Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Happy New Year?

It's just after four in the morning and I've already been awake for an hour. The sound of slamming porta-potty doors finally made it impossible to sleep. And the occasional shout or scream of rude revelers has freaked the cat out so that he was walking all over me, waking me up at a quarter to three. I might as well have stayed up to see the new year begin. I'll definitely be napping later.

This year's Rose Parade promises to be chaotic. The City of Pasadena and the Tournament of Roses have denied permission to groups that wanted to demonstrate before the parade. Said groups have promised to find other ways to rain on the parade. The opening story on my home page news was about the additional police that have been added to the already huge staff that is required to keep people from misbehaving too much. I wish they'd been able to stop the really loud and bad band that was performing in the Carl's Jr. parking lot last night.

So. The last day of the year at A Stitch in Time was busy and one of the best in terms of dollars spent on yarn. Of course it was the last day of the winter sale so lots of people who had been holding off came in to take advantage of the savings. And I had a nice sized group of friends and students. I wore my new Noro Striped Scarf that I got for Christmas and it was a bigger hit than even I expected. I love the scarf and several other people will be knitting their own. I also had three large coffees from the Starbucks that's just down the street.

Still no photo of the finished Fiesta scarf. There's no daylight yet, let alone any sunshine. I started another one in some Lang Mille Colori that I had in stash. There's a pair of Maine Morning Mittens around here somewhere that I want to try to finish today. And since I probably won't watch the parade I'll do some laundry if I can. And trim the cat's claws.

I do like New Year's Day. It's always good to feel like I have a chance to start over and maybe get a few things right in the coming year. I'm still mulling what I want to put on my list of big projects for the year. The Mason-Dixon log cabin blanket is a definite. I have lots and lots of Cotton Classic but I'm not sure if I have enough colors. I'll see if I can find all of it. My stash is not well organized. And my Noro Kureyon sweater that I started a couple of months ago. I got so little done on it that I think it qualifies as a project for this year. And I now have the materials for a Charlotte's Web shawl (another Christmas gift). A couple of other things and I will have enough projects. Now I just have to get the resolve.


lexa said...

We were at the dance, but apparently the neighbors only had a couple of fireworks this year. The oldest one stayed up to watch them. They said there were a few gunshots, too.

The fire hall dance sucked. They played crap music. To top it off when we got there just before 11 I went and asked for a kahlua and milk. They didn't have any. So I drank water. I don't know if they ran out or didn't have any to begin with. They didn't have a balloon drop, New Years hats, horns, nothing. (I knew I should have stayed home and knit!)

I hope you get enough peace and quiet for a decent nap today! :)

Christine said...

I did stay up to see the New Year in, but only because I was reading a new mystery and couldn't wait to finish it. Surprisingly, it was quiet here. I just can't imagine the noise you have to put up with. Well, I can, having once, many, many years ago done the "camp out on Colorado for the Parade" bit, but I'm sure it's gotten much, much louder/ruder. Hope today is peaceful, productive, and filled with naps.