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February Funk

I have to admit, I’ve never understood why people get bummed out in February. I’ve always had a couple of good reasons to like it: Valentine’s Day, and my Birthday.
But now that I’m living in a much more northern locale, I can completely understand how it can be a bummer of a month. Its dark outside when I’m leaving work, its dark outside when I’m waking up for work. And even when it is sunny and bright outside, it’s frosty as hell and sometimes pretty miserable to bear. Add in the constant worry about “the economy,” and the fact that we are living in a really expensive city on one salary right now…. well, bummer.
I don’t want to be bummed out, so I’m trying to focus on the good stuff I’ve been enjoying lately:

Deadwood on DVD
Coraline by Neil Gaiman

The insanely adorable acts committed on a daily basis by Henry:

Maxxin and Relaxxin by the Heater

Maxxin and Relaxxin by the Heater

Hanging Out on the Stairs with Joey

Hanging Out on the Stairs with Joey

And knitting slowly and leisurely on the first sleeve of Thermal:

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Out With The Old, In With The New

I was going to do one of those cute flickr photo mosaics like all the other cool knit-bloggers to show off how much I finished in 2008, so I started counting up all my FOs.
Hmmm…. nine. Well that’s not really that impressive, is it? Granted, I pretty much stopped knitting from March-June due to our cross-country move. And technically, the Master Knitter Swatches could be counted individually….

2008 Knits mosaic

1. Urchin
2. Dashing
3. TKGA Master Knitter Swatches
4. February Baby Sweater
5. Joey’s Stripy Socks
6. R2D2 Hat
7. The only picture I have of the armwarmers I knit for my mom for Christmas
8. My Dad’s Christmas hat in progress (finished and gifted)
9. Shredded Wheat Scarf

You see how I snuck that last one in there? I finished the Shredded Wheat Scarf on December 17th and never blogged about it because I was waiting until we got our camera back from being repaired.

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Yarn: Brooks Farm Yarn Four Play, 1.65 skeins
Needles: Knit Picks Harmony Options, size 11
Pattern: Scrunchable Scarf by Susan McConne
Thoughts: I used much larger needles than the pattern called for in order to make the scarf even more squooshy. I really like the way it turned out and have been wearing it every day since I bound off. Soft and warm!

Thermal is still progressing pretty steadily. Joey and I are taking a trip back to Texas next week so I’m looking forward to plenty of train and plane knitting time. We’re so excited that we get to spend a few days with our families and meet our new nephew!

Happy New Year!

Here are a few fun pics from last night’s festivities….

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Knitting, How I’ve Missed You

I finished my Shredded Wheat Scarf the week before Christmas, but I’m holding out until we get our camera back to blog about it. It’s being repaired and will hopefully be back soon.
After I finished the scarf I didn’t really have anything in mind to cast on for right away. (First time that ever happened!) And so I didn’t knit for a few days. It was kind of weird. Three or four different nights I found myself wishing I had something to knit on. I was reading the latest Yarn Harlot book one evening while trying to satisfy the urge, but then after I finished it off the urge was even stronger so I just had to go to bed early. Needless to say, I’ve really been missing my knitting over the past week and a half.
Today I decided that I needed to knit something. I really didn’t want to start a new project cause I don’t have any inspiring yarn at the moment, so an old neglected project got a reprieve.

Remember Thermal?

Remember Thermal?

I can’t believe it’s been a full year since I’ve last knitted on Thermal! I got distracted by socks and other fun knits and this poor sweater was completely thrown aside. I think there’s enough armhole and neckline shaping going on in this part of the pattern to hold my interest this time, though.

Glad to be knitting again!

Merry Christmas

From Kim, Joey and Henry

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Injuries, Apples, and Breakfast Cereals

Injuries first:
A week ago today we started out the morning with a few bloody marys. There is a dog-friendly place around the corner that has a great DIY bloody mary bar as well as fun board games, so we all decided to stop in for a stretch. I had my first experience playing Apples to Apples, and I highly recommend it. After we had our fill of vodka drinks, we headed home for a bit to enjoy the rest of our day. I took Henry by the leash and decided to take him for a bit of a run.  We sped off and then circled back to the group.  Henry decided to circle right in front of me and the leash tripped me.   Joey and Aaron had been standing outside wondering what the heck I was doing, so they got to see the whole thing as it happened: my right knee took the brunt of the fall, then I fell onto my right side and slid a few feet while Henry was still running.  I just lay there on the cement for a minute and listened to Joey and Aaron freaking out about what had just happened.  They ran over to me and helped me up and I just bent over in a large amount of pain, but also laughing really hard cause I knew how silly it had looked.  I ended up with road rash on my hip and my shoulder, a bruise on my left ankle, right elbow and right knee.  The knee bruise was the worst.  I was limping for two days and it is still tender to the touch a week later:

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DB Strikes Again!

Then on Friday, Joey was walking around on Bedford Avenue looking at something across the street, and walked right into a road sign.  It hit him right on the ear and he was kind of stunned for a second then he just kept on walking, hoping nobody saw what just happened.  A few minutes later he felt something dripping down his ear and it was blood.  I don’t have a picture of it, but it got him right on the upper edge of his ear.  It actually took a small chunk of cartilage off!

Okay, now that I’ve grossed you out, on to breakfast cereals: When I was little, we used to always have a box of Kellogg’s Shredded Wheat on hand. I liked the frosted kind but you had to eat it quickly before the milk disintegrated all of the frosting. Otherwise, you were left with soggy, wheaty, mush. I started a new scarf the other night and the yarn color is reminding me of frosted shredded wheat cereal:

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Frosted Whole-Grain Goodness

F(O)inally!


Yes, they are done. As soon as I wove in the very last end I threw them over to where Joey was sitting on the couch, causing him to look up with an expression that said, “They’re done? I can have them now?” and he immediately put them on.
I went about my business getting ready for bed and he came and found me, gave me a big hug and said, “Thanks, they are the best socks I’ve ever had.”


I quite agree.

(And no, Joey does not have the shaven, girly legs you see in the photos. He is in Texas right now recording an album and picking up my Henry dog. I had to bend in all sorts of awkward poses in order to take these grainy, camera-phone shots for you. You should have seen it- it was like a yoga class gone horribly wrong.)

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I went to the NYS Sheep and Wool Festival this weekend for the first time. The weather was perfectly crisp autumn weather and there were so many things to see. Here are some of the highlights:

Amorous Alpacas

Amorous Alpacas


Fringe-y Friend

Fringe-y Friend


Beautiful Bunny

Beautiful Bunny


Sheepy Siblings

Sheepy Siblings


Blazing Branches

Blazing Branches


Friendly Festival-goers

Friendly Festival-goers

Cute Companion

Cute Companion

Yarn Yearning

Yarn Yearning

I only bought one thing: (well, two skeins of one thing) Brooks Farm Yarns Four Play in a color that I think will be a great scarf match for my red coat.

Warm Wool, Soft Silk

Warm Wool, Soft Silk


The day was one of those days that I will remember forever. The 2 1/2 hour drive up there, the trees, the animals, the smells, the foods, the dinner afterwards. It was definitely a magical day.