Monday, 23 January 2017

Critical Mass

Moving hit critical mass this morning.  Everything arrived as it should.  Boxes and boxes and boxes.  But I couldn't find the box with my socks and underwear.

Epic crisis.

After waking the entire household with the clatter of shifting boxes, I did succeed in finding it.  I am dressed.  There is coffee. There is knitting.

There also appears to be moving schmutz on my desk top.  Please forgive.  It will be taken care of shortly.

I have an hour till I head off to work (still watching my grandkids while mommy works) but till then, it is quiet and still.  I love all my wee kiddies beyond measure but their energy and constant movement, well, it's just nice to have a place to escape to.

Friday, 20 January 2017

Take a deep breath...

and jump.

Today is the last day.  Truck comes tomorrow and the move will be short and sweet.  I can count the furniture.  3 chairs.  4 brown book cases. 3 white bookcases.  2 desks.  1 white cabinet. 2 side tables/drawer units. 1 treadmill.  2 tvs  1 computer and a few assorted boxes of yarn.

OK a lot of yarn.  My back gave out so I am a little behind but the boys agreed to move it because,well it isn't the books and it isn't the rocks.  Those things are already over there having been moved by my landlord when we emptied the storage unit.

I feel a little homeless in a weird way.  More between 2 places, not residing in either.  Still it is only tomorrow and the fun starts the minute I can unpack!  And I am really looking forward to reco  ecting with my things. 

I have loved living so close to half of my grandkids everyday. Still, living in a combined isn't easy and even a saints patience would be tested. None of the adults in this house are saints and we have had our issues, warranted on  both sides.  I am really looking forward to having a life of my own again and they are looking forward to just being able to be themselves again in their own home.

I'm sitting here debating packing up my computer and tv, and getting as much of the weird stuff that is hard to pack in a box neatly into my car. 

So farewell from this location, and my next post will come from the spiffy  new place. 

Thursday, 19 January 2017


I have been a huge fan of since I first saw it somewhere way back about this issue. I have no idea who first led me the but without a doubt, it was part of the first great explosion of my knitting life.   I have mohair in my stash to make the Ice Queen and I purchased it almost that long ago.

Knitty is one of those things that just never fails to provide something I want to knit.  Each and every issue inspires me.  I am one of the rabid many who used to watch for an issues' launch so I could see the patterns before the old servers would crash from the sheer number of viewers.  I admit to missing that certain odd charm to the wait, the crash and the eventual restoration so I could ruminate and ponder and dream.  I appreciate the new technology, and appreciate that the crash is a thing of the past, but, I keep the memory of the rush to beat others with great fondness.

In the second issue, I fell in love with Tempest .  I have been fascinated by this sweater forever and a day.  I look at samples of Fleece Artist BfL and dream and play even though I have yarn in my stash for it.  It never leaves my thinking.  It just fascinates me.

Undercurrent is another sweater that just doesn't leave my head.  I have already knitted one and have several sets of yarns bought purposefully for at least two more.  When I go out to a store, my eyes are always on the lookout for great combinations.

It goes the other way too.  I have yarn in my stash that I bought because knitting with it was just that good.  The yarn was discontinued and when I found my little stock of it, it was a bit of this colour, a bit of that, which together was enough to make a sweater.  I wasn't sure what to make with it, or how to get the bits to work together well, but then Laekur   popped onto my radar.  Knitty answers my quest yet again. 

And then, for those of us who are regular Knitty  viewers, there are midwinter treats.  Baltimore Tea Party is marvellous.  I have certain yarns which would be great for it.  And I can't wait to play, with it intricacy.  The wide bands of braiding is really innovative and I am fascinated.

Knitty has consistently proven to be THE place to find the next trend and for that, I thank the team making it happen.  You make my knitting life rich.  Thank you.