One year and counting!

Good morning everyone! TGIF! It has been an eventful week here at the Christensen Huis – my kids were bouncing off the walls because Spring Break starts today (and when they are teenagers, it makes for some pretty heavy duty bouncing!!) – they are headed off with their Dad to the Bahamas for a week of fun in the sun. It has been insane at work – major changes in lending criteria have made the learning curve steep! My boss was a casualty of “being downsized” – his position was eliminated yesterday. When he called to tell me I cried – he is the provider for his family. I liked him and feel awful that this happened to him. It also means that my “new” boss is in the Detroit area – miles away from our team – and the markets are vastly different. My team-mates and I are nervous about what will shake down next. We lost our “go to” person who fought our battles for us. Change is not always good.

On a brighter note – it is Friday, I am thankfully busy at work and low enough on the totem pole that our jobs are safe. We are the peons after all!

Spring is unfurling slowly and beautifully here – my tree in the front yard has leaf buds on it, the birds are singing their beautiful chorus’, and it smells so good outside! I took this photo of my “Sunday sky”, an amazing sunset that we had on Sunday night. Beautiful, isn’t it?

So, yesterday I mentioned a small contest to celebrate 1 year of blogging. That’s right, it was a year ago that “As Kat Knits” was born. I have enjoyed the process of this tremendously and even more – have enjoyed finding other knitting bloggers. I enjoy reading your blogs as much as I enjoy blogging. I have made some good friends that I would have never met if it were not for this media! To celebrate I have a fun little contest… taking a page from my friend Lynne – I have filled my antique Irish Bread bowl with yarn. Guess how many skeins I have filled it with. Here you go …
Or maybe this view is better…
Or perhaps this one?

Get your guesses in – you will have until Sunday night, April Fool’s Day to vote.

What will you win? I have 3 skeins of Cotton Chenile ready to ship off to the winner in lovely “spring” colors. So, gentle readers – get out there and vote! Have a fantastic Friday.

It’s Blogiversary Eve!

Wow, tomorrow As Kat Knits will be 1 year young! Where did the time go? It is hard to imagine how much change has happened in the last year of my life – job changes, life changes, knitting challenges, and new friends! I feel a contest coming on – I shall ponder it over the evening and post the details in the morning.

The weather here has been just lovely! Hope it is equally lovely in your corner of the world.

Stay tuned for more…

Traveling Tuesday!

Hello everyone. I have been working on travel plans – knitting travel plans. Where am I going, you ask? Well, it is not me going – I am in Lynne’s Special Swap and the theme for March and April is to send our pal on a “knitting journey”. I have been working on all the fun stops for my pal to travel on. I think I have her “itinerary” about complete, but am looking for 1 or 2 last “must” stops. This has been so much fun, and I am excited to see where she is going to “send” me!!

Has everyone been bitten by the “Spring Fever Bug”? I know I certainly have – I am itching to get outside and play! I saw signs of life in my garden this morning – my yarrow is coming up!! The birds are all singing amazing chorus’, it is so grand to have the windows open to listen to them. It is also grand to have the HEAT OFF!

I have Knitter’s Guild tonight – it is WWIT night. I know we all have had those moments of weakness – the “What Was I Thinking” knitting blunders. I am bring 3 WWIT items tonight – I will post photo’s of my lovelies later. I think you will all agree – What was I thinking! Trust me ladies – if you are over 12 and weigh more than 100 pounds, a “furry poncho” just does not work! Heck, a “non-furry poncho” does not work! If you recall “Virtual Kat” from a month ago – you can easily see why a poncho and the “wide angle backside” do not go well together! So, I am hauling off my early knitting adventures off for “new ideas” at the Guild meeting tonight. There should be laughs for all – at least with what I am bringing. The knitting blunder I am not bringing is the sweater I knit for my “dear, departed husband” (and before all of you start commenting and asking if he died – no he is alive and well, or at least that is what I last heard! He just has “moved on” – to another state!). Some ideas that some of the gals from SnB were rather funny… the one I thought was funniest was take the sweater out with me to “find a new owner”. Can you see me walking down the streets of Holland holding my sweater up to male passers-by, sizing them up? My fear is that it is (excuse my language here…) asshole sized and I am certainly not looking for another one of those! Another thought was to “felt” it a bit so it can fit my son – but, the same connotation is ringing in my head, and my son is very dear to me! It is gorgeous yarn – Noro Cochoran – a real waste of good yarn, if you ask me. It was the first sweater I finished and sending it to the Frog Pond would be painful! I think I will keep it as a reminder of what not to seek in a male companion!

Okay, enough of this line of thought – watch for photo’s of my WWIT – hmmm, I think I can add a picture of my husband to that line up as well!

Have a fabulous Tuesday all!

Weekends are for knitting…

Hello everyone! It was such a lovely weekend here, right now it is 70 degrees outside – it was an amazing day. I did quite a bit of knitting this weekend watching March Maddness – see how far I am on my Simple Knitted Bodice!!
What are those 2 cakes of yarn you ask? Well, as I went through my stash – I discovered that I did not have enough yarn to complete this sweater! I had to go buy 2 additional balls of Ultra Alpaca – different dye lots, thus I am working them in with my other yarn. I am working on the waist portion, almost ready to start the lace work. I am having so much fun knitting this! Top down sweaters are definately my cup of tea! I love how I can try it on as I go!! This sweater will be sure to fit!

