Tuesday, January 29, 2013

On the Road Again

MOST of the Bug seems to have gone somewhere else. I'll say MOST because I still lose my voice & the damned cough comes back when I've been talking most of the day!! This is not good when you're on the phone doing Customer Service!! But, since everyone has it, had it, knows someone who has it, or had it or is now getting it, well, I can make do!

The Motorcycle School is open again. I seem to have become the Main Office Person again this year - I refuse to be Manager even though I am, I guess - and I'll be back at it FULL TIME by the second week in February when the first Students of the year arrive! This time of year is actually quite interesting & I'm so busy when I get there that the time really flies. Things are changing in the Motorcycle world. The Provincial government wants to make Training mandatory. In the meantime, it wants to extend the Learning time to a minimum of 6 months with restrictions on speed, size of motorcycle & night riding for two years. This means  EVERYONE who applies for a Motorcycle Learner's will soon be on the Graduated Licensing Program. Right now, you can get your Learner's & take your Road Test 30 days later with or without Training. They've been telling the Industry change is coming but we don't quite know when.

My Crafting time has really shrunk. Suddenly everyone who didn't file things last year is dumping old stuff on my desk! Here we go again!! But, last night, I finally started the toes of my lovely pale Phildar socks. I thought about adding pink toes in the same tone but I had tons of yarn left to do toes! I even made the legs extra long - the yardage in that 100gm ball is incredible!!! Getting in & out of the car sometimes sends a draft up the old stems so the longer leg works a charm! Will slip in a picture when the toes are cast off.

Haven't touched the Poncho Pullover in a couple of weeks. Since I got this cough, knitting with ANY rustic yarn makes me cough even more. I love the yarn I'm using & how it softens up with handling & wears forever. After coughing up a lung - I have scar tissue in my right one which aches & gives me pain from coughing - I've had to set it aside for a while or work on it outside. Too damned cold to knit outside these days!!

Time to work on something else. So, I found the bag my Ribbons top-down cardigan lives in & will work on it instead. I know I stopped working on it to make the heavy sweater for winter - actually, I wanted to participate in a KAL on Ravelry is what really happened!!! The yarn is so soft in my Ribbons cardigan, I know it won't shed as I work on it. I just don't understand why I even thought about stopping this project! It's handspun. It's soft. It smells so good! It feels so good!! I must've been nuts. Found TWO cakes of lighter grey handspun in my stash after I thought I had to find the fleece & spin more - this fleece ranged from very light grey to almost black in patches. And I spun up the very dark parts into a couple of balls to use as the cuffs & button bands. This is the sweater I should work on right now - by the time I get it finished, it'll be time to wear it.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

I'm such a lazy dawg

Actually, 4 eight hour days in a row at work, two weeks in a row just about killed me. So did the overflowing toilet, the icy stairs & all the other little things that got to me as I went back to work after 6 weeks off! I enjoyed my time off although I'm not sure if I really DID anything! Best holiday I guess .  .  . 

I have little to report in the Craft situation. The nasty bug carries on - the cough is apparently gone - I won't say that too loud just yet - AND a nasty stomach ache arrived. WILL this virus never end??? I am going to do the fruit & veggie purge thing for the next couple of weeks to try to kick it out. I've had enough!! 

In the meantime, my fingers have been too sore to do much knitting so I'm working on the same two pairs of socks, three sweaters & one tuque. I do a row or two here & there on the socks & hope something will be finished by the end of the month. I want to finish both pairs & the tuque by the middle of February at the latest since Tax Season is almost here & I won't have a lot of time when it arrives. The Poncho Pullover will get finished in it's own sweet time I guess. I'm not feeling terribly motivated at the moment & just seem to want to sleep all the time! Yes Virginia, I started taking D, C & Fish Oil again since this may just be Seasonal Affective Disorder due to the lack of sunshine. I'll let you all know if I get my Mojo back.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

How Time Flies

Just don't know where the last couple of weeks have gone!! It's got to be an AGE thing. I've been cussing everyone at all the BLOGS I follow for not updating often enough & here I am .  .  .  my only excuse is that the damn days go so fast that by the time I notice it's the day AFTER tomorrow!!  It didn't happen like that when I was 40 or 50 but now that I'm about to be 62, well, it's not fair!  I mean it takes longer just to get moving in the morning - especially if you couldn't sleep the night before - and I often have to take a nap in the afternoon or I fall asleep when I sit down to watch the 6:00 news, I need time to S-L-O-W down a bit  .   .   .  But it doesn't! And now that I'm falling down the slippery, age-related slope, I guess I'll have to find some sticky soled shoes.

So?? What have I been doing for the last couple of weeks?? Oh, knitting a little, throwing out some junque & sleeping a whole lot. Some ugly virus bit me a while back & I've been hacking ever since. I never really got SICK - I developed a sleeping sickness!! Some mornings I get up & sneeze for 10 minutes & then spend the next two hours blowing my nose & coughing up a lung. Other mornings, I'm just fine. But I get tired. The Motorcycle School called me back to work two weeks early!!! Ouch! Was not expecting that but the old bank account is excited!! I still have to pay for my On-Line excesses so back to work I went.

On the needles - well - I have two pairs of socks on the go. One is for me in lovely light, stripey Phildar yarn that ranges from palest blue to palest lavender - not my usual thing but I thought it was interesting & had to have it. I found some pink in the same light shade & may put pink toes on just for fun!! The other pair is intended to be Frankensocks - there's a couple of half balls in a dark blue with light blue here & there - looks like I'll be able to turn the heels & perhaps do part of the instep. I may just find some light blue yarn & stripe the feet. I have a couple of birthdays coming up & both people LOVE wild socks. Maybe I should just find a bright GREEN & stripe the feet.
Oho - I just traded my Hairdresser two pairs of socks for a Perm. She doesn't care what I knit since she wears them at home in the evenings when she takes off her work shoes!!! She just wants cushy, snuggly & warm socks. Another convert!!!

Still working on my Poncho Pullover from Cabin Fever! It's down to the top of my butt & needs a couple more inches before I decide whether to put fringe on it or not. I like the look of fringe but may just add the length in knitting instead because it'll be faster! and then on to the sleeves! I should be able to wear it about the time I don't need it anymore .  .  .  .

Tuesday, January 01, 2013