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24 June 2003  Well let's see if this works.

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I got home from work last night, finally going to update this blog, and my computer is dead, dead, dead. In a way I'm glad, because the thing was such a pile. Now I have an excuse to buy a new one, when I have the money.  Until then, it looks like I may be able to use the my work laptop to update my site. I was able to download the entire site to my work computer, so at least I didn't lose everything.

A couple of weekends ago, we had to go to the Bay Area so I thought while we were there it would be neat to stop at the East Bay Depot in Berkeley, which I had read about on notmartha a few weeks back. Very cool place, with lots of stuff everywhere.  I didn't get to spend a lot of time there, but I did manage to dig through the yarn bin for awhile.  Here's my score:

yarnscorewool.JPG (58038 bytes) Reynolds Candide, 100% virgin wool, in a purple with flecks of teal and red.  It's about 6 or 7 skeins.  It's been partially knitted up into what looks like a childs sweater.  $6.00.

yarnscoremohair.JPG (36677 bytes) Columbia-Minerva, 50/50 mohair/acrylic.  I have no idea what I'll do with it, but, you know...$2.00.

yarnscoremixedbag.JPG (45048 bytes) Mixed bag of Bernat 50/50 wool/acrylic(blue), Bear Brand wool (cream with pink and blue spots), and a skein of Bernat heather argyle sock yarn.  I have no idea what I'll do with these either, but I thought they made a good stash enhancement. $2.00.

We also stopped at a garage sale along the way, and I picked up two size US 5 circular needles (24" and 16") two stitch holders, and a cable needle for the grand total price of $1.00.

In other news, I am close to finishing the back on the pink experiment, and I've cast on for a SitcomChic with the recycled Bob yarn. I'm moving at my usual snail's pace though, so it's not very exciting.

11 June 2003  Still slooooowly working on the pink experiment sweater. I knitted a couple of rows last night, the first in about 5 days.  I just haven't felt much like knitting lately.  I think it's because the weather is so nice right now.  Highs in the 80s, a nice breeze... I come home from work and sit on the back patio and read until it's dark.  Very relaxing.  I haven't felt like watching TV either, and watching TV and knitting go together like peas and carrots, so that might be contributing to my knitting slump. 

On a non-knitting related note:  Does anybody have any advice switching their cats from a free-feeding regimen to a scheduled feeding regimen? Anybody out there have experience slimming down an extremely overweight cat while still keeping the other normal-sized cats in your household happy? I would love some advice. 

4 June 2003  June already and I have nothing to talk about.  My knitting is going excruciatingly slow.  I manage about 8 rounds every other night, and that's on stockinette stitch. The only person more bored than me is any poor soul who happens to read this. So I finished the last of the increases last night, and now I've got about an inch to go before I start the armhole shaping.  WooHoo.

I've been talking here about how I don't have any money, and I'm working temp jobs and stuff, and what do I do?  I accidentally win an ebay auction.  It was for 13 skeins of Mission Falls 1824 and a pattern to go with it.  I only upped the bid $1.00 and ended up winning.  It seemed like a good price to me, but after looking around, I pretty much paid retail.  Well, maybe it was like paying retail for the yarn and getting the pattern book for free, and not paying sales tax.  So, I guess it was a good deal. And with PayPal it gets painlessly charged on my credit card, so I can almost pretend I didn't spend money I don't have. 

It was delivered today, and I'm very happy with the pattern book and the yarn. There are 3 or 4 things in the book I would like to make someday, in addition to the pictured sweater. 

The other good news of the day is that I found a new thrift store, and checked it out today at lunch.  I bought a just-like-brand-new Whirley Pop for $5.00.  I have wanted one of these forever!  Definitely a thrift score for me.

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