Saturday, December 25, 2010

On the Needles

Let me start with what is off the needles. I knitted five pairs of arm warmers that were finished before Christmas, one pair was finished hours before Christmas, but that still counts. I am halfway finished with two more pairs of arm warmers, one finished of each. I actually unraveled a scarf I made with red suede yarn last year, and I have plans to make my Kindle a cozy cover. Have you eve unraveled something to knit it into something else? This was my first time, and since I wasn't happy with the finished product anyway, I really didn't mind.

I was hoping to get a gift card or two to hit the big yarn sale tomorrow at JoAnn Fabrics, but alas, I did not. I still have plenty of yarn to keep me going, anyway. Don't we all?

My next gift project is to knit a cross-body bag for my niece's birthday at the end of January. I'm planning to get some black yarn and embellish the bag with something when it's finished, not sure what. I will try to post pics.

I had a very successful year of knitting. This is one skill I truly enjoy. I love having the ability to create.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Inception, finally!!!

I waited all summer to see Inception with my husband. We never made it. When it was playing at the $2 movie theater a month ago, we still never made it. I was at Blockbuster 15 minutes after the store opened, and I have the DVD ready to play. We rented Shrek the Final Chapter so the kids won't disturb us.

Inception, finally!!!

Sunday, December 5, 2010

A Quickie Update

It's been busy. I've been a bit overwhelmed, feels like I'm drowning sometimes. It's definitely not easy to work at home, homeschool three kids, cook three meals a day, clean the house, and maintain every relationship that needs attention. It's good to work and have a job, just extremely complicated trying to get people to understand that although I am at home, I am not available to answer the phone or chat on Facebook or referee fights between the kids. But, most of the time, my husband is extremely helpful, like taking over laundry duty and dinner duty most nights, so I can't complain too much.

All of this sorely cuts into my knitting time. My last completed project is a pair of black arm warmers that are very cozy, especially when typing into the wee hours of the night. I have a list of people to give mug cozies to and another for arm warmers. Thankfully, I have cut my working hours way back this month so I will eventually have more time to knit. Yarn therapy.

The kids have been out of classes for the past month. I now remember why we do so many classes. They need them, and so do I! Many times this month I have wanted to choke myself just out of frustration at the constant noise, demands, and activity going on in the house. And science. Do I really think I can do science with these kids? My experiments never work properly! I always end up saying, "Well, what should have happened is this . . ." Not fun for them, not fun for me.

So, back to basics. Less hours of work + more classes for kids = happier me.