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I’m Still Alive!

Posted by MeTymeMN on July 14, 2008

I am in no way shape or form complaining about having a job or even specifically my job, but MAN is it hard to get back into the swing of things after being home for two years! Sometimes I’m embarrassed and feel old because I’m just pooped when I get home at night; it’s not like I have a physical job or fall into the blue-collar genre – I’m white collar and just THINK for a living for crying out loud! 🙂

Speaking of job – I absolutely love mine; I’ve been known to pinch myself in the middle of the day making sure that it’s not just a dream while simultaneously wondering what I did to deserve such blessings.  The job is great; company’s great; location is great; staff and co-workers are great…sounds almost too good to be true, doesn’t it?!

Knitting.  I almost remember what that is.  If it wasn’t for my best friend suggesting a girls’ day over the weekend it would have been a couple weeks since I even picked it up…though come to think of it I did get to do a couple hours of clickin’ and clackin’ over the 4th of July weekend when traveling to/from my in-laws in WI.  So as I type this I have 3/4 of the last row and then the bind-off on my shrug and I can block that FO and finally wear it!  I’m really pleased with how it turned out – I did it up in a soft/muted mustard-yellowish color; I’ll post pictures for sure because that description doesn’t even sound appealing. 

I’m also ashamed to say that I haven’t yet cast-on for my Summer of Lace project 😦 that started on June 21.  Ugh!  I wanted to finish the shrug before I started another lace project.  So it is my sincere desire and PLAN to case-on at some point this week, this weekend at the latest.  I don’t think it’ll take me two months to finish it (Melon Pattern Scarf), but then again I never really thought I’d go two weeks without knitting anything either!

I received my socks from my partner in the Saucy Spring Sock Swap and she included a ton of goodies and treats to compensate for being late in getting them shipped off.  Presents will always work!  You can see pictures here:

So you know that #1 graduated last month…well #2 turns 16 today!  <sniff, sniff…my baby!>  He’s living with his dad for most of the summer in order to work for his uncle (it’s only 40 miles away) in their cabinet shop; I’m all for future planning and this kid wants a car REAL bad!  Good – goals are good!

I’m fading quickly here so need to wrap this up.  Hope everyone’s doing well, and for my DE Tuesday night friends – I WILL be back, I promise!!!!!!  I miss you guys!!!


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The Winds of Change

Posted by MeTymeMN on June 19, 2008

WOW – it’s certainly been a while since I’ve posted. I have been pretty swamped over the past couple of weeks with a number of things. First and foremost: I have my first high school graduate now!!! It was a wonderful ceremony, and OF COURSE I cried. My son is extremely gifted in the voice department and has been in choir with church when he was younger and in school since the first grade. He’s made all of the “best of the best” sub-groups in the school choirs, received countless “Superior” ratings at choir competitions and even won the North Campus Idol competition in 10th grade with two of his friends. With the exception of two of the regional competitions and when his choir sang at Carnegie Hall in New York last year, I’ve taped everything he’s ever done!  Long story short, he wanted to quit choir this year, I said no, so he got himself kicked out.  I was devastated and cried for two weeks straight.  So when a few weeks before graduation the choir director extended the olive branch and asked Ryan to come back and sing with the choir at the graduation commencement ceremony…the waterworks started all over again and I walked around with a goofy smile on my face all that day! I made it through the ceremony up until the end when the choir sang America The Beautiful; then I lost it. Which made it really difficult to tape him. But even after all of this time, in a group of over 100 kids, I can still pick HIM out; I can still hear HIM among everyone else. Damn I love that boy.

The quality is not the best in either one, but here is his North Campus Idol performance (the judged performance was actually done earlier in the day and this was an open-to-the-public performance that evening): 

And this is America The Beautiful from his commencement ceremony; the band does a beautiful lead-in, but if you’re pressed for time you can skip ahead exactly 2 minutes:

So a lot of time is spent right now getting ready for his graduation party, along with attending a lot of his friends’ graduation parties. And of course dealing with all of the storm damage with the house. On top of all of that…I finally got a job (I haven’t been working for 2 years now)!! So I’m going back into the same field I was – IT – for a great company that’s in a whole different industry (which is what I wanted) and is only a 20 minute drive for me from my house! I really am so excited to start…which is next Monday (6/23), the day after said graduation party!

