Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Room By Room

We are now going room by room, gathering things like pillows, quilts, blankets, etc. and stuffing them in lawn leaf bags. We expect to actually move furniture and stuff like that in about 3 weeks, so it's time to get down to the nitty gritty. We will take over another load or 2 tonight after dinner, so I have to fill those bags so there is something to take.

I must say this has all been very therapeutic. In an effort to finishs some UFOs I found 2 stashes of left over sock yarn - actually, there are 3, and most of the 2 were still in skeins that one could knit from. A couple of days ago I started making balls out of each skein so I can make a rug out of it on the Circular Sock Machine. There is a pattern out there for making miles and miles of I-cord, which you then weave into rug canvas. I saw an example of one and it was gorgeous, so I have begun making I-cord. The CSM, however, can't knit from skeins; the yarn either has to be in balls or on cones, so the left over yarn is all being wound into balls, and when I have time - yeah - like that's going to happen - I can make I-cord with it.

The other point of interest today is that it is my birthday. Yup - the big old 68. Scary how old that sounds. Isn't it interesting that there is always a small part of you somewhere inside that feels about 5. I have an aunt who, in her 90s, resisted moving to a senior facility because she didn't want to "live with all those old people." I'm afraid I feel the same way. In fact, I never felt old at all until my father said to me one day, "Well - you're no spring chicken you know!"  All of a sudden I felt about 125, and that conversation must have taken place 10-15 years ago. Today - I want to feel like a spring chicken, it's my birthday, and I can feel the way I want to.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Victoria Jicha's Tales of a Knitter: Boxes, boxes, everywhere...

Victoria Jicha's Tales of a Knitter: Boxes, boxes, everywhere...: The Present House We are two weeks into a downsizing move. The house we live in now won't go on the market until the spring, and we are ...

Boxes, boxes, everywhere...

The Present House
We are two weeks into a downsizing move. The house we live in now won't go on the market until the spring, and we are trying to get into the new house before Thanksgiving. But there are boxes everywhere ... in both houses. We decided to do most of the move ourselves, which means every day we pack up two cars worth of boxes and assorted items, drive them to the new place, unload, put away when possible, and return home to load up again. Lucky, AJ has a truck so he can take more stuff.

Most of my sewing and knitting supplies are already in the new house, although I am having to fit them into a 13' X 10' room, whereas they came out of a space twice that large. On top of that, the room will also house a desk and this computer. Therefore, efficiency is the order of the day. The only knitting stuff that I haven't moved yet is my circular sock knitting machine, which I am still using. I will move it at the last minute.

Today we took over 6 loads...I don't know how AJ does it... I'm not much help with the heavy lifting. After the first load I stopped at a wine & beer store on the way home, and the clerk was very helpful. He went to the back room and came back with about 8 boxes, some of which still had dividers in them - great for packing wine glasses.

The New House
The recorders and hammered dulcimer have also been moved as have about 50 pieces of Red Wing pottery - some of which are quite large. Movers come next week to give us estimates for moving the furniture. All very exciting. Can't wait to be in one place, however; I'm very close to forgetting what is where.