Monday, January 30, 2006

Pink Eye, Strep, and a Fever

It has been a while since my last knitting post. My health has been declining so there's been little time to knit. Lately, I've been just trying to get restful sleep and to get a few household chores done.

I have pulled out my sock yarn and my needles over and over. Each time I do, I'm either too tired, in too much pain, or faced with an interruption.

The young lady at the restaurant where I had been regularly eating lunch has asked me to bring in the basket-weave blanket. Trouble is, I can't remember where I put it! Once I remember the whereabouts, I will post the finished picture here and take it to the restaurant as promised.

My interest in knitting and crochething has not wavered. I've brushed up on knitting with two circulars and refreshed my knowledge of a few cast-ons, and the magic loop method. I'm planning on playing with a little Fair Isle, intarsia, and with a few increases and decreases to see if I have a preference for their appearances.

Meanwhile, the socks are still calling me. I left my knitting bag in the car. I'm too tired to even go it out of the car.

In less than great news, my son has pink eye, strep, and a fever. This has left both of us a little tired and grumpy.

I'll be home helping my little man get better tomorrow, so while he naps, if he naps, I'm really hoping to get started on my sock.

Sunday, January 22, 2006

A Me-Me

Madalyn has tagged me.

Here we go!

Four Jobs You've Had in Your Life:

  1. Billing and Collections Rep
  2. Retail Management
  3. Receptionist
  4. Fund Raiser

Four Movies You've Watched Over and Over:

  1. Lion King
  2. Blue's Big Musical Movie
  3. A Soldier's Story
  4. Wit

Four Places You Have Lived:

  1. Frederick, MD
  2. Buffalo, NY
  3. Christiansburg, VA
  4. Blacksburg, VA

Four Places You Have Been on Vacation:

  1. Toronto
  2. Bahamas
  3. Hilton Head
  4. Orlando

Four Websites You Visit Daily:

  1. Google
  2. Web Sudoku
  3. Our Daily Bread
  4. The Main Page of MSN

Four of Your Favorite Foods:

  1. Strawberries
  2. Roma Tomatoes
  3. Fresh-Baked Bread
  4. Chocolate

Four Places You Would Rather Be Right Now:

  • Nowhere, really

Four Bloggers You are Tagging:

  1. Kim of Adventures of a Busy Mama
  2. Maureen of Batty for Yarn
  3. Michelle of Plush Knits
  4. Michelle of Always Casting-On

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Sunday, January 01, 2006

Only One

Happy New Year to you!

I spent my New Year's Eve countdown knitting the last few rows of my son's blanket. I still have to weave the ends and toss it into the washing machine but it feels like it's finished to me!

Since I'll technically be still finishing it today, it will be my first finished item of the 2006 year. In 2005, I only finished ONE thing.

I find this to be shocking! I'm alarmed. I'm really not getting in enough knitting time. Granted, the one item I finished was a large one, it's still only a single item. I started and stopped a few items and I got seriously bogged down with general every day life. This year, I can't let that happen.

This year, craftwise, I'm going to try to do the following:
  1. Crochet something
  2. Knit socks toe-up, top-down, and with different heels
  3. Knit a blanket for my husband
  4. Knit a bear for my son
  5. Knit at least one shawl
  6. Knit mini sweaters in different patterns for small, quick, portable fun knitting
  7. Update my inventory sheets so I know exactly which needles, hooks, books, and notions I own
  8. Make more time for knitting and crocheting
  9. Start scrapbooking
  10. Make time to do do the things I enjoy to relieve the stress and pressures of every day life

Number 9 on the list takes a back seat but I'm really hoping to get started at some point this year.

I find that, generally speaking, New Year's resolutions don't work for me. I make changes all during the year at the time I see fit. Making them at the start of the year, just to do it, has almost always worked against me. For this reason, I haven't made "New Year's resolutions" in over 20 years. I taking a slight detour from my rule for crafts only. The detour also features the word "try" rather than the phrase "I resolve."

Still, as always, I'm hoping to grow, give, learn, and love every day of my life.

Wishing you all a bright, beautiful, safe, and Happy New Year!