Hello Everyone. I have a very special request for all of you out there. I have participated again in SP9 and the end of January is when we are to reveal ourselves to our spoilee.
If it is not too much trouble – I was wondering if you all could stop by Kimberly’s Blog and tell her that someone sent you there to say “hello”. Please do not reveal who sent you – she has been such an awesome pal for SP9 – I want to make the waning days of the swap special for her. If you all could stop by and increase the mystery as to how you all found her – I’d be so grateful.
I intend to reveal myself to her in the last week of the month – so help me out in bringing her some good cheer!
Thanks to all of you – you all are the best!!
PS – I got a package from my pal – Thank you so much!! I will try and have my daughter take a picture and post it here later this week. It was filled with some great goodies! She did not let me know who she was though – hmmmmm – am I supposed to figure out??? Help me out here pal!! 🙂
Thanks again to my pal and to all you pals out there!
This is now normal purling looks like – see needle in front – normal purling. But, when doing Entrelac, constantly turning your work back and front to knit and purl makes for wasted energy. You can work your entrelac from one side with very little turning except for when you need to pick up your stitches to go on to your next square. What follows is a “knitting backwards lesson”. If you have questions – you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for more help!
When working backwards you do not turn your work – see the yarn coming from the left side of my work? This is a purl row and I am working it from the right side (or knitting side) of my work.
I insert my LEFT needle into the BACK of the stitch on my RIGHT needle. See – the yarn is coming from the LEFT side of my work.
Wrap the yarn counter clockwise around my LEFT needle as above.
Pull LEFT needle forward through the stitch on the RIGHT needle. This is your new stitch, sliding the stitch from the RIGHT needle off that needle.
Now work your next stitch. I found this technique incredibly easy when working with a small number of stitches. I don’t know why you could not use it on a longer row, but when you are knitting 20 or more stitches it does not make as much sense.
Here is your lesson for the day! Now I have helped you learn a new technique! Have a great weekend everyone
Hello everyone! Did you all have a great week? How are you all doing on your resolutions??? Still hanging in there? I am proud to say that I have 2 bags of clothing going to Goodwill – 1 bag in the “garage sale” section – and – drum roll please – I have 4 bags of things that went in the TRASH!! My closets are cleaner, more streamlined, organized AND – I love it! I also worked on my “stash” closet – I now have my yarn on the shelves – organized – I know, be still my heart!! I also have my sewing machine and sewing related items in there as well. AND – I have some paper craft things in a clear plastic box – all ready for me when I need to make a card quickly!! How about that ladies!! It felt so good – this weekend I am going to tackle my kitchen cupboards and the pantry!
I also brought some magazines I wanted to save for various reason downstairs and put them in a book shelf I was not using – decluttering is happening at the Christensen Huis!
I even worked on my half pi shawl this week a bit. I am almost done with section 2! And!! I went to SNB last night and had fun laughing with the ladies at Friends of Wool. It was Sue’s birthday and she brought goodies to eat!! A fun evening was had by all. The Afgan Class of 2006 was there with all their squares to work on assembly – I have to tell you, I was amazed with how beautiful their squares were. This caused me much excitement, because the Afgan Class of 2007 will meet in 2 weeks to start on their afgan journey – and I have a ticket for that trip!! There are several techniques that I do not know how to do that I will be learning this year! So, this class will continue to help me with my resolution of learning!
I did have a small breakdown on the yarn front. My daughter wants me to make a “shawl” for her birthday – I truly tried and swatched some yarn from my stash, but I did not have anything that I could get the perfect gauge with. I had to buy 2 skeins of yarn – but – I found it on sale at Friends of Wool – so I only paid $8 for it!! This did not break my budget at all!! I will be so excited to see my daughter’s face when she opens her gift! I shall try and post a photo of said shawl and daughter #1 after the 6th of February – which is her birthdate. Hold the phone – she will be 18 years old!!! I cannot believe this, because I swear she was just learning to walk yesterday!!! Where does the time go??
We are getting close to “reveal” time in SP9 – I have been having so much fun with my spoilee – I have been dropping hints the past couple of weeks – and we have been laughing and having so much fun together. She is an awesome pal! I am working on the finishing touches for her last package – she is a SAHM and she home schools her children! AND, her husband is in the Army. As the end of the month gets closer, I will post the link to her blog and ask you all to pop over and say hello to her!
Have an awesome weekend everyone!
Hello everyone and welcome to the First Friday of 2007! This is surely something to celebrate, right? How did Week 1 go for all of you? So far – so good here.
I have printed out my resolutions and put them in several places – in my planner for work, on the mirror in my bathroom, on the fridge in the kitchen. I think that this will help me stay focused on what is important to me this year – what I need to accomplish – where I want to go!
How are you all doing? Did you all fall the the Resolution Wagon? That is okay – get back on and try again! Be your own best supporter – not your worst enemy!
I am excited to have made it through a week of this New Year! I actually got out some yarn from my stash and cast on something for ME! I had gotten a gorgeous skein of Lorna’s Laces – Helen’s Lace last summer to make the Half Pi Shawl and I cast on this week! I have the first set of the pi completed and have started on set 2! I am in love with this yarn – it is amazing. I selected the Vera colourway – and I am so happy with my selection!
