Wednesday, April 18, 2007


That's me at the moment.
This working thing is kicking my butt! I am loving it though. It is a lot of fun and a lot of exercise..and we all I know I could use more of that. =)
And it is very interesting to be on the other side of the on line ordering business. I have been a customer to many of the lovely on line yarn shops, and I had no idea the work that gos into filling an order. I got a whole new respect now people!
It is funny, the owner thought things were going to slow down now that we are nearing the warmer months..but nope. Not at all. I think all of you are spending your tax returns on all the wonderful sales we have going on. Oh and buying up the new Fleece Artist Sea Wool, and some of the new lace weights (and I can't say I blame you!) So things have been crazy busy there since I started. I feel like I have been thrown into the deep end, and I am not sure how to swim. But I am being told I am doing a good job, and it is a hell of alot of I am relishing in the crazy busy, ass over teakettle schedule I have right now.
I can't believe I am going to say this...but even the old job is not that bad right now. I think it is because it is not my sole bread and butter anymore, and that allows me to take it less seriously.

But yes, I am exhausted. I am working more now then I have done in a long time. But it feels good.

I just wish I had a little more energy so that when I got home I felt like doing something. Right now it's all about sweats and tivo..and maybe a little knitting if I can handle it.
Last night I was working on the back of a tunic (seen below) and there is a row where you twist know..k2tog, then knit the first stitch again, then slip off the needle.
Well, I kept knitting the stitches normal across the row, and I had to frog back not once, but THREE times because I kept forgetting to do it. LOL.
I am hoping I will get into a better groove. I am really missing my knitting time. Right now I am lucky to get an hour a night before I am too tired to do anymore. Of course, I could still be recovering from the last round of sock madness..that was crazy!

But yes, there is still knitting going on over here. Not enough, but I still have something to show. If you look at the side bar you will notice I have a Mists of Avalon project that I have been promising to reveal for a while now. The reason it has taken me so long to reveal it is because I switched projects. I was planning on Making Lady E (from scarf style), and I started it (and I love it!)..but then this caught my eye. And considering I need to have my project finished by April 27th if I want to get in on the prizes, I decided to make the tunic.

So here is the front. It is not as purple as this picture would have you believe. It is more blue then this. Maybe Cobalt Blue? Sorry it has been a long time since I played with crayons.

I am using Knit Picks Andean Silk in Hyacinth. And you know what? It is really nice stuff. (And no, I am not working for Knit Picks! I guess I better stop advertising for the competition now shouldn't I?) =)
I think it is very cute, and it is knitting up rather quickly. I am hoping to have all the knitting done by the end of this week ( I am about 1/4 of the way through the back)..but we will see if that happens.
More detail for you..cuz I like the details. Yes the reverse stockinette side is the right side, and the twisted stitches I was talking about run up the lower body. It is looking rather small, but I did get gauge so I am hoping blocking will make it all lovely.

Oh and here is a picture for Miss Scarlett:

This my dear is an Apricot Weizen, and hot damn it is yummy! Even if my friends make fun of me for drinking it. They say it is not a "serious beer". =) Oh well, more for me! See, here in the Northwest we are very serious about our beer (and our wine!). Yes there are those people who drink Bud Lite and Pabst..but they are usually shunned in polite society.

I think you can get Pyramid in stores all over the country (don't quote me on that)..and anything with weizen in it is bound to be good. As well as anything with "nut brown", or "oatmeal stout." If anyone decides to come to Washington or Oregon for some yourself a favor and check out a few breweries/ wineries. You will not regret it! Oh and the food at those places tend to be good as well.

And this last picture is for Jo ,who is also my next victim..err competitor.. in sock madness. (Yeah I am talking all big and bad right now. She will probably have me for lunch!) She says I don't show enough pictures of my feline friend. It's not that I don't like posting pictures of her, it's just I don't want to bore you all with them..and I don't want to copy what others have done.

Although now that Scrappy knows she is a star, there is no living with her. That is Scrappy in MY knitting spot (notice the heating pad and the mass of pillows!). The little booger thinks it is HER spot now. Especially if the heating pad is on.

Hmm, I wonder who is going to win this little battle, it BETTER be me!


Lauren said...

I didn't know you were in Oregon, we were there last year for OFFF and had a blast! I tasted some of the awesome beer and I have to agree that it is probably the best that I've ever had. I love Andean Silk too :)

Kellie said...

Your tunic is looking gorgeous, love that colour! And the beer sounds mighty interesting - love me some apricot!

And now I need to know where you are packing all this yarn chickie! 99.9% of my purchasing is online and anywhere savvy enough to employ the lovely Mel should be getting some of my dollars...

i'm looking forward to your knitoff with Jo, shall be dpns at dawn I'll be bound!

Anonymous said...

I can understand tired... I have my boring full time job and then I work at JoAnn fabric and crafts part time. Hang in there...
Your SP10

P.S. I have a litle treat for the kitty heading your way soon.

Miss Scarlett said...

The tunic is beautiful! You are finishing it very quickly for someone with a full schedule.
I am so glad to hear that your work is fun - and that the new job is making the old job bearable. Funny how that happens.
Mmmmm...that Apricot Weizen does look good. I will keep a lookout for it here. Thank you!
Cannot wait for your sock showdown!

Jean said...

Oh, snap, that tunic is hot! Remember when you told me to start more projects? Well I think you've just lit the fire of inspiration. And it's funny because when I was checking out the pattern I thought, "Hm, maybe Knit Picks Shine worsted," and then I saw you're using the Knit Picks silk. But if you're not working there, it begs the question, where are you working? And more importantly, do you get an employee discount?

Yarn It said...

I love that beer! I drink it during the summer. YUMMY! The top looks great!

Sockergirl said...

Wow! Your cruising on that tunic! can't wait to see it. But I won't be at YA-Yo because I have to kick a ball around at 7pm on the other side of the lake. Isn't apricot a seasonal? I really liked the pumkin ale... can't remember who bottled it. YUM!

Jo at Celtic Memory Yarns said...

Got to track down some of that Weizen. Sounds right up my street. Whenever I'm Stateside I always but always check out local brews and have always found some delightful surprises. But then, what would you expect of an Irishwoman? Ever tried mead?