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Craziness

I almost stopped knitting in May. Finally, after a tumultuous year dealing with job hunting, family balance, and monetary issues, I have a new job. I started just after Labor Day. What an omen! I’m now an infant photographer.

Homage to those volunteers who knit infant hats for hospital newborns. I’ve seen some very nice ones lately in the hospital nursery.

As my paychecks come in, I’ve still not purchased any new yarny goodness. I think with my three lifetimes of SABLE, it is not necessary; AND with the multiple projects on the needles, it would be even more insane.

Over the month of November, I knit infant hats again for Save The Children, my fave non-profit. I got some fun into the plain jane pattern just because. Used up a lot of my lingering acrylics and fun yarns and they’re headed out to babies in need. It was a great impetus to get started again.

Finding time is now my issue. Making time is not hard but something else falls by the wayside in response to a fiber respite. I’m relearning balance with my new job and it’s been interesting. The baby birth rate boomed this Fall due to snowstorms last winter and the economy (you’ll just have to speculate as I did). Those reasons are the best I could come up with, and the nursery says Christmas won’t even slow down.

Thanks to those of you who’ve purchased my one and only pattern. I also had pics of some hats in a new Annie Modesitt book: 1000 Hats. Still have to order my copy though. Not one to deny multitasking, I have a fingerless glove project that is written but not formatted, so stay tuned. Just don’t hold your breath! It’s still crazy around here.

~Best to All and Happy Holly-Days!!! ♥

Ack!

Bill the Cat

Does anyone remember Bill the Cat? It’s an old cartoon strip. I will not restrain myself from saying his favorite expletive: ACK! but I refuse to develop hairballs. heeeee Also, you cannot knit cathair, I said so.

This holiday season has been great. I mean that in the stress-free sense. I’ve allowed unimportant missives to go by the wayside. Yes, they are ‘important’ but I’m making a different scale this year and focusing on family and my sanity. No extranious gifts (sorry for those who loved my pear chutney), although every one of you is SO deserving!

Christmas cards and annual letter have not yet been started.

No rushed knitted gifts either. I have one that I’ll beg off a gift exchange for after Christmas and when she’s back in town. She’ll understand and probably be glad she has some extra time too!

Garfield

Twister, the sister

Nope, I’ve hunkered down to take care of my one misfortunate cat (bladderstones), equally love the crazy one, and to spend what time I have: early each morning before busstops, chauffering home after school sports/activities, and listening whenever – as best as I can with my kiddos.

Friday night date night has been established and has not gone the slow route (yet) to boredom. We’ve tried the movies, but you don’t really talk, bars are fine if it’s a last resort, mall walking is fine if you haven’t already done too much recently, but we keep steady (24 years and counting).

I think if I did this effort with my knitting, I’d be a rockstar. yeah right. Well, maybe the Knitting Harlot, or Anne Hanson . . . . make that a double yeah right.

So, the best idea I’ve had for my blog (here) is to photo the state of affairs of my knitting books. No matter that I’ve got 10 times worth of patterns and info on my desktop computer. Since I’ve been reorganizing, I know exactly where everything is! Alas, still not House Beautiful, but at least sorted and ready for the beauty when I am.

Santa came early, don't tell!

So, if you’re stuck in a rut, take some comfort that there is hope and you can get there one step at a time.

You can say, “ACK!” if you wish.

Just take that time to smell the roses and get your priorities taken care of first. It’s so important during the holidays. ♥

Neglected Home and Family. Turning Heels and Corners. Reinventing Self Again.

That’s a mouthful, but I never multi task just one thing. I’m bound and determined to finish the Water Rescue Socks that Natalia designed. It’s been over a year since starting and after the first one was done, I let it slide. Just turned the heel and am going to push through. There are other UFOs too that I hope to finish so I can start on a Sweater KAL with some friends this month on ravelry. I may not finish but the hope is there.

Turning heels and turning corners means I’ve resigned from my winery job. Too many hours added up. Not  much done around the homestead either. Hubby now has been employed for a few months, so I can release the angst of taking every available hour given. I just overdid it and should’ve known better but the rose colored glasses wouldn’t let me see. Blinded me actually.

Now back to bifocals when reading charts! and. . . looking for what’s next. Perhaps the circus. heeeee. I’m calling myself (as some have called me in the past) Rennaisance Woman. It’s fitting as I’ve done just about everything under the sun and still plan to continue trying new and wonderful things. Getting the mojo on soon I hope to go out for another adventure. This time – with balance.

Hugs to all and keep knitting!

~antsinthepantsAnne™

Putting out fires without getting singed – or losing my muse (oh, I meant mind)

  • A rainbow of colors in my SABLE (stash aquisition beyond life expectancy)
  • About 8 projects on the needles in various stages of completion
  • Three commissioned projects with thankfully no deadlines
  • Four or five knitting patterns requiring a write up and formatting to post to ravelry.com for sale
  • Oodles of post-its marking patterns in books and magazines. . . . my at-home queue. It does not rival my ravelry.com queue or my computer file queue. I just love ‘shopping’ and imagining.

I’m a kid in a candy store of virtual knitting bliss.

In reality, it’s all vegetables and whole grains with a bit of grit on the side. LIFE has put my knitting into low gear. I won’t be Eeyore and go into detail here. I’m just missing my blog and all the plans I have for it. . . . . Hopefully you all understand and are patient with me. Keep checking back! Life does move on, and I’m sure I and my family will get through it. ♥

I think an issue of the newest Vogue Knitting is in order to salve my worries, yes?

Mentoring the Craft

Have you ever been asked to show someone how to knit? I was graced by my niece last fall while visiting the family in Cincinnati. She came up to me fully prepared with a ball of yarn and needles.

Funny how I’d just finished a book speaking specifically about helping someone learn how to knit as part of it’s story line. . . I told her I’d cast on for her and she would learn to do the basic knit stitch until she got the scarf as long as she wanted. My Mom then, would cast off for her and the next time I or my Mom would show her how to cast on and off as well as purl.

Birds eye view of her skills

Birds eye view of her skills

She took to it like a fiend and knit almost the entire weekend! So cool.

Me looking on and coaching

Me looking on and coaching

Found Memories

Baby hatHere’s a find! I made this in 1993 after my daughter was born. It’s from a simple pillbox hat pattern (which I have yet to relocate) but I tweaked it with some of my own made up colorwork. All cotton and so tiny.

My daughter turned 16 today. She headed out the door in a new tiara (she wanted) and heels and peglegged jeans. All while carrying her gearbag for lacross, her backpack, and her purse.

She put her hand into the hat last night and could not believe how small her head had been. Hard for me to believe too. But a nice warm memory that knitting has blessed on me.