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Friday, April 11, 2008


I can't seem to focus on anything very well these days. I'm still experiencing pain and numbness in my hands, wrists, and arm which is most likely due to the computer and knitting. I've been trying to take a break from both. If only I could do these two things without using my hands! My knitting and computer time is more limited than before since Miss M is shaking off her afternoon nap. I don't really get any down time for myself. She doesn't let me do either activities when she's around because my attention is not on her and she doesn't like that.

Oh, that photo above is just something I've been pushing around my needles, however I've put it on hold because of all the pain I'm experiencing. It's just a little cable scarf knit in Elann Highland Wool in Orchid Pink.

I've spent more time trying to learn Mandarin, and reading some mystery novels. I can't proceed forward in Mandarin until I get the next set of CDs in the series. I was looking back at the books I've been reading lately and the most common authors to pop up are Laurie R. King, Martha Grimes, and Val McDermid. I'm new to all these mystery authors. I started out by reading a lot of Elizabeth George. Then I branched out to Laurie R. King, Minette Walters, Ruth Rendell, Val McDermid, and Martha Grimes. I like all these authors and am trying not to work through any one author's books too quickly because the last thing I want is to have read ALL of their books. I've done that before and hate the feeling of having to find something else to read because I've exhausted their books. I've just discovered Donna Leon and have started Doctored Evidence. Her novels take place in Italy and that is a nice change of scenery.

It's totally lame. I just discovered that I made a typo when I signed up for my Meez acct. I signed up as "smairek" instead of "smariek". Oopsie.

I've been watching lots of cooking shows lately. I've been watching Jamie Oliver's new show, Jamie at Home. I really wish he wouldn't wear knit hats as I find them very distracting. I end up staring at the hat and tuning out what he says about cooking. I start thinking about how I could knit something like that, working out all the details in my head while he's going on about mushrooms and such. Of course I won't actually follow through with knitting similar hats cuz I have absolutely no desire to do anything involving more than one color of yarn right now. I just don't want to juggle balls of yarn. Besides, I have a needle shortage. It's a side effect of having too many needles stuck on WIPs. This is one reason why I haven't knit a hat in a while.

I was at Safeway earlier in the week and noticed something sneaky going on in the ice cream aisle. Do you guys remember when ice cream came in 1/2 gallons? Some years back, Breyers and Dreyers started packaging them in 1.75 quart containers. This week I noticed that the Breyers were packaged in 1.5 quart containers. I think what bugs me most about this is that it feels (to me) more disingenuous to reduce the packaging size to 1.5 qt in order to maintain the current $6.49 pricing, rather than maintain the current 1.75 qt size while raising the price to $7.57. Ah well, at least they haven't yet discontinued one of my favorite flavors, Cherry Vanilla. Dreyers discontinued that and replaced it with Cherry Chocolate Chip which I did not like at all.

During one of Miss M's tricycle rides around the block, we almost ran over this little guy crossing the sidewalk. I was so happy to be able to show her a real live snail that was actually out and about doing its thing. I tried to take close up photos of him, but I had a hard time getting my stupid camera to auto focus. It refused to focus in "auto" mode or "macro" mode. Very frustrating. This was the best shot I could manage. I'm not very good at taking photos.

Then we went around the snail and continued around the block until we ran into a stray feather in the sidewalk. I know, not very exciting to look at.


I know I mentioned posting some photos of my Yarnmoire a while back. I finally stumbled upon the photos I took of it. Some were from September shortly after we moved into the new house, others were from December. Things got shuffled around several times since Sept so the yarnmoire doesn't quite look the same today as in the photos. I got the idea of calling this a "yarnmoire" from Grace. My mom gave me this one when we moved to the new house. It was so nice to have a piece of furniture that we hadn't used in the old house. This meant that DH was not used to having it to put his stuff in it, which meant he wouldn't notice what I would use it for. :-)

This is what it looks like when you open the doors. I wish the bottom half had the same cubby holes as the top half. I feel like I can stuff more with the cubby hole configuration. The drawers are very limiting cuz you can't over stuff them. Plus it is harder to see what I have in the drawers. You only see the top layer of yarn when you open up the drawers, and you really have to dig down to see what's hiding underneath. That top section contains DK weight yarn: Elann Luxury Merino Superwash (my favorite superwash yarn!), Elann Highland Silk (discontinued, boo hoo), Online Linie Marly, Debble Bliss Merino, Filatura di Crosa 501 and Zara, Cleckheaton Country 8 Ply.

