One day in early summer, 1998, my brand new husband came home from work and announced “we’re moving.” We had planned on leaving Upstate New York for Colorado somewhere down the road, but a conversation with a co-worker, who had planned to get out and never did, had lit the fire. He was ready to go NOW!
Less than a month later we were in Denver planting roots that reached deeper and deeper over the following 16 years. It was home from the moment we arrived. It’s where we truly started our marriage, and had all of our babies, and made friends that became family. It’s where I found my passion for fiber arts and the friends that would push me completely out of my comfort zone to learn and do even more.
In early 2013 my husband changed jobs, taking a step down in position to be in a better job situation. It was the best move possible for our entire family, and the promise was to put him back in the position he had worked so hard for as soon as possible. Early this year, that position became available.
There were tears. Yelling. Stomping. Arguments. Doors slamming. Then we told the kids. They were just fine. As gut wrenching as it was to leave, we packed up the family and arrived in Albuquerque in early August. I like it here, I really do! But it’s just not Home. Our master plan is to get back to Denver as soon as we can. In the mean time, I’ll be doing my best to enjoy my time in
exile New Mexico.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to do some Market Research. In other words, I’m gonna go find the yarn shops!
Once upon a time, I made a bunny named Chickenbutt. I didn’t name him that. My then three-year-old did. Chickenbutt is somewhat famous in some circles. He’s much loved, we’ve celebrated his birthday (you get strange looks when you ask the bakery for a cake that says ‘Happy Birthday Chickenbutt!’) He is B’s best friend.
For years I have refused to re-knit the bunny for others. No, that was a one-off for B. It’s special. Then a friend asked if I would knit a bunny for her 3 year old. A rainbow bunny. For Easter. And they live on the other side of the country. How could I say no?
I found the perfect rainbow colors in KnitPicks Shine, a ridiculously soft cotton blend. I only needed one skein of each color, and even then had enough leftover for another buddy for someone. And by someone I mean the kid I had to pry the rainbow bunny away from. The pattern I used is Nummy Bunny, a free pattern that also happens to be adorable!
The stripes were tedious, but the end result is so worth it. I am NOT making any more bunnies, though! Wait, what? Oh, fine. I’m not making any more after this Denver Broncos bunny…
I recently acquired a new roommate. She’s quiet, she only takes up a small amount of space and she doesn’t leave her stuff lying around. Meet Thelma. (modeling my smooshy soft Color Affection shawl!)
I’ve wanted an old vintage style dress form for years. When I first moved to Colorado, a neighbor had one in the window and I would see it driving home every night. I wasn’t even knitting then, but loved the idea of one just as decor. Then I started knitting and thought maybe having one would be useful. In the last year I decided it was a necessity. That she doesn’t look half bad when not in use is a bonus.
Earlier this year I was at a HomeGoods store and they had a half dozen different dress forms in various patterns and I decided then and there I would have one! On pay day… When I went back they were gone. Since then I’ve watched Craigslist and Ebay religiously, but never found quite the right thing in quite the right price range. Then on a whim, needing to burn a little time before an appointment, I decided to go poke around TJ Maxx and HomeGoods, and there she was.
The hubby suggested the name, the reasoning being that if I get another, I can call her Louise. Sounds like he just sent me shopping!