Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Strange and Odd....

I'm glad I didn't make any rash New Years Resolutions about yarn diets or such, because if I had done, I would have to be out the back giving myself a stern talking to.

I was hoping to get through the whole month of January without buying any yarn. I didn't.

Why aren't you at least pretending to be surprised?

So, for February, I am going to declare 'Yarnadan', a month devoted to contemplation, planning and higher pursuits (like knitting and cleaning), and not low and carnal pursuits (like cruising the internet and shoving people out of the way - in a virtual, cybershphere manner - to grab yarn at a Wollmeise or Sanguine Gryphon update).

Besides, February is a short month and I might make it.

As well as some beautiful yarn which may be making its way towards me, there is also the matter of a New Zealand Sampler Box which will hopefully hit the Tasmanian shores in a day or so. This, of course, is not buying yarn. This is more in the manner of a 'research exercise'. Sampler boxes are fun show-bags of lovely bits and bobs, including fibre and notions which allow you to touch and try before you buy. I have been lucky enough to buy a couple of the new Australian ones, and now managed the first New Zealand one.

The grand plan for some unspecified future date is to knit up some of the samples into swatch squares and make a sort of patchwork blanket from them. Sometime between now - and when I turn ninety!

The time thief has been here again - the summer holidays are almost over - in less than three weeks, the kidlets are back at school. And we have only a week of January left! I'm glad I'm not the only one affected by timethiefitis. Check this:

(There was an unsuccessful attempt to embed the youtube video in here which, as you can see, failed completely. Never mind. Just follow the linky!)


Seems as if Kate Miller-Heidke has the same trouble!

Of course, part of the trouble has involved connecting my Christmas Wii and playing lots of silly games which we are mostly bad at, but are lots of fun. I think I damaged my hamstring, possibly 100pin bowling, or maybe trying not to wet myself laughing as I attempted to beat the Accountant in a canoe race. We are enjoying it immensely, and it is bringing out amazingly competitive streaks in my children!

This weekend we are off to Cradle Mountain. Hope to get in lots of walking and see lots of animals and have a lovely time. I am even hoping to actually finish something in the knitting line, but as I haven't managed to do that in weeks, I see no reason why it is likely to happen in the next few days!

15 comments:

Bells said...

i have vague, distant memories of Cradle Mountain as a child. I'd love to go back there.

Good lukc with the stash contemplation! Yarnadan. Love it!

Rose Red said...

Good luck with Yarnadan! Have you frozen your credit card in readiness??

Cradle Mountain - lovely!! Have a fab time!

frog ponds rock... said...

I haven't been to Cradle mountain for years. I really should make the effort to go there again soon(ish)

Best of luck with yarnadan.

MadMad said...

Yarnadan! You are so funny. The sampler boxes sound like a great idea! Have a wonderful trip!

amy said...

Those sampler boxes DO sound intriguing. Links?

Except for a swap, I haven't bought yarn since October. But it doesn't seem like a "diet"--that word has negative connotations, don't you think? It seems balancing. I have all this yarn I bought for projects, and now I am using it! And then when I do buy more yarn, I'll have a place to put it. :)

Donna Lee said...

Feb is a good month to try to restrain yourself. It is short and here it tends to be miserable and no one goes outside if we can help it (although than online shopping can be a killer)

Leonie said...

The sampler boxes are wonderful aren't they? I need to get my hands on a spindle of some sort so I can attempt to spin the fleece/roving that came in my box, either that or work out how to knit it the way it is!
Good luck with yarnadan and have a lovely holiday!

2paw said...

Good luck with your Yarnadan!! I think resolutions are just made to be broken, but I am sure contemplation of goals is easier to achieve!! Plus it is the shortest month!!!!
Cradle Mountain is lovely, have a great time!!!

Five Ferns Fibreholic said...

Cradle mountain...here I come...

Amy Lane said...

Okay, the name is poetic enough to make me wish I could visit. And I know what you mean about good intentions. I keep spending the same royalty check over and over and over, when I only get it once!

頭髮 said...

弱者等待時機,強者製造時機........................................

Alwen said...

Oh, look, incomprehensible comment spam (just above me)!

I did the annual Airing of the Stash earlier, and I think I need to do a Knitting from Stash year, and knit some of those plummy daydreams the yarn inspired into Reality Land.

MadMad said...

Hellooooooo?! Anybody home? Miss you!

花花美麗 said...

Make hay while the sun shines.........................................

Lynne said...

Would you believe I got the update from Bloglines for this post today (7th March!)? What are those little men doing inside my computer - sleeping?