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I just finished counting and posting my entire yarn stash to Ravelry (the yarn I could find).

 

It’s bad.

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and still without a fulltime job but I have been keeping busy I swear.

I figured my biggest hurdle was making sure I don’t park myself in front of the tv and wallow in my unemployed misery so I’ve been trying to keep focused. I’ve been dyeing up a storm for a big wholesale order and came up with a new colorway series that I will be dyeing up for the shop soon (and possibly making it’s debut at the St Distaff’s event in Everett). 

There has been some knitting, not as much as you would expect considering my jobless status but since I’ve been trying to limit my ‘goofing off’ time to the evenings I haven’t been knitting during the day for the most part. The tv doesn’t get turned on during the day and I don’t get to sit on the couch knitting while the cats fight over the most inconvenient spot to sit on me.  Being home all day does make me realize just how much my cats sleep and also now I have insight on where they sleep. I had assumed only Nicki slept on my bed during the day but in fact Sammy is the one I catch there the most. Go figure.

I do have one FO to show you though. 

The clapotis is done! It was cast off late last night with much joy; then I realized just how many stitches I had to manually drop and that glimmer of joy faded. Apparently the Regal Silk likes to stay where it is so the stitches will only drop with some coaxing. I finally gave up around 1am when I had 7 columns of stitches left to drop down. The first picture shows the true colors more accurately.

Isn’t it pretty? I love how drapey the fabric is, the wrap feels heavier than the 203 grams it is (a mere 5 grams leftover) and I’m looking forward to an excuse to wear this out. This has been a great project to keep me motivated during the evenings, it’s mindless knitting for the most part yet does require attention because of how slippery the silk is. In fact the clap might have been finished earlier if I had been paying more attention. Late Wednesday night I was forced to frog back over 5inches when I discovered I had dropped a stitch that messed up the alignment of the dropped columns. Sigh.

I made yesterday my ‘fun’ day and after trekking down the street to Walgreens for some milk (stupid snow!) I decided I needed something festive in the house.

A Peppermint Vanilla votive made by me! I’ve never made candles before and this was a fun little project. As soon as one was hard enough I unwrapped it from the mold (a dixie cup because I’m too cheap to buy fancy molds) and let it burn. Once I’m done using up the beeswax that I bought I’m going to try out the soywax. Should be fun!

I also finally caved and turned on my heat. I can only bundle under the blankets so much and when it is below freezing outside I need to turn the heat on periodically so that it isn’t the same temp inside. How can I tell it’s too cold in the apt?

The cats will also cave and settle down together for warmth. Incidentally they were also lying on me for additional heat with no regard to the discomfort of having 25lbs of cat laying on my outstretched legs.

What happens when you have too much time on your hands and a warped sense of humor.

and

My poor cats.

February Lady Sweater is done!!!

I’m so incredibly happy with how it turned out. I used all 12 balls of the Valley Yarns Colrain and made the sleeves full length since I had just the right amount of yarn. Other than the sleeve length I didn’t change a thing about the pattern.

Check out those buttons. Since the solid grey of the yarn was so simple I wanted some buttons with a bit of sparkle. I found these at Nancys Sewing Basket on Queen Anne and they were way more affordable than I what I was willing to spend.

Now that the last grey project is off the needles I feel the need for a little color….

A 2ply superwash merino that I’m going to be carrying in the shop soon. This has a lot more bounce than I expected out of a 2 ply so the socks should be squishy.

Plus there is this.

My Regal Silk clapotis that has been in the queue since I bought this yarn around 2 years ago. I powered through the increase section in one night but have stalled since then. This was supposed to be knit by company holiday party but now the sense of urgency is no longer there. Amazing yarn though and it makes me want to curl up and pet what little I have knit so far.

I have GREAT friends!

Since announcing my new employment status I’ve been overwhelmed with the comments and calls from my friends. It’s made me realize just how lucky I am to be surrounded by amazingly caring and wonderful people (even those who live on the other side of the country). Even without a job I do have a very good life because they are part of it.

I’m 2 days into my new life and I’m having ups and downs. Sleep is somewhat erratic since my brain won’t shut off the ‘what could I have done differently’ thoughts but the 2nd night was better than the 1st.  At least last night I didn’t have nightmares about a stalker (not pleasant btw).

