Monday, June 30, 2008

Summer of Yarn Love Package 1

I just got my first package! A really great one, too...

Noro! I've never worked with it and am thrilled to finally get the chance! Two skeins in a pretty colorway that is fall-colored... my pal wrote a really nice letter telling me that she tried to get skeins with as many fall colors as possible since I like them! I'll be searching through Ravelry tonight to find the perfect pattern!

She also sent a bunch (and I mean a bunch) of pretty green tea lights that have the most luscious pear scent... so yummy. These will definitely get burned in my room and bathroom! The glass holders are shaped like flowers and are too cute. And I'll be saving a bunch for fall when I go back to school. So what if candles aren't allowed? Never stopped us before...

Then the cookies... I've seen these before, but never had them. They are delicious! You can see in the pic that I've already torn into the package...

Finally, the needle point protector things. I really needed these! They are much appreciated and will get a lot of use! I got some for socks (enough to cover all the points for dpns) and a set for larger needles.

I LOVE my package and my swap partner!

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Right Sized Stash?

This was our question this week for the Secret Pal 12 Swap... What's the perfect sized stash?

Go here for inspiration, jaw-dropping, jealousy, and/or comfort (at least my stash isn't that big...).

I don't think that there is a perfect stash size... it varies with person to person. There are people out there that have virtually no stash because they buy something, knit with it, then buy again, knit again, on and on and on. Then there are those that buy and hoard (ahem, me), waiting for the perfect project to use the yarn.

My stash isn't giganto, but isn't dinky either. I really love all yarn and it waits around until I find the right pattern or use for it. Spinners have to hoard, I think, since we love to make yarn. If I waited to spin something until I had the project in mind, I would never really get around to spinning anything! It's a process in and of itself and the end result is something beautiful, unique, and lovely on its own. It doesn't need to be knitted up to be worth something. That's the way I feel about yarn in general... so, my stash could grow and grow and grow and I'll be happy.

That said, there is a limit. Would I want all the yarn in the world? If I was a millionaire, would I be happy with buying all the yarn I wanted? Nope, not at all. Part of the joy of yarn purchasing/having is the "thrill of the chase." I hate being cliche, but there you go. I love wanting a yarn so badly, dying to try it out, then having to work up to the point of actually getting it. That's a large part of what makes it fun. I don't think I'd want a stash so large that I never felt the need to buy something.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

ATCs (with pretty poor pics, sorry!)

Artist Trading Cards. I'm addicted.

These are 2.5" x 3.5" works of art that are traded (never sold) like any other card (baseball, Pokemon, etc). I've seen these on Swap-Bot and finally looked into it and joined a few ATC swaps (ok, 10).

Here are some pictures of ones I've made:

Korean Script Series:




Beauty Series:

"The Angel Underneath"

emossed stamped image of framed Victorian lady

"Saving For A Rainy Day"

I also have more made (series are Patriot, Polka Dot, etc) and have more planned. Swaps I'm in are monsters, Bible stories, my favorite animal, my partner's favorite animal, ABC (something that begins with those letters), and chicken/fowl. They are really fun to make and use minimal amounts of time, space, and supplies. I really enjoy it... I have always loved are and creating, but haven't done much since I've grown up. This is a great way to get that back without all the mess, time, and money!

Swap Stuff

I got in two swap packages today, both from Swap-Bot.

The first is from a stitchmarker swap... a set of 5, handmade or bought. My partner lives in Canada, so it took a while for them to get here. She was very communicative and was so nice and sent a great package!!!

These gorgeous stitchmarkers in turquoise stone:

And she's new at making them! How about that? So pretty and well made; I love them! See that last one on the right? It's longer to mark the beginning of the round. Genius.

She also sent me this lovely cake of yarn (70% angora, 10% lambswool, 20% nylon):

Not sure what I'll be making from it, but it will have to be something special! It's 100 meters worth. She also sent me a nice postcard of Vancouver and some embroidery floss.

The second swap was about our favorite things... we send our partner something having to do with what we love, to share our hobbies. My partner was also a fiber artist! Gotta love our craft...

