the big one

Sitting at home waiting for a sprinkler inspection – how often can one say that? – and thinking about the earthquakes yesterday. Pretty intense, yet at the same time not. They came and went so fast that I almost didn’t know what had happened, the first time at least. The second one I was on my feet in a second and then it was over. Leeloo didn’t even budge, as a matter of fact she just looked at me like, what? Looks like I won’t be getting any early warnings from her…

So, now I feel like a real Californian, like I’ve been initiated into the club. I even have the secret club website. Now I need to run so I can plan my emergency preparedness kit.

knitting update

The frenzy of knitting is upon me! In September I finished up a Jane hat and a pair of Intrepid Traveler socks and started on the Four Corners Baby Blanket*. Then started this super cute Safire cardigan, which better fit btw. And because the cardigan was getting a little large to cart around on the bus I started another pair of socks. I’m on fire!

So, pictures or it didn’t happen, right?

Ok, so I’ve already posted pictures of the hat and sock from September, you can see those here.

This is the baby blanket. I need two more skeins to finish it up, one for the fourth square and another for the border. I foresee some super happy baby all snuggled up inside. Squee!

This is a knit that I’m excited about! I feel like if I get this done and it fits I’ll have the confidence to a full on sweater. The only problem is there are like a thousand sweaters that I would love to knit and that of course, means more yarn… manage the madness, manage the madness.

But I digress, this is the Safire cardigan and it is working up so fast! Just don’t mind the temporary dental floss sleeves…

*No, I’m not pregnant, just thought it was super cute!

too much

I love making things. Using my hands, creating something from scratch. Over the years I’ve dabbled in cross-stitch, jewelry making, baking, and most currently knitting.

Knitting, like all the others has a tendency to ebb and flow. I may put it down for a time only to attack them later with a vengeance. Not only do I love the hands on work, but the tools and gadgets. Those are almost as much fun as the craft itself. To that end I’ve accumulated a lot of, let’s call it stash, over the years. So many things to collect and prize and swoon over. So many things that in the end become dust collectors. I know, I know. I shouldn’t say that, but for me it’s beginning to become a truth. I have too much. When I stop to really think about it, how many cross-stitch magazines does one need or how many skeins of yarn is enough or too much? For me I’m beginning to see the line, my line, and I’ve not just stepped over, but pole vaulted to the furthest reaches of my tolerance.

To that end, I’ve started to systematically work through the many drawers and shelves of stash that I’ve collected over the years. This, as in everything I do, ebbs and flows. Mostly, I’ve focused on the cross-stitch since that seems to be out of favor for me now. Easier to part with the things that aren’t so popular in this brain of mine. That doesn’t make it easy, just a bit less stressful than dealing with the thousands of yards of yarn I’ve acquired. Yarn that I’m struggling to find a use for. Yes, I realize I should knit it… but there’s just so much!

I had recently shied away from EBay due to a bad experience with an overseas buyer, but you know what? It’s really hard to find a market for your items without using some sort of outside help so EBay it is!

So off I go to sort and force myself to part with a set number of items to keep it real. Often, I have to tell myself that I’ll be parting with X number of items or it becomes a completely useless exercise in fawning over my pretties. I even have to set rules like if I can’t find a new home for said item(s) in X number of days then they are sent packing to Goodwill.

All this so that I can walk into my craft room and feel good about what’s in there. So I can feel like I have exactly what I need, no more no less. So that I can have a seat at my desk without throwing random items on the floor so that Leeloo can have a go at them. All this is so that I feel good about me.

It’s also caused me to be more thoughtful in my purchasing. Granted, I may have gone on a slight bender when Aimee came to town, but that’s the fun of having friends. I can’t be a complete stick in the mud!

So, do you have too much, too little, or is it just right? I’d love to hear what you all think about your stashes or just your stuff in general.

 

sometimes

You know, life is pretty good. I mean, sometimes life can get you down, but Sunday we were out on the water, on the most gorgeous day ever, with good friends. Sometimes you need a kick in the pants reminder that things really are OK.

