too aggravated to really want to pick up Mariah. I had been making slow progress, but Wednesday night I had to re-knit the same 5 rows twice. I quit when I realized I needed to frog it a 3rd time.

So it wasn't until this evening that I picked the sleeve up for a 3rd time, frogged the problem area,and put it on the new Addi. This time, no problems. I like these needles. They made it so much easier. (Or maybe it's all in my mind. Who cares. It worked.)



I'm less than 2 inches from moving on to the back. I'm ready. Really, really ready. The joy of learning to do cables has given way (a long time ago) to tedium.

Well, off to bed no. We have early morning games to referee, and I really want to get my garden beds ready for planting this weekend. With this chemo, I have a feeling a nap or 2 may also be in order.

Addis rock!

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

It's a Jaywalker



Well, the day was spent at the doctor's office/hospital in appointments and tests. As I had already pretty much guessed, the nasty buggers are becoming really active again, so it means I'm back on chemo--Cytoxan this time. We'll see how this one works. Thankfully, it's in pill form; no I.V. I took my first dose about an hour and a half ago and so far no problems.

Since I was stuck in waiting rooms a good portion of the day, it means I got a fair amount of knitting done. I had some work with me that took about an hour, and then after that it was knit, knit, knit. And I finished my first Jaywalker. Man does knitting on 1's work up slowly.

Although I tried several different shots, the camera just doesn't do this colorway (Carbon Dating) justice (it doesn't on Blue Moon's website either). It is absolutely gorgeous.

In fact, I was standing in line at the pharmacy (knitting, of course) and one of the hospital volunteers stops and oohs and aahs over it. She'd never heard of Sock that Rock yarn, so I was happy to fill her in.

Now I'm off to cast on for the 2nd sock.

Monday, January 23, 2006

I Got Nuttin'

I've been trying to sign up for Sockapaloooza since 9:00 (o.k. 9:01), but am having no luck. So instead, I decided to make a post.

First off, I got a cool e-card from my SP. She is so cool. She really makes me feel like she's read my blog and has picked up on what's important to me. It was really nice to pick it up today since I had another nasty CT scan today (yuck).

Since I got nuttin', I'm going to post a meme that's been making the rounds.

Four Jobs You Have Had In Your Life:
1. Newpaper delivery girl.
2. Pizza restaurant assistant manager.
3. Paralegal
4. Supervising Judicial Assistant (doesn't that sound spacial?!?)

Four Movies You Could Watch Over and Over:
1. Lord of the Rings series
2. Dirty Dancing
3. Sleepless in Seattle
4. Young Dr. Frankenstein

Four Places You Have Lived:
1. San Bernardino, California
2. Highland, California
3. San Bernardino, California
4. That's it.

Four TV Shows You Love To Watch:
1. West Wing
2. Dancing with the Stars
3. Desparate Housewives
4. Any football or soccer game

Four Places You Have Been On Vacation:
1. Big Sur
2. Hawaii
3. Colorado
4. New Mexico

4 Websites You Visit Daily:
1. Yarn Harlot
2. Crazy Aunt Purl
3. L.A. Times
4. Knitty.com forums

Four Of Your Favorite Foods:
1. Chocolate (Duh!)
2. Prime rib
3. Thai food
4. Potatoes (any way, any kind)

Four Places You Would Rather Be Right Now:
1. Anywhere with the Hubster
2. Big Sur
3. New Zealand
4. In front of a roaring fire

Four Bloggers You Are Tagging: Anyone who wants it!

Saturday, January 21, 2006

Pass the Alcohol

I had this big ol' rant worked up in my mind, but when I finally sat down to the keyboard, I find I can't in good conscience put it all out there in the cyberworld. But I am gonna vent just a bit.

