It’s been a very long time. . .

May 24, 2010

I haven’t blogged in ages!  I am still living in Eau Claire, and I am working at Festival Foods.  I found another passion in my life roller derby.  Yes, roller derby!!!  I am a member of the Chippewa Valley Roller Girls.  I am the secretary on the board of directors.  My skating name is Sue’She Roller and my number is R2FU.  I unfortunately am off skates at the moment, because I broke my leg and ankle.  I was skating outside and my skates got caught in a sidewalk crack.  I had surgery last Friday, and I will probably need more in the future.  I will however, absolutely be skating again when I can.  I was in the best shape of my life when I went down. . . I was also embracing a vegan life style, but since I haven’t been working, and my mom is kind enough to buy me food the lifestyle has gone on hold.  I also will absolutely be restarting the veganism!  I have been spending my injured time researching recipes and products and am a lot more educated than before I fell.  I bought a new vegan cookbook on ebay which I am really excited about!

Here are pictures of my skates, pads, and helmet.

         

 

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Homemade Reusable Grocery Bags

September 25, 2008

Anyone who has been in a store recently may have notice the go green reusable grocery bags.  The idea is bring your own bag, save a plastic/paper bag, and help the enviornment.  Another added bounes is that most stores will deduct a few cents off your total bill per bag.  I was inspired by Gloria at A Mingled Yarn  to machine sew my own bags using her tutorial.  She uses the Charlie Bag pattern from Burda Style.  I have sewn a total of four bags.  Here are photos of two of my bags.  The first is made with monkey fabric and is modeled by my oldest niece Selena.  The Second was gift for my friend Nicole and it is made with flamingo fabric modeled by my second oldest niece Sophie. 

      

Thermal Progress, New Cables, and Pets galore!

September 24, 2008

I live with my mom and 11 year old niece.  Up until a month ago we had One Persian Cat and one Multipoo dog.  Today we have 3 Persian cats, and two dogs.  Needless to say it has been very chaotic.  The new cats are just little kitties which I haven’t photographed yet.  I do however have a picture of the new pooch.

I’ve been very busy with my job at the Eau Claire academy,  I got promoted to the position of lead residential treatment worker at one of the Group homes next door to the main building.  On, the whole I am enjoying my new job.  I get some opportunities to knit and thus have made good progress on my thermal.  Keep in mind I am using fingering weight yarn, size 3 needles, and there are 280 stiches in essentially in rib.  I am a thrower so not the fastest moving project.  Both sleeves are finished, and I am a quarter of the way up the body.

I am maybe one of the most unfaithful knitters out there, and so I have started another cable sweater.  This is a Garnstudio drops pattern.  I am using Rowanspun Aran as well as Garnstudio’s Alaska.  Obviously, I just have a small fraction of sleeve done, but I am in love with this color!

 

Twilight Saga

August 28, 2008

I haven’t knit in the last day or so, because I am really into reading Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight Saga.  She currently has four books in series which include, Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse, and Breaking Dawn.  I finished New Moon yesterday, and am just starting Eclipse.  I am enjoying these books.  They are written for a young adult audience, but I have never been one to judge a book based on the intended reader.  I am in love with Harry Potter, and those are children’s books.  Anywho, These books are about teenage girl by the name of Bella who falls in love with a vampire named Edward.  It is portrayed as a Romeo and Juliet type romance in the sense that Edward is determined to keep Bella moral therefore, causing all sorts of problems.  I am a huge Anne Rice, and these books are on an entirely different level.  I don’t mean that negativiely it’s just that Anne Rice is a literary master.  Meyer’s vampries are a new take on the timeless mythical beings.

Because Mom will find out eventually :)

August 26, 2008

I was reading through Jaci’s blog Confessions of a Knitting Diva, and she got the cutest sheep tatoo.  I haven’t posted my sheep tatoo, because I wasn’t ready to tell my mom yet.  I got a tatoo of a black sheep on my back quite a few monts back.  It is totally healed at this point obviously.  I love it!  I know you will be disappointed mom, but try to understand this means a great deal to me.

Waking Up

August 25, 2008

On Saturday August 16, 2008 My father passed away after his battle with cancer.  His obituary can be read here.  This has been a very sad time for my family and me.  I just can’t even organize it into to words just yet.

Deep breath,  I am going to continue to blog once again.  I know I have promised it before, but I actually have allowed knitting to once again become a part of my life.  I have a FO! It’s a bit past my goal but I finished it.

I really love this sweater alot!  It feels so comfy.  I knit it out of Cascade 220 and Rowan Tapestry.  I used a 32″ size 9 Circular needle, and size 9 DPNs.  It really was a quick easy going knit.  I had a little bit of trouble picking up the pouch stiches, but Cindy from Yellow Dog helped me through it.

I am currently working on Thermal from Knitty.  I have one and a half sleeves completed.  I am in love with this sweater. The waffle stitch is very easy to memorize and the Knitpicks gloss yarn feels so good in my hands. 

 

For my mom. . .

May 11, 2008

Dear Mom,

Happy Mother’s Day.  I know that life sucks right now, and that taking care of dad is draining and demanding on you.  I know that you like to have your house cleaned and organized.  I know that you don’t want Selenna to miss out on anything and you feel like you’re not there for her as much as you should be.  I hear you when you tell me that you need help, and that you feel like your going over the  edge or that you are over the edge.  All of this is hard on me too, and I don’t always know the best way to tell you that I am here.  I have no money right now, and I can’t afford to buy you an expensive gift so instead I am making you a promise.  I promise to help you keep the house clean, I promise to make sure to have time for Selena, I promise that I can help you with your laundry, I promise that I will be patient with you if you’re crabby and I will restrain my self from yelling back or arguing with you.  I know that sometimes you just need to vent and it is easier to get angry at the small things in life, because the big things can just be too much to deal with.  I know dad is the one with cancer, but you are suffering too.  You need to remember to take time for yourself, because you can’t be there for dad or any of us if you are too run down.  You are the strongest most independent person I know, and we will get through this.  I love you mom!

