You know how sometimes you just want to knit some wicked cables without the commitment of a sweater, cardigan, etc? I was feeling that way for quite some time when it dawned on me that I could make a neckwarmer. Simple, quick and utilitarian (at least when it gets cold).
A week or two ago I meandered into a Tuesday Morning shop. For those of you unfamiliar with this particular chain, think Big Lots, Pick ‘N Save (which I believe has been out of biz forever?) and other such establishments. I hadn’t been to one here in Northern California yet, and wanted to discover what treasure lay therein. Oh boy. Fifty buckaroos later, I’m walking out with 7 skeins of name brand yarn and mentally trying to rearrange the grocery shopping so I can afford this. Oops. Part of the haul was the yarn I used to make this neckwarmer. I doubt you’ll be able to find the exact color, and unless you’re a ginger, you probably wouldn’t want this exact color! Anyway, if you feel so inclined, click on the pic and you’ll be directed to the pattern. If anyone makes it, I would totally love to see it!
Which brings me to gingers. (Oh, hush up. Ladies, you know how circular thought processes work!) Years ago, I met my first ginger friend. For those of you who aren’t blessed with pasty white skin, red hair, sandy eyebrows and eyelashes, you probably aren’t aware that we are, quite literally, a minority, and it can be difficult to hook up with another redhead. I have been blessed with two very good ginger friends, one I hadn’t been in touch with for quite some time. Enter: Twitter. I had googled my friend’s name for awhile, but search engines, especially when you’re looking for a person, have a tendency to give you local results. I knew she wasn’t local, so after awhile, I gave up. It wasn’t until I got a wild hair and thought to use my Twitter account. I didn’t find her directly, but I found where she works and we’ve been trying to get together ever since. It’s just so exciting to reconnect with someone you’ve missed, looked at those old pictures and actually have her recipes in your old, overstuffed recipe binder, that I had to write about it!
This is one of those peculiar, kismet type situations. I really wasn’t looking for work, but I felt I needed more structure to my life. I’m one of those people. Anyway, I happened upon Craigslist and thought, why not look in the employment section? For office type jobs, Craigslist listings are rife with scams, work from home garbage and generally unhelpful crap. This one post caught my eye because it was local and was for a cannabis clinic. Here in California, medical marijuana is legal. Intrigued, I responded to the ad and didn’t expect an answer. A week later, I was called in for an interview. The interview was the most honest I’ve ever conducted. You know what I mean. We all do it. It’s not deception or lying, but when you’re in an interview, you present yourself in the best light possible. It just makes sense. This time, I turned off the filters and threw aside the “work interview” mind mode. The lady interviewing me identified herself as the boss, and I actually liked her, so I thought, nah. I ain’t getting this job. Surprise! I went in for a working interview, and that went well.
Just a quick shout out to crochet thread to thank for suggesting an awesome teacher, Crochet Geek! Go to my Tutorial links and find the link there. Anymore suggestions, anyone? The more the merrier! LOL