The subject: My MIL. She's in town for a visit. First of all, she won't stay with us (or anybody else she goes to visit), instead staying at a motel (but not the one I recommended). When the Hubster and I first married, I was rather miffed over this. I have since decided that this is, as Martha Stewart says, "a good thing." And why would I be so anxious for a little distance, you ask? The woman plays 20 Questions. Times 8,326,497. And then she questions your answer. I'm exhausted, I tell ya.

Because I have to really focus on the conversation, intricate knitting is out. But it does mean that I was able to do a Kitty Pi. In about 3 hours.

And it obviously is as big a hit as the first one. Felicity apparently couldn't even wait to claim it before it was fully dry. Of course, as soon as I grabbed the camera, she quit sitting pretty and decided it was bath time.

I did this one yesterday and felted it this morning. I held out for about an hour before I started another Pi. I just can't sit. There are times when the stash is a lifesaver. I got about halfway through this one before we left for dinner.

She's back at the motel (thank God she's a morning person) now, and I'm relaxing with a little adult libation.

One more day, just one more day.

Thursday, January 19, 2006

I am such a Joiner


So when the Yarn Harlot issued the Olympic challenge, what was I to do, but join in the fun?

My training regime includes working hard on Mariah--I'm up to almost 10 inches of sleeve now; and Jaywalker--I just started the heel flap. I'm hoping to have one or both (yeah, right) done by the 10th. We'll see.

I'm also working on something for my SP7 pal, but don't want to post for fear she's scouring the blogs like I am trying to figure out who my pal is. It's not of a knitting nature (although it does involve sharp instruments, and will be perfect for Valentine's.

The MIL arrives in town this afternoon. Don't know how much knitting I'll get accomplished over the weekend. Probably not much unless I start another kitty pi or something else that doesn't require close attention to detail. And there will more than likely be no blogging.

It's going to be a long weekend.

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

By Jove, I've Got It!


I started Mariah's sleeve and got about 8 inches up. And found 3 mistakes. Bad mistakes. Mistakes I couldn't live with. So it lost some serious inches, all the way back to the end of the cuff section.

This had me seriously p.o.'d because I've been having such a hard time dealing with reading the chart. There are 7 different cabling combinations, and keeping them straight was almost more than I can handle. I was spending more time looking back and forth between the chart and the key than I was actually knitting. But I intended to persevere. I was NOT going to let a stupid piece of paper beat me. So, after some serious pondering, it hit me.

Color coding! Each of the 7 different stitch symbols is now a different color. I don't know why, but as soon as I got it about halfway colored in, it just popped!

And now I get it! It's made all the difference in the world. And after just a couple of hours of knitting this evening, I've got 3 solid inches done. It's going sooooooo much faster. And no mistakes! (But a lot of exclamation points!)

Monday, January 16, 2006

How I Spent My Day Off


This is where I sit to knit. The chair is very special. According to my mother, this rocker is over 100 years old. Since she is going to be 79 her next birthday, and it originally belonged to her grandparents, she's probably right. One of my earliest memories is sitting in it at my grandparents' house. The seat was pretty sad looking and it didn't have much padding any more. So I reupholstered it. The back cushion is something I added for extra comfort, although it comes off easily as I didn't want to mess with the integrity of the original chair.

Mariah is in the seat, and the directions are on the music stand. I really suck at reading charts and this is my first real cable project, so it's going very slowly. If I had realized that the pattern was only in chart form, I may not have tried it. But the girl child really wanted a hoodie sweater, so what's a mother to do.

I also Kool Ade dyed some Knitpicks Color Your Own yarn. No pictures as it's still pretty wet (despite the fact that it's only 8% humidity today) and not photographing well. I only did one skein with black cherry and orange. It turned out kind of a salmon color. Not bad, although I was originally thinking more along the lines of burgandy.

Add in a lovely lunch with my mom, a Costco run, dinner with both kids present (!!!), and feeling generally draggy all day long due to allergy meds, and it was a pretty full day.

