Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Back to reality........


How could it be that with all these needles and hooks I have I still find I often do not have exactly what I need for a project?  I have to admit with yarn and needles I am a bit of a snob.  I like my needles pointy, really, really, pointy and the Clover Takumi size 9's I have were just not cutting it.  I even tried metal needles that I first bought as a beginner knitter.  I don't even want to admit to how long ago that was, but lets just say those needles might be antiques now.  The metal needles actually hurt my hands, they made my ring fingers hurt on both hands, not sure what that is about. 


I actually went to two yarn stores near by and Joann's with no luck at all searching for better needles, so right after Christmas I ordered some from Knit Picks, and they just arrived.  Sort of a New Year present just for me.  I love my Knit Picks interchangeable's and their other straight needles, so I thought I would give these Caspian needles a go.  They are a little sticky at first, I think they need the oil from your hands to get a really smooth flow going with the yarn, but all in all I really like them. 


Maybe they will motivate me to get busy on this Hitchhiker Scarf.  Yes this is my third one, and I have at least one more that I am going to make.  All have been for friends and all have been very easy breezy to stitch up.  My problem is that I just can't find the time I need to get busy on this.  I am back to reality with my busy work schedule.  Actually school started for Little Buddy today so he is back to reality also, and from what I read in his binder he, "had a hard time focusing today in class!"  Well my goodness I had a hard time focusing today at work!  


This back to reality situation I am not ready for, and I know my little one isn't either, Mr.22 and his girlfriend return to Columbus on Thursday.  I have been spoiled as my oldest was home for over two weeks, well actually two and a half now that I think about it.  I have enjoyed every minute of his stay, he is maturing and impresses me with how wonderful he is to his youngest brother and his girlfriend, she has been her a week!  Yes he still has a way to go, a work in progress as we all are, but he is gaining on the maturity stuff and that is where I want him to be headed.   Little Buddy adores him!  

So be prepared everyone deep depression is heading Little Buddy's and my way, not even new knitting needles is going to help with this, I just might have to go yarn shopping. 

35 comments:

Mrs. Micawber said...

Needle envy! Needle envy! Hope the new ones work out for you, Mere. I've fallen in love with pointy pointy needles too while working on the Socks of Doom.

Here's to smooth transitions for you and LB. Happy New Year to you all!

Teresa Kasner said...

I'm so glad your older son has been able to spend so much time there.. he's really handsome! His girlfriend is gorgeous and she looks like a real sweetheart. I'm sorry you and Little Buddy have to go back to the grindstone. I hope you get to retire someday soon and enjoy being home a lot more. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

Betsy said...

I love the picture of Little Buddy, Mr. 22 and his girlfriend. Pure happiness radiates out of that picture. I like my needles very sharp and very pointy also. I've been making all of the mittens with my clover bamboo needles and I'm not real happy with them. Plus, they're bending on me. My husband looked at them and said, "are those supposed to be straight?" Ha! I may have to treat myself someday too. Hang in there Meredith. Only three more days till the weekend!
Blessings my sweet friend,
Betsy

Amy at love made my home said...

Shop away my dear! You deserve it! I am even tempted by those knitting needles and I can't knit! I have some knit pro - what knit picks is called here - crochet hooks and I do love them! Mr 21 and his girlfriend and Buddy look so gorgeous together and all so very happy! Hope that you don't get too down and that the needles take the edge off a bit! xx

CJ said...

How lovely your knitting needles look all together like that. I can never find the right ones for a project either, it's frustrating. Not much concentrating done here today either, it's hard to sit still after Christmas I think! I'm glad you've had such a lovely time with your boys, I know you will miss your eldest when he leaves. Yarn shopping will be compulsory. CJ xx

Cheryl mylittlepieceofengland said...

I love getting to spend quality time with my son, I always feel greedy for more. Wow for the needles xx

Linda @ A La Carte said...

I know how you must feel when he leaves. Every time my oldest heads back to Calif I miss her and know it will be months before I see her again. Hard to do, but she has her life and I'm so lucky she comes home as often as she does.
hugs,
Linda

kathy b said...

What an adorable family /girlfirend photo. Lil Buddy looks just soo happy.
Im still depressed that Al went back to Virginia a week ago today.
WHY do they have to move? Why?

Karen said...

Such pretty knitting needles. I had no idea there are so many different kinds. Looks like I have some exploring to do! I have a box of mostly metal ones from my mom and grandmother -- looks like there's a lot more variety out there now.

Shirley said...

I am trying to catch up with friends taking a break from what I was doing. The family being home does spoil you for when they have to go back to school, work or whatever. I love the picture of your family. I really like the color of the new scarf that you are making now. You sound just like my hubby, he never can find the needles that he wants. He tries to knit, but rips out more then he puts on. He is having health issues. Take care. Hugs and Prayers from Your Missouri Friend Shirley

Kris said...

Hi Meredith. I think my needles are the same ones from Knit Picks..Only they are a different color. I love them.
Hang in there Mama.....
xo Kris

Dee said...

I know exactly what you mean about missing your boy. It's only been two months since Stephen moved to Virginia, but it seems like FOREVER!!! Miss that kid.

I'm sure Little Buddy will settle in right quick, but I know he'll miss his special time with Big Brother and his girlfriend.

Yep ......I think YOU need to get some yarn and maybe Little Buddy needs a trip to the Toys R Us. LOL

Becky L. said...

