Update, as requested by Cynthia

September 10, 2007

Well, guess what folks, even though you have been laid off from your job. Life goes on. Funny isn’t it? And here I thought it would stop long enough for me to find a job, but life marches steadily on. Oh well I have until Sept. 28th. I know God has something amazing in store for me! My dear friend Cynthia sent me a comment which requested some information, an update if you will. Here is what she wanted to know:

1. Resume – done?
2. Sunday paper – gone through with fine-tooth comb?
3. Knitting – progress? (even if it’s a tiny bit?)
4. Spinning – any?
5. Doing something fun with the Monkey? (this is the only required bit)

Let’s start from the top shall we!

1. Resume – never let it get dusty, updated coverletter, got a glowing reference letter from boss.

2. Sunday paper – Checked, mailed out envelopes to every bank and a couple other places, I have friends and family scouring the town like bloodhounds.

3. Knitting – Lots…um, yeah, lots. Apparently getting laid off leads to a major case of startitus.

Item #1: Ankle Socks for me.

Item #2: Harry Potter and the Golden Snitch facecloth for a good friend.
Item #3: Addictive and pretty faceclothes for Christmas presents
Item #4 : My mittens for Warm Up The Winter

Item #5: Monkey Socks…everyone else is doing it sooo…
Item #6 Kids hat for Warm Up The Winter

Item #7: First half of Print O the Wave Stole

Item #8: Super Secret Knitting…the recipient is lucky that we aren’t the same size…this is sooo soft!

4. Spinning- Yep that too! It’s a bad picture, but shows the colors. I spun this into fingering weight. It’s just gorgeous, another one from Spunky Eclectic. Amy King is my hero!

5. Doing something fun with the Monkey? Heck ya, packed the fambly up on Sat. and headed to a little state park near us and had a picnic and went swimming! It was just what we all needed!

So thanks for checking in. We are doing fine. I’ll keep you posted on the job front. Maybe if I end up on unemployment for a while it would give me time to update my Ravelry.


Oh forgive me olive sock, it won’t happen again…

August 2, 2007

Hello Possums! I know, it’s been a while, but I’ve been busy…doing…um, stuff. Yeah. Ok, Ok, Ok, so I’m tired. I don’t sleep well during a full moon. I have no idea why, perhaps I am out howling at the moon and terrorizing small villages, I don’t know. Alas, my knitting mojo has been killed by my latest project. Remember those socks I am knitting for my Dad?

Yes, the ones that I started a month ago. Two pairs, small purl pattern on the calf for texture, and the rest stockinette. Needless to say, a month should have been more than sufficient to finish them. Except I hit a road bump. After I was 3/4 of the way through the first pair (I had one finished and was 1/2 way through the other) when I realized how thick they were knitting up. (Knitters, why do we not admit these truths to ourselves in the beginning? Why do we always insist blocking will set things right?) These are supposed to be light-breathable cotton summer socks, and these suckers were knitting up bullet-proof! Kevlar Socks! I was seriously contemplating a contract with the military.

So I frogged, and started them all over on size 4 needles instead of size 2. You could actually hear the yarn give an audible sigh of relief as it relaxed. Anywho, the blue pair I finished in a snap (the ones that were finished in Gettysburg), but the olive pair…We aren’t speaking to each other, apparently my adulterous mind is wandering. I pick up the needles of the olive pair and begin to knit when suddenly my gaze travels over to that beautiful Hot Pepper yarn I spun, just recently cast on for a cabled winter hat. A smile traces my lips, “HEY! Um, hello, I am right here in your hands! I see what you are doing!” My attention is brought back to the olive sock laying in my hand, feeling rejected. “Oh, sorry.” I mumble and begin knitting again. Then I think of my beautifully soft lace stole that I haven’t knit a stitch on in well over a month. I think of the fine thin thread moving through my fingers, the way the needles feel so small…”You’re doing it AGAIN!?!?” “Huh? Oh, yeah, right sorry, aren’t you at the heel turn yet?” Worse yet…that spinning wheel, sits there calling my name, speaking to me of the pleasure of roving moving through my fingers… how can I resist it’s siren song!

What can I say in my defense, the spark is gone, but I made a commitment, a commitment that I will hold true to. See? I am even working out my problems with my sock at work…

…um never mind.

Oh yes, and quick while the olive sock isn’t looking. Look at what I made. Shhhh, this is just between us, don’t tell the olive sock. I just don’t think it could take another one of my “indiscretions”.

Mittens? Socks? Ugh, no, that’s a dirty word right now. This spun up so nice, it looks just like dark chocolate and berries. I told my friend mittens might be dangerous as I don’t know if I could keep from licking my palms. It just looks so…edible!

Hot Pepper Anyone?

July 25, 2007

Not bad for my first skein done up on the wheel. It turned out lovely. Now comes the hard part…what to knit? Socks, a kick-hiney hat, mittens?