Saturday, January 14, 2006

Feeling Good and a Dilemma

Busy (I seem to be stuck on that word lately) day, but it's been really good. The Hubster and I started the morning refereeing in the area playoffs. I started with a U10 boys game while he did a U14 girls game. My game went so smoothly, I convinced the Hubster to let me center the U14 boys game we were both assigned to. I'm glad I did. It felt really good to be in the center of a higher level game. I was worried that I wouldn't be able to make it through the game physically, but I did.

We came home afterward and watched the sky get dark. No real rain to speak of, but it got chilly enough to turn on the gas log. This is the first time since before Christmas it's been cold enough to turn it on.

I had all these plans for today. But once we got home, I just got Lazy (with a capital L). We had a little lunch, and then I plopped myself in the rocker, and I've barely moved from the chair all day.

Not that I haven't been keeping myself occupied. I started on Mariah's sleeve. Unfortunately, cables in dark olive don't photograph well in the lighting I had available, so you'll have to take my word for it that it's coming along.

I have to say I love the internets. I got to the portion of the sleeve where the chart instructions were to [k1 tbl, k1]. What the heck does that mean? Fortunately for me, so many people have knitted up Mariah that there's plenty of information out there in Blogland/Webland on the tricky parts. A quick little search and I had my answer.

Then the Broncos game started, and I had to put it down. Cables and football just don't go together (at least not for me). The game made me very nervous (why oh why can't Denver just have 1 runaway game so I can relax and gloat?), and I needed something to knit.

So I pulled out Jaywalker. That's about 4 inches of sock there in the picture, 3 of which got done during the game. I had to stay focussed on tension. I was so nervous, I kept making it too tight. But it's working out well, don't you think? The picture doesn't do the depth and range of colors justice. The varigation is a lot more subtle within each color, and yellow doesn't show up at all. Also, the picture is showing up the white a lot more too for some reason.

And now my dilemma. I admit I am mildly superstitious. I spent the whole Broncos game knitting these socks. And they won. I know the entire reason they won was because I was knitting these socks. Riiigghhtt. The team's skill and ability to score after turnovers had absolutely nothing to do with it.

So, should I wait until next week before I knit on these some more? Or, do I throw caution to the wind and assume that any sock knitting will work? Or maybe any knitting will work. I don't want to jinx my Broncos. What do I do? (Colts and Steelers fans need not weigh in.)

Friday, January 13, 2006

Still Busy, Busy, Busy

The Hubster's motorcycle has been in the shop since Tuesday evening, so for the last 3 mornings I've had to get up at 0 dark 30 to take him to work. I so hate mornings. He actually drives the 15 minutes to work, and I drive home and crawl back in bed for another hour. Or another hour and a half this morning. I really had to get my butt in gear to get to work on time. I have to say, though, I'm enjoying the drives home. Tonight, we even ate out and had a lovely evening with some great conversation.

Despite the chunk of time that all the extra commuting and waiting around for the Hubster is taking, I'm feeling mighty productive, let me tell you. I got the last of my first SP7 box together and into the mail. I've been cruising my giftee's blog. She sounds like my kind of gal.

In fact, I've been cruising a lot of the SP7 blogs. I can't believe how many people are involved. It's amazing how diverse people are and still are brought together knitting. I mean, there's an ultra-Christian SAHM's blog to a punk rocker's to, well . . . me. Pretty cool. So far, I've only made it about halfway down through the list. I wonder who my gifter is. I'll keep cruising, trying to get clues.

I am also well on my way on Jaywalker, about 2 inches done just this evening. No point is posting the picture, though. The colorway just doesn't photograph well in artificial light.

I'm hoping this weekend continues to be productive as well. It's a 3-day weekend. Woo-Hoo! Only problem is I have about 60 hours of projects to fit into that 1 extra day.

The Hubster and I are scheduled to referee a couple games in the morning. The weather forecast is for rain tomorrow afternoon into evening. So I have 2 plans of attack. If it's ugly rainy/windy, the rest of the weekend will be spent cooking, cleaning house and knitting (as well as rooting on my Broncos!) If not, then bring on the painting and gardening (and Broncos!).

