Thursday, February 12, 2009


When I found out we were moving 2 months ago, it seemed like I had forever to prepare. Now, I have two weeks! Luckily, we experienced a real estate miracle and sold the house in less than 24 hours. Movers have been scheduled, and I just returned from a scouting trip to our new city. We will be moving into a great apartment that is next to Trader Joe's and an art supply store! (Here, the nearest Trader Joe's is 4 1/2 hours away.) I also began my house hunting. While some may have been depressed after seeing what is in our price range, I thought the situation to be totally hilarious. It is difficult to explain, so I will just show you this.

That, my friends, is BLACK MOLD. According to the linked website, "The health risks associated with mold exposure include, but are not limited to: allergic reactions, irritation associated with volatile organic compounds (VOCs), invasive disease, mycotoxicosis." Anyway, unless I want to live in a former crack house that may or may not cause my lungs to explode, we're going to start looking in some areas further out from DC. I'm pretty sure I saw some people stripping a stolen car across the street from one of the houses I looked at.

In knitting news, Joanne asked to see the inside of my Inga hat.

If you squint, you can see the pattern in reverse. Also, I have been working on my February Lady Sweater.

This was first a Cropped Cardigan with Leaf Ties, but after I separated the sleeves and knitted some of the body, I tried it on. The result looked something like a German milkmaid. I thought I should be running through the hills singing, "High on the hill was a lonely goat herd" and prancing around to polka music. I immediately ripped the whole thing out and started knitting the February Lady Sweater. I was terrified of lace, but it really is a whole lot easier than I thought. The pattern repeats are only 7 stiches, so I can finish one without getting lost.

Now for the hardest part... which yarns do I pack for my apartment and which do I leave for the moving van? I know, my life is so stressful.
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