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Saturday, June 4, 2011

I bought more yarn...

Like I needed to do that, right?  And I could give all the same arguments that we all use... 'it was a great price', or 'I've had my eye on this yarn for a long time', or 'this yarn is perfect for this project I've been wanting to make'.  We all know the justifications.  We're all guilty of using them.  I have no excuses, other than I had a huge store credit and I couldn't use it on anything non-knitting related (and I really DID have my eye on all that yarn for a long time).  To admit my guilt, I went on Ravelry and added it all to my stash with photos.  Lets just say I have several Silk Garden Sock sweaters planned.

Oh, and I heard back from the Twist Collective regarding my submission.  Unfortunately I didn't make it in.  I really thought this one had a chance but there is limited space and way more submissions than they can fit into an issue.  Fortunately, I think it's a strong submission and I think it might make it in to another publisher so I'm going to tweak it a bit and try again.  There's still time to make a few major magazine's Winter issues.  And worst case, I'll just put it out on my own.  So although I'm a bit sad that I didn't make it this time, I'll just go look at some of my other ideas and see if there's something else in there that could be the ticket.  And I'll also be taking a close look at the awesome designs that made the cut to see what types of things caught the publisher's eye.  Thankfully, I have a giant pile of Noro yarn sitting in my apartment that's inspiring me :)

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Guess who's turning 5 today!

Happy birthday Alex!!
Today, plans include taking in a movie, going to play with the best-buddy, eating tons of junk, going to dinner, and hitting the toy store to pick out a brand new Thomas the Tank Engine train set.  Unfortunately with everything that's been going on, I was too distracted to plan a birthday party.  Of course when he got up (at 5:45am I might ad...) he wanted to know where all his birthday people were, to which I replied "in bed...where YOU should be...  So the plan is to go out and find him some birthday people.  If we run into you in the street, be prepared to hear all about how it's his birthday (and what ever else pops into his brain).  Oh, and we'll be taking the camera with us to document the fun in photograph form. 

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Guess who found the camera cord!

So my friends, when I'm not doing homework, or unpacking, or cleaning, or working on the Cascade blanket, or any of the hundred other things I'm supposed to be doing (that I'm not), I'm working on this.  This is my top-down pullover in Noro Silk Garden Sock yarn in colorways S315 (the rainbow) and S269 (the neutral).  My plan is to knit the pullover and then steek it to make a cardigan.  Now you might be wondering why I don't just knit a cardigan in the first place if that's what I want.  And I'll tell ya...you can't ever get Noro's stripes to match up unless you plan to do a ton of cutting and weaving in the ends.  It's an absolute nightmare!  The only way for a person like myself who likes harmony in their handknits is to knit the piece in the round and then cut it.  Right now you're probably wondering what I plan to do about the sleeves...and to that I say "I have no idea".  If I can get them to match up, then I'll knit sleeves.  If not...I guess I'll do short sleeves and wear it with long sleeved shirts.  I'm completely winging this one.  (And sadly yet...that's really what my body looks like...except the silver part).

In other news, I finally joined the last skein of Cascade Eco Wool to my blanket and I'm in the home stretch on this baby!  You have no idea how excited I am.  This piece is monumental!  Right now it's measuring 46" long and I need to get it to about 56".  I just hope that it doesn't shrink too much when I block it out (it's going to get wider, and that pulls up the length a bit).  I want to finish this before the full heat of the summer comes, but I have to say that I've been surprisingly comfortable knitting with this giant blanket on my lap.  It comes down over the end of my feet right now, lol.

And lastly, I want to thank those of you who weighed in on my dilemma from the last post.  I just spoke to financial aid and confirmed that I could take one class without affecting my financial aid...so that's what I'm going to do next term.  This way I take some of the pressure off without getting completely out of school mode.  I think it's a good compromise and I feel good about this decision. 

Sunday, May 29, 2011

I could use a little advice.

So, today was a pretty rough behavior day for my youngest.  He's just not getting to sleep early enough and he's getting up entirely too early, so the sleep deprivation is finally catching up to him and he's just defiant and unruley.  This happens every few months (as thouse of you who've followed the blog will know).  I need to get him back on track soon because he's got that outpatient surgery coming up in a few weeks and who knows what affect that will have on things.

Aaron's still trying to get some idea what the doctors plan to do for his thyroid, and still dealing with the issues that come from it being out of wack.  Dante is getting close to finishing school and heading into high school.  I still have class and I'm nearing my finals (again, sigh).  The shop is prepping for the big yearly sale and there will be more hours available.  And I've been called for another position at church, which means additional responsibilities.  If you're wondering why I'm telling you all this, here's the deal.

I'm thinking about taking a semester (or more accurately, a term) off from school to get my family situated.  I'm still living with boxes, and that's because my husband needs my help and I haven't been able to give it to him.  He could really use my full attention to help keep an eye on these kids, while they rebalance his thyroid.  I'm thinking about how I could really use a break.  I'm starting to burn out and in the last two terms I've made a careless mistake on an assignment that cost me big points.  I don't make those kinds of mistakes, and when I do it's because I'm just too tired to notice.  I have been taking two classes every ten weeks for the last two years, and I think that a ten-week break would allow me to be there for my family while big things get sorted out, and would recharge my batteries for school.  This is something I prayed about and it's not a decision that I'm taking lightly, so...I'd like to hear what others think just so I can get an objective opinion.  It's possible that I might just need to power through my last year of school and that the rest will sort itself out (although I don't think so...), and it's also possible that I'll have a difficult time coming back to school after that much time off (which is a genuine concern for me).  So, any advice is appreciated.

Oh, and the Noro sweater is demanding all of my attention right now.  I love the sweater...I hate Noro yarn...I love the color...except for that one color that they always throw in.  You know the one.