Wednesday, February 25, 2004

I have an opinion

Bess and Catherine mention Lent in their blogs today. The "giving up" and "sacrifice". I went to Catholic school for 12 years. Religion classes taught by nuns and priests (one of whom resigned after pleading guilty a few weeks ago, but that's another story). In first grade, Sister Imelda passed around a box with slips of paper in it. On each slip of paper was a "sacrifice" that we had to make for Lent. My slip of paper said candy. I was six. I mentioned to my father that I should have been able to chose my own....he told me that the nuns were always right and made sure I had no candy that Lenten season. That was the beginning of my battle with forced religion. The adults ensuring I believed what I was told and had no original thoughts or opinions of my own. I gave up the fight in 6th grade after Sister Agnes called me an idiot. I did have a one time relapse in 9th grade during the discussion of what Adam and Eve actuallyphysically looked like, you know, that whole evolution thing. The punishments were not worth it. It was easier to memorize and spew back. I became a good girl and tried to set an example for my younger siblings.

And that brings me to this. I'm not sure why I want to see The Passion of the Christ.

For entertainment? Not my style of movie with all the violence.

Religion? I still believe but not exactly the what the Catholic church says I should. Will a movie that I will have my eyes closed during most of "save" me?

Curiosity? Probably. I've watched the interviews with Mel, Jim and cast. Saw the "Making of" on PAX and read and con.

I have made plans to see it with friends in a few weeks. I'm just not sure how I want or need to approach this movie. Perhaps I know too much about it. Perhaps I'll just walk in, sit down and watch.

I did promise the knitting ring knitting so here it is:

I saw the KnittaPalooza weekend proof sheet last Saturday. 2 1/2 full days of classes and events. Even speakers during lunches and dinners!

Ewe Knit Kits will be moving into it's new location the weekend of March 13th. Lights are in, office is built, second register stand is in progress, shelving ordered, and walls are painted. The plans are to begin moving in on Saturday morning and be finished by end of day Sunday. Store will be open 10 - 5:30 on Saturday. Please excuse our mess will be the statement of the day. And all offers to carry bags of yarn down a few doors will be accepted.

We're still hiring. Need a part time job? Employee discount plus salary.

The deli/bakery has opened. They kindly brought down leftovers (apple tarts, cheese tarts, croissants) about 3:00 Saturday afternoon. We'll be 2 doors down in a few weeks. I can vouch for the tuna on baggette.

So very happy Matt and Rob are able to stay open while they search for a new home for ThreadBear.
You are interchangeable.
Fun, free, and into everything, you've got every
eventuality covered and every opportunity just
has to be taken. Every fiber is wonderful, and
every day is a new beginning. You are good at
so many things, it's amazing, but you can
easily lose your place and forget to show up.
They have row counters for people like you!

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Hmm, yesterday I was "turbo". Guess it depends on my mood. That's the color of Manos I used for my scarf.

Wednesday, February 18, 2004

You are Franklin!

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My plan

Woke up this morning to 2WD's 6am news. They said that no one has won the "big" lottery. The thought that I could win has actually been in my head all morning. I fixed lunch, walked B, showered, dressed, ate, drove to work while formulating my plan. Here it is:

1. get to a lawyer
2a. order a navy blue, convertible, automatic with tan leather seats VW Beetle
2b. turn in retirement papers
3. setup trust accounts for my family and friends and charity
4. buy a house on a beach somewhere
5. go through my house and decide what I wanted to keep (not much!) and then have an estate sales person sell the rest

I get into the office, open a local business periodical and found a picture of the house I want to build (see step 4). Then I get an email from Coco asking if I wanted to join the pool they're getting together to play this gigantic lottery. Is this a sign?

The "not wanting much from my house" is an interesting concept. I actually looked around and thought...the bedroom and dining room furniture (1920 oak), my books, my yarns, the quilts, a few of my Santa Bears, knic-nacks that my grandmother left, a few pieces of jewlrey and some clothes.

So does this mean that "stuff" is no longer necessary for me? Since I turned 50 I've begun thinking in terms of what will last? When I buy I long will I be able to use this? Is it a throw away in a year or so? When will I tire of it? What purpose does it serve? Sheesch!

This is an interesting article I found over here. I'm an introvert. I don't mind public speaking, like Sunday afternoons alone and I dislike big parties. Give me 5 or 6 people at a time that I know or have something in common with and I can handle it. That's why I tend to be on the outside of large groups. Hang out at the wall and observe.

My nieces shawl is coming along nicely. On the last 20 or so rows. Should be finished tonight. Must decide if I want to add fringe.

My first design for KnittaPalooza Felted class is done and felted. Turned out a bit larger than I wanted. So I'm on to try #2.

And how was last Saturday at Ewe Knit Kits? BUSY! Lots of husbands, SO's and boyfriends in with their ladies. We sold a ton of yarn.

Off to buy a lottery ticket........

Thursday, February 12, 2004

Bat those eyelashes

Made a call to Ewe Knit Kits earlier today to ask a question (more on that in a minute) and I could barely hear Bobbie. Lotsa people shopping...Thursday, 10:30 a.m. you know. Bobbie mentioned that the eyelash had come in. People were buying it by the boxes. I asked her to please save a box or two of Black for Saturday. I HATE having to tell shoppers...sorry, we sold out...and then I picture ladies who purchased on Thursday in dark parking lots selling it out of the back of their mini-vans and BMW's.

And on to KnittaPalooza news. I'll be teaching a class. Felting. Friday afternoon. 3 hours. I'm designing a purse/clutch. I hope someone signs up. Bring your own washer. There will be homework.

All team meetings will now be held at Neverland.

Monday, February 09, 2004

Hey Ya!

So another super busy Saturday at Ewe Knit Kits and Yarn. Yarn companies are really behind on shipments. The store looks positively empty. And what does come in flys out.

Update on the new location: Office walls are up and new lighting is being installed.

Remember that Manos I purchased a while ago? It's finally found the right stitch and is a scarf with fringe....for me. Summer Sweater has become monotonous. So I've begun a scarf/shawl for my niece using Henry's Attic in a natural color. I'm making up the design as I go along using yo and k2tog's.

It kept me entertained me during the Grammy's....Sting in a kilt certainly didn't.

Monday, February 02, 2004

And another one is over already!

Weekends fly by don't they?

My backyard is very barren. Not much green left. And I can see over my fence into my neighbors yards now....must remember to put on a robe when I run out the back door.

Baby News My niece is expecting her first child. My mothers first great grand baby. I have a reason to pull out those baby patterns now.

Friday night I put Summer Sweater on 2 circulars so I could see how wide it would be. Yikes! The sweater is oversized but Yikes! I remeasured my favorite baggy sweater and then Summer and then remeasured and then layed all out on the floor and compared. Summer was restarted in a smaller size. Haven't ripped out what I've completed, just begun on a new ball of yarn.

Where is all the yarn that was ordered? Ewe Knit Kits and Yarn shelves are almost empty! I could've sold black eyelash for 10 times the retail price on Saturday! As it was, the moss green flew out of the store .... boxes of it. It's going to be a green spring.

It was a busy Saturday. From 1 until 5 there were 4 of us selling and one teaching. And there was always a line of people waiting to check out. And that's a good thing!

Felting has won as the next "big" thing. Wool flew out of the store and my Saturday felting class is full. Cascade is also on order. Suppliers can't keep up.

And knitting needles.....thank heavens for our local needle maker. He brought in 16 sets of 15's and 17's at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday....they didn't stay in the store more than 2 hours.

Justin, Justin, Justin....don't get caught up in cheap're too talented, sweet cheeks!