Front is done

And I even wove in my ends ahead of time! Now that is an accomplishment if you ask me.

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I really did want to get this front off the needles this weekend, but I wasn’t sure it could be done since I have been studying more than knitting. I am very pleased it is done, now for the back!

Also, I started to swatch for The Secret of the Stole. Now, technically I knew I wasn’t going to use the harmony needles I have since they are too large for the project, but I just wanted to get a good feel for the needles themselves to see if I liked them. They are indeed sharp, which is great. They are also super slippery in my opinion. It is fantastic to have slippery sharp needles that aren’t metal, since my hands can’t work with metal at all! But for lace I am thinking my addi’s might be better. I’d really like to get ahold of the sock set in harmony’s as I think they would work super well.

Today I asked my daughter if I could give her a hug, which she allowed for a bit, but then said “That’s enough!” That is the first time I have heard her use that phrase, I just burst out laughing.

Also, she is a pretty decent ball winder operator.

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Well maybe not official…

Apparently to change your name back after a divorce, you must have that written in the divorce decree.  He has to “give you permission” to take back your maiden name.  Never have I heard something so ridiculous.  So, my options are, get the divorce amended by the judge, keep my name the same, or go for a “Common Useage” name change.  There are rules to that but for the most part, I just use the name I want consistently.

Lets examine these options.  In the last post, we examined why I prefer not to keep my name the same.  But amending the divorce decree will be difficult, and my ex would have to agree to it.  If he thinks it is important to me, he is not likely to agree to it in the first place.

I don’t think I understand this common usage thing.  I suspect that you would have to be awfully consistent, but how do you do so when you often have to back everything up with identification?  I don’t really get it.

So I suppose for now, I am stuck with this name I took.  Too bad really.  I am a little down about it.  I suppose it is that rebellious nature I just talked about getting really bent out of shape that he can dictate what name I can or cannot have.  Boy that really rubs me the wrong way!

It is official

I am changing my last name back to my maiden name.  I have made this decision for a variety of reasons.  Firstly, I like my maiden name!  Also, my married name is boring.  Secondly, I think it is not good to be tied even in name to this person I have divorced.  His life is a train wreck and any additional degrees of separation may be a positive thing.  Because I still bear his last name, I am constantly getting collections agency notices and bankruptcy attorney offers because of bills which are not my responsibility.  Perhaps a name change will help this a bit.

The main reason I have not done so yet is because this means I will have a different last name from my daughter.  I don’t think in the end that this is a big issue, as a lot of children, I am sad to say, have similar situations.  Perhaps it is slightly selfish to not want to be reminded of your ex every time you tell someone your name, but I have been giving this thought all summer long and I don’t believe I am doing this for selfish reasons, but rather to protect myself and my daughter from someone who is in a constant state of denial about the train wreck that is his life.  And we all know he isn’t going to change!

On the knitting front, I finished the second baby hat yesterday but did not find time to take a picture before I eagerly gave it to the parent of the rightful owner.  If I am lucky, they will send me some pictures of the girls wearing the hats, that would be lovely.  Now it is project that must not be named all the time.

In addition to this, I am going to try my hand at designing some colorwork patterns.  Not the whole garment but the patterns that can be worked into the garment.   I just need more graph paper, the stuff I have right now is too large for the bigger projects I am working on.  That should happen on Friday.

In school news, I missed a question on my quiz yesterday.  I had been complaining that I didn’t have enough time to study this week but to be honest, no amount of studying would have changed my answer in this case.  He was deliberately trying to trip us up with that question and he got me!  I knew the answer was not correct, it did not look right at all.  I kept thinking “why would a poet do that?  That can’t be right!” and indeed it wasn’t.  But first midterm is next week and it just makes me want to study all the harder.  In fact, I have canceled any plans I had for the weekend in order to stay at home and study.   The only thing I haven’t canceled is my knit night but I would not typically be studying during that time period anyhow.  So I don’t consider it a loss to study time.

