Playing catch up…or the faster I go, the behinder I get

Hello All from white and wintry Western Michigan! I know, what on earth am I complaining about – I don’t have 110 inches of snow on the ground like those poor folks in New York State do – it is just that I am hungering for a view of the sun – you know, a small reminder that it still exists! There has been grey clouds with snow flakes falling from them for what seems like an eternity – or at least the past 30 days, or so my weather man tells me. It makes for dreary days – not so great, as I am sure you can all imagine!

So, I believe I am over my ailment – this is a very good thing. I truly appreciate all the kind comments from all of you – 2 days off from work was certainly unexpected and it has made me so behind, here on Tuesday a week later I am still struggling to catch up! I find myself thinking about the story from the Bible – you know the one when the earth stood still for 3 days – this would work wonderfully for me right now – 3 days = 1 and I might be all caught up! So, while I know this won’t be happening – I press on to get as many things as I can finished in the hours alloted in each day. If you have sent me an email recently – be patient – I will get an answer back to you sometime this week, certainly by the weekend.

I have been doing a bit of knitting – I am proud to report. I am working on my Bloomin’ Feet pal’s socks – and I am LOVING the pattern. I am doing “Spindle Socks” and the yarn I have selected is working beautifully with the pattern. I selected Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino in the most amazing pale pink – the yarn and the pattern were made for each other! I have turned the heel on sock #1 and am about half way to the toes! I shall try and post a photo of my progress – I am throughly enjoying the pattern – it is fun and an easy knit. I hope my pal will love these – I think they will look awesome on her feet! I am also keeping my eyes open for some fun items to include in her package!! I hope to have sock #1 finished this weekend and begin its mate as well!

Okay – I have finished my tea and I need to get back at it – have an awesome Tuesday everyone!

SUPER…..sick

Hey everyone. Are you all surviving the wintry blast most of north america is getting? We have had a goodly amount of snow and the promise of more on the way; frigidy temperatures that dove well below the zero mark – an unusual feat for those of us sheltered along the shores of Lake Michigan; a couple of snow days that made my children sing; and Super Sunday… As you can see it has been an eventful few days here at the Christensen Huis!

Sunday EVERYTHING was cancelled – and I mean everything, from church services to Super Bowl parties – even knitting super bowl parties. With visibilities of less than zero, all of West Michigan hunkered down in their homes to stay warm and cozy. And then it hit….

By Sunday night I was not feeling well – I could not put my finger on it, but I just did not feel great. This was not the harbinger of something wonderful – rather the foreboding of what was to come. I came down with the flu – I will refrain from the gruesome details – suffice it to say that on Wednesday morning when I pulled my feeble body from bed to get to the office, there were 10 less pounds of me. I was so miserable I could not even knit! I am telling you – it was not a pretty sight – no knitting, it has to be really bad!!

Wednesday the schools determined that the kids could again venture out to classes again – and wonder of all wonders, the SUN came out! By the time I left work yesterday afternoon – it was a balmy 20 degrees outside! We are having a virtual heat wave here!!

More snow is on the horizon for the weekend, and still cold temperatures – but the weather man says no more frigidy coldness like we had.

Watch for pictures of my socks for Amanda’s Bloomin’ Feet Swap – they are still coming along beautifully! I promise to get some pics posted this weekend.

Gotta fly now – have an awesome day all!

In the bleak mid winter…

Blogger (silent) Poetry Reading is happening. Go see Grace’s Poppies and get your poems posted. If you post – please leave a comment for her (and me – I’d like to read your poetry as well!).

Here are my contributions… these were my Grandfather’s favorite poems. I had them memorized at a very young age.

Fog: Carl Sandburg 1878-1967

The fog comes
on little cat feet.

It sits looking
over harbor and city
on silent haunches
and then moves on.

Trees: Joyce Kilmer 1886-1918

I think that I shall never see
A poem as lovely as a tree.

A tree whose hungry mouth is prest
Against the sweet earth’s flowing breast;

A tree that looks at God all day,
And lifts her leafy arms to pray;

A tree that may in summer wear
A nest of robins in her hair;

Upon whose bosom snow has lain;
Who intimately lives with rain.

Poems are made by fools like me,
But only God can make a tree.

I leave you in the quiet silence of a snowy Friday afternoon…

Revealing!

Hello all – it is reveal time for SP9. My spoiler was Jessie – she was a great pal for this round. Heatherly was my hostess with the mostess and my final package, filled with goodies went off to my spoiler on Monday. I hope she gets her package today!!

Work has been extremely busy, thankfully! I have to get to work now – have a good day all!!

On the Fair Isle!

Hello Everyone! It has been a very hectic week here at the Christensen Huis – I worked a lot and went to knit night on Thursday – there were not enough hours in the day. Last year my daughter saw the Fair Isle bag in VK and she really wanted me to knit it for her – so I had gotten the yarn to knit it up for her – but with all the Christmas knitting – I did not even think about starting this project – that topped with the fact that I had NEVER done Fair Isle – it got put on the back burner. Well, she asked about the bag again this week – so I went and dug the yarn and the pattern out from my stash closet and headed down to my LYS for some Fair Isle pointers. I can knit continental – but the bottom of the bag called for stockinette and was not knit in the round. I cannot purl continental – I have tried – it is an excercise in frustration – and not something I want to do for 1 row much less the 15 rows I’d need to do to get the bottom completed. So, Rose taught me Norwegian – no, not the language – Norwegian Purl to be exact! I can Norwegian Purl!! Woooo Hoooo! So, Fair Isle is sailing right along!

I shall post photo’s later on.

I am sending out my final package for my SP9 pal tomorrow – I got her some lovely stuff! Touch Me lace weight yarn, some soy silk roving, and some treats for her and her family. She was such an awesome pal – I hope she likes her last package.

I am also sending out the package for the Luxury Fiber swap I am in – that package will be heading to Washington State tomorrow as well. I will post what was sent later in case the recipient reads this blog.

Hope you all had a great weekend. Here is hoping this week is not as insane as last week was!

Heifer Project

Hello everyone – hopefully your week is moving along smoothly!

I broke a resolution this week – I confess I bought some yarn to knit this after being inspired by Chris to take on the challenge of knitting a Moebius! Well, cast on I did – and around and around I go!

With all the chatter in the blog world about the Colts and Da Bears – I thought I would share with you a Super Sunday Twist! I am joining in with my LYS gals in a “knit in” on Sunday afternoon. I am taking pledges for my knitting time! I will be there from 1 – 5 PM knitting squares for “Warm Up America” – and your pledges will go towards the purchase of a Knitting Basket from Heifer International. If you are interested in sponsoring me – please leave me a comment and I can accept paypal pledges! You would be helping 2 great causes – how awesome is that! Or should I say SUPER! I like the idea because there is no looser in this contest – only winners all around!

Well, I am off to work for the day – please leave me a comment and a pledge! If you’d like to knit a square or two – that would be welcomed too!

Have an awesome Wednesday!

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