The one where 2KCBWDAY4 asks

where are they now?

The Pinafore Dress is in Fayetteville, AR with Susannah

These socks live in my sock drawer here in Little Rock


So do these

These are my newest FO, Catnip Socks, they’re waiting for a nice bath and block, will then join the others in my sock drawer.

Nothing great in the world has been accomplished without passion.  Georg Wilhelm



The one she comes out

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of the (stash) closet.  How do I manage to wrangle my yarns into submission organization?  Step right this way for 2KCBWDAY3 –

The snowman tin has assorted circs.  I know that for sure.  My system is that I have no system.  But I’m working on that.

Last up, my Stash O’ Shame –

which holds projects that I started and ran out of steam on, projects/yarn that I hated but not enough to frog and rewind the yarn and projects that I screwed up so bad that I couldn’t bear to face them, yada yada yada.  Perhaps a motivational quote is in order.

Happiness is essentially a state of going somewhere, wholeheartedly, one-directionally, without regret or reservation.  William H. Sheldon



The one where she

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has to really think about her first entry in the 2nd Annual Knitting and Crochet Blog Week 2011.  Have I learned any new knitting skills in the past year?  The one that stands out really isn’t a new skill, but one that I’ve gotten a lot better at.  I suppose what you’d call it is FO assembly, sweaters in particular.  I love to knit sweaters, but hate putting them together; they always turned out wonky.  I worked on doing a better, neater job and while I still don’t like doing it, I think the practice has helped.

For your viewing pleasure, I bring you last year’s baby sweater:

Can’t make it bigger.  Trust me, I’ve improved.

Recent FO:

Again, too small.  Crap.  Again, you’ll just have to trust me.

Thought:  Why does man kill?  He kills for food.  And not only food: frequently there must be a beverage.  Woody Allen (1935-     )



The one where she thinks

she may have had as close to a perfect few days as she’s ever had.  I did most of the things I love to do – I baked bread, went yarn shopping, worked on my Catnip Socks and made a pot of soup (shrimp bisque if you must know).  On the sock front, I have only an inch or so left before I start the final ribbing on the cuff.  I could probably finish them tonight, but tomorrow is a work day and I know myself, if I stay up later that I know I should, I’ll pay for it tomorrow night and Tuesday, so, I’m putting the brakes on tonight with the intention of finishing them tomorrow.  I do have my next project picked out – another Minnowknits dress, this one called Brittany Jumper – here’s a pic

I may use this yarn –

It’s Fibranatura Cottonwood, 100% organic cotton, the color is called Cindy, #41109.  It’s more of a coral color than it’s pictured. 

National Knitting Blog Week kicks off tomorrow, I’m going to give it a try; I enjoy blogging and reading other’s blogs.  Should be really cool.  I’m always interested in seeing other’s blogs.  I can always learn something.

What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?  Dr. Robert Schuller



The one where she returns

to Yarn Mart for the sale and buys more (!) yarn.  I also bought some nifty stuff called Lavishea Lotion Bar.  It’s a solid cake of soy wax and unrefined shea butter and is the best stuff I’ve found for my dry as a bone hands and doesn’t leave them greasy.  I can pick up my knitting again without worrying about transferring gunk to my precious yarn.  Speaking of yarn, here are my newest additions:

The first is Kollage Yarns Sock-A-Licious, color #7801, which happens to be a pretty shade of what I would call Terra Cotta, 70% superwash merino, 10% mulberry silk, 20% nylon.

The second is Fibranatura Cottonwood, 100 %organic cotton, color #41109, Cindy, lot #8/1115.

This yarn is more of a coral color in real life.  It photographed pinker than it really is.  I think it wants to be a Minnowknits dress for the Papoose. 

I made a pan of Lemon Bars last night, just had a taste for them.  Mr. Iknead likes them with his coffee in the morning.  He’s alway appreciative and only complains about his waistline.  : )

Always be a little kinder than necessary.  James M. Barrie (1860-1937)



The one where the day gets

away from her.  I’ve been fooling around getting pictures loaded onto Flickr, culling out, deciding what needs to go where and all that stuff, but what I really want to do tonight is show and tell my newest yarn acquisitions.  Look!  This is Colinette Jitterbug, colorway Ruby Saffron, #92, 400 yd., 150 g.

Next up is Colinette Jitterbug, colorway paintbox, #152, 400 yd., 150 g.

When I went into Yarn Mart today, Cindy was sweet enough to give me a preview of the new Jitterbug and of course, since self control is not part of my personality, these two came home with me.  They’re having an anniversary sale tomorrow and I have my eye on some Shibui.  Gotta love Cindy and YM, they rock!

