Friday, December 31, 2010
Birth of Merridyth Ann - highlight
Moving to Minnesota to be closer to Nathan and his family - highlight
Losing my job - low point
My knitting totals for the year:
Christening Gown 1
Sweaters 1 baby
Sweaters 2 child
Wristers 2 pair
When I factor in having to move, I didn't do too badly this year! Tonight I'll frog the project that isn't working so it isn't on the needles in 2011. I'll only have projects on the needles that will be finished. Not a bad way to start the year! I'd prefer not to have ANY projects on the needles, so I can start the year with a clean slate, but that ain't gonna happen this year! I refuse to frog the projects that are working, that just aren't done!
I made a concerted effort to pare down the stash. Giving yarn away, using it up. I started the year with 1,118.09 ounces of yarn, or 69.88 pounds. That also translated to 119,464.64 yards of yarn, or 67.88 MILES of yarn. The stash was worth approximately $2,572.17 on January 1, 2010. I purchased 247.16 ounces 16,206 yards.
Currently I have 719.11 ounces or 44.95 pounds of yarn on hand (including the projects on the needles, they don't get to count against the totals until finished.) That is 73,718 yards or 41.885 miles of yarn. Current approximate value of stash is $1,659.61. Not bad! Actually, I'm pretty proud of that!
Thursday, December 30, 2010
I do NOT want anything on the needles that I do not love or that will not be loved by the recipient.
As far as I remember, here are my projects on the needles:
- a pair of socks for me - one is to the heel, the other is on the heel flap
- Solo for Serena - about 1/2 of the body is finished - need the other half and 2 sleeves
- Liquid Silver for Stacey - so close to being finished - just DO IT!
- Sprog 3 baby blanket
- Cross-over Rib top for me - going to frog the colors are pooling
I would like to start working on the items that are closest to being finished. That would probably be Liquid Silver, then the socks, then baby blanket and finally Solo.
I have a whole slew of projects that I WANT to start. I don't want to list them, my goal is to knit away happily! Most of the projects are for others, which is fine.
I've been destashing - passing yarns on to others who want/need yarn. If I'm not going to knit it, why is it waiting here?
Here we are in cold Minnesota. And it is raining. Blech. Perhaps elsewhere that would be cause for rejoicing. Here, it is cause for great worry. Because it is supposed to change to freezing rain, and then snow. Which means all of this lovely rain is going to change to ice. Which may, perhaps, last most, if not all ,of the rest of this winter. There are some fragile people in this building. This will mean they are restricted to home until the ice is gone. For some reason, the mood in the building isn't excited. grin
Honestly, I'm not happy about the ice. I remember breaking my wrist on ice. It is 10 miles for Howard to get to work. That is a long stretch of road to be ice covered.
ETA: So, I must be perverse. I made that list above. Decided that to finish Liquid Silver made the most sense. So what did I pick up? The BABY BLANKET! sigh I really do NOT do well with to-do lists.
Sunday, December 26, 2010
Friday, December 24, 2010
I think everyone liked their knitted presents. Forgot entirely to take pictures as they were opening them! sigh I should have. Merri looks wonderful wrapped in her 3-generation blanket, knit by great-grandma, grandma, Mommy and a crocheted edge by grandpa. (No, I didn't remember to get a picture of that at all!) Just right! Big Justin and Nathan both seemed to like their hats. Kim and Serena each got kitchen items they had requested. I figure that gave the items the best chance of being what was needed and would be used. Little Justin seemed to at least tolerate his hat, but didn't want it on. Merri kept hers on, didn't seem to notice that it was there.
The most important part, though, was sharing the time together. To be as one. Is this going to be a family tradition? I don't know. What a nice one, though!
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Um, and there is the vest I started just last month. How did I forget that? Sheesh!
The socks I mentioned: I have 4 that came in the swap. One has been finished. "Only" 3 more to go.
For pete's sake! I have a memory like a sieve for projects in process!
Monday, December 20, 2010
- Serena's replacement graduation sweater (high school) Nope
- Howard's sweater Done
- Socks to be kitchenered Nope
- My Lind Done (and fulled then cut into hotpads/potholders
- Elsbeth Lavold tunic (back knit up by Dianne on machine, waiting for me) Nope
- Unst Bridal Shawl Nope yarn given away, pattern sold
- Princess Line Nope yarn used for other project
Isn't that ... sad? 7 projects on my "to do" list, and I actually did 2. And it was already knit, just needed the seams and hem. sigh Maybe it would be best if I don't plan ahead. That is the only time I did post such a list on the blog. Whew!
Right now I have the following on the needles:
- sprog 3 baby blanket
- a pair of socks (both are to the heel)
- I still have the sweater back that Dianne knit up on her km, but I haven't knit anything up
- the socks that need kitchenering still need it - they aren't on needles, do they count?
Oh well. Another day. Another try. Maybe if I read what I write occasionally...
Thursday, December 16, 2010
I am nebbing. Isn't that fun? I still haven't figured out how to do very many things while I neb. I am posting this. But knitting is out. Searching the web (or reading Ravelry) is fine.
I have some lovely pictures on the camera of the snow 2 storms back. They are still on the camera,which makes it a little hard to share. Then there is the issue that it is now _2_ storms back, instead of current. Sorry!
Thursday, December 09, 2010
Friday, December 03, 2010
Winter weather has arrived in Minnesota. Temps have been hovering in the teens (F), with wind chill of 0*F or below. Today through tomorrow we are supposed to receive up to 8 inches. I believe we have already had 2 weeks with snow on the ground. Looks as if it will extend further!
Happy Birthday to DD! Someone at work had a grand-daughter born this morning, I hope she is as wonderful as Serena!
The woman in the building who learned to knit has embraced it whole-heartedly. She doesn't want to purl, but has knit many face-cloths already! She had asked 2 weeks ago if she could get 9 done by the 11th of December, she wasn't sure it was possible. She had 9.5 yesterday! Yay! Someone in the building has accused me of creating a monster. grin What a shame. LOL