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Ending and Beginning

So, it is the start of the new year… and as always, let’s start off by reviewing the “2011 Things I Want to do List”

1. Learn to spin my own yarn. (Nope… BUT my husband did!!! This plan has totally shifted and my husbands new found interest in spinning has made me want to leave this up to him. He is quite good at it, and I reap the benefits of hubby made handspun!)

2. Read all of the Charles De Lint  Newford series. (Nope, books were all still in boxes until November. )

3. Do more hiking.  We hiked our asses off starting in February!

4. Buy our dream house. We moved into our first home 10th, 2011! Huge, life altering amazing thing.

5. Not let the actions of others control my happiness. I worked pretty hard at this this year and I feel I made a lot of progress.

6. Can serious amounts of food from our own garden/further develop my canning skills. (Nope, but, we did not get our garden space until October so, I think it is understandable.

7. Knit a pair of socks. YES! Socks, done! See them HERE.

8. Get back into Bikram, twice a week minimum/get in shape. (Partial completion. I did a 40-day Bikram challenge and gave it my all last spring. Am I “in shape”? No. )

9. Adopt an animal from NWT SPCA. (inspired by Nicholle <3) (Sadly, no : (

10. Spend as much quality time as possible with my husband. We had an amazing year, and in particular the summer so packed full on one-on-one outdoor activities and we really got to spend a lot of quality time together.

Usually this is the part where I make my list for 2012. This year, I am not making one. I am not making one because it would be 100 things long. I have things I want to do coming out of my ears! This year I am just going to take everything as it comes and try to do as much that I want, as much as I am able.

That being said, this will be my last blog on Everyday Is Waiting for Halloween.

But it’s because my husband and I are starting a blog together, which will hopefully launch March 1, 2011. The blog will have many components, it will have much more informative and purposeful posts then this one does and hopefully people will actually want to read it.

Our new blog is called Building A Frog (I will insert a link when it launches.) Some of the topics we will cover are:

  • DIY projects
  • First house advice and questions
  • Knitting
  • Canning
  • Gardening
  • Home repair
  • Money saving ideas
  • Upcycling
  • Composting
  • Landscaping
  • Cooking
  • Thrifting
  • Baking
  • Recipes
  • Homesteading
  • Fishing
  • Sustainability
  • and our general ramblings and banter.

We hope to have guest posting from a variety of people who have some great information to share as well as some local focus and information. This si a new and exciting venture for us and we hope you will check it out once it it up.

Since I never did get around to doing a post on our new house, I am going to end off the blog with a picture of it.

Our little house on 1.04 acres of all ours.

Thanks to everyone who ever bothered to poke around in these rambling examples of my lifes goings on. It was fun : )

– Christie

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Oh, life.

General update of the happenings that make up my life.

First off, I am back to work. This both simplifies and complicates things… but we are not going to get into that.

Secondly, I have decided to go back to school. I want to shift my role in my job into something more training and developement based and I am going to be doing some upgradeing to help that along. I am both excited and nervous about this.

Now that the mundane and genereally uninteresting update is done, now we can talk about fun stuff!!!

I completed my 40-Day Yoga challenge on April 22nd. My final tally was 35/40 days completed. I am really happy with that result. It was hard, but I really stuck to it and as a suprise, Phill bought me another unlimited pass for doing so well on my challenge. (Love that guy!) I am averaging 5 classes per week and am still loving it.

Our hotel rooms for Rhinebeck are booked! I am crazy excited about it already and jsut can’t freaking wait to go to the festival! We already have 2 camping trips set up for June and July and we are hoping to sneek away sometime this month as well.

We had our first mini-vacation of the year last weekend, UFC 129 in Toronto.

We had a great time and it was really cool to be a part of the first ever UFC held in Ontario and be a part of the largest UFC ever to date.

The entire fight card was great. We saw some amazing knockouts. And even though GSP is my favourite, I have to say that the Hominick/Aldo fight was my fight of the ngiht. I have to give it up to Mark Hominick, the guy is a warrior. He didn’t win, but damn did he ever not give up.

Mark's poor, poor face and head.

And as far as the George St. Pierre and Jake Sheilds fight went it was a good fight that ended the way everyone thoguht it would : ) And wow, the fan support for GSP was so amazing. Defening even. I am not very expereinced in how sporting events generally work, I only like MMA and wrestling mainly, but I would say that not much could match the hometown/country pride heard at Rogers Center that night.

We will definetly be attending any UFC that comes to Ontario from now on.

