Friday, December 30, 2011
Sunday, October 30, 2011
So the day before yesterday I came across some lovely aran sweater patterns and decided that I should make a couple for Christmas gifts.....I am aware that it is the end of October and that Christmas is less than two months away.
Do you suppose I can focus on just these two sweaters? I am hoping that by making two at the same time, when I get bored with the one that I will turn to the other and not turn to starting another project. I figure the two sweaters are different enough that they will keep my interest also. And it's not like I'm knitting sweaters with fingering weight yarn. The one sweater is with heavy worsted/bulky-ish yarn and the other is with worsted. So they so work up pretty fast? Maybe?
Here's hoping :)
Saturday, October 08, 2011
Thought I would include my pattern for these "House Booties" as a free pattern. So if you would like to make a pair also, here you go:
Monday, September 26, 2011
Thursday, September 15, 2011
I hope she doesn't mind....my cyber friend Barb is awesome! She and I have been taking care of a couple of knitting blogs the past few years and I feel like I have got to know her a little bit. Even though I have never seen her face I really like her.
Barb lives somewhere on the east coast. She was affected by the hurricane that hit there just a while back. Just as the power got turned on and she was headed back to work she got really sick. I was concerned and had emailed her that I hoped she would be well soon. Her response was that she was starting to feel better then she said, "I can still knit though and that is all that counts." I teared up. Ya, I know, silly. But really sometimes you need something to get you through all the hard times.
Everybody has their "security blankets" their "means of escape". Some turn to substance abuse, some get depressed and hide, some become work-a-holics, some just give up. But Knitter's....we knit. We get out the yarn, sometimes we get a pattern, and we grab our needles and we "escape" by turning to something familiar, something comforting, something soft :) and pleasant. For me I almost always am knitting for someone else. I get caught up in thoughts and memories of them. Times shared together and hopefully future times together. I think about them wearing what I am making and how it will look. I loose myself completely. Soon I've forgotten all the sadness, the problems, the difficulties, etc. I make positive thoughts my focus, twisting and looping and combining my thoughts of happiness and good times with every stitch. It is such a healing process.
So Barb, here's to you :) I agree. With all that I have been through in the past couple years, I am "starting to feel better" also. Thank goodness "I can still knit though" and to me "that is all that counts".
Posted by Tama at 10:22 AM
Saturday, June 18, 2011
So, Monday I went to work. Things were progressing as usual with my boss attempting once again to be as abusive and rude as possible. I got back from lunch and discovered I had been "terminated". Interesting. I have come to the conclusion, as I have pondered the entire situation, that my boss has been unrealistically difficult to work for since I let his "little buddy" go this past winter--actually in February. He is difficult to work for normally but it has been TERRIBLE since February. I began thinking along those lines because not more than an hour after I was escorted out his "little buddy" was back......and in my position.
As a result of being suddenly unemployed I find myself under alot less stress, if you can believe it, than I was while I was working for "The Tyrant". There are several options available that have been lurking in the background of my life since last year and I can't really decide which way to go. School? Self employment? Moving back to Colorado?
The past year has been insane between Sean and I separating, work, moving, buying a house, Sean dieing, The Daughter deciding she needed to get married at 17, PB moving back in with all of his prejudices firmly in place that his dad put there, etc. Now my job of just over two years that I thought was secure and what I would be doing for a good long time is gone.
I could go back to school and finish. That would, for the most part require moving. Not really in the mood to move since I've decided I like it here--all the snow and wildlife and outdoor stuff to do. I have a couple of online businesses. None of which are doing real great--unfortunately. I could alway get another job, but quite frankly I'm really tired of working really hard so someone else can make the big bucks.
What I've kind of decided is that I'm going to apply for unemployment right now and see what happens next. I believe there has to be a reason for me leaving Pyro City. Something else needs done. I don't know what it is so until it reveals itself I think I will just "drift" along looking for it. Really don't know what else to do. I have a million projects, knitting, home, etc that all need my attention so in the mean time I will pursue those and try to get ahead.
What a year!
Saturday, February 26, 2011
It started last night. The heavy white clouds full of snow just waiting to fall rolled in early in the evening. By the time I went to pick up PB from the dance it was snowing huge fluffy white flakes. This morning dawned with bright, beautiful sunshine and cowboy blue skies.
No denying the fact, I love snow! Especially newly fallen snow. Everything is covered in a beautiful white fluffy blanket this morning. We got about six inches of new snow. I love how the sun reflects off of the snow flakes and makes everything look like it's covered in rainbow glitter.
I feel sad when I hear people say that they hate the snow. The snow is such an important element of weather. Without it there would be ALOT less water to drink, water lawns with, wash cars with, etc in the summer. What happens as we grow up? We all loved the snow as children. I don't think I have ever heard a child remark, after looking out the window and seeing a world of white, "Snow! I hate snow! What did it have to snow for?" No, they are excited and eager to run out and make snowmen and snow angels, sled, skate, have snowball fights, jump around and throw the snow into the air......
We all loved it then. I still do. Yes, I get up and shovel out my sidewalk just like everyone else. At work I have three parking lots that have to have all the snow removed from everytime it snows. My truck slips and slides as I drive through town just like everyone else's. I have to bundle up in warm socks--handknit of course--coats, hats, gloves, and boots. But I love the snow. I love the rain, I love thunder storms, I love the warm spring sunshine, I love all the seasons and the weather that goes with them. The only thing I do not like is wind, but it serves its purpose.
Maybe the reason I like snow and cold and it doesn't bother me is because I knit :) It is so much fun to see if I can create the ultimate snow gear. Whether its hats, socks, sweaters, scarves, or mittens I want to see just how comfortable I can stay with all my own snow wear in the coldest of snowy conditions. Way more fun than trying to stay cool during hot summers!!
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
I've tried to blog several times over the past few months, but nothing would come out. Things are moving along. I've started some other hobbies/business in an effort to get some money coming in. HB left us with nothing. I do get some social security money to help me take care of the kids, but that's it. Definately not easy.
I finally got moved into a new house. I love it. There is a very peaceful feeling in the house that makes living there very nice. I haven't had much time to unpack though. I wish I could wave a magic wand and just have everything put itself away lol. Between working full time at the fireworks store and my new ventures I don't have much free time....actually I have no free time. I think I am trying to bury myself in projects so there is no down time. Down time means time to think about things and I don't want to.
My oldest son just turned 22 years old. (Can't believe it!!!! There's no way I am old enough to have a child that age. After all I am only 29 lol, pretty sure) We went to Colorado to celebrate with him. We took Sunday to go up to Ouray Colorado to play in the hot springs. I forget that Ouray is the most beautiful place in the world. Since most of the world has never been there I thought I would post a few pictures.