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October 06, 2008

Let's Try This Again.....

  Bloggers forgive for I have not posted.  It has been over a year since my last post......

Wow!  One year!  I have been paying for this thing for the past year and haven't posted until now.  If anyone out there is still reading this, I do apologize.  I am going to TRY and post to this at least once a week.....let's see how I do!

If you have read my blog in the past, then you know that I have had many ups and downs with the family.  To give a brief update, I can say that my family is doing much, much better.  Johnny did graduate from high school and is now attending college.  Tori is cheering again and her grades and attitude are much improved.  I did do the right thing by closing the yarn shop.  As painful as that was (and it was very, very painful), the outcome for my kids was more than worth that price.

Now, don't think that I believe that everything will be hunky dory from now on.  I know that I will have to continue to be there for the kiddos for a long while.  I just now feel that the sacrifices are starting to pay off.....they are good kids and it has been worth it!

For those of you that I have talked to recently, and have wanted to know the horror stories that I can now laugh at, stay tuned, I will post those stories at later dates!

In case you are wondering, I am knitting.  I actually have just started a project.  I have lots of yarn (shocker!) and pulled something that has been in my stash for several years.  I have lots of Jo Sharp yarn.  I love her tweeds and color pallette.  So when I saw this,Cropped cardigan  I knew what my next project would be.  I am using Jo Sharp Silkroad Aran Tweed in Potpourri.  I started it on Saturday and hope that have the back finished this week.  I will try to post pictures later this week.

Well, that's all for now.  I am impressed that I posted this much :)  Let's see if I can keep this up!

August 16, 2007

Where have you been? (warning-long post)

That's a question that I have been getting a lot lately.  Where are you? or How are things going? Well.....since my last post eons ago, there has been a lot happening.  Many people know that I closed the retail location of my store.  Why you ask?  well......it's a long story. Here is a synopsis:

My ds (darling son) turned 17 last summer.  This, of course, endowed him with the knowledge of all things.  (I am sure that anyone with a teenager has heard, "I know!" ) Well, we (my DH and I) started hearing more and more of that.  I think that all of his teenage wisdom caused him to ignore many of the things that we had taught him: go to school, respect others, stay away from drugs and alcohol. Now since both DH and I worked many hours, both at home and away, ds decided that he could get away with cutting classes, experimenting with drugs and alcohol, and not respecting his parents, teachers, and coaches.   At first, it started off just a little indiscretion here and there.  Unfortunately, it escalated as time went on. 

As a parent, you always want the best for your child: go to college, get a job, start a family (hopefully in that order!).  We had reached a point with ds that finishing his junior year of high school was going to be an unattainable goal.  So what's a parent to do???  That's when the discussion of closing the store started and eventually became  a reality.  How were we as parents going to help our son make the correct decisions?  or at least reasonable ones? What sacrifices were going to be made?  And we couldn't forget about the other teenager living in the house.  How was she going to be affected by all of this?

So the decision was made:  close the store, move whatever was left to the house and move the store completely online.  Easier said than done.  The first couple of weeks I would burst into tears if anyone asked me why I was closing.  As the store went from busy to crazy busy, I actually started to look forward to closing.  Why? I really felt I needed to be home.

Well, to make a long story short, after much conflict, ds left home right before his 18th birthday.  He decided that he would be fine on his own.  Great, I was home and the reason I decided to stay home had walked out our door.  And he still had summer school and his senior year to complete.  At this point I completely withdrew from everyone that was not family or a close friend.  I really wanted to strengthen the family by spending my time with them.  I think I was also depressed.  I felt overwhelming sadness at the loss of contact with my son and also felt that I had failed him.  And I regretted opening the store.  I felt that I should have waited until my kids had moved out before investing all that time into my store.  I also didn't want to see all of my knitting friends as the questions regarding what was happening with my son would always come up.

Now, a couple of agonizing months later, my son has come home.  The sadness that I had felt has gone.  Do I still have regrets?  Of course I do.  I think I always will.  But things are looking up.  The kids start school next week and both are attending.  I am starting to work on my website more and am actually thinking about knitting again. And I am feeling better about sharing what has been happening.  I had been wanting to blog for months, but I think that the feelings were too raw.  I really didn't want to share.  I had so many people asking what was happening, and I didn't want to deal with their questions.  I felt that if I was going to blog, I should let people know what has been happening. 

