Saturday, January 06, 2007

Cleaning up for the new year

Yes, I know the new year was several days ago, but it wasn't my most pressing deadline, so there! First, with a little help from a friend, I decided to clean out the office. The office used to be part of a wrap around porch on this house, but the previous owner enclosed this one section - the room is long and narrow and has lots of windows, which I like. When we bought the house and had it rewired, I had a bunch of electrical outlets run here so I can play with all my tech toys at once. But I tend to clean it out only once or twice a year, or when the path from the doorway to the computer chair gets so difficult to navigate that I need a sherpa.

So in the midst of all of this exciting cleaning, I thought it might be a good idea to get the knitting books out of the office. I don't usually refer to them while I am writing, and maybe I could move those 10 or 12 books and have some more office space. So my friend and I started to pile all the knitting related books and magazines that didn't contain work I had written onto the couch.
It turns out there were more than 10-12 knitting books here. In fact, I would venture to say there were 50-60 books and magazines about knitting and crocheting in here. Surprise! I bought some stackable milk crates and now these fine tomes are resting elsewhere. I may also have to do a Knitty swap soon - there were several that I didn't even remember I owned, which leads me to believe I maybe don't need them.

Here is Cameron T Bunny sniffing out the pile to see if any of these Christmas pressies are for him. Clearly, he wasn't impressed with the salsa for my brother in law.
Yet he did find something under the tree for him - a stylin' new leash with a longer reach and a less constricting collar. He loooooooves his new leash. And since it seems like Florida weather here in scenic northern NJ, he has been out to use it a few times. Yesterday he went to a Girl Scout meeting and helped to teach them about fiber. They didn't care about the fiber (or the way cool drop spindles I made them all out of dowels, cup hooks, and old cds after getting instruction from Shannon Okey in Spin to Knit), but they loved Cammie. He didn't like school so much though - too noisy. He seemed happy to be home when it was over.Note that this photo was taken in late December and the kid is wearing flip flops. Global warming sucks.

I made it to the soapstone meeting in a state of advanced sleep deprivation, but a lot of progress was made. The knitting book is due on 1/15, and I am starting to get the teensiest bit anxious that it isn't finished yet. But it will be, I know it will be.

For those of you who are keeping track of the wide variety of knitting and crochet magazines that are out there, there are now four less. Better Homes and Gardens Simply Creative Crochet, Knit It!, Family Circle Easy Crochet, and Family Circle Easy Knitting all got the axe this week. I had an essay in the upcoming FCEC - I wonder if it will come out? I guess I have to email about that.

Anyway, Happy if somewhat Belated New Year all, and thanks for your continued eyeballs on my pages. It means a lot to me to have you all drop by.

1 comment:

KnitterBunny said...

You'll want to be very careful with that leash. You can break his shoulder or dislocate it very easily in the harness. I generally discourage my pet owners from using them.