I pulled out my resume and in the process found out I have over 10 years worth of resumes on my computer. I’m pretty certain I don’t need to keep the one from 1997 anymore 🙂 I’ve started adding in all my most recent work which is pretty slow going since the last time it was updated was exactly 2 years ago. 

I’ve spent my morning rearranging my office/dye room and it felt good to be productive. Bit by bit I hope to get the rest of the house in similar shape. I’ve also got a nice wholesale order to fill now that will not only keep me busy for the next week but also help pad the savings account a bit. Having the new order is great for keeping me focused and not wallowing in self pity 🙂

I managed to finish a WIP last night while at my parent’s house for ThanksMas.

Gin socks complete! I tried on the first sock a while ago and worried about getting it over my heel. I tossed it to Sarah last night just in case it had to be gifted and it fit her just fine. However after washing and blocking the socks fit me! There is a little resistance getting it over my heel but nothing that would damage the socks or cut off circulation to my foot if I wear them.

I didn’t realize until last night when I updated the Ravelry page that I cast on for these on August 18th.  3.5 months for a pair of socks? Can you tell I struggled with getting these done despite the simplicity of the design. Incidentally the extreme biasing of the pattern was almost completely gone after washing.

Now if you don’t mind I’m off to skein some yarn and try to avoid stressbaking. Last thing I need while being at home all day is surrounding myself with baked goods and desserts.

Company did layoffs today. 

 

Anyone got some good leads on a job?

It’s been brought to my attention (by knitters and non-knitters alike) that I live surrounded by yarn and fiber. While I personally don’t think I don’t have nearly as much as other people I do have to admit it is getting a little out of control.

The problem with destashing is I like almost all of my yarn and fiber and don’t want to sell it so what am I to do?

There are various stashdown ideas floating around for 2009.

There is no way I’m signing up for NaKniSweMoDo because at my current rate I’m lucky to finish a sweater every two months so aiming for one a month is just madness.

in the Ravelry Stash Knit Down 2009 group there is the 100 ball challenge , the 52 in 52 challenge and a slightly less scary 24 Projects.

Then there is the simpler challenge of finishing the year with less yarn than you started with (possibly balls or by weight).

What should I do? The 100 ball challenge works out to be about 11lbs of yarn if you figure 50gm balls. It also works out to be about a ball of yarn every 3-4 days. Not sure if I can handle that kind of pressure. Plus what would actually prevent me from just buying more (other than common sense)?

I need to round up all the stash and document how much I have before I can set any sort of realistic yet challenging goals for 2009. I’m thinking the spinning stash needs a little pruning too.

Please comment and tell me what you think?

Flickr Photos

Dragonfibers

On the needles

February Fitted Pullover

Sapphire Waves of Grain

On the Bedside Table

The Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan (ok not really since I can't find the book anymore)

on the wheel

Absolutely Nothing.

Stashdown 2009

January 1st 2009

Balls/Skeins of Yarn: 233 Total Weight:33.13lbs Total Miles: 27

February 1st 2009

Balls/Skeins of Yarn: 213 Total Weight:30.09lbs Total Miles: 26

March 1st 2009

Balls/Skeins of Yarn: 218 Total Weight:31.95lbs Total Miles: 27

April 1st 2009

Balls/Skeins of Yarn: 217 Total Weight:31.45lbs Total Miles: 26.5

May 1st 2009

Balls/Skeins: 229 Total Weight: 33.8 Total Miles: 28.4

June 1st 2009

Balls/Skeins: 210 Total Weight: 31.9 Total Miles: 27.7

July 1st 2009

Balls/Skeins: 201 Total Weight: 30.5 Total Miles: 26.5

August 1st 2009

Balls/Skeins: 228 Total Weight: 34.0 Total Miles: 28.8

October 1st 2009

Balls/Skeins: 254 Total Weight: 38.2 Total Miles: 31.8

November1st 2009

Balls/Skeins: 224 Total Weight: 34.9 Total Miles: 29.9

December 1st 2009

Balls/Skeins: 206 Total Weight: 31.9 Total Miles: 27.1

KAL

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