January 22, 2010

7:00.  Coffee to my left.   Yorkie in my lap.  What am I doing, someone who sits at a computer all day?  I am posting a comment about my KNITTING.  I believe I am becoming obsessed if I am not already.  I have talked to other knitters who say this happens.  My plan upon waking was to type a post quickly to show you that I finally have succeeded at getting several rows on my scarf done with no curled edges.  The first incarnation of the scarf, where I am trying cables, was fine, and I had a lot finished before I realized the curled edges were never going to press out, according to my co-worker and now knitting guru Marian.  Thank you, Marian!  She was honest and said “Rip it all out or you won’t be happy with it.”  I wouldn’t have been either. It was curling up like a piece of ziti pasta.  But undoing it all that time, and several more times, has reminded me the value of patience.  Knitting is really a metaphor for life in many ways.

cable scarf image So yay.  I am going to finish this scarf before I begin any new project.  Knitting project that is.  I have a couple of other projects going already, too.

I am working on something special for someone who might read this so I cannot share with you right now, but I will later on, I promise.

I am also finishing up this patchwork teddy bear.

teddy bear picture I used a pattern I found in a book.  It’s going to be really cute, and I plan on making a few more.  They’re a good way to use up scraps of fabrics.  I think I will stuff the next one I make with those little pellets that make the limbs more malleable.

I will NOT purchase them at my local Hancock Fabrics.  We don’t have a lot of fabric stores around here, and this chain is one of them.  I used to work at Jo-Ann Fabrics, and so, looking for part-time work, I applied here a couple of weeks ago.  They had a huge sign in their window saying they were hiring for part-time employment.  I called the manager yesterday and he sounded very bored as he said, quite simply, “I’m not hiring.  It’s just corporate policy that we have to put that sign in the window.”  I was livid.  I said thank you to him, but I immediately sat down and typed a letter to the President and CEO of the company telling her that I found this “policy” deplorable and that I would not shop there any longer.  And I won’t.  I put my money where my mouth is.  Always have, and always will.  I think more people should.  We could really affect some major change if we would just show companies, with our wallets, what we really wanted from them.  So you know what?  I’m going to apply at Jo-Ann today!  Why not?  Yeah!  I need the money.  A goal of mine for 2010 (no, not really a New Year’s goal per se) is to clean house financially-get things in order, clean out old files, take care of credit reports, really investigate savings, etc.

Another goal is to run at least a half-marathon.  As you know I am running my first 2 races in March (see Post from 20th or 21st).  My love of knitting is similar to my love of running.  I have tried both in the past but went nowhere long-term with them.  Now I think I am into both for the long haul!

Well, I’d better stop, or I will have to skip breakfast, a big no-no, wouldn’t you say?  I would.  If I do not eat breakfast I hit a slump before NOON.  I am slated to go on a field trip to another county’s library this afternoon with the rest of the librarians where I work, so I need to be ready for this day.  Plus, how can I remember what row I am on in my knitting during my late morning break if my brain is fuzzy?  I think people trying to quit smoking should take up knitting.  Of course, it’d be sort of funny to watch all my friends take a break from their drinking when we go out to take a knitting break, and stand outside in the cold with their needles and yarn.  Ha.


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