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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Hospitals, Startitis, and Fall TV Fun

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The past few weeks have been so beyond stressful with my mother going in and out of the hospital and all the stress that goes with being the primary caretaker. When I get stressed out, I go through a more severe version of startitis than normal. 

Startitis, is when you tend to start a lot of projects. This lends itself perfectly to dyeing yarn, since it really doesn't take all that long to dye yarn. Some yarn I dyed this weekend (DK and Fingering Weight):




But I also started a sweater the other week and really got going on it last night! The very unlikely chance I will finish it in time for Rhinebeck is keeping me going. Probably not, but what the hell, right?


So double knitting has been put aside until I finish the sweater. Which, either way, is my winter sweater. The pattern is called Hitch Pullover, by Vanessa Ewing, and it was in the 2014 Interweave Knits magazine (which I lost somehow and had to buy a digital version of to knit this pullover). The yarn I am using is Ultra Alpaca Worsted.

Side-note about alpaca. I LOVE to have an alpaca mix sweater for winter. Soo freaking warm. But, knitting with it, or even touching it, makes my hands tingle. Not turn red or itch or anything. But actually tingle. Does that happen to anyone else? Eh, won't stop me from loving alpaca, just odd.



I made it through several charts of the Celtic Dragon Scarf MKAL by Tania Richter before I got side tracked.

Other items I started?
1) a pair of Owl Mittens for my youngest daughter.
2) A Sockhead Slouch Hat.

3) A huge shawl called the Archer Shawl and Wrap by Holli Yeoh. 

4) A pair of socks for my husbands HUGE feet :).
5) A shawl called Changing Leaves with Mandala yarn.
6) And the Vneck Boxy Pullover (fingering weight, kill me now).

So yeah, I've gone a little cast-on crazy. And, I need to start another Goddess Shawl for a special order request, I finished the last one.


In all, crafting has helped me stitch my world together so it stays together. My daughters have helped me have a sense of humor, and I am trying to stay off of Facebook and all the negativity that seems to be emoting from that website. 

As with any stressful time, I work on using my sometimes morbid humor to help me through the hard times. And the giggles I have with my daughters always save the day. My husband too has gone beyond the support he has ever demonstrated, and that has been such a relief. 

I've also caught up on my Fall TV shows. 
Lucifer (Why did I not watch this last season? This is hilarious)
Blacklist (Getting old)
Hawaii Five-O (I don't know why I still watch this...)
Outlander (I cannot miss an episode.. even though I've read all the books).
The Good Doctor (just started, amazeballs!)
Big Bang Theory (I'm starting to forget to watch, though).
Lethal Weapon (OMGosh, you need to check this one)
Supernatural (Oh Dean... :) )

And I've been watching as much Buffy the Vampire Slayer in preparation for a trivia night out with some friends this weekend. I have to admit, I'm kinda nervous about it. But hey, Spike killed the Anointed One. Yay.

More poetry has come forth from my brain the past few weeks and my oldest daughter signed up for a knitting "club" with all of her friends in 5th grade. 5th grade.. I cannot believe she is in 5th grade. That is the year I fell in love for the first time. So I bought her some cotton and am sending her with cheap circulars to start making some washcloths (emailing the teacher was fun).

If you ever feel down, or overwhelmed, remember, that just like each pattern, this too shall pass. Each stitch is followed by another stitch. Each breath is followed by another. And that is what I keep reminding myself.

Be Well,
Jen
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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Heavenly Birthday Weekend!

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What a heavenly weekend I had!!


This past weekend I took it upon myself to go the beach. Really, the planning for it started in August, as I had decided to go to the beach for my birthday weekend. I needed some time out, and some beach therapy (BIG time). Friday night I kissed my kids goodnight, and told them I would see them on Sunday night.

Got up at 4am and a friend and I hit the road for Long Island!

I had NEVER been to Long Island before, or New York City, so this was a true adventure for me. 

On the way down, we hit absolutely no traffic (woot!) and made it to Long Island before The Knitted Purl opened and hung out at the Roosevelt Beach for a few hours. It's a beach facing the bay and there was this one particular bird who was chilling out with me while I was there, gave me a feather after about 25 minutes of eye contact and chilling out.  

It was actually kind of cool. Does anyone know what kind of bird it is? Just a small seagull? It didn't look like a seagull to me..


