It seems that change is inevitable – whether we want it or not. Sometimes the change is from within ourselves, but other times the change is from external forces. I think that a large part of lifes stess is due to my inability to accept change. Now, that being said – I think that I handle change fairly well, up to a certain point. I think the easiest change to work through is internal change – after all, that is the change I have the most control over. It is the external forces that cause me the most problems.
I am in a job field where changes are happening daily – rapidly – sometimes without any notice. This makes it highly stressful at work. What was always black and white now suddenly has a lot of gray areas.
Can someone please send me the rules for the gray areas???
Last night was Knit Night at Friends – I had not been there in several weeks – boy, did I miss those women! I broke my “yarn rules” last night as well. I got some lovely Koigu to cast on for EZ’s BSJ. This will be my very first EZ project – wow, huh? So, as I cast on my 160 stitches and began knitting I was so excited! Reading each step – counting my stitches – not rushing ahead to see what is next – relaxation just washed over me. Listening to all the conversations around me – Sue’s excitement of a brand new granddaughter, Ann’s work woes, AnnMarie’s work stories, looking at the pictures from Ruby’s daughter’s recent wedding – is it any wonder that I love this group so much? That and the fact that there was delicious food last night – Sue brought a “celebration” cake from Coldstone and another knitter – who I did not know – brought a fresh blueberry pie. The pie was divine!
I was up early this morning – I colored my hair, drank some coffee, played a bit on Ravelry – and now I am finishing up to head to work.
It will be a get away day for me…. I am going up north with Ken to his sister’s cottage in Charlevoix. It is a ‘family get together’ – his parents will be there, and most of his siblings – I am sharing a room with his sister, Sue. I even told Ken about the Fiber Fest that is going on at Castle Farms – to which he replied – “well, we’ll have to go”! I am hoping to see Susie there as well on Saturday. Now, I am more than a little nervous about this weekend – meeting all (or almost all) the family???? But, what on earth should I think about a man who wants to go to a fiber festival?????
Have a great weekend everyone!
Ravelry, that is! I got my invite today!! Woohoo!!! Okay, so this is quick and from work – my user name is AsKatKnits! This looks like an excellent way to waste time!! (as if I need another way to waste time!!)
Hello everyone – I got the most wonderful phone call from an incredibly dear friend – who, by the way, has been trying, with her dearest husband, for the last 15 years to get pregnant for the second time. Well, she let me know that they are expecting!!! I was so thrilled and excited for her – my joy for her, her husband, and son went beyond words. How truly blessed they are as a family!!
After I collected my thoughts – all I could think was – A BABY TO KNIT FOR!!!!!
On my list of “must knits” – EZ’s Baby Surprise Sweater – thank you Sarah Peasley for the perfect gift! I also think I need to do some booties – this baby is due in February – a good time for warm and cozy knitted items. I also need to do a baby blanket – thanks to Laura for her blanket inspiration!
Work has been strange lately, I will try and update you all later.
Have a great Monday!
Hello Everyone! Here is hoping you all had a great week! The weekend was truly welcome here in West Michigan. I was truly in need of a weekend. With taking a day “off” – not really off, but out of the office – I played “catch up” all week. I am more than ready for a new week and not being behind!
Today is my friend Carla’s birthday – she is 40 and fabulous today! She is blogless, but none the less a truly amazing friend. We are meeting today at The Butler in Saugatuck – you will find me sitting on the deck, in the sunshine, beverage in hand, listening to the live music, helping Carla celebrate! I won’t be hard to find – that will be me in my Lush Green Ripple Skirt! I will have a friend take a photo of me in the skirt!! This has to be my favorite knit item ever!! I truly like this skirt! I have plans to knit another one – this one will have a few less hip increases – and some “backside increases” to accomodate my posterior! I am thinking about trying some Rowan Denim – but I am not 100% sure yet. I will keep you all posted.
I have FINALLY begun clue #2 from the Mystery Stole 3 – now, granted – I am only a couple of rows into it, but I have started it!
