Friday, October 19, 2007

where does the time go?

gosh, sometimes it's really hard to get time to post here... i feel like i am constantly juggling everything... GKD business, outside teaching, school volunteer work, parenting, wife-ing, the whole thing. my house is a mess - my UFOs are a mess. even taking photos of stuff seems like such a major task at times.
of course, october sucks big-time for me - being the month I lost Matthew (2o years now!). it seems especially hard this year - i expect next year will be as well. this brings to mind the time when i was volunteering at HAND -- an elderly woman came into our meeting one night at the church and i was sure she was in the wrong place until she asked if our meeting was the HAND group. During the meeting, we learned that the day would have been her son's 50th birthday. He had died at birth and she had never been able to talk to anyone about it. She had a daughter subsequently, but she had moved to the East Coast with her husband. The woman was in her 70s and a widow and alone. when she saw our meetings listed in her church bulletin, and feeling sad about this "milestone" birthday, she decided to come to the meeting.
it was good for all of us... she cried and thanked us over and over again for listening to her and letting her pour out everything she had held in for 50 years. it made us all appreciate how fortunate we were to have the group to help us through our grief.
At the end of the meeting, i also realized for myself that the sorrow will always be there, but sometimes it hurts so much, i wish it would go away.
well, on a bright note, i am about to embark on a 16-shop yarn crawl today as I work my way down to Carmel for a weekend knitting retreat put together by Full Thread Ahead. I need the time for myself - even hope to finish 1 or 2 UFOs. I'm hitting 13 shops on the way down, and 3 on the way back home on Sunday, ending up at Nine Rubies where I'll be demonstrating Knitware. anyone who hits all 16 shops is eligible for a drawing for $500 gift certificate from their chop of choice. Gee, wonder where I'll get it?

will tell you more about all of this next week..

Monday, October 8, 2007

How to get to Ravelry

Originally uploaded by GreatKnitDesigns
well... trying to see if i can get a link to Ravelry to work on my blog...

learning about blogs

it must be an age "thing" -- i just can't get into the regular blogging routine. of course, it helps that i barely have time to do everything else i need to do.

however, DH and I were discussing this and he helped me realize the trick is not to write a book for every post.

so here is a long-overdue post... catching up: exhibited at Knit & Crochet Show in Oakland last week - not happy about the financial end result at all. need to reconsider if i continue doing shows - definitely going to give up on non-local shows, that's for sure.

tried to design a sock for NR... turned out to be a major disaster. the original lace pattern was a pain to knit and difficult to size. my "homage to coriolis" turned out okay in principle, but the yarn was too dark in color and the design did not stand out and photographed poorly. Lesson learned by me and Saloni: before working a sample in a particular yarn, photgraph the yarn first and see how it turns out. for me - textured stitches need lighter yarns - only lace patts can have a chance with darker yarns.

have joined up at LibraryThing and Ravelry - time suckers, but lots of fun.

today is anniversary of Matthew's death... hard to believe it's been 20 years. how different life would have been for all of us if he had lived. BUT....

My DD Alex is my gift of life who has been the shining light in my life for 16+ years now. I am amazed that she will have her license soon - she's growing up so fast!