Saturday, July 30, 2016

I Blame the Internet

I get an email from Berroco advertising a new pattern book.  Most of the time nothing really speaks to me and I delete it.

Not this time.

This one spoke to me.

I've been wanting to do this type of pattern for a long time.  Like years.  I measured a similar jacket/poncho a couple of years back when I was at Kohl's.  I couldnt decide what pattern I wanted to use or what colors or which yarn, so that scrap of paper just kept being pushed further and further into piles of projects to do.

Now I had a pattern and colors.

I bought the pattern and headed on line to figure out what yarn I wanted to use.  THAT was difficult.  Do you know how much yarn is out there?!!?!  Plus it seemed if I liked it, I couldn't afford it and if I could afford it, I didnt like it.

Until I came across LionBrand's Heartland.  Picked out colors and I was ready to go.  However I wanted to see it and feel it in person.  I'm still dropping a bit of coin on this yarn and since I will be wearing it, it has to be soft.  So off to Hobby Lobby I go!.  It's down the street from me and I knew they carried it.

I couldnt decide between these two combinations

but I finally decided on the blue combo one.  I wanted something similar to the colors chosen in the pattern.  However they didnt have enough of the dark brown so I decided to wait and check out JoAnn's so see their stock.  I was REALLY impressed that I was walking out without buying anything.  I was staying focused on the project at hand.

Then I turned around and saw this......

I think I audibly said, "Uh oh."

That's a LOT of yarn on sale 40% off.  I looked.  I pulled out.  I planned.

And then I put it all back!  Nothing really spoke  to me.  I could have bought some yarn for kitty blankets or charity hats, but I already have so much yarn for that I didnt feel the need to get it.  So I walked away.

Plus it helped that there was no sock yarn in the bins.

JoAnn's has enough of what I need so I will go back on Monday to take advantage of the sufficient amount, the 25% off sale AND my coupons.  Pictures to be posted as I go.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Happy Monday!

Mondays are actually quiet days at work.  I like that.  Thursdays and Fridays I liken to a colonoscopy.  Thursday is prep for the procedure on Friday.  My boss does not care for my analogy.

Another good thing abt today is that the check engine light in my car was an easy fix. A replaced sensor later and I'm good to go!  I'm happy it wasn't more involved.

I have a baby jester hat that I've knit.  I just need to add a pompom.  No pics.  I also have a couple of baby socks that are complete.  Also no pics.  I need to take pics during the day when it's sunny outside, but it's so warm I keep the blinds closed by noon.  So I need to be up and moving and taking pics by 10AM.  Its a very small window of opportunity.  Hence no pics.

However I do have a picture of the latest book I've read.

I'm trying to get myself back on track with money so I got this book from the library for inspiration.  What do I need to do?
1.  budget - had one for years
2.  have an emergency fund - working on that.
3.  pay down debt - working on that, too.

So I'm doing what I'm supposed to, however Dave does NOT mention how teenagers can suck the money right out of your acct!!!  I am paying bills, I have gas in a working car, I have food in the house, I have a roof over my head.

And I have a kitty in a basket.

I am WAY ahead of a lot of people.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Feline Fridays

Taken back in April on what was the last day cool enough to open the windows.  

Saturday, July 09, 2016

Productive Saturday Sky with Bullet Points!

*I consider Monday the end of Summer Break.  Monday starts Theatre Camp.  Two weeks later Band Camp starts.  Band camp and theatre camp overlap.  They overlap to a point where during the last week of both camps,  they start at 9AM and won't be home until 9pm.  Long and busy days they will be.  Two days later school starts.  Both camps will be over, but a different theatre show will start rehearsals AND marching band season begins.  I'm not too sure how this is all going to play out, but we're going to try.   My calendars (yes plural) are up and ready to go.

Now you see why I consider this to be the last wknd of summer.

*Today is being spent getting things done inside.

Gorgeous day outside

but WAYYY too hot to be out in it.

