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I don't usually post twice in a day, but fellow Raveler CathyWeeks released this image into the public domain in honour and celebration of today's SCOTUS decision, and... well... I think it speaks for itself.


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Testing, testing, one two three!

Check, check.


One two, one two.


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Sure, he loves the plastic bag when he's licking it, but what happens when I grab it?

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Hi, everyone - wow, things have been busy! Here's a quick rundown:

My new job is awesome. I love my team, I love the project we're doing, and I love feeling appreciated at work. I've been working on a website redesign for the team, and everyone who has seen it has gasped and told me how much better it is than the last one.

I've gone back to physical therapy twice a week, still trying to heal up from the car accidents. Unfortunately this takes up a lot of time. Fortunately it's made knitting and crocheting less painful already!

I finished a new pair of socks and almost finished a couple of surprise gifts for people, all of which need to be photographed and written up. And I started a new pair of socks that's a new design, but I'm not sure if anyone will like it because most of the rows begin with purl stitches. I thing it's pretty though!

Floyd is healthy as a horse, but Kipling is going back to the vet this week. Poor guy is having stomach issues again. Hopefully they can figure out what's wrong with him.

There's a lot more going on too, and honestly I'm feeling a little overwhelmed, but I'm just taking it one day at a time, doing what I can, and not beating myself up too badly about the rest. Hopefully I'll have the time to knit and blog more soon!

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Floyd likes to help me study. He yells at me until I remember everything.

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This is the official 2012 tallying-up post! Happy New Year, everyone!

Incoming fibre in 2012:

4 oz Woolgatherings Superfine Merino

Outgoing fibre in 2012:

Spinning? What's that? :( I did get frustrated at some attempts to chain-ply. Bleah.

Incoming yarn in 2012:
2 balls of Trendsetter Tonalita for a Hurricane Hat (200)
1 skein Cascade 220 for Provos's hat (220)
2 Patons Kroy Ragg Shades sock yarn in Blue Striped Ragg (332)
3 Sugar and Cream (285)
2 Patons Kroy FX in Camo Colours (332)
1 BMFA Socks that Rock Lightweight (360)
1 Dream in Color Starry (450)
3 Cascade Heritage Sock (1311)
2 KnitPicks Chroma Worsted (396)
2 KnitPicks Andean Treasure (220)
19 balls, 4106 yards

Outgoing yarn in 2012:
1 skein Cascade 220 for Provos's hat (220)
1 ball Tonalita for the Hurricane Hat (100)
1 ball Tonalita for the As I Go Along armwarmers (100)
3 Sugar and Cream - washcloths (285)
1 Periwinkle Sheep Watercolors - Cakewalk socks (460)
3 Silken Kydd - Dancing Cranes (696)
3 Noro Silk Garden - Rook Scarf (366)
11 balls, 2197 yards

And these two projects which aren't finished yet...
Toe up socks (460)
Another Rook Scarf for myself (396)

The Year in Knitting (and Crocheting, and Weaving, and Crafting...):
2012 Projects

Favourite project:
That's gotta be the Dancing Cranes stole. It's simply the most beautiful thing I've ever knit... even if it does shed all over everything.

Least Favourite project:
...the ones I still haven't finished. :(

Patterns Published:
None, and that makes me annoyed.

Last Year's Resolutions and Plans:
- spin more
- knit something with handspun yarn
- design and publish two new patterns

Yeah, not so much.

- try a new sock architecture

I didn't get to try any of Cat Bordhi's sockitectures, but I did really like the toe-up sock with a gusset! It fits really well. If I use the pattern again, I'd probably want to use variegated or (semi-)solid yarn, instead of striped.

- finish Napramach and the Stripy Socks


- finish the Dancing Cranes stole in time to wear to a wedding

Yes! I did this! And it was awesome!

- cast on for fancy cabled knee socks
- use up more yarn and fibre than I purchase
- get some stock in the Etsy shop

...nope. :/

Plans for 2013:

Everything I didn't get to do this past year!

- spin more
- knit something with handspun yarn
- design and publish two new patterns
- finish Napramach and the Stripy Socks
- cast on for fancy cabled knee socks
- use up more yarn and fibre than I purchase
- get some stock in the Etsy shop

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It's been a hard year in many ways, but I have so much to be thankful for.

