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Christmas eve

Well. It’s been over a week since I started taking my depression and I’m doing way better. No more nausea or vomiting. And I think it’s working. I’ve been in a much better mood lately. So either the meds are working or the placebo effect is working its magic on me.

I recently joined a knitting group here and it was interesting. Not bad by any means but I was the youngest member. It was very thought provoking and I wonder if knitting and crochet is a dying art or if younger people are knitting are they more introverted or do they just not know that these groups exist. I’ll be doing more research for that for a post this Saturday. I didn’t post any more about my WIPs because I’m still working on the same projects.

I got to spend time with one of my best friends tonight. He knows if been lonely and so he invited me out to spend time with some friends. It was so much fun. I even got a gift. He’s the best friend I could ever ask for in times like this. He got me yarn and a complete set of crochet hooks. He knows me so well.

Tomorrow I’ll be going to a different friends place to hang out and watch movies. I’ll be bringing my knitting of course. Something to do with my hands while I’m watching movies. Without something I get very fidgety. I hope I’m not the only one. Anyway, I’m going to relax for the rest of the evening.

Happy knitting and happy holidays!

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Another long week on the road.

I’ve probably said this a lot already but my job keeps me very busy. It also keeps me away from home a little more than I’d like. This week is no exception. I have the distinct pleasure of staying in another hotel for tonight. And stupid me forgot my knitting! so I’ll be spending the evening looking for patterns. Even though I can’t knit doesn’t mean the day is wasted.

I also wanted to touch base on some other things that have been on my mind recently. I wasn’t even sure if I should type this. It’s hard to even think about it. Anyways, I’ve struggled with severe depression and eating disorders for most of my life. I’ve tried desperately to fight it on my own, but lately my depression has been more out of control than ever. So, I made the decision to start taking medication. I’ve been on medication before and it helped but for whatever reason I stopped taking it, and all it did was make it worse. So this time, I wont stop taking the medication unless my doctor and I both agree that it’s the best option for me.

So far, the medication I’m taking has had some truly spectacular side effects. One of the most frustrating being nausea and vomiting. It kind of feels like withdrawals. But, once it builds up in my system it will get better. I’ll keep you updated as I progress.

I cant wait to get home. In the mean time it’s pattern searching time. I hope everyone has a good week.

Happy knitting!

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A moment to talk about my WIP’s

I have a few projects that I’m working on right now. Most of the stuff I’m working on is in an attempt to de-stash my collection in anticipation of moving. I hate the idea but I don’t have much in the line of options. I have a stupid amount of yarn and it’s not all fancy yarn. I’m talking about 12 of the big 18 gallon totes full of yarn. I’m looking into those ziplock vacuum bags to see if I can condense some of it. I think I’m going to sell my wire cube storage system for the yarn because I don’t think I’m going to need it when I move.

Anyway, back to the projects. I’m making a boom shawl for one of my friends. I’m using Caron Cakes yarn in the Bumbleberry colorway. I really love how quick it’s working up. I got the pattern on Ravelry. I can’t believe how quick it knits. I think my friend is really going to love it. I think it will be a very warm shawl.

I’m also making a scarf for another one of my friends. I’m using Caron Cakes in the Berries and Cream colorway. I wanted to make him something a little more masculine. I showed him the yarn I was planning of using and he loved the blues and greys together. It has a very nice cable to it. It’s a lot of work but I love how it’s turning out so far.

I think I’m going to make a wrap for myself. Probably with Caron Cakes as well. I have a lot of that yarn. Might as well use it on something. I’m saving the good hand-dyed stuff for special projects. Everything else I don’t feel bad about making random projects with. I just hope I can get some of this yarn used.

So, this begs this question. Does anyone else have a yarn stash so big it likely exceeds your life expectancy?

Happy knitting!

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I just can’t get it together. Sorry.

This was supposed to be posted yesterday but I had a complete brain fart and was completely exhausted last night after work.

There’s been a lot going on in my life lately and recently it’s been getting to the point that I’m debating moving back home. It’s not for lack of trying in North Dakota, Alaska is just home and I’ve been missing it so much. I tried to make a home here and it’s like I just don’t fit. So, I think it’s time that I go back to Alaska.

