Tuesday, February 26, 2013

New Project

I got a new project at the yarn store today.  It is a scarf that is on display at the store. I really like the pattern. I don't know if it is hush hush, or not, so I will say no more here. I'll ask permission to post about it.

Just when I got a little too confident about my lace knitting on that mohair shawl.  I found a mistake about 4 rows down and about 6 rows above the life line I put in. I ended up ripping it out row by row. I'm caught up to where I was before the rip out.  I think I need to move my life line more often. Here endth my lesson on moving my life lines.

I am moving at the end of March. I really need to be packing WAY more than I am. I'm embarrassed to say that I still need to put my Christmas decorations away.  Every night I look at them and say I will put them away tomorrow and tomorrow comes and the thought of it is overwhelming.  I was so hard for me to put them up this year, I know it's going to be just as hard (physically) to take them down again.  I have never wanted magical powers more than I do now.  I wish I could just twitch my nose and my apartment would be packed!


Monday, February 25, 2013

Reclaiming the Blog

So it's been how many years since I've updated? Over two?
My friends keep telling me I should start a blog and I had this one sitting here, so I am going with it.

I'm not sure what to say about the last two years. I believe that most people who follow this blog are friends and family, but just in case...here's a brief run down:

I graduated with my Master's degree in Counseling in May of 2011. Around this time, my mom was diagnosed with cancer. I was glad I had graduated so I was able to spend some time with her in Atlanta, after she had the tumor removed from her ureter. I started looking for a job and found a part-time position as a researcher at the local archives. The job was only temporary and ran out around Thanksgiving. The good thing was, I was able to spend a nice long visit with my mom while she went through chemotherapy over the holidays.

I got back to California in January and began looking for a job again. At the end of January, I got really sick. For weeks, I was ill, stiff neck, chills...I went to the doctor three times, the ER once, I kept getting sent home. Then at the beginning of February, 2012 I woke up very sick, with vomiting and a high fever. I called my mom and 911. I remember about 2 hours in the ER, the next thing I know I'm waking up from a coma 10 days later having survived meningitis and double pneumonia. I spent more time in the hospital and after care facility. I am so thankful for my family and friends. You really find how out how much you are loved when something like this happens.

2012, well, sucked donkey balls. I spent the first half working on recovering from being so ill. the second half I spent looking for a job. The one good thing to come out of 2012 was that I got my Professional Clinical Counseling Intern license. One step closer to getting my counseling license.

 I am now doing a lot of commissioned knitting, which paid my to the 24th annual Gallifrey One conference in Los Angeles over the Valetine's weekend.

So what am I knitting now? I have had to create a list in a ledger to keep it straight.

I am knitting a lace shawl for a woman who called my LYS. It is out of white mohair...it is coming along beautifully.
 I am making a pair of wrist warmers for a friend out of the softest yarn...I love it. She has bought more skeins to make a matching hat and scarf set. I think it is going to be fabulous.
I also making a pink Dalek for another good friend. I have the shell completed and the appendages...now I need to sew them on, stuff it and sew the bottom. I have another Dalek to make for a friend's nephew.

 And I just finished the Boboli cowl out of Boboli yarn for another woman at the LYS.
 And now...for one of my favorite things...the return of the...