Knitting…? What knitting?

Seriously. 

Have you read my other blog post from today?? 

I knew I was going to be busy, but I…for some odd reason…didn’t think about how much it would impact my knitting.  I have knit a total of maybe 10 minutes this whole week.  Yes, 10 minutes…for the WEEK.  I’ve been so tired this week that even when I’m sitting still for a moment (in the car, on break at school) I just haven’t wanted to do anything.  Week one of school wasn’t bad, week two…meh… Week three..so-so…week four – kicking my ass.  Now that I’ve come to the exhaustion stage, my body will make peace with it and I should start feeling better.  It took me longer to get to this “dead-tired” point than I thought, but here I am…and I can’t even remember how to spell my name.  :-/

I really…..REALLLY…..am so friggin’ close to finishing that damn Frank hat…  I did the photo tutorials on the very few (two) tricky parts of the pattern and now all that’s left is a few “action” shots of the hat…the one’s I took last week were total crap (trying to take a decent “posed” photo of yourself sucks).  I will be enlisting Avery this weekend to help me out as my Frankie model…possibly tonight if we have time.  After that, it’s done.

Just a reminder: End of Summer Sale is still on in the Shop, thru September 22nd, longer if you ask nice!  ; )

Happy weekend, all!!

Thirty-One Accessories

Hi all!!!!

I am currently hosting an Online/Catalog party for the Thirty-One accessory/handbag line.  If you are not familar with these bags, totes and such…you are missing out!!  They are fantastic!!  I have a few of the utility totes and I so much use I get out of them!!  The zipper pouches are sturdy and wipe clean on the inside…the handbags are so well made and the fabric choices are awesome!!!

You can GO HERE to check out the catalog and place an order!!

(think: getting some holiday shopping done EARLY!!)

If you don’t live near me…that okay!!  Thirty-One will drop ship right to you!!!

The party is open until September 29th so get your order in soon!

Thanks!!!!

Today, without my heart…

If ever there is tomorrow when we’re not together…
there is something you must always remember,
You are braver than you believe,
stronger than you seem,
and smarter than you think.
But the most important thing is,
even if we’re apart…
I’ll always be with you.
–Christopher Robin to Pooh

She was my biggest support. I was perfect in her eyes. She made me feel better with just a word, or a smile. She made me feel like I could do anything, could take on the world and win. She made me feel special, loved beyond reason and never alone. She was the biggest influence in my life, the person that made me want to be a better person. She was most of my mind, heart and soul.

I can’t hear the word “sunshine”, look at a rose or lilac, eat an ear of corn, smell buttermilk or hear the Oakridge Boys without thinking of her.

She took a huge chunk of me with her when she left. My world will never be quite whole again. The edges are still raw, even after two years. I can’t talk about her without crying…can’t type about her either.

September 12th sucks. I wish I could just skip this day.

I miss you Mamaw…I can’t even begin to express how much.

Busy Bee

So my first week of school is done and I can say that my knitting is really gonna take a back seat. On Mon, Tue and Wed my knitting time consisted of about 10 minutes during my lunch break at work, then about 5 minutes during my break at school. I could have knit on the way from work to class, but didn’t… It would have given me about 45-50 minutes, and I prolly should take advantage of that or I won’t get anything done!

I am ALMOST done with the Limestone shawl. I have about 3 or 4 repeats of the 18 st/11 row lace edging to do then it’s time for blocking! I can’t wait! This is the first thing I have knit for myself in a very long time! I am so excited, I can’t wait to wear it!

I have, sadly, not worked on the Frank Hat pattern or the Vest pattern. This week was just too insane, emotional and exhausting and this weekend I completely bonked. I was so tired…and cranky…and tired…and I barely touched any knitting. My body should adjust to the new schedule by the end of this week, hopefully (knowing me) so, I’ll be back to my productive self soon!

I am planning to finish the Frank Hat pattern on Thursday while I’m off work (after studying of course)…and turn it over to Erin!! I can’t wait to show you all photo’s! It’s so cool and fun! Need a quick Halloween outfit…this is it!

