aka: Shannon's Shananigan's (Since there seems to be less & less knitting and more Shananigan-ing going on as of late and well, let's face it, she's just going to always be a techygeekgirl!!)

Saturday, October 29, 2005

You Did Homework On A Saturday Night??

Ok Anna & Robin, Don't hate me because I finished my homework for the 5th already...

I worked on it tonight while out with some friends who were scrapbooking. I was going to scrapbook, but I ran out of time to sort through my 15 bins of scrapbooking/stamping stuff in the basement! (That's a project for another least before my stamp camp on the 12th...)

I also have about 2 inches done of my first Fuzzy Feet...I'm going to need some help when I hit the heel! (You have been warned...)

Oh, And look for me on Sunday at the Rams game....I'll be the one in blue!!

Friday, October 28, 2005

How Did She Get Here From There??

So most of you are wondering...How did she get to be a knitting Techygeekgirl?? You know about the techygeek part - 2 engineering degrees, documentation manager, love of gadgets, etc... But the knitting part came about through a series of events over the last year....(I'll be brief... my first draft got lost and I have stuff to do tonight, so I'll abridge the 2nd version...)

After my husband of 2 years, Mr. CFP (Hint: The C is for Clueless...), decided that he wasn't cut out for marriage and didn't want to try anymore, I threw him out and filed for divorce. That was final in January 05. Soon after, I found myself trying to date, thinking I was ready and ended up with a guy who thought I was desperate to get married, which was probably true at the time.

Not too long after that, in March o5, I met the son of a guy I work with and started dating him.(I'll call him Cowboy Bob, as that's what my dad calls him) He was very different than the other guys I had dated - ex-bullfighter, ex-bullrider, ex-firefighter and was working for the hwy patrol. He owned a 5 acre "ranch" with 4 horses out in the "country". I, on the other hand, grew up in suburban St. Louis and was scared to pet the horses when I first went out there! Surprisingly enough, we got along Ok and were even talking about getting married. (So he was talking May 05 and I was talking Oct 06 or later...but I digress) Anyway, we ended up meeting a couple at a church horse camp - Wayne and Anna.

Wayne and Anna were a lot of fun to hang out with...they were similar to us. Anna was from the "city" and Wayne was a roping cowboy in his spare time. We ended up spending a lot of time with them and got to be good friends. At the end of July 05, Cowboy Bob flaked out completely - went from "Let's get married" to "Stop stalking me" in 10 days. (It's now Oct 05 and he just got engaged to someone else, but again, I digress...) During this whole ordeal, I still talked to Anna & Wayne and Anna introduced me to the knitting world!

Actually she and her friend Robin took me to a yarn store in St. Charles and got me to buy some yarn(like there's a lot of coaxing to buy baby alpaca - please!). As it turned out, Mr. CFP had an aunt that had passed away that knitted, so I ended up with all of her needles and crochet hooks - a full set with multiples of ALL sizes! (It was either I keep it or it was bound to be on E-Bay soon!) Robin taught me how to cast-on, knit and purl over lunch and I was hooked! The next weekend, I visited another store in St. Louis and signed up for classes, where I worked on my first project - the knitted bag (see picture). Since then, I have been frequenting the knitting blogs, trolling the internet for good patterns and trying new and exciting things like mittens (got one done!) and the Fuzzy Feet Knitalong...I'm addicted and I'm not ashamed of it!!! (Here is my current kjnitting area...I know my "stash" isn't that big, but I've only been doing this for 3 months!:

As for my personal life, I'm happily single (for the time being - Anna and everyone else say I'm not ready to date yet. I'm going through the re-establishment period that I should have gone through in January, but I think I'm coming close to the end of that!). I just bought a house and am decorating it like a mad woman. My pups (2 Westies - Brittany & Brodie) love the yard and the space and ponder over the knitting - what is that you are doing! I also started as an Independent Consultant for CLOSE TO MY HEART Stamping and Scrapbooking, so be ready to see stuff on that too!

In The Beginning

Ok, So I am addicted to the Knitting Blog Sites, I admit it.

Thanks to my friend Anna, I am now one of them...nothing like a little peer pressure. Now she, Robin & Mary have a public forum to harass me !

So I have only been knitting since the end of July and have only 2 FO's and almost 1 mitten, but a basket full of yarn stash. I figure I'm off to a good start...Who says that this is an addiction?