YOU BET I’ll be buying yarn now that I have money again – woooo hooooo!! Not going too hog wild yet because I don’t want to build up the stash I finally managed down, but it’s just a great feeling knowing I CAN if I WANT to.

My shawl is DONE!  Tooting my own horn: not too shabby; I can’t wait to wear it.     

Then I’ll cast on here for my Seasons of Lace: Summer of Lace item, the Melon Pattern Scarf; excited to get that started as well. I’ve got a shrug on another pair of needles right now as well, and that’s as much as I can do all at one time otherwise I’ll be too mentally overwhelmed – especially with all of the other non-fiber-related things going on.

I finished my Saucy Spring Sock Swap socks…not the ones that I had posted about earlier because those were FAKE! Well the SOCKS were real, but those weren’t really the ones for my partner because my partner in this swap ended up being my best friend! She’s even the one who picked out/up the yarn for me at Yarnover (unbeknownst to her of course)! So I had to pretend that the socks I made with the yarn she picked up for me were THE socks for the swap. In the meantime I’m scrambling to make another pair with completely different yarn I went out and purchased, but I can’t blog about it because she reads my blog!!! I had to be vewy vewy sneaky. Thankfully she WAS surprised that it was ME and seems to truly love the socks and goodies that I sent along. You can see pictures of everything out on her blog.  It’s probably also a good thing that it turned out this way – having made two pairs – because the partner who is making the socks for me hasn’t sent them yet (deadline was June 6); she says she plans on getting them done/sent – and I certainly hope so – but just in case I at least DO have a pair I can wear.

I started blogging while I was unemployed and home all day, and it is my sincere desire to keep doing it after I go back to work again…but I’m also realistically expecting that it won’t be as much or as often. I sure will have lots of great things to blog about here over the summer though, so I hope you’ll stay tuned!

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Just some Hump Day babbling…

Posted by MeTymeMN on May 14, 2008

The sun has been out all day today…that’s a first for a little while now.  It’s a good thing.  I definitely need the sun; it definitely affects my mood.  I spent a good portion of the afternoon here, working on my lace shawl.  I still love it – not just this shawl but lace in general.  If it wasn’t for the constant up and down to chase a cat who’d snuck down the stairs and out into the yard (and all 3 of them tried it at least once), it would have been a very peaceful, lazy yet productive afternoon.  But I’m certainly not complaining – it was still great time spent outdoors in the sun and warmth! 

 Speaking of sun and warmth, Lazareth (that’s what I named my Fern Leaf Peony) has been thriving with all of the rain and sparatic sun.  Can you see the actual BLOOMS he’s sprouting now?!  You’ll most likely need to click on the picture to enlarge it a little to actually see them. 

I don’t know if any of you see this, but I really do believe that spring growth is slow to come this year; maybe it’s just a mid-west thing.  Even the annuals selection in the nurseries are pretty sparse right now – you can get geraniums, pansies, impatiens, begonias; the pretty basic standard stuff.  But the snapdragons, salvia, even the zinnias aren’t out yet (at least not in my neck of the woods), and ‘we’ were just warned that it’s still too cold at night to plant the tomatoes and to wait until at least after the 15th.  The most poignant indicator, though, is that there still haven’t been any great deals advertised yet.  Sure there are sales, but nothing terribly spectacular.  Probably because the choices are still so limited.  Being born without the patience gene, it’s tough for me not to just get out there are start filling all my pots and hanging baskets (which I typically make myself vs. buy pre-arranged).  So I compromised and just went ahead and bought one so I can look at something right now.  Yep – made sure it was a damn big one!  Unfortunately, the ‘shepherd hook’ I bought just about bent in half when I hung this hummer on there, so I had to move it to the back – on the big sturdy hook – which messes everything up because it’s a sun-loving arrangement and everything in the back is either predominantly for shade or a shade/sun mix.  So I’ll need to think about this one some more. 

