Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Break from classes is over

I took some time off recently from teaching at Michaels because I was exhausted. In the past 4 months, I have written two magazine articles that included 4 patterns. And a pattern booklet for a publisher (which should be published later this year) filled with loom knitting patterns. In the midst of it all, I taught classes every weekend. I averaged 4 to 6 hours of sleep a night and was never seen without a knitting loom in my hands (even on Christmas Day). I just needed some time off. So I cancelled all classes for the last two weeks in February.

How does one relax after such a crazy few months?

By working on hats for a brain trauma center....

....sewing crochet squares together for an afghan for an pediatric infusion center...

....and putting your feet up for a few minutes each evening before bed and working on a pair of socks. (Now that's relaxing!)

I should have some new loom knit patterns ready to post soon.

And classes resume this coming weekend! CYA there.

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Andy Rooney & women over 40

The following was sent to me by a friend....

In case you missed it on 60 Minutes, this is what Andy Rooney thinks about women over 40:

60 Minutes Correspondent Andy Rooney (CBS)

As I grow in age, I value women over 40 most of all. Here are just a few reasons why:

A woman over 40 will never wake you in the middle of the night and ask, "What are you thinking?" She doesn't care what you think. If a woman over 40 doesn't want to watch the game, she doesn't sit around whining about it. She does something she wants to do, and it's usually more interesting.

Women over 40 are dignified. They seldom have a screaming match with you at the opera or in the middle of an expensive restaurant. Of course, if you deserve it, they won't hesitate to shoot you if they think they can get away with it. Older women are generous with praise, often undeserved. They know what it's like to be unappreciated. Women get psychic as they age. You never have to confess your sins to a woman over 40. Once you get past a wrinkle or two, a woman over 40 is far sexier than her younger counterpart.

Older women are forthright and honest. They'll tell you right off if you are a jerk if you are acting like one. You don't ever have to wonder where you stand with her. Yes, we praise women over 40 for a multitude of reasons. Unfortunately, it's not reciprocal.

For every stunning, smart, well-coiffed, hot woman over 40, there is a bald, paunchy relic in yellow pants making a fool of himself with some 22-year old waitress. Ladies, I apologize. For all those men who say, "Why buy the cow when you can get the milk for free?", here's an update for you. Nowadays 80% of women are against marriage. Why? Because women realize it's not worth buying an entire pig just to get a little sausage!

Ladies who aren't in this age have a lot to look forward to!

Monday, February 19, 2007

The Gingerbread Castle

My extra time this weekend was spent working on a pattern out of Barbara Walker's Second Treasury of Knitting Patterns for The Walker Treasury Project.

The only difficult part of the pattern was keeping up with where I was at.

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Happy Valentine's Day

"Love, (luv) n
Whatever you do that makes the world a litte bit better place."

Your Candy Heart Says "First Kiss"

You're a true romantic who brings an innocent hope to each new relationship.
You see the good in every person you date, and you relish each step of falling in love.

Your ideal Valentine's Day date: a romantic dinner your sweetie cooks for you

Your flirting style: friendly and sweet

What turns you off: cynics who don't believe in romance

Why you're hot: you always keep the romance alive

Friday, February 09, 2007

Beading for the day

I love *having* to bead for a class...what pain, what agony and they pay me for this!!!! HAHAHAHA

March beadweaving class will be on tubular peyote, making beaded pen cover - really simple!

Recipe for a beading type of day - delica seed beads, beading thread (Nymo for me) and a needle, hot tea, and a good movie.

Tonight....back to the boring part of paperwork.

Thursday, February 08, 2007

Blog gets a new look and Works in progress

Blog got a new look. If anything is missing, let me know!


I've been very busy with deadlines, classes, and laundry and have finished nothing! but never too busy for socks. Here is a picture of some of my "works in progress"....

A pair of slippers that need to be felted, a pair of magic stripes socks on circulars that are at the heel flap stage, and a toe-up sock on the sock loom I got for Christmas that is still in the toe stage (first project on this loom!) .

The Tofusies yarn arrived last week but I couldn't start socks with them yet (so of course, I bought more magic stripes)... Would you believe I cannot find my size 1 circular needles!? No idea where they went to. I finally gave up the search and have ordered two new Addi Turbo size 1 (which are in the mail to me now). Just what I need....another "work in progress" project hehe

I really wish I could find a honest, to goodness yarn shop within a 30 mile radius! Not a Michaels (yeah, yeah....I teach there but they do not carry Addi's nor sock yarn)....not a fabric store....but a REAL yarn shop. I have heard the rumour that there is one in Canyon Country, which is a short driving distance, but have not been able to find more info on exactly where it is. If anyone knows, please tell me.

P.S. Did you catch Lost last night?

Monday, February 05, 2007

Walker Treasury Project

We all love Barbara Walker's Treasury of Knitting books. Now a group of knitters are joining together to bring color to these great patterns! I'm proud to be one of them.

Thursday, February 01, 2007

I'm just wild about Harry

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter #7) is due to be released July 21st! Finally. Whooohooooooo! Great fantasy reading no matter what age.