Archive for January, 2011

I seem to be on quite the knitting roll lately.

What I mean by that is, whenever I get going, I GET GOING. I’ve been keeping a “destash list” since July to see how many skeins/balls/whatever I’ve been using, sort of as a pat on the back for myself for stashbusting. Since New Year’s, whenever I write on the list, it seems to be in little chunks of two skeins for whatever day it was. For instance – yesterday I polished off a skein each of Lorna’s Laces Pearl and Artyarns Beaded Silk.

So, the question is – am I just choosing a lot of one-skein projects, am I knitting faster, or am I doing a combo of the two?

Take for instance, my new scarf (One-Row Lace Scarf by Turvid, if you care). It took just one skein of the squishy sparkly silk stuff, so it was a pretty quick knit. I was originally going to make some pretty fingerless mitts out of it, but figured that I’d be too afraid to wear them if I did. And then the shawl I am working on in the Pearl is using US 8 circs, so maybe that’s making it go faster?

Whatever the reason, I’m challenging myself to destash 5 skeins for every 1 skein I buy. Or, before I can buy one, I have to get rid of five. As of last night? 3 more to go…hehehehe.


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Live to fight, fight to live

At school, again.

Seeing as all is quiet on the knitting front today, I will talk a little about my other passion – Brazilian jiu jitsu. Today I have a crapton of bruises on my arms, legs and torso, but you know what…I wouldn’t NOT have them. They are marks of courage to me, the badges of a warrior. Likewise are the aches and pains in my back and shoulders. They tell me I have been working hard, and dammit, I have been. I want to be the best I can be in this sport, and I want to be the kind of reflective practitioner that says, “This is where I’ve been and this is where I want to go. This is where I am right now.”

My instructor, John, tells me (and sometimes the class) that he wishes he has video footage of when I first starteed coming out. I would literally flop over anytime someone demonstrated a move on me. And now? Well, I don’t pretend that I am the next super MMA fighter or anything, but I can definitely hold my own in the ring. Sure there are guys who are bigger than me who could crush the hell out of my bones if they wanted. But they are disciplined too. And it takes two willing participants to spar and not kill each other – in Randori, that really ISN’T the point. John keeps saying that Randori can be the best part or the worst part of class depending on how youi do iot. And I love Randori (the sparring portion of BJJ) because it allows me to take what I know and apply it.

The Ontario Open BJJ torunament is coming up on April 2nd, and I have every intention of going. this will be my first competition, and I’m sort of half-scared and half-excited. Scared because I don’t know what to expect, and scared that someone’s going to tear my limbs off. But also excited because I know in my heart of hearts that if I really apply myself, I could theoretically win this thing. I won’t be so proud to say that I’d definitely win it, but I think half the battle is attitude. I won’t be upset if I lose, I’ll be upset if I don’t take some sort of lesson away from this competition.

So while I am this gentle kitten in person…I have to become a tigress. One who can pin you down and hold you, then do whatever the helll she wants to you!

And that, my friends, is all I have to say at this time…as the weeks go on, I’m sure you’ll hear more of my martial arts endeavors. 🙂

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School is now officially back in session, and already I’m up to my ever-loving ears in assignments. But that’s okay. I’m taking it one day at a time, one step at a time, one stitch at a time…and that’s all I can do.

So yes, my knitting is going to have to take a backseat at times, but ever the devoted crafter (and compulsive list-maker), I’ve been trying to stick to my daily to-do lists so that I will have time to knit without neglecting homework. Today I have a day off, so I plan on doing some housework, then reading a chapter…lather, rinse, repeat. That will go on until all my chores and all my readings are done, so that I can snuggle up to some soothing colors. I’m currently trying to design my own shawl pattern using Lorna’s Laces Pearl (colorway: Edgewater) and some verrrrrry nice Hiya Hiya circulars. See, I have bamboo on bamboo! How can I fail to produce something beautiful? 🙂

Also on the needles at this time:

-shawl for Stefanie’s wedding

-blanket squares for Daniella’s baby

-Dad’s….ok, you know they are long overdue Selbus, so you must assume they are around as well

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Bath tub bebe

OMG. Where was my camera when I needed it? Remi was just in the bathroom, hopped into the bath tub with her squeaky ball, and proceeded to gleefully chew on it whilst rolling around on the bottom of the tub. *dies laughing* My baby girl is now 1 year and 3 days old…I can’t believe how big she’s gotten. Took her and Kali out to play fetch this morning, and the little bugger scraped her paw on some ice and was bleeding everywhere. Looks like it’s under control now, but it scared the ever-loving crap out of me.

Now that Daniella has announced she’s knocked up, I have another bebe to make cute things for! I decided on a simple patchwork blanket, plus matching sweaters for bebe Baker and big sister Dalayna. If I get lil’ D’s out of the way first, less work later on down the road for me. ^-^

I’m alllllllmost done my Laminaria shawlette…I just have the 2 edging charts to do, et voila! Sexy silky shawl. Yay!

I have decided to try a “top 1o list” stashdown-type thing, where I list 10 skeins of yarn I will need to finish projects that need to get done, and then just dooooo eeeeet. So far? 1 skein of KP CotLin down…

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