Sunday, December 31, 2006

Isn't She Cute?

My husand's brother's wife is one of my best friends. She's one of those people who always does stuff for other people, and doesn't ever seem to expect anything in return. We used to live in the same town years ago, but now we only see each when we go back to the Midwest for the perfunctory parents-in-law visit during the summer. I've spent a lot of hours just sitting on her couch shooting the breeze and just enjoying each other's company. She used to have a nice throw on her couch that looked handknit. I loved the patterns on it and had always thought that I would copy some of them. The last time I saw her throw though, I thought that it was time for her to get a new one; it was looking pretty sad. I have always thought that I would knit her one just like it, but then I found out that Ann was having surgery. I thought I could knit her a more simple throw in time for her to use druing her recooping time. I found some maroon Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece that looked like Ann's color, and I found a simple Christmas tree pattern that I liked. Mind you, this was during one of the most hectic periods of my life, but I still finished Ann's throw in time to send it to her when she got home from the hospital. It was good therapy for me, so I don't want to sound too selfless.

.....but typical of me. I put her finished throw in a box and let it sit in the entryway for nearly two weeks. Russ finally did send it to her for me though, and she says she loves it!!!! That makes me very happy. I'm glad to have finally done something special for her when she's been such a special gal to me!

Friday, December 29, 2006

Happy Anniversary to Me

Today is Russ and my 22nd wedding anniversary. How did we celebrate? Well, I spend most of the day on the couch. I have a terrible cold. Russ had it earlier, and I'm wishing that I had shown him a little more sympathy. I'm miserable. I did work on Paige's Harry Potter scarf though. She gave up on it, and I don't blame her really. It's kind of tedious since it's on circular needles, just knit, knit, knit.

I've also been paging through my most recent knitting mag purchases. I read a blog a couple of days ago making fun of the cover of the latest Knitters. I hadn't thought about it that much, but I agree. Why do they want to be an imitation of Vogue or other slick publications? Lately, I've been buying Knit Simply at Barnes and Noble or Borders. I really like it. They have tons ot articles and "doable" projects. The latest issue has a cute nativity scene to knit. Maybe I could finish that by next Christmas.

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Finally, a Reprieve from Chaos

I can't believe that it's been three months nearly since my last entry. It's funny to remember discovering some blogs while I was browsing last year that appeared to have been abandoned. I wondered what tragedy had befallen that person to have kept them from doing something that they seemed to have enjoyed doing so much. I think now that it's more likely that they just were like me. Life just got a litle too hectic to record thoughts about a hobby that you barely had time to enjoy in itself, much less analyze.

But that's over. I'm back! I still have a master's thesis to write, but I'm ready for a little more calm, no more evening classes for me. My regular schedule will seem like a breeze compared to the schedule I've had for the last four months.

Today was my first day to simply waste time with no qualms about papers needing grades or lesson plans needing to be made. I'm excited to see that the U.S. Postal Service plans to issue knitted themed stamps for next Christmas. I have only one question. What's the deal with making us wait so long?