Thursday, November 01, 2007

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  • November Is For . . .

    Thirty days hath November . . .
    -Proverbial

    Rebecca tells me that November is for sweaters. And I think she's a smart woman. And even if I'm in no mood to start a new sweater, my Denim Aran is crying out pitifully for attention. And I like that sweater. It's full of fun cabley goodness. And I really want to wear it.

    But it's the little projects that are captivating me now. Can you really stand yet another fair isle (or, more accurately, stranded colorwork) in-progress photos? Because they'll be coming . . . all month long . . .

    I think my compromise to this whole problem is to knit a multi-colored sweater in November. The Ladybug Sweater (visible progress demonstrated here) is a baby sweater, true (well, I'm making the 24 mo size, so not SO baby). But it's stranded in fingering weight yarn on US2s. I'm pretty sure there are at least 50,000 stitches in this, at 219 stitches per row. If I can do this NaKniSweMo and the UFO Resurrection at the same time, well, I'll be golden.

    On top of which I am seriously thinking of NaBloPoMo. Today is day 1, after all.


    And A Contest

    In other exciting news, November is my blogiversary month. I did absolutely nothing last year to mark the occasion, so this year I'm determined to have a good time. Starting today. Tell me what November is for, and you could win some sock yarn. Contest ends Sunday November 4th at midnight Pacific Standard Time (although, if you get confused by the time change, I'll probably be lenient . . .)

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    35 Comments:

    Blogger Margene said...

    I did briefly consider NaBloPoMo, but I really like my breaks (Thanksgiving in particular). ;-)
    Congrats on 2 years of blogging (or is it more?).
    November is for giving thanks for all our blessings AND for sharing our blessings with those who need our help.

    11/01/2007 1:43 PM  
    Blogger Marina said...

    It's time to think of making real fruit cake for Christmas. The type where you soak large pieces of fruit in Grand Marnier for a few weeks, bake and then brush more Grand Marnier over it!

    Congratulations on the blogiversary!

    11/01/2007 2:10 PM  
    Blogger Jersey Shore Deb said...

    For me, November is about giving thanks. My husband, my father and my daughter were all born in November and, coupled with Turkey Day, it becomes a very festive month with a lot to be thankful for. Winning some yarn would make it even better!
    Congrats on your blogiversary!

    11/01/2007 2:22 PM  
    Anonymous lynda said...

    November is for spending time with my family. One of our favorite times of year is all getting together in Independence for Thanksgiving. I am blessed with a family that gets along and loves each other.

    11/01/2007 3:34 PM  
    Anonymous pat said...

    November is for jumping in leaves - at least that's what my 2 boys are doing! I'm making Mona Strickt's November Mystery sock!
    Happy Blogiversary!

    11/01/2007 4:48 PM  
    Blogger kasiaiscarly said...

    Hmm, well the whole year up until November 1st, November is for Birthday's (yay me!) Once my birthday passes, November is for pumpkins. . . . decorating with pumpkins, pumpkin pie, pumpkin bread, pumpkin seeds YUM!

    11/01/2007 6:53 PM  
    Anonymous Beth said...

    congrats on the blogiversary month :) November is for hunkering down in preparation for winter. So sweaters, extra blogging and writing in general are good hunker-down activities.

    11/01/2007 7:06 PM  
    Blogger OzKnitter said...

    Happy Blogiversary!

    November means I need to make my Christmas gift list, it also means the start of hot weather (even though summer 'officially' starts Dec 1), and the threat of hot weather makes me think "knit socks quick" (ie before it's too hot to knit).

    11/01/2007 7:37 PM  
    Blogger Jenn said...

    November is for family, I think, more than Christmas. By December we're all caught up in the holidayness of it all. But November - that's when I think of family. Hopefully you'll see hubbo then?

    11/01/2007 7:49 PM  
    Anonymous Kat said...

    November is for the start of EGGNOG season, and the building anticipation of Christmas, and time with the family. I like my family time with my husband, both of us curled up on the couch in our favorite afghan (the one my mom crocheted for me), drinking nog and reading our favorite books. That's what November is for.

    Kat

    11/01/2007 8:17 PM  
    Blogger Elinor said...

    November is for making you feel shitty that you have at least 6 weeks and an insurmountable amount of work remaining before the semester ends. Call me a cynic.

    11/01/2007 8:26 PM  
    Blogger TeresaB said...

    November is for family and finishing projects that are supposed to be gifts for Christmas! Oh and in my house it's for decorating for Christmas (because we have way to many decorations and it takes tons of time to get it all done, which means we skip decorating for Thanksgiving and go straight to Christmas.)

    11/01/2007 9:00 PM  
    Blogger Jessica said...

    November is for fireplaces, pie, and cuddling.

    I'm considering a weekday version of the NaBloPoMo. We'll see.

    11/01/2007 9:45 PM  
    Blogger Pam said...

    November is for knitting, of course. But also for thanksgiving.

    Congratulations on your blogiversary!