Pirate-Husband. The amount of work that he has put into the house in the last few months is incredible. Scrubbing, sanding, washing, staining - the logs look amazing, and the house is more ready for winter than it's ever been. Okay, so we still have the scaffolding on the porch, but if the weather holds out we'll be done with that soon too. I am so grateful that he has the knowledge, skills and ability to take on a gigantic project like refinishing a log house. Not to mention, he's a heck of a good cook. We eat better at home than we could in most of the local restaurants. Last week we had new friends over for dinner and they were seriously impressed with our crepes manicotti and crockpot cobbler - and I thought it was just a normal sort of weekend meal! Also, he takes the garbage out and does the laundry. Those seem like small things to be thankful for, but I really appreciate them.

The cats. Losing Aubrey started the whole year off on the wrong foot. Kipling isn't really any kind of replacement for my kitten, but he's pretty awesome in his own right, and he's a perfect companion for Floyd. They are always together, whether they're playing or sleeping. Floyd is coming around to be fairly cool himself; he pretends he doesn't want any love but every morning I wake up to find him curled up against my stomach. Unless they're sleeping, both of them follow me around the house wherever I go, and make sad kitten-faces when I go somewhere they can't follow. And to think, I was afraid that they wouldn't like me at all. I had nothing to worry about.

My blood-family, too large to appear all in one picture, but here are the two newest members of the clan. I have a big family and we're kinda spread out across the world, but when we need each other, we're there with no questions asked other than "what can I do to help?" Some of the hard stuff this year has brought us closer together, and I'm thankful for that even though we had to go through the rough times to get here. I'm going to see a bunch of the far-away relatives for Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday and I can't wait!

My sworn-family. (Here we are at one Winterlude or another!) I don't even know how to begin to express how much the three of them mean to me. They fill a place in my heart that I didn't know was empty before I met them. They love and accept me for who I am and at the same time cheer me on to become an even better person. I would do anything for them, and I have no doubt that they would do the same for me.

I'm thankful for my job. (These are the monkeys who live on my desk, since there is no way to get an interesting picture of my office.) Sure, I have to get up early for it. Sure, it's a long drive to work and home again every day. But it's a good job, and I like it, and I like most of the people I work with too. This year I got to learn how to use Illustrator, which I've wanted to learn for years, and they sent me to a JavaScript class just 'cause I asked, and to a conference in Florida. Overall, it's a pretty fine job indeed.

And of course, since this is a knitting blog after all, I'm thankful for my knitting and crocheting and spinning skills, for my stash of yarn and fibre, for my spinning wheel and spindles and drum carder, for the knitter friends I've made, and for Ravelry, without which this would be just a little hobby instead of one of the defining aspects of my life. I'm so excited about the projects I'm working on right now, and for the designs and ideas that are percolating in my head! I have so many fibre-ish plans for next year, including my first for-sale pattern, blending some batts on the drum carder, getting some stock into the never-used Etsy shop, and at least two projects made with my own handspun yarn: a hat and a pair of armwarmers.

And maybe I'll finish some of those projects that keep lingering on...

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Last weekend, Pirate-Husband and I volunteered to pour wine at Vintage Virginia, a local wine festival. We were working in the Top Five Tasting Tent, so we were in the shade all day. I put on my extrovert face and ended up having lots of fun, much more than I'd expected! We split the sixteen tables between the volunteers, and one of my patrons took this picture of me. (They also gave me a completely unexpected tip!) As thanks for our service we were given free entrance to the festival on Sunday, but I think I actually had a better time working than I did waiting on line to taste wines.

I've been keeping up with Operation: Badass. It's definitely made easier by the beautiful scenery. Farms with horses and cows, the mountain rising up in the background, old buildings with boards over the windows being reclaimed by nature. The way the trees arch over this driveway make it seem almost like a magical place. I don't like thinking that it's "just" a driveway; I couldn't see the house from the road so I imagined what it must look like, and I'm sure my imagination did it justice.

Most of the time I stop to take photos when I'm recovering from speeding up a hill, but other times I stop just because something is so pretty that I need to have a picture of it. This driveway was one of those times, and I'm glad to have stopped for it.

The flower season is almost at its end, as we're turning the corner into summer's oppressive heat. The mountain laurels are starting to look sad and wilted. But these two were still going strong, hiding in the shade next to a cow field. It occurred to me after I'd leaned in to take the pictures that I was likely to be bitten by a tick, but fortunately that didn't happen. Anyway, does anyone know what kind of flowers these are? I especially like the ruffled petals of the pink ones.

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Back from vacation with 2/3 of a completed sock. It was too hot to knit, most of the time. More later! :)

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Pirate-Husband, the sock, and I are going on vacation; I don't have any posts queued for while I'm gone, so there'll be nothing from me for a little while. Be good, knit lots, and I'll see you in a week and a half!

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