Then…on to the vest…which has become my beast of burden…but in a loving way. I love it…but figuring out math for the different sizes is killing me. It will not beat me…nope. I’ll get it.

So after that I have Avery’s sweater, which I am plugging away on. I am working on both sleeves at the same time and I have about 8″ or so done on them…a long way to go, but at least when they are done….they are BOTH done and no second sleeve syndrome to deal with! After the sleeves I will only have the neck band to do and it’s done!!!!! It will be my Friday Night / Weekend project because it is really too big to carry around with me.

Well, then what am I going to carry around with me, when I’m done with the shawl??
Hmm… I have found the most delightful project…so easy and so portable…and just friggin’ adorable!! I am making the Beekeeper’s Quilt by Tiny Owl Knits…. It is a knitted quilt made up of all these little poly-fill stuffed hexigrams she calls “hexipuffs”… I love.love.love it. And I have so many little bits of yarn laying around that this is perfect for me!!! All I need to carry around is a few bits of yarn, a handful of poly-fill and needles… Yes, it will take forever…but how cool is it gonna be when it’s done, huh??? (ask me how much I still love it when I am 300 hexipuffs in).  See look…isn’t adorable!!!

There is a long weekend coming up… I am hoping to make the curtains I promised my friend Sarah…we’re doing an exchange. She was destashing and offered to trade me some lovely yarn for some curtains…and I said sure! Now that her kitchen remodel is done…’tis curtain time!! It’s very cool…she wants cafe’ style retro-mod-ish curtains in mainly orange tones. Yay!! I can’t wait… I haven’t had my sewing machine out for a while. I’m going fabric shopping this coming Saturday!

That is it in the crafty world… What’s up in your’s?? Anything fun for the coming Autumn?

HOLY COW!!!

We just experienced a little earthquake here in Baltimore!!  Yes, for really real.

It registered at a 5.8 in Virginia…dont’ know what it registered at here, but WOW!!!

Never had that happen before.

Huh.  Interesting day.

 

Almost, but not quite…

On August 8th I posted the following list of things I wanted to get done before school started:

Get Frank hat knit, written (doing this as I go) and to testers

-Get vest pattern written and to testers (which really is ALMOST there)

Finish crochet and knit traveling wrap groups (at least the shawls currently in my possession)

-Finish Limestone Shawl – FOR ME!!!!!!!!

With only 3 days (counting today) to go…I’ve crossed out what I’ve actually gotten done… Now…Frank is ALMOST written up… I have photo’s and tutorials to do for it which I’m planning on taking care of this weekend, but other than that…it’s a workable pattern.  The vest….::LeSigh::…is coming along.  I have not dedicated nearly enough attention to it (it’s pissed me off and currently in time out…math sucks).  The Limestone is one repeat away from starting the edging…so WHEE!!!!

I have also picked up Avery’s sweater…some of you may remember it…  Josh Bennet’s “Man’s Cabled Cardigan” from Vogue Knitting, Fall/Winter 2009.

   

It’s Classic Elite’s “Portland Tweed” in Best Teal.  Avery picked the pattern and the yarn.  He has good taste.  I finished the back, both fronts a while ago…like last fall awhile ago… and since rescuing it from the UFO pile on Wednesday, I am currently plugging away at the sleeves (doing both at the same time).  After the sleeves are done and attached, all it needs is the buttonband/colllar picked up and worked.  In case you can’t tell, the buttonband/collar is 1×1 ribbing…about 6 miles of it.  I will suffer, but it’s gonna be an awesome sweater!!!

I only have one crochet shawl left in my Traveling Wrap groups…completely done with the knitting group…just waiting to get mine back.  I did get my crocheted shawl back yesterday…it is INCREDIBLE!!!!!!  I’ll snap some photo’s this weekend so I can show off everyone’s hard work!!  Can’t wait to get my knitted one back, too!

Happy Weekend!!

 

P.S. I have about 6 sets of Yellow Finch’s arguing over Echinacea flower seeds outside my office window!!  What a show!