Well, the last few days have been interesting here in Texas. Some call it “Icemageddon”, others call it “Icepocalypse”, whatever your term, we were pretty much iced in for a few days. In my area, it got as thick as 4 inches in some places-including my car. That may not seem like much, but when it is a solid sheet of ice, it is a crap ton. In fact, when I went to thaw out my car Sunday in anticipation of potentially having to work Monday, there were two layers of ice. That’s a lot of ice. As luck would have it, campus was closed yesterday so I got to stay home again, which was nice. It’s still freaking cold, but that’s ok with me. The university it open again so I’m back to work. But 8 more work days and it is Winter Break. A full 2 weeks off with pay, nice.
I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving last week. Ours was fun and enjoyable, just a little unusual.
A few weeks ago, our hot water heater sprang a leak and leaked into the house. We have been trying to take care of the problem, but there have been delays, so this is what our kitchen looked like:
But I did try a couple of new recipes this year.
It was pretty good, if a bit sweet for me.
Before you know it, Christmas will be here. Have you finished your Christmas knitting yet?
So progress is being made, not as much as I could have made, but some nonetheless. The back of Sylvi is complete up to where the hood starts. As are both sleeves. Now, I’m over half way finished with the left front. What remains is the right front, seaming, hood, blocking, petals, and buttons.
As for the SOD, progress has been made there as well. There are still about 333 rows to complete, plus blocking and tassels, but it’s doable. I have refrained from knitting on anything other than these two projects, though it has been incredibly difficult. No worries, I shall persevere.
I should be able to get through all of this by the end of next week…right? I just have to buckle down and knit a little tonight (I can’t do too much, Choir practice is tonight, but I should be able to make a dent in the Raglan decreases on the Left Front of Slyvi), then knit Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday (when I’m not cooking or cleaning), Friday, Saturday, and Sunday then continue on into next week. Luckily, this weekend is going to be spent at home for the most part I don’t plan on going anywhere for the entire 4-Day-Weekend. Before you know it, I’ll be wearing my Sylvi and the SOD will be ready for wrapping. Then it will be on to the next projects for the month.
*As a side note, the Frisco Chorale will be performing in Frisco and the new Frisco High School Auditorium on Saturday, December 14th, at 7pm. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at the door or online at www.friscochorale.org
So I’ve been working on the same two projects for awhile now. One is a gift titled “The Scarf Of Death” (henceforth, it shall be called SOD, this is of course, my personal name for it ;-D),
and the other is a coat for myself, Sylvi.
I love this coat, and I can’t wait to wear it, but it’s taking a bit of time as is the SOD. I enjoy working on them, for very different reasons of course. I’m currently on the back of Sylvi and it’s a lovely cabled pattern that keeps me focused while I work on it. The SOD, a simple garter stitch, allows me to read or watch TV while I work, thus helping the monotonous rows of garter stitch fly by. And while I love both of these projects…my gaze is starting to wonder…
There’s that pretty Peacock Feathers Shawl from Fiddlesticks Knitting sitting beside my bed…
And then there is that green yarn that I ordered awhile back, just sitting in that corner over there…
I also need to make
4 5 more Christmas presents, but 2 of them aren’t needed until after Christmas…
So many projects with so little time makes it very difficult to be even partially monogamous.
Maybe just a little lace?
Today is a day that we stop to say “thank you” and acknowledge our veterans for everything they do whether we agree with current or past wars or not. I saw a Vietnam Vet license plate the other day and I began thinking, those are our ignored vets. It was an unpopular war with society, so when they came home, they became the ignored.
While those in World Wars I and II were given hero status after they returned, soon they were the forgotten vets. Once the thrill of victory was over come by life returning to normal, they became the lost and forgotten. Though as time past, they have become less forgotten, most of them are gone. Today, while the system still isn’t perfect, we are trying harder not to forget or ignore our veterans, but there is still work to be done and changes to be made so they always receive the care they need. Today, try to remember that and don’t forget or ignore our veterans. It doesn’t matter if you agree with the politics behind the wars, just remember they have a job, too. A job that takes a toll on the mind, body, and spirit.
I know that I haven’t been very active here lately. I shall definitely try to do better. But today I just had to talk about kindness for the sake of being kind. A fellow blogger Stephanie was in need of a skein of Loopy Ewe solid in white. She had been knitting a baby blanket for a baby due at any moment and ran out. The baby decided it was time to explore the world on Friday and Stephanie asked if anyone had an extra skein so that she could finish the blanket before the end of the weekend. Knitters across North America came together and found her one, in Canada, not far from where she lives in Toronto. Meeting halfway, the knitter gladly handed over her skein of yarn. Just to help out a fellow knitter. It reminds me that there are nice, kind people out there willing to help another just because it’s the nice thing to do.
Now as to the lack of blogging, I will rectify that beginning this week. I will begin a new resolution to blog at least once a week. This week I will have to take some pictures of what I have been working on over the last few months.
It has been a busy time for me over the last couple of months. I am now half way through my final semester, I graduate in May-Yay Woo!-and I have been avidly searching for a new job since my current one will end when I graduate. As of Tuesday afternoon, I have a job. It begins April 1st. I’m very excited. It’s more money than I’ve ever made before and it is here at the University so I don’t even have to change my morning commute. A definite plus. With all of these changes, and the fact that today is the first day of Spring, though I know some of you will have quite a ways to go before it seems anything close to “Spring-like”, I found myself reflecting. This, to me, is the New Year. Not that day in January, the first day of Spring, when, at least here in Texas, it is beginning to warm, and the green is making an appearance. New life, new year. And today was the perfect day for it. The breeze still on the chilly side, the air scented with the rain that the heavy clouds overhead carry and occasionally allow to fall. A beautiful way to begin. And a wonderful day to have a nice warm bowl of lentil soup.