I have more goodies to share, but they’ll have to wait until tomorrow.  I’m up past my bedtime.  Yawn.

May your walls know joy; May every room hold laughter and every window open to great possibility.  Maryanne Radmacher-Hershey



The one where she begins

the heel turn on the Catnip Socks.  Seriously, this is the most exciting thing that’s happened to me all day.  I do have big plans for tomorrow though, a trip to Yarn Mart to spend the birthday money that’s burning a hole in my pocket.  I’m thinking some nice Shibui.  If I have any money left (I won’t) maybe shoe shopping (I will). 

I do have an update on my En Pointe sweater, the front is about half done –

This is what 53 rows of En Pointe looks like; only 53 more to go on the front.

People will buy anything that is one to a customer.  Sinclair Lewis 1885-1951)



The one where she has a burning

desire to learn pottery making.  I’ve always thought it would be really cool to know how to throw pots (I think that’s what it’s called) so I started doing a little research online about classes and lo and behold, the Arkansas Art Center here in Little Rock has classes for just about every art form known to man.  OK, maybe not every art form, I made that up, but they offer a lot of different stuff, painting, pottery, photography and a few things I’ve never heard of.  I never knew how much of a tactile person I am until I started knitting, I love using my hands to create and learn about things.  I’m going for it!

I wind up my work week tomorrow and not a moment too soon.  I’ve felt really tired this week, I think mostly because of my trip to DeQueen last weekend.  I started stressing about it a week beforehand and that, on top of being really busy at work, just wrung me out.  Today was the first day in a couple of weeks that I felt normal, not stressed and not overtired.  I’m too young to feel that old!

Isn’t this amaryllis gorgeous?  DD Lindsey got it three years ago and it’s bloomed every year.  I wish I had a green thumb like she does but that’s what keeps life interesting, different gifts, different people, right?

When love and skill work together, expect a masterpiece.  John Ruskin (1819-1900)



The one where the frustration

of last night has faded and I’m able to post the Papoose in the Pinafore Dress.  So sweet!

How cute is that?

I can’t stand it!!!!  She and the Pinafore Dress were made for each other.  OMG!  It turned out so well I ordered two more Minnowknits patterns, the Brittany Jumper and Cotton Candy.  These will necessitate several visits to Yarn Mart.  No firm color decisions yet, but I’m leaning toward pinkish.

I’m baking this weekend, no matter what.  It’s been a couple of weeks and I’m starting to have flour withdrawal.  Maybe brownies, sourdough bread for sure.

Some of the worst mistakes of my life have been haircuts.  Jim Morrison (1943-1971)



The one where her frustration with

computers overwhelms her and no amount of swearing or sweating will make it cooperate.  This means the new, wonderful pictures of the Papoose in her Pinafore Dress won’t get posted today. 

On a happier note, the Catnip Socks are really coming along nicely.  When I slipped them on earlier today, the stitch pattern really stood out.  I’m really happy with them and the Araucania yarn.  This picture is horrid and I apologize ahead of time for my gnarly feet –

Trust yourself.  You know more than you think you do.  Benjamin Spock (1903-     )



The one where she wonders

when bad manners totally fell by the wayside and rudeness took over?  Have the people who influence the next generation completely given up and walked away from the opportunity to make changes in society from the ground up?  Here’s what set me off –

My cell phone rings, I can’t get to it fast enough to answer, but I don’t recognize the number, so it’s immediately off my mental radar.  A few minutes later, it rings again, from the same number and this is what I hear, “Who’s this?”  OK, admittedly this is a pet peeve of mine, so I ask back “Who’s this?  You called me”.  Pause on their end, and again, “Who’s this?”  Again, from me, in firmer voice, “Who’s this?  You called me”.  Another long pause and a hang up.  No call back, maybe they looked up the number.  In the grand scheme of things, this is decidedly not a big deal, but would it kill us (me included) to be a little gentler with each other?  While we’re on sort of the same subject, can someone please tell me when the word bitch became a term of endearment?  Alrighty then (mentally brushing myself off).

I finally got started cleaning the hoosier cabinet that’s been living in my garage for what seems like an age.  Guess what?  The color I totally thought it was, sort of a goldy-antiquey-brownish is just years of cooking grease and just plain old dirt.  It’s really a nice cream color underneath.  Here’s a look


Yuk.  It’s going to take a lot of Krud Kutter and elbow grease but it’ll happen.  It’ll take some time, but it’ll happen.

What worries you masters you.  Haddon W. Robinson