A New Year

Not that I put much stock into the new year. I think it’s overrated and ridiculous when people apply deadlines to certain events. For me the new year is just that, a new year and an end to the holiday season. That’s one thing that I’m always glad to see go. The holiday season is just one month long slap in the face for me. All of the hype, all of the commercialism just to point out that my life is nothing like what is expected during that time of the year. That’s okay though, I finally managed to make the holiday season my own and not conform to the norm. I did however do something unexpected this year, which is to make probably 80% of my gifts. My handcrafted gifts consisted of knitted items and canned items. Most of the knitted items were cowls using the basic Cat Bordhi moebius cast-on of 74 stitches and knitting in garter stitch in the round. They were very well received and were up very quick knit, great for watching Investigation Discovery TV.

20140106-004424.jpg This is one of the happy recipients, my coworker Jaimini. I think I made over 10 of these cowls easily. I also made a variety of canned goods although, my hot pepper jam was very disappointing. I seem to have issues with pectin, I’m not sure if the temperature is off or my timing is off but something is keeping me from achieving that perfect jelly texture.
My solution to this was to get the Ball automatic jelly maker. I found it on sale on Amazon and then I got an extra $50 off by signing up for a credit card, I ended up paying $24 for a $100 item! I’ve yet to try it out, I’m planning on testing it this week, fingers crossed.
I’ve also been working on some spinning. I spun some brown Coopworth with copper colored glitz into a heavy worsted/chunky weight during that I intend to turn into a cowl for myself.

20140106-005447.jpg I started a spinning project before the holidays, a single in lace weight to knit into a shawl that I saw in Spin-off magazine. I spun it from 4 ounces of Polworth Wool that I purchased at the Wine and Wool festival at Sandhill Crane Vineyard. If you haven’t made it out there, I highly recommend it.

20140106-005837.jpg I started knitting it tonight, it’s my first time knitting one of my lighter singles. Something tells me that this is going to be a long term project.
As for other goings-on I can’t say that there’s anything new on the table. Everything with my mom is pretty much status quo, just trying to maintain her independence in her home. Work for the big E seems to have picked up. The printing business is pretty much obsolete. It’s a matter of him holding on until we can at least get our house paid off. Rocco is still a jerk, every now and again I think he’s getting a little bit better as far as his behavior goes and then he shows his ugly side and I feel like we’re starting from square one. I’ve never seen a dog that acts the way that he does. It’s like he hates to be cuddled. What dog doesn’t like to be cuddled? As for my work nothing ever really changes there. The good news is that I’ve managed to get 10 days off during the worst part of the winter season. Right now we are experiencing a big winter storm and the worst of it seems to be occurring over the next few days. I’m just glad that I don’t have to drive to work in the snow and subzero temperatures.
I’m hope everyone is doing well and didn’t make any lame New Year’s resolutions. Remember, spring is just around the corner right?

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3 thoughts on “A New Year

  1. Gorgeous cowl! I can’t wait to see the finished shawl. Also, let me know if your canning wonder works, I’ve had issues with pectin too.

  2. I think my phone just messed up and my comment is gone…

    Love the cowl and can’t wait to see the finished shawl. Let me know if your canning machine works, I’ve had issues with pectin too.

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