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I Must Knit Faster

I have come to the conclusion that I have to learn to knit faster. There are just too many things to knit and not enough time. I know that that is the way all knitters feel. But really, have you looked at my queue on Ravelry or my list of favorites? I want to do them all and I am having a really hard time making choices.

I was going to knit for myself this year. What happened? I have been doing class knis for Unraveled and that always takes more time then I think it will and I have some good classes coming out of them. So I really can't complain about that.

My great joy is the new baby in my life. One of my dearest friends just had her first baby. she is an older mom which means I get to play with a very small baby. That has to be one of the greatest joys in life. And of course the second greatest joy is knitting for a baby, the third greatest joy is that she is a girl! Having boys of my own and nephews this is so much fun!!

Right now on the needles I have a pair of socks, presto chango #2, Cocoon Lace Scarf, Montego Bay, Celtic Tote, Mom's golf club covers, a hibernating felted stash tote, and my "larger then life" bag that needs lining and finishing.

The solution? Knit faster so I can enjoy knitting all the things I want to knit. I am going to try and do combination knitting. I hate the continental purl. But after watching Mary knit today, I think that maybe combination is the answer.

But of course I am deluding myself. No matter how fast I knit there will always be more to knit. So really I need to knit, enjoy every stitch, and enjoy all the ideas and inspiration that is out there in Ravelry land. Because after all, isn't knitting supposed to be relaxing?
Didn't KnitDad just have the same post?

One Day Beret by Kirsten Kapur, free online pattern


Raisin Beret by Raven Jakubowski



Quantt by Star Athena




Boho Beret by Shannita Williams-Alleyne is a free ravelry download



Baby Sweater on Two Needles (February) by Elizabeth Zimmermann


Happy Valentine's Day





Compliments of A Cottage Industry


Bye Callie

We lost our dog of 13 years yesterday. She was attacked by another dog and was so badly hurt we had to put her down. She was a very small sheltie, the cutest sweetest thing ever. Very much the little lady. She was my boys childhood dog so with her goes a large piece of our lives.

Callie came to us on Christmas Eve 1994
and left us Feb 1, 2008
We will miss you


Happy New Year

It must be an amazing omen when you come home from a wonderful evening at the Grove on New Years Eve

to find 12 dozen, count them 12 dozen long stem roses. (there where two more of those packs. 6 in all with 2 dozen in each pack)

On your back porch. I am pretty sure they are from a Certain Flower Guru that is in charge of flowers on one of the Roseparade floats. But my oh my. I had to raid the umbrella bucket!

Note: I woke up to two more packs!! This may be the only time in my life that I have 20 dozen roses sitting on my fireplace!!

Happy New Year!!


10 Years Today

Today is my tenth wedding anniversary. Marvel Man and I were talking last night about how time seems to move so fast and slow at the same time. It seems like a lifetime that we have been together and at the same time just yesterday that we met! (there are more wedding pics on the flicker badge on the right side)

I had the most beautiful intimate wedding on Christmas Eve. My parents had sold their stunning Tudor house, moved out so it was empty but not closing escrow until after the 1st of the year.

The living room had a wonderful high vulted beamed celing that looked like a church. There were only about 35 family and friends.

My two boys played recorder with my neighbor on guitar, my dad played flute with the guitar and our dear friends married us.

Then what most of you don't know is that 2 years ago I retired from 25 years of being the director of handbells at my church. After dinner all the guest joined together to sing and ring christmas carols with the bells.We all had so much fun. It was magic form beginning to end and set us on this amazing journey together.

So Happy Anniversary my Marvel Man. I am looking forward to the next 10 years and beyond. I am so lucky to have someone that gets me better then I get myself and supports not only this crazy knitting thing but all the other crazy things I get myself into.

I Love You! Happy Anniversary!


007 A Dozen days

Unwindknitting is having a picture project for the year that sounded fun and should get me out with my camera at least once a month just to take pictures.

January in Southeren California

January at Hermosa Beach in Southern California. I love the beach in the winter. No people but the locals and often it is sunny, peaceful and quiet. Only people that really love the beach go there in the winter. Even if it is cold it is good!!

I will post pics of my current projects and TNNA in the next few days.


January Quiet

I don't make resolutions for the New Year. It is such a set up for failure.
I do stop eating so much sugar. But that is because I am actually sick of it right now.

What happens to me this time of year is the overwhelming need to
de-clutter Everything!!

Right now it is a compulsion. Yes I have many compulsions, not just Knitting.

First I have to take down Christmas which I have so enjoyed over the last few weeks.

Yet it has worn out it's welcome and it is time for the feeling of space that resides in my living room when it has all been packed away. .

I am itching to get to the basement and clean it out so that there will be open space for items as I de-clutter the rest of the rooms and closets.

I couldn't wait to start this process (I told you it was a compulsion) so I spent New Years watching USC WIN!!! And going through all my knitting magazine and patterns.

See, lots of room for all the magazines and patterns of 2007!

But alas I have only two days before I am away for 10 days (for fun, family, snow, TNNA classes, and an overwhelming amount of Fondeling Yarn). I sure hope this feeling stays with me and the motivation will still be here when I get home on the 15th.

Farewell to a Wonderful Season and Welcome to January 2007 and the quiet and space this month always brings.