Sunday, May 31, 2009

End of an Era

Well, here we go again. Moving. This will be the 11th time Joel and I have moved in our 8 1/2 yrs of marriage. This one is a bit different- this move is not our choice.
We've lived in this rental for the last 3 1/3 yrs. It is the only house our elder son remembers (even though it is the 5th place he's lived), and of course the same for our youngest- since we came here when he was 3 weeks old. So it's the hardest to leave. We love it, we've invested time, work, money into this home. We're sad to leave. But, as the owners need to live here (this whole economy thing is lame), we need to leave.
Now what?? We have over a month (they tried hard to give as much notice as possible), but it seems like no time at all. Where do we go? We don't have money to buy- rent prices have gone up- our family is too big for most places now...... Please pray for us- we need it!

On the upside- really, since it had to happen, I am so glad it happened now. Another month, and the time crunch b/w SS, the baby, and everything else would have been way too much. The timing works. (If I can just squeeze out knitting time to get these designs done as well....)
And, a funny thing--- DD has been saying ever since she found out I am pregnant "I can't wait to go to our new house!! When do we get to go to the new house?!". We kept saying we weren't going to a new house...... Out of the mouths of babes, huh? But then, why wouldn't she think that? We've moved with every pregnancy. Usually twice, but I'm trying really hard to forget that part.....
Back to packing.....

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Bunch o' Crazy Knitters

So registration for the Sock Summit(see button on side bar) opened at 10am PDT today. The organizers did a fantastic job- tried very hard to get the techie type people to prepare properly- and the server crashed within 5 minutes. The big, brand-new server that the techie's thought would be way way bigger than was needed......(silly techies- obviously know nothing about knitters!;-D)
It was inevitable. Really. When you have 12,000+ knitters waiting with bated breath from all around the world for the chance to get a limited number of classes...... Really, it was bound to happen. (yes, all around the world- I happen to know there are people coming from Down Under....)
They got it back up and running within an hour though!!! I think that is impressive. Of course there have been glitches and problems with it all day, and it will take a long time to get everything fully straightened out; but, wow, I really think they've done a great job! (Get more info here, it's been wild)

People actually did sign up for my class. I really wasn't expecting it, as I am probably the least known teacher that will be there! This is going to be wild. I'm excited.
Hope to see you there!!

[I know you non-knitters probably don't get all this- but really, it is a big deal, and us knitters are extremely excited. Yes, maybe we are a bunch of weirdos- nerding out about yarn and manipulating it with sticks..... but there are those that go paint themselves up and nerd out about creeping around to shoot other people with paint balls. There's a lot of odd hobbies to be involved in... I just happened to pick knitting. :-)
What's your hobby??]

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

The Best Part of Being a Mother- Part 1

As I was tucking my elder son into bed the other night, he asked me to sing "The Sunshine Song". You know, "You are my sunshine, my only sunshine...."
So I did.
At the end of the song, he asked very quietly, "Mama, am I really your sunshine?"
I said, "Yes. You do make me very happy."
He got very embarrassed, and then started crying.
"Honey, why are you crying?!"
"I don't know, Mama, I'm just so happy!"
"Okay. Goodnight, I love you."
As I blow him a kiss from the door, very quietly, he says,
"Mama? You are my sunshine too."

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Not a secret

Well, not really. These are baby bibs for a friend from church. I decided to take a break from the intense designing and just adapt a pattern really quick before the baby shower. Since I quite doubt she reads my blog :-) I figured it was safe to share this project early.

The pattern is an adaption of the baby bib pattern from "Mason-Dixon Knitting". I used the alphabet and sheep pattern from "1000 Great Knitting Motifs". It took 2 1/2 days, so probably around 4 hrs per bib. Quick, easy and fun. Instant gratification. ;-)

Now back to the intense and secret knitting........