Sunday, February 25, 2007

So close...

I ran out of yarn. 27 more rows to go. Fear struck me earlier in the week when someone on the Scarf Style KAL ran out, and I saw that my ball of yarn was looking dangerously small. This would have been the perfect excuse to run over to The Sow's Ear and get some more, except I don't live anywhere near there anymore! I don't think my two closest LYS carry Blackberry Ridge. I'm going to put a note on the knittyboard to see if anyone has any leftovers, otherwise I'll have to do some calling around or else break down and order some online and probably pay too much for shipping one skein. Oh well. I assume that this yarn is still made in this color, if not, then I could have a real crisis on my hands.

We have a house! I got to go inside on Thursday. I'm really excited! I'm glad they got the roof on because we got at least 6 inches of snow yesterday. The house is all snug and dry in its Tyvek shell.

We're supposed to get more snow today. Woo hoo! Perfect for sitting around and knitting.

Wednesday, February 21, 2007


Yes, I'm still here. I went to a scrapbook retreat a couple of weekends ago and it really threw me for a loop. I've never really been into scrapbooking (although I do own a good deal of scrapbooking stuff plus two empty albums...) but I have done my share of cardmaking in the past. A coworker invited me along to a weekend retreat up north, so I figured I would get out of town for awhile. Plus, who can resist an entire weekend of crafting?

There were 12 people total: 11 women, 1 man. Aside from eating, everyone was working on stuff the whole weekend. I scrapbooked all of the Christmas photo cards I had from 2003, 2004, and 2006. 2005 and anything prior to 2003 is still at my unsold condo 275 miles away along with all of my paper crafting supplies. I made my pages in no time, then worked on Ariann a great deal and worked on a snowman cross stitch.

The first night my friend's cell phone had low battery and was beeping every 10 minutes or so while I was trying to sleep (I didn't know exactly where it was coming from until the next morning.). There were 5 of us sleeping in the room and only 2 of us heard it. Eventually I gave up and went and slept on the couch. Keep in mind I was excited to sleep in a real bed at the retreat instead of the air mattress I've been sleeping on for the past 6 months!

Anyway! (Anybody still reading?) I was so tired on Saturday I messed up my Ariann and basically just cross stitched for the rest of the weekend because knitting required too much thinking for my tired brain.

I was so burned out on crafting that I didn't do anything for AN ENTIRE WEEK! I finally got back at the knitting on Sunday.

So it seems as though I am going to become a scrapbooker. Once I am reunited with all my belongings, I plan on finally working on my Disney trip from 2003 and my wedding album from 2004. I haven't hooked up with any knitters here yet, but it seems that there are plenty of opportunities for me to be a social scrapbooker. Two coworkers and I are planning on going to an Archiver's scrapmania sometime next month, and if I get invited to another retreat, I'll sign up in a heartbeat. I learned that scrapbooking does not need to be the crazy, over the top pages you see in magazines. Don't stress, just get it done.
ETA: photos

Sunday, February 04, 2007

Cold weather updates

It hasn't been above zero for a couple of days now. Wind chills of -20° or worse. That didn't stop us from going for our usual weekend walks.
It's been awhile since I've been in love with ALL the projects on my needles. I just want to knit ALL THE TIME. I started a mini-clap awhile back with three lovely skeins of Silk Garden that had been living in my stash. I can see why every knitter on the planet has made a Clapotis. Ene is coming along. I don't get much time to work on it since it requires my full concentration.
And introducing my newest project, Ariann:

I wanted to get it started before a little road trip I'm taking next weekend. I can't believe it's been so long since I've worked on a sweater!

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Friday, February 02, 2007

Aran Braid Socks

Pattern: Aran Braid Socks
Started: 07Sep2006
Finished: 17Jan2007
Yarn: Zitron Libero, color 140
Needles: Sz 2 Susan Bates Aluminum

You can't really see it, but these socks have the most intricate cabling I've ever done!