Laundry is being done, kitchen is being cleaned.  Dinner will consist of left overs so the fridge is being cleaned out as well.  Paper work is being sorted.  Bills are being paid.  I'm hoping to put together a list of dinners to make during the next 4 weeks or so.  I'm trying to avoid drive thru food as much as possible.  

*Knitting is happening here at Apartment Living.  

Cat blanket finished up in June

bow for a JoAnn's kid class

Summer Coasters - made during an Open House at JoAnn's

Another sample for a JoAnn's class.  No pattern was given for this class so I made one up.  It highlights increasing and decreasing stitches.  

I started this last night and hope to finish it tonight.

It's a baby Jester Hat from Knitting For Peace

*Last but not least, there is another licensed driver in the family.

#1 Son is now officially licensed to drive!  This comes in handy considering the upcoming weeks.  HE will be dropping me off and picking me up from work while he and Baby Girl do their thing.  Totally could use another car at this point, but we will make due for now.  

Had to go out and celebrate!

Hemi is not impressed with any of this.

Sunday, July 03, 2016

Rethinking This Decision

Back in January of this year, JoAnn's was advertising for a knitting teacher.  I immediately left my name for a call back. 


A month later  (Feb) they are still looking for a knitting teacher so I asked again and was told I needed to talk to Nancy.  Guess who I was talking to??  Nancy!  She was the only cashier so she took my name and number and would call me back.  


It is now April.  They are STILL looking for a knitting teacher and I wait for a manager.  Ten minutes later the manager tells me that Nancy left back in Feb and Peggy is now in charge. She will be right with me.  I have a seat.  FORTY-FIVE MINUTES LATER Peggy finally comes up to me with a crazed look in her eye.  Apparently she was given the task of running ALL the classes abt 2 weeks prior and she has no idea what she's doing.   Yes they still need a teacher.  Yes they are interested in me.

I get the job and set up a schedule.  Meanwhile they have yet to see how I knit.  

YAY!  More kibble for us!

(btw this was all during an open house to showcase the upcoming classes.  The quilter had a sample of an Ohio Star block.  NONE of the points matched.  Not even close.  If you are going to teach a class on quilting, dont you think your points should match?!?!)

My first class was in May.  I have three students sign up.  Two walk in with yarn but nothing else because when they signed up they were told everything else would be provided.  The third walked in with nothing because she was told EVERYTHING would be provide.  She also told me that she is a lefty and cant learn to knit.  I will never be able to teach her.

I dont believe it!

Guess what?  I couldnt teach her to knit.  When a person decides that they wont be able to do something, it ends up being that way.  She ended up leaving in tears.  She spoke to the manager and told her that I tried all I could to get her to learn but she is a lefty and cant learn to knit as a right hander.  (side note: I have a friend who is a lefty and knits like the rest of us)

Thank goodness the other two ladies picked it up or else I would have felt horrible.  We had such a good time after Debbie Downer left, and they were ready to tackle a real project by the time the class was over.

My next class was this past Saturday.  This time it was 2 little girls, a 7 y/o and a 10 y/o.    There was a discrepancy with what I was supposed to teach (I was told I was the teacher, do what I want!) and they didnt bring anything either.   However nobody ended up in tears, and two little girls AND a mom learned to knit!!

No supplies in THIS basket.

Cons abt this knitting gig:    There is a lack of comunication between corporate and the local store.  There is a lack of communication between management and employees within the local store.  The classes are a great idea in theory but reality is a whole nuther ballgame.

Pros abt this knitting gig:  the people.  Other than the woman who left crying, these people I'm teaching are great.  We have SO much fun and it's really cool to see them go from holding the needles wrong to having a piece of knitted fabric in a couple of hours.  Including the little kids.  

Another con is the money.  I get paid minimum wage.  But it's money that will go toward a band fee or a theatre ticket.  And I get a teaching card that gives me 15% off my purchases.  

So I will keep teaching as classes pop up.  For now........