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Goals for the 26th year
  • Quit Smoking.

  • Write to Someone I Admire (Can be anyone from friend to celebrity).

  • Send 27 Post Cards (I miss connecting with people outside of the internet).

  • Leave the State for vacation.

  • Pay off my credit cards.

  • Give handmade gifts for special occasions. (Due to my schedule, I will give as many as I can)

  • Publish writing.

  • Sky dive or bungee jump.

  • Start a work out routine.

  • Debate with someone and try to see their side.

  • Walk for a cause.

  • Take a dance class.

  • Read a book a month (at least).

  • Give a gift to a stranger.

  • Hang out with my brother more often.

  • Seek Grammar/Writing Education Opportunities.

  • Volunteer my time outside of school.

  • Stop to reflect on the good things. (May decide to blog it, may decide to write it down in a journal).

  • Maintain a sick time balance at work.

  • Save up for a cushion/emergency fund.

  • Slumber Party/Diva Evening. (I miss sleep-overs!)

  • Learn to walk in heels!

  • Bring lunch to work (at least 3x a week).

  • Take a financial workshop.

  • Learn to cook/cook more often.

  • Go Camping!

  • Stop spending all my money on coffee!

Knitting Status and Future Plans
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Hello to one and all! I hope this day finds you well.

In recent news, last weekend I went through my tub'o'yarn to see exactly what sort of yarn I had to work with. It's funny how I had forgotten about some of my purchases. I have two complete skeins of green malabrigo hiding under my bed! Who knew? After much yarn fondeling, I organized the bin and started seperating the yarn based on what I wanted to make for Christmas presents this year. Then the search began:

Have I mentioned that I love Raverly. I went in search of patterns for the 4 different types of yarn I want to find projects for. Here's the list and what I found...

1. Noro Kureyon: Clapotis or Anthropologie Caplet
2. Colourworks (Purple/Black Mix): Still Searching (Can't find anything for it since it's considered Novelty Yarn)
3. Berroco Plush (3 Balls Green, 2 Balls Blue): Baby Blanket (Lionbrand Website, Must be logged in)
4. Knit Picks Pallete: Vixen Camisole (Link For Ravelry Users. Pattern in Sensual Knits)

The Baby Blanket and the Clapotis (if I decided to make that) will both be Christmas Presents for 2009. The camisole is for me, since it's my first time making anything like that.

Additionally, I am participating in this months SKC KAL. We're focusing on techniques this go round. I am actually pretty excited that cables were chosen. I've never actually done cables before so it should be interested. Due to the fact I am such a beginner, I will be knitting this. The green malabrigo will be loving knitted into a beautiful scarf for another Christmas Present for a lucky relative.

So those are the patterns I'm planning on knitting. Right now I am actively knitting a scarf for my boyfriend's cousin. It's a lovely pink/purple yarn and it's knitting up really well. I'm not entirely sure I like the pattern but I'm going to keep knitting and see how it comes along. I'll post pictures as well as specifics later. I don't have the magazine right in front of me.

Outside of that.. lastnight I spent 2 hours trying to figure out how to crochet a circle. -=giggle=- A friend of mine lent me this cute little book called "Creepy Critters". They have little mini grim reapers, and zombies, etc. I really want to knit a couple of things from it for B-Days and X-mas but I can't seem to figure it out. I'm suspecting my difficulty is because I was using black yarn for my first time crocheting. I remember everyone telling me not to start out on black yarn. Well, they were right. -=giggle=- So after a little more knitting tonight I'll be back to trying to crochet that damn circle.

May your stitches never twist and your knitting always be lovely!

P.S. I'm finally tired of the layout. I'll be revising things again soon!

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posted by Valerie @ 12:54 PM  
  • At January 11, 2009 at 10:13 AM, Blogger Hattie said…

    If you need help, I am pretty good at crocheting, and I can teach!

  • At January 11, 2009 at 5:39 PM, Blogger Patricia said…

    Yup, I hear the sound of bins being pulled out of obscurity everywhere! I just did the same thing and YES, yeah for Ravelry. I am also busy matching yarns to patterns.

  • At January 15, 2009 at 11:25 AM, Blogger Sheila said…

    Happy Near Year! That’s a great way to start the New Year, organizing your yarn, which I need to do again.

    You are going to love knitting basic cables, I was intimidated by them at one time, but once you get the hang of it – its easy. Especially once you work one cable row, it doesn’t get repeated until have you have done at least 6 rows of knit & purl. I will say I am a tad bit fearful of the intricate cables, which is something I want to overcome for the new year.

    As for crocheting in a circle, you need to make 3 chain stitches, then take the hook and insert into the last chain made thereby creating the circle and then crocheting in each of the 3 chains 2 times each. Which should give you 6 stitches, from there on you follow the pattern. Let me know if this helps.

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