Saturday, August 28, 2010

"what was I thinking??"

I was looking through the GAAA book earlier today trying to decide on a first square so I am ready when the yarn arrives (hopefully on Monday). I was thinking to myself, what have I DONE? These patterns are really hard and I have only just learned cable knitting.

A few hours later I got on my computer and came across one of my very favorite quotes. It helped a lot:

"Until one is committed there is always hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative and creation, there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: The moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising to one's favor all manner of unforeseen accidents and meetings and material assistance which no man could have dreamed would come his way. Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it."
-Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

The only way I will not succeed is if I don't begin- or give up somewhere along the way. So there. I'm truly committed. 

(experienced cable/chart knitters, get ready for a slew of questions!!!)

quick one

Started a Twitter account today for Funkaknits, oh and the afghan yarn has been shipped!

one of my favorites:


Thursday, August 26, 2010

Commitment Made

So the book arrived this afternoon and after a bit of reading I figured out how much yarn would be needed.


Yes, you did in fact read that right. I just placed an order for 60 balls of yarn, or 6600 yards for a single project. Yes, I am freaking out a little. This afghan (will be bedspread by the time it's all over) is a huge commitment!

What it boils down to is 30 12" squares.
The book has 24 squares so I'm going to have to find patterns for 6 more squares that are equally as awesome. If anyone has a suggestion of afghan squares you just LOVE please feel free to post them!

What I've been working on this week:

These hats have been so relaxing to make while hanging out in the evenings , watching a movie with my husband. Both of my girls just love them although I guess they look a little silly wearing Pumpkin hats 2 months before Halloween. It's got me thinking about what other fruit and veggie hats I can knit!

On the family front, both of my girls were allergy tested yesterday. The eldest was diagnosed with a mild cat allergy- totally doable. While our youngest, well here is the list:

house dust
eggs (yolk and white)

There are still more tests to be done in the future.
Yesterday we came home with an epipen and four pages of foods V can't eat. Feeling very overwhelmed I got on Amazon and found a few cookbooks that looked promising. I'll probably order this one first and go from there. I'd love to hear other experiences of having children with allergies. Please forward my blog on to anyone you think might have advice or experiences to share!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

waiting for mail

Well, it's official. I've just ordered the Great American Aran Afghan (GAAA) book from Amazon and now it's just a matter of waiting for my mail person to deliver it!

The yarn that's been chosen by my sister and her new husband (the afghan is a wedding gift) is Twilight from KnitPicks.

Stay tuned for the arrival of my new book...