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Tuesday, January 06, 2015

Epiphany

I know most people finished with Christmas on December 26th, but because of the hectic pace of my day job and because I put together the holiday services at my church, I've made a conscious decision to not give into the pre-Christmas panic but to celebrate the 12 Days of Christmas. The first day is Christmas Day and it goes through the next 11 days. Yesterday was day 12. Today is Epiphany, the day that traditionally celebrates the revelation of Christ's birth, and the end of the Christmas season for me.

Celebrating the 12 Days of Christmas was an epiphany of its own for me. Instead of trying to get everything done before the 25th, I had the freedom to knit some extra gifts and celebrate some birthdays (our family has 3-4 birthdays during the 12 days (if we include my daughter-in-law's sister).  On day 10 I delivered my last gifts and didn't fret about them being late. Next year I'll be even more intentional about birthdays, parties, and even write and mail my Christmas cards after the 25th.

My mind turns to Easter. Yes, my Christmas tree still sits in my living room, but Easter is only 88 days away. This is the Winter version of listening to Christmas music in August. I need to pick songs, create arrangements, and teach the choir their parts. Three months is not enough. I'm listening to Easter music as I cast on the hat that I finished last night and frogged today. I have matching mittens on another set of needles. I may be thinking about Easter and Spring, but it's 19º right now and I have a new coat that needs matching hat and mitts.

The theme for my knitting this season was #KnittinMittens. I made 9 mitten/hat sets, an extra pair of mittens to match a coat, plus 7 lone hats, which brings me to one final thought. I went through my Amazon Wish List for my Secret Santa and bought a couple things that have been lingering for a few years. One of them was Elizabeth Zimmerman's Knitter's Almanac. I borrowed it from the library a few years ago and wanted the mitered mittens pattern. Those are the mitts I have on my needles right now. The last of my #KnittinMittens tag of the season. It's time to wrap it up.

Happy Epiphany Christ is born.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Resolved!

I'm not one for New Year's resolutions. Like most people, I have great plans and then forget them by week's end. Still, I've known that I need to get out of the habit of watching Doctor Who on BBC America in the morning before work and get back into the habit of walking every morning. This just got easier. As of tomorrow, my cable company is dropping BBCA.



Right?

This is both the best and worst thing that can happen. I'm being forced to break a habit and I might as well make the best of it. Time to start walking again, even if I don't get back up to 1/2 marathon distances. We're going to drop down to basic digital cable, as I've been threatening to do, and boost our Internet speed to account for my working from home and the hubs streaming video on his days off. Who knows? Maybe eventually we'll get to the point where we cut the cable altogether.




Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Is this thing on?

June 2012. That's the last post I wrote on this blog. I'm ashamed. There was a lot that came between me and this space. Mostly work, but also leading worship at church. The physics that surround my desire to pick up something that equals the necessity of dropping something won out. I can't promise that I'll do better this time, but I'll do my best.


Looking over the posts from 2012, I realize how much has happened since then. 
  • We added a granddaughter. We now have a total of four
  • We followed up on the new squirrel-proofed windows with new siding
  • Then we remodeled the kitchen.
I never knit those cool socks that reminded me of LOTR, but I have knit a lot of socks, hats, mittens, scarves, and even sweaters for the grands. I've learned to run loops using Ableton software for our worship team at church, and I've taken over not only arranging music, but leading the choir.

When I look at that list of what I have been doing, I realize why I haven't blogged, but there have been more than a few times lately when I've thought that I should be sharing this. So, I'm giving it another go.

With any luck, I won't be posting this and then forgetting about it again. Here we go.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Middle Earth Socks?

I hope that gave you the same feeling I got from reading a quote from Tolkien after clicking a link in the new Knitty. The link was for learning a new language, and I was curious since it's a knitting magazine, after all. What language did they mean?

The language was Bavarian charts. Since I'm currently knitting from a chart, it seems fitting. I'll admit that when I first glanced over the picture, I thought, "No way." But after reading Ethnic Knitting Adventures, the descriptions of sweaters and waistcoats, diamonds, and braids, my mind traveled to some place between Moria and Rivendell.

I've done some fetchings with a cable, but I've not tried socks. Still I'm fascinated. There is something about the pattern that makes me think of Mount Doom. I'm going to have to give these a try.




Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Password Rant

I am taking this moment to rant about the insanity of people and their usernames and passwords. We've all heard about people using "1234" or "999999" or *gasp* "password" as their password, but I just took a call from an organization who wanted to give everyone signing up for their fundraising event the same password so staff could access the participants pages.

*blink* Does anyone think this is a good idea?

The answer is yes. This is the second request I've add for this kind of access this week. *smh*

No wonder people get hacked.

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Oops!

I didn't really mean to take the month of April off. It just sort of happened. If it makes you feel better, not only have I not been writing blogs, I've not been reading them either. I am about a 3rd of the way through Harry Potter and the Half-blood Prince. One thing that I've noticed about where I spend my time:  I can't add anything more to my to-do list without dropping something.

I'm way behind on my knit-along. I'm still on the socks for the month of March. *sigh* I took a side trip to some finger puppets



and Dr. Watson's scarf.

Meanwhile I took a trip to see my BFF and scored 2 pair of bamboo needles ($3 ea) and a set of hand-me-down #17 needles. I also saw some really fun scarves at the flea market. Inspiration has hit. Christmas knitting to commence soon.

Thursday, April 05, 2012

Keeping your place

What a cool idea. Knitting Knoobie's hubby made her a little cardboard window for her to keep her place on her knitting chart. Of course, I use my Nook for knitting patterns most of the time, but I also don't usually knit from complex chart. I have some Fair Isle that I'm looking at. This could come in handy.