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Recently finished bears

Here are two of my newest creations.



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Snow day? I wish

Last night we got just over 6″ of snow. I wish I could stay home and enjoy a snow day, but work I must. 😦
Christmas was great! I got to see 2 of the grandkids and am always amazed at how quickly they grow!! Here is little Alexis and his big sister Kelly.


Yes, he is sitting on the door of the dishwasher lol. He’s “helping”. 🙂

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Ideas and yummy yarn

I have been designing more socks with the intention of listing the patterns for sale on Ravelry.  I’ve got the patterns ready, I’ve just been procrastinating.  I listed my first pattern for sale on Ravelry more than a year ago and guess how many people bought it????  One!  Hey, that’s better than none, so I’m happy.  The question I ask myself is: do I bother listing the others for sale or no?  And if I do, should I list them individually or offer them as an ebook?  Ideas and decisions, that’s what I’ve got in my brain.

One of the BEST sock yarns I’ve discovered is String Theory most especially their Caper Sock yarn!!!  I can’t get over the gorgeous colors and the way that yarn feels!  I have the hardest time choosing which colors to purchase.  I’m knitting one of my new sock patterns in the Caper Sock Skerry.  I can’t tell you enough how wonderfully this yarn knits up!  No, this is not a paid advertisement.  I believe that when you find something of such fine quality you should let others know.  Word of mouth and all that. 🙂

Okay, back to my morning coffee.  Enjoy your day!

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Believe it or not, I have not disappeared

Good morning world!  Yes, it is me, actually making a post after many long months of silence!

There have been many changes in my life, but it’s all good!  I’ve been keeping up with my knitting, and have managed to design not 1, but 2 new pair of socks.  All that is left for me to do is to get photos taken and get those patterns finalized for publication.  I’m planning to offer them individually and as a collection in an ebook, so keep your eyes open for the updates on that.

With that said, I need to get motivated and get myself ready for work.  Could someone please call my boss and tell him that my job is seriously interfering with my knitting time???  I think we all know which is more important. 😉

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Yes, I am still here! :)

It has been quite some time since I’ve last written and updated.  I have been quite busy with working full time and slowly adjusting to the empty nest.  Funny how when the kids were teens I thought I couldn’t wait until they were grown.  But when the day came for the youngest bird to leave the nest it was much harder for me than I had anticipated.

We are adjusting though.  It’s kind of nice not really having to worry about making meals for so many.  Truth be told, we eat out more frequently.  Not having to buy clothes and shoes for growing kids means more money to buy nice things for myself and hubby.

In knitting news, I haven’t gotten too very much accomplished over the last few months.  Before Christmas I was working 50+ hours a week (I manage a toy store) and that means I didn’t finish my Christmas knitting.  This year will be different since I’m not waiting until late in the year to get started like I did when I had more free time.  I’m already working on a few projects that will be put aside as gifts.  I’ve even bought 2 gifts already!  (Trust me, anyone who knows me will tell you that’s a miracle!)

I had another surgery yesterday and will be laid up for a week so that means more knitting/crocheting time for me.  Today’s project will be these adorable Baby Chicks in Eggshells  I’m going to whip up a few of them to give to our gorgeous little grandkids.

Speaking of which, meet our newest grandson who was born on February 16, 2012.  He weighed in at a whopping 10 lbs 3 oz!

Alexis Bryce Martell, Jr

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A quick update

Good morning! No, I haven’t fallen off the face of the earth, but there have been lots of changes for us. And quite frankly, I have been so busy that I haven’t been getting online much.

First of all, we moved to a smaller house. Since we are officially empty-nesters, we just didn’t need that 5 bedroom, 4 bathroom house anymore. With the housing market still so yucky and after having the house on the market for a year, we decided to rent it out. We found a really cute house (no basement or 2nd floor in this one YAY!!) that has a yard that Zoey just loves. This house has 3 bedrooms and one bath. We’re using one of the bedrooms as an office and the other is my craft room. It’s been a huge adjustment for both of us and the dog. I was SO homesick for the first month. But we are getting used to it.

I also went back to work. I’m store manager at a toy store in a mall. It’s a great job and I love working for the company. It has meant a lot of long hours just prior to Christmas, but things are slowing down a bit now.

Not much going on in knitting, but now that I’m back to normal working hours that will change. I still need to work on organizing my craft room, too. I haven’t spent any time in there in the 6 weeks we’ve been living in this house. I had won some gorgeous sock yarn on Ravelry and I’m anxious to knit a pair of socks with it. I’ve also bought yarn for two sweaters (for me, of course lol) and want to cast on one of them soon.