Our poor house. Constantly one undignified happening or another. But it's been a nice respite for me -- no painting and no cleaning for THREE DAYS!! woohoo! So now I'm just concentrating on packing up my apartment, which is progressing much smoother (knock on wood) than anticipated.
I had a credit at elann.com and burned through some of it yesterday on some Gedifra Cicco (which is already sold out!!) for a Paris Loop poncho for a bud's belated birthday present. I'm not sure if it's **exactly** her style, but the color is definitely her and the style will totally be flattering. And like I said, I had a credit to use at elann!!
And did you see this post over at Between the Stitches? Is that not the CUTEST baby poncho you've ever seen? Stylish, practical, MACHINE WASHABLE,... I'm on a hunt for the pattern and so far have come up with a big fat zilcho; so if anyone out there has a lead for me, I would be beyond appreciative.
The never ending saga of cleaning and painting is still dragging on. You'd think we're moving into some palatial spread instead of a 1200 square foot crap shack, given the ungodly amount of time it's taking to get things just minimally ready for living. whatEVER.
The combination of cleaning products, paint fumes and being SO TOTALLY done working got to me last night:
I'm not much of an artist, but there you have it.
And who paints an entire room + door + trim flat, pea soup green anyway?? Tweakers.
But check out my new clock on the upper left! How freakin' cute is that? I stumbled on the link over at Knitting Maniac. Sweet.
And Rogue is still poking along. I split the front for the armholes, and am well into the armhole shaping for the back. Happy happy stockinette!
While packing the other night, I was inexplicably drawn to the poor half-finished project. Maybe it's the recent soggy foggy weather? Anyway, I've knit a bit on it, and now am just a couple of rows away from the armhole shaping!! Sweet. Except for the fact that I **think** I already knit one sleeve, but haven't THE FOGGIEST IDEA where it is,...
So Larissa over at stitch marker is sending out a plea to all you knitters out there. Go check out her new project, as well as some of her past work -- very cool!
So I know I don't have the greatest, biggest, most fabulous stash out there by a long shot, but I definitely was a little appalled / embarrassed with the beginnings of my packing progress:
If you can't tell, that is an Extra Large box. And this is just SOME of the yarn / fiber randomly floating around my house. I have four plastic bins full as well, and a few UFOs stuffed in the back of the closet waiting to be frogged (but that's a whole other issue!).
I did manage to decrease my yarn holdings a bit yesterday at the knitting meetup in Saratoga. The group seemed really nice, although I came late and ended up a little apart from the main group with some other knitters (hey Tiffany, Brooke, Andrea!!). The meeting place was spacious, but the room we were in was DARK.
I also managed to stoke my guy out last night by bringing this bad boy home:
Is this kick ass or what? According to the reviews, it cuts through studs and other large pieces of your house "like butta."
Home Depot was fun. It was busy in the Power Tool aisle -- me and a lot of guys hanging out, checking out the merch, talking shop, you know,... HOWEVER, the boys were only window shopping, and I was there to seal the deal! I felt like such the bad ass cool chick when I grabbed the saw and headed for checkout! Silly, but true.
I just got back from the local knitting guild meeting which Sharlene also attended. The program was on collars and necklines -- which was okay -- the presenter brought lots of examples which is always a good thing. And the guild ladies crack me up. They are kind of bossy with each other -- kind of like big sister / younger siblings bossy -- and through the course of the conversation you could tell there have been some issues in the past that maybe weren't TOTALLY resolved, if you know what I mean. Not too uncommon, I guess, if you've been hanging with the same people for WHO KNOWS how long!!
(Sorry for the schizo post today -- I'm all over the place! -- but that's my life right now, I guess!)
I'm still sick, but getting better, thank you. This stupid sinus / sore throat thing just won't let go of me!!
No pics of the house de-crapification (yet!) as we were gone for an extra long weekend for a family get-together. There should be some progress pics soon, though!!
On the knitting front, I've been working on a sock from EONS ago for my guy, and toting the pink Dale cardi around for good measure. I'm going to try and make it to the knitting meetup in Saratoga tonight. I have to go over the hill to Home Depot to buy a reciprocating saw (did I spell that right??) so I'm going to be over there anyways. The group is having a stash swap -- bonus! -- so maybe I'll be able to pare down some yarnage before the big move. And tomorrow morning is the local knitting guild meeting, so Sharlene and I are going to check it out.
So see? There's knitting STUFF, but not necessarily knitting PROGRESS. Whatever, it's all good!
Thanks to everyone for the well wishes! I seriously felt like crap, got better, and now am struggling with a sinus / ear infection of some sort.
But we got the keys to our new house on Friday! Very exciting. And horrifying. I have never experienced QUITE that combination of emotions before, but horrifying and exciting definitely sums it up. Here are a few examples:
The house is OURS = exciting.
It's disgustingly dirty (fifteen years of mildew in the windows, four inches of lint and crap next to the dryer) = horrifying.
The location is great ( we can hear the ocean and the sealions barking down at the boardwalk) = exciting.
The laundry room smells of mildew and needs to be gutted down the the frame = horrifying.
The neighbors are really nice = exciting.
The tub skeeves me so much I will always wear flip-flops in it = horrifying.
The list goes on and on.
I got home last night from tearing out this god-awful wood trim from the hallway -- I now rock with the crowbar! -- and realized that I haven't picked up my knitting in almost a week. How sad is that?? So I cast on for the Jamaica sweater out of the Dalegarn #122 book:
The Svale yarn is splitty, but very pretty. It's going to be slow going on NUMBER THREE needles (!) -- maybe I'll have it done by next spring!! I'm also going to pull out some half finished socks for my guy out of the bottom of the basket as well. They're all out of self-striping yarn -- Lorna's Laces and Regia, I think -- just the perfect mindless knitting I need these days!