On our way home on Sunday we met up with Matt and Lara and spent the day at the Toronto Zoo, which is one of our favourite places, ever.  It was a very rainy day, but we had a great time and the Red Panda even made an appearance for us.

He is usually hiding in the trees whenever we are at the zoo.

We ended the day with some awesome Korean BBQ and then made the drive home. (We were sooo exhausted by the time we got there.)

And in knitting news, I have completed my first ever sock!

It was not as scary as I though and I am hoping to get the second one done soon.

I am going to end this blog off with a picture that makes me very happy. Sneed, Toki and Hoss are all doing great and are such great brothers. I am so very glad that we got the babies. They are bringing us so much joy and entertainment. Sneed even loves them. They are growing like monsters and I am pretty sure that we are going to have the biggest cats anyone has ever seen.

Our sweet boys.

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Stash Busting 2011: The Next Level

I have not bought a single skein or ball of yarn since announcing my yarn diet on January 19th. I must say, I am impressed with myself. Its a big deal. Really, it is. And because I have been doing so well, not buying, knitting up my stash I decided to up the stakes. I vow to not buy any yarn until October 15th, 2011. Why October 15th you may ask? RHINEBECK BABY!!!! YEAH!!!! Phill and I are headed five and a half hours south to the Duchess County Sheep & Wool Festival in Rhinebeck, New York, October 15th and 16th. Last year it was already too late to go once I figured out how close we were now. But this year, we are there! And it would be impossible (and cruel) for me not to buy yarn at Rhinebeck. So, I figure, if I want it that bad, I can wait until the festival. Go big or go home… or go to Rhinebeck and buy a disgusting amount of yarn and then go home.

And to make this even more interesting, over the summer I am going to try and knit Phill and I each a sweater to wear at the festival.

Speaking of knitting, I have been getting some done. Not as much as usual though becasue my new job and my yoga challenge have been taking up a lot of my time, but soon everything will regulate and knitting will return to normal. Here are a few things I have been working on.

I started my first pair of socks! (WIP)

I have made quite a few tinkle ball cozies. This one being modeled by the lovely Mishka.

I made a cover for my Kobo E-reader.

I made a black hat full of hatred and angst, at the request of a teenaged boy.

I am excited to start some new projects soon and I am already dreaming about the Rhinebeck experience. Come on October! (Also, our 3rd wedding anniversary is on the 12th of October so we will have to throw some romantical stuff in there as well while we are out of twon : )

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The Little Things: Knitting Patterns Published

This week, I published my first knitting patterns. It is not like they are in a book or magazine or anything but thousands of people from around the world will be viewing them on Ravelry. Already they have generated a lot of interest and I am really happy that people seem to like them.

 

The first design is a Tinkle Ball Cozy.

This is a very quick project and can be made with very small amounts of left over worsted weight yarn.

Tinkle balls are the ultimate cat toy. They are cheap and cats LOVE them. But, they are annoying, especially if you have hardwood floors. Clackety-clack-clack-clack. So I set out to make everyone happy, kitties and humans.

These cozies allow the tinkle balls to roll, tinkle and still be very fun for cats, but without the racket of the hard plastic on the floor. Another benefit is that they do not fly so far when pounced on and not a one has been lost under the TV stand since the cozies went on. I have noticed that my cats have even more fun with them now because they can easily pick them up in their mouths and with their feet and move them around. Mine like to put them in their beds and baskets with them.

This pattern is very easily adapted to any number of desired tinkle balls.

You can view or download this pattern, here:

The second pattern is a slip-cover for a Kobo E-reader.

I wanted a very simple slip cover for my Kobo, so that when I tossed it in my bag it would have a nice little buffer around it.
This pattern calls for a DK weight yarn. The yarn that you choose should have some stretch to it so that the yarn will hug the Kobo nicely. I used Mirasol Yarns Hacho, which is perfect for this project, but has sadly been discontinued.

You can view or download this pattern, here:

 

I am really excited about having published some patterns and I am really looking forward to publishing some more. I started out small with some non-garment items but I hope to publish some more complex patterns in the future.

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Stash Busting 2011: No new yarn, lots of new projects

I have been keeping up with my stash busting/not buying new yarn like a champ. I have not bought a single skein of yarn and I have been doing a lot of gift and PIF knitting. Here are my latest FOs:

Aviatrix Hat and Baby Sophisticate Jacket for my friends Cassie & Scott who’s baby boy is due on St. Patrick’s Day. (I didn’t make the onesie but damn its cute!)

I made this cloche for myself (but haven’t worn it yet.)

