Wow, can't you just hear the tumbleweeds whippin' across this old blog while I've been gone. Boy, didn't really expect to disappear for that long! Thank you all for your wonderful wishes and encouragement on the big transition east. I'm doing much better thank you! And I must apologize if you asked me a question via comments and I didn't respond, I managed to get quite backlogged in a short time.
So! What's new?! Anyone still out there!? I'll tell you what's been going on with me. I've been working a whole lot, and while anyone out there who has ever wanted to work at home can probably imagine, THE COMMUTE IS GREAT! The hours, however, are less than spectacular. I find myself working morning, noon, night and weekends. I answer emails at midnight and there is no end to the work in sight. Must--find--balance!!
The past month has brought a lot of emotional growth, I mourned the second anniversary of my father's passing the day after thanksgiving and succombed to the unfortunate cycle of the shoulda woulda coulda's that threatened to take over my thoughts. It always brings me sadness because he passed from this life just 3 weeks before my wedding and even though he saw my husband in pictures, I wish dearly they could have met. For reasons unbeknownest to me, I managed to pick someone quite similar to him and I think they would have gotten along. The fall season is a time of turmoil for me. I quite enjoy october with its chilly nights and warm mugs of tea. November no longer brings me the joy it once did. And now, December. Christmas time for me has always been filled well, atleast if not with fond memories than with wonderful tranditions. I miss decorating gingerbread houses, cutting down the tree and setting out my mom's christmas village along the window, sometimes complete with train. This christmas, the first in my very own house, I have attempted to continue these traditions. Eventually, when I have kids I'd like them to have traditions that they look forward to and bring a joyous spirit to the season. My genuine hope is to teach them about the "spirit of the season" than the commercialism of the season. I'd like them to find happiness in mugs of hot cocoa and christmas stories than the latest toy.
I'm afraid this year I haven't quite succeeded in the spirit of the season, quite honestly I've been a wee bit grinchy. When I mean grinchy I don't mean stealing other peoples fun, I mean that I've had a hard time finding that christmas joy. Part of my heart is still awaiting my husbands return (Just after the first of the year! Finally!) and we've put off celebrating until he returns. It's also a little hard to get in the spirit when it's just you and your dogs. Although, I did buy special candy cane colored rawhides for them (which then proceeded to stain my carpets red, but that's beside the point =) ) I've definitely tried to find the joy, I put up the lights, decorated the tree, and succeded in burning a turkey to smithereens, so I suppose I'm halfway there!
In honor of christmas, and well, the color green, I started the paisley lace shawl from Interweave in luscious green zephyr. No pics yet, but definitely when it gets bigger. I did make a few christmas presents this year, mostly hats and slippers and socks and scarves.
I'll have plenty of knitting time soon. Tomorrow I'm going in for knee surgery. :( Oh, yeah that's another thing I didn't mention, I tore it up running when my dog stopped, I tripped over her, went flying in the middle of the highway and now I'm getting surgery on it (Long story short) :). Did I mention I'm taking a cab to the hospital and I'm going through it all alone? I have a friend driving down to pick me up, but after she drops me off I'm going to be stuck at home; me, crutches and dogs. I guess you could say I'm moderately freaked out. I'm a pretty independent person but the idea of going to sleep alone at the hospital without out family or my husband kinda freaks me out. In preparation for the freak out I found some nifty pants with snaps that will fit over my knee afterwards and I ordered a few luscious mitten kits from Morehouse Merino to keep me sane. What's that girl scout motto, "always prepared?", that would be me! When I'm ready to leave the house I expect to have a new pair of mittens to wear and be stylin' in comfort. :)
Well, in preparation of all that I figured I'd show you a few projects I've been working on. Without further ado...
Rogue, just part the armholes.
Funny story about this one and gauge, I'll have to tell it another time...
For my holiday exchange pal, we had to send a cookie recipe with an ornament.
I decided to hand-craft a mini weasley sweater, pattern from Last Minute Knitted Gifts with a "R" on it.
I think it turned out rather cute, even if the picture is dark!
And of course a Harry Potter scarf, POA style! The colors in life are much more muted, more burgundy and burnt orange. I really should have thought this one out before I CO, I'm 3 trapped bars in, just ran out of the first skein of yarn and only have 1 left of the MC! I'm either going to need 2 more skeins atleast, or off to the frog pond is goes. Any ideas???
Well better run for now, I will talk to you all soon...Wish me luck!