Tuesday, March 7, 2017

I'm Back!

I’m back from the dead!  I had decided to take a break from blogging while I adjusted to working a normal job schedule again.  I haven’t talked about my job much, but I am doing something that I love and that is important to me.  I wake up in the morning and when my back hurts, my head hurts, and I’m too tired to move, I think about my job and the difference I make and I have no problem getting out of bed. 


What else is new?  We bought a house!   My wife and I closed on January 3, 2017 and it has been quite an adventure.  This is our first home, and we are so in love with it. 






We are still working on getting unpacked and settled in to the house, but I can’t wait to share all the DIY stuff I have planned for this place. 






On the needles right now, I’m working on the Wheat scarf by tincanknits.  I recently started teaching a knitting class at work and this is the first real project that they’re going to attack.  I cast on with Loopsand Threads Impeccable Glitter.  I wanted something to knit from my stash, and I’ve had this sitting around for a while.  I can’t remember the last time I bought acrylic yarn, so that should say something to the age of this. 


I really enjoy using this pattern to teach my coworkers.  They can see the difference between knitting and purling with the ribbing but also not enough ribbing that they get frustrated with it.  I have our class tomorrow, so I’ll be sure to post pictures of everyone working on it!


When I'm not in my knitting class, I've been working on The Doodler by Stephen West.  My wife and I recently took a trip to NYC to see the show "Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812."  As a bribe for sitting through the show, my wife took me to Purl Soho where she bought me the hard copy of West Knits Best Knits, enough yarn to knit this pattern, and a set of Addi Turbos. 


I'd share a picture, but unfortunately I had a knit-astrophe the other night.  I had just completed the first section of the pattern and had moved onto the cables.  I made the mistake of working on cables while drinking wine and watching TV.  My stitches slipped right off my needle and all of my attempts to fix it just made it worse.  Last night I frogged the whole thing and tried not to think about the hours and hours of work that I had put into it. 


I'm winding the yarn, and hope to be casting on again tonight.  I refuse to give in.  I SO enjoyed this pattern and actually am not too heartbroken about getting to do it again. 


I also just finished the book And We Stay by Jenny Hubbard.  School shootings have always been this deep, terrible fear of mine.  I expected this book to rock me and I was excited to dive into it.  I was tres disappointed.  Gave it 1 star on Goodreads. 

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