Wednesday, 24 October 2012


Today is one year from when I started this blog.  I know most bloggers call this day their "blogiversary" but my friend Amanda said she hates that word so I came up with blogthday.  Are you happy now, Amanda?  Are you?  You shouldn't be, because I'm pretty sure blogthday is even stupider than blogiversary.  I kinda like it, stupid as it is.  However, I'm willing to change it if anyone can come up with something better.  Go on, I dare you.

Truth time, I'm actually writing this on October 23, not October 24.  I'm writing it a bit early because I'm getting sicker by the moment and I'm pretty sure I won't have the energy to do it on the actual day.  As such, although there are things I could theoretically take pictures of, I can't do it because there is/was no light today/yesterday.  It is/was raining all day today/yesterday so outdoor pictures are out of the question, and it's so grey outside that there is almost no natural light coming in through the windows, especially since it is after 5 pm.  I forgot to turn on the light before I sat down at the computer, and there is considerably more light coming off the computer screen than through the window.

Anyhoo, all that to say that I don't have a lot of new pictures right now, which is kinda too bad for you, because this last weekend was the annual fall knitting retreat hosted by Wolseley Wool, and it was lots of fun, and I got a bunch of stuff that I don't have pictures of!  The lack of pictures isn't bad for me, because I can just look at all my lovely new yarn and fibre in person, but you can't.  So you'll have to wait.

Nothing nearly so dramatic as the drop spindling fiasco happened this year, which is kind of too bad because it made for a good story.  The classes I took this year were how to make toe-up socks, and tips on photography for knitters.  I successfully made toe-up socks with no tears, and I got to use a lightbox, with which I took this picture:

As awesome as taking pictures on my bed or on the windowsill is, a lightbox is pretty cool.  I think I'm gonna get one.  Or maybe someone will get me one.  *fingers crossed*

Then we went outside and took pictures of a shawl hanging on a tree.

It's a very lovely shawl and I would like to knit it someday, but I did not knit this one, so I didn't take that many pictures of it.

Then I took a picture of the woodland scenery around us.

And then I took a picture of my feet in the leaves.

Exciting right?  I know, I can barely contain myself remembering it all.  Seriously though, it was a good class and I did learn some good things.  Basically what I learned is that my camera doesn't really have a lot of useful settings on it, and I need a better one if I'm going to become Very Serious about my pictures.  But while I'm just kinda serious, it does just fine.

Another good part of the retreat was the White Elephant game, where we bring some unloved yarn and do a swap.  I brought three balls of black Bernat Boa (shush, I got them when I was still crocheting with acrylic and didn't know any better!), and I left with two balls of grey mottled Lana Grossa sock yarn.  I think that's a definite step up.  More than a step, that's a few flights of stairs up.  Like, I couldn't climb that many steps without getting out of breath.  So yeah, it was a good swap.

Nothing much else to report, I'm well into Christmas knitting so most of what I have going on will not be pictured until after the gifts have been gifted.  I've always got something for myself on the go, though, so I'm sure I'll have something to show off soon.

Seriously though, I can't believe it's already been a year!  I also can't believe I'm actually still doing this semi-regularly.  Most of the things I get interested in fall by the wayside after a little while.  Except for knitting.  I guess since I'm writing about the thing I love to do the most it helps me to keep this up.  Also because I like showing off, that helps too.

Tune in next time... for something!

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