I have plans for this summer that I am dying to share with you all! I have arrived in knitting – I truly believe that! Rose from my LYS asked me if I wanted to go to Sievers School this summer for a week long class with her! Now, Rose is an amazing knitter. She has taught me so many new and fun things – she was the one who encouraged me to take the class with Beth Brown Reinsel! So, what is on the class list this summer? Knitting from South Sweden with Carol Huebscher Rhoades as our instructor!! Think on this gentle readers – a week of knitting!!! In my prior life this would not have been possible, but it surely is now! And, you cannot imagine how honored I am that Rose has asked me!!! Can life get any better???

I am working on my Bloomin’ Feet socks as well, but I have to tell you – it has been hard to put down SKB this week. I promise to do better next week Amanda and post a photo of my sock progression for you! Hopefully I will be done with sock #1 and have sock #2 started. That is my plan and I am sticking to it!!

Have a good Monday everyone!!

Chain letters

What are your thoughts on Chain Letters? I have never been one to participate in them, I frankly find them a nuisance to the nth degree. Well, I got one at work the other day – have you all heard of the “Financial Blessings Letter”? Someone, this chain letter is unsigned, so the victim (me) has no idea who is my tormentor! If you are in my office and you put this letter in my mailbox, you might want to stop reading by blog about now… it is going to get ugly from here forward.

So, I go up and ask the receptionist if she knows who put this in my mailbox – she laments to me, no – but I got 6 of them!

Basically, the gist of this “letter” is that if you do not send this letter out – great peril awaits the poor sap who does not send it on to dozens of other poor saps. Yet – if you do send this out to the unsuspecting public – a treasure trove of blessings are just waiting to be showered upon you.

Here is my question – beyond my asking above what your thoughts are on chain letters – is there anyone out there who believes this?? I guess I can see why people answer those emails on the “Ethiopia Scams” etc.

So, as I am not going to send this letter out to any of my friends, so-called friends, acquaintances, or even those people who are not friends – stay tuned to see what horror befalls me in the next few days! I am sure to keep you all posted!

Hey – the sun is out after the rain of yesterday – it is about 50 degrees outside and tonight is Knit Night, it is a good day in my neighborhood! Have a good one in yours!

Spring has Sprung!

Welcome Spring – come on in! Sit down and stay for awhile!! Are you all as excited as I am that we ushered in spring last night? Boy oh boy – I can tell you that this household certainly is! And, it seems that as March came roaring in like a ravaging lion, the forecast for the next 8 days are more lamb-like! We are supposed to reach 50 degrees today – and it is supposed to rain! Unlike the song – rainy days and “Wednesdays” don’t always get me down! The rain will be welcome – something to wash all the dirt away. Something to help perk up the grass and encourage the tulips and daffodils to bloom! With a week of 50 degree temperatures, by the weekend there will be color everywhere!

I have been looking through the new Knitty.com and there are several patterns that have caught my eye! Tahoe is certainly a lovely sweater!

I love the drape of the yarn and the sleeves! Debbie Bliss and Koigu – can you get a better combination than this?

What about Bauble? I have not done any bead knitting, but the colors drew me in!
Nice? I love this! This would match much of what is in my “spring” closet! Michaels here I come!

Then I saw these… Quill Lace socks!

Okay, I can see my daughter in these – I don’t have any Lisa Souza yarn, but I do have a goodly amount of sock yarn in my stash – I will have to finish my Bloomin’ Feet Socks and cast these beauties on!

But, the thing that really caught my eye was More stripes!
I have some Noro Silk Garden in my stash – all I need are 4 skeins of a contrasting color. I think that will not break my New Year’s Resolution too badly – so I am heading for my LYS to get the yarn! This sweater will also help me with my resolution – it is “steeked” – so I will be learning a new technique as well! I need to knit furiously on my Simple Knitted Bodice so I can cast this beauty on!
Have a wonderful day as you usher in spring to your neighborhood!

Sunday Blues

It is a chilly day here in West Michigan – a mere 29 degrees out. Here is a picture of our morning sky though – there is blue sky and do you see the buds on the trees?


It amazes me that just a couple of warm days and buds appear on the trees and tulips and daffodils are coming up.

Last night I had dinner with some friends to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day – I really wonder how much green beer is served in Ireland! We went to our local pizza parlour – I know, there is some real Irish fare! They had a band that was not very Irish either, so I was home early. Plus, I had work calls – I need to counsel those people on getting a life!

I worked on SKB yesterday and I have plans to knit much more on it today – while I watch March Madness this afternoon. Knitting and college hoops, what a great afternoon. Sunday nights used to be a much better television night when Grey’s was on – how many of you are watching the Apprentice this season? It has not impressed me at all. I am ready for the “Reality Show” phenomenon to fade away. It seems to be an insult to one’s intelligence – or have we all become voyuers – wanting to peer in to other’s lives – lives that are orchestrated by directors. Seems a bit odd to me – but, maybe I am odd! After all, I blog about my life so you all can read about it!! And, as you can see – I read about your lives too! Okay, I definately need to get a life! That is most certainly true! (There is my Lutheran comment for the day!)

Have a relaxing Sunday everyone!