How am I supposed to knit under these conditions??
Do you think she's not getting enough fiber in her diet? I guess I should be thankful those are not originals. I usually make working copies so I can mark them up and offer them to the dog for an afternoon snack.
I usually don't get too political on this blog and I'm not going to start soon, but I am so frustrated by this economic bail out mess that I could spit nails! I grudgingly see the need for it (I think), but I'm seriously annoyed by the irresponsibility that led up to it. Whatever happened to personal responsibility? Our grandparents who scrimped and saved during the Great Depression are probably spinning in their graves. Whatever happened to living within our means? We have become a nation of greedy consumers who believe that we deserve to have everything we want, even if it means paying for it with money we don't have! I was appalled to hear of the number of companies (including, apparently, the state of California) that rely on credit to make payroll. One of my favorite websites is Debt Proof Living. Mary Hunt recommends a 10-10-80 style of living. You give away 10% of your income to whatever charity fuels your passion. This makes you thankful for what you have, especially when you focus on those who have less. You save 10% of your income. This prepares you for emergencies that WILL come! Then you live on 80%. This curbs your greed because you realize that you have a finite amount of money coming in every month and there are just some things you can't afford. You make do with what you have.
Ok, off the soap box, but a perfect segue into my stash enhancement. I decided to join the Sock Knitters Anonymous Sockdown Challenge. My goal is going to be making at least one pair of socks every month. My September pair were the Monkeys, my October pair will be the Orange Mystery Socks. I managed to cast them on just under the wire, on the last day of September:
As much as I would like to be making all of these socks with premium yarn, it's just not in my budget, so I ordered some stash from Knit Picks:
For under $50 I have enough for 6 pairs of socks. Other than the orange, I decided to stick with muted colors to match my work clothes. I like the tweed and kettle dyed colors of the Essential yarn. And the price is certainly right. And yes, the yarn is in danger – Maggie likes to steal yarn as well as patterns.
We did go out and spend some money this week. A new storm door for the front door for winter, a new doggie door (the old one had lost one of the baffles and cold air was pouring in) and thrill of thrills – new wooden blinds for our front window!!! Speaking of making do, we've had the same drapes for 23 years, so I think we've paid our dues on those.
I've come to despise them, but we just never had the money and the decisiveness at the same time. Finally the planets aligned and we were able to agree. They should arrive in a week and I'll post a picture. And we have the cash for all of the above, so no debt!