Enniu: General lack of interest or boredom. That's kind of what I've been feeling about blogging lately. I don't think I'm alone either – several of my favorite bloggers seem to be in the same frame of mind. Perhaps it's all the doom and gloom on the news. Even when you're in good financial shape, you can't help but let it affect your mood. Perhaps it's just not having anything to blog about. Nothing exciting happening here – just routine. Move along to more exciting blogs. Not that there's no news. Hubby and I celebrated our 36th wedding anniversary this past week. Our new blinds arrived that day, so we spent the evening hanging them, only to discover that the headrail was bent in shipping. The company was excellent to deal with and has shipped out a replacement, so no pictures of that yet.
The economic crunch also hit close to home. Ben, along with 1600 people in his company, received his layoff notice this week. It's certainly not a disaster. He's never really liked this job anyway and just lacked the initiative to go look for something else. Initiative has now arrived. They've been very financially responsible and are in good shape for the time being, so there's no panic. Of course, we're hoping that something will turn up a little closer to us, but at this point he just needs to find a job. Please send good thoughts and prayers their way.
I do have an FO to show:
Komet Socks by Stephanie van der Linden for the Sockknitters Anonymous October challenge on Ravelry. Yarn: Knitpicks Essential in Pumpkin, needles, size 0. Mods – Not technically a mod since the pattern says you can put in your favorite heel. I did a standard flap heel rather than the short row heel in the pattern because it fits me better. This is a wonderful pattern. Easy to memorize, but interesting things going on. I would say I'd do it again, but with the Sockdown challenge, I'm challenging myself to try new patterns and designers. For November Deb is doing a Mystery Sock and I will probably give that a go.
In the meantime, I'm committed to cleaning up some old projects that have been languishing. Right now I'm working on the Shetland Garden Faroese Shawl, started back in March. I'm on the last chart and it should be just a week's worth of knitting to get it completed. Today we're going on a cruise with hubby's car club up to Bellingham. I really like going on these cruises, because it's nice to spend time with hubby and I get to knit all day!
And there is quilting to talk about too. Yesterday in between babysitting our garage sale, I worked on this block:
I'm rather proud of this as it required multi-hooping (those of you who machine embroider will understand that) and I managed to line up everything perfectly. This is the last embroidered block for a quilt that I've been working on. In two weeks I'll be going to a quilt retreat and will be working on putting the quilt together. I wanted to have all the embroidery done so I didn't have to take the embroidery module with me. Next up is to really start practicing on my machine quilting. I've got so many quilt tops stacked up, it would take me more than a lifetime to hand quilt them.
And, just in case I don't have enough on my plate, I'm excited about getting into digital scrapbooking. I had started a scrapbook for Izzy, but am only two years behind on hers. I haven't even started Ivy's!! I've been looking at T.J.'s beautiful pages and decided that I am much more interested in digital than all the cutting, pasting and embellishment collecting that the other method requires. I've ordered Photo Shop Elements 7 from Costco. It comes with a scrapbooking tutorial from Linda Sattgast. With any luck, by next week I might have a very simple page to show off.