Sunday, March 31, 2013

Car Knitting

Yesterday the family took a trip to the San Diego Safari Park.  The drive was approximately an hour there and back, the perfect opportunity to do some car knitting.

I'm working on Wingspan right now, which is a simple, garter stitch pattern with no-wrap short rows.  This is about the complexity I can manage while riding in a car.  Anything too much more than some simple garter stitch (or an easily memorized pattern) and I have to look at the pattern or stitches often enough to make myself thoroughly car sick.

I'm using Knit Picks Chroma in the Midwinter colorway.  I like the feel of the yarn and the way the color changes through the pattern.  I do find myself splitting the stitches a little too easily, but that is not uncommon for a singe ply yarn like this.  The pattern is incredibly easy, which makes not only good for car rides, but also for intense TV/movie watching.

I thought about bringing the knitting into the Safari Park with me, but reconsidered when I thought about all the dust and dirt.  I don't mind it getting on me, but the thought of it getting on my WIP was not OK.

I'm just about at the halfway point in the pattern.  Hoping to be done with it in the next week.  I'm trying really hard to finish one project before I start another (yeah, not really sure that is going to work out in the end).  Really, I want to get back to the project that I borrowed this set of needles from so that I can finish it.  My coin lace stole has been sitting around too long unfinished.  Unfortunately, I discovered a number of mistakes that will drive me nuts, so I have to frog what I have done and start over.  Oh well, such is the knitter's life.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Yarnover Truck Launches

A new mobile retail truck hit the So Cal scene yesterday, The Yarnover Truck. It's your local yarn store on wheels.  Think food truck, but with yummy yarn, which is a deadly combination for those of us that love yarn.  No longer do you have to drive to the yarn (although you absolutely should still support your brick and mortar LYS), the yarn comes to you (well, if you happen to be at one of their events). 
The truck is the the creation of Maridee and Barbra*, two long time yarn enthusiasts who met at a knitting group a few years ago.  The launch of the business is the culmination of 8 months of planning and many years of dreams.  And the launch was a great success!

 It was a warm day at Johnny Carson Park, and the weather was perfect for sitting around with fellow knitters, crocheters and even some spinners.  It was a good thing the weather cooperated, because as you can see from the picture, the girls had a long line out the back of the truck (whose name is Debbie, in honor of the fact that she used to be a Little Debbie snack cake truck). 

Once you walk up the cute, wooden steps, Debbie greets you with floor to ceiling white, wood, yarn cubbies full of such soft yarn in such vibrant colors!  (Although by the end of the launch party the cubbies were not as full as when they started, and they had almost sold out of one of the trucks custom colors.)  The added skylight provides natural light showing off the beauty of the yarn.

Just like wandering into any good yarn store, it's hard to not say, "I'll take one of everything!" If only we all had the pocketbook to support that statement.  Alas, I left with far less than that, but what I left with is wonderful and I can't wait to start projects with it.

If you are lucky enough to live in Southern California, keep an eye out on the roads . . . you may see the bright, blue truck in your area. (Of course, you can always go to their website to check out a listing of upcoming events and even make suggestions of places the truck should go.)

*full disclosure: Barbra is one of my best friends.

Monday, March 11, 2013

The Dreaded "E" Word

 I hate this word so much that I am having a hard time starting this post.  Fine, I'll just say it . . .

Exercise! (whew)

Along with knitting, almost all other activities took a hiatus while I was in school. . . and I mean all.  I basically became a couch potato, except it wasn't the TV I was occupied with, it was reading text books and writing papers. Could I have found time, 10 minutes here and there, to move more than I was . . .absolutely.  I recognize I used school as an excuse.  Now, I am paying the price.

Not only did I gain back all the weight I had worked hard to lose, but I get winded easily and my RA is worse.  Although weight loss seems like it would motivate me, it just doesn't.  Don't get me wrong, I want to lose weight, but that in and of itself is not a motivating factor.  It's really much simpler than that.

I want to feel better.

When I was working out every morning before getting the kids ready for school, I had more energy and I felt happier.  The more I moved, the less my joints hurt.  I want that back in my life.  If I lose a few pounds in the process, great.  If not, fine by me.

As of today, I am rededicating myself to moving everyday for at least 20 minutes.

I started this morning with my stability ball.  I hate that even the beginner routine had me huffing and puffing.  I'm a competitive person by nature, and I did not like that the women on the TV were not even breaking a sweat as I continually wiped my forehead.  The desire to make it look as easy as it should be is enough motivation to keep me going for now.  Furthermore, I am the kind of person that believes the Universe puts signs in front of us to point us down the right path.  Today, my daily affirmation site ( said the following:
"I lovingly take care of my body. I am in tip-top shape."

Thanks, Universe. I get it.  

Monday, March 4, 2013

Two Year Break

Well, my year of no new yarn turned in to two years of no new blog post. (insert an emoticon of your choice).  This does not translate into two years of nothingness, although I didn't get much knitting done in that time.

A year and a half ago I decided to put my social life on hold and go back to school to get my MBA.  Today, I am officially done.  Yes, with two kids and a high pressure job I decided I didn't have enough on my plate and added school.  Don't ask me how I did it, I really don't know.  I just put my head down and pushed through it.  I do know that I could not have done it without the support of my family and friends, and I am eternally grateful to them.

So, now what?  I have spent every day for the last 18 months (minus a couple weeks during the holidays each year) logging hours of researching and writing.  I'm not sure I know how not to write on a daily basis. 

Maybe that is a good thing.

I know that some of my time will go to knitting again. I can't wait to sit, knit, and not feel guilty that I should be working on a paper.  ( I put a comma after knit because I am so accustom to academic writing it does not feel natural anymore to remove it.)  Reading for pleasure is certainly a must do.  I'm half of the way through A Storm of Swords and have been for over a year.  Getting out of the house on the weekends with the family is time I will treasure. (I've only seen 4 movies in the last two years.)

But I will miss the writing. 

Not the dry, academic part (although I'm sort of a nerd that likes that stuff), but the act of writing. The sound of the keyboard as my fingers put words to page, and the feeling of searching for just the right word, the one with the right flavor.  I guess that's why I'm writing this post.  Does it mean I'm going to start blogging on a regular basis . . . maybe.

I guess I'll just have to see what the world puts in front of me next, and what inspiration I take from it.