I sat down yesterday to edit, upload, and order my pictures for the month of January.  I even did the layouts for the family yearbook.  Since I’ve been terrible about keeping up with it, I did January of 2014 as well.  This should come as no surprise, but it’s easier when I bite it off in chunks.  (I have to thank my friend Dani for the month by month suggestion.  She’s kind of a genius.)
I have four projects on the needles right now.  I frogged & restarted the Follow Your Arrow 2 shawl a couple of times with a couple of different yarns until I realized that metal needles just weren’t working.  So I purchased Knit Picks interchangeable needles.  Whoever said the right tools make all the difference wasn’t lying.  The wooden needle has made it much easier and I’m almost finished with Clue 1.  I wish I would have bought a set of interchangeable earlier.  I have so many circulars, this would have been a more economical option by far (learn from my mistakes). I’m also working on a shawl in the Henslowe pattern.  Originally it was going to be for Violet’s First Eucharist but the yarn is a little too creamy.  The pattern is gorgeous and the shawl is turning out beautifully so I’ll have to find something to wear with it.  I’ve also got a striped cowl and some socks.  I always used to be a serial monogamist when it came to knitting, but I’m liking the variation in projects.
I’m looking through these daily pictures and chuckling – they are by no means great photographs, largely unedited, and a complete hodge podge but they are definitely what life looks like here – unmade beds and all.
My new planner arrived about a half hour before I was to leave for a First Eucharist parent’s meeting yesterday.  Because I knew I wouldn’t tear myself away, I left it on the table for when I got back and  then spent the meeting trying really hard to focus on what Father was saying and not how I was going to organize it all.  But I was so excited when I could finally get home and start sticker-ing.  
My nerdy-ness knows no bounds.

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  • Kate,
    I am not sure if it is nerdy-ness, or you had a childhood void of sticker reinforcements. I know now where I missed out. I should have bought stickers for you to use as a reward system…a variety of stickers. Live and learn.

    • Just think how well I would have behaved. 🙂 Actually, I do remember having stickers and a sticker book in 2nd grade. I didn't want to put the stickers in the book because that would ruin them. Now I think how cool it would be to have a book filled with stickers that I'd collected over the years. THAT definitely makes me a nerd.

  • I am not a knitter. Truly. But the only needles I ever used were metal and plastic–those were the ones my grandma gave me. When I decided I wanted to try to teach myself how to knit for realsies, I went to buy a set of needles and saw the ones made out of wood. I loved the feel of them, so that's what I got. I don't know if they make much technical difference (have I mentioned I'm not a knitter?), but I love how they feel and the yarn feels less slippery.

    • Yes! I love the feel of wooden needles. I have a few pairs of straights and double points, bu this is my first set of circulars. The fiber I'm working with now has a lot of silk in it and it's way too slippy for metal needles. I do like metal when I'm working with wool because I think it knits up faster. Like anything else – the type of needle that works best is going to depend on what you are knitting. I wouldn't use a slotted spoon to serve broth. 🙂