Not quite WIP Wednesday

I’m trying very hard to get these finished. I have one done and have moved on to the foot of the second sock. I have SO many projects I want to do, but these need to be finished, then a pair of hats for a couple of friends (this weekend? Maybe?). And then, and then…

Am I the only one with an enormous Knitting Wishlist? Or that has a Dream Project? If you do, what’s yours? :)

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And I’m not even going to THINK about how I apparently ate something today that’s made me itchy (well, I know I have, I had a couple of Timmy Ho’s muffins, but knew this would happen. *sigh*)

A lesson on… lessons?

I’ve mentioned previously that I work at my favorite LYS. One of our regular customers has a hankering to knit a pair of socks and the store owner has asked me to show her. The customer has knit in the round in the past, so this is a good start.

BUT.

I’ve never taught anyone how to knit. Any pointers? It will be one on one, which is good. And we’ll be working with worsted, too.

I’m excited AND nervous! :P

 

In the meantime, Happy birthday to me! (It’s next week) I’ve been wanting a new phone, hating the one I had. So I bit the bullet today and got myself a Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini and I adore it. \o/ (the case and screen protector shall arrive tomorrow)

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A WIP complete

. . . . and another well on the way

I finished my Cherry Cola socks Tuesday morning. I love them. The yarn is Lana Grossa and I really liked working with it (which is good as I have much more stashed in other colors). They fit great and I can’t wait for it to cool off more to wear them! :)

Also have these striped socks well under way. I have plans to make a red, grey and blue sweater to go with them out of mystery wool (spools from a mill that were given to me). Eventually. :)

 

Another WIP Nearly Done

We’re away for our last camping trip of the season.  I always bring a knitting project and this time around I’ve brought my Cherry Cola Socks. Last night I finished one and cast on the other. I’m a little over half way to the heel of the second sock. I’m hoping to finish them before we head home tomorrow. 
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One WIP down…

Managed to get one WIP finished, finally. Yarn is just Bernat something or other. (Know your recipient, I’m not spending the money on good yarn when I know it likely won’t be taken care of). Afghan is a basic feather and fan. Will ship this out Wednesday.

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WIP Wednesday, the sock edition

In my post the other day, I mentioned heing stuck in WIP Limbo, which included two pairs of socks.

This is one pair. The yarn is Lana Grossa, which I adore a lot. It’s knitting up very nicely and rather reminds me of Cherry Coke, don’t you think?

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Where have I been?

It’s been kind of quiet at this end of things. It’s not that I’m not knitting, I am. But everything is in WIP-limbo, which is frustrating.

1 – I’m still plugging away at the Rowan Mystery KAL. I’m taking my time, trying to keep it fun.

2 – I am knitting a feather and fan afghan for my toddler nephew. It’s just about halfway finished. I’ll be glad to get it away. It’s getting a bit boring, now.

3 – 2 pairs of socks. I’m to the heel in pair #1. It’s more like a traveling project than one I’m really working on. It goes to knitting group, etc with me. The other pair was started because I went to visit with a knitting friend and forgot Pair #1. So now there’s pair #2.

4 – Haven’t worked much on my Sock Yarn Blankie because I have other things to get finished. :/

5 – And because I have to end this in a multiple of 5…. Yesterday was my older sister’s wedding reception. They got married last fall and because he’s been in Baghdad, they didn’t have one until last night. What a good time! (We’re hoping my brother in law is home for good. He’s a contractor, so … It’s possible!)

 

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Personal Post – Family History

Now I’m going to do something a wee bit different tonight. I’m posting a super personal post. o_O

I’ve been trying to figure out a way to put this into words.

This being my mysterious family history…

On the left hand are… all these things we missed out on. Traditions. Foods. Community. Rites. All these things that we should have celebrated as a family and rejoiced in and instead, we hid and buried like a shameful secret. So ingrained was this secrecy that my one remaining relative still won’t talk about it even now, 69 years after the end of WWII. My great grandmother is nearly forgotten in an unknown Jewish cemetery somewhere in Maryland.My grandmother even gave up her name, changing it to a more French variation just so my grandfather’s parents would be more accepting of her.

What about all the things we would have passed down through the generations? Yes, they’re just things but what happened to them? Where did they go? Are they packed away and forgotten somewhere? Or are they still in the Czech Republic with any remaining family members still being used and treasured? (My grandmother was Polish, but thanks to floating boundaries, where my family is from is now in the Czech Republic, as far as my cousin can tell)

And on the right hand, this same secret shaped who my family is today. We’ve forged new traditions and celebrations.

We watch The Waltons most evenings because it’s better than the new shit that’s on. On an episode shown a week or so ago, a Jewish family had moved in at the start of WWII. They were afraid of people finding out they were Jewish. Of what Hitler was doing in Europe following them to the States. Even though they came just before WWI, was this how my great grandparents felt?

Both my great grandmother and her mother were only children. Do we have any extended family? Were they all murdered in the war? My cousin thinks that she found a cousin, but will there be any answers? Can there be?

I have a Pandora bracelet. It has charms for my family and loved ones – an Autism puzzle piece for my nephew. Birthstone charms for Marvin and Lee. An RN charm for my mom.

And for my great grandparents and other relatives that we will never know – a Star of David.