“Of course they’re mocking us…they know the screen’s there!”

The finches are around in droves now – it’s great!  Not only are they all so beautiful and colorful, but they provide hours of entertainment for the “girls”…which then provides entertainment for the humans!  There have been a few times where we thought the cats were going to go right through the screen in order to play with them.  The two in the picture are the extremely lazy ones – you pretty much have to bring everything directly to them in order to engage them in play!  And they’re the two that need the exercise – just look at Zoey’s butt!  Of course I really can’t talk…but that’s why I don’t put my butt in pictures and then on the internet. 🙂

This was at 6:30 this morning, apparently “resting” before heading to school.  Madison’s not a lap cat at all, and only rarely with either of the kids…so we like to capture these adorable moments when we can!

Graduation announcements are being printed and hopefully we’ll get them addressed and in the mail by Monday.  I had thought about doing labels, but I think the graduate here should address them by hand; make it a little more personal.  Tomorrow we’re off to have him take a college entry/placement assessment, and then try to put together a resume – there is a summer job opening at his father’s place of work:  16 hours a week doing image scanning, copying, collating, etc., $11-13/hour (almost twice what he’s making now and about 4 times as many hours in a week), and he can pretty much define how those 16 hours play out (2 8-hour days, 4 4-hour days, etc.).  Hell, *I* thought about doing it!  I can knit while I’m watching the copier spit out.

8:37pm and still much to do tonight.  Have a great week everyone!

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Remember Elusive #15?

Posted by MeTymeMN on May 7, 2008


NO MORE, SISTA!!  Bye bye.

On the subject of garter snakes, the University of Minnesota says, “Remember that garter snakes are harmless to you and your pets and should not be killed.”  Uh-huh…

Okay, enough about death – onto LIFE!


Lets take a look at beautiful, living, GROWING things:


Not only is my precious peony still coming back from the assumed-dead, but see that little weed-looking thing to the right of it?  Haven’t seen that for 2 years; we assumed it died at the end of the ’06 season.  It escapes me exactly what it is, but you can tell it hadn’t surfaced last spring when we planted the peony or we wouldn’t have planted it so close!

My lace continues to prosper as well.  I’m so amazed by how “old” lace is and how “alive” it still is today; some of the more popular patterns I’ve seen go back hundreds of years!  I for one am very glad this style has survived.

My shawl is about 25% done.  Something finally just clicked for me and I’m clippin’ along much more quickly (though not fast) and with almost no errors – I even managed to do an entire pattern repeat WHILE watching TV last night and only had one little oops that I noticed right away when I’d made it.


That said…off to go work on it for a little while before the chillens get home.  Have a great day, everyone!

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Where Does The Time Go?

Posted by MeTymeMN on May 3, 2008

With today being May 3rd, that means 1 month and 3 days until my son graduates high school. There are surprisingly mixed feelings with this – of the “I can’t believe my first-born baby is already graduating high school” to “this day can’t come soon enough!” It must be tough for him being only 17 but knowing EVERYTHING. Regardless of how I’m feeling on any given day about this subject, there is one irrefutible fact that remains constant: I am WAY too young to have a high school graduate. 🙂

