Sunday, February 6, 2011

I am complicated...

but yet mostly profoundly simple. I am quick to smolder but slow to combust, yet volatile when I do. I am almost never lonely because I enjoy (and sometimes crave) my own company. There are things I regret, but not so much that it debilitates me. I fear many things, sometimes to my detriment. I have loved and hopefully been loved. I am faithful to those who show me loyalty in return. I would walk through fire for my loved-ones. Betray me and sadly I'm not quick to forgive. My feelings get hurt easily. Some say it is the Pisces influence. Most of the time, I know exactly who I am. I feel other people's pain deeply, sometimes more than my own. I procrastinate...alot. I am tactile. I need to touch things to understand them. I am a daughter, a granddaughter, a niece, a sister, an aunt, a cousin, a fairy godmother, a friend. I wear many hats...some with feathers, sparkles, parrots, Pittsburgh emblems, but whichever one I am wearing at any given time, I wear with joy.

But above all, I am a dreamer and that's what keeps me going every day. I am thankful I was never told to get my head out of the clouds, because the view is much nicer from up here. I wake up in the morning thinking today could be the day. The day for what I don't know. Love? Winning the lottery? Laughing until I cry? Feeling that rare, fleeting moment of complete and utter contentment? Finding the perfect yarn on sale? Running into Bruce Campbell filming an episode of Burn Notice? Who knows? The possibilities are endless...

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

I Won't Be Home For Christmas

Well, I survived my first Christmas spent in Florida. I have woken up under the same roof as my Mother on Christmas day for 43 years. I guess it was inevitable that it would end. But I survived it and had a good time with Florida cousins and my sister on Christmas Eve and with just my sister on Christmas Day. We woke up early, opened presents, played Wii, watched lots of t.v. and went to the movies. I'm lucky to have an awesome sister! What did I miss about Christmas in PA, you ask? The, friends, presents from Santa. What didn't I miss? Snow, cold, viruses...Yes it's possible to get sick in Florida, but somehow it doesn't seem so bad when it's not 4 degrees outside. We did have a little cold spell, about 35 degrees at night for a few days. I knitted alot but didn't finish my socks until after the cold spell was over...of course. Until the socks and the yummy 3 Irish Girls Adorn Sock Yarn , I was in a time-out with my knitting.

We decided to see other people. Not sure what my knitting got up to during our time out but I was cheating with my new Kindle...until I discovered that I could upload knitting patterns on my kindle and then there was a serious kindle/knitting three way going on. Now I mainly read in the morning and on my lunch break and do my knitting at night! It's like being in a plural marriage, everyone must take their turn and it's all on a schedule! (Can you tell I've been seeing the previews for Big Love recently?) (BTW...The sock pattern is Tidal Wave Socks by Deby Lake. You can find it at and the yarn is Adorn Sock Yarn in colorway Georgia Peach from 3 Irish Girls

Friday, January 22, 2010

Stupid Things I Do

So this morning I decide I'm really hungry for cream of chicken and waffles so as I'm preparing said delight, Annabelle decides she's hungry again. So I get her canned dog food ready and pop it into the microwave for a few seconds to take the chill off. When I pull it out of the microwave instead of dumping it into her waiting food bowl, I dump it into my pan of soup. Eff my life.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Dogs, Dilemmas, and Denial

So my dog has been having health problems for the last few months which has created alot of stress in my life both out of worry for my Annabelle and out of concern for my wallet. This has activated alot of stress behaviors that I thought were gone forever but apparently they were just buried deep in my psyche. Luckily though, eating isn't one of those behaviors (and we won't get into what they actually are because you don't want to know.) Since I started knitting and crocheting I'm much better about not just going to the kitchen and whipping up some chocolate chip cookie dough and eating the whole batch. Instead I crocheted a lap top bag and a little bird ornament and started a dumpling bag.

