A New Record Even For Me

Well, isn’t this special? 2 days and I’m already off track. Whoopsie! So I’m going to back date some stuff, since I have things that should have gone up on certain days, and hope that no one notices (or cares). Y’all won’t tell, right?

Look! Shiny things!

Lynda the Guppy
aka The Fish With Sticks
aka OMG What A Slacker Fish

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Call Me The Bag Lady (2 of 30)

I have a confession to make. I was a Ziploc Knitter. You know the kind. Someone who has a ton of different little bags and pouches in That Drawer every knitter has. The one filled with little bags and pouches and 17 tape measures you can never find and a half-dozen yarn cutters even though you usually end up hand-breaking the yarn because you never have one with you. That Drawer. 

Even though I had all those little bags and pouches, the only one I really used with any regularity was the Stuff It Sack from Tom Bihn. And I did like it. It was a good size, shape, had a cord lock on the drawstring so it wouldn’t accidentally open and dump everything out in your purse. Let’s face it, though. It was boring. Just plain grey fabric. Snooze. 

Last Christmas my Tuesday Knitting Group had gift exchange. The rules were spend less than $10 and/or feel free to stash dive. I don’t remember who gave me my first Slipped Stitch Studios project bag, (Maridee?), but it was this great, but subtle, Day of the Dead fabric. It didn’t scream LOOK! SKULLS! It was perfect. It was an excellent size and shape. It held what I was working on easily. I could toss it in my purse and not worry about the contents. I totally and completely fell in love. Next I bought myself a couple that had movie monsters like Werewolves and Frankenstein’s monster. I picked up one in the sock size and one in the 2-skein size, which was the size Maridee(?) had given me. 

At this point I had come to realize nearly everyone in my knitting group had AT LEAST one bag from Laura, and mom was trying to steal the Day of the Dead bag every time I wasn’t looking. 

 Then…The L.A. Yarn Crawl. I might have sort of maybe gone a little insane. A little bit.

14.

I bought 14 bags. 

You heard me. 14. 

Now, before you all flip out, not ALL of them were for me. In self-defense, I had purchased a number of them for mom so she would stop trying to steal mine. It didn’t work. She kept trying. LOL. 

Since then, I’ve added a Halloween bag, and then here’s where Laura knows how to get me. 

BAG OF THE MONTH: DOCTOR WHO EDITION.

My geeky little knitter’s heart nearly exploded.

Here’s all my goodies. Feel free to click to make them bigger…on the outside this time. LOL

Sock bag… 

2-skein bag…

Pattern Wallet…

And magnets for the Pattern Wallet…

Stitch Markers. How cute are these?!…

Tin Box…

And since Van Gogh is my favorite artist EVER, and Starry Night is one of my favorite paintings EVER, and I found out Laura’s doing a “Vincent and Doctor Who” Bag of the Month? Oh, dude. I’m SOOOOO THERE. I’m so there I put in my order with her before she ever announced what was included or the prices. LOL.

Fabric gimmicks aside, I really love these bags. I haven’t used any ziplocs since I bought enough bags for my “regular” projects. They’re well made and the perfect sizes for your different knitting projects. 

 Lynda the Guppy
aka The Fish With Sticks
aka The Fish With The Bag Addiction

Once More Unto the Breach… (1 of 30)

“Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more.” Ah, Henry V. How I love this play. It’s really my favorite, I think, of all the Shakespeare plays. This, the St. Crispin’s Day speech, at the end when Henry begs Katharine to love him, the man, as well as the King? Excellent romance writing right there. I also love Richard III. Winters of discontent and Kingdoms for horses.  Hmm. It appears I’m an Historical guppy. Who knew?

ANYway…

I’ve been encouraged (loudly) by a number of friends to WRITE MORE, DAMN IT! It appears I have some friends who believe I’m wasting my talents. LOL. I never got into the habit of writing regularly, because, well, I never thought I was that good at it. Sure, I can string sentences together well, and write essays and that sort of thing, but creating something from scratch? I’m just not that creative. LOL. It has been pointed out to me (again, loudly) that I can write, and write often without writing fiction. Oddly that never really occurred to me. LOL And in these days of 140-character tweets and expansive blogs, both of which I’ve used for years, I’m not sure why it didn’t.

So, without any further ado, and with my friends shoving me off the cliff while cheering me on, here we go again. Once more it is NaNoWriMo* November, and so once more I’m going to try for NaBloPoMo.** Last year I did 16 posts during the month of November, which I think is a record for me. I’m hoping to beat it, especially as I’m going to spend today playing with ideas.

WARNING! There may be Mom Stories this month as her birthday is Sunday, and some talk about my grief, too, but I’ll try to not be too much of a little black cloud.

Lynda the Guppy
aka The Fish With Sticks
aka A *gulp* Writing Guppy

*NaNoWriMo = National Novel Writing Month. Write like a demon for a month, and at the end of the month, good or bad, you have a first draft of a full-length novel. IOW Crazysauce with a side of OMG What Did I DO?! for writers.

**NaBloPoMo = National Blog Writing Month. A blog post a day for the entire month of November. IOW crazy town for bloggers.