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November 30, 2005

I've become a scarf person

And they say people can't change.

Last year at this time I gave a red scarf away as a gift. It was really nice--knit out of Brooks Farm Fiber Duet. However, as soft and lovely as it was, I just couldn't imagine myself ever wearing it. I could appreciate the form of the scarf, but not its function.

Situations change; people change.

Scarf8_1

I finished this scarf a couple of weeks ago, and I'm actually using it. It's also red, soft, and lovely. What's changed?

OK, first, you are probably more interested in what the scarf is knit from than why I'm wearing it. The yarn is from Spirit Trail Fiberworks. It alternates between two rows of Silk & Merino and two rows of a Mohair/Silk/Wool Boucle.

The bad new is that it looks like the Knitter's Review Retreat cleaned Jennifer out of her stock on hand and she's not currently taking orders. When she is open for business again, I would recommend that you check out her wares. She also sells some very nice sock yarn. [I expound on its exceptional qualities here, along with another picture of the scarf yarn].

Gee, now my scarf-wearing motivation hardly seems worth mentioning. Who cares that my new office has a draft?

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November 28, 2005

neglect for everyone!

Ha! You think this is the only area of my life that I'm allowing to slide? You would be incorrect, Madame or Sir! Indeed, all areas of my life are currently withering from want of attention.

Except the knitting. I'm actually finishing things, I'm just not taking any pictures of them.

The point of the blog is to amuse me. I have a quirky sense of humor. Things around here are either going to get very strange or stop all together. [That is, of course, unless they go back to being entirely the same as before].

You are invited to observe the proceedings, but don't expect to understand the steps in my little dance.

Hmm...

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November 18, 2005

What the duck?

Duck

What kind of break with reality would it take for you to knit a fun fur scarf for a duck?

Lion Brand should be getting this woman some help, not printing this picture in their newletter.

At least the penguins needed the sweaters.

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November 13, 2005

DC photos: Washington National Cathedral

Poor Kitty!

Progress! This weekend, I looked through all the photos from the visit to Washington National Cathedral I made last June with my friend Christy. [!]

I selected a few photos to add to the DC album and archived the rest.

This pretty much finishes my DC photos. I had big plans to take photos all over DC this past summer. Obviously, that didn't happen

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November 11, 2005

two empty apartments

old


new

I'm experiencing some sort of block. I have a ton of pictures on the camera, but I don't seem to want to download and mess with them. I'm just going to have to force myself to start posting a few.

Here is one of Molly in the old apartment after the movers had left and one of her in the new apartment before the movers came.

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November 08, 2005

Sweet Mary Jane Errata

If you are having problems with the Sweet Mary Jane Cardigan pattern from KnitPicks, it may not be your fault. There are errata corrections available for the pattern with changes to the last two pages that I hope will stop my screams of frustration.

[Any guesses on what I've been working on lately?]

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November 02, 2005

the joy of an extra room

I won't apologize for not posting more frequently as of late. Sometimes, life overtakes us and the precedence of priorities must be strictly enforced. I hope that things in my world will be settling in to a new version of 'normal' fairly soon: all my things were delivered on the 28th; my father will be ending his visit on the 6th; and new employee orientation tasks are winding up at work. I'm looking forward to establishing a new, boring routine (NBR).

Mostly, I'm looking forward to organizing my internet/knitting space. I bought a new desk and chair for my 'home office' with the justification that I'm going to have to add a few hours of working at home every week to the NBR. After years and years of graduate school and a few more years of semi-slacking, I have stepped onto a career path that actually leads somewhere; hence, home work.

The setup in my last apartment was not conducive to working at home: the television and the computer were in the same room. Need I say more? This time, the TV stays in the living room and the computer stays in the office (except for the occasions where I use the wireless connection with the laptop in the living room). I'm hoping that this will lead to increased productivity; however, who am I kidding, the computer will still have the Internet.

In addition to an extraordinarily productive home office, this space is also going to function as my knitting room. In my last apartment, the second bedroom was yarn and knitting book storage, but also, junk and box storage--not really a room you would want to hang out in. The Grand Plan this time is to keep the storage in the closet and make the non-office half of the room the knitting haven I've dreamed of. Although I had a pretty functional setup previously; it was hidden behind a bunch of junk, most of which I got rid of before the move. Now, I'll be able to swivel around from my desk and gaze upon my knitting empire. Can finished objects and knit blogging about actual knitting be far away?

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