Walk Away

This is going to be my mantra for the day. I need a mantra because I looked in the mirror and my head is full of gray hairs. I was used to seeing a little splash of gray at the front but yesterday they spread like warm butter on even warmer toast. They were everywhere. I am not quite sure how this has happened. I don’t feel old enough to have a head full of gray hair and I am not sure I want to ‘age gracefully.’ Though I do want to age. The moment I stop aging it’s all over and I’m not ready for that just yet…I still have yarn.

I also have ten, count them, ten orders to fill. I have to get them hats out. Not that winter is here. The snow that fell a couple of days ago is fast disappearing – this is not a complaint. But hats still need to be made and sent.

I have other things on the needles as well. A new hat and a doll. Yes, I am in the midst of making my first human being. I am making her legs at the moment. She has black shoes and a striped purple stockings.  I still have to decide on her shirt and I have some nice tan yarn for her face. She will have a skirt of tulle.

Her hair won’t be gray, though.

I went on something of a cleaning jag. Mr. Honey has been on one and the kitchen has never looked better – except for the floor – he hasn’t done the floor – but he took about the stove and really cleaned that and even the toaster over was disassembled  and cleaned. I did the living room and the dining room and bathroom. That still leaves my office and the bedroom but I regained my sanity before I tried those. So basically, the downstairs looks good enough to have folks over. Unfortunately, the bathroom is upstairs. So when I clean the hall and close the doors to the office and the bedrooms guests can just come. Maybe that’s why I got the gray hairs.

In any case, I am headed downstairs to work on my projects and enjoy this last day of February – this extra day to play with yarn and appreciate blessings. Tomorrow is another first. Another day of new beginnings. Mr. Honey walked in my office and distracted me from my thoughts.  But that’s alright. He’s cute.

Have yourself a great leap year day!!

Looking Out…

Have you seen my latest hat? It’s done in a wool/camel/silk blend.

It’s really soft and I love how the colors run. I call the color ‘Savannah’ because it reminds me of the colors in the opening of ‘The Lion King’. I only have eight skeins of this fiber left I had enough from this skein left over to make a headband. I am still interested in making headbands.

The fiber is from Aracunia and they don’t give titles to their colors and I looked all over for some more of it and can’t find it. I purchased all of it from Knot Just Knits. (It was reduced.) She still has more but in a different color. I do enjoy working with it. I put it up in the shop as a limited edition – because I only have the eight skeins. I think it will also be limited because I am thinking of making a scarf with another skein.

I was looking at headband patterns and it occurred to me I should just pull my stitch pattern book, select a pattern and then create a headband. So I am going to do that. It’s not like headbands are that difficult.

Things are going pretty steady in the shop. This time last year, I didn’t have any sales – remember how freaked out I was? I didn’t get my first sale in 2011 until March and this year I have more than 30. So while it is short of the goal I’ve set for myself, it is certainly nothing to complain about.

The really good news is we have two nieces who are having babies this summer! One is having her first child and the other her third and one of our members, Cheree, is also have her third child and we know it’s a girl! We know because of that sinful prenatal testing which also told her everything was fine. So the blessings come.

I have some hats to put on the needle and I have to start planning what I am going to make for September!!

Have a great weekend!

What If he was?

Franklin Graham is not his father. Which is, no doubt, one of the reasons he will go on the air and say he knows Rick Santorum is a Christian and he knows Newt Gingrich is a Christian but Barack Obama, well, you’ll have to ask him. You can pretty much ignore someone who will so openly and obviously use God and ignore God all at the same time.

But what if the president is a Muslim? I looked up the principles of the religion to see what the fuss is all about. First, let me say this: blaming all Muslims for 9/11 is the same as blaming all Catholics for molesting children. You cannot blame many for the actions of the few.

Second, I bet those people who are fear mongering about the Muslim faith never even bothered checking it out. Like they’ve probably never checked out what being a Mormon is about.  If God is on your side, then look without fear for he will be there to protect you.

So, what are some of the principles of the Muslim faith that folks are so afraid our president practices in secret.

Well, to start, it’s hard to be a secret Muslim. Unlike Christianity, which can be well hidden in thought, word and deed, the Muslim faith is a faith of action. Depending on the kind of Muslim you are they may be five, seven or ten pillars of faith.

You have to declare that there is only one God. – What possible objection could Rev. Graham or any God fearing Christian have about this?
You have to pray five times a day. This would be hard to hide because you have to pray at certain times of the day. But even so, Christians certainly can’t object praying God. After all, we pray without ceasing. So is the problem that he wouldn’t be praying enough?

Perhaps it’s the practice of Zakat – or alms giving – which is charitable giving based upon wealth. The elimination of income inequality is an aspiration of those who are well off. I can see why a conservative object but why would a Christian object against helping those who are poorer?

Perhaps it’s the principle of demanding what is just and decrying what is evil.

Obviously, someone can declare all these things and then do bad things to innocent people. But if Newt Gringrich can cheat and cheat and marry and marry and marry and publish papers on how to demonize and dehumanize people just because they are members of a different political part and have Franklin Graham can declare him a Christian certainly the good reverend can expand his Christian view and give the benefit of the doubt to a man who has only one wife, no hint of personal scandal and whose sin is apparently wanting to increase taxes back to where they were twelve years ago.

