Changes….

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!

I'm in!!!!

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!!)

Baby knitting!

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!

Summer Time and the knittin' is easy…

Summer Time and the knittin' is easy…

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!

 

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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!

The Knitting Mystery

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!

Photo Finish!

Photo Finish!

Here are the promised photo’s from our Lansing Trek!

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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?

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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! 

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More of the Lansing Knitters!  In the left corner – Ewe-niss and Sharon

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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!!!! 

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