Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Just in time...

I don't even remember when I didn't panic on the last day of the month to hurry-up-finish-the-knitting/spinning/whatever-to-turn-in-for-silly-Hogwarts-knitting-game.

It's changed my knitting. Not really for the better I'm starting to think... I say this every month. Every stinking Hogwarts term I complain about timelines and deadlines and blah blah blah. I won't change. I'll still base my knitting on classes and OWLs and I'll still bitch about it.

Moving on. Sorta.

Here is what I'm most proud of this month:
 This yarn was just washed and set tonight. It's really wet still- hence the towel. But I love it and I'm kicking ass with my n-plying. I just love stripy yarn. Which leads me to this little project-

I dyed, spun and knit these socks all relatively quickly, like, within two weeks. I love the socks. They are thick and squishy and being invested in every twist and turn makes them so much more special.

Mark brought home some metal shelves and I revamped my studio/office/mess. You can't see the stuff hidden on top, the right side and the other unit on a totally different wall, but here is pretty much all of it. It gave me panic attacks for a few days but now it's kind nice. I hope to get all the fiber yummstuff crammed into here by the end of the year. It could happen... stop laughing.

Just a little blurb for tonight. I'm really tired. If anyone has advice on dealing with an overly emotional and lonely girl please let me know so I can get some sleep. She has sobbed hysterically most of the evening over a stray dog that she thinks doesn't love her as much as she loves it.

Men love women, women love children, children love hamsters.   ~Ogden Nash

So unbelievably true. It's almost heartbreaking.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Are you reading this??

I'm still convinced I don't have much to say, but I'm not going to let that stop me!

And I'm not addressing the year long absence. Moving on...

This is my haul for the day. It was happy mail time!

First- the yarn and the 'gift'

My lovely friend ShaylaMyst has an amazing monthly yarn club. I've been a member since the beginning and it just gets better and better! Her shop is here if you want to check it out. I totally recommend you do- and tell her I sent you!

Anyway, this month is 'Romantic Roses' on her Shmerino yarn base (heavy fingering merino/cashmere/nylon blend). I carry the same base in my shop but that doesn't stop me from loving it less from her! The colors this month are a sweet petal pink with leafy green sections about 3-6 inches long. My initial thought was using it for one of the many new baby girls entering the human race this year. But now I'm feeling more selfish. I don't want this yarn to get vomited, peed, or pooped on. It's just too pretty. I love babies but maybe not that much. I'm thinking my baby might like it. She just got a new DSI game today so she hasn't claimed it yet. In fact, she's pretty much ignoring everything and everyone.

Every month in the club we get a little extra gift. This month's is awesome! It's a little heating bag filled with cherry pits. I have yet to use it, but my hands are freezing so I won't hold out much longer. Hold on a second... ok, heating up now.

I took advantage of Knit Picks 40% off book sale. I usually can't control myself and they do it a few times every year. I was really good and didn't order yarn. I need new yarn like a hole in the head. Hell, I need new knitting books like a hole in the head- sheesh. I was trying to be responsible about it, but not so responsible that I didn't order anything, because then I would just be boring and way to sensible.

aw.... cherry stone warmer is niiiiiice.... and smells divine....

Ok, back to the books. So I had a gameplan. I got reference books only. The Fleece and Fiber Sourcebook by Deborah Robson and Carol Ekarius is purely for the shop... hehehe. Mary Jane Mucklestone's 200 Fair Isle Motifs and Alice Starmore's Charts for Color Knitting are to help bust the HUGE fingering weight stash I have. I know I could sit down and chart my own stuff, but we all know I'm not gonna and from the tiny bit I've flipped though on these, they are totally worth it. Even at full price. Hopefully I will have proper reviews after I read them a bit more. Mark is all anti-book-at-the-table-while-we-eat. It drives me nuts. I understand, but it still drives me nuts.

The bottle of Soak. I needed a new more dollars to get free shipping and I didn't want to buy yarn. Be proud of me. I'm not, because this stuff smells like watermelon and that is a big ick for me. So I'll try not to eat it. I don't think anyone really believes me when I tell them I'm allergic to artificial watermelon but I have no desire to prove it.

Yay. So... a full post. See you next year. Or maybe in a day or two?
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