Thursday, May 22, 2008

Meme Time

Thanks guys/gals for all the comments on my steeked bag! :)

ETA: We forgot one of the questions. #6, should be about previous jobs. I actually went back through about 8 tags and found it!

I was tagged by Linda for this meme.

The rules of the game get posted at the beginning. Each player answers the questions about themselves. At the end of the post, the player then tags 5-6 people and posts their names, then goes to their blogs and leaves them a comment letting them know they've been tagged and asking them to read your blog. Let the person who tagged you know when you've posted your answer.

1. What was I doing 10 years ago? Preparing myself physically and mentally for a life-changing heart surgery. So far in my 29 years of life, it was the hardest thing I had done. (29 at that time). I am celebrating this year! 10 years of much better health!

2. What are 5 things on my to-do list for today (not in any particular order)? Stop at Office Depot to have some books spiral bound, take Kim to her voice lesson, stop at the library, hair appointments for both of us, call the local parks and rec to register for a class.

3. Snacks I enjoy. Dove dark chocolates, salsa fresca rice chips from Costco, cheese, green olives, almonds and cranberries.

4. Things I would do if I were a billionaire. Pay off the mortgage, move my parents up here into a nice home or retirement center, make sure both kids had money for college, donate to several organizations.

5. Places I have lived. All over Central and Northern California; Phoenix, Arizona; Eagle Bend, Minnesota; Quesnel, BC Canada; Roseburg, Corvallis and Beaverton, Oregon.

6. Jobs I have had: telemarketer, clown for a donut shop to draw in business, furniture mill assembler, paper grader for a high school teacher, babysitter, housecleaner,(all of these previous ones were during highschool) home health care for elderly, medical assistant for an OB/GYN, and for an urgent care, oh and for a cardiologist, office assistant for a daycare, yarn bundler and all around help for a local yarn company.

7. Peeps I want to know more about: I don't remember who has been tagged and who hasn't, so if you would like to do this meme, take it away. Let me know if you do one on your blog!

Saturday, May 17, 2008

I cut my knitting...........

And it didn't hurt! This was so cool. This panel was knit in the round, sewn up the sides and cut just inside two of the seams. The handle is linen stitch and sewn all the way around to create the sides and the bottom as well as the handle. On the handle, I ripped it out and made it longer, then did a 3 needle bind off in the middle. Way cool!

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Catastrophic Events

So many tragedies have happened over the last few weeks. The cyclone in Myanmar, the earthquake in China (I just watched video of them pulling live children from the rubble of that huge school), tornadoes in the USA, forest fires in the USA, and a highly active volcano in Chile.

This morning on NPR, I heard interviews with two organizations that are on the ground in Myanmar and have been there since before the cyclone, so they are entrenched and can help aid these people easier than the US or other foreign countries. One is Save the Children, the other is Doctor's without Borders. The biggest concern now for Myanmar is the secondary catastrophe's, the disease from lack of water and sanitary conditions. If there is anyway that you can give a little to these organizations or any others that you are aware of that are helping in any of these situations, please do so. Every little bit helps.

If you go to either of the websites above, they are both helping in China as well.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Happy Mother's Day

I have been up to no good around here. :)

Robert is feeling much, much better. I am so glad. Thank you for all of your thoughts and prayers!

Kim and I went on the Tigard Knitting Guild Shop Hop last Saturday. That was pretty overwhelming, but lots of fun. 3 out of 6 stores that we went to we had never been to before. At least one of those we will return to. There was another one that I have been to, but Kim hadn't. It is spacious and has a really nice selection of yarn, compared to a few years ago when I had last visited it.

I've been knitting on a test knit for Tina, and can't show any of that right now, but it took up a lot of my time last week and the week before. It is super pretty. I will be able to show it in a few weeks!

This weekend I took more classes! Fiona Ellis was in town for the weekend. I took an all day design class from her yesterday and a slip-stitch class this afternoon. It was a lot of fun!! I didn't stay all day yesterday as I got a migraine around 2. I had Robert come get me, so I rested the afternoon away.

Yesterday in the design class, she had us choose pictures that spoke to us. The one I chose was a couple of gingham plates with fresh fruit on them. The gingham was blue and white, and pink and white. I wanted to combine the three in my design. It didn't come out the way I wanted it to, but I did like it anyways.

Then I swapped out the blue for purple and later green for the white.

Here's the back stranded section. We thought that looked really cool and wondered what it would do on the front to break up the pattern.

Not bad.

Today we did a slip stitch sampler. This was a lot of fun!!

Last Friday, a week ago, I started this. It will eventually be a little bag. I'm not sure how it's going to go, but in class we are going to learn how to steek it!! It is out of mercerized cotton. I chose the colors before I new what the sample looked like. Next Saturday I will go back to class and we will sew it and cut it in class.

I think I am now finally ready to conquer my Kauni sweater.