Here are some photos of the drawers:

Ah... there's some yarn in here from ArtFibers in San Francisco. Barbara and Lisa dragged me over there, it's all their fault. ;-) I think that's Elann Super Tweed in green, Elann Pure Alpaca Fina, and Reynolds Blizzard.

I think this is mostly Elann Baby Silk, Berroco Softwist, and I have no idea what is underneath the Softwist.

I think this is all Austermann Peru and Elann Baby Cashmere.

This is mostly Elann Highland Wool, and it looks like the Berroco Softwist got moved from one of the upper drawers to this lower one.

These 4 bins contain the overflow that couldn't fit into the yarnmoire. Right now I have 7 of these bins sitting in our bedroom, and about the same volume of yarn inside my closet. Sorry you can't see the yarn inside, I line the transparent sides with manilla file folders to minimize sun exposure on the yarn. I don't know if a little bit of sun hurts the yarn (fading?), but I don't want to take any chances. And I do get quite a bit more sun in my new city compared to the old city.


10 stitch(es):

Chris said...

Wow--your stash is really organized. And the pic of the snail is really very good.

hakucho said...

I LOVE your Yarnmoire!! I wish I had room for a nice piece of furniture for my yarn :) You are lucky!

Hope your wrist gets better real soon. Has the doctor suggested a brace? I had tendinitis and a brace was the only thing that kept me knitting :)

Anonymous said...

Marie, Also love your yarnmoire. Lovely piece of furniture and so well loaded the soft stuff! Looks like you are on your way to having a real stash. Watch out about the pain, tendinitis, bursitis problems. I have been bothered with carpel tunnel syndrome in my hands for many years. Although I still knit and do other hand work, I have to be careful. These problems are serious and rest is the best cure. Some ergonomic keyboards and different placement of your mouse can help with computer use. Your knitting is getting better and better. But take it easy.

Donna said...

Aah, thought I was the only one to notice the smaller packaging. The manufacturer does that so that the price will stay the same...notice how we all groan when there is a price smaller quantity for old price. I've also found 10LB bags of potatoes down to 7LB, Canadian litres of oil (old 1000ML)changed to US quart(946ML), pasta LB (454g) to (400g) and cheese blocks 600g to 500g-550g. The list goes on.
OH, and love your stash cabinet.

Kathleen B. said...

Love your yarnmoire. What a great storage idea.

Hope your tingling goes away soon.

Rachel said...

Oh, now I am TOTALLY envious of your stash! My stuff is mostly acrylic junk that people gave me in large trash bags, but I'm trying to build up a presentable bit of yarn with which to feel guilty, lol!

Hope your wrists and arms start feeling better soon!

CatBookMom said...

Lovely organization, and the armoire itself is gorgeous!! And yes, Lisa and I were deliberate about enabling you to the Artfibers shop. It's so nice to help someone *else* spend their $$$, ;-D

I have noticed that cutting back on online jigsaw puzzles ( has really reduced the pain I have in my shoulder, allowing me to knit a bit more. Dunno what you do with Miss M since she's giving up naps. Bribery?

Thanks for the nice long post.

Virtuous said...

I love your Yarnmoire!!
You are the most organized I have seen thus far!!

Anonymous said...

Oooo! I am coveting your Yarnmoire, and the fact that you have an entire piece of furniture dedicated to housing your stash!

And I totally feel for you in the nap dropping department. It's a really hard change, and one that I am currently working through as well...just means the kiddo needs to allow Mom more knitting time while he's awake (yeah, right)!

CraftyCarole said...

I covet your Yarnmoire as well! and thanks for flashing/expalining your stash... makes me feel a bit better as mine keeps growing and I was feeling a bit guilty.. but know I feel as though there's room to grow ;-)