~Laura

On Target with the Wallaby Sweater

May 8, 2008

I will be lacking photographs for a little while.  I don’t have the Internet in my apartment.  I use my Iphone for daily Internet tasks.  I don’t really have the ability to upload photos unless I go to my parents house, take the photos, and upload them there.   I will do this in the next few days so that everyone can see the Wallaby in all its glory.  I have finished knitting the pouch and fused it to the sweater.  I have continued to knit the body and I am now an inch and a half away from adding the sleeves.  That leaves me with less than a third of the sweater to go!  I should hopefully have this project completed with in my target goal which leaves me three weeks.  I am fortunate enough to have a job that allows me some time to knit.  This can be excellent, because I actually get more knitting done at work than at home these days.  As I noted last time my Wallaby pouch is knit out of Rowan Tapestry yarn colorway Rainbow.  I bought this yarn a year and a half ago.  Aside from knitting the pouch from it, I also added a stripe of it into the sleeves.  I ran out of the yarn I bought, but I have decided to use it in my hood as well.  Thankfully for Ebay, I have procured four more balls (I am holding the yarn double stranded) and I will indeed be able to add it into my hood. 

 

Wallaby Sweater and Mall of America

May 2, 2008

Today has been a busy day for me.  I work at group home for individuals with developmental disablities, and I have four clients.  Two of my clients wanted to visit the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota, and so we decided to take a day trip.   My program manager agreed to come with me after the staff that was supposed to come with never showed up for the trip.  We had a wonderful time at the mall eating at the Rainforest Cafe, and making bears at the Build a Bear Workshop.  I am a little tired out now, because I came in at nine this morning and I had to work until midnight still. 

Moving on to knitting, I am working on The Wonderful Wallaby sweater.  This is a seamless version of the hoodie with a nice big pouch on the front.  This pattern is from Cottage Creations and has been around since the eighties.  The pattern has sizes for small children through plus size.  It is an easy knit, but enjoyable.  I have two sleeves done and a third of the body including the pouch complete.  I have pictures posted from a few months ago.  I haven’t touched the project since those pictures.  I knit the sweater with cascade 220 in a light green heather colorway, and the pouch is knit with a varigated Rowan Tapestry yarn.  I love this Rowan yarn it is very soft and made from Soy.  I am pleased with the Cascade as well, it knits up very evenly.  I have a goal to finish this project within three weeks.  I will post the sweater in its completed form.

I am here!

April 29, 2008

I am not going to offer any excuses for my lack of blogging, I just want to let everyone know I am back.  There is so much I want to talk about that I will just jump in. 

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I will start out with the knitting related news.  I started Shelly Kang’s blankie project last summer.  I lost it in November after my car accident, and it just recently popped up again.  I have been knitting feverishly on it ever since and in the last two weeks have added several new squares.  I urge every one to jump over to Shelly’s blog and check out the blankie, and read about the horrible thing that is happening to Shelly.  Her credit is being taken away from her, and someone is profiting from the theft!  Here are pictures of my version of Shelly’s blankie.

 

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My second order of buisness has to do with sharing the story of My niece Amara.  Amara is three and a half years old. 

When she was nine months old her doctor discovered that she had a large tumor in her abdomen.  It was determined a few days later that Amara had what is known as Whilm’s Tumor.  It is a childhood cancer that occurs on the kidney.  Amara had her tumor and kidney removed within in four days of discovering the cancer.  She was treated at Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis.  She recieved Chemotherapy for a few months and in the end was given a clean bill of health.  The Doctors said it is unlikely that the cancer will ever bother her again.  This past March Amara was granted a wish by The Make a Wish Foundation.  Her wish was to goto Disney World with her Cousin Maya who lives in Texas (We live in Wisconsin).  This turned out to be entire family vacation.  My parents, Both my sisters and their seven children, and me all went to Orlando, Florida and spent a week together.  Amara and Maya were given the royal treatment.  Make a Wish is an amazing organization, and they really do make dreams and wishes come true! 

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Make a wish granted another gift to my family that they didn’t even know about.  They gave us what is likely to be our last family vacation all together.  Upon returning from Florida my family recieved grave news.  Four and a half years ago my father was diagnosed with cancer.  His cancer is called synovial sarcoma.  It is very rare, very progressive, and likely to return after treatment.  He was given large doses of chemothearapy, radiation, and underwent major surgery to remove his high grade tumor.  That was four and a half years ago and he chose not to return to the doctor not even once.  He knew that it the treatment didn’t stop the cancer there was little to nothing that could be done for him.  So, he kept living, working, and being our father.  The cancer is back, and he has a watermelon sized tumor.  There is no cure, all treatment options are comfort measures.  I kick myself in the ass, becasue I can’t tell him to his face what he means to me.  I love my dad very much!  He has worked hard his entire life.  He has provided me a wonderful life full of opportunity, happiness, and every comfort I have ever needed.  He was the only person on Earth who would give me the money to bail myself out of severe credit card debt.  I have always had a car to drive, a pillow to sleep on, and food to eat because of my parents.  I got togo to college, I got to live in Japan, I’ve got to take trips around the country.  He’s always been my partner in political debates.  My dad has the best work ethic of anyone I have ever met.  He is a great man, a good person, and my father!