Friday, April 4, 2014


It's been so long since I posted, that it's almost like I'm beginning anew! This winter has been a horrible, depressing time. Snow everywhere, messy driving, too many appointments getting things into perspective, and the ever-present "wait for spring".

The wait has been long and hard, and winter is on the fast train out, but it doesn't really feel like Spring yet. I feel like the whole world is passing me by while I wait for Spring to finally come out of slumber. There are buds on the trees that I have been tossing mental images at...a command that says "turn GREEN for heaven's sake!" So far, the trees aren't listening.

The ground is still hard, but the frost is revealing itself in patches of heaved dirt here and there across the lawn. Or maybe that's just a mole finally able to come up for some air? Whatever it is, I can tell. Things are happening under the yellowed grass, but so far, not a hint of a new blade of grass or the green of the daffodils.

It's utterly smothering.

I've knit a ton, and crocheted, too, but in order to see that, you'll have to check out my wall on Facebook, which is where I posted them while sitting in my chair, relaxing. I rarely get to my "big machine" these days. When I do, it's to print something for JoAnn's. I've been teaching a lot, now that I'm working two stores. I've been productive.

Currently on the needles is a headband:

Now, I realize it's not much to look at NOW, but after I wash and dry it. Right now, I agree. It looks like a snake. It's just the stockinette stitch rolling in, and, because the yarn is acrylic, it might never unroll, but under stress (read that-around my head) it might just lay flat. It's a quick easy project, and won't take but a few more concentrated hours to finish and block. Finished piece will be posted on a future date, but given my track record of late, that could be next year....stay tuned.

The other project is a fingerless glove.

What you're seeing is the top half of the hand. I found the pattern on Craftsy. They are called Brooklyn Mitts. The color is true on my photo, gray and a blue gray, but the author of the pattern did the mitts in a peacock and blue, and the result was stunning. I thought it would be so pretty with some pearlized beads, and didn't realize that I wasn't getting the colors picked out for the picture on the pattern. I ordered the kit, and the pattern reads "gray and slate gray", and I thought, these aren't the same colors!!! Undaunted, I still cast on, but I'm seriously thinking about writing to Craftsy about this issue. Peacock is my color, and I was really expecting it. The gloves will be cute, yes. They will go with my spring coat, yes. But they are not the color I was hoping would arrive. Ah, well. Live and learn, right?

I've been doing some serious organizing of my craft room, which may turn into craft rooms if I can at all manage it. Here's a couple of pics of what is still left to do from the items still upstairs...

While this looks really disorganized, it really is organized, it just needs to be catalogued and entered into the database and taken downstairs. No, the cat watching the birdies at the feeder is not part of the craft room. No matter how badly she would love to be. By the way, she's sitting on top of the snake cage--just goes to show you how intensely afraid she is of snakes.

This pic is the laundry room table I turned into a helper table to organize smaller items. Contents are, (left to right) 2 wooden boxes (one is an antique) full of double pointed needles garnered from my Aunt-in-law's mother-in-law, some Pledge, a few miscellaneous papers that I wanted to save, the box from my recent purchase of an Iphone battery backup, a Sharpie, a boxed wooden puzzle of sheep from my friend, Linda with a small antique pincushion on it, a metal box overflowing with stuff that has to go in the boxes that were already taken downstairs, which is sitting on top of a handful of patterns and books that have to be catalogued when they are inter-leaved with the millions of patterns I have printed and purchased over the last, oh, 40 years or so.

I'm not going to show you the REAL craft room. At the moment, it consumes about 3 rooms since it's so disorganized. I have books and magazines spread out all over the kitchen downstairs, as it has the most sorting space. One bedroom has the lion's share of the fabric. The other room has the lion's share of the yarn and spinning.

Okay, I'm about tired, now! Obligatory picture of my cat, Chat.

And that's about all. Have a nice day! I'm off to knit with the girls!

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