Posts Tagged by new year
|31 December 2014||Posted by Ness under Podcast|
In which I contemplate the last year and how things are the same and different each year, have one quarter of the skeins in my workbook, fight startitis but finish Mike’s socks and half of my espinner project, run a little contest, and get a whole section done on Christmas Elegance. Thanks for listening!
- Master Spinner Program
- Fibre Week at Olds College
- Dad’s Etsy shop – You can contact him through his Etsy shop as well if you have ideas for new products.
- Mike’s Socks made in this pattern: Vanilla Sock (toe up) by Jo Torr – great pattern, explained very well!
- Mystere Shawl – my project page will appear tomorrow!
- Oranje Sweater – I will use my Dale Garn Heilo for the base colour.
- Yggdrasil Afghan – I will use my Berroco Vintage.
- Vittorio Scarf
- Like my page on Facebook to enter to win! I will post a link to the collection when it is released.
- Jan. 8: Oh wow, check out the patterns in this collection that’s up for grabs! They’re amazing! $14.99 value, 13 amazing Fair Isle patterns from sachets to sweaters to hats and mittens! Jessie’s pattern is the Firth Waves Cushion.
By The Wayside
|4 January 2014||Posted by Ness under Podcast|
In which I reflect on a year’s worth of episodes, blame a virus for lack of progress, spin wool, alpaca, llama, and mohair for Level 2, start a couple of project and almost finish the legwarmers, and get set to do more filling in on the Tapestry. Thanks for listening!
- Nozky Legwarmers by Monika Sirna – My project page and the pattern at Knitty.
- Mayim Cardigan by Alexandra Virgiel – My project page, and the pattern page on Ravelry.
- Event Horizon Pi Shawl by Donna Druchunas – My project page, the pattern page on Ravelry, and link to the KAL thread on Ravelry.
- String Theory Hand Dyed Yarn‘s website, and their Caper Sock (80% SW merino/10% cashmere/10% nylon).
- Ashford Knitter’s Loom – a rigid heddle loom. I got the 30 cm version.
By The Wayside
|1 January 2013||Posted by Ness under Knitting, Spinning|
Christmas is put away for another year, I wrangled the kitchen under control again, and both the stash and the spinning room are in much better shape today, so the neat and tidy OCD part of my brain is cheering very loudly. There are a few things that make me crazy – things like too much caffeine, too little sleep, and boredom – but nothing makes me crazy like mess. It’s part of why I don’t spend too much time in the basement these days, as it’s where Mike has contained his mess. So even if my stuff is okay (which it wasn’t before today, I’ll admit), I just have a hard time sitting down there without getting an eye-twitch or starting to enter that unpleasant mental place that we both try not to refer to, and try to avoid at all costs.
The good news is that I wrangled the yarn quite well this morning (even if not efficiently as I was half done when I discovered the stabilizing zippers on the bottom of the bins), and freed up quite a bit of space in the stash case just by using bins from Ikea. The yarn has the same amount of space in each Expedit cubby, but because I don’t have to worry about it falling out, I was able to stuff a lot more in there. I’d like to get two more bins next time we’re in south Edmonton for the lace and the handspun, but neither of those I’m worried about exploding out all over the floor. The scary part is exactly how much yarn I’ve managed to accumulate. There’s a full bin of sock yarn, another full bin with clothing quantities of Dale of Norway, Mission Falls 1824 Wool and 1824 Cotton, and also the five skeins of Mirasol Nuna that was supposed to be a Pioneer, a bin of acrylic for yarn bombing and toys, over half a bin for baby yarn, and the other half for bulky, and then two (TWO!) bins of various assorted non-acrylic yarn. Not to mention the growing stack of handspun, and the excessive amount of lace.
Actually touching and handling the yarn was good, because now I know I can shop in my stash for a lot of things this year. Also, I think this will be the year of starting to knit with my handspun. It really is about time…
And no, I’m not trying to hide how much yarn I actually have by putting it in bins.
The spinning room didn’t take too much wrangling, more just stuffing bags full of roving and other spinnables into the bookcase and hoping they don’t fall out. I still can’t close the closet door, but that’s because all the items I need to relist on Kijiji are there. I should get to that sometime this week, and hopefully a few more things will move out of the house. The good news here is that it’ll be easy for me to switch out wheels, so I’ll be able to start again on the Level 2 homework this weekend. And since I got everything tidied, I even treated myself to about half an hour of spinning on the Traditional, and I haven’t wheel-spun in weeks!
All in all, I’m pretty pleased with the progress I made today. No, I didn’t work on the outstanding Christmas mittens, and I didn’t work on my homework, but I got the house to a place I’m happy about starting off the new year with. It’s (mostly) tidy, (mostly) clean, and everything is (mostly) in its place, and I’ll take that as a good start to 2013.
|31 December 2012||Posted by Ness under Life|
Tomorrow is for stash organizing, doing dishes, and putting away Christmas, but tonight is for appetizers, television, knitting, mulled cider, and champagne. In the spirit of out with the old and in with the new, here are some suggestions I’m giving myself for 2013.
- Give the blog and podcast a year, and see how it feels.
- Knit from stash! Oh my goodness, it’s almost scary how quickly yarn can accumulate, and how slowly it disappears, especially with 60% off sales… I have a lot of pretty wool that I should use up, and I’m spinning ever more, so it’s time to get to and make some room.
- I have six months to finish my Master Spinner Level 2 homework. Enough said.
- I will try to remember to always pause Planet Baen when I won’t be able to tend to it for a few days. Fighting back from a 1 billion point bliss deficit once was enough!
- Enjoy it all. 🙂
Happy New Year, everyone!