Now that I have posted this, maybe I will actually be more consistent.  I do have more time to blog.  Since the store is online, I have fewer interruptions and distractions.  We'll see!   

December 12, 2006

No Rest for the Wicked

Busy, busy, busy!  Not only is it the "most wonderful time of the year", it is also the time of year when lots of yarn is arriving.  Yesterday we received 5 boxes.  Here are four of them:

Manos New_from_skacel More_manos        Nikki_from_cascade

Two boxes of Manos, one box of Nikki from Cascade, and two boxes of luscious Divine, Adiago, and Bambou Soft from Skacel.  Of course, anytime we receive more boxes of yarn, we have lots of customers in the store.  I am finally getting a much needed break, so I thought I would blog a bit. 

Onto my knitting:  I have finished Bristow!  Actually, I finished it two weeks ago.  I just haven't gotten around to taking a picture of it. I think that part of the reason that I haven't posted a pic is that I am not that satisfied with the results.  I don't want buttons, so I have frogs on the front instead.  I keep thinking that I should put more frogs on, but then the front will be too heavy.  I have also considered putting a zipper on, but then I would have to sew that.  That would mean that the sweater would never be done.  Decisions, decisions.  I think that I will just be leaving the frogs on and be done with it......That would mean I could work on other projects. 

Speaking of other projects, I am also almost done with the Provincial Waistcoat.  I have to seam the front, sew the buttons, and weave in my ends.  Whew!  I do have to say that I was a bit confused at first about seaming the front.  When looking at the vest in the picture, it looks like a regular vest with buttons.  However, because the vest is so fitted, the front is actually seamed to look as if it is buttoned.  I would have probably known about the seaming the front had I actually read the pattern first, but what fun would that be?  Part of the finishing work includes knitting the front bands with buttonholes.  The bands are then sewn to overlap as if the front has been buttoned, with the buttons sewn in after the seaming is complete.  This should be completed later this week.  Everything has been completed except for sewning the bands and buttons and weaving in the ends. 

I have also started this sweater. Garnstudio_sweater_1 It is basically a giant doily with sleeves.  The pattern is very easy and free online.  I was lucky enough to see this made up (thanks JJ) and decided that it would be perfect for me.  There is very little finishing work involved, which I just love!  I will only need to block and weave in the ends when all the knitting is complete.  The yarn I chose for this project is Cascade's Venezia.  It beautiful merino/silk blend with a great hand.  Again, I promise to post pictures later this week.

One last thing:  I do have to brag about my baby boy.  Johnny had his banquet for OHS varsity football last Thursday.  He was voted the MVP of the defensive line!  I am very proud.  He was also voted 2nd team all league for the second time and was second in the league in sacks!   It was sooo worth freezing Friday nights watching him play.  Great Job baby boy!

December 11, 2006

Open House

Open House for the store was Friday and I am still recovering!  It was great fun having people here late.  We ate, knitted, talked and shopped to our heart's content.  Thanks to Courtney for taking pictures for me.  She graciously volunteered.  If you would like to see the pics, click here.  I will post later this week and show you all of the knitting that I have accomplished!

December 08, 2006

What Happened????

Don't know where the blank posts came from.....maybe it was Tink?  I knew I couldn't trust her with my passwords!  I promise to post tomorrow or Sunday as I will have pictures from the store's open house!!

December 07, 2006

November 29, 2006

Slow to Post

I have been wanting to post for the past week, but haven't had the time.  Well, I did have some time last Wednesday.....I actually closed the store and took time off, but I was busy sitting around in my pjs knitting for most Provincialmagof the day.  Yes, I took a day off and I actually knitted....something for myself/the shop.  This is what I am working on now.  It is the Provincial Waistcoat from Interweave Knits Winter 2006.  Since I usually am too hot to wear actual sweaters, I thought that this would be nice to have to wear in the store with my long sleeved tees and Pb220006turtlenecks.  So far, the pattern has kept me interested and Iam making decent progress.  This is how far I got last week.  I am now past the waist and am working on the bust increases.  I wouldn't recommend the pattern for a beginner, it is geared more towards the advanced beginner/intermediate knitter.  So far, I have only run into a few Pb220015spots were more information would have been nice, but other than that, the pattern is working out fine.  Here is the detail of the cable and twisted stitches.  I decided to make the vest out of Tibet from Ornaghi Filati.  This is a tweedy wool blend that is nice to work with and has a nice stitch definition. 

