Actual Knitting Content!

Actual Knitting Content!

I know – don’t fall off your chairs!  I have been knitting! 

The lovely Anne has an awesome pattern for fingerless mittens – Snow on Cedars.  I truly enjoy knitting Anne’s patterns.  She is a talented knitter and a gifted designer!  So, I cast on mitt #1 last night and I just cast off mitt #1!  Mitt #2 is calling – I will be casting on shortly – as I watch Grey’s and ER. 

 

The yarn is just lovely as well.  It is Jojoland Melody Superwash.  I think these will be a lovely pair of mitts!  I particularly like the subtle color change in the yarn.  Sorry the photo is not the best – but it gets dark so early now – I will try for a better photo tomorrow in the daylight.

Specs of Snow on the Cedars – pattern by Anne at Knitspot – knit on US 1 dpns.  I used Lantern Moon’s Sox Stix – mmmmmmmm, are these lovely!

Mitt #2 is cast on and I am into the lace pattern at the bottom of the cuff. 

Alright – I am heading off to knit and watch the end of ER. 

Have a good evening all!

Hump Day?

Hump Day?

 Can you have a hump day if you are not working?  Wednesday’s are the “down hill from here” day in the work-a-day world.  So, do you get a Hump Day if you are in the ranks of the unemployed?

How about a Hump Month?

Can it be all down hill from here?

If it is all down hill from here, I had best get on my bike and start coasting!

Well… if nothing else – there is humor!

 Okay, so – what have I really been doing since I lost my job. 

Tears?  Okay – I will admit, I have shed a few.

Moping?  No – not so much of that.

Why? 

Well – I am having a bit of a love affair with Alice.

Who is Alice? 

Alice is my Ashford Traveler – and she is the apple of my eye.  I cannot tell you how much I adore her!  She is becoming a fast friend!  She is going to get me through the crisis of loosing my job!  And, she is going to do so with style!

I had spun up all the Wensleydale I purchased at the Allegan Fiber Festival – but – my dear friend Blogless Mary – bequeathed me with the Wensleydale she purchased at the same time. 

Voila’!  Below you will find 1600 more yards of this amazing stuff! 

I am amazed to tell you that I was able to replicate what I had spun earlier!  I am telling you people – Alice is creating a monster here!  You can blame it all on her! 

My  spinning buddy – Copper – seems to be loving Alice as much as I do.  He is so content to sit next to me as I sit and spin.  I think he loves Alice as much as I do!  Here he is – all ready for me to sit back down and while away a day or two spinning and plying. 

How can I refuse this face????  I mean seriously people.  I  am working on priorities – trust me!

 So,  then there was this enabler – Rose.  She is moving, right?  Well, she had some fiber to get rid of….

Can you see where this is going???? 

Yep, I bought it.  It came home with me.  One large bag of gold, burgundy, orange, pink goodness.  One very large bag – people – I have over 1800 yards of this amazing goodness.  It is spun, plied, washed, and dried.  I present to you – Autumn Glory. 

Isn’t she lovely?  How does she look on the polished table in the sunlight?  Are your fingers itching to touch her?  Knit with her?  Can you hear her speaking to you? 

Trust me – she has a siren’s call – and I have all kinds of things rattling around my  head.  Who knew that spinning would spark such creative genius in me! 

Here is a close up – just some Yarn Pr0n for your viewing pleasure! 

So… do you think there are any spinning jobs I might find? 

Have Alice -will travel!

Have a blessed evening everyone! 

 

 

 

Humbled

Hello everyone. 

You have all humbled me with your kind and supportive responses. 

This blog was started when I lost a long time job and when I started it I had no clue where life would take me.  I am amazed at how much calmer I am today, in the light of uncertainty, than I was two and a half years ago. 

Sometimes life is all about preparing you for the next step.  My eyes are open to so much more today than they were. 

I had been looking at other employment opportunites for some time now – I knew in my heart that I needed to find other work.  The housing industry in Michigan is shaky, at best.  I had been looking in West Michigan – and was a bit depressed at how depressed the economy truly is around here.  But, not being much of a “glass half empty” person, I could not linger in that state long. 

Then came the shake up of job loss and with a renewed sense of direction – I began to look outside my comfort zone. 

I need to apply to my life what I have been telling my children for years – change is inevitable.  Change happens daily because each day is different than the last.  Learn to embrace and accept change – life will be so much easier. 

Sometimes the hardest thing is to do what you tell others to do.

So, I am heading on a new journey.  One that I do not know where it is leading to.  But, I know that I am not traveling on this journey alone.

This could actually be a very good thing – think of how many knitting minutes I will now have between now and Christmas! 

Life is in fact very, very good.

Stay tuned tomorrow for some knitting and spinning content!

Thanks for your prayers and support – they are truly a balm to my soul!

And the name is….

Hello everyone.  Well, we have narrowed the choices down and are trying a few out on “Little Kitty” – I hope we have a decision soon.  Of course, we all like a different name.  I will keep you posted and announce the winning name later on.  I will also email the name suggester as well. 

I am convinced that life does not get easier as you get older.  Last week I lost my job.  Yep, how awesome is that?  In this economy I am a bit concerned about finding a replacement job.  I have interviewed, but I have not heard anything.  I am determined to not “read” anything into not hearing anything from them.  I obviously need to work on patience.  I have gotten a couple of phone calls from other lenders – but I am not certain that I want to continue lending in this marketplace. 

I have been reading other friends blogs – and loosing ones job seems inconsequential compared to what  is happening in other bloggers lives.  I also need to work on seeing benefits instead of problems!

So, what did I do all weekend? 

Well – I did some spinning, some knitting, some reading, and a lot of meditation.  I am thankful that my craft allows me to clear my mind of what is stressing me out and focus on where I need to be. 

I am blessed to have supportive friends, a loving family, and faith that this will all be alright. 

I am also extremely blessed to find solace in a most unexpected place, from a most unexpected person. 

My ex-husband.

So, stay tuned to see where this leads….

Stay safe and warm – we have cold weather heading in and SNOW in the forecast!

Noro-vember?

Hello Everyone!  Well, here we are starting out the 11th month on an interesting note.  Last year I was part of Noro-vember.  I love knitting with Noro so much, I have pulled out some from my stash and will most certainly cast on a few things and knit to my hearts content.

I got a couple of skeins of Kureyon from a secret pal some time back – and I think I am going to knit myself a pair of socks from them.  A quick, easy knit and just in time for cold weather – so they will keep my toesies warm!  I also have some holiday knitting that I want to work on.  It will be a Noro-bember-ly delicious month!

So, the challenge for me this month is to have good content for NaBloPoMo – do I think I can do it?  Well, I will certainly give it a good try!

Things coming up for me this month – a plying class the weekend of the 17th.  I am eagerly awaiting this class.  EAGERLY!!  My wheel has become a much loved item in my home.  It is on the list for “If there was a fire, what would I take…. ”  What was I thinking, resisting the spinning bug for so long????  Sheer craziness I tell you. 

Last knit there was some Knitting with Grey’s though… I do enjoy that show.   Thursday nights are a good knit night – I did not get to my normal Knit Nite – Heidi and Sam both have some major tests at school today so there was lots of “quizzing” going on here last night.  This is, at times, a humbling experience…. sometimes I am amazed at how much I remember from school… other times, like last night – my brain is struggling with the “I am sure I never had this in high school” syndrome.  Yeah, last night I would not have disagreed with my kids had they said – “oh mom, you don’t know anything”.  Not that they ever say that outloud… but, you know they are soooo thinking it!

Well… I had better get moving.  Have a good day all… catch you tomorrow!

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