Friday, December 31, 2010

2010 Knits

Above is a sampling of my 2010 completed knitting projects. I wasn't very productive this year but I was able to finish a few knitted gifts, a few things for charity and a few things for myself. One of my favorite knits for myself was the Simple Shawl shown above in Koigu.

As for 2011 I hope to finish a few more projects including socks, lace shawls, and possibly a sweater for myself.

Happy New Year!
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Wednesday, May 19, 2010


Yesterday was my birthday so I took half of the day off from work to have a little fun. DH and I went and saw How To Train Your Dragon in 3D. It was a lot of fun. I capped off the day by watching Glee and reading with my dogs on my lap. Not a bad birthday in my opinion.

Sunday, May 02, 2010

Spring Fling 2010

I was lucky enough to go to The Loopy Ewe Spring Fling again this year. It was an awesome weekend full of knitting, friends old and new, and more knitting.

Kathy and I drove over on Thursday morning and arrived in time to have lunch, hang out in the knitting lounge with some friends, and enjoy the opening night events of the dessert reception. We received an awesome goody bag that had a skein of Wollmeise in Femme Fatale, a special color for the Fling. I was also lucky enough to have dinner with Gryphon, Anne, Wendy, Stacy, Leslie, Laura, Sara and some new friends. It was definitely a knitting rockstar kind of night!

Friday morning I had a great colorwork class with Gryphon and a wonderful shopping trip to Loopy Central in the afternoon.

Gryphon's Colorwork Class

Kathy and I at Loopy Central

I was pretty good and didn't go over my budget this year. I picked up yarn for a few projects, mostly shawls.

I also received a skein of Wollmeise Spice Market from Michelle, my swap partner.

Friday night Mr. Loopy gave us some tips on photographing yarn which I tried out when I got home. It was interesting to here how a pro does it. Speaking of pro photographers, my roommate Carolina is an awesome photographer from Brooklyn. We chatted into the night over the weekend and I had a great time rooming with her.

Saturday morning I slept in and had lunch before my beginning lace class with Jerad Flood aka Brooklyntweed. I really enjoyed his class a lot. He was so nice and cute to boot!

We had the group picture made in the evening as well as all of us that joined in the Vesper sock knitalong. I finished 1 and a half socks at the fling and then finished the pair later in the week after I got home.

Saturday night was our final event where Sheri gave out door prizes, some great announcements including Loopy's new line of yarn, and the traditional Loopy song.

Sunday morning after brunch Kathy and I drove back to Kansas City after a stop over at Trader Joe's. It was bittersweet to leave as it is very seldom that I get time to just sit and knit or hang out with knitting friends and forget about all of the troubles of life.

I had a great time and while I don't know if I'll get to go again next year, I'll always remember how much fun I have at Spring Fling.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Knitting Olympics

I'm waiting for the 2010 Winter Olympics opening ceremonies to begin so that I can cast on for my Knitting Olympics event. I'm going to knit a cabled hat in 17 days while the Olympics is going. The knitting isn't the challenge for me but the deadline will be.

Thursday, January 07, 2010

2009 recap

Wow, looks like I kind of forgot I had a blog! This recap is going to be short and sweet.

On the home front, we spent a wonderful year with Lexi and I can't imagine life without her. We adopted another mini Dachshund the week before Christmas. She is a cutie and a handful! We've had so much snow on the ground here since we got her that she really hasn't gotten to do much but eat, sleep, and play inside with her sister. I can't wait until the weather warms up this Spring so that we can do more with her outside.

DH hurt his back in March 2009 and after visits to the surgeon and pain doctors there is not much they can do for him but keep him on pain meds. This led to him going on temporary disability at the end of June and then getting laid off in November. He then got on permanent disability from the company he worked for which was such a blessing. We were really concerned about how we would make ends meet if that didn't happen.

Good news is that I got a promotion in June and have had some wonderful changes happen for me at work. The position is new so I'm having to feel things out as I go along but I really am enjoying it. Unfortunately I got sick the week of Christmas and have had a cold, sinus infection, and now a stomach virus so the last three weeks I have spent more time in bed than at my desk. I'm praying I can be over this mess now.

On the knitting front, I haven't gotten much done this past year. I finished 13 projects. A few of those were baby items including my second baby sweater for a coworker. I only knit 3 pair of socks which was below my goal but I still enjoy knitting socks so I'm sure I'll crank some out this year.