I’m still working on my projects. I got my supervisor’s baby blanket done finally. Seeing as how she’s a little past due. I got it done about a week before she was due. I’m still working as a phlebotomist and I got promoted to assistant supervisor. So all things considered that seems to be going well. We got the date for our company Christmas party. I  don’t really want to go. I’ve never had a good time at these things and I’d rather just sit at home with my dog, a glass of wine, and m knitting. I’d be so much happier.

I’ve been watching a lot of Big Bang Theory while I work on my projects. However, I recently got into the show The Ranch. It’s so funny. With Christmas coming up soon I’ve been spending more and more time alone. This time of year is year is hard on me. My mom always loved Christmas and now that she’s gone it’s not fun or happy. It’s painful and I’m not sure how I’ve gotten through the last two years. I guess I’ll just take it one day at a time. I don’t know any other way. Hopefully, with any luck, the next few weeks will go by quickly and without event. I’ll just concentrate on my knitting.

Happy Knitting!

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Knitting in espionage

While looking online, trying to find something I could post for Story Saturday, I came across a story about knitting. During World War I and II, knitting, embroidery and the like were used as an espionage tactic to send messages to soldiers. For the purpose of this post I will be concentrating on knitting.

Knitters spent hours knitting messages about the activities and chatter of opposing forces. This information was invaluable and changed the course of the war.

Morse Code was most predominantly used as it raised less suspicion that using a predetermined code and cypher. This allowed people to pass important information to the resistance under the guise of making warm hats, scarves, and even whole sweaters for soldiers. However, some knitters used a binary code systems using knit and purl stitches in place of ones and zeros.

These knitters changed the course of history by using their talent in a very unique way. I’m excited that the craft that I love has a long rich history with people who risked everything to help others. I find it very inspiring.

You can read the full article here:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/knitting-spies-wwi-wwii

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WIP’s and Chains

I have many WIP’s to discuss this week. I have a set of market bags that I’m trying to work on for the summer. I’m hoping to get a bicycle at some point soon and I’ll go to the farmers market to get fresh fruits and such. I’m really excited. I’m using Caron Cotton Cakes. They came out with a few new colorways so while I was in Bismarck a few weeks ago for training I bought some.

I’m also working on a squared waffle stitch afghan for myself. It’s a very warm stitch and I absolutely love the way it’s coming together. For that project I’m using Caron Big Cakes in the Boysenberry colorway. I’ll be using 8 to 10 cakes in total. This is probably my favorite project to date. I love these colors.

It’s no secret that I’m 100% in love with the Caron Cakes line of yarn. I find the colors very diverse and the texture is so soft. I hope to continue to use them.

I still try and do some charity work making hats for babies and so forth. Even with my life being a little crazy lately I know that I wouldn’t be happy if I wasn’t crocheting or knitting some project.

With all this being said, life is hard sometimes. But, with some yarn and a little imagination you can bring some beauty to an otherwise ugly situation.

Happy Knitting!

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Long Time…

I took a very long break from this blog. I had many things on my mind and needed some time to work on things.

Mother’s day passed on the 13th and the Monday before was the two year anniversary of my mom’s passing. In that time I was thinking more about what would make my mom proud and that would mean doing what makes me happy so here I am back at it.

I’m revamping this blog to make it more streamlined with my work schedule. Speaking of I’m still working as a phlebotomist, however, I’m also working on an ambulance crew down here so I’m back to working two jobs.

I’ll also be going back to school for an accounting degree. I eventually want to start a business selling yarn and all things knitting and crochet. I figured that this would be a good way to start.

The new set up is as follows.

Saturdays- Stories (Things I find online that would be interesting reads)
Wednesdays- WIP’s (I’ll discuss my progress on my projects)
Mondays- Moments (Thoughts I have about things going on in my life)

I’m very excited to get back to my crazy, busy, hectic life. I love staying busy with work and life. Many things are changing around here and I’m glad they are working out for the best!

Happy Knitting!