Sunday, December 31, 2006

Happy New Years Eve

Happy New Years Eve to everyone. I plan to sit home and knit/crochet tonight and watch the ball drop. I really hate to be out on the road on a night like this, and I can have a drink at home, if I choose.

Today was my last day to buy yarn, and I have resisted the urge. I haven't even gone on a buying spree in the last few days, so I am proud of myself.

I am still crocheting on my October Coat and have started a beaded scarf from Interlacements. Both are pretty mindless.

I didn't realize I would start such a stir on the Socknitters list. I got pretty funny. Folks talking about depriving themselves. I am in no way depriving myself!!! I guarantee it. I finally finished the inventory of my yarn yesterday. I have over 2,300 skeins of NON-sock yarn. I have enough sock yarn for OVER 100 pairs of socks. I didn't even find any yarn as I went through it that I didn't like anymore. Now if I could just knit with my toes, I might live long enough to get these all done!!!!

I have been very lazy with my running this last week. First I had a cold, now it is raining. I ordered an iPod Nano and the new Nike+ attachment. The Nike+ is here but no Nano yet. I have my regular iPod, but the Nike+ only works with the Nano. If you aren't familiar with it, it is a spiffy pedometer that tracks your workouts and gives you encouragment while you run. It is pretty neat because there are online groups that "run" together and set challenges for themselves and each other. I think this will be very motivational, if the Nano ever gets here. I had trouble with my regular iPod and had to send it back, so I wanted to get it directly from Apple, because they fixed the first problem so fast.

Happy New Years everyone. Stay safe tonight

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

I Survived Christmas

We had another wonderful Christmas. Even though my nephews (10 1/2 yo twins) no longer believe, they were still so excited that it made it fun for all of us. I am always so worn out by Christmas night that I am thinking about crying. Of course, if I had finished the knitted Christmas hats before midnight on Christmas Eve (I had gotten up at 5:30AM to try to get them finished), I might not have been so exhausted. But, like many of us, I pretend like I have all the time in the world to get these things done!!!!

I knit the "Long Winter's Nap" caps from Knit Picks. They turned out beautiful, BUT the pattern is a mess. I had to redo the line math to get the twisting cables to work. If you do it they way the pattern says there are long untwisted stretches. Their errata page does not include all the corrections. I have e-mailed them what a mess the pattern is, so hopefully they will improve their errata page. Ok, I will get off my soap-box. But they are really pretty hats, for Santa hat's, I may knit me one before next year. Now that I have the pattern worked out.

I managed to make it through Christmas without gaining any weight. They is great. I didn't loss anymore, but I can live with no gain. After the first I have to get back to the exercise program. Not only am I not lossing weight, but I am not making any progress on my running program. Right now it is still a walking program!!!!

There are 4 more days before the "Fiber Diet" starts. Wendy from Wendy Knits started this on her blog ( You get to set your own rules. I am going to take part. I am hoping that all of y'all (yes, I am from the South) will help keep me honest. My rules are:
1) No yarn, spinning fiber or fabric purchases. There are 3 exceptions: a) if it is for a gift and b) if I have the MAJORITY of the fabric or yarn to make a project and just need to SUPPLIMENT what I have. (this one will take a lot of policing). c) if I take a class that has a kit, I may buy the kit.
2) This includes sock yarn!!!! No sock yarn purchases!!!
3) I plan on at least 9 months. If I am doing well. I may go for the full year.

Being an ex quilt shop, knit shop owner, I know that they hate people who do this. BUT, if me not buying, puts them out of business, they didn't have enough business anyway. I will buy things I NEED, but there will be NO WANT PURCHASES!!!!!

Now that the holidays are over, I hope to learn to do pictures and lists the blogs I read and such. I will have more time to read up on these things. If anyone knows of good websites to learn these things, please send me a comment.

I have started crocheting the October Coat in a beautiful Turquoise. It is made with Prairie Silk from Brown Sheep. I love they way it feels. It is 10% silk, so softer than wool. So far it is going well. I am a fairly new crocheter, so hopefully the smoothly will continue.

Chat soon!!

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

A Little About Me

I really am into LOTS of stuff. I bore easily so I do a lot of things at once. I knit, crochet, quilt, play with my dogs, cook and read. I am also trying to run. Right now it is more of a walk, but I am trying. I started this blog because I am planning to take part in Wendy's Destash 2007 and wanted a place to report my progress on that, as well as my other undertakings.

This is a learning experience for me. I don't know how to do links or pictures, but I won't "learn any younger" as my Father says so frequently.

I live in Virginia, have been here all of my life. Married to retired Navy guy that I plan to keep for a while longer. He supports all of my "new projects". He has fears of what the next one will be. I have 3 dogs, 2 Scotties and 1 Westie. They rule the roost, but they let us live here still, so we must be doing something right. I have recently lost 115 lbs after gastric bypass surgery, so that is why I want to run. I want to keep it off FOREVER!

Don't have a schedule for posting yet, especially with Christmas in a week. But once the first of the year arrives, I plan to be more regular.

Nice to meet you.