Tuesday, November 04, 2008

November News

I really thought I'd be back to blogging before now. Many times I planned to post but something stopped me.

Unfortunately, one of the relatives I mentioned in my last post died. It was a shock to the entire family. Although it has been months since her death, it still feels like yesterday. Of course, we've all managed to go on but there is a void without her.

In news of civic duty, I cast my vote today. I am proud to say that a record number of people voted today. I hope it is a sign that as Americans we are taking the steps to move forward to work together, and have our voices heard, no matter who wins the elections for each office.

On the crafting front, I finished a scarf. While it's true that I'm not really a scarf knitter, I was happy to just be knitting. Given the amount of projects I've finished this year, one may doubt I knit at all. I've not been able to capture a decent finished photo but hope to do so soon.

I've begun swatching for the Gibson Girl Pullover by Shirley Paden. Once it's finished, my plans are to either begin Christmas ornaments, Indigo Ripples, or the Ribbed Yoke Sweater from an older Debbie Bliss book.

Before Knitta-Palooza in March, I'm hoping to also make a shawl, a vest, and possibly one other item to wear during the event.

Hopefully, I'll be back to blogging regularly soon. This particular entry is short but I really just wanted to jump back into the saddle. Maybe for the next post, I'll actually have a progress photo of the Gibson Girl and a finished photo of the Lace Leaf Scarf.

Sunday, June 29, 2008

It's Been a Long Time

Sometimes you think you have stepped off of a roller coaster. You feel like you've gained knowledge and you start to move on. Then, you find you've either only been coasting on the deceptively smooth part of the same ride or that you've actually stumbled onto another roller coaster.

I have lost a few people recently.

Now, two of my close relatives are in extremely poor health. Both were in ICU but in different states. A few days ago, both seemed to be making great strides. Then things turned.

Now, we've been told it will take a miracle to save one of them. They had to put her in a medically induced coma. Now her kidneys are shutting down, and...

I sit with regrets of not communicating with her more because I don't know what will happen from here and it truly doesn't look good. I know that she knows I love her. I just wish I had told her more often because the chance to tell her again may gone. While she lives on the West Coast and I on the East Coast, as children we once lived in the same house.

Sometimes I feel like I need another me to get done all the things I need to do, to see all the people I need to see, to give love and support to all the people that mean so much to me. I am but a broken vessel, myself.

I feel somewhat lost.

I'll get it together, though.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Healing Hokies

It has been a year today since the terrible tragedy at Virginia Tech.

It is my hope that we will all band together to help one another in an effort to prevent such horrible losses.

May the healing of the Hokies continue.

Thursday, April 03, 2008

Knitta-Palooza 2008, Entry 2..almost

I haven't been able to get my photos to post. I will keep trying.

Hopefully I'll get some posted soon. I did manage to post a few in Ravelry.

Meanwhile, I'm about 40% done with the Eyelet baby dress and the socks are pretty much hibernating.

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Knitta-Palooza 2008 - Entry 1

Just wanted to post a quick Knitta-Palooza entry.

The teachers this year are Melissa Leapman, Annie Modesitt, Margaret Fisher, Myrna Stahman, and Barry Klein.

I'll have lots of pictures to post soon.

Currently on the needles I have the Breast Cancer socks by Lisa Lloyd. Once those are finished, and possibly before, I will be knitting the eyelet baby dress by Debbie Bliss.

I'm headed back to class now!

Friday, February 01, 2008

Go Red For Women

Today is "National Wear Red Day!"

The American Heart Association is trying to raise awareness of risk factors for heart disease, the number one killer of women, and also educating people on what they can do to reduce their chances of heart disease and related illnesses. For information, please go to their site: Go Red For Women

Since several less than desirable risk factors for me were inherited, I'm working on living in a manner that helps to put me at a lower risk for heart disease, diabetes, and certain cancers. Learn what you can do to lower your risks!

In knitting news, there is little to tell. Instead of knitting, I've been exercising. I have not yet figured out how to fit both into my day. It's hard enough to fit in one or the other.

Once I figure out how to work knitting back into my routine, I plan to cast-on for The Vest of Many Stitches by Sally Melville or a baby gift for the many new babies born to my friends. It's entirely possible that I will begin knitting something during the Superbowl.

In other knitting news, KnittaPalooza is 20 days away. I'm looking forward to it. Annie Modesitt, Melissa Leapman, Myrna Stahman, and Margaret Fisher will be teaching. Although I thoroughly enjoy the classes, I think I look forward to seeing the fashion show and all the different knitters more than anything else.

Tempting remains on the needles. Unfortunately, it's just not tempting me any more. I might get motivated to finish before KnittaPalooza so I have something else knitted to wear.

Meanwhile, I'm enjoying Ravelry and SparkPeople.

Wishing everyone beautiful days ahead.

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Merry Christmas

Wishing everyone a safe and happy season!

Merry Christmas from my family to yours.

Due to pain, fatigue, and life in general, there has been very little knitting to report. Hopefully, I'll have some decent knitting posts in the coming days!

I did finish the Fetching Fingerless Mitts. Unfortunately, the Christmas ornaments did not come to fruition. If there's any free time at all during the coming week, I still may try to crank out one for my mom.

Happy Holidays!