Tuesday, September 25, 2007

If One More Thing Piles Up ....

I have lost my mind! Leave it to me to finally feel the need to get back into the gym on a more consistent basis. Sunday night I sike myself up for Monday. Sundays are always days for waiting to the last possible minute to get anything ready for the week. I know - denial. Maybe Monday should be change to Denial Day because we all know exactly what we have to do on Monday, get up early, act like work is the thing we waited all weekend for, rush to accomplish to do list that is dated a month ago, and begin counting down the days til' the weekend.

Okay, so, clothes laid out, lunch packed, jammies on, and packing my bag for the gym. What's the combination for the lock again? Luckily one try and it worked. Look up code for gym - check, ipod - check with the a long list of podcasts! I'm ready!!!

Now Monday morning I still excited about getting in shape. Go in the office, turn on computer and check out the emails. This week's things to do that won't fit in my actual work time, but I must do anyway:
1. department meeting - Tuesday
2. sexual abuse video - Wed. (have to see it, but not planned during the real work time)
3. Training to be a better teacher - Thursday

Oh my gosh! Plus, progress reports and grades are due this week! What the h - ---!!

Life stinks some weeks!! Smile, sigh and go knit something, anything because this is the stuff that makes me buy more yarn to start another project because knitting is suppose to be my Happy Place! Anyone else got a week like mine?

Sunday, September 23, 2007

What's on My Needles - the picture update

As you know I keeping promising pictures, but some how things just keep getting in the way. Cloudy days, sad days, and busy days. Progress reports are due this week, so I have been trying to catch up on grades and assessments. Anyway, this sounds like a lot of excuses and really boring, so on to the show!!

Yesterday I was at Folk Festival in Faust Park. I was there with the Knitting Guild and spent a good portion of 4 hours knitting on the Rainbow cardi. I mention that it seems to be taking a long time to feel like it is going somewhere. Of course it is a US 5 and it is color work. I know it will take time, I'm was just hoping that I can get it finish in order to where it for the season. That reminds me, today is the first day of Autumn - so cool!!

When I got home I started working on finishing the foot and toe of the Waving Lace socks. The first one is done and ohhh is it pretty!!

Lastly, the brown sweater has the finishing done on the front, one sleeve, and the start of the second sleeve. I really love this sweater. It really reminds me of fall. The picture doesn't due justice for the color. There are lots of different colors of browns in it. It does have some blues and green but they really look murky in natural light.

So that's the update. What's on your plate?

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Ideas and Not Enough Time!

It seems like every time I look at a new knitting magazine or the new Knitty, I wish I could knit them in a blink of an eye. I know I am not the only one out there with this problem. As a new enough knitter I have not learned to "bide my time!" I want to knit it because it's just the cutest little thing I ever saw! Then, I turn the page or surf some more and there just another and another. I tried out the 48 hours per project and it does work really well. However, I have found myself to be shuffling projects around and believing that I'll have more time for the one that keeps getting pushed back later or I tend to knit less on the project at hand because tomorrow I get to work on the fun one. How stupid can ya get? So I've decided I'll knit what I want when I want and be a happy knitter! I can't follow that much organization for things that I am creating and besides who am I kidding anyway? I so love EZ attitude about there are no knitting police. Not to mention a woman who was so far in front of her time. I love the things that I have learned from her and the fact that knitting was just apart of her life. That's what I want too. I enjoy knitting but I don't want it to become a chore and this week it sort of has. Also, I really want to do some knitting for others. I have spent some time today consider what charities I want to get involved in. Hopefully I can get that figured out and post my plans. I think with the passing of 9/11 has made me a little more aware of how I need to be a part of the changing of ideas. I don't want to feel that just because something did not affect me directly doesn't mean that I shouldn't get involved. Plus, I work with kids that have very little and some do not have a home to call their own; I need to show them that people care and that I care too.

On a happier note, I'll have pics of my works in progress for Sunday. Everyone enjoy the cool weather that makes us want to cast on another project or two because after all we still have plenty of needles left to fill!!

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Changing of the Seasons

I knew the change of seasons was coming soon because of the acorns. I have a very old oak tree in front of my house and every year it feeds an abundance of squirrels. Each year I can tell how the weather might be because of the amount of acorns left on the ground. The season change from summer to fall reminds of the changing of the guards. Its like there's someone new in town with an entirely new agenda. With the changing of the seasons, my own feelings of a need to change goes right along with it. I think part of it is going back to work because it makes the change more "now".

My knitting follows suit. I love sweaters! I am one of those people who is always cold. Today is in the 70's and I could put on a light jacket and feel oh so comfy!! I have been working on the brown sweater and the Kauni Rainbow Cardi for a few weeks. Like all knitters I am always surfing the net for the newest and coolest when I happened upon a KAL for this:

Isn't it beautiful? I like the gray, but I really like blue in place of the gray because I didn't want the Halloween sweater. Not that there is anything wrong with Halloween, but I didn't want a sweater that I felt I couldn't wear for a longer part of the year than just Halloween. So, I ordered the yarn and the pattern was free and I away I waited!

The cool weather today brings this for busy needles tomorrow!

