Friday, March 23, 2007

Good things come in small packages

After mentioning that the completion of the baby sweater was nearly done, I realized I never had written about my new project. When I had gone into the yarn shop last week to buy the extra skein of yarn for the blanket I couldn't leave without buying a skein for a beautiful baby sweater that they had on display. It turns out after talking to my new yarn shop friend that I already admired the pattern in the One Skein book that I had at home - the Baby Bolero. I bought the skein for the sweater feeling that I needed something to work on in between the long rows of the blanket. Turns out I got really addicted to the sweater and only knit a few more rows on the blanket.

One week after purchasing the yarn for the baby sweater I have finished it. It came out really cute and I will definitely knit it again - maybe for myself if I can figure out how exactly to increase the size. It felt good to see a completed project.
Now I just need to focus on the blanket. If I knit an inch a day I could finish it by the day of the shower. Think I can do it?

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Leaving on a Jet Plane

Let me be the first to announce to you that in less than a month I will:

1) Be traveling on a plane by myself.
2) Going the furthest across country that I have ever been. I was born in Illinois and once flew to Texas.
3) Seeing
Rufus Wainwright in concert (who also happens to be releasing his latest CD in MAY!)
4) In the same city where the oh-so-wonderful Grey's Anatomy takes place
5) Visiting Miss Holly and the rest of the Mennonite Gang:

I bought my ticket this evening.

P.S. For those who are curious, I am nearly done with the baby sweater and still slugging away at the blanket. The baby shower is April 15th. The sweater will be done. I'm not so sure about the blanket.. but I have til May til the baby is due (just don't be early!).

Monday, March 19, 2007

A few days ago I went to my local yarn shop to pick up an extra skein for the baby blanket I am making for my soon-to-arrive second cousin - another baby girl. (The yarn shop has become what the library has always been to me - a relaxing soothing place of refuge from anything I want to escape.) This yarn shop has been at this location since just shortly after I became a knitter myself and I have made it the primary place that I shop for yarn. I know where they keep their sock yarn and the wool yarn. I know where the baby yarns are and any little gadgets that you might want for knitting. This places - as silly as it sounds - is like a second home. I love this place.

Which is exactly why I avoid it as much as I can. I could spend HOURS in this place. I could spend millions of dollars if I had it (see previous post) just on yarn and needles and stitch markers. But I had to go to get this one skein of yarn so that the baby blanket would be finished the way its supposed to*.

When I walked into the store I was greeted just like always and when I saw that it was the one employee who always seems so interested in helping me I stopped to chat a little with her - just small talk. It caught me off guard when she told me that she had recently been thinking about me and asked how the baby blanket was coming along. She had helped my mom and I pick out the colors for the blanket and commented on how adventurous she thought I was for doing this blanket.

I had a friend at the yarn shop and I didn't even know it.

*It is no where near being done at this moment. I have knit five inches of a blanket that should be 33" when it is finished! Wish me luck. (The baby isn't due until May)

Monday, March 12, 2007

Ten Things I've Learned Since Graduation

10. I would much rather be a full time student than a full time employee (although learning to tile a floor and plow snow is exciting).

9. For some reason I need more sleep than I did when I was a full time student (but I also don’t have time for naps now).

8. It is okay to stay home and knit while listening to Rufus Wainwright.

7. You can't read and knit at the same time. (And if you devote some time to one, you forget about the other).

6. Money is the devil.

5. Thirty dollars doesn’t go as far as it used to.

4. Pursuing your goals is not as easy as they make it out to be.

3. Making new friends is not easy.

2. Keeping in touch with old friends is essential to survival.

1. After living on "your own" for 3 1/2 years, going back to your parents' home is not as easy as you thought it was going to be.