I have a date

April 22nd sounds like a good date, doesn’t it?  It is the date that is now set for the closing date on my house.  !!!!!  Finally, to be a true homeowner!  I can’t wait.  I have color ideas, wainscoting ideas, shelving ideas, front porch hang out ideas and back yard hang out ideas.  Not to be all done at once, of course.  But ideas still.  I’m excited.  And I’m even more excited that I have friends who want to help dream and implement the ideas, which actually means more to me than the fact that I can do the ideas.

But that’s not what I really want to talk about today.  You see, this is a knitting blog and I feel that I have cheated myself by not speaking to my knitting fetish properly.  So here it goes.  I cast on last weekend on the Striped Baby Sweater as a gift for a friend (I’m 99.998% sure she doesn’t read this blog but you never know…so I’ll leave her nameless).  It is a cute pattern and will be my third baby sweater, but this one is knit in pieces and then assembled together.  I’m basically to the first dark blue stripe, which is pretty good progress so far.  I figure it is a good color combination for either a boy or a girl, although I suspect it would look better on a little boy.

I also plan on finishing up the wedding present for Julie soon…her 1 year anniversary is coming up at the end of April…so I had better get a move on.  Only about 45 more rows – but the 45 longest rows – to go.

In the anticipatory queue, I have a sweater that I would like to make niece #1, so I need to get moving on that so that it will be ready by fall when she’ll need it.  It may distract from my sister’s afghan, but Kristin will just have to deal with waiting.  It is easier for a 35 year-old to wait than for a 5 year-old.  That and the fact that Miss O is still growing, so I have to knit in anticipation of that. 

I guess that’s all in the knitting news.  I have a swell idea from Ikea as to the perfect knitting stash storing system.  I think a couple of these should do me well.  Easy to look through, the bins can be labelled, they all come with lids – all in all a perfect system.

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almost

Spring is here…almost.

The house is mine…almost.

I aced my midterm in Greek last week…almost.

I completed all my projects at work last week…almost.

I am almost finished with Julie’s wedding present…almost.
(But I’ve started a baby sweater for Joanna anyway.)

My 200th post is coming up…almost.  Just 3 more to go!

4 more to go…

This is post #196, which means that in 4 more posts I’ll reach 200.  In honor of that milestone, I’m having a contest.  Please see the re-posted rules at the end.

I had a very good vacation, thanks for asking.  I came home on Saturday, a little later than I had hoped, unpacked and went to bed.  Slept for 11 hours and boy-oh-boy did I need that.  Sunday was a really, really wierd day: I forgot about the time change, gave someone the wrong directions to pick me up, missed going to church, studied for a little while and went grocery shopping.  Now, I’m ready for work!

As to the vacation…well, it consisted of driving 2300 miles, into/out of 10 different states.  I listened to The Bookman’s Wakeby John Dunning (Marylin..did you know there were sequels????) and to The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Prisoner’s Delimma by Trenton Lee Stewart, which is the third (and seemingly final) in the series.  Then I started The Girl With the Dragon Tatoo by Steig Larsson, the first of a trilogy (I accidentally read the second book not realizing that it was the sequel) and can’t stop listening.  Very good books all.  Next up on my “listening” list will be The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens (I’ve already listened to the first chapter and can already see the humor – thinking this will be a great “listen”).

But I’m sure that you’re really wondering what else I did on vacation.  Well, that may take a few posts.  But I can start with this.

I spent a few days in West Monroe, Louisiana, visiting my Grandmother (Meme).  She is in a nursing home there and has been having some problems these last few months, so I felt that I needed to see her.  She, of course, loved my visit and was sad that it was too short (and I was too).  My parents came out as well, so Meme had all three of us there.  We sorted through some of her clothes and straightened out her closet.  Mom purchased some new headphones for Meme’s TV.  We brought her breakfast, lunch and dinner (not all at the same time) and we sorted through some of her crochet projects.  Meme does thread crochet, usually with size 10 thread (which is kinda small), and I’m constantly amazed at what she can do.  Her hands are stiff with arthritis and yet she can still do thread crochet.  Amazing.  She has it in her mind to make me a “table cloth”, which will in essence be an large doilie… but it will be wonderful, I’m sure.

I also had the opportunity to visit with my friend Tracey from college.  It is always good to see her.

More about the Atlanta leg of my trip next time….

Rules for contest:

  1. For this post and the next three (post #s 195-199), you get 3 points if you leave a comment letting me know the name of your favorite charity.
  2. If you mention this blog on Facebook, you get 1 point.  Be sure to @Tonja Brice so that I will know.  (This one has to be low because not everyone has a FB account.) (you also have to leave a comment with your favorite charity)
  3. If you bring me a coke in the middle of the day for no apparent reason, 1 point. (Again, low because not everyone can do this physically.) (you also have to leave a comment with your favorite charity)
  4. If you get a friend who has never commented on this blog before to read and leave a comment, newbie gets 10 points and you get 5.  Be sure the newbie’s comment has your name in it, otherwise I might not know who gets the credit.

The winner will have a $100 donation made to their charity of choice, plus a book/audiobook of their choice.  That’s the rules…now off to your commenting and Facebooking!

bravery in knitting

Last year, a knitter that I deem to be awesome, attempted a pattern that bested her.  She attempted to knit a baby sweater.  Yes, a baby sweater bested her.  What you have to know, though, is that Dale of Norway, while designing absolutely stunning sweaters, is knitting for the extremely advanced knitter.  The Harlot just knit one that you can see here…take a look at that colorwork.  Like I said, stunning.  But this darling little baby sweater…?  Not so complicated…or so it seemed.

I believe that said knitter cast on several times…frogged tons of times…ended up with a fabric that was alarmingly disproportional.  So the whole thing got frogged and I thought “well, that was that.  I’ll never try Dale of Norway…no way, man….never.  If ____ can’t do it, I sure as *(&^% can’t.”

Imagine my surprise when, at knitting lunch yesterday (oops…does this give away the identity?), said knitter came with a new version of this baby sweater.  2″ into the pattern and all was looking good.  Seriously…dudes…that is bravery in knitting.  You Go _____!  You CAN best that pattern!

Oh, and guess what?  This is post #195!  Only 5 more to go!

So, perhaps now is the time for me to come up with a contest aka Jane.  Hm….what should I do?

Rules for contest:

1.  For this post and the next three (post #s 195-199), you get 3 points if you leave a comment letting me know the name of your favorite charity.

2.  If you mention this blog on Facebook, you get 1 point.  Be sure to @Tonja Brice so that I can plain(This one has to be low because not everyone has a FB account.) (you also have to leave a comment with your favorite charity)

3.  If you bring me a coke in the middle of the day for no apparent reason, 1 point. (Again, low because not everyone can do this physically.) (you also have to leave a comment with your favorite charity)

4.  If you get a friend who has never commented on this blog before to read and leave a comment, newbie gets 10 points and you get 5.  Be sure the newbie’s comment has your name in it, otherwise I might not know who gets the credit.

Prize?  Yes, since this is a contest, there will be a prize.  I will donate $100 to your favorite charity in your name.  Plus an audio/paper book of your choice in April.  How are those apples?