Archive for the ‘hobbies’ Category

Forgive me readers, for I have sinned.  It has been over a month since my last post.  I don’t know a whole lot about the blogging world and its rules and regulations, but I do know if I want to build a sturdy base of followers posting once a month is not the way to do it.  I make no excuses.  Instead I will take the easy way out and give you the bulleted list of what I have been doing and what my next big plans are.

  • I just recently discovered the world of Flavia de Luce.  I am on the second book right now and have the other two loaded up on my brand spanking new Kindle Fire.  I am loving these books- they are the perfect Christmas vacation read.  She is a little spitfire. I highly recommend them to anyone, especially those that loved Ramona Quimby and Harriet the Spy.
  • I just recently got a new camera.  I have signed up for some classes so that I can actually learn how to use this thing.  I have always been fascinated with photography and hope to develop this hobby into something.  Here is the first picture I took.  I am kind of proud of it and can’t wait for the day that I look back at this picture and laugh at my inability to take a good picture.
  • I’ve started experimenting in jewelry making.  I have made some earrings and rings and necklace pendants.  Again, this is a  hobby I hope to develop.  I love making jewelry with a certain person and style in mind.
  • Dating.  I have gone on A LOT of first dates since I moved to this area.  Most of these have not led to second dates.  Although right now I have started seeing someone who I think has a lot of potential.  Two dates so far.  That’s all I am saying.  Don’t want to jinx anything, but I like him.  That’s all.
  • The holidays.  This year it is just me and my dad.  The rest of my family is in California.  I am spending Christmas Eve with some friends, so that will be fun, but Christmas will be strange.  Small, quiet, and a little awkward.  I plan on making some eggplant parm. and have The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo on dvd to watch with my old man (I gave him the books last year and he loved them) in case things get too strained and we run out of things to say.  The cribbage board is also waiting.
  • Dieting.  I am back on a diet.  It has been going well, but man, it is hard to diet around the holidays.  So far, I have been pretty strong.  I am allowing myself a hiatus on the 24th and 25th, but that is all.  I have been doing Zumba here and there as well.  I love it.  So much fun.  I think a lot has to do with my secret love of poppy dance music.

And that pretty much sums things up for now.  See you again next month.  Kidding.  I think.


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Knit One, Purl Two

So, I went to the knitting group last week.  I found this group online.  It was advertised as a group of knitters (mostly women, but there were some men in the group) who got together to socialize and knit.  They meet at Starbucks twice and week.  I looked at some of the members’ profiles and while I will admit a good percentage of the women were over the age of fifty, they still seemed interesting though, so I thought why not?  I went onto their discussion board and asked for some advice about what needles and yarn to buy and one woman responded and gave me some tips.  Off I went to Michael’s craft store to buy my yarn.

Oh my god, you guys.
So many choices.
I spent about an hour there picking out colors, finding complementary colors and then putting them back and picking out a new color and and so on and so forth.  Did I want bright colors?  Soft pastels?  Those fancy yarns that change colors?  Fancy fur?  Sparkly yarn?  It was like a yarn buffet.  By the time I got home I couldn’t even remember what colors I bought.
So Wednesday night rolls around and I grab my knitting bag (a new hobby requires a new bag) and headed to Starbucks.  It felt like the first day of school.  I was nervous about being the newbie in the group, especially since these women were like knitting professionals and I don’t know even know the difference between knit and purl.  As I pulled into the parking lot, I could see everyone sitting around a bunch of tables pushed together and knew that was the group.  I was nervous, but excited.  Perhaps I was going to make some new friends.  I had fleeting images of me and another hip but classy woman sipping coffees, wearing our hand knitted scarves, shopping for yarns together some time in the near future.  I know, I am a cheeseball, but I can’t help it.  I just knew I was going to instantly connect with at least one of these women and then I would have one of those best girlfriends who lives close to me, the kind you can call to meet you for brunch or to drink wine and watch Sex and the City for millionth time together.  (I have these friends, they just don’t live close to me anymore and I miss them, god dammit)
Anyway, I walked into Starbucks and instantly every Thelma and Louise knitting adventure I had just envisioned was gone.  There were twelve women (and one man) knitting away in complete and utter silence.  The only sound I could hear was the clicking of the needles.  I guess knitting groups just get together and knit?  Who knew?
I awkwardly interrupted the silence and proclaimed that I did not know how to knit.  Everyone just smiled at me and kept on knitting.  O-kay.  Perhaps I wasn’t clear.  I don’t know how to knit.  Clearly all of you do.  Seems like the logical next step in this interaction is that one of you fucking offer to help me learn to knit.
But nooo….. that is not the way it went down.  So instead I went up to the counter and ordered a peppermint mocha latte (man, do I love the holiday drinks at Starbucks) and considered just taking my latte and getting the fuck out of there.  No.  I came there to learn to knit and one of those knitting bitches was going to teach me to knit, even if I had to threaten to stab them with a needle if they didn’t.
I returned to the table and made a big production of taking my yarn and my needles out and looking at each and everyone of those ladies just daring one of them to make eye contact with me.  Finally, one woman made eye contact and commented on my bold color choice.  I think she was humoring me, but whatever.  Lime green.  Come on, who doesn’t love that?  She asked me a few questions about what I wanted to make and then I eventually got her to come over and help me out.  She tried to teach me to cast on, but I had no idea what the hell she was doing.  The needles felt all weird in my hands and I was just about ready to give up and declare that knitting wasn’t really for me, when another woman piped up and said, “Let me try and teach you another way,” (Translation:  Okay idiot, clearly you can’t do a simple cast on.  Let’s show you the moron’s method).  This time what she did actually seemed to make sense and I was able to cast on my first row of stitches.  This kind and patient woman showed me how to knit (apparently I am not ready for purling yet) and I was able to actually knit like ten or so rows before I left.
I did not instantly bond with any of these women.  In fact, I don’t even know remember any of their names.  I am not sure if I will return to that group (they are meeting tonight), but you know what?  I did it.  I tried something new and I didn’t let my fear get the best of me.  As far as knitting goes, I am still working on it.  I wanted to make a blanket, but I don’t know if this will happen.  The blanket may turn into a scarf or a really long dish rag.  I’ll keep you posted on the progress.

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Stitch and Bitch

Do you all realize that Christmas is only eight weeks away?  How the hell did that happen?

In honor of the 99%, I am going to try really hard this year to do all handmade gifts.  (Of course the one thing I am asking for is not handmade, but I really want it).  I have signed up for a quilting class and I am joining a knitting group.  I’ve always wanted to be one of those funky ladies with her knitting needles clanking away.  Don’t ask me why, it is just some strange fantasy of the artsy eclectic girl I wish I was.

Yep, that’s how I see myself.

Tonight is the first night of my knitting group.  I will keep you posted on my progress.



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