Sunday, May 25, 2008

Big day and a brush with fame

I spend alot of time thinking about what to write about and then never do, so I don't know where to start because, mentally, it's all been said, but here goes.
I know that it's good luck to rain n on your wedding day. What does it mean when there's a super-scary thunderstorm on your last day of work - especially when a tree by the door gets hit by lightning? Does that mean uber-good luck or major doom? Yes, my working days are done for now. I feel free and light. (I won't discuss my last day of work. My feelings are still hurt.)
On her blog, Jenny discussed feeling like she's been stuck on spin cycle. Me? I'm under water or something - I'm moving but nothing seems to be happening. Everyone else is going along as normal, I'm just not accomplishing much. I'll get things done, though. It will just be awhile.
I'm feeling a little famous in my head right now. See, I'm friends on ravelry with Carin from the Lime and Violet podcast. In my initial message to her, I commented on her Monkey socks and asked if it was her favorite pattern. On last week's podcast she said that it is her favorite pattern. It was like she was speaking to me. Hee.
I finally got my "garden" going yesterday. I went to Kmart and bought my tomato plants, marigolds, and some snazzy new gardening gloves.(Khloe and Megan "cleaned" the shed, and I can't find my old gloves. Neither can they.) Yes, my whole garden is tomatoes. The marigolds are supposed to keep bugs and rabbits away. I like working in the yard. I feel more connected to the world or something. I just don't mow. That's what teenage neighbors are for. And stepdaughters.
I've put the knitting on hold for a moment. It seems my psyche was craving comfort, so I'm crocheting a throw. It won't be big, just enough to cover my legs and chest. Eric thinks it's very colorful - black and white. Fortunately, crocheting is really fast. I should be back to the sock soon. I need to finish it quickly - my sock club package will be coming this week, and I'd like to work with it. Summer of Socks is still a couple of weeks off. I've got some things ready - yarn caked up, patterns selected. I know I won't win. I'm excited about getting good at making socks. Kid socks don't count - my two want some slipper socks, so those will be started soon. Yep, just in time for warm weather and sunshine.
Happy Memorial Day.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Emotionality, part two

I'm really having a hard time with the news lately - all of the tragedy in the world makes my soul hurt. I really want to do something to help all of the people who have lost so much around the world, but I can't seem to find any information about groups that are collecting things. I'll have to search harder - someone must be doing something.
One week until my SAHM days begin. The kids and I have decided on some things - reading time, for example. They both want to spend time at the library, too, looking at the displays and playing with the things there. I'm so glad that I won't be driving anymore. I spent about an hour and a half in my car just getting to and from work. There's no way I could afford to keep doing it - and I hate the wasted time. I've been listening to my podcasts in the car lately, which makes it more bearable, but when I can listen to a whole Lime and Violet, I've been in the car too long.
The second Bellatrix sock is coming along slowly. I think I've lost my enthusiasm for it - it doesn't fit very well. My fault - should've used a bigger needle size. I'll know better for next time.

Sunday, May 11, 2008


I've had the most draining week - again. A new girl started at work to replace me, yet I'm not the one who's training her, so I feel really unwanted right now - and they celebrated her birthday after they forgot mine. It's very disappointing that after all this time I'm kind of set aside. I've spent alot of time this week on etsy - yes, I bought some yarns. (No comments, please, mom!) I also picked out a couple of rovings because Jenny said she'd teach me to spin.
Speaking of etsy, our shop is up! There's only a couple of skeins so far, but more is coming! Check it out: Support the knitting community - buy our yarn or some of the other wonderful indie yarns there.
The lilacs are so pretty right now. I need to take some pictures before the moment is gone. My roses are getting lots of leaves and new stems. The tree that I ordered should be here soon - a weeping pussy willow. I've been eyeing one for a couple of years. It will be so pretty by the porch. I love watching everything bloom.
I also love that my summer starts in two weeks!
Happy Mother's Day!

Monday, May 5, 2008

Sock Crazy!

I think I've lost my mind - well, again - but this time it's socks. I'm still working on the Bellatrix. I had one done and then noticed that the toe section was twisted and had to frog back and do it again. Frustrating. But - here's the crazy part - I joined Socktopia, a knitalong group that has a new pattern each month. In fact, the Bellatrix pattern is from the group. Then I signed up for Summer of Socks 2008. It's kind of a contest and knitalong at the same time. There's a two month and a couple week time frame to make as many socks as possible - adult socks. (I won't be making a pair for Eric- he has huge feet!) So, to keep with the whole theme of last week I joined a sock-knitting book club. Each month this summer we will get a skein of hand-dyed yarn to knit with while we read the selected book. (For more info, see Knitting in Nature on the sidebar.) My summer will be full of socks. I should be pretty good at them by the time fall rolls around.