Sometimes you just have to let go… or maybe hold on a bit so you don’t fall in the chilly East Bay.

 Sometimes you need to enjoy a few mimosas with friends…

and even more friends.

Sometimes you need to see things from a different perspective.

Sometimes things are just fine.

getting things done

The sweater vest of doom is done. done. done. I’m not really that happy with it. I’ll probably never wear it, but it’s done. The best I can say is it was a great learning experience and the #1 thing I learned was don’t take three years to complete an article of clothing. Not. Good.

I did, however, finish this super cute hat. Love it and I’ve been wearing it like crazy!

I also finished off yet another pair of socks. Whee! So much knitting getting done around here. It’s like an epidemic of fun. Uh, yeah, so here are the Intrepid Travelers. Super fun and bright as heck!

That’s all I’ve got for now, until next time…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’m on a plane!

Whee! So says Louis CK

We need to appreciate what we have a bit more, which is completely apropos for me in a couple of ways.

  • Gogo Inflight Internet went down so I may or may not be able to post this from the airplane and I’m not even angry about it (see link above) *
  • Love your friends and family cause you never know what life will bring.

Joe and I flew home for a long weekend to visit our families that are now far far away since our move to San Francisco. Great times! Among other things we celebrated my dad’s 70th birthday and was able to spend time with both of our families. I realized this weekend just how much I miss everyone. I mean, I knew I missed them, but this trip really brought all that home. Of course, I love the city and don’t see us moving back to the east coast anytime soon, but I’ll sure be using FaceTime a lot more!

In between all the awesome that was the familiar visiting, someone may have purchased a shiny new camera. A shiny new camera that takes the most crazy awesome pictures in the universe. OK, I may be exaggerating a teeny bit, but this is by far the nicest camera I’ve ever owned. Actually, this very post was to be the debut of the fabulous pictures I took with it this weekend. A few pics of the family. A few of the socks and hat that I managed to finish this weekend. I’m sure you see where this is going… the camera (Canon T3i, for those that are interested, thanks Aimee) was a bit too bulky for carry on so it was packed back into it’s box and into the checked luggage. With the SD card still in it.

So the plan is in the next few days to show you some pics of my siblings, some knitting, and a few other odds and ends that strike my fancy. Stay tuned!

*yeah, totally posted this at home.

good times

What have I been up to this weekend? I managed to do at least some sorting an organizing of the stash and made some major progress on The Vest That Can Not Be Finished. If I get moving I may actually be able to finish weaving in the ends and seem up the sides today. That would be amazing.

Though I feel the need to finish this I honestly have no idea if I’ll ever wear it. I guess that’s the curse of finishing something that was started over three years ago…

On the food and wine front we spent the afternoon at Epic Roasthouse for High on the Hog. What do I have to say about it? Fantastic!

The day was perfect, the band was amazing, and the food the wine… awesome. We couldn’t have asked for nicer way to spend an afternoon. This is definitely going on our annual to do list.

Now I’ll leave you with this parting shot of Cupid’s Span because I love living in a city that has a giant sculpture of a bow and arrow.

culling the herd

Good Morning! It’s a nice lazy Saturday morning at Casa de Judi and I’ve spent a good portion of it catching up on blogs, which led me to Sew Liberated‘s post from a few days ago. I <3 this room! It’s everything I want a craft room to be. Tons of light, organized, spacious, organized…

I’m sure you can sense a theme here. I need to cull the herd and do some major organizing. And I need to do it today. I need to do it today since I hate even walking into mine. Now, realistically, mine will not look like Meg’s, but you know what? That is perfectly OK. However, I want to walk into mine and feel inspired and not like I have to wade through the piles and bins to find what I’m looking for. To that end I’m setting up a destash in Ravelry. You can find me here. I only have a few items listed at the moment and I need to add at least one photo, but you get the idea. Oh, and I’m open to negotiation. Send me a note and we can talk.

well, hello there

Hi there and welcome to my corner of the internets! I’m working on tidying the place up, but it should be spruced up here pretty soon.

Check back soon for actual real life blogging.