Monthly Archives: December 2006

A bit Egotistical Perhaps?

Yesterday evening I spent a bit of time going through some FO’s and took pictures of them. Here are some I would like to share, just for the fun of it and because now I can do so.
Dark Pink Square

This was made using some scraps of yarn from my stash. It is an 8 inch square.

My Squares

May each of you have a Happy New Year!!

Knitting and Happy Dance

Today was fun. I am more excited tonight ( by now it is really morning ) than I have been in a long time. DH and I decided to get me a digital camera today while we were running some errands. I found one I liked at the first store we went to but In typical fashion thought it best to check out some other stores in our area. We did and learned that the first place we went to had the best buy for our money.

I have spent much of the past several hours learning to use the camera and taking pictures of some knitting and crocheting projects. Below is a picture of the scarf I am knitting for the Red Scarf Project.
Rib Scarf

It is being made of 2 strands of worsted wt. acrylic yarn on # 15 needles. I cast on 24 stitches and used the knit stitch on the first two rows. The rest of the scarf is being made in a 3 by 3 rib. I will probably knit the last two rows before binding it off. This scarf is working up quickly and easily.

2007 Knitting and Crochet Goals

I have been thinking about my goals related to knitting and crocheting for the upcoming year. This includes projects to finish and do; books and other items to buy; changes to make to my blogs; and new yarns/threads to try.

I would like to finish:

  • Weaving in loose ends on and mail squares for a group project in which I am participating.
  • The scarf on my needles for the Red Scarf Project
  • The pair of socks started last year
  • An afghan for myself started a couple of years ago.

Some items I would like to buy are:

Here is a list of books I want to add to my collection of fiber related books:

Most of the fiber related tools and books will come from a favorite LYS or nearby bookstore.

I want to try out some of the novelty yarns that I have not been able to purchase while I was not working. The list is long and will change as I explore some LYS’s and other places.

Another goal is to post to all of my blogs more regularly and often. Purchasing a digital camera will make it possible to post pictures of projects while making them and once they are done.

Some of the items I want to make this year are:

  • Scarves for the Red Scarf project
  • At least one more pair of socks after completing the unfinished pair
  • At least a dozen dishcloths for my sister
  • More dishcloths for my household
  • Keeping up with the Monthly Dishcloth KAL
  • Trying out patterns in my copy of the Mason Dixon Book that I have not yet tried.

This list does not include other items made that go to charities. My philosophy is to keep charity giving a private matter, with two exceptions. The first is my support of the Red Scarf project. The second is that I will discuss it with a charity related online group to which I belong.
Some techniques I would like to learn or improve my skills with are:

  • Knitting lace. This might be a scarf or shawl. I don’t know yet, but my favorite LYS will be able to help with this project.
  • Tunisian Crochet
  • Sock making
  • Use of double pointed knitting needles
  • Intarsia knitting and crochet

The year 2007 promises to be a very busy people and fiber filled year. It sounds like fun. 🙂

What about yours?

Year In Review

I have been thinking about this past year this week. It has been a busy exciting year full of changes. Some of the changes include:

  • I have resumed knitting.
  • We have two functioning vehicles.
  • I began blogging and have five blogs on WordPress plus others.
  • I returned to work as an RN.
  • I kept a Needlework Journal.
  • My yarn purchases were limited with the result that my stash has decreased by a small amount.
  • I now belong to some online knitting and charity groups.
  • My household was introduced and switched to Firefox as its’ default web browser.
  • We also did the same as the above with Thunderbird.
  • We replaced my computer with a more current model and operating system.

It has been a most unique year in many ways. One of my hopes and prayers is that life can settle down a bit in 2007.

Busy Weeks

Life has been very busy in the past month. Some of the things that have happened are:

  • Me returning to work full time.
  • An early winter ice storm hitting our area and leaving a lot of us without electricity for days. Some people were without it for more than a week.
  • Knitting dishcloths in my spare time.

This doesn’t sound like a lot until homeschooling, keeping up with a household and trying to answer email are added to the mix. It has kept me very busy.

Nursing

The transition has finally been made. I have officially been working as an RN for the past two weeks in a Retirement Facility. It has been a time of learning, meeting new people, renewing old skills and learning new ones. It has not been as hard as I feared. The staff has all been very supportive and kind. The other nurses are among the best with whom I have ever worked. They have graciously gone out of their way to make my return to nursing as easy as possible. They have succeeded.