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Hi everybody – I just wanted to check in and let you know that we’ve started the Big Move. So, things might be a little quiet for the next little while as we move in with the Man’s parents and begin to attack our new house. There will be knitting – once I figure out which box my yarn is in.

Until next time, I hope everyone is enjoying the summer (if you look really hard, you can find it under all the fog. Ah, life on the East Coast).

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Socks and knots.

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Hey, would you look at that – knitting. A completed project, fresh off the needles. Good stuff.

With all the craziness that has taken over my formerly uneventful life in the last couple pf weeks, I really needed something simple, relatively mindless, but still fun to knit. Enter the Charade socks. I’ve knit these before and enjoyed the easy to remember stitch pattern and was really happy with the results, so I thought I’d revisit them. I don’t often revisit patterns – once is usually enough for me, but this was  comfort knitting. Besides,who doesn’t need more socks?

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I knit these up out of some Arequipa I had in the stash. This yarn is great. Affordable with great yardage, it feels lovely and comes in really nice colours. The photos don’t really capture the true colour of  the stuff – in real life, the colours are various shades of lavender and grey.  Very me. These  come about halfway up my shin and I still had a good-sized amount of yarn left over. I suppose I could weigh it to find out how much exactly, but really, who knows where the scale might be at this point. Besides, it’s a Weight Watchers kitchen scale of questionable accuracy that I found secondhand. I’ll stick to “good-sized.”

And as promised, here are a few pics of the finished lace scarf that I had been working on.

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Euroflax lace weight in French Blue was the yarn of choice for this project – again, a yarn that had been hanging out in the stash for a while.  This was only my second project with a linen yarn and while I really like the colour and the way is blocks out (so crisp!), I wasn’t thrilled with the knots. There were 6. Now, this doesn’t seem like a lot until you consider that there are only 570 yards  per cone.  And that all of the knot were in the first 250 yards or so. Not impressed. I prefer to think that I must have gotten a wonky cone, so if anyone out there has knit with this yarn, let me know about the knot situation.

The vine lace pattern was again pretty easy to follow (that’s the theme of my knitting right now: easy) and I enjoyed watching it grow.,but I was happy to finally come to the end of that naughty cone. I did briefly  considered keeping the scarf, but decided instead that it will  head overseas as part of the handmade chainmail project. Knitted goods are light and are easily (there’s that word again, easy!) packed into a padded mailer. I’ve really come to enjoy knitting jsut for teh sake of knitting without becoming too attached to the final product. I figure this is a good thing as I would soon be overrun with scarves (the socks I’m totally keeping).

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I feel better now that I’ve posted about some knitting. And now it’s off to pack up my knitting books (!).

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Wow.  Just wow. The last 7 days have been a crazy, stressful, exciting and terrifying time. Let me explain. The Man and I have been doing what lots of people do, you know, planning a wedding (October 17th, please drop by!), saving for a house, working, you know, living life. Normal people stuff. Then the ceiling leaked. Drip, drip, dripping for 5 days before our landlord came to fix it. Then came the notices of street closures for the “third phase of the fresh water brook water treatment plan.” For those of you not lucky enough to live on my street, they’re diggong a 30′ deep trench down my side of the road, with work slated to run for the next 3 months. Good stuff.

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Every morning, weekends included if necessary, at 7am, it begins. I live in an old house that’s been converted to flats. It’s not well insulated or soundproofed. It’s no fun. The Man, who had been offshore for work, came home and decided we were putting in our notice and setting out for greener, and hopefully, quieter, pastures. Silly me, I thought he meant a different apartment. I was mistaken. He meant a house. He’s been stalking the housing market and saving for a while, so I knew it was  coming, I just didn’t anticipate it happening in a week. Yep, that’s right, a week. Why? Because he’s slated to go offshore tomorrow and wants it all squared away before he leaves. Madness! Insanity!

And before anyone thinks, “that’s not so bad, a new house, no construction, a little stress is worth it,” you’d have to see what we bought. It was described as   “having a lot of potential, a handy-man special, needing a little tlc.” What it needs is to be gutted. I am going to become a reno queen.

So, in the coming months you can expect a whole lot of reno updates – some of which will probably involve me crying  in my steel-toed workboots (an upside: new shoes!) and lots of pictures. Don’t worry though, knitting and sewing have not been abandoned. I finally (finally!) finished that blue lace scarf I had been working on for what seemed like forever. I’m just waiting for some laundry to accumulate so I can toss that bad boy into the washer (it’s linen, it’s tough, it can take it). I figure a good wash and block session and it should be nice and soft. I’ve  also just cast on for a nice pair of soothing  socks -nothing too fancy, as my mojo and I are still getting re-acquainted. I’ve also got a new sewing project or two  to share – which is what I actually meant to write about, but construction and related news won out.

And I can tell by the realtive calm that it must be break time, I must search out my cats from under the furniture and break the news of the Big Move.

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