Monday, September 10, 2007

Swatching can be so Nice

I decided that although working on the MS3 did not work out for me for lots of different reasons I really liked the not knowing the end result. I enjoyed working on the chart and just waiting to see what would be revealed. So, I joined the Secret of the Stole. Here's the swatch. The color is Lost Lake by Knitpicks Shadow. The yarn is thicker than what I used for the other stole and I am hoping that it works out better. I am not sure about the beads I maybe changing those to something with a little more contrast to spice things up a little.

Anyone else playing with Secret of the Stole?

Sunday, September 9, 2007

Bored, Bored, and Bored

This weekend has been rather dull. I think its the rain and not being able to get outside. I have been knitting, but I feel like there has not been as much progress. I am dutifully trying out the 48 hour per project and I really like doing that. I will have pictures next week. I had a set back with the MS3, so I think some of the slow progress maybe more about that than anything. The lace socks that I started 2 weeks ago are going well. I have the heal turned and working on the foot of the first one. The brown sweater has the body finished except for the edging and I am half way through the first sleeve. Speaking of that reminds me, I tried doing the magic loop on the sleeve. I hate it. I am not sure why, but it seems slow and cumbersome for me. The Kauni cardi is coming along. I made a mistake in the first pattern repeat and I wasn't getting gage, so I went up a size on the needles and it looks better. I really love how the colors flow together with the pattern. I'll have picks next week and then I can see how the 48 hour per project is really looking with 3 full weeks in.

On the cool news side, Knitpicks has added a wooden needle set to the Option Interchangeable set. The cost is about 70 bucks. Guess what I want for Christmas?

The Secret of the Stole is looking like it will fun. Kathy, a good friend of mine won the first prize, so now she has to knit it with me!! The second prize will be for the swatches. Get signed up and complete your swatch by this Friday to enter for the second prize drawing.

Hope for a quick week with lots of knitting time!

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Not Much to Say

Work has been very busy this week and seems to be eating up a lot of my time. I forget how stressful my job can be and although I love to be busy I could use a sedative. I think part of it is not enough joyful time to knit or sleep because as soon as I sit down I think of the stack of things to get done the next day. The problem is I don't get any office time until the very end of the school day. By the time I do sit down I can't even remember what I wanted to get done. I do make lists, but that doesn't always help. On top of all, our school starts district assessment tomorrow. Lovely to consider the weekend in the mass of craziness!!

Sunday, September 2, 2007

Don't Knit Lace When You're Pissed

Let me just say for the record my MS3 hit the trash can today. I was working on chart 5 starting the wing. Now I knit left handed, so I have to be careful that when I am knitting that it makes sense. I started the chart, finished 50 rows and realized that I have knitted the whole chart backwards. Ideally I just start from the left side of the chart and everything works out fine. Not so much when I started this section because the pattern curves using short rows. Not realizing it soon enough I needed to frog the section. problem 1 - no life line, problem 2 - argument between son and husband, problem 3 - too many dropped stitches making the whole thing a complete mess!! Problem 4 and solution - screw the whole thing. Sigh..... Oh well, it not like its life and death situation and besides there are way to many other beautiful things to knit.

Saturday, September 1, 2007

Some Days are for Pampering

Okay I've been back to work for 3 weeks and have finally received my well awaited first paycheck for the year. Not only is it nice to have money, but the start of the new year also includes a raise. Its small, but okay I'll take it. This means goodies for me!! Friday I went to Meyer's House. Whew, is that a ways away when you work in Chesterfield and live in the city. I have only been to Meyer's one other time and really knew very little about yarn. I paid for my inexperience by way of a tank made out of some stuff that had eyelash in it. Completely and utterly ugly. Needless to say it didn't fit and even if it did I would not wear it any way. I looked like a big fuzzy white bear. So, second trip a little over a year and a half later I have much better sense and a hell of a lot more class. Thus, went on the search for lace and more lace. I have a couple plans hanging out there. I have a lace scarf from the Victorian Lace Today book. It has a diamond pattern in the center. I plan to use Rowan's Kid Haze in the midnight blue colorway. The other is Cashwool for a another Secret Stole that begins in October. Its called the "Secret of the Stole" in Yahoo groups if your interested. I really liked watching the pattern reveal itself in the MS3, so this should be fun too. The top was another pampering treat. I love the pattern and I thought the scarf might look pretty with it for the fall.

My weekend of pampering continued with a haircut and getting my nails done. While I was getting the nails beautified my manicurist talked me into a pedicure. I really wanted to try one for a long time, but I kinda think it might hurt. Don't ask, I can be a true pain in the ass!
Aren't the gorgeous?

I realize that its Labor Day weekend, do you think I went overboard on the idea of "no labor"?

Puppy Update!!
Charlie was at the vet for a second time. They took x-rays and said that there was probably some cartilage damage. This better then my fear of something being broken. The vet gave him some medicine for the inflammation and said to let it heal for a couple of weeks. If by then he not better he will have to see a Specialist and most likely surgery. I walked out with hope and prayers that it would heal. By Friday, Charlie was starting act more like himself. I can tell it is much better. He is running and playing with his brother Oreo.

Look out birds, Charlie is back!!