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January, 2009:

Four days off …

And where did the time go? I had intentions of getting so much done but ….

  • I did not make it to the Swedish Institute for the opening of the Radiant Knits exhibition.
  • I did not buy yarn with my gift certificate from Bella Lana because …
  • I have not yet decided on a project for which to buy yarn.
  • I did not shop for a pair of winter boots on sale which I will need for next winter because the boots I’m wearing now are about ready to fall apart!
  • I did set up my webcam but …
  • I haven’t actually completed a videoconference with it yet because …
  • I haven’t signed up for Skype for the audio connection.
  • That’s a lot of didn’ts. What the heck did I do?

  • I went to the Saturday knitting group yesterday and was met with greetings of “Hey, Grandma! How is everyone?” (Andrea, they all send their “atta girl, good work, beautiful baby” greetings. (Yes, of course I had photos on my phone to show them.)
  • I did not work on That Hat project because I forgot to bring the pattern. So I worked on the blue “White Shawl” instead. I did, though, add both projects to Ravelry.
  • I gave myself a long, leisurely mani-pedi.
  • I had a “scent consultation” at the Aveda Institute and found my scent to be a floral jasmine-rose blend (capturing my lightness of heart, filled with contentment and cheer).
  • I visited Andrea, Brad and Eva.
  • I read a little of this and a little of that, for work and pleasure.
  • I cooked shrimp gumbo.
  • I looked in on (and fed and watered) a cat from time to time.
  • I bought firewood, hauled it into the house and built a roaring fire in the fireplace …
  • And vegged out all of Saturday night with some knitting!

And now it’s Sunday and tomorrow I go back to work. Four days off … gone just like that, without having accomplished all that much, but feeling just fine about it!

Yea …

My husband finished the chemo part of his chemo+radiation treatment today, and has his last radiation treatment tomorrow. Two more chemo cycles to go.

Announcing … Eva

Born Friday, January 16, 2009, 2:04 p.m. 6 lbs. 1-3/4 oz., 19 inches long.
Eva, Mom and Dad
Eva, Mom and Dad
Eva and Grandma K.
… and Eva and me!
She’s beautiful, healthy, she absolutely takes our breath away! As you can see, Happy Mom and Dad are doing fine, too.

Sweater for Baby

A while back I just couldn’t help myself and bought a really cute pair of khaki-colored jeans and matching shirt for Andrea’s little girl … due in a week now! I’m almost too excited to breathe!
Sweater for Baby Girl
Anyway, I had a ball of Regia sock yarn in my stash that was a perfect match. So here’s the sweater I knitted to match it. Cute, huh?
Size 12 months.

Finally! I finished the Leo!

And it fits my son. And he likes it. Which makes it all worth it. Yea!

The other big news is that I’ve found a knitting group I really enjoy … yea again! (Actually, Andrea found it.) Sometimes she goes, sometimes I go, sometimes we both go. It’s enjoyable no matter what.

It’s an interesting group … a lot of these people seem to have known each other for a long time and yet they’re very welcoming of new people. Every Saturday I’ve gone, about 8-12 people are there … and it’s been a different mix every weekend. So far there have been about 21 different people (that I can remember) who have shown up. There’s always a mix of ages, genders, skill levels. Most have a project going but some knitters just stop in to see what everyone’s doing or to sit and plan their next project. Random spectators even stop to see what’s going on. In fact, that’s how Andrea found the group.

The last two Saturdays there has been a lot of buzz about an exhibit (sponsored by the Minnesota Knitters’ Guild) at The American Swedish Institute entitled “The Bohus Tradition.”

The exhibit focuses on the history of the Swedish Bohus knitting style and the Bohus Stickning industry (1939–1969), and will feature original garments knitted in the Bohus style. This will be the first time that Bohus couture garments have been on exclusive exhibit in the U.S. since the 1964 World’s Fair in New York. The Bohus Stickning organization came into existence in the province of Bohuslän, Sweden, during the Depression era of the 1930s. During this time of financial hardship, a group of women—most married to unemployed quarry workers—sought out Emma Jacobsson, the wife of the governor of Bohuslän, hoping to find a means of supporting their struggling families.
Bohus Stickning was thus born out of need and produced beautiful hand-knitted garments while helping the women support their families financially. From Sweden, the fine knitwear designs spread internationally, including to the U.S.

One of the young women in the group is very interested in this style of knitting and brought some projects she has done in this style. Beautiful! Thank you for bringing in those examples, D.