Thursday, December 21, 2006


I wanted to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. May the new year bring much love, good health and much happiness.

Well, it's finally here, VACATION!!! (yes!!*happy dance*) I can't wait to go, I've been looking forward to this trip for what seems to be ages. I love traveling, I've often heard family and friends say that when they are away for more than a week they get homesick, I never get that. When I travel I don't ever want to come back I just want to keep going to the next place. I think I could be one of those people that roam the four corners of the earth for a while and never think geesh I need to go home. I read up on people who take sabaticals or adopt another country for a few years and I think wow that would be cool, if I had the chance I would convince the hubby and do that in a heart beat, I know I would miss my family, and friends, but I never get those pangs that I hear other say, they miss their house, car, familiar streets, noises, people etc.. Maybe I'm a misplaced nomad or a free thinking Hippie from the 60's (even though I was born in 65') LOL, in some ways I guess that's why I have such a diverse work history, I think the longest I've ever worked anywhere has been 5 years maybe if they're lucky 6, I don't think it makes me a bad employee but I get tired of the same old stuff and same co-workers with all of their little neurotic behavior, office politics, you know just regular stuff, I can't ever imagine working for a company for 25yrs, those guys are lifers!! My hats off to you if you are one of them, how do you do it??
I have often thought it would be great to take a motorhome cross country and stop at every place that had a RV campground, stay for a while then leave to the next place, stop at all the tourist traps, then find the real gem behind it, I feel I have so much to see and do, and I haven't really done much of it, I love meeting new people, looking at new things and learning about places, I wonder how much moolah that would take??? Hubby says about $20K - $30K without the motorhome, I think much less, but he's the numbers guy so maybe he's right.

I promise that I will have some great photos for the blog as soon as I get back( I know it's been a while since I posted any pics) so you all can see what I've been up to, I'll also have some craft photos, since I plan on taking one or two of my looms with me.


Friday, December 15, 2006

Everyday grumblings

Well I made it through my b-day and am happy to report I didn't freak out at 41. I'm glad this week is over, what a bear.. There has been alot to do at work and with my vacation coming up it seem I'll never get enough done before I leave and we're getting new computers that week to boot and I just know that half the stuff I have will suddenly and inexplicably disappear, but I won't care because I will be on VACATION!!!!!
I been debating with myself of what to take with me to work on, since the sock loom incident, I have picked it up again and started knitting some, mind you, not often but some. I have the new KKII's and Marla Richard's Board Knitting Book that has some stitch patterns I've been wanting to try since I got the book in October. I guess between these two I can occupy my time if I get annoyed at the EFG sock loom then I can work on the KKII samples. I know it doesn't sound like much but I'm the designated GPS for the trip, since we priced some of those out and couldn't justify the purchase, I get the map and the directions so I can guide us to our destination (this really cuts out some of my knitting time in the car). I figure hubby can get us as far as Atlanta then I need to concentrate til Marble, NC that's a good 10 hours of knitting, sleeping and bathroom breaks.

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Sock Loom, Sweater and Shawl

I've neglected to update the blog, tis the season to be too busy to do anything. Although I love the Christmas season, I don't enjoy the the days lead up to it. I'm going to be 41 in 4 days and I'm not happy about it!! I saw this sign that read " I'm not 40 something I'm 39.95 plus shipping and handling!" that I can handle.

I finished the body portion of the sweater I was knitting on the KKII's blue loom, I thought it would be large enough for me, well once the stitches set in it turn out to be a ladies small, I'm a ladies large and if the bust area is tight then definately an X-large. Well I figured that my hubby's neice is that size, so guess what she's getting for Christmas?? I post a picture after I sew the arms on and convince my model I need to post it.

On the shawl, I know I read somewhere on my yahoo group that you could make a shawl in one day, to which I say HA! NA-AH. I've been working on g-ma's shawl for a few weeks and I have made progress, but really in a day someone has just have to be lighting speed, cause I would think maybe in a couple of days - 4 days at least to be realistic granted I only work a couple of hours at night, but the process is not that quick. I was trying to finish this one and get a ruana started for me and try to finish that b-4 Dec 25th, but I don't think so... We'll see how I do.

Sock loom, as if I didn't have enough misery, I got a sock loom and sock yarn. I started the sock, left the sock, yelled at the sock, threw sock and loom across the room, cried out to the Lord over the sock and finally put it in the store bag where I purchased the yarn and have left it there for DAYS!! as punishment for my aggravation. (You think the loom has had enough? LOLOLOL) The loom is beautiful, as all the looms I own from DA and I know that is not the problem, but the hook for this loom OMG I really really really don't like it, it has a nubby handle that is driving me to drink. I hold my hooks like pencils or chopsticks when I work, all the hooks , all the time, now this little sucker is toooooo fat to be held this way and so I can't knit with it. I took a KK hook and filed it to a fine point to see if that would help, well then the yarn started spliting, and this stuff fine yarn, then I worked and worked and worked and all I have is 1/2" of cuff to show for it. I just lost it... So if I don't get the hang of this sock loom, sock yarn I'll have no alternative than to ebay it.