Anyway, I do have a point, which is my decision to teach myself to knit a sock (for the 200th time) and save money by not taking a class, which would put me back $60. I’m thinking that although I’ve met sock knitting with only failure, I have the determination to give it another go, after all, I did teach myself to knit using only internet resources. Over the weekend I found a sock pattern on Ravelry and started it using the Magic Loop method and my hot off of eBay Addi’s. It was going fine until the heel turn, no surprise there, but I figured it out and continued despite a few minor mistakes, which I chose to just ignore. To make a long story short, many little mistakes add up to too many little mistakes to ignore and off to frog land went the sock. So now I’m back to square one but I did learn a lot from my mistakes, and like my very wise friend, N, tells me, you just have to get past that first sock and everything will be fine. I will heed your advice and cast on for yet another attempt once I’ve watched a few more YouTube videos on turning a heel, and as soon as I find that $60. I think my sanity is worth at least that much!
Does this look familiar, N? I had to laugh at the how mangled the packaging looked after the items were inspected, taped back up into the envelope, and then the big, green sticker slapped on. But what's important was what was inside--lovely angora silk yarn, handmade greeting cards, and a divine shawl that will surely keep me toasty when the temperature plunges back down to seasonal. Thank you, N! You sure know how to make a knitter feel special on her birthday. And yes, I do remember that cake I made for you. Was that your 30th? Speaking of cakes, I got this one yesterday from my brilliant husband.I'm not a big celebrator of birthdays, never was, however this one was really great and everyone made me feel so special and so loved with their well wishes, thoughtful cards, and gifts. I didn't even feel one ounce of regret leaving my 20's behind because I am lucky to have such wonderful family and friends. Much love to everyone.
And to top off an already fabulous birthday/Valentines Day long weekend, I am heading to the Mall of America tomorrow to attend the Craft Council of America's Knit Out & Crochet event. I attended it a couple of years ago and came home with loads of free stuff from vendors like Lion Brand, Bernat and Clover. I'm psyched! If you're in the Minnesota area, the event runs this weekend and is worth checking out for all the free stuff.
Remember this cake you made for me? Do you think this was my cake for turning 30? Maybe it was 31. It was SO long ago! I was just glad it wasn't the kitty litter cake. I found the poop scooper in my linen closet a couple weeks ago. It made me giggle.
I miss you, my friend. Cheers!
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- Katherine of Fuzzy Love - she's our craft sister, another transplanted Canadian, and the sweetest person ever. She's super smart too. One day we're going to have a bird collection contest. As soon as we get some free time! And honestly, if we were to put this list in order, she would be tops regardless.
- Danny Seo of Daily Danny - this kid kicks it. Most of his ideas are simple and low-cost and green of course. I call him 'the kid'. He became famous as a teenager when he advocated green living, and he has written great green design books. I borrow them from the library all the time. The kid isn't making a dime off of me, but I think he would be satisfied that borrowing is a greener option. You should make him part of your regular reading because he posts every day with beautiful pictures, great design tips, green product reviews, and lots of contests. I mention the contests because your chances are good that you might win because he doesn't have a ton of readers. Just saying.
- Rachel of Cultivating Rachel - she's been missing for a while, but she's back! And that just makes us happy!
- Jennfier of Write Start - I've just got hooked onto her blog, and so far it's been about little kids writing, but it's certainly creative, and I love the images. It's timely for me with the littlest learning how to read, and the oldest is a writing machine.
- Danielle of Sheep Geek - Danielle can knit ANYTHING and make it look wispy and effortless. She is the genius behind World Wide Knit in Public Day. I just drool over her projects.
- Ellen of elanknits - She's the wondermum that I wish I was, and she knits the coolest skullies! This lady is a local legend. Go to any crafty festival or show or what have you, and everyone knows her, and it's very likely that she has some items on display. She's a legend at my workplace - they made an award because of her exemplary volunteer work. Her attendance at knitting gatherings around town is spotty 'cause she's so flippin' involved in her boys' lives, yet she still practically gets a standing ovation when she makes her entrance. I always feel like shouting Bravo!
- Erin of Bluebirdbaby - I just love looking at her photos. She can make anything look absolutely beautiful, so I go there for a dose of pretty.
It's been seven days, and I am still singing this song. Is it the same with all rappers in Newfoundland?
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That there is maybe one fifth of our books - all read and enjoyed. Ironically we haven't bought any books for four years since we moved into this house, AND we filtered the collection before so that there would be less to move. We are book junkies. Every few years I can read and enjoy the same books because my mind retains very little, and the little that I do retain enhances each re-reading. I've read The Handmaid's Tale four times, and each time it gets better and I understand a little more its pure genius. Having too many books is a good problem to have.
Oh dear, I need to get back to staring at my craft space. It's calling me. "M-a-k-e something!!"