Thursday, December 18, 2008

How Many More Days Till Christmas???

Right now I am on a roll.....atleast I think so. Working my fingers to the bone, I am quickly trying to wrap up all of those projects that have been sitting around since August waiting for Christmas to roll around and become gifts. Of course I put them off till the last second, but it does feel good to finally be getting projects done rather than just starting more and more projects each day. One of the many projects being the very cute stuffed elephant you see above that is for my niece. A wonderful project that I found on Ravelry, made with Lion Brand Thick and Chunky. It's almost sad to end a project, after spending so much time and effort in creating a beautiful object only to have it done. I think that is why I feel better giving most of what I make away. I know they are going to good homes, yes it sounds like each project has a life of it's own in my mind, where people can enjoy them so I can feel better about moving on to other projects in hopes to make more people happy. That's the one thing about knitting, it's not something that could ever be done to make someone sad or upset. Granted I do have my moments when I miss a stitch, or realize I just made two sleeves of a sweater that aren't even close to matching, but it's a learning experience and it's knowing that I know how to fix these things that help get you through the irritation. So as I keep working away, the days keeping ending, getting closer and closer to Christmas and the day I get to see many enjoy the things I have enjoyed making.

Monday, December 8, 2008

A Stash With A Mind Of It's Own

First let me put this picture in perspective. This is a very tiny portion of my stash that has slowly formed a mind of it's own. I have started to find yarn in my piles that I forgot I purchased some time ago. That's got to tell you something. Why not plan atleast 5 projects ahead of time? Well, when you already have 10 projects going that gets you in trouble very quickly. So at what point do you stop and tell yourself to not walk into a yarn shop, or at the very least don't look at a knitting website that you can purchase from for atleast a month? I probably am not the one to ask at the moment but I say if you have the room.....stash it for a rainy day. There could be worse things in the world to have an addiction for. The way I see it is you have the addiction for the beautiful yarns and projects then to sit and knit is the therapy. With all of that it's still cheaper than paying for a therapist, and you can do it in your pj's at two o'clock in the morning if you want to.

When Life Throws a Curve Ball...

Ever since I graduated from high school and moved on to college I never seemed to find the right fit for what I wanted to do "when I grew up". Even up to a month ago the plan was to keep on pushing through college until I got my teaching degree....which would be a very long time from now. Then life took a sudden turn. When I was young I always thought it would be so cool to have a bakery. To make beautiful cakes, or create pastries that make people's mouth water the second they walk through the door. Being that the economy is what it is at the moment, the bakery gig isn't quite as profitable as I would like so I looked for something close to it when something kinda fell in my lap. Suddenly I was going through applications and was being interviewed and now I will be a student at Western Culinary Institute Le Cordon Bleu school in beautiful Portland starting in July. Let me tell you right now.....I am so excited that I could jump out of my skin. I will be getting another associates in culinary arts to become a chef. Now it's not the pastry artist that I have dreamed of....but so much more. Now to think that I will be moving away, especially since I have lived in the same area all of my life!! I might not know what to do with myself. So the countdown begins....