Thursday, June 22, 2006

Breaking News

The fearless knitter/fishingwoman is roading tripping to KC next Friday. She receives 2 days off of work and is taking 3 days of vacation. Mom is depressed so I am visiting.

But Prof. Sue I will be on your floor July 4th. Let me know what I can bring.

Everyone else, let's try and figure something out. I will be returning Thursday so that I have time to rest.

Monday, June 19, 2006


Crawlin' Yes indeed Crawlin' Oh my me.

As my friends in KC were performing their KS yarn crawl. This little knitter was doing an Appalachian Crawl. How did they differ do you ask?

1. Only two knitters went on this one compared to several knitters on the other (usually 10-20 people on the other).

2. No discounts. Don't even think about teasing me with yours. I had to hit sale bins.

3. Hillbillies were seen. Please note they had teeth missing. And no I did not make out with any. YUCK!!!!

4. Our fearless knitter is sunburned from the convertible Mazada Miata.

5. The LYS was not one of the stops.

6. New yarn shops were found and new yarn was discovered.

7. Two beers accompanied lunch. Sorry I refuse to eat at a pizza joint where their Lawrence location had a maggot coming out of the parmesan. The client says it is in the flour. I thought I had told several of you.

8. Singing was involved. Don't ask.

9. The client was called about some Bobbin Lace books and a Japanese Embroidery book. See even though I am across the country, I still try to uphold the duties of a yarn agent.

10. It all started with not a trip to a yarn store, but with a rhodendron festival. Soap and a lovely illustrated picture were purchased. But no rhodendrons were viewed. Hey I had too much other important stuff to attend to like yarn shopping. Geez.

Love ya all.

P.S. I submitted one application and started talks with a local college for an MS in Chemistry.

Sunday, June 11, 2006


Well camp stitches was awesome. I knitted a tiny Orenburg lace shawl. About 2500 stitches. I learned how to do Russian grafting and a different bindoff. I really liked the grafting and am considering doing it instead of kitchner stitch but I do worry about trying it at the end. Unfortunately my teacher lost her voice the second day. I felt bad for her, because she could not enjoy herself.

I did see Cindy of the Studio at camp. It was nice to see someone from KC. I meet two fun women from Michigan. They made my class a hoot. I also became friendly with some women from VA and two sisters from Ontario. The sisters roadtripped down. All in all most people were okay. They was one from SC who I did not care for and I had originally thought was a better knitter than she ended up being.

Did we make any purchases? Of course my faithful readers. I purchased 2600 yards of blued Superlamb lace weight, 800 yards of an orange lace weight, and some handdyed sock yarn which reminds me of fall colors. I also purchased Beth Brown-Reislen's Gansey book and a couple of Candace Eisner-Strick patterns. I was exposed to several instructors and hope to take classes from Candace, Judy Pascale, and Maureen Mason-Jamieson in the future. Lily Chin was there, but she did not impress me and actually I thought she was stuck up.

Work is getting busy. I have decided to start searching for either a lab manager position or a teaching position at a college. There are a couple of opportunities out there - Poplar Bluff and NC. I really have stressed myself out about the current job. I am not as healthy as I was this past fall. I have gained probably 20-30 pounds and am not sleeping well. I think back to why I really returned to this profession. The reasons were benefits and money. These items are important, but I did not give finding an academic position an opportunity. I am happier helping people than being in a cubicle. I do not want to return to a plant here. I have reasons which I do not think are wise to post.

I am still working on several knitted items and I will try posting during the week.

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Mission Accomplished

I have returned from Camp. I am home on my lunch hour to pick up clothes, because I am pet sitting for a friend.
I will report on Friday afternoon.

P.S. Had great time and have some great yarn.