Feb 3

I am a wuss

Posted by Nanc

There are all sorts of injuries you can obtain while knitting. Typically, these fall into two main categories: boring but serious, or comical yet painful.

In the ‘boring but serious’ group you have the common ailment of knitting for too long until you have worn out/pulled a muscle in your hand/arm/shoulder/back. This requires time away from knitting to rest and repair the damage. Also, carpal tunnel is a biggie here. Not fun. Hurts like heck. But boring none-the-less.

Occasionally a fiasco happens while knitting which, after the injury and ego have healed sufficiently, is quite funny. Sitting on the pointing end of a needle or a yarn stash avalanche are two examples of this type of injury.

But those kinds of knitting mishaps are acceptable in this crafty world. Silly sometimes, but still allowable. Me? What makes me a sad little injured wuss? I have a bruise on the tip of my index finger from pushing yarn and stitches around my needles. Oh, how sad.

Of course, it’s not noticeable so I can’t garnish sympathy from friends or hubby. They see no boo-boo. It’s like I’m cryin’ over spilled Noro. And do you know how many things you do with the tip of your index finger? LOTS. Nearly everything. And it hurts every single time. Even typing this friggin’ article hurts! (Hmmm, I wonder if I could avoid using the F, V, B, G, T, and R keys?)

So I am pansy. A wuss. I feel like I should be taunted in the halls. Young children should chase me and throw point protectors at me. I will run away and hide in the woods where I will have to learn latch hook to stay alive. Woe is me.

Dec 3

Not completely greenie

Posted by Nanc

I finished by beanie cap. You know, that lurvly Silk Garden cap that I was ranting and raving about just a post or two ago. The green one. Well, guess what? It’s not all green!

Oh, I knew that it wasn’t going to stay all green. I saw the other colors and I even mentioned them in the other post. But what a shocking change from the greens that were happening. And how I lurve it! The hat fits snug and good on my noggin, and it’s yummy-warm. The colors are great and it was fun to knit up.

So it’s a FO. Yay! The pic here is the “extra” yarn that was left over from the skein. More than I was expecting, but don’t worry – I know how to use it all up.

But I couldn’t stop there, could I? (A knitter is never truly done knitting.) I’ve started some more project(s) and learned some new tricks/tips. I’m evolving into a right, fine knitter. yup.

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Oct 17

I’m an ‘FJM’.

Posted by Nanc

That is, a Fiber Junkie Monkey. I have a problem. I like my ‘problem’ and am not looking to kill this addiction just yet, but it seems to be a problem none-the-less. (Don’t ask Bonez his opinion, tho.)

I like fiber [read: yarn]. Lots and lots o’ yarn. And patterns. And needles. I fool myself thinking that I’ll just pick up some yarn for this one little project. Then, as I browse through the store touching and squeezing (‘cuz that’s what ya’ gotta do in a yarn store), I seem to be in a fiber induced zombie state. I get to the register and POW! I’m forced back into reality by handing over my monies for a big pile o’ yarn. Wha-wha-what? How did this happen? Where did all this yarn come from?

Okay, so maybe not so much. I’m conscience and aware of what I’m doing the whole time. I bargain and argue with my inner accountant and task master about how these skeins would make a great [insert hand-knitted item] for [insert name of friend, family member, or body part]. I plead with them, trying to use the ├╝ber softness or awesomeness of the yarn to my advantage. Skeins are put in the basket; skeins are taken out. There’s a bit of compromising that goes on, but for the most part I get my way. And no, I’m not crazy – it just sounds that way.

So that’s my confession of being a Fiber Junkie. How’s the ‘monkey’ part come in? Well, adding “monkey” to most anything makes it funny and good. Silly, monkeys.

Aug 20

Happy Mac — and Matt

Posted by Matty


One of the items that came back from New Hampshire was a Macintosh SE. Manufactured in 1990, this little computer is made of hearty stock. It’s my newest computer project.

This is the first Mac that I’ve encountered since college (Windows/Unix boy), so I am looking forward to figuring out what exactly to do with it!

I’ll be updating this article as work progresses, so check back often.

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Jun 9

Okay, so it’s been a while since I’ve posted anything knitting related. I have been knitting though, and getting quite a few Finished Objects (FO). I’ve just been too lazy to take pix or post. But I’m here to take back my knitting blog!

Stand back, world!

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Jan 2

A ham for all seasons

Posted by Nanc

Many of the folk I know wax poetic about having a big, juicy stuffed turkey for Christmas dinner. But for me, it’s always seemed like we’ve just finished the Thanksgiving turkey leftovers and I’m ready for something different.

This year I conceeded to the ham request and I was justly rewarded.

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