Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Wednesday Yarn Along

I have put my beaded shawl on hold for a bit. Only because I am back at the beading part and that really needs a quiet spot and a table to work on. I feel like I am so close to finishing, but also a distance away. I still have plenty of time to finish it before the start of school!

I started a different project a couple of weeks ago, but that one is on time out. Mom and I fell in love with a baby sweater pattern at our LYS from Appalachian Baby Design. You couldn't get the pattern alone, but instead could get it in a kit with their cotton yarn. The last visit we made to the LYS, Mom decided to splurge on the kit (I get to knit the pattern, woohoo!). Cotton yarn can be so finicky to work with. The pattern... I am struggling with. It's flipping between pages to read different parts of the pattern instead of being on one page. I want to sit down and re-write it so it's easier to manage (I tried to a week ago -- it did not go well). So for now, especially since there is no immediate need, the project is on hiatus.

That brings me to the current project:

I have been drooling over this yarn since it was first pictured in Wool & Honey's Sleeping Bear Yarn Club email. With the club membership, each month you get a skein of yarn with an upper Michigan theme and your choice of a pattern (shawl, baby sweater, or socks). Mom ordered an extra skein of yarn for me (yay!) and all three patterns (she's working on the socks right now). I am working on the shawl for myself. While I am only 14 rows in (I started working on it this morning while at the dealership), I am enjoying the ease of this pattern. I needed something that I can take with me and can work on a row or two at a time. I am planning on getting a lot done with this on Friday.

Reading wise -- well, not so much actually. I've been really tired when I get home at night from work and I usually just veg out with Netflix. I've been fighting quite a few migraines, too, and sometimes I just can't focus on reading (or knitting). I hope to change the reading, though!

Happy Wednesday!

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Yarn Along

Happy evening, everyone! I am happy to be back and participating in the weekly Yarn Along.

Any Firefly fans out there? Well, the hat in the above picture is from the program. One of my best friends has decided to cosplay the character this fall and requested that I make the hat for her. The Jayne Cobb hat was a quick and easy little project to fill in the times when I needed some mindless knitting.

Has anyone knitted with beads before? The shawl I am working on has beads that you add on. It has been an interesting pattern so far. Lots and lots of stitches in lace weight yarn means lots and lots of counting. And re-counting. And even a bit of swearing. I was so excited when I started the first beaded section that I opted not to put in a life line (mistake number one) and I rushed through starting it with a very bouncy, excited puppy in the same room (mistake number two). I ended up having to pull back to my last life line. I'm two rows above the life line right now (this is a knitting project I really can't be distracted with) so it's definitely slow going. My hope is to have it done before I go back to school in the fall (two months should be sufficient, right?!).

This morning found Mom and myself dashing off to the yarn shop. She had a dream we went to check out the new offerings, and I justified the trip by not having enough beads for the above mentioned shawl. It's really hard to not walk out of there with half the store in my bag!

Monday, July 6, 2015

Sometimes you need to fall off the Earth and work your way back

I've been working on coming back to blogging over the past couple of weeks. A little bit of design updating, a new picture (I'll explain our addition soon), and just some overall sprucing up.

I think I had a bit of a breakdown in February. Classes had only been in session for a couple of weeks and I woke up one morning and I just couldn't convince myself to get out of bed and go to class let alone go to work afterward. Thankfully I have wonderful instructors and an understanding boss. I was okay after a couple of days, but my heart was in shredded pieces. I literally woke up that day and told Steve that I was completely and utterly heartbroken. That I was just so sad.

Most of the time it doesn't hurt to think about my Dad. I would say that 99% of the time I can talk about him now and not get weepy. It's no longer pain, but happy memories. There are times when Chase says or does something and I want to tell him, and I have to stop myself from doing so. My brother fills a lot of that gap. He gets all the silly "Chase moments" now. He gets to be my sounding board when it comes to school, work, and family. We're each other sounding board, really.

For the first six months after my father passed away, I still woke up around 3am. Dad had a hard time sleeping and would often be up in the middle of the night watching old monster movies and would text me. I was so accustomed to waking up, reading and responding to his texts, that when it suddenly stopped, my body didn't know how to adjust. So I made it a point that if I woke up I would whisper "Hey Dad, love you." and then go back to sleep. I realized that in the past month I'm not waking up as much at 3am now. I want to believe that when I wake up it's because he's thinking of me and I of him.

The spring was hard. Dad's birthday was in March (Delaware had a snowstorm that day -- my stepmother found that amusing since my dad hated the snow), Fara's birthday was in April along with their wedding anniversary. Adam and I made sure we gathered our forces and sent flowers on Valentine's Day (and are waiting until Fara has settled into her new home to gift her with her birthday and Mother's Day gifts).

Time is marching on. We're marching with it.

So, a few things worth mentioning.

Adam and Candace were married in March (on Pi day to be exact). I officiated. It was a small, casual affair one that I was originally going to be a witness by proxy (my father was going to be Adam's witness) for, but in the end I was asked if I would officiate. It was quite amusing.

Mom has been retired and living with us for over a year now. We've definitely had our ups and downs, but it has been wonderful having her with us.

The puppy in the picture is Yeti. We told Mom prior to her moving in that once things were settled, she could have a dog of her own. We spent months researching what breed would be best, and the Great Pyrenees won out. Yeti will be 5 months old next week. She is an absolute sweetheart and I am thankful that she is in our lives.

My nearly 14 year old son is growing too fast. He volunteered a week ago at Cub Scout day camp, a role which he took very seriously. He's becoming more active with the Scouts, and is spending what free time he has this summer with his friends down the street from us. He's now 5'10" (officially an inch taller than me!) and we won't even discuss that shoe size. *sigh*

I'm knitting when I can (and I even learned to crochet so I could make a present for my cousin who just had her first baby), and I plan to share my projects this Wednesday.

I decided to take the summer off from school so I could just breathe. This coming fall semester I will be taking 18 credit hours (all science, save for math), and working a little bit less to accommodate my lab schedule. If I go quiet for a while, I hope you will understand why.

It's good to be back to blogging. I have been reading and keeping up on what everyone is up to. I just didn't know how to respond. I miss you all.