I know it has been a long time since I posted. I know that everyone who used to read this blog is probably long gone. However, for those of you who are left, I wanted to explain my absence. When I started this blog, I was in the grips of becoming a full-fledged Knitter. I was making the transformation from knitting as a cute little hobby to knitting as a character trait I use to describe myself. During this transformation, I discovered there were lots of people out there who loved knitting as much as I do. I thought having a blog would be a wonderful way to connect with these people. It became a fun way to share my passion. Let’s face it; there are few spouses out there who are willing to discuss the pros and cons of working in the round versus knitting flat. However, on the internet, there is ample opportunity! I was so excited to embark on this new world.
At first it was fun, but it soon became a chore. I didn’t really have anything to say, but I thought I “should.” (I hate that word by the way.) It started to feel like all I was doing was complaining. I didn’t want to be one of those people who see the negative in everything. And seeing as this is exactly how my nature trends to, I find it difficult to be positive in real life much less on a blog. I thought it would be better not to post than to continue a litany of rants and aggravations. So, I stopped posting for a little bit. That “little bit” turned into quite awhile.
Today I was reading another blog. She and her family have been having difficulties. Apparently, they are not life threatening in any way, but still difficulties nonetheless. She described it as “life.” I like that term. Life happens. Nobody’s life is perfect. Things happen. I started thinking about that one too. I seem to handle bigger life events better than little ones. Having a baby, geting divorced, getting married, moving – I think I handled all that like a champ. There was a beginning, a middle and an end to each of those events. Yes, there were strong feelings associated with each, but I knew where I was headed. (Though with Boy Child, I’m a little scared about where we are headed sometimes. Hee.)
Now that Hubby and I have settled into our lives and made it past the first little bit of figuring out how to live together, I am so happy. Boy child is in a really good school he likes. I love Hubby more everyday. I have a good job and even got a raise. Hubby has a good job. We have a lovely home. Yes, life happens, but things are great. Here is where the negativity tendencies in my personalities come into play. Without a major event happening in my life for me to focus on, I let “life” get me down. I let other people’s neuroses affect my own. I’m letting other people make me unhappy. How absurd is that?!?! I am letting myself be unhappy. Not anymore.
I want to make a change, and I think coming back to the blogosphere may help. I want to be able to see all the good things in my life. That is a little hard to do when all you can see is the frustration. If, however, I have to post about all my good fortune, I’ll have to look for it. So, that is my plan. I’m hoping that posting = seeing the good things in life. I’m crossing my fingers it will work. Can you cross your fingers, too?
So, it’s been over a month since my last post. Wow. I have to be honest. Posting has completely fallen off my radar. Boy child’s school work, plays, sewing costumes for the plays, soccer practice, soccer games, laundry and a myriad of other things have gotten in the way. Having said that, the school year is almost over; and I hope that once some of the obligations of childhood have gone away with the school year, I will be able to devote more attention here. There has been a good bit of knitting and yarn activity that I would love to share. If you will hang with me a little longer, I would be much obliged.
Until then, I’ll flash a little stash.
I thought I would share the one thing that is keeping me together today, another e-mail from Mom:
Sometimes we wonder, ‘What did I do to deserve this?’ or ‘Why did God have to do this to me?’ Here is a wonderful explanation!
A daughter is telling her Mother how everything is going wrong, she’s failing algebra, her boyfriend broke up with her and her best friend is moving away.
Meanwhile, her Mother is baking a cake and asks her daughter if she would like a snack, and the daughter says, ‘Absolutely Mom, I love your cake.’
‘Here, have some cooking oil,’ her Mother offers.
‘Yuck,’ says her daughter
‘How about a couple raw eggs?’
‘Would you like some flour then? Or maybe baking soda?’
‘Mom, those are all yucky!’
To which the mother replies: ‘Yes, all those things seem bad all by themselves. But when they are put together in the right way, they make a wonderfully delicious cake! ‘
God works the same way. Many times we wonder why He would let us go through such bad and difficult times. But God knows that when He puts these things all in His order, they always work for good! We just have to trust Him and, eventually, they will all make something wonderful!
Who knew I was so girly.
I am so sorry! I know I have been super quiet for awhile now. I’m having difficulties at work and have been a grumpy grouch lately. I’m working hard to correct it, but I don’t want to expose you guys to complaints and general grumpiness. I have lots to tell you, though. As soon as I can, I’ll tell you all about my first trip to Rhinebeck, all my new yarn, and what I’m working on right now.