Isn't this the funkiest scarf ever? It's loose fiber with yarn throughout it and is machine sewn in a grid pattern to hold it all together. Very light and airy, but oh-so-soft and warm! She makes these and sells them. I love this! It's not something that I would have purchased for myself, but I love love love it! I really like that it is something out of my norm... I've been trying to get out of the same old colors, things, etc. and this couldn't be more perfect.

She also sent me a nice postcard (she's from New Zealand), a pretty stamp, some olive oil and honey soap, and some pretty letter-themed stickers (perfect for ATCs, coming in a later post).

Wonderful swap experiences all the way around.

I've sent off my first package for the Summer of Yarn Love Swap and will be sending the first one for Secret Pal 12 tomorrow. I'm excited about these and can't wait for my partners to get them! Blogstalking, go.

Friday, June 20, 2008

The Friday Fill-in and Creative Yarns

1. A smile is hard to fake.
2. Monopoly and Scattergories are my favorite board games.
3. I would love to have more free time in my life and less self-induced stress (I can get pretty anxious over nothing).
4. When I think of the Summer Solstice, I think of pagans. The word 'solstice' makes me think of them. I know, I'm probably being stereotypical or something, but I'm being honest!
5. I just remembered I need to go for a run!
6. One of my favorite song lyrics goes like this: I want something else / to get me through this / semi-charmed kind of life, baby, baby / I'm not listening when you say goodbye (Semi-charmed Life by Third Eye Blind).
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to knitting and watching movies, tomorrow my plans include a trip to the post office and feed store, and Sunday, I plan on going to High Falls with Arty (my brother I don't see as much as I would like)!
I went to Creative Yarns today in Macon... it was wonderful! Friendly staff, large store, the best selection I've seen in a yarn store, and it has spinning and weaving stuff! I spent too much money (and want to go back to spend more!), but got all the knitting-related stuff for my swaps this summer (other than a small order from Knit Picks) and the owner threw in a tote bag with her store's info on it (normally 5.00). Every time you use the bag in the store she puts your name into a monthly drawing for supplies. How cool is that?
I got my partners all sorts of yarny goodness. I only got myself a few things:

Malabrigo. I bought the laceweight but never used it... I think I'll like this a lot, though! It will be my first time knitting with it (and today was my first time fondling the worsted!). I'm thinking a simple garter stitch scarf... I love the color and the yarn is so yummy I think that garter is the only thing that will show it off to its full wonderfulness.
Cascade 220. I love this stuff... inexpensive, more colors than you could want, and it's just a great yarn! I got 5 skeins in red for a cardi for me. See? Yellow, red, that key lime CotLin I'm making the Leaf Raglan from... I am breaking out of my color rut! I want color!
Blue Sky Alpacas Organic Cotton. After winning 5 skeins in a contest, I love this stuff. Remember that Mossy Jacket that's been sitting unfinished because of no button band/trim? Well, it will soon be a FO... This is naturally colored and is a pretty greeny cream. I think it will look great with the olive jacket and the orange (yes, orange) buttons I bought for it!

Here's a pic of the tote bag I got for free today... isn't it just too cute? I also got 6 punches on my card... 4 more to go before I get 25% off my purchase! See, I told you I spent too much today...

I also got a few needle point protector/stopper things (seriously need more of them, but felt kind of guilty at all that I was buying! Though they weren't expensive... funny, since I didn't feel guilty about the yarn I got for myself!) and a cute pewter sheep button. I think that button will go on a bag. I also bought Moma a few things... some cute fuzzy yarn to trim dog sweaters with and some much-needed size 6 dpns for her.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Secret Pal 12 Question 2

As a kid, what did you look forward to most about summer vacation/break?

Lots of things... no school, vacations to Florida and St. Simons Island, summer reading program at the library, all the time in the world for riding the horses and training dogs, sleeping in, trips to Six Flags and Whitewater...

I really loved just having free time. I find my time to be one of the most valuable things (way more valuable than money!). You can't save it, only spend it wisely. You never get back those precious days. I realize that now more than ever (refer to a few posts back on my realization of summer). Now that I'm working and will be working most summers for a while to come I really appreciate my time that I do have free.

