Swan song

September 26, 2010

Another post that is gong to start with “I can’t believe how long it’s been since my last post”.   And if you’ve been reading blogs for a while, you know that blogs that start posting further and further apart are heading in a direction that generally isn’t positive.  I’ve been reading blogs for a while now, and sometimes you just know when people stop posting regularly that it means they will be stopping altogether.   Sometimes they tell you, and sometimes they just fade away.

I’ve been thinking about the blog lately – not posting, but just thinking about it.  My first post was on March 11, 2006, and I’ve had 497 posts, and, so far, 6,860 comments.  I was more active on posting for the first three years, but this year I’ve been dwindling a bit.  I’ve met so many amazing people through my blog – and when I started thinking about stopping, I kept on thinking about all the people that I’ve come in contact through it, and how I get so inspired from reading their blogs or comments.  And so I’d post one more post, and keep this going for a little bit more.

But now, about 3.5 years after I started, I think it’s time to say good-bye.  Life is different now than when I started this, and I seem to have lost the voice and urge that I had to blog.  I also haven’t been knitting as much, and I have lost the obsessed crazy need to knit and buy yarn and all that.  I still knit – but its become a quiet, stay at home, personal kind of thing.  I can’t explain it – I still love it – but the obsession is gone.    I definitely have lost the obsession to hoard yarn, and have been destashing a bit – I’d like to get it down to a reasonable level – and actually use it!  As I go through it, I’m just struck with how much nice yarn I have that I totally forgot I had.  We are converting Cieara’s room to a guest room and I’m going to put in a bookcase with cubbies to store my yarn so I can actually see it – and I’m looking forward to using it!  But less knitting, less yarn-ing, less obsession makes for a pretty boring blog – and I don’t see that changing anytime soon.

It is hard, in a lot of ways, to let go of blogging.  I’ve been doing this for so long, and it’s recorded some major events in not only my knitting life, but my family life.  As I have been looking through the posts over the last few years, I realized that this has become a family snapshot of a very transitional period – kids graduating, moving out, hitting milestones.    I don’t want to lose all that and I’m looking into archiving it into a book (using Blurb or something like that).  But it is hard to think that this journaling of our lives will stop – so who knows  – maybe I’ll be back at another time, on another blog!  I also look at the statistics for my blog – 497 posts – 3 more and I’d hit 500 – maybe I should keep it going!  But then I’d start looking at the other statistics – maybe I should stay until 7000 comments, or 550 posts – and then I realize – it doesn’t matter.  Blogging to me was never about numbers – it was about putting myself out there and seeing if anyone would get it.  And I’ve done that, but I can’t do it any longer.

So I wanted to post to say good-bye, and thank all of your for reading my blog over the years.  I really have enjoyed getting to know you through your comments, links, and blog posts.  You’ve always been so nice and supportive – and such bad enablers!  I wish you all the best in your knitting (and non knitting!) lives…

You can always find me on Ravelry as JeanneL or on Facebook as Jeanne Landes – and I’ll probably still read the blogs I ready because I do like seeing what people do…but for now….

Adieu, adios, bye-bye, cheerio, ciao,  so long, toodle-oo…good bye!

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Four years

March 14, 2010

So I think that I have mentioned one or two times that Friday was the four year anniversary of my first blog post.  It really is hard to believe that its been so long – and yet I feel like I’ve been doing this forever.  Four years ago I had been knitting for two years, and I had just started a knitting group, bought a wheel and started down the very bad path of stashing yarn.    Not much has changed since then  – I still go to that knitting group, still have a spinning wheel and continue down the bad path of stashing more yarn than I knit.     I think I knit better than I did four years ago – and I think I buy better yarn.  Four years has brought a lot of change in my personal life though – I’ve changed jobs, kids have gone to college, we’ve gone on vacations, family has moved closer/away, I’ve lost family, friends and pets, lost (and gained) weight, started new things, and made new friends.   And I have blogged most of it here.  It is really nice to have a place to document my knitting and personal life with family, friends and readers.    It gives me a place to vent, to share and sometimes the act of blogging makes me think things through a little better.  I enjoy blogging – I don’t do it as frequently as I used to but I’ve learned to just enjoy that I’m doing it without feeling pressure to perform.   