This stress also came in handy at Christmas time when I successfuly completed 5 Queen Anne's lace scarves, 2 hat & scarf sets, 2 more hats, 4 snowmen, 2 coffee cup cozies and 1 pair of socks all in the period between about October and the week before Christmas. This is a record for me. I don't think I have ever been this productive in my knitting and crocheting life. The only problem with using knitting and crocheting as a stress outlet is the need to buy more yarn which brings me back to the wallet dilemma. So I am forced to buy cheap craft store yarn, which really isn't all that cheap, instead of the beautiful yummies that can be found at my local yarn stores. Plug for my favorites: A Stichers Haven in Plantation, Florida and The Yarn Shoppe in Aventura (Miami), Florida There is nothing better than browsing a yarn shop and seeing all the possibilities that can be created with your needles and hooks.

My job is going pretty well. It was pretty slow over Thanksgiving and Christmas which also gave me alot of time to knit and crochet, but is picking up now and I will be working full-time probably through mid-April. I really need to find a full-time job with benefits, though, because I am in serious denial about the consequences of ignoring my own health issues because of monetary concerns. Ahhh, more stress you say. Yes, more stress and more knitting and/or crocheting to deal with it!

Stress can be an ugly, destructive thing but it can also force you to deal with it in ways that are positive and constructive which is what I choose to do. I won't lie though and say the negative behaviors don't creep in because they do but I try to push them aside and focus on being creative.

Well that's all for now campers. My fingers are itching to pick up my knitting and my dog is pathetically crying to me to be fed and/or walked and/or snuggled and/or played with.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

My new love of crocheting has inspired me to create some more patterns. See my newest creation below.

By Judi Rae Kesner

Size I hook
Worsted weight yarn

I didn’t do a gauge, so crochet with caution and use a size hook to make it the size you want. This fits an average adult female head using an I hook.

Rnd 1: Ch 4, sl st in first ch to join,
Rnd 2: Ch 3, 15 dc in ring, sl st to 3rd ch from beginning ch 3 to join
Rnd 3: Ch 4, *dc in next dc, ch 1. Rep from * around, sl st in 3rd ch of beg ch 4 to join. (15 spaces)
Rnd 4: Sl st in next sp, ch 3, 1 dc in same sp, 2 dc in each sp around, sl st in 3rd ch of beg ch 3 to join. (30 sts)
Rnd 5: Ch 3, dc in next st, 2 dc in next st, *dc in next 2 sts, dc in next st. Rep from * around. (40 sts)
Rnd 6: Ch 3, dc in each st around. Slip st to join. (40 sts)
Rnd 7: Ch 3, dc in next 2 sts, 2 dc in next st, *dc in next 3 sts, 2 dc in next st. Rep from * around to last dc. Slip st to join. (50 sts)
Rnd 8: Ch 3, dc in each st around. Slip st to join. (50 sts)
Rnd 9: Ch 3, dc in next 3 sts, 2 dc in next st, *dc in next 4 sts, 2 dc in next st. Rep from * around. Slip st to join. (60 sts)
Rnd 10: Ch 3, dc in each st around. Slip st to join (60 sts)
Rnd 11: Ch 3, dc in same st, *sk 2, 3 dc in next st (Shell). Repeat from * around to last 2 sts, sk 2, dc in 1st st to make last shell. Sl st to 3rd ch of beg ch 3 to join. (60 sts. 20 shells)
Rnd 12: Ch 3, dc in same st (should be middle st of shell below), *sk 2, 3 dc in next st. Rep from * around to last 3 sts. (Making a shell in the center st of each shell below), sk 2, dc in 1st st of round to make last shell. Sl st to 3rd ch of beg ch 3 to join. (20 shells)
Repeat Rnd 12 four more times.
Rnd 17 & 18: Ch 1, sc in each st around. Sl st to first st to join. On row 17 fasten off.

Feel free to use this pattern for any charity purposes. You may not sell this pattern or any item made from it for personal profit.

