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Archive for January, 2005

Monday January 31, 2005

Monday, January 31st, 2005

Completed dull socks for the last day of Sockuary. (Impressionist snap with toy camera.) But wait — tomorrow could also be the first day of Sockuary! These socks may be dull, but they are very nice and cozy as well, and I have a lot of this yarn in several colors, so I may just keep […]

Sunday January 30, 2005

Sunday, January 30th, 2005

Here is the second dull sock at the heel-flap stage. The first dull sock is keeping it company, but you can see the incomplete sock with its heel-flap on a dpn. You work back and forth on half the needles, letting the other half rest on their sleeve needle. I’m doing slip 1, knit one […]

Saturday January 29, 2005

Saturday, January 29th, 2005

This is my new knitting book, and, like most of my knitting books, it doesn’t actually have patterns in it. I noticed this, I think, because The Knitting Curmudgeon ( was being curmudgeonly about new knitting books yesterday, and today recommended some old ones. Elizabeth Zimmerman’s books, not for the garments but to improve your knitting […]

Friday January 28, 2005

Friday, January 28th, 2005

#2 son tells me that a lot of kids at his school knit in class, on their pencils. Doesn’t the yarn get dirty? The reason I am musing on things like this is that I got up at 4:30 am again. My husband has had to be at work at 5:00 lately, and every morning  I […]

Wednesday January 26, 2005

Wednesday, January 26th, 2005

Serendipity. After two years of ignoring my family history project, I began receiving communications from people as soon as I took it back up. It has been one week and one day since I got started again, and I have heard from three complete strangers with interesting tidbits of information, without my having to ask anyone. Isn’t […]

Wednesday January 26, 2005

Wednesday, January 26th, 2005

I finally picked up the prints of my Christmas pictures, just in time to show #1 daughter, who — hurrah! — is here to visit. In order to finish up that roll of film, I documented the Great Tidying of the Crafts Cupboard. Here is the messy “before,” which had become a source of irritation […]

Tuesday January 25, 2005

Tuesday, January 25th, 2005

It is Tuesday, family history day, so allow me to introduce to you my great-grandparents. This is not the adventuresome great-grandfather of whom I have written before. This man, Armand, was the owner of a shoe factory of some sort. He had a hundred workers using “rafia” to make shoes. This is hard for me to […]

Monday January 24, 2005

Monday, January 24th, 2005

Yesterday morning I sang in an anthem at my own church (terrible) and enjoyed a sermon by our associate pastor. I then headed out to the country Presbyterian church, where I sang along with some praise choruses, heard their anthem (also fairly terrible), enjoyed another sermon on the same text, and had a chance to see […]

Sunday January 23, 2005

Sunday, January 23rd, 2005

Now that I have a Stash, I can also have Future Knitting Projects: A tea cozy. I had a nice traditional striped one which I made many years ago and somehow lost. Recently, I saw one with cables on it. Either way, I should have one. A weird kitten-eared rectangle sort of hat for #2 daughter. […]

Sunday January 23, 2005

Sunday, January 23rd, 2005

I did get my house cleaned up, with a bit of help from my boys. Good thing, too, because no sooner was I ensconced on my couch with Hopkins (that’s a sweater, for those who do not possess total recall), but one of the Methodists came to my door. Toby the stupid dog (I am […]

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