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First list of 2006

Posted by jackie blue on January 3rd, 2006

I don’t usually do a resolutions list. I think that sets me up for a sure failure to keep them. But I’m bored at work today, so what the hell. I for sure will have to keep at least some of them, right? So here goes, knitting and not, and in no particular order.

1) I will not buy any yarn for myself, excluding a gift certificate I want to use, and possible gifts, for at least the first quarter of 2006. I am going to shoot for half.

2) I will always have a pair of socks on the needles, because I discovered that even though I am a boot or sandals girl and no one ever sees them, I like wearing them.

3) I will finish several neglected knitting projects. This means spending less time online, more time knitting.

4) I will keep my apartment considerably neater than it’s been, so I can have spontaneous guests now and then.

5) I will lose the 15 pounds I gained in 2005, and without “dieting”.

6) I will use my gym membership again on a regular basis (see 5).

7) I will cook a lot more, and order in a lot less (see 5).

8) I will entertain at home more (see 4 and 7).

9) I will do my best to find more work and make more money so I can afford to entertain.

10) I will keep in touch with friends who are afar, and spend a lot of time with those who are near.

11) I’ll do my best to appreciate what I have instead of pining for what I want.

12) I’ll keep my temper in check.

*bonus resolution 13)I’ll win the lottery, buy a great home, meet the man of my dreams, and have a kid before it’s too late.

OK, I’m not holding out too much hope for the last one, but I couldn’t resist.

Santa was a little late…

Posted by jackie blue on December 29th, 2005

…but this arrived this morning. I think it may be Love.

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I’d coveted one for years but tiny NYC kitchens do not afford that much space. I’m still not sure where it will go. And the color wouldn’t have been my first choice but it was A Deal and well, it looks nice near my blender which is 50s green. I can’t wait to make bread now!!
In knitting news, well, I started a sock. It’s the same socks I just finished. It’s the same yarn. Thankfully it’s a different colorway or I’d have a nasty deja vu. But those socks were for a swap, and I loved them too much. These are for MEEEEEEEEEEEEE. The pic came out too overexposed though on this dark and rainy day, so it’ll be coming soon.
This may be a good day to finish the sock in front of the TV with the Party of Five Season 2 DVDs that arrived the other day. Ahhhh.

Posted by jackie blue on December 24th, 2005

Mmmmm….Ruffles

Posted by jackie blue on December 23rd, 2005

So the Brooks Farm mystery cardigan sweater was feeling very neglected – and with a day off Tues. because of the transit strike (OVER now! Hurrah!) I had time on my hands to start the sleeves.

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Yep, you probably figured out now that I am making a colortful adaptation of Rowan’s Elfin from a couple of years ago. I had all this GGH Soft Kid left over that perfectly matched a green in the Brooks Farm. I kept it secret because I wasn’t sure the thicker gauge and the BF yardage would work out for this sweater.
So it’s still in the experimental stage. The sleeve came out very wide once the ruffles were in and the pattern calls for almost immediate increases (I have never had a problem with big sleeves before, with my gargantuan arms!) so I am totally improvising the sleeves, doing decreases first for a bell sleeve and then increases, but to fewer stitches, for the top. We’ll see how this works out, but I am no longer in fear of running out of yarn, I think it will be OK.
I think the mohair could have been a deeper color but I’m sticking with it. It will be one colorful sweater.
Happy Chrismukkah, everyone! I hope you all have a great holiday weekend.