Lovely photo of brothers and a girlfriend. Life moves on and we have to adjust and not always easy. My head isn't into numbers lately and I'm a cashier. Sigh! Hopefully there's better days ahead. I have alot of knitting needles too. Last year I bought a couple different sets I needed. You know if they are tossed away you'll need them!! Hugs and have a good week!!

Caffeine Girl said...

I know just how you feel! Rachel was home for two weeks and we had the BEST time together. So much talking and laughing. It was very hard to send her back to Florida.

Wainwright and Wright.Co said...

What a super photo, you can see the love between your sons. And I always love LB's big smile, such a cheeky one too. My sons are at home for another week and half, it has been so good having them home, maybe I'll have to plan a yarn shopping trip too for when they leave. And yep, I never have the needles I need either, and now I use circular so much which of course come in different lengths, the possibilities are endless.
Have a good week. Caz xx

mynestofyarnandbuttons said...

Aweee Meredith, I feel your pain, I always go into a depression after my kids leave too. I have to keep busy and do something for myself, it helps some! Loved the last photo. Enjoy your new needles, they sure are attractive! Thinking of you, xoxoRobin
Hope your week goes well and LB's xo

Sweet Posy Dreams said...

Whenever my son drives away to head back to his town, I always feel a prickle of tears in my eyes and a little bit of an ache. Still, I don't mind getting back to my usual routine. It's quieter and duller, but it's fine. Happy New Year to you and yours. Hope you and Little Buddy are beginning to focus better now. Lol.

mamasmercantile said...

You shop as much as you like if it gets you through. I am struggling with the quiet a little after all the noise from the holiday season. A wonderful photo of two of your sons, they obviously adore each other.

Jennifer said...

I hope it isn't too hard on all of you when he goes back to school. Hopefully he can come home again soon. Easter is early this year. :) I hope you're having a good week so far, Meredith.

Willow said...

That's an adorable photo of Little Buddy and Mr. 22 and his girl. You can see the love.
About metal needles: I'm letting mine go--they are too slick and I lose stitches that way. Also, my hands (like yours) do not like the unforgiving stiffness of the metal needles.
As for that January slump, I do recommend MORE YARN!

Janet said...

Gorgeous knitting needles, Meredith. Now you need new yarn to go with them. I'm glad you had a lovely time with Mr 22 over the holidays. Isn't it wonderful to see your children grow up into well-rounded, confident, independent adults. Makes it all worthwhile! Love to you all, Janet x

Jo@awholeplotoflove said...

Your needles loom divine grouped together like that. Shop away my dear, I had a little trip to a fabric shop to ease myself into the New Year & won a gift voucher. Lovey photo of the two brothers xx

Judy S. said...

Ah, yarn shopping, a wonderful cure-all! I love Knit Pick needles, esp. their dpns. I'm loving Malabrigo Rios, too, and I think it was your blog where I first saw it in your Earth Fairy Button Cowls. How much yarn did you use for each one, do you remember? Great photo of LB with your son and his special girl; it's a keeper, for sure. Hope your day was a great one! Happy New Year!

Stins said...

Yarn shopping is always good for a difficult time; all those lovely materials and colours might just do the trick!
That, and a lot of cuddles :-).
Here is a big hug from me!

Delia West said...

Lovely photo of you son, his girlfriend and little buddy. You are not on your own with the pre Christmas Blues its always lovely to have a that break with the family. I love the colours of your new scarf its going to be gorgeous. Hope you start to feel brighter real soon and enjoy your new projects. dee x

Andrea Ostapovitch said...

That is a great portrait! It is so difficult when good people leave our homes, especially when they've been there for so long, and have eased our being.

linda said...

I feel your pain Meredeth, well almost anyway my youngest is still here but due to go back next week, the longer they stay the harder it is when they go back. Enjoy your lovely new needles I like them sharp too. :) xx

Heldasland said...

Loving the shot of the needles .needles are such troublesome things .my hubby simply doesn't understand my search for the perfect crochet hook and knitting needle.
The two brothers look fabulous . I'm sending hugs .happy new year

Gracie Saylor said...

Well, I think it is unanimous ...of all the people I know, you should be encouraged to go yarn shopping...because you actually USE what you buy :) xx

Lynne said...

I love the big smiles on all three of those kiddos. I got new needles too! (knit pick interchangeables).
New needles=new yarn. Better get shopping Missus!

eclectichomelife said...

I can totally understand how sad you will be when Mr22 leaves, big hole and all that, sending hugs. but how wonderful he was with you for so long. As to not having the right needles despite the number you have, I think that is the problem for all of us, I don't understand why that should be the case, but it really is x

Babajeza said...

I love having lots of needles. It's my kind of decoration. I'm the metal needle type of knitter. :-) Your Hitchhiker is very nice ... Should I knit one in cotton on my travels through Australia? I'm still looking for a nice project that is cooooooool. Hugs, Regula

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

Even with so little time, you always manage to finish something. Those scarves look like a lot of work and there you are on number three. Amazing! Glad you were able to spend time with your oldest boy. Mine left California back to Denver yesterday. I think it is just crazy that we expect kids of any age to be focused all the time, especially after a holiday. Nothing wrong with you or Little B for feeling the way you do. Hugs and blessings, Tammy

handmade by amalia said...

Such a lovely happy family photo, dear Mer, no wonder you are all blue that the holidays are over. A little yarn shopping is definitely needed.
Amalia
xo

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

Bet it was difficult for 22 to leave also!!! Not just leaving family and friends, but back to that awful weather!!
GO O H I O !! (this is for my husband!!! I was born and raised a GATOR!)