Sunday, March 29, 2009

The Knitting That Time Forgot

Knitting not only relaxes the mind, it can also do strange things to the space-time continuum. If you will recall, I started this baby surprise jacket almost 3 weeks ago. You see, I'm doing a sort of knit-along (sort of, because everyone else did it last year sometime) for the BSJ: someone rewrote the instructions and divvied it up so that it would take only 12 days to finish the jacket. My friend who participated in the knit-along sent me the instructions (and all you copyright fiends, don't worry - I do own the original pattern, I just couldn't make head nor tail of it, all right?).

Anyway, I started on this 12-day project, oh, 20 days ago. I just finished Day 4. Meaning, I've got 40 days to go - sort of like the ancient Hebrews wandering in the desert for 40 years, only shorter, and with some cheerfully-colored Lion Brand CottonEase. I don't know how they managed all that time without CottonEase.

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Oh, joy! Larry has agreed to designate this coming weekend as a "let's get rid of/organize/hide all the extra crap in the house" extravaganza. Isn't he nice? Of course, it may have had something to do with my suggesting arson as a reasonable way to tackle the growing mounds of paper and junk that are threatening to engulf us. Or maybe he just hates to see me cry. He's nice like that.


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18 comments:

  1. good luck with the knitting and the organizing!

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  2. Next week! Next week? I haven't finished this one yet and I hate to plan ahead, I'll just bimble along and see what hits me flat in the face and take it from there.
    Cheers

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  3. Just so long as Larry doesn't purge any knitting needles.

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  4. I LOVE CottonEase!! So great for babies, machine washable and keeps getting softer and softer. Here's what I'm making with it -->
    http://floatingonwintercreek.blogspot.com/2009/03/little-designs.html

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  5. What's in the air? I've totally been on a rampage to declutter.

    My decluttering has begun to interfere with my blogging.

    This has been a public service announcement.

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  6. Arson must be in the air, just like spring, because I threatened the same thing here.

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  7. I'm afraid you & my dh have the same ideas about how to get rid of the junk.
    But why is it always MY JUNK and not the junk of the person who suggests this idea?? I'm pretty sure SuperDad has junk of his own.
    And I'm not talking junk like in the movie Juno...

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  8. This week my big four are all away for Spring Break, I really need to get busy with my own organization crusade. The thing is though, I am having a hell of a time concentrating with all the quiet. Crazy, I know. The baby and I went to the grocery store on Saturday and it was a disaster. I never use a list, but in absence of the usual mayhem I could not remember why I was there. Scary.

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  9. Oh I have not suggested arson to the hubby. Great idea! I'm trying that tonight. I can no longer stand the useless piles of crap building up in our home! We have boxes in our basement that have not been opened since we moved here 7 years ago. Time for them to go!

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  10. The knitting looks adorable...hey 40 days isn't THAT long!
    I LOVE organizing!!! It has become one of my favorite pass times...unfortunately, I have to get through a bunch of stuff first...
    Blessings, E

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  11. It looks like it will be cute. Someday. When you finish. I having no idea about knitting, so 40 days sounds reasonable.
    I love,love,love to organize. Have fun.

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  12. I think a bonfire is a perfectly wonderful way to get rid of junk. You can have marshmallows and s'mores while you burn! You can't do that so easily while going through things the "traditional" way.

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  13. remember the last time you organized things? you found some money! hey, wouldn't that be great? you would have more to support the economy with :-)

    franzi

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  14. WOW! We just cleaned out the library/sewing room/den yesterday! Must be spring.

    I organized all my fabrics and pinned little pieces of paper to each one, so I'll know immediately that I don't have enough of anything to make what I want. ;) Now, all I need is a new box of pins...

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  15. So arson is still an option? I have some stuff to send over, and a lighter.....

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  16. LOVE those colors.

    So, you like CottonEase? I have a bunch of it that I bought to make a cardigan and haven't touched it yet.

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  17. Hubby always wants to get rid of my stuff, never his. He has at least 10, 18 gallon, totes of papers to sort, courtesy of our little munchkins who unloaded the 5file cabinets for him. He has 6 10 gallon totes of computer parts under our bed, plus 3 non working pcs and 2 servers in our room (piled in front of and on top of my small bachelors chest), 1 dresser, one bachelors chest, 1 cedar chest, a computer armoire, a recliner and 2 bookcases in our room. Not to mention the 10 ft by 20 ft workshop that is so cluttered we can barely walk accross it. I have a small table for my sewing in his locked workshop.

    My 3 18 gallon bins of sewing stuff (material and patterns) are in the attic. I have 1 large suitcase of yarn and my bachelor's chest as a dresser in our room.

    I keep telling him the being a packrat is an obsessive/compulsive trait that can be treated by medication. He blames his parents, who grew up during the great depression and rarely threw anything away. I think that if something is broken, with no easy/inexpensive way to fix it, just throw it out. At least his saving stuff helps sometimes. We have another power supply in the computer stuff to fix the 10 yr old IBM Aptiva with windows 98 on it that died yesterday. The only reason I will fix it is that all the little kids reader rabbit games will not run on my Vista machine, nor on the server 2000, server 2003 or windows 2000 Professional. Anne refuses to allow the munchkins to use her XP machine.

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  18. I just spent the last two Saturdays cleaning out the garage---and it is still not done---I detest it!!

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