Sunday, July 22, 2007

A Sun-Shiny Day

So much is happening, but today was a sun-shiny day.

It's been a while since I've posted. I've been busy with helping with the planning our family reunion, learning things for my job, and trying to stay reasonably healthy.

We had another meeting for the reunion today and the meeting lasted almost 4 hours. In reality, we probably could have met for even longer because we still have some loose ends.

I accepted more duties. I must have a fever or something. Normally, my judgement is better.

As for knitting, I've made a tiny bit of progress on the Baby Surprise Sweater. Originally, I had planned to donate the sweater for the Dulaan Project but failed to finish the sweater in time. Now, I'm considering giving it to a family member. I took the sweater with me to the hair salon knowing I would have a golden opportunity for knitting. Unfortunately, I left the pattern at home.

I pulled out yarn earlier today so that I could bag it with the corresponding pattern I had chosen for it. I was going to take pictures and post them so you could see my plans but ran out of time. I had to hot-foot it to my meeting.

I'm determined to keep organizing and purging. Soon, I will once again know what yarn, patterns, needles, and books I have and will better be able to schedule/coordinate my projects. I'm looking forward to that day. It's not that I have a large stash. I'm just looking for more order in all aspects of my life.

I'm hoping to knit a few stitches of the Baby Surprise Sweater tomorrow. If I am able to knit on it at all, I'll post a progress shot. My hope is to finish the sweater by next Sunday, the 29th.

Waiting in the wings for me to start them are Tempting, Tempting II, Cheesylove, Wavy Lace Tank, the Shapely Shawlette, and many socks. A few shawls are waiting as well but I keep changing my mind on the pattern to start.

I have become quite knitting podcast fan. In addition to the podcasts I listed before, I have found I rather enjoy Sticks and String.

Sending my best regards to you all! I should be posting again soon, once I catch up on my blog reading!

Back Later Today...Really

I'll be back with a post later today. I promise.

I'm trying to catch up on my blog reading but I'm very behind.

Hope all is well in blogland.

Monday, July 02, 2007

Knitting Podcasts and Books on MP3

A long while ago, years really, someone posted on Knitter's Review about how they listened to Knitting Podcasts on an MP3 player. Someone chimed in that you didn't have to have an MP3 player to listen to the podcasts but could listen to them on your computer.

Intrigued, I downloaded a podcast and eagerly anticipated listening to it. Much to my dismay, I could not get the file to open. I decided that I wasn't really missing a whole lot and dismissed the idea of podcasts from my head.

Fast forward several years: My husband decides he wants an MP3 player. I began researching them and decide that maybe I want one as well. After all, it's been years since I first heard of knitting podcasts. Therefore, people are much more familiar with the concept, technology has advanced, technology is more readily available, meaning there must be a few podcasts now that are either entertaining or compelling, maybe both.

I have found a plethora of podcasts. Some of them are incredibly boring, as one would expect. A few, however, have captured my attention, though most of them are not knitting-related.

A Few Knitting Podcasts I like:

Cast On
KnitPicks' Podcast
Ready Set Knit (Webs)

Since I've been working on our family reunion, learning things for work, and fighting exhastion, all I do is listen to things about knitting and read about knitting. I am still considering knitting up a few mug mats for my desk at work. Those would be pretty quick to knit, quite useful, and would satisfy my desire to just knit something.

In the meantime, I'm finding some very interesting podcasts to listen to when my mind is just frazzled. I had no idea there were so many podcasts on so many topics.

I just downloaded NPR's Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me. I'm looking forward to listening to this and several of the other hundreds of podcasts I have found.

...Yes, I did say hundreds. Yes, I could have a problem.

Be that as it may, Angel on KR asked about audio books. If you download books for your MP3 player, what services do you use or do you import your books form CD's? I'd love to know.

My son running the bases before a Nationals game!