Sunday, January 28, 2007
Sunday, January 21, 2007
Wednesday, January 17, 2007
The Forest Path Shawl is up. I received my Cashmere from the UK and it's up on needles. I have lusted over this shawl since 2003, and this is my shawl priority until it is done. And there are 20 other knitters putting this up to keep me company while this is being knit.
I'm off to the shop. I can only hope for you that your day is as good as I am sure mine will be. Oh, and it's supposed to be above freezing! Life is good in God's Country!
Friday, January 12, 2007
I promised yarn and there it is. The socks are the Kitri socks and already on needles. Unfortunately I have to pay too much attention to them, which does not work while I am studying. Back to the shawl. The sock yarn next to that is some new yarn from All Things Heather. I will probably use a size 2 needle on this, maybe for a sock by Anne over at Knitspot. The other yarn is for a beautiful shawl I saw in the fashion show at Stitches East. It's Blue Heron and I can't wait to make this. I had some material (silk and silk velour) dyed to match and am having a skirt and top made to wear with the shawl. Hopefully to wear on the Sea Socks Cruise one night.
I am in the middle of a war of the minds with one of my sons. He is a picky eater, and stubborn to boot. He didn't eat his supper last night, and I'll be darned if he is going to pull that crap on me tonight. So there he sits, it's been over an hour,and all he has to do is finish an egg sandwich. The future will be full of these wars. Oh my, give me patience.
I got a new toy today - a Blackberry for work. I think it's fun, my husband thinks it's an electronic leash. At least now I have my calendar with me.
Man, it's cold. I'm turning on the fireplace. Time to knit!
Thursday, January 11, 2007
Do you know what that translates to? Many thanks in your belly button. Yeah – I laughed too. I was looking through the Yiddish dictionary at work and found that. I will have to remember it the next time I need to thank someone profusely.
What I was looking for was the spelling Farklempt, i.e. overcome. I am overloaded, inundated, and just have way too many things that I want to knit, with no time. I received beautiful sock yarn in the mail yesterday and the day before. I also received the deep rich yarn to make a gorgeous shawl. But, holy crap, I HAVE SO MUCH UP ON NEEDLES ALREADY!!!!
Nothing is going to get done. I want to work on everything and my job and everything else is getting in the way. I have samples to knit for classes. I don’t even want to take time to organize the unbelievable mess I call a yarn room. I need a temp for work, a wife for home and a cabin boy – for whatever.
When they started manufacturing all these beautiful fibers, they didn’t realize they were starting a new addition – Yarn whores or yarnaholics. Hello my name is “fill in your own name” and I am a yarnoholic. It is so hard to resist the temptation to buy. How these women can start one project before buying any new yarn is totally beyond any comprehension on my part. Now, I will admit that the yarn that came in the mail was ordered in 2006, so I haven’t been too bad in the early part of 2007. I did buy some lace weight, for projects out of Victorian lace and another unbelieveable shawl that is going up on needles in February . I have wanted to knit that one for at least 3 years.
So, I need a plan. Boy do I need a plan. Yarn pictures tomorrow, I promise.
By the “weigh” I’ve lost 3 pounds on the diet. 12 to 17 more to go.
Wednesday, January 10, 2007
I have some yarn to show you, but I won't tonight. It's getting late, I haven't studied, been too busy reading my cruise packet for the Sea Socks Cruise. But I found some yarn in the mail box today and it sure is pretty. And, there was yarn in the mail box yesterday. What fun! Boy I wish I just could stay home and knit. Tomorrow....
Sunday, January 07, 2007
I started a diet yesterday. It's amazing how everything that is bad for you looks so good when you want to lose weight. I am trying to get back to what I weighed when I met my husband. He is being very supportive, which is nice, because he is very thin naturally. It didn't take much for me to weigh more than him when I was pregnant with the boys.
The picture has some knitting and my contracts outline. I knit while I study so I don't get too crazed by trying to remember legal garbage that I flushed from my brain 9 or more years ago. Yes, that is some lace weight Zephyr on the needles. I needed a lace project that I didn't have too think too much about, so I picked up this shawl which was already on the needles. I am not going to say what it is yet, but it is gorgeous and I'm hoping to complete it in record time.
Okay, I have been quiet, but since the game is tomorrow night, for goodness sake - I have to say something. After all, I have to watch it in a bar in Dallas, since I have a quick trip there tomorrow. I am a huge, obnoxious University of Florida fan, who LOVES college football. And my team is in the BCS championship game. No one thinks we will win, even the sportscasters. Well, we shall see tomorrow night.