I still look forward to summer, but once I'm in it I look forward to the upcoming semester. I'm sad that I only have a year left of school... it's been so much a part of my life it feels a little strange to be out in the "real world" so soon.

Oh, and on the topic of summers and having them off/free, guess what I'll be doing next summer! Nope, not working at Walgreens (that'll come next fall)... I'll be walking the Appalachian Trail!!! I've made the decision... been toying around with it for a while now and I've decided that if I don't do it now it'll likely never happen. I'll have a job, a family, etc. that would keep me from it. And, I'm doing it alone. Well, Johnny Cash will be there with me, but that's it. It'll be a wonderful experience... taking care of myself and my dog, being truly alone for the first (and likely last) time in my life, just a great thing. I'll be safe and smart about it (satellite phone, gps, etc) and I'm just excited beyond words. I'll fly up to Maine and walk down to Georgia again. So, Christmas, birthday, and graduation gift lists will include hiking gear and yarn (can't be a true gift list without that, now can it?).

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Another FO

I'm on a knitting roll, I think! I've been pretty good about finishing up my projects lately (don't even mention the Basketweave Socks... I've determined that socks don't count when trying to see how many UFOs one has. I mean, everyone has a pair of socks otn, so how can they possibly count?). Here's my latest...
It's a cute cabled owl cloth for my partner on Swap-Bot. I really love how this came out! It's so easy (I hate all the tedious changes from k to p in most cloth patterns) and took no time at all to finish (an hour, I think?). The yarn is Peaches and Cream in Camel. I think I need one.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

A new wip and a neat meme thing

I've cast on for the Leaf T-shirt. It's my first adult garment, so wish me luck! It has a wide neck and I'm a little concerned about fit, but I think it'll work out well enough. I'm a few inches in and love it. I'm using Knit Picks CotLin in Key Lime. I really like this yarn... perfect for summer and good for cooler weather when I have a jacket on anyway. It's my second time using Knit Picks anything (the other time was Wool of the Andes, for my entrelac bag).

Ok, I try to limit the number of memes on my blog. But I found this one (late, apparently, but it's here now) and I think it's fun, cute, and would be a help for my upstreams in my swaps.

a. Type your answer to each of the questions below into Flickr Search.
b. Using only the first page, pick an image.
c. Copy and paste each of the URLs for the images into fd’s mosaic maker.

Who Am I?

1. What is your first name? Timiae. Never known anyone else with it, so the 3 pics that showed up for the search were my own. I chose this one because it ties in things that I like... animals and knitting.
2. What is your favorite food? Korean food! This is bibimbap, so yummy.
3. What high school did you go to? A small homeschool deal... a lady's house and there were about 25 students total. I graduated with 4 other seniors.
4. What is your favorite color? Olive and Turquoise.
5. Who is your celebrity crush? I don't know his name, but that Korean cutie...
6. Favorite drink? The picture says it all...
7. Dream vacation? South Korea, again. I'm going to live there oneday...
8. Favorite dessert? Molten Chocolate Cake... though only a bit or two... it's rich!
9. What you want to be when you grow up? A farmer
10. What do you love most in life? Hard to say, but it is probably country living, other than the obvious family and Shawn (my future family).
11. One word to describe you. Republican as a rule, though I prefer "Conservative."
12. Your Flickr name. Looked up Spin Knit since SpinKnitUp brought only the first picture in the mosaic. I don't hook, but I really love this picture.

Saturday, June 14, 2008

The Sweater Bag, Completed

Finally! I just finished it up.

Mods to the pattern:

-2 different colors (Patons Classic Merino in Natural Mix and Cascade 220 in dark heathered blue)
-I left out the final 6 rows before the ribbing in the last repeat (I forgot them)
-No cable needle (not really a mod, but something different from me. I will never go back to cable needles again!)
-The strap is different... only 10 stitches and did it i-cord. Not about to seam up that thing!
-I didn't seam the cast on or bind off edges. I like the flappy look of the bind off edge and I like the option of using the cast on edge as a second pocket.
-I made the strap too long. I tested it several times, but still too big and would only get bigger with weight. So, having already seamed the thing on, I tied a slip knot on the back side of the strap (the side that's to my back when I have the bag on, across my body) and sewed it up so it won't come undone. I would actually like to cut it making it 2 pieces put together in a knot, but not about to put the work into it.

