Uh…is this thing on? ::tap.tap.tap::

Hmm…four years of silence. How does one even begin to break that?  Hmrph.

When last we spoke, I was sobbing over a shattered laptop screen, unemployed and trying to pull myself together to finish cooking Thanksgiving dinner… I kinda left ya’all hanging, like I said “I see you shiver with antici…..” and never gave you the “…..pation” part.  Sorry about that.  In the past four years, life fell apart, came back together, went one direction then, rather suddenly, was yanked in another.   When I left you four years ago…life, if I’m honest, was kinda bleak for me….now, life is pretty brilliant.

So, let me explain…  No, no, there is too much, let me sum up…well..maybe more than a sum up…

Four years ago, after losing yet another office job due to the failing economy, I decided instead of looking for another job to suck the life out of me, I was going go back to school.  For what, you ask?  Cosmetology.  Yes….beauty school.  I had always been interested in it; it was creative, it made people happy (if you did it right) and had a flexible schedule.  So, I went for it.  While I was in school, I accepted a part-time job at The Alpaca Yarn Company.  I knew the owner, Beth, and when she reached out, I jumped at the opportunity to help them out for a few hours a week.  So, school and part time job…awesome!

The need for extra help dried up at The AYC about 2 weeks before I graduated from school, which was kinda perfect timing.  I got a job right away… I got it so quickly, that I had to wait for my license to arrive before I could actually get on the schedule.  Everything was falling into place.

Then, disaster struck…for someone else.  The full-time yarn dyer at The AYC needed carpel tunnel surgery…could I help out with the dyeing while she was down…sure.  So, here I am with a nearly-full time salon job, and starting back at the yarn company….there were stretches of 20+ days of work in a row….I would occasionally have a half day off…  I was exhausted, but I was happy… Oh, did I also mention that I was also planning a wedding during all of this too?  Luckily, I had a dead-simple wedding…two ceremonies, tho. One (legal) just with family…then one big party with all our friends…. But I’m squirreling…sort of.

Back to disaster…the full-time dyer, with all the carpel tunnel issues also was diagnosed with a degenerative elbow problem, too.  The longer she did this job (dyeing) the worse her elbow pain was gonna get.  How heartbreaking it must be to be told your dream job is destroying your body??  I still feel so bad for her… I know how much it would hurt me.  So, she decided to leave, took another job…put in her notice.  I decided that I would leave the salon and take the full-time yarn dyeing position.  And then, I landed in the hospital.  Severe diverticulitis infection… I had been having mild abdominal pain and nausea for a few weeks… I was so busy (remember 20+ day stretches of work), that I ignored it…. I chalked it up to kidney stones and went about my business… It wasn’t kidney stones….and it landed me in the hospital for 3 days… Right as I am taking over the full-time position, leaving another job and about a two weeks away from getting married…talk about a full-blown panic attack!

So, anyway…..sum up is turning into long story…so let me end abruptly.

I’ve been the full-time dyer at The Alpaca Yarn Company for about a year and a half now and I couldn’t be happier.  It did, however, put quite the damper on my indie dyeing….of which I do very little of anymore.  It’s a trade off, I guess.

So, here’s to fresh starts, all around.

Happy stitches!



Public Service Announcement

Take it from me…  If you drop your laptop hard enough to shatter the screen, at least take the time to stop crying before resuming to chop veggies for Thanksgiving dinner.  Your fingers will thank you for it.

This concludes this announcement.


::sigh:: Again…?

So, some of you may remember that in July of last year I lost my full-time office manager’s job and was out of work for five months before accepting a temp job.  The temp job was a ‘fill in while on maternity leave” kind of job, due to end in May of this year…  It didn’t end in May, mostly because right after she came back to work she got in a car accident that prevented her from working full-time for a while.  She’s back to work full-time now and business is slow enough that my time here is coming to an end.  It’s all good… I came in here knowing it was temporary and it’s lasted a lot longer than I ever thought it would.  They are dropping me down to three days a week (Mon – Wed) and keeping me on until the end of the year, or until I find a new job, which ever comes first.

So…back to the job hunt, again… This is the third time in 4 years that I’ve had to look for a new job… I’m beginning to take it personally.  The problem with finding a new job is my school schedule.  It has to be a day job, so retail isn’t an option.  I simply can’t tell a retail job that I am not available to work any nights…it won’t fly.  Also, because of what I am in school for, most office jobs will shy away from hiring me because they know I won’t stay.  So, another temp job would be cool.  Also because of school, I really want to work in York.  That way I’ll be able to work Mon – Fri.  As it is now, working in Baltimore, I have to take Thursdays off because of Avery’s band practice schedule.  There is no way he could get me up to school and get back down to Towson in time for practice, let alone all the lessons he teaches before practice even starts.  So….York would be much better.

