Saturday, October 29, 2011

Stash Wars

There was organization an eon ago but now only chaos.  Yesterday, when I opened the doors of the six foot tall stash cabinet, I groaned when I saw the hodgepodge of yarn.  There are baskets of varying sizes sitting around the room that houses two knitting machines and enough yarn to start a small shop.  The baskets just didn't work when filled with skeins of yarn and placed into the cabinet.  What was on the bottom of each basket?  I could never remember without taking it out and dumping it.  Sort of defeats the purpose!

I will not even mention the needle storage.
I stood on a ladder to get a picture of the baskets on top of the cabinet.  Yes, they are filled with yarn too.  I know there must be an easier way to store yarn but I clearly haven't found it.  I keep dumping it into the cabinet and shutting the door before 15 skeins fall out.  Something has to change so I'm going to Michaels today.  I have an idea that clear acrylic boxes would allow me to see the yarn on the bottom, and would stack easily.  We will see.

The left side of Lace Edged Cardi is finished and half of the lace chart on the right side.  This is the longest cardigan project I have ever taken on.  I have knit three sweaters since January but this one alone has been going on since June.  I'm knitting with a smaller needle than I use for most sweaters (US #4) so I guess that slows me down.  
The above picture is not quite what I had in mind, but Big Red is such a beautiful horse that I thought I would share him anyway.  Thirty seconds before I took this picture I ran to get the camera so I wouldn't miss the chance to get a picture of Big Red rolling on his back, kicking his hooves in the air.  Of course he was standing again when I came back with the camera.  Maybe next time!

Life is good.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Can't Complain

Aren't you glad!!  I can't find anything to complain about this week!!  I can't even think of any dumb knitting questions to ask or wild ramblings to bore you with.  I'm cool!  I'm chillin'.  Just tending to my knitting.

It's so strange because I can usually find something that I consider a BIG problem or something that leads readers down the garden path of what-to-do.  Nope--not this time.  The week has sailed by with FO's, swap goodies, fun with the dogs, lunch with daughter and daughter-in-law.  Now I'm getting worried.  Waiting for the other shoe to drop.  Looking that big ole gift horse in the mouth. 
While I am still ahead of the game I will show you my swap goodies.  Thanks to Barb, who is blogless at this time but should be encouraged to start a blog.  If she is as good at blogging at she is at swap boxes I think her blog will become very popular.  I have been wandering around all week, urging people to "Look in my cup."  It has a black cat on the handle and a pumpkin in the bottom.  I will not tell you how many times I have forgotten the pumpkin and thought there was something in my coffee!

Anyway, thanks Barb for the wonderful gifties!!  I thought socks when I saw the Regia and Jawoll because I need to knit socks for winter.  But now I keep looking at your beautiful yarn and thinking it would be perfect as a round Pi shawl with the Jawoll in the middle and the Regia on the edges.  Yup--I think that's it!!  Love the scarf patterns too and will certainly knit some for Christmas gifts.
Also, happy happy over the Pretty In Pink wrap, which I am now calling the PIP wrap because I didn't make it in pink.  It is finished, correctly seamed, and I love it.  I have worn it twice already and think it will be my favorite fall piece!
While all this happy stuff is going on Macy is happily chasing a squirrel in the backyard.  There is one squirrel that seems to like taunting her and loves the chase.  Macy can't get enough of it!!

Life is happily good!