Beyond all that, (and I know it sounds very trite) but I do think that you readers and commenters are the best part of my blogging.   I always like hearing feedback on my posts, and my projects.  Some of you have been with me for a long time, and some are newer friends – and I enjoy all of you.  I know that I was inspired to start this blog by reading other blogs – and I am inspired daily by the blogs I read now – inspired on both a personal and knitting level.  

As you know, I promised a celebration of my blogiversary – and I’ve been thinking of it for a couple of weeks.  I initially was going to do a contest that tied in with a charity  – Friends of Pine Ridge.  I became aware of Pine Ridge on Ravelry in January and was simply just shocked that something like this existed in my country.  I was completely unaware, and since then I’ve been trying to do something every month for them.  I am very fortunate to have the life I do, and reading about this made me feel really really bad  – I take so much for granted.  OK, sorry to digress – anyway, I thought of tying my blogiversary celebration to a donation drive for this charity, but then I thought I’d wait.     I may do this down the road, but for now I’m going to just do a celebration contest (but of course if you want to donate something to the FOPR that would be awesome!).  So I’m going to hold off on a Wollmeise contest for now – but can I ask you for feedback?  If I did a donation drive for something for FOPR would that be something you’d be interested in if there was a really good prize?  Or is that sort of pushy of me to ask you to donate something to a charity I’m interested in? 

OK, let’s go back to a little lighter place….to celebrate my four years, I decided to share one of my favorite yarns with you (or at least with one of you!).  I’ve been sharing pictures and projects of  Wandering Cat Yarn with you recently and I thought it would be fun to let you try some!  So I have a gift certificate to share with one of you – all you have to do is leave me a comment and say something.  Pretty easy, eh?  (Of course, if you do comment I would love to hear if you’d be interested in my donation drive!).  I’ll leave this open until next Friday, March 19.    And as a bonus – if you mention this on your blog, I’ll give you another entry. 

Gift Certificate copy

And just in case you need an incentive to comment….

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Top Cat in the Aurora colorway – when I saw it I had to have it – it’s just the perfect colorway for spring.  And this yarn is amazing – so soft and squishy.  I think I’m going to make a shawlette with it.    Anyway, this is just an example of the very pretty yarn at Wandering Cat so go take a look, and then comment over here and you may have a chance to try it yourself for free.

I am on the edging of Citron and I hope to have it done today so hopefully my next post is a finished object post.  The edging is 800 stitches and every row is an eternity.  But I’m being very monogamous and only working on it – I can’t wait to be done! 

Although I have to admit….there may have been some swatching going on yesterday….

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How pretty is that?  I don’t want to say what this is for, but I will tell you what the yarn is

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Manos Del Uruguay Serena – gorgeous and amazing.  An alpaca/cotton blend that will be perfect for a spring sweater.  I bought it yesterday at Angelfire Studios at Justine’s recommendation and I just couldn’t be happier (thanks, Justine!).  Yep, I haven’t made a sweater in a year and a half, but I think its time that I made one for me.  I’m so excited about this project – and can’t wait to start it.  I keep on touching the swatch – it’s going to be so hard to resist starting this but I do want to finish Citron (I know what happens when I start a new project without finishing something….Nefertiti anyone?).

OK, I’m off to knit – it’s a rainy weekend here – I wanted to get out and walk the dogs, but I guess they will have to be happy with playing inside fetch.  And I’ll have to be happy with knitting.

OK, have a good weekend, and don’t forget – comment by next Friday!


A little whiny

February 26, 2010

Can I complain?