I also worked on my Bristow sweater.  The sleeves are complete and I blocked the pieces.  You can see how I blocked them by clicking here.  I show how to steam block in this photo album.  I chose steam blocking because it is quick, however I feel that it is not as effective as wet blocking. The sweater is actually completed, but I am not sure that I like the frogs that I chose as its closure.  I am contemplating adding a zipper instead, but since I really don't want to sew one of those on, the frogs may stay.  I will post pictures of the sweater later this week.   

Hope that everyone had a great Thanksgiving.  I will leave you with this 1st_loaflovely picture of my daughter's first loaf of bread.  She baked and cooked all day long with me for Thanksgiving and learned to make pie crusts and home made bread.

November 16, 2006

Actual Knitting Content

I have been knitting.....I know that is hard to believe.  While I don't have as much time as I would like, nor do I get to work on the projects I want to, I do get some things done.  Here are the almost completed sleeves for my Bristow sweater that I started in January. Bristow_sleeves All of the other pieces are done, I just hadn't worked on the sleeves since March.  Once these are complete, I can put it together and have a new sweater to wear.  Interesting how I have a pink background for this.....the sweater is actually green on a grey table.  Close_up_of_cable The close up of the cable makes the sweater look grey.  So, here are the details of the sweater:

Pattern-Bristow from Knitty
Yarn- Debbie Bliss Cashmerino in Moss green

My goal is to complete the sweater by the end of next week.  I have some other projects that I would like to start soon.

On the store front......we just received our first shipment from Chasing Rainbows Dyeworks.  Handdyed_roving This is the bombyx roving (silk) that we just received.  Now I really need to bug Susan (one of my instructors) to teach me to spin.  Just looking at this makes you want to do something, anything with it!  Of course, I received other rovings and yarn, but this one is the prettiest! 

That is all for now.....I plan on taking pictures of some of the completed projects in the store over the weekend as I have done some knitting.

November 09, 2006

This Just In.....

Victorianlace We got it!!! Finally!  Everyone has been asking for this book since Knitter's Magazine Fall 2006 was sent out.  Of course I am talking about Victorian Lace Today.  The book is beautiful......lots of lace patterns that I haven't seen before, beautiful photos of the lace and places all over the UK.  So far, I would have to say that it is a winner.....have already sold several copies and it just came in yesterday.  I am only excited about this book because it is lace...and I love to knit lace.  I think that I will have to have a knit a long in the store for this book so that I can knit something out of it....just don't know what I am going to do yet.......there are soo many to choose from.  Then I would have to decide on what yarn to use....this could get interesting!!!

Well, I am off to Johnny's football game......they are playing on a Thursday since tomorrow is a holiday.  This is really going to screw up my sleep schedule.  If they beat the Roseville Tigers, and Rocklin beats Woodcreek, Oakmont could be going to the playoffs.  That would extend the season. This should be interesting!

November 08, 2006

Confessions of an inconsistent blogger

Wow!  Has it really been that long since I have blogged?  Have I really been that busy?  Must have been......I had even forgotten my user name and password.  If there is anyone out there checking my blog anymore, I am sure that you are shocked.  Unfortunately, owning a yarn shop seriously cuts into my blogging time.  I will attempt to rectify this, but time will tell!

So, what have I been up to?  Mostly knitting store samples, trying to find the right yarns to carry in my shop and trying to have a life outside of my business.  How has it been going?  Well, it has been interesting to say the least.  The kids still have their activities: Johnny is still playing football and has done well personally (not the team so much) and Tori is cheering for her Jr. High this year.  Both have been keeping me busy.  I am hoping to add an album of my recent completed projects and the projects that I have in progress. 

The store has added a new mascot.  Say hello to Tink. Tink She is much bigger now.  The picture of her here was taken when we first adopted her.  She was abandoned and found by Erica (she shops at the store) and, sucker that I am, was adopted as a store kitty.  She spends most of her time here, and part of her time at my home.  This way, she is supervised most of the time!

Well, that is enough for now........I plan on blogging again this week.....let's keep our fingers crossed!