Monday, January 30, 2006

Ahh, yes. Monday.

Well, it's officially over a week now since I quit smoking. I'm still happy with how everything is going.

The only thing that is irritating to me is this pain I have in my chest and back on the left side. I guess when I was last sick I managed to pull some significant muscles in my chest and back from all the coughing I did. At least that's what the doctors think...I had chest x-rays and an ekg and bloodwork done, including them sticking a needle right into an artery in my wrist. THAT sucked ass. Anyway, they couldn't find anything, which I suppose is good to know.

Would be just my luck to quit smoking and then have them find something awful. So on one hand, it's nice to know that there's nothing horrifying going on. On the other hand, I can't really do much until whatever these muscles are that I pulled, are healed a bit more. Once that stops, then I'll really feel a lot better. Until then, I'm just going to worry. ><

I can knit, though. :) So maybe I can actually get some progress made on this silly sock I've been picking at.

And speaking of knitting, I was really excited to find that Vogue's Knit.1 Magazine has now gone subscription based, and you can sign up over the internet. I like the magazine because most projects are based on the Lion Brand yarn. Lion Brand is pretty nice because they have a large variety of yarns available, and they aren't very expensive.

While I do appreciate the joys of a really nice yarn, there's nothing more frustrating to me than to find a pattern in a magazine that I really like, only to go hunting for the yarn they used and discovering that the yarn is incredibly expensive. I don't like the idea of paying $200 + in yarn just to make a sweater...and if I were to do that, this sweater better kick some serious ass.

Anyway, I dig the magazine, there's always more than one thing in there that I think I need to knit, and they're always cute and current patterns.

And with this magazine, at least I don't have to worry about refinancing my house or living on Top Ramen for a month just to knit something they're featuring.

This weekend, I made an incredible discovery on the net.

omg Needlecraft University omg!

See, around here, if you're lucky enough to find a knitting class, it's usually one that just teaches basic knitting. That, and I'd probably have to drive at least a half hour away, and then pay a shit ton of money. I don't need a basic knitting class, I don't want to have to drive cross country to find a class, and if I spend a shit ton of money on a knitting class, I wouldn't have any money left to feed my yarn habit.

This place though, is perfect for me. Classes are taught online, there are message boards and support for people in the class, you get a list of the things you'll need to do the class before you even register, and you work at your own pace pretty much, and it seems to me that they offer plenty of time to get the projects completed. That, and the average class is between $16 and $20.

So! I plan on taking the basic crochet class, which is free. I think that I'm going to have to figure out how to crochet at least a little bit, in order to further my knitting skills. When I was a kid, my mom taught me how to make a crochet chain. I was good at that...made a chain that could have gone around the outside of our entire house, I bet. Anything beyond that though, was hard for me to figure out, so maybe this time around, I can get the concept and use it. My mom used to crochet a lot when I was a kid, and I still have a blanket that my great-grandmother made for me before I was even part of me feels obligated to learn how.

Then the first knitting class I'm going to take is the "Get Twisted" class that starts Feb. 25th, which will be a great way to learn a bunch of new cable stitches in one shot and have something to show for it in the end. Then, there are a few sock classes. I kinda want to stick to one class at a time, but by the time I'm done I plan on taking all those sock classes. :) Then there's a triangular lace shawl class that I think will be a great way to get me ready to do the lace diamond shawl I have that's begging to be started but that I'm a tad intimidated to start on.

The nice thing is that it seems that most every class they offer is something that will allow me to learn more and to gain more confidence, and it will also be a nice way for me to "meet" other knitters, since there isn't much going on around where I live that allows me to do any of this will be totally perfect for me.

I'm *pretty* sure too, that they run the classes over and over if I miss a particular class this time around, I can just do another class while I wait for the first class to restart.

I'm excited. I'm confident that Phil is too. In fact, when I announced to him that I was going to take EVERY SINGLE CLASS THAT THEY OFFER, I'm positive that I saw a tear come from his eye. And I'm sure that it could only have been a tear of joy. Right? :)

Well, I guess I just don't have anything else exciting to report today, and I already filled my bitch and rant quota up for probably the entire month, so I'm going to head off, register for the twisted class, and get some more coffee.

Have a nice day :)

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