The Knitted Purl was a little expensive for my taste, but my travel buddy did find some absolutely beautiful yak and mink yarn in their 75% off bin for me, so yay for deals! 




After hanging out at the yarn store for an hour or two, we headed off to check into our Airbnb apartment, charge our phones, before heading off to Robert Moses Beach. This picture was me joking that there were so many plants I thought they were going to eat me haha.



Heading out to The Robert Moses Beach we were found out that we were there late enough to not have to pay anything, but still had a few hours until dusk when they close. The beach was beautiful, cool sand and water, hot sun. The horse flies were a little much.




We got back to our apartment around 6pm and I was absolutely wiped out. I fell asleep by 6:30pm haha. Time enough to eat something and talk to my kids before I passed out. (Boy that couch killed my back haha).


The next day we lingered and relaxed before heading out to find a cupcake for my birthday and make our way towards Long Beach. Apparently, cupcakes are not particularly popular on Long Island because it took 3 stores to find a yummy cupcake, which it was really yummy. Seriously. Red Velvet yumminess.




  Then off to our last beach of our trip, and to be honest, the best. Long Beach is simply beautiful. Few horse flies, fantastic waves with surfers enjoying them. 

  Here I'm working on the Celtic Dragon Scarf MKAL by Tania Richter.



We hung out there until around 4pm and then headed back to the airbnb to pick up something we forgot, and back up to upstate NY by 6pm (and traffic haha).






It was a fantastic weekend with a great deal of designing done by me of the shawl pattern I've been working on, and a bit of double knitting. Just so relaxing. I highly suggest a weekend getaway to the beach, if you can. I have Beach Withdrawal symptoms, I swear.


I missed my kids, I really did. Starting at Saturday night I was thinking about them and Sunday it was great to keep busy and let the ocean keep me happy because I was really happy to be home Sunday night, even though they were up WAY to late waiting for me. I got cuddles, hugs, kisses.. So heavenly. I love my girls.

I hope you have all had a weekend like I just did. It was wonderful. The best in such a long time.

But back to the grind, right?

Be Well!!
Jen
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Monday, September 18, 2017

Holy Project Fest!

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  What a weekend!! My days have gotten so busy this year, busier than any other time in my life that I can actually remember. A great deal of it has to do with me having joined a local Unitarian Universalist Church this year, as well as my knitting and yarn dyeing business doing pretty well (yay!). 

   This past weekend, I got startitis something bad, and ironically, Saturday I ended up spending most of the day working on my HAED (Heaven and Earth Designs) cross stitch project to cool my jets. This one (called Mother and Child):

  Otherwise, this is literally all the projects that I brought with me to work (did I work on each one during lunch? Of course not! I just worked on one!).

1) The designing bug has bitten me and after a few rough starts I am flowing along happily with this side to side shawl in worsted weight (440 yards) with eyelets to spice it up. Test knitting will start by October :). Yarn is my Utah Skies. I cannot wait to see it pool! May be called, "Walk With Me".


2. Next is a Sockhead Hat by Kelly McClure (I cannot believe it is free still). This is an earlier version of Utah Skies, but it is more like the beach, instead of the vibrant orange-brown I use now. So yay for a hat that will remind me of the beach! :)


3) Who doesn't love a little crocheting in their life? Hence the Goddess Shawl by Maria Merlino.  I'm making this for those who love a little goddess in their life (and having their backs lol). Making it a little wider than the pattern calls for. We'll see how it goes. Knitpicks Mighty Stitch is just the ticket (super squishy)!


4) I also having with me a shawl I started this weekend called Changing Leaves Shawl by Susan Gressman. I'm using a cake of Lion Brand's Mandala yarn and am looking forward to more colors. :) 

On top of all of these I finally started my husband a pair of toe up socks (hate knitting socks haha). Hurts my elbow and hands to work on socks too much too. But it will be good. 

  This weekend is my birthday, so I'll be heading down to Long Island to be dropped off at a beach for a few hours of knitting. I don't care if it really will be 80, I need to be at the beach and just relaxing. Watch me forget my chair. 

Thank you for the views I received to my blog two weeks ago of angsty poetry. Occasionally it just needs comes out, and I love writing poetry.

  Be well and have a great week!

Jen
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