Voila! My first lace with lace weight yarn!! Okay, there are a few mistakes – but as I look at it they are not glaring – at least not to me. I have missed a couple of beads also – I noticed that as I pinned it out on my ironing board. I am not sure that this will be noticeable either once it is completed. Here is a new flash for you all – I am going to cast on a second one this week! Yes, you read right – I have had some yarn that Susie dyed. I found some beads Friday in Grand Haven that I thought might go with it and, lo and behold, they did. So, I am going to cast on a second Mystery Stole and knit 2 in tandem!! I am going to use a smaller needle size though – I think I am going to use 4’s – rather than 6’s.
On the “cast-on-itis” front – yes, I continue to suffer from this – I cast on Wendy’s Something Red as well last night. I am using some yarn I got last year from Threadbear – and it will be Something Black for me! I am moving along rather quickly – and this is, thus far, an easy knit (read – can watch television while knitting!).
Well, have a great Sunday everyone – see you next week!
Hello everyone! Numbers show that many of you are knitting Mystery Stole 3 – and I am one of them. With well over 6500 of us knitting along – it gives a whole new meaning to the idea of “Knitting Community”. I have not knit much lace – outside of some socks (which I don’t really classify as lace) and the skirt I just finished – this is my first real forray into the phenomon that is Lace Knitting. Lace has always intimidated me a bit – it is not something that can be classified as “mindless” knitting. You have to count, pay attention, read the chart, remember to place beads (another new thing for me!) – as you can see, this is involved knitting! Last night I sat down to do a bit of knitting on my stole – I am behind, of course, and am only into the second week of knitting – and today started the 4th week, so I want to get myself caught up – or at least that is the plan. Well, as I was saying – I sat down to knit last night, but I was also watching “Legends of the Fall” – big mistake there! One cannot divide one’s attention between a mystery and Brad Pitt – or at least I cannot! One row and I had mistakes! Oh boy – have you ever tried to “tink” lace? Trust me when I tell you – it is NOT easy!!!! So, this morning, all I have on my mind is this lace stole – and how I love a mystery. I am enjoying this tremendously – knitting along on each section of the pattern somehow seems manageable – and not so daunting. So, as I diligently work on each section – the anticipation of wondering how this will all end is building. A bit of tension inside that seems to match my knitting. I am falling in love with knitting in new and wonderful ways.
This lace knitting seems to be teaching me some lessons as well – and as I was thinking about my stole this morning, it occurred to me how much life is like this mystery knitting. We get a section at a time to work on – and we are most successful when we focus on that section and don’t rush ahead.
Life has been a bit unsettled lately – lots of changes, some measure of uncertainty, lots of worries. But, when I look at it like my knitting mystery – take one section at a time, work through it carefully – it is not so daunting.
It amazes me so much, especially as I approach my 3 year “knit-iversary”, how much knitting has enriched my life! My friend, Judy (Judy – I hope you don’t think me forward – but I do count you as a friend!!) recently posted in her blog about some reactions that people gave her when she knit at a social function. Very interesting comments occured – and they caused me to think as well. Knitting is such a part of my life now – something I do without thought, almost. In my bag right now is a knitting project – I am never without something to knit! Knitting has also brought some wonderful friends into my life – people who I would never have met had it not been for knitting.
One of those people is Sarah – Sarah recently got some awesome news. She is also an amazing knitter. Do me a favor – stop over to her blog today and read her news. Tell her that I sent you and congratulate her. Sarah – here is to you and your amazing good fortune!
Here is to Knitting – Knit on my friends!
Here are the promised photo’s from our Lansing Trek!
Here is Lynne and one of the Lansing knitters. I apologize, I do not remember her name! Can you see some of the yarny goodness that surrounded us at Woven Arts?
Here is Sarah and some of her knitting friends – Sarah is working on her “Faith Jacket”! Two of the ladies in the group are expecting!
More of the Lansing Knitters! In the left corner – Ewe-niss and Sharon!
More Lansing Knitters! It was just such a great ending to an amazing day! Thank you ladies, one and all!
** Edited to add:
FYI everyone – the look on poor Lynne’s face was the shock of finding out that yours truly has a tattoo!! I know, stop the presses!! There was a lively discussion about tattoo’s that evening. As an added bonus for all my Lansing friends – if I loose a bit more weight, I am going to get another tattoo!! Now you can all leave your comments about where you think I will get this new tattoo. There might be yarny goodness to the correct guesser (is that even a word????) Ewe-niss, you have me laughing hysterically here at work – when I should be working!!!!