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I’m sorry it’s taken so long but I am sick as a dog.  I caught what seems to be going around and it’s ucky.

 Anyway, here are some pictures of the finished sweater that was for my Mother In Law who made me promise not to post pictures of her in it so you just get the sweater itself.

 And…remember to leave a comment on the previous post to enter a little contest by noting your New Year resolutions!

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New Years Resolutions

I have great hopes for the new year.  In fact, I’m quite pumped.  I can’t wait really, it’s a new beginning and I’m anxious to get started.  I’m implementing some now, easing into it.  So, I thought I’d share my resolutions, not only because it feels more official to “announce” the goals, but also because I can easily refer back to them here.

Here it goes!

I will knit primarily for me.
I will spin at least once a week.
I will lose 30 pounds.
I will curb my shopping habit and stick to a budget.
I will knit from my stash.

I’d say that’s a good amount of resolutions to work toward. How about you?
Let me know what your resolutions are and I will draw a lucky name from a basket of those of you that commented and send you a fun prize! We’ll extend this contest through December 31.  I’ll announce the winner by the second.

Oh, and everything went fantastic with the knitted gifts.  Everyone loved what I made for them especially my mother in law.  I promise I will post pics this week.

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Cannot wait….

To get all of these gifts OUT OF MY HOUSE! I actually hope to receive way less than I give. I took a step back and surveyed my “craft room”. It’s a tiny 3rd bedroom in our house, which was formerly an office.

Stepson is not here often so his room also serves as the office now and the “craft room” is space I call my own. Peter has the basement, I have the craft room.

Being the woman, shopper and crafty person of the house, by default, a lot of crap stuff ends up accumulating in my precious space.

I have a goal that I decided to set to have my craft room “in order” by January 1st. This means taking a deep breath and just getting rid of stuff.

Do I really need a sand dollar painted with the words Hampton Beach 1996 from when I went there after High School graduation? I’m not sure why I think I need it or what for. I don’t even associate with anyone that I knew in high school. Even though it’s small, just a sand dollar, it’s a prime example of the stuff that is cluttering my precious space.

As soon as Christmas is over, I must divide and conquer and reclaim my space…from myself.

If anyone has any tips on how to make myself get rid of stuff or any other helpful organization tips (I just purchased some needle organization thank you very much so that’s all set), I’d be greatly appreciative.

Now, if I don’t update until after Monday, I send you all best wishes for a Merry Christmas (or otherwise Happy Holidays)!

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Almost there!

Last night, much to my utter delight, we all decided (my husband, the knitting girls and I) that the sweater in fact, did not grow and will be just fine.

I have now seamed the entire sweater and knitted a trim rather than a collar that matches the trim on the sleeves.  I like it so far.  Today I sew the buttons and my custom tag on that puppy, wrap it and I’m free done!  Pictures to come once I can get the recipient to model it!

I now just have one “required” dishcloth to finish but would like to finish three to five more which will use up the yarn I bought for that purpose. 

Within the week I have a post planned about resolutions complete with a contest so start thinking now about those goals.  One of mine is to try to be more specific about my yarn and projects.  For this purpose, while I’m on a felted bag and dish cloth kick, I’d like to make all of the ones I intend to make and then move on.  We’ll see if I get that far.  Rogue in it’s poor unfinished state is calling to me and my future Banff is also taunting me. 

I also decided that I don’t care if the walls are painted (which is a good thing as it looks more and more like they won’t be).  I will clean this weekend, grab groceries and do the best I can.  I’m no Martha Stewart and my family already knows that so I’m going to finally….relax.

Happy Holidays and may you reach your knitting gift goals within the next four days!

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On the “Knit List”.

I decided that I should well, decide what I’m going to knit next.  Actually I wanted to think about what I want to knit next, then next, then next and at the same time.

In January, Bethe and I are going to knit Celtic Dreams.  This is going to be a long, intensive knit so I think I’ll also do some quicker projects at the same time.

So, I decided that I’ll work on Banff from Knitty with some Malabrigio.
Then, I want to make a cabled sweater made with Rowan Big Wool.
Then Cape May from Knitty out of Rowan Biggie Print.
Then socks.

I have so much I want to make….it will be nice to get started! And…it will provide much colorful photography so that I can treat you to some blog eye candy!

This season is a lot of pressure for me.  I work well under pressure but always wish it wasn’t that way.  So, I’ve decided to not promise any big knits to myself or others as gifts.  When I finish something for someone, I’ll give it to them.  I’m going to be kinder to myself about deadlines.

2007 will be the year I knit for ME!  Finally! 

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I’ve been tagged!

Well, this is a first I think….a first official “tag”.  Lynn tagged me so here it goes…I’ll do my best but it’s sort of hard to think of “wierd” things.  I personally think I’m quite wierd but I don’t know that I sound wierd you know?  Anyway, here are the rules, followed by the wierdness…..check out further below to see if I tagged you!

THE RULES: Each player of this game starts with the ‘6 weird things about you.’ People who get tagged need to write a blog of their own 6 weird things as well as state this rule clearly. In the end, you need to choose 6 people to be tagged and list their names. Don’t forget to leave a comment that says ‘you are tagged’ in their comments and tell them to read your blog.”Six weird things about me:

1. I used to be a competitive, artistic roller skater and competed in the area and even made it to the nationals once.

2. I used to be big on parliamentary procedure due to being an officer in student government in college.  I still have a bunch of books about it.

3. I once worked as a DJ at a roller skating rink.

4. I once tried out to be in chorus in middle school and after I sang, the teacher told me that all the moose, deer, and other wild life came to the door thinking I was calling them.  Suffice it to say, I never did join chorus.

5. I used to play the saxophone and was in band in middle school and half of high school.

6. I am a member of the Red Hat society but since I’m under 50 (way under 50 years old thank you very much), I am a pink hatter.  We go out to eat once a month and I wear lavendar and a pink hat.

I’m tagging- Bethe, Valerie, Tricia, Soapy, Joy and Bezzie

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Down to the wire.

Ok peeps, here is a picture-less update for you!

The sweater:
1.  All the pieces are knitted and drying.  I did not run of of yarn…yet.
2.  I must pin this puppy together and make sure it doesn’t grow too much and if it does, rip some out and re-bind off.
3.  I must put it together and knit on a collar (and pray to the knitting gods that the ONE skein of yarn I have left is enough).
4.  Then I’m finally done.

I have 2 out of 5 dishcloths knit.

I even spun up some llama and began plying to make a special llama loving pal some mittens.

This all doesn’t sound bad except:

I had a bright idea to repaint my hallway upstairs, downstairs and stairwell BEFORE Christmas.

I need to bake enough cookies for 23 people.

We are hosting Christmas so cleaning must occur.

7 more days.

I also need to start thinking about my new year’s resolutions.   Perhaps I’ll bang those out for tomorrow.  We’ll see if I have time!  =)

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