Friday, June 13, 2008

Friday Fill-in

1. Walking the Appalachian Trail (from Maine back home to Georgia) with Shawn is high up on my bucket list.
2. My favorite quote is The Middle Of The Road Is The Worst Place To Drive; it's from I'm not sure, but it perfectly describes the way I feel... take a stand, one way or the other.
3. Seeing other people's blogs and the desire to share my work/life inspired me to start blogging.
4. Strawberries are best not eaten by me! I'm allergic.
5. I was anxious in the last dream I remember having.
6. The most enjoyable time to go for a walk is just as it's getting cool in the evening. I usually go around 7:30 or 8:00.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to getting off work (10:30 pm!), tomorrow my plans include knitting, drum carding, maybe spinning, and definitely clipping Johnny Cash (finally) and Sunday, I want to knit some more!

My next post should have a FO picture of the Sweater Bag... I'm working on that final bit of ribbing and then have to do the strap. I did bring that Cascade 220 with me and I think it looks nice. The Patons in Natural Mix isn't exactly the most exciting color, so the contrast is nice. I really love that both yarns are kind of heathery. I did forget to do 6 rounds before the ribbing, but it's not too big of a deal and it still looks good. There's no way I'm ripping back now (this was a no-frog project and it's staying that way!).

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Knitting Updates

Here's the Secret Pal 12 Question... "What is your favorite summertime beverage?" Ok, not sure if that's word for word, but close enough. Anyway, I don't have a drink that I like just especially for summer. My drink loves are water first, sweet tea second, and then various diet cokes like Sprite Zero, Coke Zero, diet root beer, etc. Lately it's been mostly half sweet tea and half Solomon's Seal tea or just a diet something. I've been wanting to up my water intake.

I am still working on the Sweater Bag! Arghh... with work I haven't been able to get as much knitting done as I'd like. But I'm so so so close to finishing the bag. Then the boring strap. I don't think I'll have enough yarn to finish the strap, so will probably do that ribbing section (the last 12 rounds of the bag) and the strap in a different color. Not sure which color, will have to dig through the stash. I think I brought my 2 skeins of Cascade 220 in a dark heathered blue with me from school. If I did, that's what I'll use.

And the Basketweave Socks... well, let's just say that they are taking a nice nap for a while. I do bring them out to see the light of day every so often, but it's only for a few rounds. It's just boring.

Lots of ideas for future projects. I'm really wanting to get a lot of cute things finished for me to have and wear for the upcoming school year... Rusted Root, Wicked, Leaf Raglan (which I have the yarn for, actually), Amanda's Squatty Sidekick, Booga Bag, Lucy (bag), a felted tote bag, and a few other clothing items (Central Park Hoodie or Mariah, a raglan pullover that's a little big so it's comfy and will go over my regular clothes, a long sleeve version of the Leaf Raglan, a cardi, etc).

I have some great news about where I'll be living next year... I'll be in my same apartment (Owen Hall)! I was going to have to live in Cleve's Crossing, a townhouse that isn't even built yet! And I would have to share a bedroom. Um, not ideal. CC is 50.00 cheaper than Owen, but I think a private bedroom is definitely worth that. And Squishy and Smoochy will get to live with me again (in CC I would have to get roommate approval and who knows how that would go since pets aren't allowed anyway... they might be meanies and tell on me). Speaking of Smoochy... I've picked out which of Squishy's sons I'm keeping! Ok, this is really great... I picked out the name Smoochy before I had even gotten Salty to breed with Squishy. Salty has 14 little ones. They were born the 1st and have fur growing in pretty well now. One little boy is a broken hooded... bareback markings like Squish (white with black head), but also has spotting on his body. A black spot around the base of his tail, which is adorable, and spots on his back... those spots are in the shape of a face!!! 2 eyes, a nose, and big fat lips... a smoocher! Pretty amazing, huh? I'll post pics soon. I'm also going to keep a daughter to live with Salty in the barn (she's used to companionship and needs a buddy).

