Goodbye 2008

2008.........Overall it was a good year.
  • I searched for and found a new job earlier in the year and it's been great. Mainly because I can be a worker bee and not have to keep track of billable hours at the law firm. That has been the biggest relief off of my shoulders.
  • I've been knitting on Thursday evenings at my LYS and have made friends with some great new knitsibs.
  • The Wednesday lunch knitting group has grown to 7 people and it's a good break for an hour in the middle of the week. We all seem to look forward to it. Dunn's enjoys having us so much that they set aside the comfortable Dylan room for us. (I have to find one of those knitting chairs for my house, it's extremely comfortable to knit in.)
  • We have purchased some new exercise equipment for the house and they have been pretty easy to use and therefore, should be able to stay on some type of exercise schedule.
  • Other than being overweight, I seem to be in pretty good health.
  • A new president was elected, although not my candidate of choice.
  • We enjoyed a great season of plays at the Renaissance.
  • I gave my belle-soeur (french for sister-in-law) her knitted bathrobe and the Noro shawl.
  • Took a Beginning Spinning Class. (I won't be picking this up as a hobby)
  • Listened to some great books on CD which have truly made my daily commute much easier to bear.
  • Began teaching a neighbor to knit.
  • Began teaching a co-worker to crochet.
  • I have lots of finished knitting projects that I'm happy about for the year.
  • I have a good list of projects for 2009 that I'm excited about.

Whew............Hello 2009 and welcome.

December weather

It's unbelievably windy today.....maybe 40 mph winds and unseasonably warm. I think it's up to 70 degrees today and I'm wearing shorts in the house. How can you knit cold weather goodies when it's that damn hot at the end of December?

The best time to buy calendars for next year? Day after Christmas or later. 50% off yesterday at Borders, can't beat that! Maybe after the first of the year they would be 75% off but I'm happy with my 50%. Even though I'm a Palm Treo gal and I use the calendar, memo and task features ALOT, I still love my calendar book. It's 5 1/2" x 8, moleskin cover and this year I picked a beautiful red. 2 years ago it was purple and I have turned that one into a journal of some of my favorite knitting patterns. Kind of like an altered book of knitting stuff. Here's a sample.

Anyway, in addition to keeping my calendar events, I also keep a running list of knitting projects on the needles (does it help keep me focused?) and projects I would like to make. It never fails that I will think of something I'd like to make and if I don't jot it down, I will forget. I re-look at the list of future projects and sometimes decide that I don't want to make something or it reminds me that I need to cast-on because I've since purchased the yarn. In 2009, I will add a list to my Palm Treo that will include some of my favorite projects that I would like to knit again, the yarn type and how much to buy. It never fails that I'm at the LYS and I see some luscious yarn that I think would be perfect for a project that I'd like to make but my pattern is at home and I don't know how much to buy or if it's even the right weight. So, the list in my Treo (which I always have with me) would be very handy.

In 2009, I will turn 50. What a milestone. I'm actually looking forward to it although I find it strange that I'm nearly that age. Where has the time flown? I heard a statement the other day and I liked it. "Time flies and I'm the pilot." In 2009 I will try to be more cognizant of where my time flies. I know a lot of my time is used up in my daily commute (3 hours per day) but I can't really do a whole lot about that unless I move back to the city and I won't be doing that either. Otherwise, where does my time fly?

Shrug for Gracie

As I was surfing Ravelry one lazy weekend, I came across the Confection Baby Shrug and decided I just had to make it. It was suuuuper easy and looks really cute on Gracie. Picture yet to come of the model. I made mine from Berocco Comfort so it was easily washable. It took a little longer to make than I had expected but it wasn't bad and it's adorable.

I'm still working on my Best Friend's Jacket from the book The Knit Stitch. For the very first time, I had a Knitpicks cable come loose from the needle so I have to return that one. It stalled my progress on the jacket for just a little bit until I could get another cable hooked to the needle.

For Christmas this year we bought some new exercise machines for our aerobics room (aka living room). We had had our treadmill for 15-16 years and it had petered out so we decided to replace it and our old stationary bike with a new elliptical machine and a recumbent bike. Both of them are so much quieter than our old machines it's unbelievable. They were delivered this past Friday and we got on them yesterday for the first time. They're great!! So my DH and I have an exercise plan put together, one that is not so horrendous that we can't stick to I think, but one that will get us a little more heart healthy. I plan on 30 minutes @ 3 times a week, maybe a little extra on the weekends. We'll see. (I perspire as I think about all the yarn I could have purchased instead)

Both of them together in this picture:

DH putting the final touches on the bike:

The Elliptical:

Winter time knitting

I usually keep a big project for knitting at home and currently it is the Best Friend's Jacket. I almost have one side done and I'm looking forward to it's completion. Out winter's aren't usually too awfully cold in Tennessee (although it CAN be). I think the Best Friend's Jacket will be perfect for most of the winter and it needs a scarf. I made the Garter Stitch Loop-Through Scarf from the book 101 Designer one-skein Wonders. I used Malabrigo for the very first time and now I see what all the hullaballoo is about. It's wonderful to work with and very soft and smooth. I used size 7 needles and it took just under a skein of Malabrigo. The color way is Saphire Magenta.