At the very least, he should have enough faith to do unto others.

A Moment in Time

I know it’s been a while. I have some orders to get out and that’s a good thing but I’ve also been in a bit of a funk. Mr. Honey lost his uncle last week. Uncle Joe was the last of the last generation. All his mother’s brothers and sisters are gone. They leave behind spouses and kids but that generation is done.  So for our little family, we are now the elder generation, My uncle was also the last one to go and the only left of that generation is his wife.

Then when I turned on the Media player the first song to come up was Whitney Houston. I watched the last part of her service and it was a service in the tradition that I know them and I thought that was a brave thing her mother did not to have it made into a celebrity/fan event though that didn’t stop people from saying disparaging things.

There’s no point in saying why are we making such a fuss over her when we don’t make a fuss over a soldier. It’s a completely different game. It’s an apple and an orange. Do I think we ought to make a fuss over soldiers? Yes. Do I think we should make a fuss over singers/actors/dancers/entertainers? Don’t know. We shouldn’t make a fuss over royal weddings, either, but we do.

I think one of the solutions for me is to find a church. I haven’t been to church in a long time and it’s time I go back to that structure.  I have started searching out places to attend. Because of my obligations to the CNW District, I won’t join any new churches until my term is up at the end of the year so that should give me plenty of time to go in search of a place that feels right and one where I can just worship for a while..

Can you believe this weather? I don’t know how it is where you are but this has been the mildest winter I can ever remember which means we will probably get attacked by the heat monsters in the summer. This is not a complaint. I love the mild weather. I think I may have to take a walk after this. It will be a short walk but we are planning to be in the nation’s capitol in the fall and I want to be able to walk around like I remember doing the last time I had some real time there.  I’m looking forward to seeing the King Memorial and seeing the FDR, Viet Nam and Jefferson Memorials again.  The last time we were there was when I went for work but we didn’t have time to see the sights because I was…well..working. The time before that when I spent a good deal of time was years ago when Clinton was in office and we got a good look at the president’s helicopter as if flew over head. That’s one of the great things about D.C. because it doesn’t have tall buildings you can see stuff like that.

It’s time for me to go downstairs and get to work. I hope you’re having a good day and a good year. We still need to do some bouncing back but I am confident we will all be just fine.

And back to work…

I think as a reward for not stressing out yesterday – I ended up taking the entire day off. I didn’t knit (well, until late last night.) I didn’t work out, I didn’t do anything much after taking Mr. Honey to breakfast.

I woke up this morning to an order for a hat for someone in Australia . I did do some knitting last night. I started an afghan for the Zibbet shop which has been woefully neglected after the Etsy shop took off. I took the self-imposed day off to consider where I wanted to go as far as marketing the shop – thinking only of Etsy and I started pulling books off the shelves and looking and I couldn’t go past an afghan that made me think ‘mother and child.’

I decided to make it and then I remembered I don’t sell afghans on the Etsy site but the Zibbet site and then decided to go ahead and make it anyway because that site needs to be paid attention to. So I am making a spring weight faux lace afghan. Spring weight means worsted weight instead of the chunky or bulky weight it would be if I doubled the yarn. I may start doing that for the colder months but an afghan can be used until the weather starts to get really warm to the point where it stays warm during the evening and for most of the country that’s not until months 7 and 8.

I think I can make a nice case for getting Mom a nice, cozy throw to keep her feet warm while she snuggles up on the couch in the evening and it being big enough for a little kid to snuggle there with her.

Yes, I am skipping Valentine’s Day, passing St. Pat’s and Easter and going straight for Mother’s Day prep. I didn’t have such a plan last year and after tasting victory during the holiday season – and I think I’ve survived, I want to have an impact on steady sales throughout the year or at least from September to June. What can I say? I’ve gotten used – rather quickly – to the nice pay check that came the last couple of months.

It’s nice to be back doing posts and writing. During that busy time, I would be on the computer just do to labels and such. I really did miss you and I understand there must be a better way of doing this.  I sure there must be even if I don’t figure it out.

Respite

I have to admit I thought Madonna did a great job at the half time show of the Super Bowl.

I do not have a pending order. I have finished all outstanding orders. I don’t have a project to do for the shop.

Yes, this has been known to throw me into a panic and I am certain that if it keeps up for more than a day I will begin to think I will never make another sale.

But that is a panic I am saving for another day. Today, I am glad that I don’t have to pick up the needles and hooks and that I can do it because I want to. And I do want to because I want to modify the pattern in the photo above and make a new hat. And I think that’s what I am going to do –

after I mail off those final four and take Mr. Honey out to breakfast.

We got Dukie’s ashes back last week. Although the weather has been good we are going to wait until its a little warmer and we’re going to place his ashes in the rose garden.  We finally saw most of the neighbors and could tell them and they all said they were wondering about him and felt sad. We haven’t seen the parents of the three girls next door and Mr. Honey really wants them to hear from their parents because we don’t know if they’ve had that conversation yet about death. I miss our boy.

I am really going to try and not panic about not having orders. I would like to take the time to make the headbands and Mother’s Day items for the shop since that day is fast approaching. I can keep myself contained for a day at least.