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Swap Items!

I was in a few swaps on Swap-Bot that ended the 31st and I've received some of my items! Most this time around were sent a little late, but no problems. My partners were very good and sent me a message explaining everything. I have no issues with that, but do with people who don't send a note about it! I'm still waiting on my stitch markers (should be on their way) and there's a swap that ends the 22nd that I'm waiting on as well. It's one where your partner sends a little something that they enjoy doing... their favorite type of book, hobby, craft, etc. I already sent my package (I tend to get them in the mail as soon as my partner is assigned or shortly after)... knitting, of course! My partner is a new knitter, so that made it extra fun. I sent her some of my handmade stitch markers (natural black pearl, sterling silver, pewter), 2 skeins of Berroco Touche, a pattern for a toy elephant, and a ball of Sugar'n Cream Twists. She really liked it all. I wonder what I'll be receiving...

Anyway, here are the dishcloths from the Characters/Cartoons Dishcloth Swap I hosted last month:

Shrek! I actually thought of knitting this up for my partner, but went with Snoopy and Transformers instead. I'm so glad to get this cloth!

Snoopy! The same pattern I made for my partner... and the girl who got it made it for hers! Did everyone make this pattern? This is another that I'm thrilled to get because it means I don't have to make it for myself now!

And Snoopy's buddy Woodstock! Another great pattern and I LOVE it! These cloths are really great and are all patterns that I planned on making for myself. Now I don't have to! My partner was wonderful and sent an extra cloth, so hearts hearts hearts for her!

Then I participated in a Pets Swap... a package that's just for the pets in our lives! Since we all know I have about thirty thousand animals, I let my partner pick between Black Jack, Gideon, Acorn, Squishy, and Johnny Cash. My partner sent a GREAT package to the dogs... And, one of her dogs is named Johnny Cash! How coincidental is that? Anyway, I (well, the dogs) got a lovely note from her dogs and some really great goodies... a baked all-natural peanut butter cookie, a package of cheese Snausages, the cutest hedgehog squeaky toy, and a really wonderful collar charm that says "Pick of the litter." How adorable is that? Here's a pic:

Ok, so the pic's not the greatest. But you get the idea.

The peanut butter cookie was split between Kaiser (the German Shepherd) and Partner (the lab). It was going to be to Black Jack, but she's been having a hard time lately (her 16 years have really caught up to her all of a sudden, sadly) and I thought the softer Snausages would be better. She loved them. The rest of the Snausages went to Gideon, Josie, Eunny, Mike (Meeka), Twiggy, Johnny Cash, Partner, Danny, and Lucy. There were enough for everyone to get at least one, with half of them getting more than that. Nice when it works out like that. The squeaky toy went to Johnny and the others in his "pen" (half acre yard). Partner was being a bully at first, but once the newness wore off Johnny was able to get it back and chew away on it. The charm is going to Johnny. He's the only one of my dogs that wears a collar consistenly enough and he is literally (or, is that litterally?) the pick of the litter... the one we chose to keep for my baby and breeding! Very fitting dog jewelry, I think.

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Weaving, Knitting, Spinning

I decided to get the loom out tonight. First time since Christmas! I'm not very good yet, but I'm not totally displeased with what I'm doing. Tonight I decided to make a mat for my bathroom, to go in front of the sink. I gathered up my scraps of cotton and this is what I made:

It's definitely not true bathmat quality... won't be anywhere near absorbant enough. But good enough for in front of the sink, which is what I intended. I need to double the yarn up on both the warp and the weft... I just did the weft. I really like it though. I need to dig up some of my old poofy paint stuff so it will be anti-slip. The pink and blue are my handdyed, the yellow and variegated is storebought. The warp is just ecru.

Here's a dishcloth I knitted up today for my next dishcloth swap on Swap-Bot (animals).

