We had ambivalent emotions when we discovered that a, almost all your crappe was gone from the rental property, but 2, you had moved out last August but neglected to mention that fact. Thank you for paying most of your back rent. Keep taking your meds for your bipolar disorder and depression, and hope your bankruptcy doesn't haunt you for too long.
Kathy & Smokey
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Dear Mother Nature,
It is January in Wisconsin. I like winter. Where the heck is it?
Note: Before you ask, the title of this post is an excerpt from the Haruni pattern. It bears no relation to the pictured knitting, which is the Morrigan pullover from Amy Singer's book No Sheep for You.
What a great topic Carole has given us today -- if we think about what makes us happy, it makes us happy! How can we lose?
Ten Things I Am Happy About Right Now.
It is winter and I am wearing handknits every day. This is last winter. We don't have quite this much snow. Yet.
There is a lot of winter left and I mean to take advantage of it with the handknits. Yeah, I may be weird but I am liking winter this year. The forecast for warmer temps makes me sad :-( Next Sunday is starting to look good, though.
I finished a pair of fingerless gloves for Tamar. (I'll take them to the post office today, Tamar!)
Smokey bought me a largish container of fresh blueberries last week, and I am having blueberries in my oatmeal every morning. Blueberries in cooked or baked goods are my favorite.
There is leftover lentil stew for lunch. Yay, leftovers! Not mine. The black beans in mine colored everything dark. photo credit: anthimeria via photopincc
I only have two more pairs of promised fingerless gloves to knit. Tamar's will be #7. #s 8 & 9 and I'm done!
My laundry/craft room is organized! Before. After!
Yesterday Younger Son helped my fix my Dropbox so it syncs again. All those green check marks make me happy!
The craft end of the laundry room. I am so proud of this I could bust.
A closer look. Labels on the baskets are, from upper left, Swatches, Misc balls of yarn (the ones that haven't gotten put away yet into the Tower Of Stash, below), FOs, Yarn bras & bags, Tools - knitting, and Tools - other. That last basket is my version of a tool box -- hammer, screwdrivers, etc.
Handy and Bubbles (my glove and hat models) on top, ostrich eggs from South Africa, a plastic basket of miscellaneous tiny stuff that I didn't know what else to do with, and an empty basket. Please note how I cleverly maintained easy access to the electrical outlet.
Top: empty basket, my lightbox; next: shallow basket holding the electronic postal yarn scale, another empty basket; next: three large Zip-Locs holding bulky yarn and US#11 circs (gonna teach three little girls to knit next time I go to Sioux Falls); bottom: multiple WIPs (wool ones in ziplocs). The Leinie's case topped with a stoneware bowl is the stand for a 400W halogen work light that I use with the lightbox; that's why I kept the electrical outlet clear. Leftover tiny balls of yarn get thrown into the bowl. Swift and ball winder always at the ready.
Tower Of Stash. I sorted and reorganized this a month or two ago, so I didn't have to do anything major with it during my deck clearing. There are a couple more small Rubbermaids and a couple baskets on the floor, all full of yarn sorted into certain potential project categories.
These shelves were a mess before. The top one was so full of cleaning rags that they were always spilling over the edge. The rags are now neatly folded and sorted into three small piles by type and moved to another cabinet. That means this one is all mine again. And the bottom shelf, not visible, is empty. Way up on top are a basket of seed packets and four project bags/basket. The basket holds the Fairfield WIP, each bags has the yarn and pattern for a project.
Sadly, I neglected taking before photos. Imagine that table in the first few pictures heaped with yarn, fabric, projects, swatches, patterns, and a hundred other things that are no longer there. The shelves that are now on the table came from a closet downstairs that is no longer being used much... last February. Then Smokey was in the hospital, then there was the campaign for county board, then there were all the summer parades and the fair, then emailing and organizing phone banks, then canvassing for the fall election, all the while knitting fingerless gloves for the farmers market and the craft fair, then it was Christmas. And then I did it.
A former co-worker of Smokey's and former renter of our house had a baby over a year ago, and I promised her a sweater. While I knit it almost immediately, it sat... and sat... and sat... waiting for the arm seams to be sewn and a button added at the neck. I finally did that last little bit of finishing a couple weeks ago and mailed the sweater off to little Abby. Luckily for me, she is a tiny little peanut and will have plenty of room to grow into it.
Pattern:Baby Brights by Bev Galeska, heavily modified. Yarn:Valley Yarns Superwash DK (100% superwash merino): 25 light gray, 14 teal, 13 forest, 12 grass, 14 blue mist, 19 misty lilac, 09 wild rose, 06 burgundy. Colors are truest in the WIP photo, below left. Needles: Addi Turbo US#6. Mods:Asalways, I do the whole sweater in stockinette stripes, except for the edgings in garter stitch.