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Saturday, January 23, 2010

Yarn, Yarn, and more Yarn!

Today, I bought yarn. Lots of yarn. I bought two skeins of Handpainted Cascade 220 in a beautiful sunny yellow for a friend's baby-to-be's Baby Surprise Jacket, and Red Cascade 220 for mitten tops to go with the hand warmers I plan to knit in Mountain Colors Bearfoot (Ruby River of course), to go with the hat I knit, to go with the scarf I know. I bought two balls of Frog Tree Alpaca for socks for my mom (one in red and one in a beautiful berry/purple). I bought three skeins of Ultra Alpaca Fine for a sweater in my Ravelry que. I bought a skein of Marisol Hacho for new mittens for Alex, to replace the ones he has now which will not fit by next week (in the same color...shade 305- yellow, green, brown. If you've ever seen his mittens, you know the ones). I brought home five balls of Queensland Rustic Wool in green for a shop sample that I'm going to knit. Somewhere in the next few months (not including the Ravelympics) I'll be trying to knit all of these things up because I really want every one of them. I think they'll need to be knit in the order of importance, which means that Alex's mittens will need to be first, even though I started my mom's new socks first. Good news is that I finished the yellow socks that were to be my Grandmother's but are now my mom's, and I'll be blocking them and getting a decent photo soon (I hope).

This is really a run-by-posting because I have yarn screaming at me, and I must obey. I have to teach the Sunbeams tomorrow (pray for me), and I have sharing time next week, and I have quite a lot of school work in both classes next week, and I'm almost four weeks into a 10 week term and haven't been able to find time to give more than a passing glance at my final project requirements, and I think I might burst into flame any minute... I'll be in the corner with wool.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Blog for Choice Day 2010

In honor of Dr. George Tiller, who often wore a button that simply read, "Trust Women," this year's Blog for Choice question is: What does Trust Women mean to you?

For me it’s simple. My religious beliefs tell me that my Heavenly Father sent me here to make choices, and that they weren’t all going to be easy ones. I understand that I knew going in what I would be asked to do in this life, and that I was promised the free will to make decisions for myself, with the guidance of the Holy Spirit to assist me. This knowledge tells me that my Heavenly Father trusts his children…a great number of which are women…and that if he trust women to make the right choices then my government should too. The choices that I make are between God, and myself and His opinion is the only one that really matters. He is the one I have to be able to look in the eye come judgment day. I know that ending life is not the right choice for me personally, but I want the choice. How can I come to this world and make the decisions that can lead me back to the presence of my Heavenly Father if the choices are taken away from me? So for me the answer is simple. I’m pro-choice, and my choice is life. Now, lets trust other women to make the choices that are best for them.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Springtime in Philadelphia

First, I'm really excited to show our brand new microwave. As many of you know, we've been dealing with our old one that needed to be replaced for well over a year, and it was finally time thanks to the living expense check I received from my school. Now I can heat things without a power failure every time I go to use the microwave.

Now, moving on. Yesterday I didn't knit a thing but I did do some finishing on a project that I'm pretty excited about. I finished my Springtime in Philadelphia tam and I took some halfway decent photos for the blog. Keep in mind that I didn't have time to get all made up or to do anything with my hair...and just try to look only at the hat, lol. It took less than one skein of Mountain Colors Bearfoot, and I blocked it on one of my dinner plates last night after a good soak in the bathroom sink (this yarn bleeds a lot, so never knit it with white unless you want that white yarn to turn pink). I could have used a bigger plate and it would have been even slouchier, but I think that it's going to work out fine. I really enjoyed knitting this and never once thought about working on another project while I had it on the needles. As a matter of fact, I really was looking forward to getting back to it after I finished the sock for my first round of Sock Wars.

Speaking of Sock Wars...as of yesterday's mail I am still alive. We'll have to see what happens when today's mail runs. Now! I'm off to do some school work...assuming I can keep my attention focused for more than five minutes at a time. Oh, and before I forget, Alex pooped in the potty yesterday and then proclaimed "Now I can have Spencer." So I had Aaron pick it up when he was getting the microwave and Alex found him when he woke up this morning. Everything that isn't Thomas related has been forgotten for the time being.

Update: so I opened my back door to take something out...and it was there. My socks of death. I'm dead folks. You are reading the words of a knitting zombie. I got a beautiful pair of red socks, two bars of chocolate to lessen the blow, a post card from Madison, WI and a project bag from The Sow's Ear, my assassin's favorite local yarn shop. Not bad for being dead :) Now I'm on a mission to knit a new pair of alpaca socks for my mom.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Weapons of Minimal Destruction

I present to you "Ribbons of Valor" knit in a limited edition yarn: Sheep Shop Yarn Co.'s Skinny Feet. I have no idea what color this is because it never had a tag on it, but the color is acid green/navy blue. The yarn turns into a really soft sock after it's washed, but I didn't have time to fully soak it and wash them so I steam-blocked them on my sock blockers to give them a shape, and tossed them into a box with the leftovers (minus the knife). I drove them to the post office today and sent them by 2-3 day mail with delivery confirmation. Now I just have to check my own mail every day and hope that I don't receive socks of my own. If I live long enough, my target "Dore" has to mail her socks to me in what ever state of completion they happen to be, and I finish them and kill off her target with them.

I've lived long enough to get a pair finished and kill off at least one target. It took four days of being up till 2-3am and constant knitting. I started another pattern that ended up being too big and I had to abandon them after five hours of knitting. I hated the pattern within a few rows but I couldn't risk losing that kind of knitting time until I had a valid reason. Thankfully, many of the other sock warriors on Ravelry also had issues with this pattern and had to start over. I did enough damage to my hands by the time I realized that I had to start over that it really didn't matter that I'd changed patterns. I've already had to ice my left wrist and elbow twice now and I'm looking forward to no knitting at all until I get Dore's socks back in the mail. I need the break and I have dishes and school work and dinners that need to be made. I also have a shop sample to knit soon. If I don't have the other socks in the next few days, I'll start on the sample to exercise some other muscles in my hand and forearms till I have to start on socks again. So...look for some actual posting for the next few days until the next battle breaks out.