It's the Embossed Turtle by Smariek. I used the green Sugar'N Cream Twists I got on sale at Michael's last week. I love how it turned out. Fast and fun knit, too. Took me the time it take sto watch 2 shows on tv and the stitching keeps it interesting. Well written, also.

I've begun spinning the merino roving I got from Knitch a long while back. I think in February? Anyway, that second 4 ounce bit in the Seaweed colorway. The other one I gave away in my contest. It's spinning up into a finer weight yarn. I will be plying it... I think it'll end up somewhere around dk/sport.

I also did a little drum carding today! I haven't really done much with my much-wanted carder and I've had it for 6 months! Sad sad sad. I'm carding up the 10 ounces of gray Lincoln I got with the carder. It's fun and I love to watch it go from ugly, tight locks to bouncy, airy batt!

Summer Knitting Goals

Skeins Her Way is having another knitting goals contest, this time for summer. I won last time, so who knows, maybe I'll get lucky again! Fabulous prize of a super-cute bag and a kit for a raglan (pattern and yarn... Blue Sky Alpacas Skinny Organic Dyed Cotton!). I am now in love with BSA cotton since getting the wonderful prize from the last contest. So, head over there and enter!

Here are my Summer Knitting Goals:

-Finish up the Sweater Bag. This one will be finished up soon. I have one more pattern repeat, the strap, and seaming and it'll be ready to use (if I don't line it).
-Get at least 4 pairs of socks done. The Basketweave Socks (Happy Feet) I'm working on now (about to start the heel flap), another pair of Monkey socks (handspun merino/tencel from my swap partner in Knittyboard's SP10), Pomatomus (not sure on yarn), and Flutterby (Sockotta).
-Knit the Leaf T-shirt. A simple top-down raglan with a lacy leaf design down the front. I got the yarn in from Knit Picks the other day, just need to get the needles and get started on it. This will be my first adult-sized garment.
-Knit a few things for my swap partners.
-Knit or weave (or both!) a new scarf for me for this coming fall/winter. I love Shasta, but need something else and I'm thinking handspun.
-Get ALL my UFOs finished or frogged. Finished will be: Saartje's Baby Booties (just need to get that second one finished) and the Mossy Jacket (need another color of BSA Dyed Cotton to get the button band, etc finished). Frogged will be: Wisp and probably that tacky scarf I was working on for my cousin. Sorry cus'. When I write it out, not really that many UFOs! Go me!
-Knit a few things for this coming semester. It's my final year (yay!) and I want to go out in handmade style (is there anything better?). A few bags (Booga, Squatty Sidekick, to name a few), scarves (already mentioned), cardis, shirts, etc.

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Blogging and knitting

I feel like I haven't been a good blogger lately. Yes, I've been posting, but it really hasn't been fiber-oriented. Since I've been at home for summer I haven't really been posting on knitting that much (or really knitting that much, actually). I'll be fixing that soon.

I have some great ideas for my Summer of Yarn Love Swap partner... she's a pretty easy person in terms of likes, dislikes, etc. We seem to have matching taste in a lot of things. I'm planning a big shopping trip to the yarn store in Macon (can't remember the name right now)... I hear it's a great store and they have spinning stuff! No, my partner isn't a spinner... I'm thinking me! This big trip will take place after I get my next check in two weeks (the one this week was small since I just started working (only 2 days pay, but I was more than happy with it, since it means gas for the Santa Fe!)). I'm going to get Moma to go with me since she's never been to a yarn store and has been knitting up a storm herself.

