Happy New Year 2015!

Hey there, hi there, ho there!

Here’s hoping that everyone had happy and safe holidays.  Mine was just the way I like, low-key and spent with my family.

Work is going well.  It’s a different kind of accounting than I’m used to, but each day brings new challenges. And I’m grateful every day that I’m back in the workforce.  While I did enjoy my time at home, it’s nice to talk to adults that actually can talk back to me.  :-)

I started out last year by say:

“So…resolutions.

2013, for me, felt like a year of instability.  And for someone who doesn’t deal with change very well…you can imagine what this was like for me.  So, I guess I’m going to find a way in 2014 to get my sea legs back again.  I plan on getting back into the workforce as soon as I am able to find a job.  We’re back to going to church regularly.  And, I’m also going to work on taking each day as it comes.  This is all that I really can do.

As far as crafting goes…

I think I’m going to do the same thing as I said above, take each project as it comes.  I had big plans last year to knit something from each category of my Ravelry queue and, though I did complete some of them, it crashed and burned because time and new knitting jobs came up.”

I did get my “sea legs” back and feel like a productive member of society again; we continued to go to church regularly which helped to center me when things around me seemed bat sh!t crazy and hopeless; and I took each day as it came.

This year, I will continue to live each day as it comes and to stop and smell the roses more often.

As far as my two favorite pastimes, crafting and reading, these are my goals:

Crafting:

Unfortunately, my job prevents me from getting as much crafting done as in the past few years.  So my goal is to work on projects that interest and/or teach me in some way.  Unlike my last job, the fact that I am a knitter fascinates the people at work and one thing that I get asked about a lot is arm knitting.  I’ve watched a few videos and it’s something that looks like so. much. fun!

Reading:

My goal, on Goodreads, for 2015 is to read 50 books.  I plan on achieving this goal by participating in Popsugar’s 2015 Ultimate Reading Challenge.  I’m going to try my hardest to find books that follow the criteria in the challenge.  I’m starting off 2015 by trying to check off “A Trilogy” from my list.  My co-worker loaned me the Divergent Trilogy and I started the first book, Divergent, just before the holidays began.

I do however, have a favor to ask.  One of the criteria is “A book that a friend recommended”, so I’m asking you, my readers, for your suggestions.

Can you help a gal out?  Who knows, your suggestion could fit another one of the challenge criteria.

Riddle me this…

What do you get when you combine: one foam circle, 12 Styrofoam balls, four jute balls, leftover Christmas-y yarn, a hot glue gun and a spare pair of knitting needles?

A Christmas Wreath for a Yarn Enthusiast!

YARN WREATH

DIY Network recently shared a picture of a wreath made of yarn balls (picture 3 0f 10) on a social media site and my first thought was, “I have to make that!”.

So armed with a 20% coupon off of all my purchases at Michaels craft store, I bought all the supplies needed to make my own variation of the wreath.  A couple of hours of wrapping the form and balls, tacking it down with a hot glue gun, while watching sappy Christmas movies on the Hallmark Channel, and I have myself a wreath to hang in my cubicle at work.  I spent the longest time wrapping the form with the dark green yarn, but the balls took practically no time at all to wrap.  So there you have it!

Now don’t you want to make one of your own?

Yarn Along: Dec. 3, 2014

 

From small things:

Two of my favorite things are knitting and reading, and the evidence of this often shows up in my photographs. I love seeing what other people are knitting and reading as well. So, what are you knitting or crocheting right now? What are you reading?

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Project(s) on the go:  From Dark to Light and Back Again

Back on the bookshelf/in the library bag:  Too many to share!

Currently reading/listening to/watching:  Divergent

On the coffee table:   Love the One You’re With and Nantucket Sisters

My knitting…

If you read my blog recently, you’ll have learned that I am back to being gainfully employed again (yay!). This has, unfortunately, cut seriously into my knitting time, but I’m not really complaining.  I’d rather have the paycheck.  ;-)

I do have a pair of socks that I keep in my purse for when I have to wait somewhere or get the time during lunch to complete a round or two.  I still have my Harvest Cardigan on the back burner and I hope to pick it up again soon.

But, I was itching to cast on a scarf that I could wear to work with some of the yarn my sister, Chris, brought back to me from her trip to Germany.  It’s called Wollgarnspinnerei Ferner Color Flow but I have no idea of the colorway.  It has grey, light blue, maroon and purple.

As far as my reading….

I was loaned the whole Divergent series of books by one of my co-workers.  I just started Divergent and so far, it’s been entertaining.  I can’t wait to finally see the movie.

So what are you reading and/or working on this week?  Inquiring minds want to know.

Happy (American) Thanksgiving!