Version 11/16/09 with corrections

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Knitting ADD, Crackberries, and Being a Stranger in a Strange Land

I started another new project on Sunday, a baby sweater for my friend's granddaughter, who was born on March 20th. Beautiful little Katie will be getting a blanket and a sweater from me hopefully before she finishes college. At the rate I'm going the sweater is not going to fit her until then anyway. What started as a baby sweater has quickly turned into a toddler sweater. Mostly because of my loathing of knitting a gauge swatch. (OK not mostly, completely.) I feel like it's such a waste of time to do the swatch. It's knitting without anything to show for it. "But it's not a waste of time," you say. "It's a necessary step to creating a perfect completed object." Yeah, yeah, yeah...I know this logically. But the ADD Knitter in me (you know the one that makes me start project after project without completing any of them) takes over my brain and throws logic out the window. At any rate, I vow to finish these two projects in the next 2 weeks. I think this is a reasonable goal as I am 75% finished with both things. But I really want to start a coin lace stole!....Aaack! Somebody stop me! ADD Knitter is back in my brain! Do I have an evil alter ego? Are aliens taking over my brain? Stay tuned. You will learn the answers to these and many more questions in a later episode.

My blackberry. How did I ever live without it? I think I was probably a much happier person not being obsessed by checking it all the time. But I love it. It's so small and cute and pink. It lets me check Facebook, Ravelry and Twitter at any time or any place I want. I do try really hard not to be rude about it when I'm with other people but it's not easy. I resisted text messaging for so long. "What's wrong with actually talking to people," I said condescendingly. Now it's my primary method of communication. I laughed when people called them Crackberries but now I see why. It really is like a drug. It calls me, yearningly, to pick it up..."Just check your email," it says. "Or how about Facebook?" It silently whispers. "Just once. No one will know." Alter ego? Aliens? Or just me with absolutely no will power what-so-ever? I think we can all guess the answer to that question.

I am a stranger in a strange land. I am a small town girl from Pennsylvania transplanted to this frenetic, insane place. I have lived in other places; Pittsburgh, Washington DC, Virginia Beach but nothing compares to South Florida. I thought it would be very southern here, that the pace would be slower. I was wrong. There really is an energy here that's exciting and scary all at the same time. The traffic is like nothing I've experienced. Everyone drives like they're on their way to a fire and then they pull their cars over wherever they want. I am constantly seeing people pull over and stop on medians and in turning lanes and just sitting there. But out of their cars, people are very friendly and seem quite reasonable for the most part. I am meeting alot of really nice people in my new knitting groups-The Hollywood Divas and The Sweet Stitchin' Betties. You can always count on knitters to make you feel less like a stranger (not less strange-we are a weird and eclectic group!) and more like you belong.

So to sum up, I am going to complete my 2 baby projects if I remain in my right mind, my Crackberry is an addiction, and knitters rock! Tune in next time. Same bat time. Same bat channel.(OK not the same bat time probably.)

Friday, April 10, 2009

The Reassigned Baby Blanket, Job Searching and the Mysteries of My Knitting Life

I am knitting a baby afghan that started as a gift for a co-worker's daughter. Then I found out that the daughter of one of my best friends was having a baby so I reassigned it to her. The trouble is she had the baby (a beautiful little girl named Katy) and I'm still not done. Why am I such a procastinator? Do I crave the stress of unfinished projects? Do I really like to knit? Or am I just lazy? My answer to these and many questions is IDK, No, Yes, Probably. My inability to finish this baby blanket (and my top down sweater) will likely remain a mystery. Hopefully with the help of my new knitting buddies (Hi Hollywood Knitting Divas!) I will start to complete some projects.

I moved to South Florida recently from Virginia Beach and have been looking for a job. Job Searching-yuck. That is all that subject deserves to have said about it.

My new knitting group rocks! I'm so glad that I dragged myself out of the house on Wednesday night to meet the ladies at the Starbucks on Sheridan. I had so much fun. They were so welcoming and fun. This is what I imagined a good knitting group would be like. Talking about knitting; families; life; with little held back and alot of laughs. I look forward to alot more crazy nights at the Starbucks!