Monday, October 09, 2006

Ho-Hum

How did it get to be 8 o'clock pm today and I'm still at the office? I've spent the whole day trying to check a binder the paralegals prepared for me of all the documents cited in an expert's report. It's filled with dull accounting literature and long bates numbers and it's so b-o-o-o-r-i-n-g. How am I going to get through 87 more days of this?

Here's some good news to balance out the gloom and doom: On a wave of optimism earlier in the day, I researched and signed myself up for a knitting class for the month of November. How cool is that? Just writing about it is cheering me up again. It's like I'm a normal person with a normal life that includes exploring my passions and interests. I can't believe I've been in New York for exactly two years and six days, and I've never taken a class. Hi, life.

I'm psyched about the knitting class because I think it will be (1) relaxing, (2) creative, and (3) potentially a way to meet other cool girls. Depending upon what skills I can acquire, I also might be able to make a few x-mas presents. I'm sure my family would love that.

By the end of my knitting class, it will be December, a month filled with, among other things, my birthday (ooh la la), christmas, family visits, and vacation. If I can just get through the rest of October and November, December will fly by and then I'll be down to two weeks in January. I can totally do that. (I just have to keep telling myself that).

10 comments:

InterstellarLass said...

Knitting is way cool! I'm one skein short of completing a monogrammed baby blanket for a friend! You will love it! And it is relaxing! Just be sure to stop and count your stitches!

Buttercup said...

Lass, What a lovely present! I'm thinking the key is to pick out good yarn, no?

amy said...

My blog is still not as pretty as yours and I am still jealous.

You make me want to start knitting. There are so many places here that have classes

Gypsy said...

That's great about the class! I've been considering doing something like that, just to get out there and do something. I lead a very boring life, it seems.

InterstellarLass said...

Yes, the key is absolutely to pick out good yarn. It's OK to go to WalMart (or whatever they have in NYC) and pick out cheap yarns to practice when you first start(Red Heart is the cheapest and also feels the grossest). But, I must warn you, knitting can be EXPENSIVE. You'd be surprised at how much some of these yarns go for. But you can find some really cool organic, hand-dyed, yarns that will make you drool! The blanket I'm making now is going to end up costing me $75 just in materials (including the pattern book). Total hours spent on it is going to top 30+ hours. But it's going to be gorgeous and so worth it for my friend (because she is worth it!).

Buttercup said...

Amy, Go for it! I think it's going to be a lot of fun, and it was so easy to find a class and sign up I'm kicking myself for not doing it sooner.

Gypsy, You too! Go for it. I was thinking of all kinds of classes (Spanish, Literature, Belly Dancing, Knitting, etc.). I was having trouble picking just one so I didn't do any. But for knitting, I just had the inspiration the other day, looked up some places, found good classes in a few minutes and signed up. Piece of cake. You should totally do something. How about this: You take a class and make me something, and I'll make you something? I double dog dare you.

Lass, I love the idea of drooling over organic yarn. Love it! Especially purple, soft, luxurious yarn.

Tracy said...

How fun! I don't know how to knit, but I love to crochet! I also could spend WAY too much time looking at the colors and feeling the various textures of the yarns.

I once heard that young girls in Scandinavia learn how to knit in school. Did you learn in grade school in Sweden?

Buttercup said...

Tracey, I only did one year of school in Sweden (the equivalent of kindergarten) and all I remember is learning to tie my shoe. This may or may not have been when I was 5 in school. My grandma and greatgrandma were incredibly skilled at sewing and embroidery and I crocheted one pillowcase off of a pattern a long time ago. I've always wanted to learn some of those skills.

N. Mallory said...

What a coincidence! After moving to Maine two and a half years ago, I decided to take up knitting for all of the same reasons plus one -- I'm now knitting at lunch away from my desk as an excuse to force myself to mentally get away from my co-worker and my work. ;)

However, I haven't had time to actually go to a class yet. Hmmmmm...

Buttercup said...

N. Mallory - I LOVE the idea of "knitting breaks." Thanks for stopping by!