Friday, January 05, 2007
1. Girlfriends – What and where would I be without my Girlfriends. They come in all shapes and forms, all ages, and some are guys who are so great, they qualify as girlfriends. Friends to laugh and cry with, to knit with, to party with, and who just make you happy when they walk in a room or send you an email.
2. Gauge – Well this had to be there. The bain of every knitter’s existence. The bain of my sock knitting experience for all of those ridiculous sock patterns of 72 and 80 stitches. Thanks to you I visit the frog pond on many occasions.
3. Gifts – my boys. Two miracles from God. Enough said.
4. Gobstoppers – I love these jawbreakers. I know I have a box at home on the candy shelf. I snuck them into the Bar exam in California where horrors of horrors you weren’t allowed food. They do make a lot of noise though, when dropped on a hard wood floor.
5. Gynos – Don’t we hate going? This will be a little cold. Just relax. Okay, after I kick you…..
6. Guitar – Just signed up my oldest for guitar lessons which he has asked for during the last year. Could he be the next Eddie Van Halen? Do I need earplugs?
7. Gross – hey, it’s a good word for a number of occasions, especially when my boys say “excuse me, I tooted…”
8. Great Lakes – I used to live 4 blocks from Lake Michigan, moved there when I was 6 years old. Boy it got cold during the winter when the wind blew in off of the lake. I remember going tobogganing down Lake Shore hill with my older brother and sister and my dad.
9. Gloria – Two, make that three great songs. First, Gloria in Excelsis Deo. Then of course Van Morrison’s classic Gloria. Always sing that baby loud and spell it out. Then Laura Branigan’s disco classic Gloria. I have been known to dance my butt off when that tune is played.
10. Genius – I’m not one, but I am a member of Mensa. Surprised? I think the testers were too!
email me if you want a letter.
Well, this was fun, now back to work. Five more inches of snow today, anyone need some?
Thursday, January 04, 2007
Today is the 4th, and I hit the gym for the second time this week. Not bad. It always irritates me that it takes no time or effort at all to put on some pounds, but boy does it take some time and effort to get them off. Times like these I wish I had a magic genie that could get me back into shape in the blink of an eye.
I have an almost finished project. The other half’s scarf is knitted and only needs a sewn bind off and some blocking. I put up my Alice Starmore two days ago, but am not sure I am getting gauge. I ripped it out yesterday and I might be back to the frog pond today. I keep vacillating between the 2.75 and 3.0mm needles.
I had 600 emails at work. Isn’t that insane? Now some of them are old ones that need to be deleted, but 600! I’m down to 524, shooting for 450 at the end of the day.
Speaking of the end of the day, guess what is blowing in tonight? Another snow storm, what's up with that? It’s supposed to be 50 degrees today, and I was hoping that the sun would melt the remainder of the 3 to 4 inch ice in the subdivision streets. I sure am glad we have 4 wheel drive. 3 snow storms in 3 weeks? Blame in on El Nino.
Oh and I studied last night. Not too much fun, after all it was torts, now on to contracts.
The sun is shining; all is right with the world. Enjoy your day.
Monday, January 01, 2007
2006 sure seemed to fly by. In keeping with tradition, I have my resolutions for 2007. Whether or not these will be kept, only time will tell.
- Knit from the stash. At one time or another, each ball of yarn was at the top of the must knit list. I have so many projects on needles, that I need to curb the inclination to buy what ever catches my eye. January is finished object month, so hopefully there will be some movement in the stash.
- Have more patience, especially with my oldest son. He always seems to get me on my last nerve.
- Lose the weight I put on since I got married and had the boys. My husband hasn't added any pounds, but I have. While I'm at it, get back into an exercise routine.
- Study at least 2 hours a day. This seems a ridiculous amount, with working and the boys, but it's only for 2 months and there is a light at the end of the tunnel, hopefully.
- Learn more about knitting. That means classes, retreats, conferences. (Like this resolution is going to be a hard one to keep).
- Get organized. On man, the yarn room needs it badly.
- Have a cleaner house. HA HA HA.
Well, there is football on the TV, projects to finish, banana bread to bake, and the boys are upstairs with dad putting together a race track, so mom is going to grab some "me" time. Happy New Years my Friends!