Plans for my knitting future:
-Finish up this Sweater Bag! I love it. Great pattern, etc, but man is it getting boring. It's actually a pretty quick knit and has the cabling which is interesting. I just can't stand the same thing for too long (clothes, bags, friends (unfortunately), guys (fortunately)). No worries, though, Shawn is a lasting thing... I think the only guy in the world that I can stand to be around all the time. Refer to list of past boyfriends ;-)
-Make a few things for my SoYLS partner... not listing what, but I really think that she'll enjoy them. Some are off her Ravelry queue.
-Amanda's Squatty Sidekick from the Patons SWS I got last week. I really think the bag is cute, but will probably mod it a little to make it a tad larger. If the pattern is what everyone says it is, I'll probably make 2 more using the Cascade 220 I dyed with Easter egg dyes a while back.
-Find something to do with the South African Fine (Romance colorway) I spun up a few weeks ago! It's been sitting in my room for weeks. I spun it up into a dk or so weight singles. Really pretty, but can't find something to do with it. I was thinking fingerless mitts, but the color repeats are pretty long and I don't want gloves that are like 2/3 burgunday and 1/3 green. I've been scouring Ravelry, but haven't come across the *perfect* pattern yet. And, it must be *perfect*.


The veggie garden. This picture was taken a few weeks ago, so everything is much larger now. We've been eating from it for quite a while now (tempura green beans, zuccini, and squash for dinner tonight... yum!).

Purple Columbine. Along with Lilies, my favorite flower. So unique and pretty... kind of an understated beauty. I love that.

Friday, June 6, 2008

Friday Fill-in and work news

1. Idle hands are the Devil's playground. I hate to be cliche, but it's true. Busy people tend to stay out of trouble.
2. I love thinking in the shower. It's where I get to sort out my thoughts.
3. My favorite time of the day is when all the work is done, the animals are fed, I'm all cleaned up, and it time to just relax and knit. If I wake up early my favorite is when I realize that the day is so long (usually around 1000 when I think it's about 2 pm).
4. The last tea I drank was half sweet tea and half Solomon's Seal tea from the garden. I'm drinking it right now.
5. I like to ride horses, take my dogs everywhere, and lazy around in the Summer.
6. My mother always says the funniest things. Being half Korean, she sometimes says the wrong thing or something and it's really funny. Her English is really good, but it's amusing sometimes.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to knitting, tomorrow my plans include sleeping in, clipping Johnny Cash, knitting, and weaving and Sunday, I want to sleep in, knit, weave, and read (and maybe clip someone else... Annie? Twiggy?)!

Work news... I had a much better day Wednesday. It was really great. I've figured out that I can't stand not being busy. I feel like I'm doing something wrong, like someone's going to walk in and yell at me for not doing my job. Wednesday I was stocking shelves, running the register, etc. Thursday was pretty boring again, but Ok. Today was actually really good... I got to do a walkthrough with the manager and take some notes. Then I tasked out the list to the employees. Actual managerial work! It was neat, but I feel like some employees view me as a sort of 90-day-wonder... a young girl who thinks she's little miss manager since she's in college and getting a degree. I don't think that, but I can't help how some people are. They are all good to work with, but I feel a little odd giving them tasks (most of them are older than I am and have much more experience). I do go to them for advice and help, which probably helps a little. Monday I start with the real stuff... manager register functions, opening, money control, armored car stuff, getting keys, answering register calls for a manager, etc. I can't wait!

Knitting news... I actually got a good bit of knitting done yesterday. I got through an entire repeat in the Sweater Bag and it was so nice to pick up the needles again. So relaxing. I'll be working on my socks this weekend and hope to get through the entire heel at least.

I was thinking about sock knitting and find something funny... People knit bags. People knit shawls. People knit a lot of things. But, people are sock knitters. Not just someone who knits socks. I love how we identify ourselves as that... I'm a sock knitter. So defining. Why are socks that way? Yes, there are lace knitters and other knitters, but the most common is a sock knitter. What is it about socks? I think it's the amazement that comes with them... socks are something that everyone has and will always have. Something that's taken for granted. But to make your own... it's just simply amazing. The process, the work, the tiny little needles. The outcome. Something so useable, something so small, yet so valuable. I think that's why I'll always be a sock knitter, even if I do have a love-hate relationship with them right now.

Thursday, June 5, 2008

These Friday Fill-in Things

look kind of fun. I'm a sucker for surveys, questionairres (am I spelling that right?), and the like.

Here's the one from last Friday (I'll put the new one up tomorrow as well).