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What’s that you ask?  That’s my mailbox.  Well, that was my mailbox – before the plow hit it.   And I think that just tells you what kind of week this has been.   I looked out of my front door today and said to Larry – hey, where is the mailbox?    It was about 3 feet from where it normally is – full of yesterday’s mail (we didn’t get mail today because…well, I guess because we don’t have a mailbox).    And see that white stuff?  See how high it is on my mailbox post?  Its been snowing here since yesterday morning – and I’ve been in my house since Wednesday when I worked from home.    And Tuesday?  Hit a deer on the way to work (the deer, my car and I are all fine) and it was snowing/icing on the way home Tuesday night so it was just a long commute kind of day.    Did I mention that its been snowing since yesterday morning – and it’s still freaking snowing?  We had a bit of sun this afternoon – I have never been so happy to see the sun!  But it’s snowing again, and I just think its going to snow forever.  And you know how people go crazy when they call for snow and rush to the store and buy milk/bread/eggs because they will be snowed in forever? You know how you always make fun of that?   I always laugh about it – and now I’m out of milk/bread/eggs and I think we are going to have to eat Penny for dinner (but I do have vodka for my martini so I guess its ok ).    Sorry to be whiny – but if this snow doesn’t stop, and if I don’t get out of this house soon, I think I just may lose my mind (although I’m very grateful that I’m able to work from home and don’t have to worry about commuting in this snow!)

I do, however, have a little something to make me feel better.

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I wish you could feel how nice this is.  This is Wandering Cat alpaca laceweight.    I bought this a while ago – I tried to find the perfect project for this last summer but just couldn’t find it.  I sadly put the yarn back in my stash.  But the other day I saw a pattern on Cosmicpluto Knits and the yarn immediately popped into my head and I knew I had finally found the right pattern for it.    I’m using it doubled and I love how the colors are coming together – and its so soft and silky – and apparently it is going to be winter forever, so a nice warm hat is just what I need from both a knitting and a wearing perspective. 

The only thing I’m not sure about is the size…the pattern called for a US 2.5 needle, but I’m using a US 2 – simply because I don’t have a 2.5.   I didn’t think it would matter that much (this is the reason I don’t knit sweaters – I always think needle size doesn’t matter) – but this seems sort of small

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And the wine bottle is for scale (I’m having a martini, remember?) – it was the first thing I had at hand.  I think it will be ok once its off the needles (it’s very stretchy) but I’m loving knitting this too much to stop so if it’s too small then I’m just going to have to find someone with a small head to give it to.     I know I’m being a little delusional – but isn’t that part of being a knitter?

I’ve been thinking about my blog lately, and whether or not I wanted to continue to do it.   I’ve been doing it for a while, and I wondered if it was time to stop – sometimes it is  hard to find things to post when sleeping on the train takes precedence over knitting on the train.  But then I thought about all of the people I’ve “met” through it – I love Ravelry but I think blogging lets me be myself more – and get to know others more.  It also it helps me document my life (knitting and otherwise) and I enjoy going back sometimes to see what has happened.  And blogging inspires me (knitting and otherwise)  – I love reading other people’s blogs and love the input I get from mine.  So I think I’ll keep on going – but I probably need to finish a little more projects to blog!    When I was thinking about quitting I went back to my first post – and I realized my blogiversary is coming up!  Four years – wow!  So I think I’m going to have a contest-  I’m not sure what or how I’m going to ask you to enter but there just may be some special yarn that might be up for grabs!  And maybe something else.  So check back!

Well, its Friday night, and I have my knitting and my martini – and a fire in the fireplace and some buffalo wings on the way (Penny is safe for now).  I hope you have a wonderful weekend – and that its sunny where you are!   And thanks for listening to the whine!


The good and the bad

February 21, 2009

Let’s start with the bad, shall we?  Do you remember these? 