Yes, it’s that time of year again.  Time to stuff your face with turkey and all the accouterments that go with it.

I’m thankful for family, good friends and finally becoming gainfully employed again…even though I have to work tomorrow.  Oh well, you can’t have everything.  ;-)

To cheer me up while some of you are out shopping, I give you this:

 

Happy (and safe) Thanksgiving!

A happy update

Well, hi there!  It’s been a while, huh?  Yeah, I know.

I really needed to take a break from my blog because I was going through a very difficult time in my personal life.  I didn’t even have the energy to post a weekly Yarn Along blog.  So I just disappeared so I could focus on me.  But, as you can, see I’m back!

During my break to earn some extra money, I picked up and watched my cousin’s daughter a few days a week from the local magnet school she attends about five minutes away from me.  It also gave me the opportunity to get to know this little girl a little bit better, since I only get to see her maybe on holidays.  The deal was, I would watch the girl until I found a job.  Which leads me to some news…I’M WORKING AGAIN!

All I will say is that I was offered a position as an Accountant in a local company that deals in medical supplies.  My co-workers are very nice and I’m back to looking forward to getting up and going to work each day.  This is big for me, since that was part of the reason why I left my last job almost six years ago.  I’m still in the process of learning aspect of my new position, but it means that I will not get bored at all.

I’ve also started some new projects in the interim and have acquired some new yarn stash from a trip my sister took to Germany (thanks again, Chris!) which I will share with you soon.  Since I’m leaving my “Lady of Leisure” moniker behind, I’m going to try my best to blog as much as time will allow me.

But for now, I just want to say, “Hello Again!”

Yarn Along: Sept. 24, 2014

 

From small things:

Two of my favorite things are knitting and reading, and the evidence of this often shows up in my photographs. I love seeing what other people are knitting and reading as well. So, what are you knitting or crocheting right now? What are you reading?

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Project(s) on the go:  plain vanilla socks and a Harvest Cardigan

Back on the bookshelf/in the library bag:  Nothin’

Currently reading/listening to/watching:  The Wishing Thread   and North and South via the CraftLit Podcast

On the coffee table:   Love the One You’re With and Nantucket Sisters

My knitting…

Though it looks like there’s been no progress, I’ve been knitting rows and rows of stockinette on my cardigan whenever I get a chance.  I tried it on yesterday to see how far I’ve come and I really like it.  I’m not adding buttons to it.  I have some beautiful wooden shawl pins I could use to close it on cold, windy days.

I turned the heel and started the leg on my first vanilla sock.  I’m liking the stripe pattern that the yarn is creating so far. They’re the perfect carry-along project for when I’m waiting or can do mindless knitting.

As far as my reading….

I download The Wishing Thread onto my Kindle app back when it was being offered for free.  It involves knitting and was free (at the time), so how could I pass that up?  The author is also a member of Ravelry(!).  I just started it two weeks ago and I’m really enjoying it. It centers around the Van Ripper sisters who now jointly own a yarn shop called, The Stitchery, in Tarrytown, NY.  Local legend says that the chosen Van Ripper can grant your wish, but it comes at cost…you have to give up the thing you love most.  The writing style reminds me of Barbara Bretton’s Sugar Maple Chronicles and I’m loving all the whimsy.

So what are you reading and/or working on this week?  Inquiring minds want to know.

Yarn Along: Sept. 11, 2014

 

From small things:

Two of my favorite things are knitting and reading, and the evidence of this often shows up in my photographs. I love seeing what other people are knitting and reading as well. So, what are you knitting or crocheting right now? What are you reading?

 

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Project(s) on the go:  plain vanilla socks and a Harvest Cardigan

Back on the bookshelf/in the library bag:   Chat Love

Currently reading/listening to/watching:  The Wishing Thread   and North and South via the CraftLit Podcast

On the coffee table:   Love the One You’re With and Nantucket Sisters

My knitting…

All of the raglan increases have been made, so there is just miles inches of stockinette stitch to be done before I begin the hem of my cardi.  Perfect for mindless knitting.

I knit a few rounds on my vanilla socks while waiting for my cousin’s daughter to get out of school.  Since the school is just five minutes away from me, I’ve started to pick her up a few days a week and watch her until her parents get through with work.  It will keep me busy and I’ll earn a little spending money while I continue to look for work.  Win-win.

As far as my reading….

I was given Chat Love as a gift from the author in exchange for an honest opinion and finished it on Tuesday.  It’s a chick lit about online dating and I loved the main character, Lucia.

I download The Wishing Thread onto my Kindle app back when it was being offered for free.  It involves knitting and was free (at the time), so how could I pass that up?  I just started it, so not much to say about it so far.

So what are you reading and/or working on this week?  Inquiring minds want to know.