So much to share and have no idea where to start…

I can’t BELIEVE how long I have been away from this blog!  I love my blog, and I enjoy the blogs I follow immensely, but there hasn’t been a minute of time to spend with either of those, let alone knitting.  I miss it all.

Since I was last on, there have been so many events that it will take a bit of time to get my thoughts in order and make it short and quick! lol  I hope you are all well, and I will post within the next day or 2!  Thanks for sticking with me, to those that are still around :)

Alive and well!

I’m  hanging my head in shame for my prolonged absence from this blog.  I DO love my blog and all of my blogging friends and meant to post long before this.

The surgery in the spring was a success (or so I believe, will have to have repeated tests), but it totally kicked my ass!!!!!!  I want to thank all of you that sent me positive thoughts, prayers and messages – I will never be able to convey how much they meant to me!

I managed to make it through softball season and my 2nd child’s college graduation and spent most of the summer in Maine trying to pull myself back together.   The wifi up there leaves a LOT to be desired, so posting from there is next to impossible.

As for knitting, I took it with me, had lots of patterns and yarn and great plans…. all I managed to do was read…..ALL SUMMER.  Looking back on it, I think it was an escape for me – a way to take a break from my life – doesn’t sound like a good thing, but I’m feeling more like the old me now :)

If anyone is still visiting me here, please forgive me and I hope you will come back.  I promise to put up a post with some pics and get back to my “old knitty self”.

Oh…. and while I’m here, I’d like to wish Liat Gat’s  KNITFreedom a Happy one year Anniversary/Birthday.  If you haven’t heard of her and her wonderful video tutorials, please check it out – she’s amazing!

“Big Fibery Hug” In Use Again :/

I, will be putting my Big Fibery Hug into service again beginning tomorrow.  I would like to be wrapping up in it for warmth instead of “comfort”, but I once again am having surgery :/

A couple of days before Thanksgiving, during some follow-up tests, the Dr’s found a tumor on my Kidney (90+ % chance it is Cancerous) – I was lucky in that they found it by “accident”,  so to speak, as it is still relatively small (golf ball – in my opinion that isn’t small, but who am I to judge ;) ).  The surgery was supposed to take place last month, but I ended up with bronchitis a few days before and it was postponed.

I will once again be MIA from this blog for a bit (just when I was getting rolling on posting more often – lol)  Positive thoughts and/or prayers sent my way are very much appreciated. 

I’ve packed my ipod/Kindle and some easy knitting to take to the hospital (I am an eternal optimist!)- wonder how that will work out with pain meds?!  We shall see ;)

I hope to be back soon – Happy Knitting!

24 years ago today….

  

It is amazing how quickly time passes.  24 years ago today, I gave birth to my first child.  Growing up, he was a blond curly haired, chubby cheeked, happy, adorable little boy. 

The blond hair and chubby cheeks may be gone, and the little boy is now a man, but he can still brighten up the gloomiest days  –  his teachers from Kindergarten on, commented on his quick wit and incredible sense of humor  –  thankfully he never outgrew that!

He is an amazing son, an overprotective, loving, obnoxious and teasing big brother, thoughtful and kind grandson and a loyal friend.  I am proud of the man he has become and grateful when I see the glimmer of the little boy he once was!

Happy 24th Birthday Matthew!  I love you with all of my heart!

Your knitting and crochet time – 2KCBWDAY7

Write about your typical crafting time. When it is that you are likely to craft – alone or in more social environments, when watching TV or whilst taking bus journeys. What items do you like to surround yourself with whilst you twirl your hook like a majorette’s baton or work those needles like a skilled set of samurai swords. Do you always have snacks to hand, or are you a strictly ‘no crumbs near my yarn!’ kind of knitter.

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This is a tricky one for me as I don’t have a “typical crafting time”.  I take whatever moments I can get.  That being said, if I know I can park myself in front of the TV or plug myself into my iPod, I will work on a project that needs a bit more attention – such as a color work item I may be working on, or something that has a more complicated stitch pattern. 

I always have a couple of project bags loaded up with what I refer to as “travel knits” – these are typically socks, mittens, scarves and there is always, always some dishcloth cotton and a set of needles in the car – just in case….

  1. I forget to grab one of my travel knits 
  2. I’m overtired and can’t focus on anything more complicated than a dishcloth
  3. I want to knit without looking and not care if I make an error :) because, seriously, dishes don’t care if there is a small boo boo in the cloth.

I found this neat little gadget at Walmart – it’s an ipod stand/earbud holder.  It folds into a very small, compact sized case to travel with and since I have been using the JKnit App (support group on Ravelry is here)  for all of my patterns, it is PERFECT.  I love the app and the case – no more carrying paper patterns, pencils, sticky notes, notepads, row counters – everything is right there in my ipod for me!

     

I have no problem with “where” I knit, but I do try to think of what is “practical” to knit where I am.  If I’m at the beach, in the movies or will be pulling the project in and out of the bag – I will most often work on something that is on circs or straights and not dpn’s – I get EXTREMELY cranky when I drop/lose a dpn :/  As for snacking while knitting…. well that also depends on what I’m knitting and with what yarn – I will NEVER eat anything greasy while I knit, but I have been known to “snack” while knitting ;)

 

This is my favorite place to knit – an oversized, very comfy chair, with my Big Fibery Hug on the back in case I get chilly.  I can think of nothing better, than curling up with my knitting, a good audio book or movie, a cup of tea or coffee and spending the afternoon :) 

This has been enormously fun! I’m so happy I joined in and I thank Eskimimi for putting it together! Out of all of the days, my favorite post to write was the Day 5 post – it definitely turned an ugly experience into a “fun” post :)  I’m thrilled that I found so many new blogs to read and look forward to following them – this has also given me the push to blog more often – I guess I DO have the time to put up posts more often ;)

Happy Knitting!