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These are my February Sock of the Month – Pomatomus in Wollmeise.  Perfect, right?  Well, right now they look like this…

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I had a really bad knitting week.  Really bad.  I don’t know what was going on, but I dropped more stitches on these socks than I have since I started knitting.  Then I realized that I was knitting one DPN on one row of the pattern, and the other two on completely different rows.  Then I pulled out the needles by accident twice.  After I got it back on the needle, tinked back and took a look, I realized it just looked terrible.  Definitely not something I’d be happy with.  So I frogged them.  And now I think that I’m going to skip the February sock since its the 21st and there is no way I can finish a pair in a week at this point. 

I’ve also been having problems with my On the Vine scarf – I actually frogged it too –  I did one and a half repeats and just couldn’t get a row right.  I tried, and tried.  And then I got mad and frogged it.  And then I realized that I had been including the edging stitches in the repeat.  Sigh.  No need to frog.  Damn my impulsive frogging!  I restarted it and its clipping along.  Love the Malabrigo Lace!

So that’s all the bad.  No bigggie – I’ll eventually restart the Wollmeise socks.  But really – what a bad knitting week. 

How about we get to the good?

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This has been such a bad winter here in the Northeast US – too much rain, snow and ice.  Our driveway is a long hill – not really super steep but enough that my car just couldn’t make it up most of the time when it snowed or was icy without pushing, cursing, and all that.  And there is nothing worse than worrying about missing my train when my car is sliding backwards down the driveway.  I know that the winter is almost over, but we’ve been looking for the last couple of weeks for a new something – gotta help stimluate the economy, right?  And today I picked up my new car…

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I bought a VW Tiguan.  And I absolutely love it.  It is all wheel drive so I’ll zip out of the driveway, and I don’t have to worry about the snow or ice.  And its just so nice and fun to drive.   And for the first time in years, I didn’t buy a silver car – isn’t the blue pretty (looks like the Wollmeise!)?  I just want to get in it and drive.  We are supposed to get a little weather here tomorrow – yea! 

How about one more happy thing to finish this off?  I’ve been watching my comments….I was getting close to a major milestone on the blog, and I kept on watching and waiting and finally, it happened yesterday.  My 5000th comment!  Can you believe that?  I really enjoy all the comments I get – and I really enjoy all the friends I’ve made in the three years since I started the blog.   And 5000 comments – wow!  I wanted to mark this occasion and thought of sending a prize to the person that made the comment – but then I thought about it – and maybe its just me, but I really like picking out my own yarn, so I think I’ll go with a gift certficiate to the Loopy Ewe instead.  Ok, so who was my 5000th commenter (did you get that I like saying that?)?  It was Lynne from I Was Knit Together In My Mother’s Womb.  Congrats, Lynne – and thanks for reading and commenting! 

OK, I’m off to catch up on blogs – this week was really busy with work and frogging and I’ve gotten behind.  I hope you have a great weekend, and if you are in the area, come on over and take a ride with me in my pretty blue VW!


Plain ole socks…

March 10, 2008

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We had a terrible storm on Saturday – rain, wind, rain.   For the most part, I spent the day at home – knitting away, watching TV, napping (just as I said I would).  And I was really close to finishing the socks when the power went out.  For 4 hours.  And there is just no way I can knit in dark on black socks.  I was really irritated – but it ended up being sort of nice.  We played Scrabble with Cieara, got take-out, and watched Family Guy on my laptop until the battery went out.    And just when I was ready to lose it and start whining – the power came back on.  And I got to finish the socks.

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Pattern:  Basic 2×2 rib
Yarn:  Universal Yarn Ditto
Needle:  US #1 DPN
Started:  February 11, 2008
Finished:  March 8, 2008

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I bought this yarn on my knitting group yarn crawl at A Yarn for All Season.  I hadn’t seen it before, and liked the color combination.  It is very much like Regia or Opal – sort of scratchy but I think it will soften with the wash.  I needed a good, workhouse, washable yarn for this one as it was a gift  – for someone with really freaking big feet – do you see how long those are? I actually bought 3 skeins because I thought that I wouldn’t have enough – but I have a whole skein left – and probably at equal to another half of the leftover skeins.  Probably enough for another pair of socks for someone with small feet.  Not bad yardage at all – because I don’t remember this being very expensive.