1. For me having to do it only one way (whatever it is) is the opposite of creativity.
2. Friday Night Knitting Club was the last excellent book I read.
3. I like fill-ins because I love to answer questions.
4. In nature I like looking at all the texture, colors, and the amazing process of life.
5. Ron Paul should win the US elections. Don't like Obama, Hilary, or McCain (at least the other two admit they're democrats...) so I won't be voting. The lesser of two evils is still evil!
6. The last time I laughed with all my belly was the other day when my mom called millipedes multipedes. She still calls them that because she thinks that's the right name. Makes sense, though, I think.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to some knitting time and sleep, tomorrow my plans include working, and Saturday I want to sleep in, knit, weave, and clip Johnny Cash.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Walgreen's, knitting, etc.

So, my internship started last Wednesday. We had orientation at the District Office in Atlanta and it went well. I met my store's manager and he's really nice and easygoing, which is great. I started at the store Thursday and had 2 days of online training (yippee.) and Monday I started in the pharmacy. We're not in a high-traffic location, so it can get a bit slow, but it's pretty good. I enjoy pharmacy work. I'll be in photo through the rest of the week and back to pharmacy Monday through Wednesday of next week.

I have to admit, I feel a little unsure about this job. I really want it and hope that they offer me the position at the end of this summer, but am afraid that the other interns (none of which I work with or see) are doing better. They are mostly business majors, marketing focus, etc. There are only 2 others that aren't in the field... I'm a history major and just recently decided to pursue a career in retail management. I have no training in it at all... this is only my second retail experience (I worked last summer with a baby clothes retailer) and my first with any sort of management. The orientation was conducted as if we all had knowledge of management and retail stores... "Oh, but you've all learned this in school" "I know you already know..." and the like. Well, I didn't learn that and I don't know. But, my manager is really great and he's very helpful. He himself wasn't one that went straight into management after college, so can understand where I'm coming from. I'm just afraid I'm going to work hard and not get it. Just fears about the future, I guess, but still bothersome. I'm not one of those people that was born to manage (I'm an entrepreneurial, outdoorsy kind of girl) and I never imagined myself in a business suit holding a briefcase, going to meetings. I'm supposed to be working with animals, being outside, running my own business that I love, or something like that. It's just kind of tough to realize that's not what I'll likely end up doing... am I doing the right thing?

Anyway, enough about that.

I'm still working on the Sweater Bag, though haven't really touched it since starting the job. I'm also working on the Baby Kimono from Mason-Dixon in some of the Sugar'N Cream Twists I got on sale at Michael's. The Basketweave Socks are on a little break.

Michael's had a great sale Sunday... get 25% off the entire purchase (even sale items!) between 4 and 8 pm. I definitely took advantage of that! I got some wooden frames to decorate, stuff to decorate them with, a blank stamp (to carve our own), got Moma some camo yarn for dog sweaters, and I got me 2 skeins of Patons SWS... I've been wanting to work with it for the longest time (I'm sure it felts wonderfully!), but couldn't justify paying 5.99 per skein (I think it's just that it's Michael's and I expect lower prices. If it were in a LYS I would have bought it a long time ago. I need to get over these expectations... they aren't very fair). I got 2 in the natural plum colorway. Very pretty. Will have to search Ravelry for patterns that require 2 skeins. I think I'll really like it.

Shawn came over Sunday night and left at around 0600 this morning. He had to go from here to Dobbins (in Marietta, a good 2 hours away if there's no traffic) to get to work. Sunday night he had to drop his sister off at the airport (she's in Israel), so he met me for a nice dinner since we're not too horribly far from the airport (about an hour and a half) and I had to go to Michael's anyway. Then he came back here. I had to work yesterday, so he just hung out here and helped out around the house. After work I went to a neighbor's to clean up their house a little (a lot). Then we hung out here and he left. Not as much visiting as I would have liked, but is it ever? He's getting his bike soon and he'll be coming for a weekend when I have one off (every, so far). He's definitely coming for the 4th of July (Thursday night through Monday night)... I think I'll have that Friday through Monday off... a nice 4-day weekend. Did I mention my manager is great?

Some pictures:

A really out of focus picture of my hippo Arthur bought me.

Some yellow flowers in one of the gardens.