Friday, August 31, 2007

The Story of Life

This advice was given to me a long time ago...

Sometimes people come into your life and you know right away that they were meant to be there, to serve some sort of purpose, teach you a lesson, or to help you figure out who you are or who you want to become. You never know who these people may be (possibly your roommate, neighbor, coworker, long lost friend, lover, or even a complete stranger), *but when you lock eyes with them, you know at that very moment they will affect your life in some way.*
And sometimes things happen to you that may seem horrible, painful, and unfair at first, but in reflection you find that without overcoming those obstacles you would have never realized your potential, strength, willpower or heart.

*Everything happens for a reason.*

*Nothing happens by chance or means of good luck.*

Illness, injury, love, lost moments of true greatness, and sheer stupidity all occur to test the limits of your soul. Without these small tests, whatever they may be, life would be like a smoothly paved, straight , flat road to nowhere. It would be safe and comfortable, but dull and utterly pointless. The people you meet who affect your life, and the success and downfalls you experience, help to create who you are and who you become.

*Even the bad experiences can be learned from.*

In fact, they are probably the most poignant and important ones. If someone hurts you, betrays you, or breaks your heart, forgive them, for they have helped you learn about trust and the importance of being cautios when you open your heart. If someone loves you, love them back unconditionally, not only because they love you, but because in a way, they are teaching you to love and how to open your heart and eyes to things.

*Make every day count.*

Appreciate every moment and take from those moments everything you possibly can for you may never be able to experience it again. Talk to people that you have never talked to before, and actually listen. Let yourself fall in love, break free, and set your sights high. Hold your head up, because you have every right to. Tell yourself you are a great individual and believe in yourself, for if you don't believe in yourself, it will be hard for others to believe in you. You can make your life anything you wish. Create your own life and then go out and live it with absolutely no regrets. MOST IMPORTANTLY, if you love someone, tell him or her, for you never know what tomorrow may have in store.

And learn a lesson in life each day that you live.

These words of advice are my gift to you. Bright blessings :)

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Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Some WIP's

Thought I'd post a few pics of my WIP's...soon to be FO's! I'm almost done with the socks for my mom's DH's holiday gift, and I'm coming around the bend with my shrug :) I'm adding the cuff and viola! A shrug!



Of course, Eli just had to make sure the length of both cuffs was equal...

Can you tell he's mine? He comes from a long line of wool smellers...*grin*...that's my boy!

Thursday, August 23, 2007

SP 11 Questionaire

Hooray for SP 11!! I know I'm late in posting this, but better late than never :) Life just carries you away sometimes.

1. What is/are your favorite yarn/s to knit with? Handspun yarn is my TOTAL weakness right now...cant't get enough of it :) I'm also addicted to sock yarn :) I love superwash and superwash blends.
What fibers do you absolutely *not* like? Squeeky acrylic :( It will always have a special place in my heart, because that's what I learned with as a child, but it doesn't have a place in my knitting basket anymore:)

2. What do you use to store your needles/hooks in? A cardboard box...gasp!

3. How long have you been knitting & how did you learn? I started knitting when I was 7- my grandma taught me how- yay grandma! I put it down when I discovered boys and didn't pick it back up until a few years ago when I came to my senses!
Would you consider your skill level to be beginner, intermediate or advanced? I'm intermediate, I do believe. There are still a few things that elude me...

4. Do you have an Amazon or other online wish list? Not anymore. I think I'll create one though...

5. What's your favorite scent? I love spicy and I also love fruity. I'm not into heavy florals, but a light one can be nice. I also love Cookie/Food scented candles.

6. Do you have a sweet tooth? I have a sweet tooth, but not for chocolate. I like hard candy- sour balls, lollypops, etc.

7. Favorite candy? See above :)

8.What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do? I really don't have alot of time for other crafts right now, with a toddler running around! I do like to sew, though and do cross stitch

9. Do you spin? Very little- It's another thing I'll pick up after the boy is grown.

10. What kind of music do you like? I like folk music, rock, bluegrass, basically anything with a good beat.

11.Can your computer/stereo play MP3s? (if your buddy wants to make you a CD) My computer can play CD's.

10. What's your favorite color(s)? I love purple, pink, raspberry, and red. I really like jewel tones- green and blue, but then again, I like earthy colors as well, when mixed together, like sage, violet and grey...I think I just love color

11. Any colors you just can't stand? I'm not a fan of yellow.

12. What is your family situation? I am a single mom, with a toddler- he's two and a half. I work full time from home, to be able to keep him out of daycare, and pick-up work on the weekends to supplement the income. I'm tired alot lately, but it's worth it :)

13. Do you have any pets? I have one kitty- an old siamese cat named Sam.

14. Do you wear scarves, hats, mittens or ponchos? All of the above except for ponchos. I've just moved from Florida to Tennessee and am looking forward to wearing wool this year!!!

15. What is/are your favorite item/s to knit? I'm addicted to sock knitting. I also love hats gloves, bags and am working on my first sweater :)

16. What are you knitting right now? Socks...of course :) Holiday presents, a sweater and two bags.

17. Do you like to receive handmade gifts? I adore handmade gifts :)

18. Do you prefer straight or circular needles? Bamboo, aluminum, plastic? I use them all, but I definitely prefer natural materials- wood and bamboo.

19. Do you own a yarn winder and/or swift? Both

20. How old is your oldest UFO? Over a year...gasp!!

21. What is your favorite holiday? Halloween

22. Is there anything that you collect? Yarn..haha!! Refrigerator magnets (lost all of mine in the move), small blue glass bottles, garden gnomes, stained glass sunlight catchers, good recipes.

23. Any books, yarns, needles or patterns out there you are dying to get your hands on? What knitting magazine subscriptions do you have? I would love to try some addi's. I also would love some size 2 ebony DPN's for knitting luxurious socks! *grin* Books- I'm wanting the sock book that Vogue put out, with their best patterns in it. There's also the Knitted Tam's book that I've been eyeing.

24. Are there any new techniques you'd like to learn?hmmm...must think on that...

25. Are you a sock knitter? Yup

26.What are your foot measurements? I wear a size 9 US shoe. My foot circumference is: 8 inches

27. When is your birthday? Jan 25th

28. Are you on Ravelry?Not yet
If so, what's your ID?

Monday, August 20, 2007

Some Cool Halloween Fabrics :)))))))

My favorite day of the year is coming up....yes, I do realize it's August, but it's coming up, I tell you! *grin*

Here's some new fabrics I've picked up. Love them!





Monday, August 06, 2007

Ladybugs :)

When I was walking through Cades Cove the other day, I found this little lady on the side of the trail. I've always been partial to the little bugs, and I found an interesting site on ladybug lore and legend, for anyone who's interested :)




This is my favorite of the legends: If a Ladybug is held in the hand while making a wish, the direction that it flies away to shows where your luck will come from.