Friday, June 06, 2008

Not Dead Yet... Take Two

I keep thinking I want to be more regular in posting here. I compose posts in my head all the time. They just never make it into the computer. The last few months have been a bit rough. I've left the yarn shop--just not the right place for me to be right now.

So, today I'm up extra early (can't sleep), and while I don't have a crafty post ready, I thought I'd do that meme that's currently racing around blogland.

1. What was I doing ten years ago? I was enjoying my last summer before developing fibromyalgia--too bad I didn't realize it then. I was starting my last career-track job, a communications director at a small (very small) non-profit, before discovering I was too ill for stressful work. I was preparing to be a bridesmaid in a wedding. It was one of those new-fangled internet meetings, and I was very concerned for the bride, one of my best friends. They are still together--the groom is my friend in the Darth Vader costume from a while back. DH and I were househunting for our first house, where I have now lived longer than anywhere else. Come to think of it, that was a pretty important year!

2. What are 5 things on my to-do list for today (not in any particular order)? Well, today's actually a weekend day for me (DH works Sunday-Thursday, and I've taken on his schedule). My to-do lists on weekends are either crazy or non-existent. Today it's non-existent. DH and I are planning to go see the new Narnia movie. Ummm.... I think that's it. Neener.

3. Snacks I enjoy. Anything with frosting. Seriously, you could just about put frosting on a dead bug and I'd eat it. Okay, maybe not. Maybe I'd just pick the bug out. Other than that? Chocolate, especially dark chocolate. Popcorn. Cashews. Chex snack mix.

4. Things I would do if I were a billionaire. Have a dream house built, one with a sewing studio for me and a big office/den space for DH. I'm not working, but DH would retire early. Put a bunch of money aside for my nephew's college fund. My parents have got to be about to retire, but I haven't heard a peep out of them, so provide them whatever funding they'd need to retire now. Travel, taking family with me. Send my parents on a trip of their own, just the two of them. Donate a lot of money to fibromyalgia research. Fund a no-kill animal shelter.

5. Places I have lived. Milwaukee, The Dalles, Eugene, Coos Bay and Newport, all in Oregon; and Tacoma and Lakewood, both in Washington (state). I also spent 3 1/2 months in London in college, does that count?

6. Jobs I've had. Oh, boy. Summer camp counselor. McDonald's worker. Barrista at my college cafeteria. Yarn/needlework store clerk. Other retail. Office temp. Office assistant. Communications director. File clerk.

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Not Dead Yet...

Okay, I'm still here. Really.

The biggest news, crafting-wise (and life-wise, too, I guess), is that I left my office job at the end of July, and then in October, starting working one day a week at my LYS, Yorkshire Yarns. I was even Needleworker of the Month for November.

A few shots of what I've been doing:

This is DH's foot in one of his birthday socks. These are his first handknit socks, despite me offering to knit him a pair several years ago. At the time he said no, very politely. "I just don't think I'd wear them," he said.

Well, okay, then.

So, about early November, I spotted some yarn that was vaguely the same colors as Denver Bronco uniforms. And, the key to DH's heart is not his stomach, but the Broncos. So, I asked again. "If I knit you socks in Bronco colors, would you wear them?"

"If you knit me any socks, of course I'd wear them!"

Perhaps this new opinion is because he gets cold easier now? I asked him about what he said before, and he doesn't remember the conversation (which I sometimes think is Guy Code for "I don't want to get in trouble for something I said/did years ago...."). Instead, he says, "I must have been nuts."

So, I got the yarn and started knitting. And knitting. Boy, his feet are bigger than mine!

They were finished at 10:30 the night before his birthday (which is right after Christmas, so it gave me a few extra days).

This sock is on its way to being DH's second pair of handknit socks. This sock is finished now, after knitting the toe four times to get it in the right place. It seems so much more difficult to get a custom fit for someone else's foot!

And this sock has now entered its modeling career at Yorkie Yarns. It's a shop model, happily single (only one sock to knit--no Second Sock Syndrome!), showing off just a bit of the huge sock yarn selection at the shop.

This is Hadrian helping me decide on the final arrangement of blocks in my quilt. It's made out of a jelly roll (pre-cut 2 1/2" strips of fabric, for my non-quilting readers out there) from one of my LQS, The Shibori Dragon. I hadn't planned on making this quilt, I wasn't looking for a quilt project ... but the jelly roll and the pattern just jumped into my arms when I was in the store to pick up my Block of the Month block last month. I couldn't resist the teal. The blocks are sewn together now, and I'm working on hand quilting it. This will be a nice size for a throw for the recliners.

These next two pictures are a touch embarrassing, but since so many people have posted their messy workspaces, I thought I'd share mine. Someday I'll clean it, really I will...