Sunday, August 28, 2005

Counting down to Sept.1!

I'll start with the obligatory knitting content. Here's a picture of my current plain ole boring sock.

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I bought a bunch of this yarn last year in a clearance basket at my favorite local yarn shop. I've been making socks from it as my no-brainer projects ever since. I love to wear handknit wool socks and they are easier to store and justify than endless sweaters.

Today I hit the local Goodwill. I was looking for sweaters to recycle and bought about 6. But I also found this:
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Not bad for $1.99! It isn't the Coach bag of my dreams, as it is too small, but still, I couldn't leave it there.

I'm not posting pictures of the six sweaters I plan to recycle yet, but they will make wonderful yarn: lambswool & angora, silk & angora, etc. Next-to-the-skin soft. Now, why I go to such lengths to get yarn is another story. I'm congenitally cheap. And when people whine that they have to use the most inexpensive acrylic because they are poor, I feel a need to prove that a person CAN knit with natural fibers for less than the cost of a sweater's worth of Red Heart. It takes a little more time and determination, but not that much. My local Goodwill charges $3.99 for sweaters: not dirt cheap, but they have a good selection. The St. Vincent's in the area often have lower prices. Additionally, they run a place called Diggers Outlet, at which clothing is sold by the pound. Because I am large, I have to be resourceful if I want a sweater's worth of yarn, looking at the men's XXL options, buying two smaller sweaters that can be combined, or other creative solutions.

We're experiencing a lot of four-year old posturing around here lately. Colin has been a real tyrant! We had intermittent tantrums throughout the day, right through dinner. He's discovered the power in hating lately and loves to yell, "I hate you!" or "I hate (whatever)!" On our camping trip, he tore up a small plastic garbage bag that had Smokey Bear on it and proclaimed, "I hate Smokey Bear!" I had to laugh. Like, what did Smokey ever do to Colin?? He's going to be starting a new preschool program next week and has a lot of anxiety about that. This is the same school we tried to put him in when he was 2, and I ended up taking him out right away because I could see he wasn't ready. Now, he's been to preschool before and will be back in the same speech preschool class later in the fall. That one only meets in 6 week cycles, and Colin is in cycle 2. He will have a number of classmates from last year. I felt that he needed something a little more continuous this year and enrolled him at the Y for afternoons, 3 days a week. I'm hoping that after his first 6 week cycle of speech therapy class, he will be ready to drop that for now.

Anyhow, both boys are a bit nutty in this last countdown week before the school year starts. And when the boys are nutty, you can bet that some of that is taking a toll on the mother.

My little knitting group (I say that like I own it or something) met today. It was very small; just Leslie, Terri, and me, which was perfect. Two hours flew by before I realized what was up. I could have sat there knitting all day, but there were groceries to be bought, battles to referee, laundry to be done, etc. etc.

I still need to finish moving my stuff down to the basement. This, so we can clear all toys from the living room and prepare for the big porch project to go forward. We signed for our home equity loan on Thursday and I went to the builder's Thursday afternoon to take a final look at the plans and approve some fixtures and sign the building contract. Wednesday morning the design team hands off to the construction team, and away we go!

Scott loaded all the vacation pics to his computer then cleared the camera. I'll see if I can find some good ones to post so Zib can see where I was!

BTW, I haven't picked anyone for that timeline Meme yet. Let's see: Fathom, Wendy at Knit and Tonic, Entrelac, and Terby. That's four.


emily said...

Good score on the Coach purse! I agree that some things are too good to pass up.

Carina said...

I'm so glad it's not just my little one becoming a tyrant. Actually, they both are and take turns (when they're in a good mood) or just fight about it (when they're not). School having started for Anna helped, but Stephen won't start preschool until the thirteenth (the earliest they could get him in--long story). He really needs preschool, and Mama really needs a break!

I'm going to have to get myself down to Goodwill if they have nice leather purses like that. How could you not scoop that up right away? That purse is pretty!

Hope you survive the end-of-summer crazies with some sanity intact. :)

Donna said...

Nice purse!! I'd have bought it, too, for that price. Our Goodwill is hit or miss when it comes to good finds.

helen said...

i love goodwill. i am on a strict yarn diet still. have too much yarn to use. we also have this amazing thrift store in the poor, Hispanic part of town (just sayin') and i get amazing wool sweaters for cheap there as well. as for nicer stuff, yeah, goodwill is pretty good. since i live closer to the snooty end of town lol

stephanie said...

Consider stopping by a Coach store and asking about re-furbishing the purse. They used to have a program where you sent the purse in for around $25 and Coach would clean it up and make it look good again (or as close to good as possible). The times I've done that I've been very pleased with the results. One time they didn't have the color anymore and they gave me a coupon for 40% off a new bag (along w/returning my old bag). ...they might do this via the website; I haven't checked.

TChem said...

I know this is kind of an old entry, but I somehow ended up here, looked at that sock yarn with the star sticker on it, and said to myself "I know exactly which basket in which store she bought that yarn!" I bought a darker gray and a tan, but it's all used up now.

Anyways, hi from a local with similar tastes!