Wednesday, June 28, 2006

God's Sock Yarn....and why I want to tie up my DH with thrirty-year old acrylic yarn.

Ok, so last night I was working on Katie's second pair of socks (she's addicted and I'm feeding the beast but hey, it works) and this time they're just a plain vanilla sock but I'm using self-patterning yarn and as I was working the gusset on the second sock I was becoming more and more fascinated by what was unfolding before me. These two socks, knit from the exact same skein and with the same needle,pattern,etc....were turning out to be quite different looking from one another. I was just delighted by the spectacle of it. And suddenly He spoke to my heart, "See? Do you see what I mean? That's how it is for me EVERY time!" I do get it...even though he uses the same old pattern and same basic materials, we all turn out so very different from one another. Even when he does two up on two circulars (twins for you not following the metaphor) they're still different! I feel very blessed to have had this shared with me. Now, on to the reason(s) I want to tie up my darling.

I don't know how many wives out there have to endure this, but my husband seems to absolutley refuse to do housework unless I throw a fit or my parents are coming (he's got this thing with my dad 'cause my dad's ocd). He has put at least eight loads through the wash and (as an experiment to see if he'd do it) I refuse to fold any of them. So they have sat, wrinkled and growing in numbers for ages now. The children are wearing sandals everyday because they fear the thought of looking in "The Pile" for socks. I don't remember the last time he did the dishes if there were more than five dishes in the sink and though he absolutely insists on treating our kitchen as though it's the local Greasy Spoon, he refuses to clean it up. Now he doesnt' say," I'm not cleaning it up," he just leaves it until I get too grossed out to clean it up. Today I draw the line. I'm not spending the one day I have some time off to clean the house. He can kiss my foot. And until he does some cleaning.....that's ALL he'll be kissing!

Monday, June 26, 2006

Thanks to those who gave me the here-here on my last post. It helps to know that I'm just part of a special group. And not an "I rode the short bus" kind of special! Well I'm still working on the sleeves for baby Ashe's cardigan. He's due Sept.21 so, like Craig says, I've got time. But can I be honest....I'm afraid to be done with the knitting because I'm terrified of blocking and sewing it up. I'm not one to back down from a challenge and I'll face up to it bravely when it comes, but I'm TERRIFIED. How I quiver at the thought of seaming the sleeves. But alas, it will be done. All things were new to me at one time. It can't possibly be harder than intubating a two year old. If it is, I'll probably cry. I'll do it, but I'll cry. It won't be pretty....I get all blotchy when I cry.

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

I'm so misunderstood!

Why( please tell me 'cause I NEED to know) why don't people get my thing with knitting? I'm not ignoring you, and I don't NOT care just because I'm knitting at the same time. I CAN multitasking people! I'm training to be a surgeon for goodness sake! You better hope I can multitask or you may pay for it when you come under my knife someday! It's not a hobby, it's love. I love doing it. I thinking about it, planning the next project, imaging and then buying the yarn...all of it. It's love okay? Just accept that it's not going away and that it doesn't make you less intresting to me or less important. I just love it and I want to do it all the time. I do it during church and I still follow the message just fine. My kids have accepted it and want to play with it too. What's the big deal?

Thursday, June 15, 2006

The Gauntlet

It has been cast down and I have decided to pick it up. 30 days with NO cheat days on diet. I was trying this week but my heart wasn't into it. I was stepping around the gauntlet. It was purposefully thrown down in my path again today. Today I will pick it up. Tomorrow I will answer the challenge. Today I will limp (lifted too much at the gym) tomorrow I will glide. And since the boys will be camping this weekend with the parents.....I will be hardcore doing some cupboard cleaning. Oh, yeah, the knitting stuff, sorry. I ahve finished first pair of fingerless gloves. I used SWTC Karaoke in Mermaid mix and SWTCs pattern. I HATE that yarn. It snapped every couple of rows! Made it damned near impossible to keep tension. To check myself I knitted the same pattern in a same weight/gauge yarn......yeah, they look fantastic, so it's NOT me, it's the damn yarn. I have a spinning guru who hates the stuff too. Wouldn't spin it if you paid her too. Oh well, it's a beautiful colorway anyway and after all the(millions of) ends were woven in, the gloves turned out pretty cute. Even if they were all wonky in places.

Friday, June 09, 2006

Cotton Yarn Conquered

I have conquered cotton yarn. Yes, I bent it to my will in the form of reversible shamrock dishcloth. I promptly gave it to my babysitter and she loved it. I will nurse my aching hands with wool and start on Craig's baby's cardi. It will be my first venture into sweaters and my hopes are that he will love it. If not....well it's only three balls of wool (one of Patons Kroy sock yarn in navy and two of Sirdar Country in colonial) I bought an extra ball of the Sirdar just in case (it's so lovely and soft, if I don't use it, it will make great gloves or socks!) Now that summer is here and I have no schooling to attend to my knit list will be filling with projects and I will happily be knitting ( or I should say I'll be happily knitting) every free moment I have. I will also be updating my blog more often as I will now have to time to hop on the computer at work. I will be adding my pics of the above mentioned dishcloth soon.

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Socks and 30 days of grindstone

So I finish the "run through" sock of this new pattern(my first venture into yarn overs) and Katie loved it so much she refused to take it off until it had a mate.
Here's it mate.

She couldn't stop petting it. Now she won't take them kitchen table. So there they are. In Bernat baby yarn on the feet of my best friend ( I did get to wear them for like a minute before she ripped them off my feet. I'm telling you the girl loves those socks!)

Now on to my next challenge, knitting with cotton, and making Craig's baby his first cardi from Sitch'N Bitch Nation (Baby's first tattoo). And for the next 30 days I will not take so much as one free meal off my diet. I am putting my adorable nose straight to the grindstone! Hopefully It won't get any smaller ( just my butt.)

Thursday, June 01, 2006

It feels so good.

The test is over and I got a 94% on it! Sweet. On home to the husband and children. And the yarn too of course!