My first knitting goal for 2007 is to finish the current projects In The Knitting Bag. Jenn of KnitnLit has a great knitalong to help with this, called "It's Not a Gift." The idea is that after all the holiday gift knitting, we take some time to knit or finish knitting something for ourselves. I don't feel quite worthy of this KAL -- Jenn and others had huge lists of presents they completed, and I only had the knitted kitties. The motivation from the KAL, however, is most appreciated!
When I last posted about this at the end of Oct, there was a mistake in the pattern and at least ten rows had to come out. A knitting teacher friend of mine helped with that, and I'm now re-knitting those rows. I'm finishing the 5th of 6 repeats before the border rows, but if I finish the 6th repeat and still have lots of yarn left, I'm going to add an additional repeat, as I'd like this to be as wide as possible, more of a wrap than a scarf.
In the "why buy your pets fancy beds and toys, when they like your things better?" dept, Tim found a box that had come in the mail last week, and he claimed it for his afternoon naps. I felt so bad that he was sleeping on the scratchy carboard packing paper, that I put
my his blue shawl in the box. He promptly squashed that down to make himself a nest, and is in there again as we speak (click to enlarge). Tim, unlike Charlie, was never homeless a day in his life, so I am mystified as to why he has taken to this box!
I've been catching up on episodes of Lime and Violet, a knitting podcast. Violet is having medical tests and procedures done for a suspicious lump she's found [I am not sure if the test results were announced yet, as I'm an episode or two behind]. Lisa Souza has a special colorway of sock yarn called Violet's Pink Ribbon available to help offset medical costs. If proceeds exceed Violet's medical bills, I believe they will be donated locally to help other women being treated for breast cancer. So, if you are looking for special sock yarn, or cannot stand knitting from your stash another minute and want to take advantage of that sock yarn loophole and have a splurge, please go on over and support Violet and other women facing the possibility of cancer.