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I am such a string geek. Here are a few nifty things:

1) Stephanie Pearl-McPhee (aka The Yarn Harlot) has a new book out, which I must purchase at my earliest convenience. The book is called Stephanie Pearl-McPhee Casts Off: The Yarn Harlot's Guide to the Land of Knitting, and it is available at all fine bookstores. If you love yarn and/or knitting and/or spinning, you should read all of Stephanie's work and Her Blog. She makes me laugh and cry, and not just because I love knitting. She's an awesome writer.

2) This should possibly be 1a, as it refers to the Knitting Goddess above. Stephanie Pearl-McPhee's long-awaited Knitty Gritty episode will be airing on the DIY network on April 17. You'd better believe I'm putting that on my TiVo.

3)KnitPicks is an agent of Evil (and I mean that in a good way!). They keep tempting me with new and exciting things. Today, as I wandered by their website in order to look up the name of a yarn I already had (because I was too lazy to actually go and look in my yarn drawer), I saw that they had a new yarn: CotLin. It is a machine-wash, machine-dry cotton-linen blend. Curse you, KnitPicks, and your shiny new yarns! I need to get some things knitted up before I even think about buying new yarn. Bah! Bah, I say!

Also, on KnitPicks, the button for adding things to one's shopping cart says "Add to Stash." That made me giggle.

Adiantum Arts & Sciences Saturday is tomorrow. I shall sew, and knit, and possibly paint. And not do homework! Eeeeeeeee!

To Do Today:
1) Finish annoying PowerPoint presentation thingy. (I hate PowerPoint. I may have mentioned that.)
2) Cut out tunics.
3) SPIN!
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It figures. I finally have a break (of sorts), and I get sick. Sore throat, runny nose, achy muscles (especially in the neck), the works. Thank God it doesn't appear to be strep. I don't think I could handle that right now.

[livejournal.com profile] alysaundre and I still haven't been able to really celebrate our anniversary, but I am a very, very lucky woman. I love and adore my husband, and not just because he got me the most amazing anniversary present ever and put it together for me.

What is this present, you may ask? It is a spinning wheel. And not just any spinning wheel. It is a double-treadle Ashford all-wood construction single-drive Traveler spinning wheel. It is sitting in my breakfast nook right now, and it is freakin' gorgeous.

There was much squeeing on my part when we went to pick it up today. [livejournal.com profile] alysaundre is a wonderful, wonderful person who is very good at enabling my fiber addiction. We have all kinds of exciting fibers around the house that I can't wait to start spinning. I can make (and dye) my own yarn! Joy! Unfortunately, I have almost no energy at the moment, and it's about time for bed.

I shall name my wheel tomorrow. I think Fortuna might be an excellent name. ^_^
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This has been a crazy Christmas season for us. We've been incredibly busy, my Christmas shopping isn't completely done (thank goodness some of it can wait until after Christmas, as I won't be seeing some people until then ([livejournal.com profile] naelany, have you sent Dustin's Christmas list yet?), but there's still presents to wrap for either tonight or tomorrow, and so on. Alex and I have (I think) decided not to do stockings this year because we're just too busy to shop, and it's Christmas Eve. I am not going anywhere near the malls today. I am also not doing this again--next year, I will have my driver's license, and I will have all of my shopping/crafting done by the week before Christmas! Stop laughing! Stop it, I say!

At least we're not hosting this year. The house is nowhere near clean enough for company. We're doing Christmas Eve (today) at Mum-in-Law's house, and then we're having Christmas Day with my family. My mother has promised me sticky buns, which are traditional for both Thanksgiving and Christmas in my family. I haven't had any yet this year. I am so looking forward to those little nuggets of caramelly goodness. And coffee. I'm still on my first cup this morning, but there will be more. Never mind that it claims to be decaf! (We are out of caffeinated coffee--woe!)

Knitpicks really needs to stop sending me their catalogs and e-mails, and I need to stop reading Yarn Harlot. I have been inspired lately, both in knitting and in writing, and so I've been doing those things instead of preparing for Christmas like a good girl. On the upside, I've gotten quite a bit of knitting done and experimented with some different things, and some stories are developing quite nicely in note form. But I need to do some real writing, practice driving (not really feasible right now with all of the ice we've had lately), get myself all squared away for school, etcetera etcetera. But writing and knitting are so much more fun! I also went momentarily insane and wondered what would happen if I decided to knit Christmas presents for all of my family and friends. The sensible part of my brain whispered, "You would have to start planning now." Maybe some of my friends will get knitted presents next year. My brother has expressed an interest in a Slytherin House Scarf. Maybe I'll get him one for his birthday. In August. Hee hee.

In other news, I found my camera. Unfortunately, the battery has died. I need to find the charger in my disorganized house. As soon as the charger is found and the camera is resurrected, pictures will follow. I have a Flickr account and everything. I also go in to get my hair done again on January 20, so I'll try to get that long-promised picture of my red-renewed hair then.

Maybe I'll do some spinning today. Or maybe I'll finally perfect the pattern for That Which Should Not Be Knitted so that I can post pictures of it after Christmas. Decisions, decisions...I really should be wrapping presents...I wonder where I put my llama cookie cutter? You're laughing again.

May all of you have a happy holiday, no matter what you're celebrating this season! I am so glad to have all of you in my life! *snugs to all*
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I learned to spin today! Raven taught me! I am overjoyed!

Now, off to work on other important projects. I just had to register the squee.

SQUEE!

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