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Moving, Cotty, WIP Wrestling, and Hey Teach (Take 2)

There are so many things I’ve been wanting to talk about here, but I just haven’t had the time! Between the new job and moving, I’ve been quite busy the last week or so. I wrote down a few topics I wanted to cover on the blog and hope to share them with you all over the next few days.

This weekend we moved into the house. It took us Saturday and Sunday to get all the major stuff moved, then on Monday, we filled up both of our cars with stuff on two trips to get what we thought was “a little bit of stuff left” at the apartment moved to the house. Tuesday we had to turn in the keys, but we still had to get another trips worth of stuff in both of our cars before we could clean a little and turn the keys over before the leasing office closed. We made it, though, and now everything is over at the house! Of course since there has been repairs going on at the house this means we’re living in a sea of boxes while things are getting finished. The first night we stayed at the house was Sunday and while we knew we’d have no a/c for a few days, we didn’t expect to not have hot water. Since then, we’ve lived without hot water and a/c, but I’m crossing my fingers we get both today. We had the a/c and heater replaced right away instead of waiting and because of that, we had to go without hot water because the gas line to the water heater was disconnected while they were installing the other stuff. There’s still other things that need to be done, of course. The living room floor, steps and upstairs hallway are going to get refinished soon, so that’s the next big thing until we decide to do the kitchen. The rest is just small stuff.

The bedroom was the first room unpacked. Can you guess which room I’m getting anxious to settle in to?

The craft room! I think it’s done being painted now, but since I wasn’t sure I haven’t unpacked anything yet. I did take some pictures of it, though!

Craft Room

I didn’t realize it at the time I picked out the paint, but Michelle recently painted her craft room yellow! Now we have matching craft rooms! It made me giggle a little when I realized our craft rooms are the same. What can I say? We both have good taste. 😉

I do want your opinions, though. I’m considering not putting the closet doors back on the closet and instead putting up curtains. What do you think?

Craft Room - Closet

Last week when I blogged, I mentioned that I was going to start the Cotty socks. I’m almost done with the first one!

Cotty, almost to the cuff lace!
Just before I started the cuff lace.

Cotty - Cuff Lace
Cuff lace – about to start the ribbing for the cuff.

If you’re on Ravelry, you may have heard of WIP Wrestlemania 2009 (Ravelry link). I decided to join in to give me even more motivation to get some things finished up that have been hanging around. It starts today and runs through the end of July. The idea is to get as many WIPs completed before Winter Ravelympics 2010 starts, so the whole month of July you “wrestle” your WIPs so that you don’t have a whole lot of projects laying around come the Winter Ravelympics 2010. You can see my WIPs over there in the side bar and I’ve decided to try and complete them all! I’m thinking I could do all but the shawl, but we’ll see where I stand closer to the end of the month.

To give me an added boost to get Hey Teach back on the needles and finished so I can get some wear out of it this summer, I figured WIP Wrestlemania might help. I cast it back on Monday and have about 3 rows done on the back piece.

Hey Teach, take 2

Time to get going – knit night is tonight! ‘Til next time, happy crafting 🙂


I’m a thirty-something who lives in Cincinnati, OH. Crafting, for me, started young - I can’t even recall a time I wasn’t crafty in some way. My first foray into yarn was doing plastic canvas embroidery and making Barbie doll furniture. Not long after that I learned to crochet from a book my grandmother gave me after asking to learn what she was doing (she crochets, afghans mostly these days). After that, I took up counted cross stitch and then came sewing when I took two fashion design classes in high school. My mom had a sewing machine from my great grandmother and I taught myself to sew from patterns on it. I still use this same sewing machine today! I started knitting in 2004 when a co-worker was pregnant with her first child and I wanted to make something for her. I bought a “learn to knit kit” from Lion Brand for a baby hat and booties set. I did make the baby hat and booties (with very few problems) and ended up gifting them to the co-worker. I wanted to make a blanket, but I wasn’t quite able to get that done in time since it took a lot longer then I’d imagined! It wasn’t until the end of 2004/early 2005 that knitting really took a hold of me. Now I love knitting and almost always have a project with me, even if it’s just something small when I’m out and about. I like a wide range of projects depending on my mood. Sometimes I like a good challenge knit and other times I enjoy a lot of stockinette or garter stitch. I love Ravelry for keeping track of my projects and for finding new things to knit - I feel like I’m always spending time on there! It’s also a great place for getting to know other knitters, crocheters, and various fiber enthusiasts. In the fall of 2008, I purchased a spinning wheel from someone on Craigslist. It’s a Babe Fiber Starter, single treadle wheel and after a bit of trouble getting used to it, I’ve managed to spin up some fiber. In January of 2012, I found someone local that was selling their Lendrum DT and it came to live with me! The Babe now lives with Jen (aka piddleloop) and she’s learning to spin. I’m still trying to find time to spin along with knitting, crocheting (occasionally), and whatever else is going on, but I work it in here and there. I’m sure there’s something I might have left out here, so if there’s anything else you want to know about me, just ask :o)

7 thoughts on “Moving, Cotty, WIP Wrestling, and Hey Teach (Take 2)

  1. I think leave the doors off and put curtains on instead. Some white and blue ones would look amazing, add a provincial look to the doom.

  2. Oh how I love that yellow! Curtains would be great for the closet, too. My craft room isn’t yellow (it’s my son’s old room), but my kitchen is! I can’t wait to see how it turns out.

    Even though you just cast-on Hey Teach again, I think you will finish before me!! I somehow got enthusiastic about finishing my collared tee lately, and of course there’s the Wendy KAL.

    Cottys are looking good!! 🙂

  3. I say leave to doors off as well and use some curtains. I love that color and can’t wait to get some more painting done in my dinning room and kitchen . They are in dire need of it since it’s been over 7 years since they were painted last.!

  4. My take on closet doors is that I don’t like them. Or at least I don’t like sliding doors. You can’t see your whole closet at once and I find that they pop off the track or don’t slide well and I just don’t like them. But apparently it’s just me because when I tried to change our sliding doors to folding doors all the contractors and realtors and salespeople said that it was a bad idea and everyone prefers sliding doors. Curtains are a good alternative. Especially if you don’t have cats to deposit fur on them and you’re not going to be selling your place anytime soon. I hate sliding doors. Don’t even get me started! 😛

  5. PS – Get a good closet organization system like Elfa to hold everything. It’s wonderful for craft stuff!

  6. Like I said over in Plurk, your craft room looks great! And agree about not putting the doors back. Curtains seem easier to deal with (just push aside when you need to get in there instead of having to open doors) and it gives you another chance to add cute colors. 😀

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