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I am currently fighting my way out of a post-Christmas creativity slump. I foolishly jumped on the 365 photo a day bandwagon. Taking a photo a day is usually not my problem. No, the problem is taking at least one photo a day that isn’t total crap. I’ve already missed a day due to the fact that I was traveling to California for a funeral. Only 331 days to go. Fabulous.

Despite the lack of craft mojo, I did cast on for a new sweater recently. With a gift certificate I’d received for Christmas burning a hole in my pocket, I got myself over to Borealis to pick out yarn for Mr. Greenjeans. I was seriously considering another FLS, but decided to try something different. I was planning to splurge, but the yarn that called to me was Cascade 220. It may seem dull, but I can’t argue with getting enough yarn for a sweater and having money leftover. I was making decent progress until I realized that I wasn’t following the cable pattern correctly. So yesterday I went from this:

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to this:

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With surprisingly little angst, I just yanked the needles out and started to unravel. Must be a sign that I’m maturing as a knitter that I can do that without panicking. It’s all back on the needles and I’m back in the saddle.  I guess sometimes it is a good idea to read the pattern.

Lest we forget, January 20, 2009 was a truly historic day in America. The 2nd anniversary of my blog, of course! Leave a comment before President’s Day (February 16th) and I’ll draw a name or two for a little gift.

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When I got home from work the other day, I was greeted by two very exciting pieces of mail. The first was this:

This is my first copy of MixTape and I am very excited. Just the dual covers by Blair and Daria are reason enough to love it.

The second piece of mail was a delivery attempted notice from the post office. What’s exciting about that? It meant that the lens I rented was that much closer to being in my hot little hands. The next morning, I took the package slip with me and picked up the lens on my way to work. Brad, acting as the voice of reason, made sure I didn’t leave the house with my camera. He knew full well that if I picked up the lens and had my camera with, I’d skip work and take photos all day. Good man. I had a meeting, anyway.

I did, however, come home earlier than usual and tore into the package. I think I’m in love.  It is a Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 macro.

Better yet, Brad has acknowledged how fun it is and has stopped scoffing at my pipe dream to own one someday.