Monday, February 16, 2009

Movin' On Up

The Stash is Packed

7 Bank Boxes
3 Plastic Bins
2 Priority Shipping boxes
1 Random Box of Fiber

A few nights ago, I packed the stash. (Do you remember when I promised myself I would never outgrow 2 plastic bins? Me neither.)

Why put them into boxes you ask? Well (the big news I alluded to awhile ago), we are in contract on a house! We put in the offer early last week and they accepted without a counter. Phew! The inspections look good. So barring any loan issues, we are moving! I'm nervous and scared and a little overwhelmed by the work that needs to be done to get out of our current apartment. We're also moving to a new town which adds a whole other level of me figuring out things like where the best grocery store is.

But mostly I'm excited. We've saved a long time for this. The house gives us a yard and about 2 and a half times the square footage of our current place. And roots to a the community my husband grew up in. Yup. We're moving to Napa.

Our First House

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Sunday, February 08, 2009

Surprise Package

Don't you love it when a package shows up on your doorstep that you aren't expecting/forgot was on it's way???? Me too!!! Robyn sent me a package for being the 6500th commenter on her blog. Isn't that nuts? 6500 comments??? Wowza!

Bag from Robyn

I opened the box to find this bag full of goodies. While it's the perfect size for a project, it's currently in use as my work bag. I love the mix of sturdy khaki canvas with the girly sequins. But wait! There's more...

Patons Kroy- Jaquard

Paton's Kroy Sock yarn...

Cashmere-Silk Blend

Red Cashmere/silk blend. So pretty and soft...

Nelapsa Baby Alpaca

Nelapsa Baby Alpaca. Unbelievably soft! In fact, I'm in the market for a baby alpaca. But I need it to stay a baby. Let me know...

Other Goodies

And a bunch of goodies too! The hot chocolate is already gone. Yum!!

Thanks Robyn! I love your blog with tales of the boys, hockey, and Canadian delicacies. (Poutine!) Congrats on your 6500th comment!


Saturday, February 07, 2009


For Christmas, my little sister made us a set of cloth napkins. At first, I didn't think we would use them very much. I mean, look how pretty they are.

Cloth Napkins from Abby

As it turns out, we use them all the time. And they wash really well. In fact, we've pretty much stopped buying paper napkins and paper towels. That's a lot of environmental savings. The only problem? We need more!!!

It started with these.

Napkin Edging

Purchased from Purl. Perfect for napkin edging, I thought!

I did go to Joann's and picked up 3 yards of super cheap muslin for the main panel. A lot of cutting, some edging using Alicia's brilliant tutorial, and a few hours later... Voila!!!

Apple Cloth Napkins

Reusable napkins- 6 green and 6 red. I'm still working on my binding skills. I figure these will get so much use and so many washings that they don't have to be PERFECT. They were really good practice for future quilt binding projects.

Apple Napkins- Stack

Lots of handy cloths to have around the house.

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Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Your Kid Goes to the Dentist

And this is what happens...

That more or less sums up my 4 years of college. No, seriously.

Monday, February 02, 2009

Goody Goody Leyburns

I was hoping to finish these before January was out. But there were many errands to run on Saturday and finishing was just too low on the list. Yesterday, I went to Lauren's book signing and then home to watch the game. (More on the signing later this week.) At about 8pm last night, I cast off on the second sock. Nothing like a KAL to make me productive!

Goody Goody Leyburns- Done

Pattern: Leyburn Socks by the brilliant Minty
Yarn: STR Lightweight in Goody, Goody
Needles: KP options, circular, size 2.5mm, magic loop
Date Started: January 13, 2009
Date Finished: February 1, 2009
Mods: I cast on 60 stitches and carried that same number through the whole sock. They are a little tight to get on. But once they are on, they are so comfy!

There are lots of other (non-knitting) projects going on around here at the moment. Some of these are making me very nervous. (For the record, I'm not pregnant!) Anyway, blogging and commenting may be sparse this week. We'll see. But if all goes well, there may be big news soon.