Monday, July 14, 2014

Help me, Obi Wan Kenobi. You're my only hope.

I know this is kinda breaking my vacation from blogging but I’m doing it for good reason.

You see, I need your help.

After 5 years together, my now ex-boyfriend has decided that he no longer wants to be with me. Yes, it sucks. Yes, I’m obviously upset by this. No, I don’t want a pity party. This was done out of the complete blue so I have nothing saved. All of my money has been going towards my student loans. I have $46 in my checking account right now.

I’m stuck in the crapiest city in the crapiest state (in my opinion, of course). Right now I’m trying to find a place to live in my hometown, 900 miles cross-country from where I currently am, and a job in the surrounding area.  Right now I have no car, no job, no place to live.  All I have is my winning charm, a friendly cat and enough yarn to choke a whole passel of horses as you, my dear readers, know.

What I’m proposing is a fundraiser. I am currently working part time at a Big Box Craft Store. I’ve already talked with my manager and explained the situation to her and she said she would give me as many hours as she can but of course, she is limited at what she can do. I have just about two months to save as much money as I can for the move, the resulting rent/groceries/utilities/expenses that might arise. The moving truck and gas for said truck have already been arranged so any money will go towards things once I get back home. Right now, I have a bed and a desk and that’s it for furniture. You could say I’m in a really shitty situation.

Here’s my pitch.

I have a fundraiser set up at For every $5 donated to that fund, I will crochet or knit one square to go towards a blanket for a local animal shelter. The squares are going to be 6”x6” and the blankets will be 24”x24”. I figure that while I don’t have a lot of money, I do have a whole tub of yarn dedicated towards charity knitting. I also work at a craft store so if I somehow have to buy more yarn for this fundraiser, it won’t cost me an arm and a leg and won’t take away much money from my savings.

So please, dear readers, take a look at my fundraiser and consider donating a few bucks. If you can’t afford it, which I totally understand, please consider sharing the link with your friends and family and random internet strangers.

I wouldn’t be asking for help unless I REALLY needed it. Anyone who knows me knows that.

I really just want to go home.

(Handy dandy link for those who would like to share. )

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

The End (Days 363-365)

Here I am at the end of my year long mission to knit every day. I wish I had something pithy or clever to say about it other than, "Holy shit, I actually finished it."

But I am actually surprised in myself. I've said before how I didn't expect to make it this far. That I would get distracted by something else, like a job or something floating in the breeze. But I didn't fail my mission until I was so overwhelmed by Harry Potter that knitting wasn't the first thing on my mind.

And then I still continued. I still powered though, determined to finish a year of knitting, even if it wasn't every day in a row. And sure, getting a job and working has cut into my dicking around time, but I am still knitting. And I'm officially on the class list for teaching beginner knitting at the Big Box Craft Store that I work at which I am incredibly excited about.

Looking back, I've actually accomplished a lot. I've gotten a lot knit and finished including a mountain of Christmas presents, numerous washcloths and even got a few lingering works in progress out of my stash. We won't talk about the many, many others that are just chilling out in my closet right now. And of course, the biggest accomplishment is still finishing this thing. 

Right now, my plan for the future is to start a new year long project but not until August 1st. It'll be a little bit different format since I do have a job and will be quite busy but hopefully, dear reader, you'll still stick around. I'll be taking a little time off from the whole blog thing but only until August. So never fear, my illuminating quips about knitting and crafting and everyday life will be returning but, I don't know about you, I need a break.

Have a good summer and thank you for coming with me on my mission.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Coming to an end (Days 357-362)

One more project off the needles just before the Tour de Fleece starts and my time will be taken up between spinning and knitting on my other lace shawl.

The shawl which I have been working like crazy to get progress done on. I'm seeing the progress from the yarn slowly disappearing from my yarn ball.

And of course, my year of knitting (almost) every day is coming to an end. I still haven't decided what I've learned or what experience I've gained other than I've learned that I can commit to something and actually finish it when I want to.

Maybe I can put that on a resume...