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I’m trying like hell to find more time to blog…but as I am about to prove, it’s been rather difficult.

Since this is primarily a knitting blog, I’ll start with that. I have several WIPs on the go, some of which are active (i.e. Husband’s anniversary sweater and the two baby hats on circulars), while others are not (i.e. the Shipwreck shawl and a Trellis for which I have maybe 6 rows done). I am trying to destash, but recent shoulder and arm soreness has left me with not a lot done in reaching my knitting goals. Massage and rest is about all I can do until I get in to see a doctor. So for now, knitting isn’t taking up QUITE as much of my time as I would like it to.

Secondly, chemistry. No, I did not take it in high school, choosing instead to waste my time in Spanish and art. I’m suffering the consequences now as I struggle to complete both grade 11 and 12 chemistry by August. OK, so the grade 11 is done (huzzah!) but I still have 10 lessons left of the grade 12. I have to have my grades sent in by the end of August to keep my place in my program. I figure if I have the coursework finished by my anniverary (August 16th), I have enough time to study and then write the exam, then send in my marks to the college. So I’d better freakin’ get cracking!

My last complaint would be my tiny-ass apartment, which takes forever to clean and is so cramped and full of stuff, you’d think it was a storage unit (and we do have one for the overflow) rather than a living space. If I don’t sweep every damn day, we end up with carpeted floors from Kali’s shedding. And boy, does that little girl ever shed! Husband isn’t very domestic, but he will do the dishwasher, take out the garbage and recycling, and pick up his socks (but only if coerced). *sigh* Either I focus fully on the schoolwork and ignore the knitting and housework, or I try to find SOME balance before this place becomes a health hazard and my sanity disappears because my hands are idle.

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Right, so this stashdown thing is going pretty good so far. Finished off a ball each of Rowan Wool Cotton and Elann Peruvian Quechua, and am partially through one more of each. Plus, I made 2 pairs of baby socks and half of a baby hat with a skein of Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock. Looks like I have enough in that skein to make ANOTHER pair once I’m done the hat, plus add a few more squares to my sock-yarn-blanket-that-never-ends. (Seriously, I have an entire section on that blanket devoted JUST to the LL Shepherd Sock – colorways so far include Sweetie, Envy, Whitewater, Butterscotch and Sherbet.)

Oh, and I guess I never listed what yarns I put into the Stashdown Bag O’ DOOM…so here they are:

-2 skeins of Briggs & Little Tuffy (1 green mix, 1 rosewood)

-2  of Noro Silk Garden

-1 of Lorna’s Laces Pearl in “Edgewater”

-2 of Elann Peruvian Quechua (1 used)

-2 of King Cole Superwash Merino, light blue

-2 of Knit Picks Wool of the Andes (“soot”)

-1 of Baruffa Cash Silk Wool, a nice yellow-gold color

-3 of Patons Classic Wool (1 chestnut, 1 salmon, 1 that looks like the color of margaritas)

-1 centre-pull ball of “nightfall” sock yarn I got in a destash sale

-1 of Koigu KPPPM

-1 of Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock in “Sherbet”

-2 balls of Rowan Wool Cotton, poster blue

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