Like Skeins Through the Hourglass…

Since the rush of trying to finish up Christmas presents, I really hadn’t had very good knitting mojo. I decided to do the “Great Cowl Knitalong” from Liz Abinante (designer of the Traveling Woman shawl among others) and it has really helped me stick to a schedule. The last cowl pattern will be released tonight/tomorrow and I am very excited to have made it this far using only yarn from my stash and finishing the patterns on time (which makes the next pattern free)! I’ve decided that after this cowl I want to start finishing up my WIPs that have been sitting around waiting for me. I have 2 sweaters that are nearly complete, along with numerous other projects and it would feel really good to get them done, and it really shouldn’t take me that long!

So, that’s the plan for now. πŸ™‚Β  Here’s to hoping I can finish even more projects this year than the amazing 33 I finished last year!!

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We made our first trek to Oklahoma City this year for an annual trade show that Justin’s new company puts on. It was a long, dark drive last Friday night, but we made it to the hotel intact and were just happy to be able to sleep in a little the next morning! His trade show lasted until 3:30 on Saturday, so I dropped him off and then went back to the hotel and knit like a fiend on my purple ‘Springfield Bandit’ shawl, almost finishing it before I had to get us checked out. I headed over to Panera for some lunch (Yum!) then up to the Gourmet Yarn Co on the North side of town. This little shop was amazing! I loved their selection of heavier premium yarns (something lacking here in Springfield) and the size of the shop as well! I looked around and made my little purchase then was happily welcomed to sit and knit until I had to go pick up Justin. Everyone was so nice and genuinely interested in what I was working on and I had one of my best LYS experiences that day. I finished my shawl and was so excited I could barely contain myself! Soon after, Justin called that they were getting out early so I picked him up and we headed for Tulsa.

In Tulsa, we finally got to meet our 4-month old niece, Emily. She is so cute, and such a good, quiet baby! It was great to spend time with my MIL, SIL and her family again and I hope we can meet up again soon.

All-in-all, last weekend’s trip was relaxing and much-needed, even with the long drives and spending $16 on Oklahoma tolls. I’m glad we got to do it, but I am also glad that we don’t have many plans for the next few weeks! I need to get the taxes and some unpacking done! πŸ™‚

Every week? Lolz!

So… that didn’t quite go as planned. How about every month? I’m going to try to update my 2011 Knitting Planner each month to keep myself focused and finish more projects, so hopefully I can remember to do a little blog post.

Things are going really good, hubs & I are both employed again, so that helps! We’ve finally been able to move to a newer, bigger duplex. It’s only 3 years old and has 3 bedrooms, those are the main two things we were looking for. We are hoping to just live out our 18 month lease here and then buy a house next summer. Eek! I’m not sure if this will happen and I’m guessing it will probably take another year.

OK, that’s it for now. Hopefully I can remember to update this in a few weeks when I have some knitting progress done. We are going to Oklahoma City soon as well so I’ll have the scoop on that trip and some yarn stores there as well. πŸ™‚

I’ll leave you with the good thought that Tigger & Daisy are getting along much better now and our little girl has plumped up to an adorable, squishy 11 pounds!

Daisy

Wow, it seems like forever since I have blogged! I decided to delete my knitting/beading related project posts because those details can be found on Ravelry.

In January I started a new job at Cox Health here in MO, and it is going very well. I actually love going to work 90% of my days and this has been the happiest I’ve been at a job since I moved here. Yay! πŸ™‚

Last month we adopted a new kitten, a 3-yr old girl named Daisy. She is still battling with Tigger for Alpha Cat status but it is fun to have another ‘baby’ around the house. Last month I also turned 30! Yikes! I’m not afraid though. It just makes me ‘older and wiser’… right? πŸ˜‰ My mom sent me a loom for my birthday (24″ Kromski Harp) so I had fun setting that up and starting my first project right before we got Daisy. I haven’t had time lately to weave, being a part of 3 knitalongs, but that will change mid-October and during our Knit Together Springfield retreat Oct 1-4th I am going to let the ladies loose on it and maybe one of them will finish that project for me! πŸ˜€

I am looking forward to the retreat very much, I need to finish up lots of gifts!

That’s all the time I have right now, but I am going to try to update this at least once a week for the rest of the year! Eek! πŸ™‚

β™₯ Amy

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Now playing: Bowling for Soup – Here We Go
via FoxyTunes

Well, I’m moving again! I like the ‘page’ function in WordPress and plan to use it for lists/planning my knitting projects for the year, so I am moving here from Blogger. Please pardon any broken links/pictures and let me know about them if you see any. πŸ™‚

β™₯ A

I just moved over a bunch of my MySpace blogs from 2006/2007. Wow! I had a lot to talk about back then. πŸ™‚

I just finished up a test knit for the Oz FFtC club, will post a pic once the members all get their pattern so I don’t ruin the surprise. πŸ™‚ It was very hard, but fun!!

