Thursday, May 08, 2008

Well, that was unintentional.

Wow, I sure didn't set out to ignore the blog for a month and a half, but life is wonderful and strange like that. Hell, I haven't even kept up with my Ravelry page, so don't feel too neglected. Anyway, I have been up to a few things, none of which is finishing any of my projects, but all of which are really positive steps in acheiving my new years resolution of making my life work for me.

First, I changed jobs. Back in whenever the hell that was (probably January), when I was griping about my job, I said I was going to do one of two things. Either I was going to make the job I was in work better for me and my life or I was going to get a better job that would work better for me and for my life. By March I had done about all I could at my old job to better my situation and there was no sign that the changes I had made were going to make a damned bit of difference. When a much better offer came along, I completed my commitments at the old job and took a few weeks off in between jobs for some decompression. My "vacation" I had taken earlier in the year was used to get a bunch of dental work done and I ended up in pain or sick the whole time, so I could hardly count that as a vacation.

For a few weeks I knit, caught up on some podcasts, caught up on some husband time, petted the much neglected cats, played with the hammies and bought a bicycle. I love my bike. Now I just have to move somewhere flat so I can ride it. I really didn't think about that, no, I did not. I took it out for a spin near Zoo Atlanta. It was a beautiful spring day, the cherry trees were in bloom, and I nearly burned out the brakes trying to control the extreme downhill death ride that took me, screaming, to my destination. Then, just as the Yarn Harlot wrote, you realize that you aren't at your destination, you're only halfway there. The uphill ride back to the car took what felt like hours, me pedaling until I was just short of having my legs burst into flame, then resting until I could ride a few more feet. Needless to say, I am now scouting out long stretches of flat road, preferably in out of the way areas without traffic.

Realizing this was yet another reality check regarding my fitness level (because the scale readings weren't enough, I guess) I joined a really great gym and got a Personal Trainer that I really like. Yup, just like Oprah. And everyone in Dunwoody. And although working out cuts into precious knitting time, I think the benefits will outweigh the drawbacks. After all, the lighter 50lb boxes seem to me, the more of them I can fill with yarn and stuff in the car, right? So this is my plan. Lift weights, knit, cook. OMG, I am actually cooking again. I have the time.

Another thing I had to do was break up the hammies. The Khans, it seems are loners. We went through I don't know how many rounds of antibiotics to get them straight, but neither Genghis nor Kublai will ever come into direct contact with another hamster again. The other guys do fine together, so they stay that way. And yes, for those of you who will want to know, they have names, too. Ogadai, Chinua and Hai-Shan who we call Arrowhead. My clone Doug knit them a yurt. No lie. Here it is.

And here are the hammies with it. Sorry Doug, they only see it as a chew toy.

Now if you don't think that's cute, you don't know from cute. Doug, you rock!

So there has been no finishing of projects, but there has been much knitting. And you all know that that means that at some point there was a festival of casting on. I am totally reconciled to it, and feel no guilt whatsoever. In fact, I am casting off a shawl I started recently as we speak, and I may cast on again before I am finished. I am just that crazy. This thing hasn't even been put on Ravelry! Taunting the gods, I am. Ya ha!

I am completely ignoring Mission Possible 2008 in favor of cultivating skills as a dilettante. I have cast on, knitted and am casting off the Lotus Blossom Shawl, which was a pattern I had ignored for years. My own lack of imagination was the culprit, as I was unable to see past the ugly pictures used in the pattern packaging to the beauty possible if the right yarn was used. And I am using the right yarn.

Jojoland Melody Superwash color 20, which is actually slightly less pinky/blue and more red/blue than shown. Still, supremely awesome. I am also using a picot cast off instead of the sucky bobble cast off. Bobbles just shouldn't exist.

Went to see the Yarn Harlot with HappyGoth. And Claudia, Jane, Knitwitch, the Warlock, Hockeymom, and everyone else. But me and HG were hanging out in the first row, not drinking beer, but still having a great time.

She and I are knitting matching socks, because the yarn is cool and because we are giant dorks. Stephanie revelled in our dorkness. Which is immense.

She even took a picture of me in my Irtfa'a shawl to send to Tina of BMFA. I was really flattered. After she took my picture I realized I was wearing it inside out. Immense. Dork.

At some point in the mix I knitted that Felted Clog pattern from Fiber Trends. I must say that at the point just before they were felted I had little confidence in the pattern. Here they are in their Seussian glory, modelled for us by the lovely Nell and her daughter Haley.

And the amazing after shot.

The pattern works in a miraculous sort of way. Well, I guess I did finish a project after all.

And, somewhere in there, I won Claudia's sock naming contest along with Snarky Katie! I won Koigu. Gorgeous, wonderful, Koigu.

The break I took was really good for me, although not intended to be as long as it was. Had I tried to write before now, I'm sure I would have written total crap, so I have saved us all from that. And I'm ready to work a bit of blogging into my new schedule. Thanks for being patient!


turtlegirl76 said...

Good to see you back and rejuvenated! Good for you on the new job! That's wonderful for you!

Jane said...

I was just thinking of you today. Glad to see things going so well for you, and hope to see you in person on Sunday.

toni in florida said...

So glad you're well and happier and, um, back in the blogosphere. I was worried that you'd succumbed to the evil ides of your last post. Looking forward to reading of your new life in future posts.

Knits4Bears said...

If you want a nice even place to ride your bicycle you need to visit the Silver Comet Trail. It's mostly on a old railroad bed and a very easy ride and you can go for miles without really killing you legs! Plus the scenery is really nice.

Dianne said...

I'm glad you're back! Love the video of the hammies. I need a hammie. (No, I don't) Yes, I do!

Janice in GA said...

Excellent to hear that things are going better! Which model of that bike did you get? We're just back from taking the dogs to the beach, and I'm APPALLED by how sore I am just from the walking. Jeezopete.

Silver Comet Trail IS a good ride. Just don't do what I did the last time and think riding out to Rockmart and back if you haven't been riding regularly. Luckily, my riding companion was a strong rider, and I was able to draft behind him and make it back. But it was a week before my ass stopped hurting.

Kim said...

Yay! Chicken Goddess is back! I love your hammies and their little yurt and your shawl and your felted clogs and insert whatever I've forgotten here. We've missed you!

Gotta Knit! said...

Welcome back!

Congrats on the new job!

Hammies are just to cute.

Love the Nell & Halley pre-felt photo.

Knit Witch said...

Wow......I thought you had fallen off the earth girl. I thought I was lax in the blogging dept. because of moving (and also (happily) quitting my job) but now I don't feel nearly as bad!!!

Welcome back and those were some great pictures!

I second the comment about the Silver Comet Trail. Don't make the same mistake the warlock and I made though by riding out 10 miles and THEN realizing "Oh yeah, that's only half our destination". Wow, we had some SORE asses that day!!!!

Lyle (Finn O'Flaharty) said...

OK, I admit I'm a bit late in reading blogs, but I have to say that I love the yurt.
Of course, the fact that i enjoy our "little" yurt may have something to do with that. ;)