This picture does not do the yarn justice – it is knitting up beautifully – burgundy’s, rich browns, some amazing greens, and a dusky khaki – dyed perfectly! I will try and have my daughter get a picture of it next week and post my progress. If you have not knit this pattern – it is definately on my must knit list! I am flowing through the sections easily and can even knit while watching TV! So, I was so happy to pull this out of my stash and treat myself to this little gem. I did not realize that I had such a nice “stash store”!!
Speaking of “Stash Store” – on my plate for the weekend is to clean out and organize my stash closet – and my bedroom closets. There may be some destashing going on here next week, so be on the lookout for that!
So, there is my week one synopsis – drop me a note letting me know how you are all doing.
Have an awesome weekend everyone!
Hello everyone, Is your year starting off right? Or do you need to start again on the other foot? In an attempt to use the correct starting foot this year I have written down an actual plan. I know, stop the presses! This coming from a “shoot from the hip” kind of gal is a big reality check! I am a make no plans, go where you wanna go person. Well, that wasn’t working too well for me – too much lack of structure makes for too much room for error. In looking back at what worked in 2006 and what did not work – there was alot more that did not work than what did. Thus I knew that I needed some drastic changes. Now, I said to myself – this is the one thing you do well – change. So, go for change and do it right!
Now, how do you go from “fly by the seat of your pants” to “structure city”? Did I really want to live in “structure city”? Was there a happy inbetween place between the two? I believe that there is, and starting out with a plan is a good place to start!
I have divided my plan into two parts, the “me” part and the “homelife” part. I believe that by working on the things in each part, life will be so much better. After all, I am now 46 years old and I need to “get a life” or at least work on a new and improved one.
I will start with the “me” list:
1. I resolve to listen more and talk less!
Where did this come from you ask? Well, on New Years Eve – I discovered how much my kids and their friends had to say – and what they said when someone was really listening. I am sorry to say that I was a poor listener to my kids; oh I listened, but I knew what they were saying – or at least I assumed I did. No more assuming for me – I am working on listening – actively listening to what my kids are saying. You know the old addage – this is why our Good God gave us 2 ears and one mouth – we were supposed to use one more than the other. Lo and behold – I think I am getting it! This listening part also is going to help my spiritual life – I am going to listen more for what God is saying to me. I think that this focus will help me with my other resolutions.
2. I resolve to value me more!
This is going to be a challenge for me, but one that I will embrace. I need to become more healthy – no this is not a diet – I have failed at those for years. It is always the first resolution I have always made and the first resolution that I have always broken. I am not making a list to set myself up for failure – I am making a list to track my success! I want to be more healthy in many aspects of my life – from health and wellness to spirituality. I believe that resolutions 1 and 2 go hand in hand. I want to be fit mentally, physically, and spiritually – and this won’t happen without some work. My friend Lynne sent me a book last summer that I read and then did nothing with. She sent it for a reason – she knew what it was. Now, I am working on my prayer life – with a purpose – more value of me for me!
3. I resolve to knit an afgan for DD #1.
My Rachel will be leaving for college in August – and it will be here all to quickly! What better way to spend the time than knitting an afgan for her when she is far away. Something knit with love to wrap around her. I have signed up for an afgan class for some kindred spirit support and the inspiration to finish this afgan – there is a time frame to the class!! Which will lead me right to resolution #4….
4. I resolve to learn something NEW every day!
I know that it will be a challenge for me to go from “wherever the wind blows me” to “this is the plan” so in order to help my “free spirit” attitude – I have added in the importance of learning – and I will incorporate this into all parts of my life. Home and work, family and faith – there is so much to learn!
This moves me on to the “homelife” resolutions. These were not as fun as the self improvement ones – or maybe these are just more visible, measurable, verify-able!
1. Save more, spend less.
Simply said, incredibly hard to do. I am not a great saver – but I sure as heck am an amazing spender. With the changes in my life recently, I have discovered that one needs to have a measure of all things in their life for balance – and in order to have a balanced checkbook, one needs to spend less! I am working on this and have set in place the following things to help me accomplish this one important resolution!
2. Organize my knitting stash and knit from it!
No purchase of yarn, no exceptions. I have a good sized stash, and I am going to whittle it away. I have committed to this, and thus far it is working! I have pulled some fun yarns out and have been looking over patterns. This is so much fun – what I thought I would do when I bought the yarns and what new possibilites for that yarn are tremendously fun!!! I know my LYS will not be happy with this – I am sorry ladies – truly I am. This is important to me. When I have knit ALL my stash yarn, I will gladly buy more.
3. De-clutter my home.
Garage sale, donate, and toss are the categories! How freeing this will be!! I have alot of things that we don’t use, need, or want – I am going to find homes for them or sell them or throw them away… but they are not staying a the Christensen Huis any longer!!
4. More home cooked meals!
This will help with a healthier life style and with a healthier wallet! And, I will spend time listening to my kids as we prepare dinner together!!! I love how this plan is coming together, don’t you???
5. Prioritize time better.
People, I am the Chief Procrastinator! There is some sick part of me that believes that it is better if you are in a panic to complete a task. No more – there is a plan and I am sticking to it! As with budgeting money, my time is going to be budgeted as well. I have been working on this since the 1st and I know that after 30 days, this will be so much easier. This time management will help with all the other resolutions – and will help me be successful as I move forward into 2007.
I am excited and a bit anxious for what lays ahead – I shall keep you all posted on my progress.