Until then, I’ll leave you with a funny pic of Boy Child.
This is my superhero belt! When I wear it, it will only give up the moola I’ve budgeted for our trip to Rhinebeck. It will draw me to only the most delicious and scrumptious yarns. It will block the lust for player yarn*. It will send out signals to fun interesting knitters to come visit. It will clear out the lines and rudeness. It is my superhero belt. Now, all I need is an outfit to match.
* Player yarn is yarn that talks a sweet talk until you succumb to its charms and bring it home. In the cruel light of morning, you wonder what in the world you saw in it.
1. It’s time for me to buy a new sewing machine! ( I already have it picked out, too! I’m hoping I have enough reward points on my credit card to pay for most of it.)
2. Yarn shops; it’s not a bad place for meeting really great friends.
3. I must be crazy to take on any more crafty endeavors.
4. My Heavenly Father’s love is the best thing I have ever known. (Sorry to swipe your answer Mrs. S, but it’s true! I didn’t think you would mind.)
5. My husband is simply my best friend in the whole world.
6. The last time I laughed really loudly was the last time I accidentally stabbed Hubby with a knitting needle. (Not sure why I found this so funny, but I almost wet myself.)
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to knitting on the couch, tomorrow my plans include visiting with Mrs. S and Sunday, I want to rest!
1. I started a new knitting project. Since I decided my last cardigan was just not working for me (even though it was about 1/3 complete), I needed a quick knit garment to stay in contention for my 12 in 12 group. I decided on the London Cardigan. I’m working mine up in Cascade 128 in an aubergine color. I knew this was going to be a chunky knit, but it really is working up more as a jacket than a cardigan. This is fine with me. I plan to take it to Rhinebeck, so it may end up taking the place of my wool coat which is quite heavy. So far, this one is surprisingly light for the warmth it will provide. The best part is that I got the yarn on sale at WEBS!
2. I really want to be working on a different project. The other day when I was shopping with Mrs. S at our LYS, I found a great pattern by Spud & Chloe. It was their Uptown Downtowncoat. Oh my! This coat is gorgeous! I bought the pattern without a thought. The yarn on the other hand was a little too rich for my pocketbook. Luckily, I have several hanks of Cascade 220 in that rich brown sitting in my stash. I was able to match two of the colors with the Cascade they had on hand. I’ve ordered the third from the Loopy Ewe (GREAT prices, yarn & people!), and hope it will be in next week. Yes, I know I could start on the back, now. I also know I need to keep on track, so it will be London Calling until it’s done. Though it will make me knit faster just so I can get to this one quicker!
3. I have a low tolerance for “stupid” people. I have been this way as long as I can remember. I think people have reached a point that everything is handed to them on a platter, and they no longer feel the need to think for themselves. Think, people! Think before you speak! While we are at it, there is no need to speak all the time. It is okay to be both silent and let others speak. Shhhh. It might even help you think.
4. For some reason, by past obsession with Big Brother has come back in full force. Seriously! I can not stop watching it. I don’t even like reality TV!
5. Yarn. While I was ordering the last hank of Cascade for the Up/Down town cardigan, I also slipped into my order enough skeins to whip up the Every Way Wrap I mentioned in the last post. I went home and found my IK sitting on the couch waiting for me. Thank you Hubby! (smack!) I couldn’t resist. I’m planning on working it up in a muted burnt ginger. Yum!
That’s all for now. Hope you guys have a great weekend.
Obama has been pushing for this “Stimulus” package to be passed quickly. I have to ask why? What is the rush? What is the harm in waiting 6 months for people to take a good look at a bill that proposes spending over $800 billion? Those of you who are astute will realize I just answered my own question. These liberal democrats don’t want people to take a close look at this bill, because they are trying to pull the wool over our eyes with words like “crisis” and “change.” They are hiding behind people’s fear.
It is like the used car salesman who claim that he can give you a great deal on a Lexus, but you have to act NOW! You will never again be able to get a deal like this. There are no time for questions. There is someone else right over there who wants the car. So, you sign. You drive off the lot with your brand new “deal” and watch as the engine falls out as you are driving home. He pressured you into a BAD DECISION! That is what this bill is a bad decision.