    11/01/2007 10:03 PM  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Happy Blogiversary!!
    November is for turkey! I can almost smell it once the calendar says November.
    Karen
    http://nothingbutknit.blog-city.com/

    11/02/2007 4:06 AM  
    Blogger Susanne said...

    November is for preparations and anticipation of Christmas. We celebrate Thanksgiving at the height of the harvest (early October). As a result, we look forward to Christmas. Shopping, perhaps some knitting, (although I stopped the Stressmas knitting a few years ago)and just general excitement. Perhaps even some baking!

    11/02/2007 5:21 AM  
    Anonymous melanie said...

    November is for Turkey and Veterans. :)

    11/02/2007 5:22 AM  
    Blogger Catherine said...

    Well if you're a store, Nov is for breaking out ALL the Christmas stuff (including the music) and reminding people xmas is only X number of days away!!

    But for me, xmas is the start of holidays and birthdays!! And also time to get together with friends and family. My roomie and I started a t-giving potluck which was mostly for when we were in school and couldn't go home for the holidays. But now its one of the few times we see people before they get super busy. And of course t-giving with the fam!

    11/02/2007 6:41 AM  
    Blogger hannah said...

    November is for eating! Pumpkin pies, pecan pies, apple pies, turkey, ham, bread, green beans, homegrown tomatoes, potatoes, sweet potatoes yum yum! There are recipes to test and tweak, wine to taste, cider to sip, oh my. I love November!

    11/02/2007 7:12 AM  
    Blogger Valerie said...

    November is for feeling guilty about the holiday presents you're not making in favor of the fun knitting you're doing for yourself.

    11/02/2007 7:13 AM  
    Anonymous Dad said...

    November is for getting on an airplane and visiting your first baby and hopefully her husband.

    Love you,

    11/02/2007 8:49 AM  
    Blogger Nikki said...

    November is for digging out the handknits to keep you warm against the coming winter.

    11/02/2007 8:58 AM  
    Blogger K8 said...

    November is for beautiful leaves, long awaited weather changes, warmer sheets, good food, and my birthday :) Happy blogiversary!!

    11/02/2007 10:10 AM  
    Blogger Vicki said...

    November is for staying home of dreary days. Cuddling up on the couch with my sweetie, some knitting, and some hot chocolate.

    Happy Blogiversary!

    11/02/2007 1:50 PM  
    Blogger ikkinlala said...

    November is for writing essays and completing homework assignments, usually at the last minute although I'd like to be better about that this year. It's also for knitting hats and mittens - we got our first real snow here today (the first one that stuck for more than a few hours), and even though I have warm things to wear the wintery weather has gotten me in the mood for knitting more of them.

    Happy blogiversary!

    11/02/2007 4:58 PM  
    Blogger Fancy Pants said...

    Happy Blogiversary! November is for cooking big meals with family and enjoying them together. November is for turning on the heat and smelling the dust burning off the heater and being reminded of the same time last year when you turned on the heat. November is for preparing for Christmas and compiling the Christmas list, belaboring over what special gift to give each special person in your life. November is for settling in, awaiting the winter, with warm socks, warm blankets, and cozy sweaters. November is for snuggling and weekends of staying in, watching movies, and drinking hot cocoa or hot cider.

    11/02/2007 5:18 PM  
    Anonymous Emily said...

    November is for the end of hurricane season (pears are good right now too). Happy Blogaversary!

    11/02/2007 7:23 PM  
    Anonymous Esther said...

    November is for finally some cooler weather in Florida.

    11/02/2007 8:20 PM  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    November is for sweaters.

    I enjoy your blog.
    debszwed@mac.com

    11/02/2007 8:22 PM  
    Blogger Kate said...

    November is for stew. And wind storms. And parent teacher interviews. And still feeling good about the Christmas gift making, before the panic of December sets in.

    11/03/2007 6:14 PM  
    Anonymous jofranknits@yahoo.com said...

    November is the month to marry your true love.... Six years ago today in a hurricane I finally married the man I should have the first time. He is a joy and so much fun.

    He is also the man that I knit a great sweater for before we got married. (busting the myth) He loves the sweater and me.

    Jofran

    11/03/2007 8:40 PM  
    Blogger Beth said...

    November is for autumn leaves, squash and sweet potatoes, apples and mulled cider. And nightfall coming really, really early.

    11/04/2007 7:21 PM  
    Anonymous tiennie said...

    November is for anticipation of all things holiday!

    11/04/2007 11:16 PM  
    Blogger Wool Winder said...

    I always think of November as birthday month. First we celebrate my husband's, then mine, then my daughter's.

    11/05/2007 8:38 AM  
    Blogger JayJay said...

    November is for giving up guilt. As in saying "sure I'll have a second piece of pie, it's the holidays!" and not feeling guilty about it. Also, taking time off to relax and think about family without feeling guilty.

    Congrats on your Blogiversary!

    11/06/2007 12:41 PM  

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