Friday, January 04, 2008

And we're back.....

Happy New Year everyone!

Well, I've been a little bit absent, haven't I? Seeing that I haven't posted since September, it would take a novella to catch you up on the goings on around here, and quite frankly, it would be a boring read at that. So I'll spare you many of the details and suffice it to say that the holidays kicked me in the ass.

I work in retail, so for me, the holiday madness started in October with grand plans and preparation. And since I work in a cookware store, Thanksgiving is a huge holiday and we get busy earlier than most. By the time Christmas came around, part of me didn't care whether we celebrated or not. We did, of course. But the thought of picking up the phone and calling our family members and saying, "I'm sorry, but Christmas has been canceled over here. You'll have to make other plans. I'll be in hibernation for the day.", did cross my mind. I really felt like a grinch this year, which is so unlike me. I did manage to pull it together, however, and a good time was has by all . And in hindsight, I'm glad I didn't cancel on everyone. Next year I will try to do things differently so that the work demands don't effect my holiday spirit with friends and family. But I'll figure that out later. At this moment, I don't want to think about it.

Let's think about yarn, shall we? There was a little knitting going on here at the yarn addict's. Not a lot, but some.


I started the second sock for the second time. The first time I had knit the ribbing and the 22 row pattern only to discover I had followed the wrong chart. Doh! That's the thing about knitting. Just when you think you know what you're doing (because you've already knit the pattern once before) it reminds you that you don't, that you need to stay focused. And so, I ripped and started again. I have one more pattern repeat and then I can turn the heel. I'm still enjoying the pattern and I'm eager to finish so that I can finally wear them. The finished sock is super comfy.

Simple Sweater

This is Anthony's birthday sweater. He's the big 2 now!

I started this Sept. 15th, the day the Yarn Harlot visited LA. I didn't blog about it and now it's such old news that I'll just say, if you ever have the opportunity to see her in person, do it. She's fabulously witty, funny and entertaining. Oh yeah, the sweater. I finished the knitting about a month later and began to sew it up. And then I got swept up into the holiday vortex and here it sits. I think I should rename it a Valentine Sweater rather than a birthday one. It's deja vu. I'll still shoot for his birthday to ensure it will be done by V-Day. ; )

The grey cable and rib sweater has been in timeout. I've finished the back, one side of the front and both sleeves. Just one more front to go.

So many near FOs and all I can think about is what project to cast on next.

I'm not going to make any resolutions. Only that I want to be better. A better blogger, better at finishing projects, better time management, etc.

Next post: yarn acquisitions!


Valerie said...

Awesome job with the Pom's. Even if you had to rip the second sock once. I can't wait to see them finished!

mary said...

So glad you're alive, well and still knitting! I think I'd match you in grinch-hood. Next year, let's come up with our own grinchy pattern made with green yarn and knit it together over the holidays, kay? 'cuz we need that kind of holiday pressure.

Madge said...

Welcome back from the insanity of holiday retail! Glad you survived and are still knitting...esp. those pretty socks.

Anthony is adorable. Love his moose hat.

Yarn acquisitions? Did you say yarn acquisitions? Bring it on....

Happy 2008 to you and Jeff!

Fay Lynn said...

I used to have 20 to 30 performances between Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve. I had to have christmas done by thanksgiving or it was all over for me.

This year I didn't even start knitting for the holiday until Thanksgiving. How things change.

Glad you made it through and can focus some on the fun stuff now!

mehitabel said...

Congrats on surviving the retail madness--and welcome back to posting! Hope this also means you'll be able to make the get-togethers, too, even if we have to schedule some off-hours ones! You'll get caught up, never fear, and those FOs will start piling up!

amanda said...

welcome back! good luck with all of your non-resolutions!