A thank you, some knitting and an Oscar.

February 25, 2008 at 6:48 pm | Posted in knitting | Leave a comment

I want to start by saying thank you SO much to everyone who left such sweet comments on my last post. We’ll all miss my grandfather but it was really touching to see him buried next to my grandmother. The funeral service was lovely and it was nice seeing family that we hadn’t seen in years, but unfortunate that it was under sad circumstances.

We were away for about 5 days and on the 15 hour drive to and from Pennsylvania I did get a fair amount of knitting done. I have 2 new WIP’s, a scarf and a pair of Fetching that is on my 2008 gift list. I’m nearly ready to start seaming the Celtic tote and am hoping to do so on the weekend. Even more fun was spreading my love of knitting to my sister, Anna. She came over this past Friday evening and asked me to teach her to knit. She is now working on her first garter stitch scarf. Yesterday we went to Joann’s where she picked out 2 pairs of straight needles and some yarn and now she’s very pleased with how well her scarf is turning out. She’s coming over again this Friday to learn to purl, and start a washcloth since she picked up a $2 ball of Peaches and Cream yesterday. Only 3 days in and she’s pretty addicted already…I love it! I’m hoping to have pictures of all of my WIP’s and I’ll see if I can’t get a photo of her scarf too. I can’t wait to see it.

School has been kicking my butt this last week. I’m talking about having spent 9 hours on Saturday and 6 hours on Sunday studying. On Saturday I announced to my hubby Chris that I was quitting school. I rescinded it on Sunday though when I scored a 100% on my first test. Yay! I’ll be SO glad when this Statistics class is over though. It’s exhausting all of my brain power.

I don’t really get into the whole Oscars thing..actually I’m a little jaded about it. There are so many other things more worthy of a big golden statue if you ask me. But still, I love movies and sometimes…just every once in awhile..there are moments that are worth seeing at the Oscars. Both Chris and I watched it this year for one reason. Our favorite movie of 2007 was a little heard of Indie movie called “Once”. The day after we saw it, we bought the DVD of the movie and the soundtrack, and have been a little more than obsessed with it ever since. When Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova, real life musicians and the stars, were nominated for best song from a movie, we knew we would be glued to the TV on Oscar night this year. We weren’t disappointed…not only did they perform one of my most favorite songs, but about 5 minutes later they took home the award for it.

So, in lieu of knitting pictures I leave you with this……

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In Memory

February 16, 2008 at 7:55 am | Posted in knitting | 6 Comments

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October 4, 1913 – February 9, 2008

My grandfather passed away last Saturday so all of the family is now gathered here in York, PA to attend his funeral services and celebrate his life. Last night many of the 8 children, 20 grandchildren, and 13 great grandchildren paged through family albums and laughed together, remembering story after story of all of our childhoods. All I could think of was that this was exactly what grandpa hoped for after he passed.

Back to School

February 9, 2008 at 10:25 pm | Posted in knitting | 1 Comment

My blogging has been scarce the last week or two because I made a major decision recently, and this past Monday I started back to school. I’ll be taking classes part time for the next couple of years with the goal of finally getting a BSN. I’d been talking about it for about the last 5 years and I’m so relieved that I actually have now officially started. I discovered pretty quickly how challenging it could be to try to get out of work early enough to get home and have a few solid hours of schoolwork time before I start making dinner and doing the daily housework. I have to say though, as challenging and tiring as it is, it feels really invigorating at the same time.

Even though I’ve been studying, I’ve been doing a bit of knitting as well. I’m still working on the Celtic tote and am about 5 rows away from completing the front panel. The back is already done so all that’s left are the sides, felting and seaming. I’ll have some progress pictures posted soon.

I’m still keeping away from swaps for the time being, although I’m secretly waiting patiently for Sock-a-palooza to restart. I did join a knitalong recently however. I heard about it from Jenny and Nicole on the Stash and Burn podcast. The KAL is called the Year Long Gift Along. I’m sure it will keep me on task for my gift knitting this year. This past Christmas my “Christmas Knitting Bonanza” turned into the Christmas Knitting Debacle. Not this year though..I’m planning ahead!

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