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Problems. I have them.

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…..it’s a problem I have.  Twenty-three books to put on my shelf of many, many other not-yet-read books.  In my defense, these only cost $8 at the library book sale (it’s for a good cause, for gosh sake) and the town-wide garage sale.  And I have the room on my shelf, so really, who cares, right?  Except that I had to physically restrain myself from purchasing a new book at Barnes and Noble, mere days after having obtained these new-to-me books.  That’s really where the problem comes in.  I’m pretty sure I could be putting that money toward something else a little more important like bills.  Ok, and then there’s this:  The next book I chose to read the other day?  It’s on my Nook. [Ooh, and I just finished Silent Witness by Richard North Patterson which was a really good lawyer/courtroom/murder trial book in which the lawyer defends a childhood friend and his past comes back to haunt him.]

And if we’re being honest, it’s really not the only problem I have.  We all know I have that other problem, which is eerily similar, about yarn.  Why, just the other day, I purchased this yarn…..


….simply because I got it into my head that I really want to put a zipper into something so I should find a simple cardigan pattern that would be “quick” to knit so I could do that, and since I already had three skeins of that yarn at home, I wouldn’t need to buy that much to get the yardage I need and oh, wouldn’t you know it The Spinning Room had the same dyelot and if I don’t buy it now, it will get bought up tomorrow by someone else and I’ll miss out and my whole idea will be completely ruined.  Seriously.  It’s not like I don’t have yarn. I just didn’t have the perfect yarn for this particular idea I had.  And it’s not like I don’t have other projects to work on and that chances are this will not get done for some time.  And then there’s the idea, again, of putting that money somewhere else like bills.

But it’s going to be great because I found the perfect pattern:


……. which I will likely start after I finish those eighty million other projects I’m currently working on.   Like the Baby Sweater on Two Needles (February),  for which I have just finished the sleeves and am working on the body:


(So, really, kind of almost done.)

….And my Maluka shawl for which I have the border done and now need to work on the body:


….And in the mean time I also “fixed” Paul’s worn-through felted slippers:

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(Done using a sort of weaving sock darning technique I saw on YouTube once.)

Now that I think about it, maybe these aren’t really problems after all.  There is probably a saying out there that someone else has already said that says something like you can’t ever have too many books or too much yarn. So, it’s all good.

Peep Fest

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Busy, busy weekend around here.  A regular peep fest you might say.

These peeps were on super sale at Target:


As you can see, we bought a ton.

And these peeps were at Tractor Supply:


We didn’t buy any of these.

I went to The Spinning Room and taught another Bridgeport Cowl class to my knitting peeps:


And dropped of my Vine Lace Vest to display for a class which hopefully other knitting peeps will clamor want to sign up for:


I have also been working on my Baby Sweater on Two Needles (February) by Elizabeth Zimmerman for another class with knitting peeps:


It is also known as the February Baby Sweater since it is in the “February” section of the Elizabeth Zimmermann’s Knitter’s Almanac  And, yet again, I messed up something that I should have known better than to mess up.  A basic “good idea” of knitting – I’m staying away from saying “rule” for some reason, probably because I don’t want to admit I broke a rule – is to read through the whole pattern before starting.  However – cue the excuse – this pattern is only 2 short paragraphs long.  How much could I miss in two paragraphs, right?  Well, I’ll tell you how much.  The pattern starts off having you cast on, knit several rows in garter stitch, do an increase, knit some more rows, do another increase, knit some more rows, and do a final increase.  Then it says “Change to pattern, keeping first and last 4 sts in garter-stitch, and putting in buttonholes about every 8th ridge.”  Well, in that first section, I had already knit 12 ridges.  And when I looked at the teeny tiny black and white picture on the pattern, there was a button way up at the top which would have been put in during the first couple of rows.  So, I had already missed two buttonhole opportunities.  Out my work came and I started over.  If I had read the whole pattern first…..   And also? I know about Elizabeth Zimmerman and her “sparse” pattern instructions and her expectation that knitting should be intuitive so why would she have to say that a buttonhole should be put in near the top when that is where you put a buttonhole on most sweaters!  So, don’t ask me why I didn’t read the whole pattern first.

I also saw some family peeps for my mother-in-law’s birthday.  I made another awesome looking pie:


Notice I said an awesome looking pie.  It did not taste as awesome as my last pie.  It was watery and I think I put too much lemon rind and nutmeg in it because it tasted sort of sour and too nutmeg-y.  The crust, however, was excellent.  Nice and flakey.  Now, I seem to be on a quest to make a consistently awesome pie.  I’m looking for any reason to make a pie. Just so you know.

And, of course, there was errand-day with my main peep, Paul.  Which ended with:


And his request to have me mend his well worn felted slippers that I made him:


Stay tuned for how that project goes…



ALL the things…

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I’m in yet another one of those paralyzing I-want-to-knit-ALL-the-things phases….


I’m completely glued to the computer (of which the keyboard is apparently very dusty, according to that picture….).  I look on Ravelry and there are eighty million patterns I want to knit.  I’m looking for things to knit for upcoming classes and I want to teach ALL the things.  In the meantime, I have many things I’m already working on and they are languishing.  But I want to knit them too.  So while I’m looking and finding all these patterns and trying to decide what to knit, I’m not getting much knitting done.  And don’t get me started on spinning.  I went to my spinning group today, after not having been for two months, which means for the next few days that’s all I’ll want to do.  And one of the spinners was knitting socks with her handspun yarn.  Which is totally what I want to do.  Someday.  When I can spin my yarn finely enough to make fingering weight yarn.  Which makes me want to spin more so I can get better at it and then knit those.

I’m obsessed with these mitts which look pretty challenging but so cool.  And this cowl by Wendy D. Johnson, which is also cool and perfect for sock yarn leftovers.  I love this funky-but-so-cozy-looking sweater, but I’m still working on my Charleston Tea  sweater so that would be silly to start.  Right?  And I’m totally obsessed with something in this book, with this yarn:


The Baby Sweater on Two Needles.  So cute and a really classic looking pattern.  Wouldn’t it be great in that pink?  Ok, so can you see why I get like this?  I need eighty more hands and eighty more hours in the day and eighty less chores to do.  I also wish knitting burned more calories because then I wouldn’t have to waste time on the treadmill.

I did start and finish the Bridgeport Cowl, which will be for an upcoming class:

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Made with Aslan Trends Royal Alpaca (gray) and Cascade Alpaca Lana D’Oro (purple).  It is nice and cozy and sized for small and large.  I made the large, which I now wish was a little longer to make it twist around my neck twice.  So, that will be a suggestion for my class: cast on more stitches if you want it to do that.   If you are in my class, you’re welcome. I learned that lesson for you.

I also started the Hitchhiker scarf, which I think will also be for an upcoming class:


I’m making it with Ella Rae Cozy Soft Prints, a nice DK weight wool/acrylic blend.  The pattern calls for fingering weight but I liked these colors.  So there.

And now, I have some decisions to make.  While I’ve got all my projects-in-progress, the knitting for upcoming classes takes priority and I have to get crack-a-lackin’ and find some more class projects since April is coming and I have no classes scheduled yet….

Calming me down this morning was taking a walk in the yard and seeing, despite all the frickin’ snow that is still there, these views:

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