My seed order from Burpee arrived today. 2 kinds of tomatoes, 2 kinds of squash, chives, pumpkins and bush beans (the garlic will be coming later). It may be too early to reasonably start my seeds, but my garden is small, and I have so many seeds (stupid California government won't allow Burpee to send live vegetable plants, so I have to start my veggies from seeds--oh sorry, this isn't a rant post) and it's been such a warm winter that I think I'll live dangerously and try to start a few.

Course you realize this means that we will have a major storm sometime in the next couple weeks (at some point after the little sprouts poke up their little heads). Just so you know.

Thursday, January 12, 2006

Busy, Busy, Busy


Another FO! These socks were started back in October (September?) and put on hold for Xmas knitting. The picture is still in their pre-blocked form. This was a sock-of-the-month club offering from TheKnitter.com. The pattern is Rocks and Trails. The yarn is by Silja. It was a good pattern. I'm glad I got it; I don't think it's a pattern I would have tried on my own.

I had a hard finishing them cause I was glued to the t.v. Let me start by saying that I have been an anti-fan of reality television shows. I hate Survivor, Fear Factor, American Idol, The Bachelor, you name it. As far as I'm concerned, they are hideous shows with absolutely no redeeming qualities whatsoever. But, God help me, I am totally and completely hooked on Dancing With the Stars. I've always loved dancing and I can't stand to miss a minute of this show. I haven't picked a favorite yet, not like last season when I was for John O'Hurley from day 1. Crazy!

I've also been busy getting together my first package to my SP7 pal. Fingers crossed, it'll be ready to go in the mail tomorrow. I can't post any pictures of what I'm sending though, cause I was a doofus and sent an email to my pal with my real name. I gotta keep some mystery. Sigh.

I have yet to hear from my pal yet. I guess I'll just have to be surprised when the first package shows up.

This is the next project I'm casting on for. Yes, I'm jumping on 2 bandwagons at once. The yarn is Socks That Rock that has everyone buzzing. And I can see why. It feels so goooood! The color is called carbon dating, and it's yummy.

And the second bandwagon? Well, I'm going to use this yummy yarn to make Jaywalker. I'm looking forward to doing Sockapaloooza (again), and I want to test this pattern on me before it starts.

The girl child and I also got together and finally agreed on the yarn she wants for her sweater. It's going to be Mariah, and I'm going to use the Paton's Classic Merino Wool in Dark Olive. The socks will be my travel project, and the sweater will be for here at home. Since Monday is a court holiday (Yeah!), I'm hoping to spend a good portion of the day knitting. We'll see.

Monday, January 09, 2006

SP7 is Coming!

Got the notice that I should find out who my SP7 pal is by Friday. I can't wait. In order to be properly prepared, I guess I better get cracking and answer "the questions":

1. Are you a yarn snob (do you prefer higher quality and/or natural fibers)? Do you avoid Red Heart and Lion Brand? I won't not knit with RH or LB, but some yarns just feel better than others. Some projects, however, are just better accomplished with "lesser" yarns.

2. Do you spin? Crochet? I just bought a spindle and am trying to teach myself how to spin. I have crocheted for years but have had to drastically cut back due to carpal tunnel syndrome.

3. What do you use to store your needles/hooks in? I have 3 generations of needles/hooks, and so I keep them in a ginormous plastic divided case. Not pretty, but it keeps everything together.
4. How long have you been knitting? Would you consider your skill level to be beginner, intermediate or advanced? I was originally taught when I was a kid, but have only really picked it up in the last 3 years. I would put my skill level at an intermediate.

5. Do you have an Amazon or other online wish list? No, there just hasn't been time!

6. What's your favorite scent? (for candles, bath products etc.) I am definitely a "spice girl" in this regard--vanilla, cinnamon and the like. Citrus is another favored scent.