I have sold & traded bunches of yarn… but haven’t finished too many more projects. I’m hoping to get a few more done soon and then I’ll make a couple of posts with some pics for anyone who actually reads this. πŸ™‚

ox
Amy

Because I’m bored.

Tired of all of those surveys made up by high school kids? Here you have 40 questions for the people who are a little older…

1. What bill do you hate paying the most?
Utilities, because it’s the biggest since I paid my car off.

2. Where was the last place you had a romantic dinner?
Chili’s! I find fajitas incredibly romantic.

3. What do you really want to be doing right now?
Eating spaghetti and watching TV, but I gotta wait till J-man gets home.

4. How many colleges did you attend?
Just the one.

5. Why did you choose the shirt that you have on right now?
Because it’s light teal and enhances my crazy light blue eyes.

6. What are your thoughts on gas prices?
I like them under $2.

7. First thought when the alarm went off this morning?
When I saw myself in the mirror I wondered where the weird hand prints on my chest came from…

8. Last thought before going to sleep last night?
Mmmmm I love snuggles.’

9. Do you miss being a child?
No, because I’m pretty child-ish. Ask anyone.

10. What errand/chore do you despise?
Doing dishes. They are smelly and make my nails all soggy and bendy.

11. Get up early or sleep in?
I always get up early now, I’m old.

12. Have you found real love yet?
Yes! YAY!

13. Favorite lunch meat?
Umm.. honey ham! Yums.

14. What do you get every time you go into Target?
I hardly ever go there anymore, but usually a cheap DVD or two.

15. Beach or lake?
Snow. Crabs live on the beach (and chase me) and there’s bugs at the lake. Ick.

16. Do you think marriage is an outdated ritual?
Nope, I think it’s fun to lay claim to my manly man.

17. Sopranos or Desperate Housewives?
Ick, neither! I’ll take Bones and Supernatural instead.

18. What famous person would you like to have dinner with?
Oh, to choose! J would say that I would pick David Boreanaz, but I think I would pick Rob Pattinson now because he seems more reserved like me and wouldn’t mind the awkward silences.

19. Have you ever crashed your vehicle?
My vehicle was crashed into, but I have never caused it to crash.

20. Ever had to use a fire extinguisher for its intended purpose?
No, I call the police and they do it very well.

21. Ring tone?
‘Leave Out All the Rest’ – Linkin Park. But mostly I hear ‘Far Away’ by Nickelback because that’s my one for J-man.

22. Strangest place you have ever brushed your teeth?
Um.. Alaska?

23. Somewhere in California you’ve never been and would like to go?
Any and everywhere, I’ve never been to Cali.

24. Do you go to church?
Only with family when they are going.

25. At this point in your life would you rather start a new career or a new relationship?
Career – and that’s what I’m doing!

26. How old are you?
28, will be 29 in 3 mths and 5 days. πŸ™‚

27. Do you have a go-to person?
Yup, hubster J. If it’s a girly thing, then Jenn-face.

28. Are you where you want to be in life?
Not yet, but getting there. Once I become a teacher and pop out a kid, I will be.

29. Growing up, what were your favorite cartoons?
Smurfs, Gummi Bears, Duck Tales

30. What about you do you think has changed the most?
My temper and attitude. I had to work long and hard to overcome certain things about me that I didn’t like.

31. Looking back at high school, were they the best years of your life?
Not nearly. I miss the friends and hanging with them a lot but I was very different back then.

32. Are there times you still feel like a kid?
Most of the time. I’m still wondering if ‘adult mode’ will ever kick in.

33. Did you ever own troll dolls?
Yes, lots! I had them all dressed up, with belly jewels, and earrings too.

34. Did you have a pager?
Wow, yes. When I started college. I felt so pimp!

35. Where was the hang out spot when you were a teenager?
Hmm.. usually a friend’s place but I would go to Meijer’s or the Lansing Mall when I was bored.

36. Were you the type of kid you would want your children to hang out with?
Very much yes, because I was never able to find trouble no matter how hard I looked for it.

37. Who do you think impacted your life the most?
My ex, Jer. It might suck, but he made me realize a lot of things about myself when we were happy, and again when it was over.

38. Was there a teacher or authority figure that stood out for you?
My band instructor, JK. He always saw the best in me.

39. Do you tell stories that start with β€œwhen I was your age”?
Yes, but mostly to be funny. πŸ™‚ I mean, I married a younger man and have 2 little sisters, so it’s fun.

40. Is it better to love and lose it or never to love at all?
It’s better to love and lose, it can make you a better person if you are open to it, and love is always worth it.