Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Settling In

First off, if you haven't seen this video of sheep-herding art, it really is a must see. And I am not someone who usually posts links to YouTube on her blog. I saw it on Shannon's blog this morning and it is pretty amazing. And I haven't seen it everywhere yet, so I figured it was worth posting.

Now, back to me...

I've been working here and there on a few projects, but a lot of the knitting has been put aside in favor of apartment (and stash!) organizing. I know I've said it before, but it is sure great to have knitting friends. Especially knitting friends like MJ who knits with me on Skype and, occasionally, does crazy things like stay up til 4am (actually 6am her time) organizing yarn in my new Expedit on Skype. Yeah... But let's rewind.

Monday evening, as planned, I took a trip to IKEA with my buddy and partner in furniture acquisition, Brian. We made a really quick trip through IKEA and got most of the items on my list and magically fit it all into his Jetta. The Jetta totally wins. Now, granted, IKEA furniture is flat-packed, but we got a big (4x4) Expedit, a TV stand, 2 lamps, a drying rack, and a few assorted smaller goodies all into the back of his car. Then, after dinner, we got to put it all together.

There are many reasons why I love Brian, but one of them is that he is a guy who reads directions when assembling furniture. :)


And I was so excited I kept exclaiming about how great my new Expedit was while it was still in pieces on the floor!


Then we finished and when Brian left at about 11:30 it looked like this:


It would have ended there, but MJ was online and I exported my Ravelry stash to a spreadsheet and assigned bin numbers alphabetically by yarn manufacturer. MJ was still around so I emailed the spreadsheet to her, and she checked off yarns while telling me what bin they went in over Skype. Yes, we are both nuts. And now it looks like this:


I still have a few yarns to add to my Ravelry stash - some of the stuff I got right before moving from Boston didn't make it in, and there was a bit of yarn acquisition in the intervening 6 months. Also I've found that I'm really *really* bad at remembering to add my Rockin' Sock Club yarns. Probably because of the whole spoiler issue, and then after a month I forget.

I was going to show you some pictures of my socks-in-progress, but this post is already unwieldy so those can wait for another day.

Listening to: Alone ~ Amorphis, Enjoy the Silence ~ Depeche Mode

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Blogger moirae said...

Looks awesome. I wish I could put mine all on display like that but the cat fur...

I love my 2x4 and maybe I'll get another one sometime.

12:59 PM  
Blogger pigbook1 said...

I have one of those shelves! I love it! My husband thinks that it shouldn't be entirely filled with yarn so we have other stuff too, but I am definitely jealous of your stash, wow!

1:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, that is quite the stash! I love it, it looks like you have your own private yarn store in your house. I wish I could display my yarns like that, but my cat would have too much fun pulling them all out and tangling them up!

1:29 PM  
Blogger String said...

I love the yarn storage. I must say though, your stash has a very predominant color does it not?

1:42 PM  
Blogger Snarfy said...

There are no words to describe that.. omfg.

5:44 PM  
Blogger Catherine said...

Woo Expedit!! I know I already have one but I really did want the black one. I love that the shelves are so deep you can have yarn behind yarn! Good luck keeping it nice and neat!

5:50 PM  
Blogger grumperina said...

Your preference for blue yarn is immediately evident... with a bit of pink thrown in :)

7:35 PM  
Blogger Rachel said...

Now I am trying to think of ways to rearrange my apartment so I can have an expedit yarn divider. Very nice! Um, and I think it might be possible that maybe, just maybe, you have a blue problem. Not to worry, I hear there are treatment programs for that. :)

8:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You love pink, and you know it ;)

I know you tell everyone that you love blurple, but secretly, I know pink is your absolute *the* favorite color! Ha!

... I really should go and reorganize my yarn too - they're kinda all crammed in, and they really should be all sorted out. I guess "moving" kinda does stuff like that.

1:50 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Love the organizational wonder that is your Expedit!

10:31 AM  
Blogger arianna said...

Your apartment looks like a yarn store! :)

8:17 AM  

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