My last FO for 2006 was another Calorimetry. I used the specified Filatura di Crosa 127 Print, but 7US needles instead of 8. It will be part of a birthday gift for my sister later this month, and it's going to look great on her! I have yarn for two more.
I think one of my favorite parts is choosing the button.
Sorting through and playing with the buttons will never get tiresome. They're mostly buttons found in Great Grandma's sewing machine drawers. I loved playing with buttons even as a girl. Mom kept a pretty, old candy tin full of buttons on her dresser and I would scoop them up by the handsful and let them sift through my fingers like treasure, spotting the interesting ones as they slipped by, later diving in and hunting for the special ones. They always felt cool to the touch, even on the hottest of days. If you like buttons, too, check out this recent Kmkat post.
That little red clothespin seems too small for even the tiniest of doll clothes, doesn't it? I know what that little white thing was used for (it's one of what should be a pair) -- DO YOU?
I'm feeling woefully disorganized, particularly where my knitting is concerned, considering it's a new year and auld lang syne and fresh starts and all that. On the other hand, DH and I cleaned out the coat closet together to kick off our Year-long Decluttering Campaign. Under the heading of "You Can Teach an Old Dog New Tricks," I showed him the best way (IMH-who-does-the-laundry?-O) to fold the sweaters and sweatshirts that we (mostly he) keep on the shelf to avoid avalanches; as a further avalanche prevention measure, he also added a 3-inch wide board to increase the depth of the shelf. I have signed up for tips and printed out my free Decluttering Calendar, a very helpful thing I've found at a recently subscribed-to blog called My Simpler Life. I also listed one item on ebay yesterday, and have two more lined up. I've been thinking about this for... forever. I'm taking it slow and I hope that translates into steady and winning the race. I've got to think of it that way -- a race against the stuff. I can see the genesis of pathways forming in certain areas of my home, piles of things teeter or get moved back and forth a lot, not to mention the kids -- there's just a lot of stuff.
The decluttering will also extend to my knitting and, to that end, I have joined the UFO Resurrection 2007 at Kat with a K. If my stash was a little bigger (i.e., consisted of yarn more useful or earmarked for a project) I'd consider Wendy's Knit From Your Stash-along. How long does a project sit before it becomes a UFO? I had Coup d'Etat on my lap last night and I think I may have finally figured out what went wrong. That one will have to get frogged a little for the fix. I'll be pulling some projects out of the mothballs soon... oh, there are some OLD ones.
Finally. A shout to Jen and La and The Third Annual JenLa Knit Blog Awards. They totally made my day. Thank goodness it's a new year -- 2006 really kinda sucked and, judging from how often I've read variations on that theme in the past week, it seems to have really kinda sucked all over. So, shall we? Onward...