Thursday, September 29, 2011

Yarn Lust and Project Desires!

KnitPicks is making it hard for me to not want things.  Lots of things.  Their latest catalog came in the mail yesterday, but the husband was home so I had to put it aside...until today.  As a treat to myself I took it outside in the brilliant sunshine and read every single article and made mental notes of what yarns, if I could purchase any, I would choose.  *sigh*  Being poor sucks when you feel like knitting and not like absolute crap any more!

One thing that caught my attention was Biggo Yarn.  It looks intriguing and I have read you can sit down with super chunky yarn and knit an entire sweater in a weekend.  I don't know if this is true or not, but I wouldn't mind trying it out.  There is another sweater idea I have in my head this could be tried upon, as well as several patterns and books call for super bulky yarns.  Here it is, tantalizingly close and ever so far away.

And, of course, all of the lovely Palette Yarn and sock yarn throughout the book and fingering weight yarns that call for smaller needles and endless hours of joy - not just for knitting socks!  Scarves, hats, fingerless mitts, and of course socks can be knit from these wonderful shades. 

Still, I am not yarn-less just yet.  There is a sweater on my needles, and if I look really hard, or have someone get into the yarn room for me to look really hard, there is probably some lovely sock yarn just waiting to go onto needles!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Returning With A Sweater

It has been a while since I have posted anything here.  It has also been a while since I have actually just sat down and played with yarn.  Since I have begun playing with yarn again, my nerves are better, and my attitude about a lot of things has improved greatly.  A friend of mine once called my knitting "yarn therapy" and he was right!  It is the perfect therapy, especially now that I can sit and knit without being completely exhausted and fatigued or in deep internal pain.

See, I had to have an emergency appendectomy June 29-30th.  According to all of the test results that came back, my appendix was nasty for a very long time and was probably causing me to be sick in so many ways, different from the arthritis.  In the spring of this year I was so exhausted and so tired I was in misery, and by the time the pain began with the appendicitis I was in pretty bad shape.  Still, once the offending organ was removed and I healed, well, things have begun being better in ways I am finding quite surprising.

There is energy in me to DO things other than just sit and be as quiet as possible.  I am writing again.  I am knitting again.  Life is on the positive side instead of just mere status quo. 

In order to celebrate this wonderful new me, I have decided to make myself a sweater, and it is going to be my own design (probably a boat-neck sweater).  Knitting is exciting again, just as is writing, and being with friends.

The appendicitis wasn't the only thing to happen this year.  My mother-in-law, my beloved Frogmomma passed away suddenly 12/24/10.  None of us were prepared and we have had a hard time adjusting to life without her. 

But, I'm back, and I'm excited to be back.

Monday, November 29, 2010

A New Scarf Just Before Christmas

I need a new scarf.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Swatching and Wishing

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Thank God for Yarn

Monday, October 25, 2010

Knitting Has Begun

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Knitting Ideas Are Now Overflowing

Yesterday I succeeded and made it to Barnes & Noble and ordered another copy of Rowan Vintage Knits so I can complete the sweaters for my husband and best friend for Christmas. I also picked p a beautiful planner for the remainder of this year and next year, mostly for the look of it: Since I am going to be selling Avon now, I wanted a nice planner that would be pretty when I pulled it out of my purse or bag and still have my Moleskin planner for all of the mundane, wild and wooly stuff that actually keeps me organized on top of everything else. In many ways I didn't need it, of course, but it looks so good! I guess it was an impulse by that I fell in love with and couldn't put down. I'll post a picture of it as soon as possible. It's adorable.

On the knitting front there are ideas flipping and flopping over themselves in my brain for position to be put onto the needles first. I need a scarf to go with the hat my sister Becky got me for winter - it's a gray and pink hounds tooth newsboy cap that looks perfect with my purse and simply should have a scarf to go with it. The only problem is...I don't have the correct colors currently in my stash for the scarf at the moment and, quite honestly, no cash to go purchase or order the yarn for it at the moment (which has made me purposely stay away from KnitPicks so I wouldn't be tempted to order yarn I don't have money for at the moment. Next comes socks. I do have sock yarn that does need knitted up at the moment, the only problem is I haven't selected the pattern for my next socks. Since they are for me I don't have to worry about the heel because of the weird feet I possess, which suits me just fine. Another thing that could go onto the needles are the fingerless mitts out of the Wicked green and black fingering weight yarn for the next Harry Potter movie I'd like to do for myself, which would also require a nice scarf and a hat of some sort. Could I also throw in a pair of socks before November 21? That would be a lot of knitting, and it would also take away from the sweater knitting for Christmas.... As I said, there are a ton of ideas floating around in my head all of a sudden for knitting, PLUS I need to finish the pillow I want to do for my neck. I really do need that neck pillow.

Now, along with knitting, I have also begun thinking of tons of other things to sew as well as several other money making endeavors. Yarn is not cheap or free. *sigh* Everything always has a price doesn't it, and time is never as abundant as you need, whether or not your body requires an extra amount of rest or not, and yes, this does concern me, but there isn't anything I can do about that - I have to make some money and I have to make a little extra cash for books and cafe mocha's and Christmas presents for the folks who simply don't like handmade presents (they simply don't understand the time and love it requires to make those).

This means I have three businesses to run more or less and a lot of time to put into a 24 hour span and a body that simply doesn't appreciate me as it is. Hopefully there will be time to give it as much TLC as possible.