First Needle of the New Year

JanScarfI started this in November of last year, but it’ll be the first knitting project I finish in 2014. It’s a variegated yarn, which makes its own pattern. Or, you know, not.

I cast on 27 stitches, knit five rows, then do each row k1, p1. Every so often, just at random, I do a row of straight knit to break things up.I’ll do five rows of knit at the end, too.

I don’t know how long it’ll end up being, since I only have one skein. If it isn’t long enough to be a scarf, it’ll make a nice collar. I like those.

Our microwave died at the end of 2013, so we began the new year by doing our least favorite thing: consumer spending. We got one on sale, smaller than the last one, and with a timer, which the last one didn’t have. Isn’t this a fascinating post? You’d think it was a Facebook Status Update.

ANYWAY, happy 2014.

A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: What are your main character’s goals for the new year?


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I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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One thought on “First Needle of the New Year

  1. Jane

    January 2, 2014 at 9:44am

    Hi. I, too, suffered the loss of a microwave last year. =Sniffle= But then I got a shiny new one!

    That scarf is so beautiful! It’s the one Tom Baker would’ve worn if he’d had the choice.

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      Marian Allen

      January 2, 2014 at 9:49am

      Heh! 2013 must’ve been a bad year for microwaves. This one has a computer brain and an operating manual. I kind of miss the ones with a timer knob and an on/off switch. You know, cook it or don’t. DEAR GOD, I’m old.
      Marian Allen would love to share..First Needle of the New YearMy Profile

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      • jane

        January 3, 2014 at 10:34am

        I know! I researched the beast before I bought at Big Lot’s, and the tricks these babies can perform are better than a circus!

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