7. Do you have a sweet tooth? Favorite candy? I am a chocoholic from the word go. My favoritist candy in the whole world is Dove Dark Chocolate.

8. What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do? Oh dear, I could use up a lot of bandwidth here. I sew, cross stitch, needlepoint, do stained glass, quilling, flower arranging, woodworking, and all kinds of home improvement projects around the house (heck, the house is just one big DIY project).

9. What kind of music do you like? Can your computer/stereo play MP3s? (if your buddy wants to make you a CD) It's easier to say that about the only kind of music I don't like is rap and hip hop. Now I don't want to brag, but the Hubster and I have a huge CD collection, and I know there's several CD is just about every category there is. The computer can play CD's, but this is one area in which I have no expertise.

10. What's your favorite color? Or--do you have a color family/season/palette you prefer? Any colors you just can't stand? Hands down--green. I also like all the "earth tones" (Gawd, how 70's does that sound?) I am not particularly partial to pinky pink (rose heading toward burgandy is o.k. though).

11. What is your family situation? Do you have any pets? As my profile states, I'm married with 2 adult (in age only) children. 5 cats, 3 dogs and 1 bird are my only pets. ;-)

12. Do you wear scarves, hats, mittens or ponchos? Love scarves and mittens, not so much on the hats and ponchos.

13. What is/are your favorite yarn/s to knit with? I'm an alpaca freak. There, I said it.

14. What fibers do you absolutely *not* like? I'm not much of a mohair person, although I just finished a little angel with a mohair blend and it wasn't too bad.

15. What is/are your current knitting obsession/s? Lace, lace, and more lace.

16. What is/are your favorite item/s to knit? See #15.

17. What are you knitting right now? On the needles this minute--Branching Out, Spirit of the Southwest Shawl, another Kitty Pi, and 2 pair of socks.

18. Do you like to receive handmade gifts? Those are the best kind!

19. Do you prefer straight or circular needles? I'm an equal opportunity needler. It's more dependent on the project.

20. Bamboo, aluminum, plastic? I've become a huge fan of bamboo.

21. Do you own a yarn winder and/or swift? I've got both and I love them.

22. How did you learn to knit? My mother and both grandmothers had a hand (pardon the pun) in my knitting education.

23. How old is your oldest UFO? Knitting--only about 1-1/2 years. Cross-stitch? My daughter is almost 20 and I started a Xmas stocking when she was 2 months old. You do the math.

24. What is your favorite animated character or a favorite animal/bird? Animated character--Tasmanian Devil or Grumpy the Dwarf. (Hum, wonder what that says about my personality???)

25. What is your favorite holiday? Do I have to pick a favorite? Sorry, but I'm one of those "nuts" who has an article of clothing of Valentines, St. Patrick's, 4th of July, etc., and decorates accordingly

26. Is there anything that you collect? I didn't start the collection myself, but I've been given so many angels, especially since I was diagnosed with cancer, that now I'm hooked.

27. What knitting magazine subscriptions do you have? Interweave and Family Circle Knitting (whatever the heck it is they're calling it now).

28. Any books, yarns, needles or patterns out there you are dying to get your hands on? Nothing that I can specifically think of. I would enjoy, however, trying a "whatever" that my SP thought was particularly enjoyable.

29. Are there any new techniques you'd like to learn? Cables and knitting continental better.

30. Are you a sock knitter? What are your foot measurements? Yup. My foot is 9 inches long, 8-3/4 inches in circumference.

31. When is your birthday? October 5.

Finito!

9 Days, 3 Projects


Knitting has been going like a house afire. We're only onto the 9th day of January and I finished my 3rd project of the year. Woo-Hoo! The Christmas Angel from a few days ago was the first.

Project No. 2 is blocking as we speak. It's a Kitty Pi. Knit with Paton's Classic Wool (2 strands held together) in steel blue, and my free Bernat Disco yarn in Mr. Brown. It took almost 3 skeins of the Paton's, but I really like the weight. And Nubbs and Felicity (in the upper left hand corner) obviously like it too. All 5 cats always seem to gravitate toward the felted stuff anyway, but I had no idea it would be as popular as this. I guess I'm going to have to get busy and make one for each of them.


