The Chronicles of a Brand New Knitter.....

Friday, May 12, 2006

Kids....I'm sorry!

I love my children.....really I do. Sometimes though, when they're sick, I secretly wonder if they're just milking it for all it's worth. For this, I'm truly sorry! My generous kids decided to share their last round of germs and I got the worst end of it. I felt like I was going to DIE! For days I couldn't swallow without literally forcing myself because I knew the pain that awaited me. My energy was zapped right out of my body and I found it hard to leave my couch....which you know I had to with three kids. Luckily, I survived and lived to tell the tale. Next time, I think I'll be a little more sympathetic when they come down with their next illness.

Anyway, I did finally get my house back in order and yesterday, I even started on another sock. So, maybe the break will mean that I'll actually finish one this time. Who knows? I'm even giving a sneak peek so that maybe it'll encourage me not to rip it out again! Keep your fingers crossed.... Posted by Picasa

Thursday, May 04, 2006

Homesick....

It's weird for me to be feeling homesick right now, since I've been away from "home" for 11 years....but I am. I'm not really missing any one place, but I guess just the south in general. Being from Tennessee originally, we moved to North Carolina for 4½ years, then off to Texas for 6½ years, so southerners are all I know. People here in Utah are just SOOOO different from what I'm used to. I'm trying so hard to find a way to feel like I belong here, but so far, it's not happening.

If you're walking through a store in the south...and you happen to make eye contact with someone, it's just normal to say hi and strike up a conversation - sometimes they may even know your life story before you make it down the next aisle, LOL. It's also normal for everyone to smile, wave, or hug you....for no apparent reason at all. That type of stuff just doesn't take place here. If you do happen to make eye contact with someone here, they automatically shift their sight down and act as if you're invisible...hoping desperately that you won't talk to them. If you wave to someone just driving down the street, they look at you like you have a third eye and you may possibly even get flipped off! Where's the hospitality? Maybe I just expect too much, since I'm from a place where nobody's a real stranger....except those notherners who talk funny....but even then , nobody's left out.

Anyway, I know I've complained about not having friends here enough, but this is much deeper. I want the warmth and friendliness that I'm used to. I'd take that over a bunch of friends anyday. I just want to feel like I belong......cause I don't really have a third eye ya'll.....I just talk funny!

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Dear Secret Pal....

You'll probably be really upset with my answers to these questions, but I promise I'm really easy to please. I just stink at explaining myself, LOL.



1. What is/are your favorite yarn/s to knit with? What fibers do you absolutely *not* like? I'm so new to knitting that I don't really have a "favorite" yet. I do know, however, that acrylics make me cringe...since that's all I used when teaching myself, LOL. Can you say Red Heart?

2. What do you use to store your needles/hooks in? They all just hang out in the packages that they came in....until my 2 year old empties them. Then, they roll around in a basket where I'm keeping my yarn.

3. How long have you been knitting? Would you consider your skill level to be beginner, intermediate or advanced? Since January, so I'm a definite beginner, but I hope to eventually drop that label.

4. Do you have an Amazon or other online wish list? Nope

5. What's your favorite scent? (for candles, bath products etc.) Cucumber melon and honeydew.

6. Do you have a sweet tooth? Favorite candy? I don't eat sweets that often, but when I do it's either brownies or Snickers bars.

7. What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do? Do you spin? I don't spin....even though I'd love to learn! I love any kind of "crafty" projects though. If I don't know how to do them, I strive to figure it out. My next step is to teach myself to sew.

8. What kind of music do you like? Can your computer/stereo play MP3s? (if your buddy wants to make you a CD) I like anything that isn't kid songs, LOL. My poor CD collection has been collecting dust since the kids figured out they could listen to their music.

9. What's your favorite color? Or--do you have a color family/season/palette you prefer? Any colors you just can't stand? I love color! Reds, pinks, blues, greens, yellows......I could never choose a favorite. I do tend to stay away from black though.

10. What is your family situation? Do you have any pets? I'm married with three kids, Zach (8), Mikah (4) and Madelyne (2). I also homeschool, so they're right in the middle of things ALL day. We also have a cocker spaniel, Cooper, who thinks that he's a rabbit and likes to hop everywhere.

11. Do you wear scarves, hats, mittens or ponchos? I never did, being a southern girl, but that's all changed. We've recently moved to Utah, so my need for winter gear is suddenly very important. I still don't think that you could ever make me wear a poncho though, LOL.

12. What is/are your favorite item/s to knit? I haven't really "finished" many items, but I'm determined to like sock knitting....even if it kills me. I'd really like to get over my fear of knitting sweaters too. *shudder*

13. What are you knitting right now? Uhhh....supposedly teddy bears for my girls, but yeah, next question.

14. Do you like to receive handmade gifts? Yes!

15. Do you prefer straight or circular needles? Bamboo, aluminum, plastic? I've only knit with straight needles and dpns......but I really want to give circulars a try. I think that from my little bit of experience....I'm not really made for bamboo though, LOL.

16. Do you own a yarn winder and/or swift? Nope.

17. How did you learn to knit? www.knittinghelp.com

18. How old is your oldest UFO? Almost everything I've started since teaching myself a few months ago!

19. What is your favorite holiday? Thanksgiving......when else can you have an excuse for stuffing AND green bean casserole?

20. Is there anything that you collect? Do dust bunnies count? I'd like to start collecting money, but so far, nobody's offering it.

21. Any books, yarns, needles or patterns out there you are dying to get your hands on? What knitting magazine subscriptions do you have? All of them, LOL. Seriously, I'd love to try so many new yarns/needles/books/patterns. I guess, my number one pick would be the Magic Loop method. I have a subscription to IK, but that's it.

22. Are there any new techniques you'd like to learn? Again there are so many.....magic loop, fair isle, mosaic knitting....just to name a few. Oh....and my number 1 new technique would be how to actually FINISH something, but I don't really think they teach that.

23. Are you a sock knitter? What are your foot measurements? I'm trying to be....that was my main reason for teaching myself to knit, LOL. My foot is 9.5 inches long and narrow. I'd tell ya my exact measurements, but my kids seem to have snagged my measuring tape. I also have bird legs, so my ankles are little too.

24. When is your birthday? (mm/dd) 05/16