Thursday, May 03, 2007

Tragedy in NYC

I am normally not one to watch the news -- I cannot handle it. But today I didn't get to the remote in time and I caught the first story they had on the 11 o'clock news on ABC.

It was about this poor woman that tragically ran over her infant son after he slipped out of her arms this afternoon while she was trying to get the vehicle in park.

What makes this story all the more sad and heartbreaking is that the woman's husband (and the father of the baby) was killed in Iraq in February in a vehicle too.

Can everyone that reads this please take a moment to think about this poor woman today and if you're the type to pray -- please add her to your prayers. I don't know how much it will help, but it certainly won't hurt!

The tears are streaming down my face as I type this entry -- I can't even imagine what she is going through...

Good Yarn Karma!

Psssst....Have you heard about this site GOOD YARN KARMA?

What is it, you ask? Well, I will tell you :) It's a BRILLIANT idea for getting a good home for your unloved yarns, thats what it is...But not only yarn. They will take books, magazines, needles, stitch markers, I think pretty much whatever!

If you have anything that you would like to give away or even trade, why not check them out! I know I will be posting some things once I get to cleaning some of the yarn room up. Or should I say IF...that is probably more like it at this point, if I am speaking realistically.

No news on the knitting front. I spent all my time today doing a few swatches and vacuuming (that was a HUGE mistake...that H U R T like a!) I should have left that for the DH to do this weekend, but I just couldn't stand it another minute.

Now, I am even in more pain than I have been for the past month or so. I give up. We're losing our insurance very soon and I have this. Hrumph! It's times like this when I sure wish we'd win the lottery! I know money doesn't buy happiness -- but I don't need it to! I WOULD be happy if I didn't have to worry about paying for medication and doctor bills (and the mortgage, and heat and food and electricity, and, and, and....)

I have been trying really hard to stay positive, but it's sure not easy.

Does anyone know of an Customer Service job available for online support? If you do, please email me knittingaddict @ and I will be forever in your debt.

Ok, time to try to do a bit of work on the shawl before trying to get a bit a sleep. Night all!

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Good Knitting Mojo Needed -- PLEASE!!

Ok, I am going completely CRAZY with this no knitting crap -- and I have decided that I HAVE to get back in to it like NOW before the men in the white coats come and lock me up. Seriously! It is THAT bad....

But, instead of working on socks, I thought that perhaps it would be better if I worked with larger needles for a bit and cast on for a lovely lace shawl because I am so jealous of all the lovely shawls that my friend The Yarn Snob has been turning out on a freekin' daily basis (ok, so it's not every day, just seems like it from this side of the pond :gg: sorry, E!!). Have a peek and be prepared to drool, she's truly amazing!!

Only problem is, I can't read charts to save my life. BUT, I found a beautiful shawl that includes written directions as well as a chart (the designer, I ♥ HER to teensy pieces!!!!) has a FANTASTIC tutorial on her site for those of us that cannot read charts that has ME, yes folks, ME...the person that has always believed she would never, ever be able to knit from a chart in this lifetime that she may just be able to do it! Can you believe that one -- she is THAT good!

The Shawl is called the Forest Canopy Shawl. I am using the yarn recommended in the pattern, Mountain Colors Weavers Quarters -- and I ordered the color that this the original was done in (Sierra) BUT, what I got is U G L Y with a capital U so it's a good thing I got another color too!

I got the Meadow colorway also and it's gorgeous -- it at least looks like it's supposed to ( I don't know what's up with the Sierra I got, but it doesn't look like it should! (Please see below for sample) so I am all set! I just hope it doesn't make the pain worse, or that I don't do more damage to my shoulder/arm by doing this.

I figure using the larger needles will be a change and I will use circs so there won't be any pressure on the wrists or arms at all...I just have got to do something before I go completely out of what is left of my mind. I have been so depressed all I have been doing is sleeping -- and this is my favorite time of year -- so it's very out of character for me to be doing this now...I have got to snap out of it!

So, if any of you have any extra mojo hanging around, I would be most happy to accept it and put it to great use on my first lace project!!

I am as excited as I was when I first decided that I was going to learn to knit and started my first sock!! (yes, socks were my first real project! Thanks to Silver and her wonderful tutorial, I had no idea socks weren't something that new knitters were supposed to be able to do!! You should have seen the tongues wag around here when I showed my Mom's friends what my first FO was! They didn't believe I did it. Some of them have been knitting for 50 or 60 years and they still have not done socks, and here I am knitting for about a month and have socks done already, thanks to Silver! She is AWESOME too!

Anyone that wants to learn to knit socks that needs help, I cannot recommend that site enough. It is written for someone that has never knit before, so it's quite detailed and may be repetitive for someone that has been knitting for a while -- but it's so easy to follow you'll be addicted knitting socks in no time!

Monday, April 30, 2007

This makes things all better :)

This is the photo of the day from The Daily Puppy -- something I found while surfing this evening. Now tell me, how can you have a bad day when looking at THAT face??

This is a site that I am sure I will be visiting often, for sure!!