31 August 2007

Accomplishments..

Success!

As you see on my sidebars, I have been moderately successful with adding some buttons to some of my favourite knitting places. It took me some trial and error, and I have lots of Wordpad "scribbles" on my desktop to clean off before signing off tonight.

The niblets have also completed their first week--well, four days--of school. They have taken to the transition pretty well: they like the new digs, much roomier than before; they enjoy their classes, although my daughter lamented her first day in fifth grade that "she already has homework!" I am hoping to get to the library tomorrow--I am jonesing for some new fiction. While the new Kathy Reichs novel is out, I know I won't get my hands on it for a few months. One downfall for not being the person who puts it on the shelf anymore--I don't get first dibs! I actually resorted to buying a book retail...haven't done that in a while. I really enjoy Patricia Briggs though, and Karen Chance, so this collection was worth it.

Yes, librarians like mind-candy too.

Unfortunately, I have also accomplished putting a big dent in my bank account with the new yarn that Sheri at The Loopy Ewe posted in her "Sneak Up" today. I had just innocently dropped a couple things in my cart to admire: a skein of DC Cocoa Kiss, one of Fleece Artist Somoko, some ShibuiKnits.

But then, I saw the sock blockers. They look like a necessary part of the sock knitting process. You want to make sure that your knitting is blocked properly when you are going to create garments to wear. That was what I was told in my knitting classes. I am going to need them, right?

I mean, once I start knitting socks. Soon, I promise.

29 August 2007

Look! Still Time for Books and Yarn!

Life has been crazy-busy over the last month...I have finished my job in western MA and moved myself, my kids, my cats, my books, my stash and all the other items I consider my apartment and landed smack in the middle of central MA.

I have shifted tasks from cataloging in a public library to digital work and web support for an automated library network. It is a steep learning curve since I have little background in either of those fields, but I am so glad that my brain seems up to the task. Plus I am really liking the job, which is a big plus. I am really hoping that I can translate these new skills into a revamp of my blog in the near future. I want buttons! I want a new banner! I want more purple! I want my Oompa-loompa NOW, Daddy!

While I do not consider myself an urban girl, I have planted myself smack in the middle of a somewhat-larger-than-I-like city for convenience to work. Luckilly I am less than an hour from my friends back on the western side, so that isn't too bad. However, this also adds an hour, two counting round-trip, while I try to plan my fall classes at WEBS. I have gotten Color Theory to fit in, now to try to arrange for anther Sunday session.

And, if the stress of moving, beginning a new job, unpacking in a new apartment, sending the niblets to a new school isn't enough...I have decided I want to learn to knit socks. No, I cannot wait until I can take the sock class, which I DO need to take for my Expert Knitters Certification (Sorry, Melissa!) So, I am going to try to delve into this myself.

Now, I consider myself a visual/tactile learner. Put the images in front of me, whether by book, video or demonstration, I can usually pick things up retty quickly. So, I just picked up a new book reviewed in the Fall 07 Interweave Knits issue. I like the pictures, the steps written and shown AND the ability to go off the beaten path with substitute yarns, textures and the like. While I hope to be able to whip some patterns off with size 0 needles eventually, that will not be my first attempt. Size 3 was small enough to purchase without having to put on my bifocals to read the number on the package.


I have also discovered a new site, The Loopy Ewe. This site is loaded with sock and lace yarn and various accoutrements that I lurked around before deciding to delve in. While my first sock yarn purchase is a one-off (ie. not part of a dye lot so one-of-a-kind) skein of this from WEBS, I also could not resist picking up some LL Sport in Seaside. Lovely!

Of course--this could all just be a subconscious plot to increase my stash exponentially. It will probably work too.