wow. i'd say, "bad blogger," but really, i'd have been a bad blogger if i'd posted about nothing, or posted with no time for details. so...busy blogger, i guess. so much happens in a month, yet all i've managed to do is post in the sidebar the new publications that come out each week.
we've done a little work on the house, but the upstairs still needs much organizing and cleaning, some of which i hope to do today. we assembled the dresser last weekend, and i'm aiming to organize my knitting stuff in that, or at least the yarn. i have a lot of stuff coming from knitpicks to get me started on 2007 knitting projects and organized in the craft room--in addition to several patterns' worth of yarn, i ordered a wraps-per-inch tool so i can figure out the real weights of all the yarn i have that's unlabeled in the stash (there's a shocking amount of that, given that i'm obsessive about saving ball bands), a yarn meter so i can measure the yardage of everything i have left (i am SO excited about that), the knitting in public knitting bag set (also excited about that), the options needle set (excited both about the needles and about putting my existing circulars in with them in the little organizer book), and i've got my name on a list to be told when their umbrella swifts come in. this is going to be a kick-ass craft room. the light in there is great, with two big windows and an eastern exposure, and there's a good-sized closet. in addition to the waist-high dresser for the knitting stuff, i'm planning to build in desk tops and drawers from the container store (or of that ilk) on the two windowless walls and put a comfy chair in there.
we've also decided to take the plunge and buy a king-sized bed when the stairs get replaced and we can actually get to our new master suite. the queen bed is just not big enough for the two of us and the dogs. but we don't want to throw out the queen bed, so we're going to put bolsters and a slipcover on it and make it a huge lounging couch in the living room. (not in pink, of course.) how decadent! also takes care of our need for a new sofa and a guest room/bed. we're feeling very smug about that decision.
and of course there's lots of organizing to do of papers and the filing cabinets in preparation for tax filing in a few weeks. that's probably coming next after the craft room this week. and the architect has been working hard on the drawings, which we have but neither of us has had time to look at yet (!), and getting permit information for taking down the wall between the two units. replacing the staircase to the third floor is priority one, because we can't move anything else around until we get the bedroom moved, but then it's probably the floor on the first floor and opening up the wall. we're having a lot of fun with it all.
when we're not working on the house, i'm knitting a lot; sahara turned out too small--this pattern maker apparently means the fullest part of the bust in her pattern, not the part under the bust, when giving the measurements for choosing which size to make. so i have to rip it all out and start over on that, but it's in time out right now--too arduous of a task for right now. but it's gorgeous and i can't wait to wear it next new year's or something.
i also finished my first sock, which was supposed to be for andrew, but when he tried it on last night, he couldn't get it on--too tight. i made it using knitty's universal sock pattern, and he measured his foot and everything, so i'm not sure why it didn't work. it fits me very nicely, though the foot is a bit long, so i'll make the mate for myself; before i make another sock for him, i'll take the measurements myself. maybe he's not doing it right or something. the pattern was super easy and i was really proud of myself--i love how the short-row shaping turned out, as this was my first project using that technique. if the camera weren't packed upstairs i'd pull it out and take a picture of it.
this year i'm going to try to make more small projects, like hats, gloves, mittens, and scarves, rather than so many sweaters. i can do a sweater in a month (a simple sweater in less), but i'm interested in more technical challenges this year. so i'm trying some multicolor knitting on the cigar gloves, which i think are brilliant, fair isle in the tiffany mittens, a stuffed dragon, a couple of chemo caps (joe got his transplant yesterday!!), including one that uses more short-row shaping, and some fetching gloves. lots of the latter uses stash, i hope.
yes, joe got his transplant yesterday, after a pretty miserable week of chemo and other treatments to prep himself for it. he's so upbeat that it's amazing. he and karen just take my breath away. thanks to the young woman in california who was his match and underwent her own uncomfortable few days to donate! i think that's a free pass to heaven :)
speaking of friends, our dear friends anne and drew are moving to california. drew's already gone; annie moves in a couple of months. i'm so, so sad. he's allergic to something that they just can't identify here, and after suffering with it getting worse for a few years with no relief, they finally decided to leave. did i mention that i'm really sad? so far away. :( annie is one of those people you meet and can't believe you didn't know sooner, because your life is just so much better with her in it. you feel cheated out of all the years without her, and you're jealous of the people who've known her all her life. your whole insides feel better when you see her. and now that i know she's moving all the way across the country...i'm just mad. mad and sad. childish, huh? i know, i know--there's email, there's phone. i guess it's just that i have so many friends in far-flung places and, frankly, not very many close ones here; it just doesn't feel fair to lose her like this.
here's a lesson out of this: spend time with your friends and appreciate them :)
finally, 10 bits of gratitude, part a:
smartboy (whose name starts with a)
al gore, for opening my eyes and heart
america (the old-school one, not bush's)
anna, who has taught me so much about and helped me so much with knitting
apple, for making my ipod and my computer, which make my life a little nicer every day