Sunday, April 30, 2006

Knitting, What Knitting?

I'm in a bit of a knitting funk. Actually I'm in a bit of a funk period. Things are crazy at work and at home. My husband has been out of work for the last year and a half while he attended school. He finished in January and hasn't been able to get a job yet. He had his first interview last week and I'm hoping he gets called back for the second this week.

My job is stressful in the sense that it needn't be. What I do has no real effect on the world at large but there is all of this pressure to get things done so the corporation can make more money but I don't see any of it trickle down to me.

Usually knitting helps me get through these type of things. When I feel down I knit. But I'm even down about knitting now. My knitting group is taking a hiatus for the summer. My knitting teacher has told us that she has to undergo radiation therapy and the removal of a lump in her breast. They tell her it's cancer but not the bad cancer. All cancer sounds bad to me.

So instead of taking solace in knitting, I just can't seem to pick up the pointy sticks. Hopefully I will get over this funk soon. I was planning on knitting dishcloths for Mother's Day and I've only got 1 done.

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

I'm a Winner!

OMG! I can't believe it, I actually won something!

Another hobby I have besides knitting is geocaching. You might have noticed some links to geocaching sites in my sidebar. I started listening to podcasts about 9 months ago and one of the first podcasts I subscribed to was Podcacher. I really enjoyed listening to Sandy & Sonny's weekly podcast and learned a lot. They inspired me to start geocaching more and even get my husband into the hobby. Well, Sonny & Sandy had a geocoin drawing to give away a geocoin and I WON! How awesome is that! I am so psyched! I started collecting geocoins a couple of months ago and I have 6 coins in my collection.

It's an awesome coin. I encourage everyone to check out Podcacher as well as Geocaching is a great family activity as well as a fun way to exercise and be outdoors. Thanks so much Sonny & Sandy and Keep On Cachin!

Saturday, April 22, 2006


I'm so close to being done with the second sock and thus done knitting my first pair of socks but for some reason I have cast on for two new projects.

The first is the Sophie bag I mentioned in previous posts. The second is a dishcloth that I cast on this morning and finished this afternoon. It's the April KAL from Monthly Dishcloths KAL and it was so cute that I just had to knit it up. Once I started, I just couldn't seem to stop. I also felt a little guilty because I joined the Monthly Dishcloths KAL and the Project Spectrum and haven't knit anything that fits either group since. So here's my dishcloth for April that fulfills both requirements in my mind. Now back to the socks!

Sunday, April 16, 2006

Easter Holiday

Happy Easter!

Isn't that little guy so cute!

We got back yesterday from our Easter holiday trip to St. Louis. I had never been there before. It was a terrific time. We went to Union Station, the Arch, and the Zoo.

My husband in front of the Arch


Some flowers at the zoo. Everything was in bloom and absolutely gorgeous!



The lion sleeps today...


St. Louis Union Station


I also popped by Knitorious before we left and picked up some beautiful Malabrigo kettle dyed yarn.

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Sunday, April 09, 2006

Southern Girl at Heart

I live in the Midwest now but I am truly a Southern girl at heart. One of the things I miss the most about home was sitting on the front porch on late summer evenings and listening to the sounds of the country.

Someday I will have my house with the porch overlooking land (or at the least a big yard) and again enjoy the summer evenings, in my new rocking chair.

My husband's grandmother bought me an early birthday present today, a rocking chair. As of yet, I have no place to keep it but in my room that serves as an office, guest room, and craft room. It's not an ideal place for it, but someday this rocking chair will see blue skies, feel the breeze, listen to the delightful sounds of the night and rock with me on the porch while I knit.

Ahoy Matey!

I've officially started the mate to Sock 1. As I predicted, it's not even close to matching but at least I've made some progress.

Sock 2

Sunday, April 02, 2006

Newbie Moment

Hehe, this is so funny I have to show someone. I know I should be ashamed but oh well. Today I wound my first ball of yarn by hand. Usually when I buy yarn I just use the winder and swift at my LYS. They show us how and we can use it for free. I picked up some new needles somewhere else today and thought I would get started on my Sophie purse but forgot I needed to wind the yarn into a ball. Here's my attempt. Guess I'm asking for a ball winder for my birthday!

Saturday, April 01, 2006

Flashin' the Stash!

Not that my stash is that big...yet

Sock Yarn

Randomn Yarn

Remnant Yarn

Wool Yarn

WIP it, WIP it real good!

A Day Late and A Dollar Short as always. But here's my WIPs.

The Second Sock

A Seed Stitch Scarf

A new dishcloth