Happy Thursday everybody! I'm behind on blogging (posting, not reading so much). And behind on sleeping, losing weight, eating right, and cutting back on coffee. But if I don't blog about it then there's really no record of it, right? ha
Okay, so what are we up to?
Last weekend was our trip to Lawrence and the Yarn Barn. A swift reminder, truly, that the babies are not ready for a weekend in Las Vegas. Ugh. We basically carted two tornado sirens from place to place trying to depart as gracefully as possible from each location that was being tormented. I visited the Yarn Barn. I saw some stuff. I took no pictures. It's really a very unimpressive storefront and the inside... yarn. You've seen yarn. Plus the camera battery is wanting to end its life in a violent way. Being flung into the Diaper Genie (or on a railroad track) would be a fitting demise for how I'm feeling toward the camera (its battery really) at this time.
The camera, however, did manage to capture this darling picture of Emeline smelling the flowers along the sidewalk on the charming street where the Yarn Barn is located (on demand.... "Emeline, smell that flower again so I can take a picture if the camera will do it for me..."):
This was taken in front of a fascinating looking FABRIC STORE... which I did not go into. I just didn't see the point. The babies terrorized Daddy, every customer at the Yarn Barn, and the entire city of Lawrence with their wailing while I tried to browse at the Yarn Barn. It was not pleasant for any of us, really, because we were so paranoid about the torture everyone around us was surely enduring.
Was it really that bad? Umm..... it's hard to be objective when you expect your children to behave perfectly pleasant and look adorable and smile and wave and say "Hi!". It wasn't possible for me to relax because, yes, they did spend a good bit of time literally screaming. Emeline doesn't want to ride in the stroller. Emeline wants to go "this way"... no "that way"... no she wants to run around in the Yarn Barn ripping yarn off every shelf and digging her hands into boxes of silk roving and looking at books and saying, "hey, look at that!" as she gives a spinning wheel a twirl... and Lila Pearl is wailing if you turn your back on her because SHE wants to be doing everything that Emeline is doing!! It really was a crazy crazy plan.
And we're all enduring TERRIBLE TERRIBLE ALLERGIES along with the rest of the people in our hemisphere.
Let's see... what else.... (can you bear to read anything else after all this complaining?)...
I'm an official employee of Michael's Craft Stores. And now I have to figure out what in the world I think I'm doing trying to claim that I could teach anyone anything. I have ideas, I have skills of some kind, I don't know everything.... I'm reading Knitting Without Tears as fast as I possibly can. Will it give me any useful wisdom? No, I think wisdom is gained from experience. That's what this will be.... an experience. ha But I'm still reading KWOT as fast as I possibly can, just in case some of Mrs. Zimmerman's wisdom can rub off on me.
My first class, for sure, will be an introduction to lace and the class project will be a feather and fan scarf. Is that a good introductory lace project?? I have no idea, really. It's actually more of a techniques class because there's no way that anyone on earth is going to finish a feather and fan scarf in ... I dunno... two hours? I need to get a lot of stuff together in my head pretty darn quick. And really I won't be able to do very much at first because I need a little more time for planning and making some class/store samples. The Introduction to Lace class will be held during May, and I'm thinking about trying to plan one more class for the month of May.... like maybe.... Introduction to Cables? I've done less thinking on that one. It's more likely that I'll finally pick up Mason Dixon Knitting and do a bath mat or dish cloth class or something of that sort using cotton yarns. Possibly baby kimono? Not sure because I don't have the book! BAD BAD ME!!! I could do a class featuring different things you can DO with the cotton yarns... bath mat, baby kimono, dish cloths.... pick your poison? Michael's has a surprising variety of yarn that I would use for a variety of projects. There's one that's the bolero sweater Lolly showed last week some time using that great looking transitioning yarn - I saw the yarn on the shelf and picked it up because that's what knitters do - we pick up pretty yarn and examine the fiber conetent... and I said to myself, "Oh, hey here on the ball band is the bolero Lolly showed on her blog last week!" And she mentioned it was acrylic (yes, I was skimming, sorry).... but hey, it's a cool project. I could do a class on that. But again, it would be a techniques class. Maybe I could plan it to be a certain night of the week for several weeks in a row and address a different phase of the project and the techniques needed for that section each week? Ideas .... ideas .... So many ideas. So little knitting time. It will take time to develop all of that. I'm definitely planning to do a class on knitting with DPNs with mittens, fingerless mitts - something like that as class projects - probably in September and on into October and November if people like the class. I can see this as something that will hopefully be "open" enough that people will repeat the class so they can work on a different pattern if they need pattern help and guidance. I don't know. Maybe I'm too hopeful. But at least I am hopeful and have some ideas. I'm looking forward to this being a good experience and something that will help me to gain wisdom over time about working with people and showing them how to knit (beyond Knit and Purl) and sharing some of my knowledge. And then again.... I might really suck at this and everybody that comes to the class will know more than I do and they'll make fun of me and ask for their money back. (weak laugh)
More pictures that our ancient camera and bad battery squeezed out while we were in Lawrence:
I did pick up a few pounds of merino wool roving - oh the softness. And got 1/4lb of silk hankies to try spinning up myself - oh how interesting! I could NOT resist digging into the silk and got started on a little sample about thirty seconds after we got home. Very interesting - very fun - very much needs to be dyed to add interest.
I've got 2lbs of merino wool roving and six skein of 70/30 merino/silk sock yarn that needs to be dyed up for my shop.... when will I get to it? Ummm..... a girl has to keep a few secrets to stay interesting, right? ha I've never been a girl of mystery... just a girl with a short attention span. We'll see if I can't get the dyeing done SOON though, okay? I'm looking forward to it.
For right now..... I've got babies stirring from their naps... kids to pick up from school.... a lawn that needs mowed but it's been raining raining raining. All the tornado weather fun last night was in WESTERN Kansas.... we're in the southeast part of the state, so we had very little effect from last night's weather antics besides some thunder and rain this morning. But who knows.... it might work out just right that we'll be glued to the weather radar tonight! FUN! heh
Everybody take care and have a great rest of your week..... HAPPY FRIDAY IN A FEW SHORT HOURS, MARGENE! :)
Hugs and Kisses to everybody - I've been doing lots of blog READING lately.... and concentrating on getting my Special Swap package ready for its recipient! YAY! XOXOX
Sorry for the lack of linkage... you all know who Lolly and Margene are and you've heard of the Yarn Barn, right? I'll tell more about Special Swap soon but it's being organized by Lynne of I Was Knit Togeter In My Mother's Womb.
P.S. THIS just occurred to me..... I really am crazy. I'm left handed. How many of you knitting instructors out there are left handed? How difficult will it be for me to get people to figure out what in the world I'm doing? I need to calm down. I might knit right handed. I don't even know.