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Benefit by doing things that others give up on.

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Benefit by doing things that others give up on.

That’s what my fortune cookie said last Friday at the grand opening of Co.Lab Duluth. I thought it was fitting, because I was finishing my word count for Camp NaNoWriMo, and am working toward finishing the rewrite of my novel. I’ve been working on this project since November, and there have been many temptations to give up on it. It took a long time to get a little bit of writing done at Co.Lab’s grand opening, though, because the grand opening events were so fun! We got there in time for the breakfast buffet, and stayed for lunch and the happy hour at the end of the day. I’m really excited to have a CoWorking space here in Duluth. I love the concept and hope to someday make money independently so that I can justify paying for a spot there! Preferably writing novels, of course ūüôā

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Kayaking: one reason I love Duluth.

This is how we watched fireworks on Wednesday. We’ve talked about doing this since we met, because Chris had done it before. We just never got a chance. This year, we finally did it. The fireworks in Duluth are set off from a barge in the bay and it can be quite challenging to find a good spot that isn’t crowded that also has accessible parking. Plus, kayaking + fireworks = gorgeous. We put in from a beach on Park Point before it got dark, and then chilled out in the water, paddling around until it was fireworks time. Seeing the city from the water, the sun setting behind the hill, floating on the water, was just perfect. Now I want to go kayaking every day.


Cool ice on Tischer Creek

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I haven’t walked on the trail near our house for awhile because of how icy it’s been. The weather keeps alternating between warm and cold, causing lots of thick, smooth ice everywhere. Today, I walked down the hill on the roads, and came back up on the trail. It’s harder to slip when you’re walking up a hill than down, so I wasn’t as afraid to bring the dog that way!

I took some iPhone pictures of the cool ice over the creek. You can hear the water running under it. This is the section of trail alongside Tischer creek between 4th street going up to St. Marie St/Vermilion Rd.

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January 26, 2012 at 8:32 pm

Socks for spring – Knitty’s Java

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Yesterday morning, I had an appointment before work. I got done early enough that I had some time before work but not early enough to stop home and do anything. So, I stopped at Bixby’s for a bagel and drove to work. I’m lucky to work somewhere that has a parking lot with this view:

Breakfast view

I had ten minutes to eat my bagel, sip some of the latte I splurged on, and enjoy a sunny spring morning in Duluth. I love Lake Superior.

Since the Shepherd’s Harvest festival, I’ve been working on the Java socks from Knitty Winter 2011. I haven’t done a top-down sock in awhile, and I’ve never done cabling without a cable needle. It’s surprisingly easy!

Java socks

Yarn is from MacKintosh yarns, who had a booth at the festival.

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May 20, 2011 at 1:07 pm

Slowly learning html while making a website

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Weaving has been slow, since I have something else occupying my time. Over the past year or so, I’ve been slowly working my way through Head First HTML with CSS & XHTML. The past couple of weeks, I’ve finally been putting my newfound HTML and CSS expertise to use and building a couple of websites. It turns out, though, that when you work through a book like this as slowly and in as many fits and bursts as I have, you tend to forget a lot of stuff. So it’s been a real brain exercise to build the websites, going back and looking up stuff to remember how to do it, or to use google to figure out things that weren’t in the book. It’s slow going, but doing it is helping me learn.

The first website I’m building is for Chris’s business, named fix with a lowercase f. He bought a business this fall called Macintosh Doctor, but he researched a bit and found out that Apple forbids use of any of its trademarked names in other people’s business names. Which is not really that surprising. He’d wanted to change it anyway, and just this week found out that his name was approved! Now we need a website and there’s a little bit of a time limit on it – I’m teaching an iPod touch and iPhone class through our Community Ed program at the end of this month! We need the website ready to put on the handouts for the class.

The other website I’m building is my own, and this blog will eventually be incorporated into it. I’m hoping my website will be a personal site for sharing resources for the crafts I do, and also eventually able to be a space to house some fiber-selling business activities. I also have a deadline for this website, because the week after my iPhone class, I’m teaching a knitting class, also through Community Ed! Again, I need the website to give to the people in my class so that they can reach me again, or get info about taking more classes, or whatever.

It’s all exciting, but it’s also slow going. Working a full time job and trying to start other stuff part time can be exhausting! Tonight we are coffee shopping it, getting a chance to be away from the distractions of home so that we can focus. Speaking of focus…time to get back to that website building!

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April 7, 2011 at 2:25 am

Finishing mittens just in time for spring.

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Remember these mittens?


I started them back in…what? October? I remember bringing them to knit on during my breaks at my brand new job at the nursery school. Then, one day, I discovered that the second mitt was noticeably smaller than the first. I was knitting it at a tighter gauge because I’d gotten used to the two color knitting. Apparently, this disheartened me so much that I had no desire to work on these mittens all through the winter months, even though I had no other mittens. Yes, I got through the winter with a couple of pairs of fingerless mitts. Which, when your outdoor activity mostly consists of walking from the house to the car, and then from the car into work, suffices even in a Minnesota winter. I did also borrow some mittens from Chris when I needed them, so I’m not that crazy.

Now that we have Gru, I’ve been borrowing Chris’s mitts every day when we take him on cold spring walks in the morning and in the evening. So I decided it was high time I revived the mitten project.

Now, after a couple of days, my mitts look like this:


I started them up again just in time, too! We have a blizzard warning in effect for tonight and might get up to 11 inches of snow! The snow hasn’t started yet, but it’s been super windy all day, more so as the day went on. The wind practically pushed me to the door when I took the garbage out tonight. After work, Chris and I drove down to Brighton Beach to watch all the big waves roll in. Now, I can enjoy the sound of the wind pounding at the doors and windows from the couch, knitting and tea in hand. Mmmm.

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March 23, 2011 at 1:51 am

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