Sunday, January 9, 2011

Houston, I think we have a problem

If you were worried about blog fade, I don't blame you.  Maybe I am destined to become a weekend blogger...:-)

I have been knitting on these fingerless gloves.  I love them!!  They yarn is gorgeous. It is Sanguine Gryphon Bugga in the Great Purple Hairstreak color way.  It is a blend of 70% superwash merino, 20% cashmere, and 10% nylon.  It is super soft and the colors look much better in person that in my horrible photos.  The pattern is Ariel by Monica Jines.  The pattern is beautifully written.  They are a bit time consuming because there isn't a rest row in the pattern, but I love them...

What's the problem,  you ask?  Well, you can tell exactly how I tension my yarn after just a couple of rows of knitting.  At my knitting group on Thursday night, Melissa joked that I can still wear my fingerless mitts even after I take them off.  While I really love the yarn color, I don't necessarily want to be forever blue.
Guess I will be getting out my books on hand dying yarn and consulting the notes from my dying class and try to figure out a way to fix this. 

Wish me luck for tomorrow... We are supposed to have our first real snow storm of the year.  Yay!   I was really hoping we would skip the whole snow thing this year since we had so much of it last year....

Monday, January 3, 2011

Do you know what this is?

Do you know that this is? Any guesses??  Yep.  It is the stand to my Christmas tree.  Do you know where the rest of the Christmas tree is?  Yep.  It is all boxed up and shoved up on the top shelf in the deepest recesses of the storage area.  After using an entire roll of packing tape to reinforce the box and then tape it up so that it wouldn't pop open again, I was not about to open the box up and shove this in.  Instead, I put it on top of the Christmas tree decoration boxes.   (hopefully, I will remember that when it comes time to put the tree up next year)  (if not, maybe I will look back at this year's blogposts and be reminded)  I will count myself lucky if this is the only thing that got missed when I packed everything away.

Well, I survived another holiday season.  Overall, I think it went really well.  All of my family members are still living and I am not in the looney bin!!  Nothing got broken and all of the out of town relatives made it home safely. 

I didn't get all of my knitted gifts completed.  (Sorry, Mom.  I will get your scarf finished.  I promise!)  I thought I did pretty well, all things considered..  I wasn't planning on knitting hats and gloves for two of my nephews, (but I did and they loved them!).  I also wasn't planning on getting sick with bronchitis again or having to postpone one of my treatments so that it fell during Christmas knitting season.  At least Z is now old enough that  wearing something that I knit is not cool, so that saved me from knitting a third hat and mitten set.  It was kind of funny, though.  I was with my sister when she bought him a beanie from Aeropostle.  She apologized to me when she bought it.  :-)

Even though I wanted to spend my day knitting on my New Year project, I was good.  As you can tell from above, I spent the day putting up the Christmas decorations.  It seems that no matter how hard I try,  I always miss something.  Oh well, if I missed anything else, I will just tell myself that it is a reminder that I need to start my Christmas knitting now.  I remember that when I was a kid, my Mom used to get all depressed when the Christmas decorations were put away, but I find it a bit of relief.  The holidays are fun, but I am ready for things to get back to normal. 

Saturday, January 1, 2011

New Year, New Blogpost, Old batteries

Ok. I think I qualify for the world's worst blogger. My last post was in 2008 and it is now 2011. Nearly 3 years. Wow!! I will try to do better. ;-) I normally don't make New Year's resolutions, but for some odd reason, I feel the need to make some this year. Starting up my blog again is one. They say that the third time is the charm and since this is the third time I have started up my blog, hopefully it will stick this time. I don't have much of a track record though, the last time I started it up again, I only had one post...

I know that blogs without photos are boring. I'm sorry. I have photos to share, but when I plugged the camera into my computer to download the photos, the batteries were dead. I have batteries. I know I do because I stocked up while I was Christmas shopping. I also know that they are somewhere in the house because after everyone went home after we exchanged gifts, I was kicking myself because I forgot to send the batteries home with them. Of course, now that I need them, I can't find the stupid things. Which leads to another New Years get organized. I promise to add photos to my next post.

I have a ton of things on the needles right now. I have actually set a new personal best for the number of projects on the needles... I am not even counting the projects that are still on the needles, but shoved so far back in my closet that they will NEVER see the light of day again. I know I should pull them out and frog them, but they have been around so long I am sure that they have probably evolved into a new life form by now. (hmmm, I wonder if they were the scarry monster K heard the last time she spent the night.) I currently have one pair of socks, two pairs of fingerless mittens, one stuffed animal, two purses, two lace shawls, one scarf, one hat, a Nook cozy, and a sock blanket. I think there is something else on the needles, but I can't find it right now...back to the whole organization thing. I have spinning projects going on 4 different spindles, plus a bump of superwash merino that I dyed myself on my Sonata. I also have a practice warp on my rigid heddle loom that I want to finish up so I can weave up some small blankets for my nephews stuffed animals. If you guessed that finishing up UFOs was one of my New Year's Resolutions, then you win the prize, if there were one..

I wouldn't want to bore you or myself, so I think I will stop here. Short, sweet, and on a fairly regular basis is going to my goal for my blog...and photos...

On a side note... the rest of my resolutions are:
Update my Ravelry page and then keep it current
Finish up Christmas knitting for Christmas 2010 and start working on 2011 Christmas knitting as soon as I finish 2010.
Go on a diet..both food and yarn...I wonder which will be more successful?