So needless to say I’ve been quite busy trying to get this ready for the big day.  Understand, however, that he cares not a bit about all of the hoopla – not the ceremony, graduation party (other than he’s excited about gifts of money…sigh), senior pictures, senior day – none of it.  I’ll spare you all the lack of motivation in the “what I’m going to do after I graduate” headache.  But one thing I will point out is senior pictures – they were taken quite a while ago and we went in again yesterday to view the proofs and decide what we wanted.  He doesn’t care about handing out pictures to friends, so between his dad and I we figured 2 8x10s, 8 5x7s, the minimum-purchase of 24 wallets and 8 proofs in a little binder (I’m making the graduation announcements/party invites myself and his God Father is printing them all up).  Working that order a number of different ways (packages vs. ala carte vs. a combination of both), the bare minimum we would spend is $541; that’s with a 10% discount and before tax.  Over my dead body.  If I made $500,000 a year I would not pay that much for those pictures.  They’re good, but they’re not great.  My son, I, his dad and step-dad all decided that we’ll take some pictures ourselves on the digital camera, run them through PhotoShop and have them printed somewhere.  I – who always pays for convenience – am stunned that people actually fork out that kind of dough!  It was $78 for ONE 5×7.  That’s just…rape.  So I now have a couple additional to-do’s in the graduation department, in a very short period of time here.

Today is Prom day.  For four years he has gone to school functions/dances (Homecoming, SnoDaze, Sadies, Prom) with “the gang;” his 4 or 5 closest friends.  We’d all get together the morning of and have the kids hand-make their corsages and boutonnieres, all re-group again to do pictures, sometimes the parents would slam a few after the kids had left wondering how they’re going to make it on their own someday… this time, however, my son is going to Prom with a friend (this will actually be the first time going to a dance without the same girl/girlfriend he’d had for a few years), as just friends, and here it is the morning of and he still doesn’t know what time dinner is at, who’s driving, where or if they’re all getting together for pictures beforehand.  I’m only the mom here, but I’m bummed; I miss the gang doing this together.  He was so adamant about going to Prom his senior year, but even he admits it’s just not the same this time without the whole gang going.  Some don’t have girlfriends anymore, or one’s ex-girlfriend is now another’s girlfriend so of course there’s tension there; still, I hope he gets a little more excited as the day wears on as this is his last Prom.

<Ooooooh – my wonderful husband just handed me one of his to-die-for bloody mary’s…he must be sensing some of my sadness.  Love!!> 

In between all of that and job interviewing, I’ve managed to get a few things done in the fiber department:


The two above are back and front shots of a washcloth done in Tunisian Crochet.  If you’re not familiar with it, think of Tunisian Crochet as a combination of knitting and crocheting:  each row is actually a series of two steps, where stitches are picked up and held on the needle across from right to left, and then crocheted off on the way back from left to right.  This particular pattern was done using a double ended crochet hook and two colors.  The washcloth was a refresher project for me before I start on a baby blanket.


Then I finally finished my Saucy Spring Socks for the swap I’m in; love the way they turned out and can’t wait to make another pair!  This pair was done in Dream In Color Smooshy.





After refreshing my memory on Tunisian Crochet, I hopped over to doing Tunisian Entrelac; I hadn’t done this technique before so used this bag as my starter project – something entrelac and done in the round.  This is all leading up to the project I eventually will dive into here in the next couple of weeks. 



Lastly, and most exciting for me right now anyway, I started my lace class at Double Ewe.  I was prepared for a learning curve; I was prepared for patience; I was prepared to learn how to read charts.  I’ve done lace before, but what I really wasn’t prepared for was using lace-weight yarn.  That really takes getting used to.  I find myself going very very slowly knitting this up, and move my life line often!!  I’ve already ripped back a couple times because I couldn’t find where my mistake happened (which I can only assume was a dropped YO when I was on a purl row).   The other thing that has me intrigued is how it looks now vs. how it will look once it is blocked; quite a difference.  When I really stretch this out I can start to see the pattern it’s supposed to look like when it’s finished.  I can see myself getting hooked on this!  But being a newbie at this point, it’s definitely something I can’t do while I’m trying to watch TV or carry on a conversation; I need quiet so I can concentrate.  Needless to say I barely have the opportunity to work on it in this house! Wait…wait… husband appears to be gearing up to go power-wash the deck; that should give me at least a couple hours of relative quiet. So I’m off!!

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