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stuff i am terrible at but enjoy anyway:

  • baking
  • knitting
  • video games
  • gardening

This past weekend i decided to focus on the last one.  the weather this winter has been unseasonably warm and dry (thx el nino).  i’m wondering if that means i could probably plant some stuff earlier than usual?  im a little scared of that – everyone tells me that we’ll get another frost around march.  but still, a friend of mine who has the most phenomenal garden said she’s already put in potatoes and some other stuff… so im thinking i’ll get my plans together now and start putting things in mid to late february.

not pictured: every other book i own

so yeah that means planning.  im the kind of nerd that has to make 1000000000 lists and charts and spreadsheets and then research all kinds of stuff and stress and sweat about every single detail before i put a single seed in the ground because i don’t really understand this whole process and am somewhat terrified of it.  Last years garden gave me some confidence;  everything i planted grew and produced something with the exception of the corn, melon and winter squash (which actually did set one teeny squash, but then broke off before it could ripen). the corn and the melon just might not be appropriate for the pacific northwest.  that doesnt stop me from giving it another shot this summer tho.  i don’t know why I continue to freak out about this crap.  i mean – stuff has been growing for millions of years.  right??  the natural course of things is on my side.  theoretically.

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subtitle: fingering weight yarn, norwegian purl, attempting (and failing) to scale learning curves & project overload

before last week’s journey to the yarn store i told C. that I would make him something, anything he wanted and that he could pick out any yarn he wanted.  in hindsight i should have set some parameters.

but i didn’t and he chose a lovely soft merino/bamboo hand-dyed yarn and said he wanted a scarf. I was THRILLED to buy it.  Then I tried to knit with it.

see up til this point I’d been working with worsted weight yarns and size 7-8-9 needles and felt pretty confident; even knitting in the round with dpns was awkward but not daunting.  my new years goal of knitting socks was within my grasp and it wasn’t even february yet!  I’m king of the world!!

until I tried to hold that woobu with size 4 needles (which isnt even that small!!).  I started and frogged probably a half dozen times – I couldn’t get it cast on right, I couldnt control my tension, I kept dropping stitches… aaaaa!  it was terrible!

Reality check #1: I’m not as good as I thought I was (more…)

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