Project No. 3 was actually the second one off the needles, but the last one to get blocked. It's the Fern Lace Wrap. I started it Christmas Day and as I've said before, this pattern is from the Little Box of Scarves made in Misti Alpaca worsted weight in color 7300. It was an easy pattern that I'll be happy to do again another time. Just not too soon--it got a little tedious.

So that an average of 1 project every 3 days. Think I can keep it up all year? ;-)

Friday, January 06, 2006

Feeling Accomplished


I'm within 1, maybe 2 repeats from completing my Fern Wrap scarf. But something has diverted my attention.

She's the Christmas Angel from the 2006 Knitting Pattern-a-Day Calendar. Yes, I looked ahead in the calendar, and this little lady caught my eye. I collect angels (but that's another post), and I wanted to make her up as soon as I saw her. She was a really quick project (1 evening), and super simple.

I followed the pattern exactly for the knitting part of the angel, but made a few changes when I was putting it together. The pattern called for a wood bead where the hands would be, but that didn't do a whole lot for me. Instead, I took a glass heart bead and hung it from a split ring and sewed it in place. Next time (and there will be a next time--maybe several), I think I'd put a couple of size 10 or 11 beads on each side of whatever I hang in the middle to make it a little more finished. I'm thinking charms or some cool glass beads. Since I didn't have the small gold beads designated in the pattern for the halo, I just used some 20 gauge wire.

The pattern calls for angora yarn--a bit too pricey right now. Instead I used a mohair/polyester blend, the brand of which I couldn't even begin to tell you. It only took about 5 grams. The other ones I want to make will still use the white for the wings and "hair," but color coordinate the body for the intended recipient.

I suppose I could call this a Xmas project, but in truth, this lady will be added to my angel collection. But I know of a few people who will definitely be getting one of these for Xmas 2006!

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Boy Have I Been Lazy
What with the ugly weather most of the weekend, the Hubster and I chose to stay home rather than go camping. It turned out to be an excellent choice. We got most of the Xmas stuff cleaned up and put away, make turkey soup and posole, watched Lord of the Rings (for the eleventieth time) and football, and were basically slugs all weekend.

I was so lazy I didn't even look for the camera cord. And I need the camera cord cause I've got lots of pictures to post. I'm within 8-10 inches of finishing my scarf. My SIL gave me the most darling Boyd's Bear angel. Some great autumn leaves (I KNOW it's winter. We're just very confused here in So. Cal.) And some gratuitous kitty and puppy pictures. Gotta do something about the camera cord and soon.

I was not so lazy, however, that I didn't think about what I want to do for the coming year. Not a New Year's Resolution 'cause I don't make those--they're doomed to failure. I am, however, making a Plan (notice the capital P).

2006 is going to be the year for getting rid of "stuff." Let me state at the outset that in no way is yarn to be considered "stuff." Yarn is important; a necessity of my existence. Yarn is not and will never be on my list of "stuff" to be gotten rid of. For that matter, neither will books or music. What I am going to focus on is all the c*#p that seems to accumulate while my back is turned.

Let me ask you this: Is it really necessary to have 4 water jugs? 3 sets of dishes? I know for a fact that it is absolutely unnecessary to have 17 coffee mugs. And that's just in the kitchen. We just have too much.

Don't get me wrong. I am know how blessed I am to have all that I do have. But that is so not how I want to live my life. And so 2006 is going to be the year of living simply. I'm going to look at keeping only those things that enrich life and not those that clutter it up.

I've already started. I went to Target and bought 12 new bath towels. (As I write that, it sounds like so many, but it works out to 3 per person in the house.) The old ratty ones? Sent out to the garage to the rag bin. There's so much room in the linen closet now. And we don't need any more. It's a small step, but it's a start.