Have a Spunky Friday!

July 20, 2007

My birthday package from Spunky Eclectic arrived yesterday and let me just say, Amy did a fabulous job of selecting fiber. On a side note, before I show you the goods, I have to complain about the USPS. It never fails, it’s the same story every time. You order something online. You are notified of it’s tracking number. The USPS says they have been notified electronically that the shipper is planning to drop off the package…and that’s the only message you get on their “tracking info page”. Every time I have an online tracking number I actually receive the package before any of the info is updated. Same case here, got my package from Amy Thursday afternoon, Friday morning, Hey look! An email from USPS saying that my package was sent out. Government….grumble…why bother. </end rant>

On to the good stuff, the part you all want to see.

Isn’t it glorious? Starting in the center then working clockwise from the top we have: 100% Merino Superwash in the Moonflower colorway, Sparkling Triple Play Blue Face Leicester Batt in the Desert Sunrise, Romney in Burning Embers, Merino and Bamboo (60/40) in Autumn, Blue Face Leicester in Snow Grape (I love that name), Tussah Silk in Mahogany, 100% wool (not sure what kind) in Hot Pepper, and finally; Merino in Peony (that pink is amazing! I think I’ll spin it and send it to Kelly as I know how much she adores pink). Woo Hoo! Great birthday stuff.

I started spinning the Hot Pepper on my lunch. Wow! It spins like a dream! I so want socks out of it. Hot Dang! Thanks for the awesome package Amy, it’s just perfect.

I’m a spinning fool!

July 16, 2007

It came, on Saturday no less. I was really surprised it got here this fast. I’m obsessed completely…I’m also dangerously close to being out of fiber. I can’t wait for my package to come from Spunky Eclectic!

A movie! Whoo Hoo! Yes Kelly, that is Star Trek in the back ground, Yes, you can say it.

I’ll have the eggs and toast…no wait, the sawmill gravy and biscuits…hmmm, no, I changed my mind…

July 13, 2007

I have a wee bit of a problem. I am terrible at choosing things from a menu/list. Now I can make important decisions lickity-split, but put a menu in front of me and forget it. By the time the hubby and the monkey are eating dessert, I might, maybe, possibly have picked out my entree…maybe. Is it too late to change my order?
This has led me to an interesting dilemma over the past few days. You see, I have birthday money which was supposed to be ferreted away for a spinning wheel, and now it will be spent on fiber, because really where is the fun in receiving a spinning wheel when you only have one bag of fiber. I have been drooling for three days strait over at Spunky Eclectic. “I love the atomic melon…oooh, Ravelry roving…wow, that Utah Sunrise is amazing…silk? I wonder what it’s like to spin silk? OH Alpaca…look at all the different kinds of wool.” I’m helpless. I was seriously considering wadding up spit balls and shooting them at my monitor with my eyes closed, then ordering what they land on. Alas, no, the lovely Amy has come to my rescue. I emailed her begging for her assistance. I asked if I could send her X amount of dollars and have her put together a surprise package of fibery goodness for me, to which she graciously agreed. Thank you Amy!

Did I also mention that I’m signing up for the Spunky Eclectic fiber club? Just $15 a month guarantees me a fibery surprise package each month…and Amy chooses the color and fiber. Phew.

Woo Hoo What A Birthday!

July 11, 2007


OK, first of all I have to say, today is great. Why? Because God is Good! Because I am getting a spinning wheel for my birthday. Because I got an invitation to Ravelry last night. That’s why. I turn 28 today and have been reminded of all the wonderful people in my life. I have a fantastic family: a husband who, with bleary sleepy eyes rolled over this morning at 4:30 to hug me and mumbled in his sleep, “happy birthday sweety”. Apparently he has something special planned this evening. I have a wonderful little monkey who hugged me and said Happy Birthday nearly 20 times this morning. I came to work and on my desk was a hand picked bouquet of flowers (from her garden) from my dear friend Mel. I was greeted by a co-worker and friend this morning as I came in, “Happy Birthday, birthday girl!” Then another friend from work came in with birthday wishes and a fancy square of 65% dark chocolate. My inbox has been flooded with e-cards this morning from both friends and family alike. I am grateful and thankful for all the wonderful people in my life and the friendships I have. It has been so wonderful getting to know all of you this past year and I want to say thank you, you each mean a great deal to me. God has truly blessed me with an amazing family and friends. God bless all of you.

I would also like to say a very special thank you to Cynthia for her very generous and kind offer. Cynthia is sending me a wonderful birthday gift: a spinning wheel that she doesn’t use anymore and says is just crying out to be used. She is a testament to all things knitterly and wonderful. This community of knitters and spinners that we are all apart of is special beyond mention because of folks like you. Thank you. The moment I got your email I was just floored. I was so giddy and happy. My feet didn’t touch the floor for the rest of the evening and I tossed and turned all night! Thank you!