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happy late 420 :p
im knitting a green blanket for my boo.....its turning out quite nicely :D i only find time to do it at school, however...so usually during the week is when i get it done lol. ill take a pic and put it up here ASAP!

Speaking of touching base

It's been quite a while since I posted here too. I've been dealing with so much this winter and spring. A new daily routine that includes being at the gym at 5:30 AM leaves me little time in the day now to spend online. Add to that the endless string of lemons that life keeps throwing at me for which there isn't enough salt and tequila to keep up with (new front window, tree removal, gas tank replacement, a string of other car problems, basement floods, sewer problems, and more) leaves me desperately clinging to what very little sanity and money I have left.

On the bright side, we adopted a new Italian Greyhound. A 1 year old male named Flash. He's very playful, and our Pharaoh Hound absolutely adores him, as do we.

I've still been knitting too, with what little spare time I have. I've been doing some socks. One pair with Trekking XXL and one with Wildfoote yarn and both a very time consuming on size one needles. I only work on them when my fingers feel up to working with such small needles. I picked up a ton of cotton/linen yarn at a $2 sale a few weeks ago that I'm making shopping bags with. And I've made all the pieces of a bunny for my nephew but I still haven't gotten around to assembling them yet.

Touching base

Hey guys. It's been a while since I've posted so I thought I'd say hey to all the old and new faces round here. There are some talented new guys around here and I, for one, appreciate seeing what everyone is working on.

I was asked by a friend a couple weeks ago to finish an afghan that his new girlfriend's grandmother started before she passed away. He wants to give it to her for her graduation in a few weeks. He brought me her project and the pattern and I finished it up last night. Just have to weave in the ends and give it a quick wash and it'll be ready. Then I can get back to the candle flame shawl I was working on.

I also got a great deal on some yarn last weekend. I went with a friend to a yard sale and as we were leaving, I looked down into a box and saw the edge of a skein of yarn so I took a look. When I dug everything out from the bottom of the box, there were the following:

8 sk Wool-Ease White Multi (white with irridescent flecks)
4 sk Wool-Ease Hunter Green
5 sk Wool-Ease purple/green/navy multicolor
9 sk Wool-Ease Grey Heather
4 sk Phentex "Chunky" in Porcelain (light grey)
1 sk Lion Brand Chenille in black
3 sk Wool-Ease Tartan Twist (purple/dark turquoise/dark pink multicolor)

The unequal flow of time.

I swear - the last 45 minutes of my work day frequently takes about 6 hours to go by; unless of course, I have something that *has* to be finished - in which case the duration of the final 45 minutes is more likely to be 10 minutes or less.

And wasn't it Christmas just a few days ago? How can it possibly be less then two weeks until my Mayfaire gig? And though I am seriously addicted to Renaissance Faires - and even more so to the oppurtunity to perform; I'm resenting the time that prep is taking from my knitting.

Last night I had to print out some inserts and assemble some CD's (just in case someone actually wishes to purchase at the gig) and *didn't get to knit a stitch!*

A horrible feeling. Luckily I can get about 50 stitches done while burning a CD.

the ER

I was sitting in the ER today (a by-product of an overly combative student with more ambition than aim) and ran out of books. I could not find a wireless connection otherwise I would have geeked out and posted a pic of me actually knitting in said ER, so I started knitting. I like having a sock "to go" as it were. When I was called to the room I was able to toss the project down mid row, pick it up in the examining room and then toss it down again upon the doctors arrival.

I like my multi needle knitting in the round for this reason. I have seen sweetie’s sister throw a double round knit behind a couch with a fair amount of force only to pick it back up and start knitting without missing a beat. It was impressive to me at the time (I was not a knitter at that point) and now that I have set needle to yarn even more so. I was called to the examining room and was able to toss down my sock only to pick it up again for another "broken" row waiting for my doctor to show up. As I look at it now (on the futon) it has two needles in the middle of the second needle; not that the preceding makes any sense to anybody who has not knit, but I think you all know of which I speak. I can pick it up and go on with the pattern no problems, the only problem I can foresee is when I wind up doing decreases but by then I hope I can "read" the stitches and tell where I am in regards to the pattern. Of course I don’t really plan on being in the ER that much anymore.

Dream Come True: a LYS opens!

Hello everyone,

So, I live just 25 feet out of Washington DC, but 25 feet in the opposite direction of almost everything booming and fabulous. The housing boom has hit every adjacent county and neighborhood to DC but ours. While we live in an area with great green spaces and big back yards (and affordable houses!), our retail is basically limited to nail salons and the four dollar stores within walking distance to my house.

Sunday was a cold, rainy day. We had just driven 25 minutes to the nearest Petco only to discover that what I needed wasn't there. We drove back down Route 1 to a favorite Mexican dive for chicken mole and pulled up to a red light. On the left was an empty lot; on the right, among boarded up buildings and store front churches announcing revivals, in the lobby of an old bank building...A BRAND NEW YARN STORE - FIVE MINUTES FROM MY HOUSE!!!

We stopped. We went in. Unbelievable! The new owners were there; cakes and chips were offered, we got a tour (the Best Beloved on crutches - when he hobbled in, the owner's husband laughed cheerfully and said "Here's a fellow who won't be happy to hear that we were grandfathered in and don't have a ramp!"). They stock everything from dishcloth cotton to high end hand painted yarn.

keeping track of your projects

another question - how do you guys keep track of your projects? Is there an online program for the yarn type, where you bought it, when it was started, the pattern origin, etc. and when you finished it? I'd love (and be willing even to pay) for a program that did this for me :)

I want to journal my history of knitting in a concise and standard manner..

ideas?

:)

Kyle