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This and that

I’ll warn you now that this post has little knitting content and no photos.  If you’re here for the knitting and not the chatting about my life I do now and then, read the first and last paragraphs for the knitting stuff.

No photos of the hat yet.  Well, none that I really like anyhow.  I forgot about getting some pictures of it outside yesterday and it was my dad’s birthday, so I spent time at my family’s house doing some low-key celebration.  By the time I got back home, the daylight was gone.  I did manage to make some veggie bars yesterday for the monthly pot luck knitting night (which is tonight).  Really, it needs to sit overnight to make it good.  It’s not one of those things you make and serve right away.  (You could, but I don’t think it’s as good.)  I was going to be lazy and do it today after I got home from work, but I knew it wouldn’t be as good, so I made it yesterday and I’m glad I did.

Next week, Nick’s parents are coming out to visit and bring Nathaniel back before school starts.  I’m a little mixed about the visit.  I feel like I haven’t done enough to unpack and though the house is clean, there’s spots of clutter that I’d like to clean up.  I’ve been wanting to do this anyhow, regardless if they’re coming out or not, but I’m usually so tired that I just want to sit and knit when I get home from work or on the weekends.  Work can be stressful and it really wears me down most days.  I have little energy as it is, so clearing the clutter is one of those things I’ve been saving for a day when I feel more into it.  Looks like I’ll be trying to get that done this weekend!

While I’m on the note of stress, my doctor and I had a small chat about it yesterday.  I see a chiropractor three times a week right now because of my back problems.  This is my third week.  Yesterday I was pretty stressed out and worked up over my day.  Mondays and Tuesdays are my busiest days at work.  On those days I process early payroll and it’s no small task to get done.  Sometimes, if I don’t get everything done on Monday, I need to complete it Tuesday which can put me far behind where I need to be.  This past Monday I was feeling horrible (that once a month girl thing), worse than I have for years on that sort of day.  I couldn’t think straight, I felt like I just wanted to lay down, I had horrible cramping pains, aching pains, and back pains.  I didn’t get near as much done as I really needed to which made my Tuesday morning really, really busy with all the work that I didn’t finish on Monday.  I completed payroll later than I usually do and I always feel crappy when that happens.  By the time I went to the doctor, I was pretty spun up and stressed.  I hadn’t relaxed from my day.  He started me doing some stretching, which is good for overall physical well being, but also very good for my back.  After I was done, he asked me about my day because he could really tell that I was stressed out.  We talked a little about different things that can really relax you when you’re stressed and stretching is one of those things.  I really like my doctor and I’m so glad that Nick happened to talk to him that day at work.  He’s changed my life.  I have less pain now then I’ve had in two years.  I can walk and I hardly limp any more.  I know more about my condition then I have in all this time with pain.  This was my last chance before surgery and I’m glad I decided to give it a try.  Surgery is scary and nothing I want done to my back and now I have been able to feel better without it. 

Anyhow… I just wanted to throw that out there as a tip for those that get stressed about things.  Knitting is a great stress relief, but after stretching yesterday, I felt relaxed and calm by the time I got home.  Good stuff!

The prayer shawl is coming right along.  I’m about half way done now and using up yarn more quickly it seems.  I know it’s because it’s bigger now, but I’m a little worried I may run out of yarn!  I have 6 skeins left, though, so I think I’ll be okay.  It’s big enough now that I need a bigger project bag for it.  My MS3 is coming along okay.  I haven’t done much work on it, but easy knitting has been my thing lately.  I did get some of Erin’s blanket done this week, though.  I’m almost at the half-way done mark, which means it’s nearly time to change colors.  I’ll post a photo of it soon since I can’t really describe it well.  If you’re on Ravelry, there’s a good picture of it on my project page.  It’s tan and dark brown.  With my Sockapalooza 4 socks done, I’ve cast on another pair of socks, but I haven’t worked on them much since I’m trying to get the shawl done.  This weekend I think I will be sending off some yarn that I don’t think I will ever use.  It’s going to go to a good cause and if you have yarn in your stash you aren’t using and don’t think you will use, this is a great place to donate it: Interim House.  There’s also the Community Healthlink Gateway Program.  So, if you’re looking for a place to give some yarn, there’s two for you!

Well, it’s back to work with me.  Have a good day :o)

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I’m a thirty-something who lives in Cincinnati, OH. Crafting, for me, started young - I can’t even recall a time I wasn’t crafty in some way. My first foray into yarn was doing plastic canvas embroidery and making Barbie doll furniture. Not long after that I learned to crochet from a book my grandmother gave me after asking to learn what she was doing (she crochets, afghans mostly these days). After that, I took up counted cross stitch and then came sewing when I took two fashion design classes in high school. My mom had a sewing machine from my great grandmother and I taught myself to sew from patterns on it. I still use this same sewing machine today! I started knitting in 2004 when a co-worker was pregnant with her first child and I wanted to make something for her. I bought a “learn to knit kit” from Lion Brand for a baby hat and booties set. I did make the baby hat and booties (with very few problems) and ended up gifting them to the co-worker. I wanted to make a blanket, but I wasn’t quite able to get that done in time since it took a lot longer then I’d imagined! It wasn’t until the end of 2004/early 2005 that knitting really took a hold of me. Now I love knitting and almost always have a project with me, even if it’s just something small when I’m out and about. I like a wide range of projects depending on my mood. Sometimes I like a good challenge knit and other times I enjoy a lot of stockinette or garter stitch. I love Ravelry for keeping track of my projects and for finding new things to knit - I feel like I’m always spending time on there! It’s also a great place for getting to know other knitters, crocheters, and various fiber enthusiasts. In the fall of 2008, I purchased a spinning wheel from someone on Craigslist. It’s a Babe Fiber Starter, single treadle wheel and after a bit of trouble getting used to it, I’ve managed to spin up some fiber. In January of 2012, I found someone local that was selling their Lendrum DT and it came to live with me! The Babe now lives with Jen (aka piddleloop) and she’s learning to spin. I’m still trying to find time to spin along with knitting, crocheting (occasionally), and whatever else is going on, but I work it in here and there. I’m sure there’s something I might have left out here, so if there’s anything else you want to know about me, just ask :o)

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