Yesterday was the first day of Daylight Saving time in the US – which I normally hate.  I hate losing an hour of sleep – and I always feel off.  But I have to say – when I got off the train tonight and saw the sun….and drove home in the daylight….well, maybe it isn’t too bad at all.  So much nicer than leaving for work in the dark, and coming home in the dark.   I was so happy to have the sun shining on me….

So tomorrow is a big day on the blog.  It is my second blogiversary!  Yep – two years ago I started with a post.  I’ve had a lot of fun doing this, and I’ve enjoyed getting to know so many different people.  So thanks for stopping by and reading my ramblings!   

Have a good week!


And the winners are….

February 1, 2008

Well, I must say that the contest really was succesful (from my perspective).  I am shocked at how many responses I got, but I did enjoy reading a lot of new blogs, and hearing from so many people.  I added a lot of blogs to my Bloglines, so I’ll have an even harder time keeping up (and commenting) now!

But I’m sure you aren’t here to hear about my blogging/commenting issues….I suppose you’d like to know who won.  I ended up getting so many comments that I thought that it would be sort of mean to just give one prize – so I decided to do 3.  One grand prize winner, and then two smaller ones.  

I used a random number generator to pick numbers….so without further ado….

The second runner up, and winner of a beautiful set of stitch markers from ChrisCraftlily

First runner up, and winner of a gift certificate for KnitspotNatalie! (which is sort of funny since she had a link to the contest!)

And first prize winner…of gift certificate from one of my absolutely favorite Etsy shops, SeeJayneKnit:  Awesome Mom

Congratulations winners !  I’ll send you an email with details.  I thought it was nice that the winners were a mix of old and new readers….something for everyone!

 Thanks to everyone else for de-lurking and commenting.  It was a lot of fun, and I hope that you continue to comment occasionally (plus I have an idea for a good contest…maybe next month!)

I will have a new project to share with you this weekend (honestly, I think I should just give up on finishing things!). 

Have a great Friday night!  I’m going to be sitting by the fire, knitting my new project, and reading all those blogs!


A little contest…

January 27, 2008

Well, here it is Sunday night again.  I had a really nice weekend – lunch with Chris yesterday and then knitting group.    The group recently got a few new members and it is just a lot of fun to get together and knit with them all.    We are planning a yarn crawl next month – three yarn stores not too far from me.  A Yarn for All Seasons, Angelfire Studios and Down Cellar – I’ve been to the first one, but not the other two but they look really nice.  We did this last summer and went to three yarn stores in Philadelphia – it was so much fun and I’m really looking forward to it.    Today was a nice relaxing day, and Dan (son) came over for dinner  – always nice to see him (and I think he likes going home with leftovers!).  And I went to the gym yesterday and today – I’m starting to not hate it (although I did think of going out to breakfast all the way there!)

Knitting wise, I’ve been working on the sleeve for Cobblestone and the Chevron scarf – until today. I finished the first Nutkin sock last week, and was waiting to start the second. But Chris started hers – and seeing how nice it is made me want to work on it again, so here I am tonight…

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We’ll see how far I get before I get distracted again!

As I mentioned in my last post, I thought I’d do a contest.  I do look at my blog stats, and it looks like I have a few more readers than commenters.  And I’m pretty sure that most readers have blogs …..and I love reading new blogs (along with my current favorites!).       I know that sometimes its hard to comment on everyone’s blog – there are so many – but I’m hoping that you can take a few minutes and just post a ‘hey’ and a link to your blog (and if you don’t have a blog – that’s ok – just say ‘hey’!).    So how about this – post a hi by January 31, and on February 1, I’ll draw a random number and winner.   I have a couple of ideas for the prize but will give the winner a choice.  It will be knitting related (unless the winner isn’t a knitter – but then I’m really curious why you read this blog!).  Oh…and the winner can’t be someone I’m related to.  (Sorry, Andrew). 

OK, off to work on Nutkin – have a great week.