Hunker Down and Knit

As I knit write this, the wind is howling outside.  Here in the Big Blue House, there is rain to go with the wind; but up on the hill in Duluth it is snowing.  Honest to goodness, huge flakes of snow.  It makes me realize that I am not even close to prepared for winter.  The warm weather we had in October lulled me into thinking that we had more time than we really do.  I didn’t get the rose covered up, we still have leaves that haven’t been raked and I wanted to plant some garlic this year.  And the knitting, oh the knitting… I have so much I want to get done.  Somehow I had dreams of everyone getting new hats before it got cold.  It’s really not my fault that the weather dropped from 50’s and 60’s to 30’s overnight!  I guess the only thing I can do is ignore the state of my house for a bit and just curl up, listen to the wind blow and knit.  At least with the state of my stash I’ll have plenty of insulation in the house this winter!

So, uh, what are you doing next weekend?  Anything fun?  Want to come knit with me?  I’ve heard there’s going to be a really cool workshop on Saturday.  You can learn more about it here.  It looks like there are still a couple of spots left.   So if you’re local, come see the Three Irish Girls studio and play with their beautiful hand dyed yarns.  Quick, go look now and sign up, I’ll wait until you get back.   I have only knit a little with Sharon’s yarn, but I have all rave reviews so far!  I am unreasonably excited about this workshop and I’d love to have some friends in the workshop with me.  With any luck, I’ll be in the workshop while my husband and father in law are installing my new stove.  (Please please please let my stove come in by the weekend.  Please.)

On Resolutions

I had a completely different post planned for this photo, but as it seems par for the course the last few days I’m changing directions. The storm is over and the area has dug out from it’s mix of wet heavy snow and sleet.  Our sidewalks were under water for a good part of Christmas Day while other parts of town got blanketed in snow.  It’s been a goofy last few days while we changed Christmas plans around to accomodate the weather. 

While we were hunkered down inside, I knitted (a little).  And baked.  And cooked.  Cleaned a littled.  Entertained Children.  Fended off the repeated, "Can we open our presents now?"  And dreamt up ways to use up my stash of yarn and fiber. 


A beautiful photo from my friend Knittymuggins.  Check out her warm and witty blog here

I’ve never been very good at resolutions.  I seem to get distracted and not keep the resolution; then, halfway through the year I just feel guilty because I haven’t kept up my resolutions.  So this year, I am not setting any knitting resolutions.  I am setting a Knitting Intention.  I intend to knit from stash more this year and not save my stash for "good."  I’m not going to be knitting for the Pope anytime soon, so there’s no point in saving yarn because it’s "too good to use."  My family and my loved ones are good enough to splurge on.  I love them and if I want to knit a pair of socks from my single skein of Wollemeise, then I will. 

To that end, I created a very simple spreadsheet on Excel that will keep track of the number of skeins and the yardage of the yarn I knit from stash.  It’s extremely basic, but I think it will be useful in showing just how much yarn I’ve used over the last year.  I haven’t figured out how to keep track of my roving that has been spun into yarn, but I don’t have as much of that so I’m not terribly worried.

May your New Year be filled with love and awe, and may you be surrounded by your loved ones.