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November 26, 2006

Turkey, black day, back to work

I don't know about you, but I had a relatively quiet turkey day. Helped my mother clean and prepare the turkey breast the day before, so all she had to do was plop it into the oven, bake, and wait. We made our usual "mooseberry" pies the day before too...okay, it's our old "kid" name for pumpkin pies, started as a joke, and just keeps getting called that. Really puzzles other people when they don't know us, or haven't heard some of our crazy names for things.

The reason the Friday after turkey day is called Black Friday? Take your pick. If you're a retailer, it's the best day of the whole year to hope your books end up in the black, with nice profits. If you're a consumer, you have no chance of getting a real parking spot, long lines of shoving, rude people, and most of the items you wanted to buy on that day are being snatched up by the rudes. I know, as a future seller of yarns, I'll have to be open then. Just don't expect me to like rude people more.

I think I'm just about ready to go back to work after a longer than usual weekend, and after only working 2 days last week. And yet, I dread it. Probably because I'm hitting end of year burnout, and dealing with some things just makes me want to scream. Too bad I can't.

At least I did some nice knitting this weekend. Finished a pair of socks for my mother and handed them over to her, complete with the ends worked in. Sometimes I'll hand them over, raw ends hanging out, and she'll do the finishing...or I'll socknap them and finish the ends. Still, a feeling of satisfaction to make the socks, say "Finished!" and hand them over to the recipient! I also finished a moebius/shawl in mohair yarn. Still have to finish it off properly by working in the ends. It's shedding a little, so I might tumble it in the dryer, air only, to see if that puffs up the finshed shawl and gets rid of the fuzzies. If not, hey, I'll share my shed fluff with whomever sits down in my chair next!

As my reward to myself, I started off an early birthday present. My birthday, present given to me early by Mom. A scarf kit, purchased at the Stitches East market. Pattern from Harrisville, yarn is Frog Tree, red Pima Silk. I finished the knitting last night, very soft, lovely to finish in the ends. Hmm, is that my theme, really? Hmm, wonder which scarf or shawl I should start on next, now I've gotten these projects done? Pictures will be posted of the shawl and scarf, after I finish them properly.

November 19, 2006


Some people start small. Others, big. Me, well, I'll settle for a small beginning. With big dreams.

My big dream? Owning and running a yarn store. Yup, a real yarn store. For real.

I have great friends, who worry about me for me. When I finally expressed and shared my dream with them, they gave great words, of caution, of care.

In my "real life" of work and, well, life, I'm almost 38, about 5 classes from finally finishing my undergraduate degree (in computers, that's another story for another time), single (don't ask), and not getting any younger. And I love to knit and design stuff, not to mention the fibers I have stashed away for spinning into knitting sweaters, scarves, shawls, whatever.

So, first knitting topic: knitting lots of socks. One friend surveyed my lineup of socks during one vacation trip, and commented on, gee, you really have a sock wardrobe...and it keeps growing. I like to proudly say that I really don't have to buy anymore socks from the store. Why should I? So many sock yarns, so little time! And socks travel so well, in cars, on planes (watch out for extra-vigilent airline attendents on takeoff or landings), on subways, while I sit in a meeting that I don't have to take notes on, during jury duty...

 I've even figured out a way to combine my knitting with another love of my life, archaeology. And why not archaeology, when you can get some great views, along with meeting interesting people, learning neat things? Here's a view from last year:


And this year, I worked on this:


No, I do not dig and knit at the same time.

Yet. Maybe I will next year.

By the way, I finished the socks, and wear them with great joy. The yarn, Lorna's Laces, the pattern, RPM from

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