Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Catching Up

A dear friend reminded me that I've been missing from Blogland lately. There's not been much to blog about, sad to say. My knitting mojo has been on the fritz, and I keep forgetting to take pictures of the other fun I've been having.

I've had my usual Friday fun, with outings to both my seniors' charity group and my Friday Night Unwind SnB. This Sunday we had the great pleasure of having dinner on the patio Chez CBM with Knitdevil and her so-charming DH . Years and years ago, Erma Bombeck wrote that 'The best way to clean your house is to invite company', and that was indeed the case. The casa is in the least-cluttered state it's been in for months, the CBM Private Library is once again properly alphabetized and shelved (with 60 books gifted to the local library) , and the stash is pretty darned tidy. I've had great ideas for how to improve the stash room set-up, which will include emptying an entire bookcase full of rather useless "stuff".

About the mojo-less knitting situation: Well, I've finished 3 kids' hats to send to A4A (which may have been the entire progress as of my last post), I've turned the first corner of a child-size version of EZ's Ribwarmer (adult version here), and the poor Horcrux sock has been frogged entirely, due to evil gauge problems. The Wren top, the yarn for which I had so much trouble, may take flight this month, since later this month Elann has some new house-brand yarn, to be called Pegasus, that will be coming up later in the month which will be absolutely perfect in fiber, gauge and color. Keep a lookout at the Elann site for the Sneak Peeks; today they've introduced a lovely 50% cotton/50% linen yarn.

Yesterday I started packing for a trip to San Francisco, to meet up with Lisa, whom I 'met' through the Elann Chat Center. She's coming from Anchorage for a business seminar, and we plan to have a great time, especially with our planned visit to Artfibers. After the huge haul of yarny swag I got a couple of weeks ago from the 75%-off LYS going-out-of-business sale, I am feeling no yarn hunger, but I cannot get within walking distance of the fabled Artfibers shop without a visit and the adoption of just a smitch of their gorgeous yarns, otherwise visible only online.

OK, I've got to decide what to wear, re-think the knitting I'm going to take, and figure out how to put my eyedrops, toothpaste, a modest amount of makeup and the rest of my liquid stuff all into one 1-quart baggie. And hope to get all of it into one roll-on and one 'personal item'. I may have to check a bag. Sigh. And oh, yeah, I'll be arriving at the LAX airport about 5am. I *do* plan to take the camera!

Just for your fun:

What Your Hands Say About You

You are logical, analytical, and rational. You have good verbal skills.

Bold and daring, you're not afraid to change your life if you think it needs an overhaul.

Consistent and reliable, you like to count on structure and routine in your life.

Your emotions tend to be nervous and potent. Your energy - both positive and negative - deeply impacts your life.


Sarah-Hope said...

Nice to see you on-line again. It's always fun to read you blog--pictures or no pictures.

I printed out the Wren pattern for myself a while ago. I'm thinking of replacing the sleeves with an inch or so of 1x1 rib and using it as a vest. I have some Louisa Harding Cinnabar that should look really nice knit up for this.

http://www.paviyarns.co.uk/shop/413/213/784/index.htm (it's color 8, the red/neutral/black/gold one).

Grace Yaskovic said...

have a wonderful trip Barbara, I will be thinking about you all!!!

Libby said...

Grace, glad to hear that you got some organizing done and I'm hoping you have a wonderful trip!


Madge said...

Bon voyage! Hope you and Lisa have a great time in SF!

Thanks again for having us over on Sunday. It was a blast.

Joan said...

Not to worry, there's been lots of knitting mojo lost and found in blogland lately. But huge round of applause for the cleaning/organizing you've done! Sometimes you just have to put down the needles to tend to the rest of your life. Green with jealousy about your San Fran yarn crawl/get together with Miss Alaska, Cala, et al. Have a blast!!

TracyKM said...

Yarn hunger...I like that! Have a good time on your trip. I've seen 5am too many times lately, LOL, wish one of them involved a trip somewhere!

Cindy G said...

Now that you mentioned Artfibers, I'm starting to miss SF. Have a great time!

jayne said...

Thanks for the newsy catch-up, and safe and very happy trip to you!!!