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planning and testing

I just figured out how to publish blog posts from my phone …. Fingers crossed! 

If this works, expect to hear more from me. Here’s a few pictures from our June meet-up. 

The last photo is Becky and the scarf from mystery yarn club 2016. The yarn is from Zombie yarns …. LORNA dyes again. Isn’t it lovely !

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the new digs

well, the website has officially moved for the first time since 2002!!! A little bit of culture shock here. The online shopping is currently offline. My beautiful welcome/landing page isn’t working properly. And I have to focus on pictures and images more . . . . stick with us!!

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Merry Christmas

Finally, all the surgeries for the grandkids are done. The flu had come and gone. I had a few hours to hit the stores last night. Let me tell you how much you can buy at Walmart, Rural King and Kroger. I have not knit a stitch in weeks and I’m feeling it!! Please tell me you are gifting knitting for Christmas?? Can you upload pictures in the comments? I don’t even remember how this blog thing works!!

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Grandkids grow so fast! What a blessing they are. Thinking of all my knitters though, missing you, and wish you all a very Merry Christmas!

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Ultimate Knitting Club soon to be launched

Do you own an Ultimate Knitting Machine, lk-150 or other mid/bulky hobby machine? Scoot on over to www.Ultimateknittingclub.com and sign up for the launch.

First up will be a series of basics by me, Lea-Ann, introducing techniques I use all the time. The pattern/class will be available for purchase on Ravelry, but the club members will receive an email with a coupon code so it’ll be free!! See? It pays to sign up!

First project: quick to knit fingerless mitts.
Yarn I’m using: rimu DK
Techniques: choosing yarn, calculating gauge, latch tool cast on, converting ribbing, fixing mistakes, latch tool bind off, mattress stitch, sewing in ends.

Woohoo! End result? Warm hands!!

Sign up now!

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Who am I?

If I’m not a journaler. I’ve tried over the years and basically I only journal during life changing emotional times, no day-to-day or funny stuff. But I have funny things happen through the day, usually grandchild related.

If I’m not a photographer. But I take oodles of pictures. They sit in shoe boxes or on various devices around the house. But I have tons of pictures and inspiration of knitted projects.

How can I be a blogger? Do i need to be excellent at writing and photographing to tell the world wide web something? What if I just want to share scenes of life with Lea-Ann. Would it be interesting, educational, entertaining? …. [Stay tuned]

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Relationships

How important are they? Family, work, friends ….

As I transition from retail to online, I find myself thinking of relationships developed over the years.

Family, of course. Being back in the home after twelve years, i’m remembering I just can’t drop what I’m doing with family and work. Nor can i drop what I’m working on to be with family. Discipline and setting hours are key. There will be exceptions, of course.

Work friends — and when your work is also you’re hobby — those friends are doubly important. How to maintain and build  those relationships when it’s no longer easy to be available regularly.  Clubs I used to frequent monthly are no longer. Hanging out at school events, not an option. Hmmmm.

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This picture of Tom was taken in the car on the way to our store closing sale. He absolutely *loves* giving a deal and just look at that twinkle in his eye. What a great day we had visiting with everyone. Makes me wonder how I’m going to do without the store to go to, but then I remember the retail hours, deciding what to do when the weather is bad, and all the stress…. And I look forward to finding the next way to build those relationships I desperately need.

What about you? How do you strike a balance in relationships? How do you maintain contact and build friendships? What works? What doesn’t?