How’s that for being born under a bad sign

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The year of our Lord two thousand and ten is turning out to be, if you will excuse the profanity, a real motherfucker. And it’s only January. /headdesk

Oh where to start…well first, things started off by coming home from the holidays and finding our plumbing backing up, which resulted in the first plumber call of the year. Got that all squared away and soon thereafter came The Deep Freeze of ‘010 which resulted in our pipes freezing*. When the pipes finally thawed enough to get flowing again, our water pressure was even more paltry that before. Apparently the freezing aggravated our already extraordinary rusty pipes problem, basically strangling all the hot water pressure in the house. So we now get to have basically all the pipes in our house replaced AND buy a new water heater. I was really hoping to get to spend four figures on plumbing right out of the gate this year. And it’s not even on something pretty. /pout

*Note for future reference: You have to leave the hot AND cold water dripping on the exposed side of the house.

And this week I had one of my semiannual allergy attacks. Nothing really all that major, no hives or tracheotomies. Just a little bit of trying to keep my head of exploding and refraining from drowning in my own excretions. I think it is mostly past now, just a bit of a cough left.

Enough of the whinging though, I have also been knitting and such:

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Pattern (Ravelry links): Spring Beret and Rannoch fingerless gloves
Yarn: Vanna’s Choice in Taupe
Notes: Been a little while but I don’t remember having any trouble with either pattern (must keep better notes). About the Vanna’s Choice, it’s certainly not high-class stuff but for an acrylic that I can actually get in my one-three-legged-horse town, I liked it fine.

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Pattern (Ravelry link): Waving Lace Socks from Favorite Socks: 25 Timeless Designs from Interweave
Yarn: Stroll Kettle Dyed Sock Yarn in Wine.
Notes: Enjoyed the pattern fine, a little boring to knit though. Pleasantly surprise by how nice the yarn was, haven’t gotten to see how well it wears but it knits up really nice.

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(I know, that’s a horrible freaking picture, why do I try to take pictures on cloudy days??!)

Pattern: Didn’t really use a pattern persay, more info about where to find a pattern here.
Yarn: Knit Picks Shine Sport in every color they had at the time x2 with extra left over.
Notes: I am in love, I want to make another one. Yarn shed a bit during crocheting but doesn’t seem to continue to be a problem.

And on the “2010 might not end up being all bad” side: We saw Eddie OMFG Izzard is Dallas on the 21st. It was seriously one of the greatest things ever. If you haven’t seen his standup, go buy a dvd and watch it. You will love it. If you don’t, then…bugger off because I don’t want you reading my blog anymore.

Also! While in Dallas we did a quick flyby Ikea and I finally got my Jorun duvet cover and MYSA STRĂ… comforter. I am now lobbying to make it legal for people and bedding to enter into polygamist marriages together.

I am sure there are millions things I am forgetting that I wanted to share, but it’s late so they will just have to wait. Ciao.

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