On a final note…what is it with my rebellious nature?  What is it that makes me want to do the opposite of what people tell me to do?  I have always been this way a little bit.  A good example of this is my neighbor down the road.  I don’t particularly care for her.  She doesn’t like the fact that when I park my car in my driveway, the tail end hangs out into the sidewalk a bit.  Now, I do have a garage, but it is a tight squeeze and I don’t really feel like putting the car in there during the warm months.  It is a bit of a pain, I don’t have a garage door opener so it feels like I have to get in and out of my car a whole bunch to get it in the garage.  Then once it is in there, it is hard to get my daughter out.  It really wasn’t her asking me necessarily that bugged me but the way she went about it.  She doesn’t just ask nicely but I always get this veiled tone of “you are stupid and you are doing this to make me angry” which is not the case.  My theory is that if she finds it so hard to walk around the tail end of my car (which does leave sidewalk room) then she can march herself over to the other side of the road where there is a nice open sidewalk with no cars at all.  After all, I am not the only car on my side of the street that hangs its tail onto the sidewalk!  Soon enough the weather is going to get cool and I am not going to want to scrape windows so the car will go in the garage again.  But why does she just rub me the wrong way and bring up my reactionary nature?  Of course, when I mentioned this to significant other, he being a much better person than I could hope to be, instantly said “Sweetie, I think maybe it is just better to park your car where it doesn’t bother her, after all, if we can and are able to do something to make someone else’s life easier, shouldn’t we just be happy to do it?”  Well, I don’t think I can argue with that logic.

Lack of knitting to post

It has been a few days since I posted anything, mostly because there has been a severe lack of knitting updates to post!  I’d prefer not to keep boring everyone with updates on the project that must not be named so I am waiting to get the front off the needles.  Only 10 more centimeters to go.  I still think October 13 is a rather ambitious date to complete the project by, but I can at least shoot for that.

So, in order to keep everyone entertained, I give you stories of the daughter.

So as I mentioned, she likes all things Peter Pan these days.  What really cracks me up is that when we go to the park, rather than playing on the slides, she walks the perimeter on the wooden boards with her arms outstretched singing “we can fly we can fly we can fly!”

Adorable!

Update on bedtime issues.  She has decided that chocolate is worth not waking me up at night.  However, calling me back upstairs and crying at bedtime is still higher on the scale of things to do than the call of chocolate.  So she isn’t getting chocolate in the morning.  So, I am now telling her that if she calls me back upstairs repeatedly and cries, I will take ALL of her movies, put them away, and she will not be able to watch any of them ’till she earns them back.  That was apparently a real threat, not a peep out of her last night.  Which was good, since it was the season premier of Heroes!

I have also realized that 8:30 seems to be around her natural bedtime.  I have tried to put her to bed earlier but she still falls asleep around 8:30 so I think I am best just going with it!

Gotta love Pirates?

You scored as Captain Jack Sparrow,You are definitely quirky and often mistaken for mad but if anyone is truly paying attention they can see there is method to your madness. You try really hard to be bad but in the end you tend to do the right thing.


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OK, it is eerily accurate!

Made all the more amusing due to my daughter’s sudden love of all things Peter Pan!

A couple of posts

That are not my own but that I found interesting, touching, or just plain amusing.

From Fast Food Pharmacy

A post about nutrition and the state of our collective health.

From Yarn Harlot

A post about New Orleans, be sure to read all the way down to the part about the bottle tree.

From Slurpee

This post just cracked me up for some reason. Maybe because I have worked in corporate food service and know all the stupid things we were asked to do that made absolutely no sense.

Enjoy 🙂

I didn’t make it….

But I can still brag!!!

Favorite coworker made this for a friend who just had a baby. It is beautiful! She claims she hasn’t knitted in a long time but … does that perfectly even basket weave look like someone who doesn’t know what she is doing? I don’t think so! It came off the needles today during break and to see her reaction to the finished project was so much fun for me! Same reaction that I usually have, a touch of “maybe I’ll just keep it,” a bit of “Can’t wait to give it to the rightful owner” a whole heap of pride and just a tiny ounce of “they better appreciate this!” The blanket is lovely and blue and soft and large enough to stick with the child for a good long time. It is a nylon and acrylic blend and it is so very very soft and thick! I can only hope that knitting is contagious and that the bug is permanent!

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