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Monday, December 15, 2014

Mid-December Update

I've been a busy-bee this month.  Haven't been blogging, but I promise my needles haven't been at rest.

First, I finished the Sugar Maple Shawl.  Yay!  Here is a picture of Roxy helping it block.  (Let's hope my Grandma isn't allergic to cats....)

And I'm also making this, but I'm afraid I won't have it ready in time for Christmas.  What on earth could it be???

I am going to be doing some travel for the holidays and I'd really love to get a mindless sock project going to work on while I'm on the plane.  However, I can't find my extra set of size 2 dpns that I need for my go-to simple sock pattern (Jaywalkers).  I'm so annoyed by this.  I may just have to say a prayer to the gauge gods and try knitting it on the 1.5 needles that I have free.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

NaBloPoMo Wrap-Up

Well, I did it.  I posted every day for a month.  Let me tell you, it was really hard!!  I have a new-found respect for bloggers who update their blogs daily!  Some posts were total fluff, but I think I got a few in there that were posts I have been meaning to write for some time.  All in all, it was a fun experience, but I don't think I'll ever do it again!!  haha.

I still have a couple of FO posts that I meant to post this month, but didn't get around to it.  Yes, that is how lazy I am - I was forced to write daily, but still couldn't manage to post my FOs!!  Those posts take a lot of effort because I have to look up/remember all the details of the project, plus take pictures.

In addition to posting every day, I also set some other goals for myself in November, most of which I did not complete.  I wanted to do something with my Hexacomb Cardigan and I never touched it.  I didn't make it to a knitting group, sadly.  But I did almost finish the Sugar Maple Shawl!  I am in the middle of casting off as we speak.

Well, this was fun.  See you next month!!

Saturday, November 29, 2014

The Cat Trap!

Have you seen the latest internet phenomenon, #catsincircles?  Well, I decided I had to give it a try with Roxy.  It goes like this: you put a circle on the ground and your cat is compelled to go sit in it.  I was skeptical, but it totally works!!  Check it out:

Roxy is a little embarrassed that she fell for this silly trick, but she is just happy to be part of the #catsincircles phenomenon and not the #catbreading one.  So, it's a win for her.

Friday, November 28, 2014

Craftsy's Black Friday Sale!!

OMG - I've never seen a Craftsy sale quite like this!  If you can believe it, ALL classes are $19.99 or less! You've got to get in on this action!  (FYI: that's an affiliate link, which means I get a little extra yarn $$ when you use it!)  The sale ends on Monday at midnight.

So, here's my dilemma: I am pretty much already enrolled in every Craftsy class I want at the moment.... plus, I already pre-paid for 5 classes at $20 each a while back, and I happened to recently acquire a credit for a free class, so... I may not be able to do too much with this sale.  But, you know me, I'm sure I'll find something that I just have to have!  I'm going to be on the lookout for some $9.99 classes.  Maybe a cooking one?

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!

I am hosting the big dinner at my place this afternoon, so no time to knit today and definitely no time to blog!  I hope you have fun plans too!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

A Yarn Problem....

I want to write about something that has been weighing on me for some time now...  you see, I think I have a yarn problem.  Have you seen all those warning signs that you may have a drinking problem?  Well a lot of them apply to how I feel about my stash.

Feeling guilty about how much yarn I have?  Check.  Lying to people about how much yarn I have?  Check. (Hint: it's not all logged on Ravelry...)  My friends and family would probably be worried if they realized how bad it really is....  I do buy yarn to feel better and I almost always purchase more than I intend to.  But, at least my stash has never caused me to black out (at least not that I recall.... lol).

The thing is, I know it's bad, but I really don't know what to do about it.  I have gotten lots better about new yarn purchases, so I think the growth of the stash is slowing a bit.  I mean, I still buy lots of yarn, but at the very least, I only buy yarn when I have a specific project in mind and I make sure I buy the proper quantities for that project.  So, the yarn is less likely to sit there for years: I am likely to use it soon because I have a plan for it.  In my early stashing days, I would just buy  yarn totally at random and then I could never use it because I couldn't find a suitable project or I wouldn't have the right amount to make what I wanted.  So, a large part of my stash consists of those odd-ball purchases (pun intended).  I really should get rid of all of those.  But doing that is so hard!!  What if I need them some day??

The other particularly problematic area of my stash is the range of acrylics in different colors.  As you know, I like to make amigurumi, which means I use a little bit of a lot of colors.  After a while, all those partial balls add up.  But I can't throw these out because if I ever need that color again for another amigurumi, I'd have to buy a whole new skein for just a few yards, which is crazy talk.

Plus, even if I decided to cut down my stash?  What would I do with it?  Do I just leave it for the Salvation Army?  How do I know they will find a good home for it?  I can list it for sale (or for free) on Ravelry, but that is a slow process.  I don't have any friends who knit who I could give the yarn to.  I'm stuck.

Well, I thought writing about this topic was going to make me feel better, but really it just left me feeling overwhelmed.  I guess I can live with a yarn problem.  I mean, as far as problems go, it's fairly innocuous.  Unless anyone out there has any brilliant ideas for me??  Or do you just live with it too?

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Felici is back!!

Hooray!  Knit Picks brought back Felici for their big sale!  I just bought two colorways: the rainbow one and a nice neutral one (Rustic Cabin). In retrospect, I really wish I had purchased the colorway Time Traveler as well, but I'm not going to place a second order and pay shipping just to get two balls of yarn...  probably.

Sadly, it doesn't look like they are bringing this yarn back for good, just for the sale, so if you want some, you'd better get it now!  This is seriously the best self-striping sock yarn I have tried - I was devastated when KP canceled it.

Maybe some day I will get more creative about the sock pattern I use with Felici, but as far as I'm concerned, it's a match made in heaven for Jaywalker....