I made this “Who?” owl cables hat for my friend Emily. She works at Star Bucks and keeps me in Lavender Earl Grey so I wanted to do a little something for her.

And I have been making Tinkle Ball Cozies (we call this one The Pea). I am loving these so much! Tinkle balls are sooo loud on wood floors and the cats always lose them under furniture. This quiets them while still letting them tinkle, and stops them from flying under the tv stand when the little gaffers pounce.

I have a few more projects on needles right now and a ton of projects waiting to be started!

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Give up your yarn habit, give it up Daddy-O…

Hi. My name is Christie and I am a yarn addict.

Seriously.

I am officially on a no yarn buying contract as of last week. (There isn’t really a contract, I just need to not buy any yarn.) My yarn trunk is full. Very full. I have to sit on it to get the lid to close. And the large basket sitting on top of it is also full. According to my Ravelry stash, I have 101 different types of yarn stashed. (That is just the different types of yarn, not the number of balls I have.) Also, I have not inputted everything I have into Ravelry. And I know, I know, some people have stashes that fill multiple rooms, and sure someday that will be me too, but for now my trunk will have to do. And its full, so, no more yarn for me.

So, in order to be able resume my yarn buying habits, I need to knit. Now, I knit pretty steadily, but I often use a new project as an excuse to buy yarn as well. From now on I will only be knitting from my stash and I am going to try to knit purposefully. That is, I am going to make a list of things I want to knit, find the yarn that I can do this with in my stash and knit it.

Currently I am finishing up a hat for myself, a FAR overdue birthday present, and a sweater that I am being lazy about. After all of that loose end (ha ha) knitting is complete, I am moving on to a few project for other people. There has been a “Pay It Forward” trend in my craftier friends as of late, and I have been hesitant to throw my name into the mix (this is 100% due to not wanting to commit to paying postage. Lame I know, but seriously, I can’t afford it.) So, this is my “Destash and Pay It Forward” project. I am going to randomly make people things and when I give/send it to them I will include a little note card about the act of PIFing.  I also think this will be fun because these gifts will be a surprise for the recipients.

So, here are some pictures from my stash. You never know, you just might be on the receiving end of some knitted yarny goodness in the months to come : )

 

I announced my "yarn diet" on Wednesday at one of my knitting groups and was enabled, I mean gifted with 8 balls of this beautiful merino from Korea, by Marie (amigurumikr)

Mmmmmmm purple

Mermaid?

No one is getting this one, its mine! : )

Hacho is one of my favs that is sadly discontinued now : (

Soooo soft!

So pretty and delicate.

And for those of you with Ravelry, here my stash on there. http://www.ravelry.com/people/DollyWog/stash

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Another list, for another year. (Also, last years list re-cap.)

So, each year I make a list of 10 things I want to do/accomplish in the year to come. I don’t like to think of these as resolutions, but more as goals and achievements. Last years list went pretty well:

THINGS I WANT TO DO IN 2010

1. Swim with sea turtles

2. Knit a sweater

3. Read all of the Charles De Lint Newford books (I did not complete this, BUT, it is far in part to the fact that my books are packed away until we get the house)

4. Camp whenever possible this summer (We had 3 great camps this year. That is about average for us.)

5. Go hiking on weekends when we can’t camp this summer (We didn’t do this once. We did do some bike rides at the conservation area, but no hiking. Fail.)

6. Visit home more often (We live there now!)

7. Save money for a house (We have our down payment, but are continuing to save more)

8. Learn to spin (Didn’t get to it this year.)

9. Get rid of all the junk I don’t need (We made $280 at our yard sale and donated the rest to the CP Foundation.)

10. Eat more pie (We seriously ate more pie this year.)

So, now on to this years list!

THINGS I WANT TO DO IN 2011

1. Learn to spin my own yarn.

2. Read all of the Charles De Lint  Newford series.

3. Do more hiking.

4. Buy our dream house.

5. Not let the actions of others control my happiness.

6. Can serious amounts of food from our own garden/further develop my canning skills.

7. Knit a pair of socks.

8. Get back into Bikram, twice a week minimum/get in shape.

9. Adopt an animal from NWT SPCA. (inspired by Nicholle <3)

10. Spend as much quality time as possible with my husband.

2010 was a strange year full of huge changes and big decisions. It has been both good and bad, most definitely busy and I learned a lot. I am very excited for the things coming up in 2011. Most of these things will start when I get back to work, something that, hopefully, will be happening in the next few months.

I wish everyone a great year ahead!

May 2011 be full of love and positive things!

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