I am a little depressed, I must say.  I was really hoping this job would just keep going until I was done with school… They work with my schedule and pay enough to keep me afloat, even if I have to tread water a bit.  Not that I love the job… I don’t.  I’m not cut out for office work, which is the reason I’m in school.  But, it’s convenient. ::sigh::  Oh well. 

So here I am, down to three days a week, which, according to the unemployment office, makes me too much money to qualify for partial aid.  I make $44.00 a week over the limit.  $44.00…really?  Bastards.  So we’re also back to a budget that would make the most frugal of us light-headed. 

I could get my shop back up and running except that I have no money to replenish my supplies.  So…what’s a crafty girl to do?  Answer: Anything I can.

I have a ton of fabric, so I’ll make some simple project bags, as long as my sewing machine cooperates…it’s been testy the last few times I’ve tried to use it.  I have beads, so I’ll make some stitch markers. I still have a few pounds of roving, so I’ll dye that and perhaps even spin some to sell.  I also want to start making some hair accessories and get them in there… Perhaps I’ll paint some nail art for glue-on nail sets…(great for a night out!).  I paint them and all you have to do is glue them on top of your nail! Bang!  Instant nails!

This will give me some time to get caught up on things around home, too.  My closet looks like a bomb went off at a Goodwill…and my “studio” looks like an infirmary for boxes and garbage bags that are puking craft supplies and yarn everywhere.  It’s time to sort and clean and organize to hell and back!

So…wish me luck and if you know of any job openings, toss me the bone!!  LOL


Free time..?? NO WAY!!

So, by now, I’m sure all of you are sick to death of me whining about my schedule, lack of knitting time, sleep deprivation, and the rest of it.
Even I am sick of hearing it!

So, if not the usual, then what fresh hell am I bringing you today?? Hmmm???

Nope, no hell…just taking a moment to sing the praises of a weekend totally free!!! I have no plans, no where to go, nothing that I HAVE to do (except maybe some laundry)… I may………MAY……..even dye some roving up for the shop…may…no promises…depends on how lazy I feel. ::wink:: Don’t get too excited, it may not happen…

Avery and I really need some “us” time. We’re not getting a whole lot of that now. Maybe we’ll go poke around some antique shops or load ourselves down with a bunch of books from The York Emporium… (If you’re a book lover and you’ve never been…GO NOW… So much fun…just wear a coat…it’s not heated very well!!)

I could possibly even see a trip to Ikea happening…tho, I’m thinking I don’t wanna drive that far…

I don’t even care if we don’t leave the house!!! I’m just glad for some down time!! : )

What’s my name again?

I’m so busy, I’ve forgotten my name and I’m surprised I can even find my way home at night!! Time, since school started, has run away from me…leaving me in a cloud of dust, standing here, coughing and wondering what the hell just happened. I simply cannot believe it’s been eight weeks since I started!! Wow!

I am sad to report that very little knitting has happened… I am either working, in school or running around on the weekend trying to get the things done that I don’t have time to do during the week. No rest for the wicked, eh?

Frank hat is on hold…regrettably, until next year. I have some tweaks that I want to make and it’s just not gonna get done in time for a Halloween release this year. I’m disappointed in myself for not getting it done and I feel like I have let Erin down. Bummer. But I simply cannot kill myself for it. I would have to sacrifice even more sleep to get it done and I can’t… I’m not getting enough as it is. ::sigh:: It is what it is.

I literally have nothing new to report. Nothing finished, nothing new started, no progress at all…oh no, wait…a single crochet-tbl cowl out of cheap-o on-sale Lion Brand yarn…yeah…really. SUCKS.

Quick!!! Someone throw a pity party for me please! I’m desperate.

My Beekeeper’s Quilt is taking a brief pause until I can decide if I really want hexi “puffs” or if I want hexi “flats”. I can’t decide if I want the puffy quilt effect or if I’d be happier with a blanket-style…a Beekeeper Unstuffed, if you will. Hell, it may just become a hexi-scarf instead of a blankie! LOL

I am still plugging away on the sleeves for Avery’s sweater…it’s slow going… I am working both sleeves at the same time and the cable pattern has a different row repeat than the increases…you should see my chart to keep track of where I am!! Holy cow!! I really wanted to have this done for this season, but I didn’t factor school into the end-time equation. I really didn’t realize that school would suck away so much knitting time!! Grr. At least he’s mostly stopped dropping hints…mostly. I can’t say I blame him… I started it in April of LAST year!!

Any Holiday knitting in the works, you ask… ROFLMAOPIMP…um, no. I’ll survive vicariously thru other people’s knitting!!!! How about you?? Any giftie projects you’re planning, knitted or otherwise??

Happy Stitches!!