Monthly Archives: September 2009

Inga Bag

Yay!!! I finished my Inga Bagthis weekend. The original crochet pattern is available on Ravelry for free. I used mitered squares instead of the crocheted squares, as suggested by a fellow Oddball (one of the Ravelry groups I belong to). It was a C/KAL for the Oddballs group, and I was way late in getting mine done, but it was a fun project that I was able to carry around a work. I have a lot of time (sometimes) that I spend waiting, and I like to keep a small project with me. Unfortunately I didn’t have as much time to work on it as I would have liked, and I ended up spending almost three months on this project. Really though, it could have been done in just a couple of days.

There are 16 squares. After I sewed the squares together, I did a row of sc around the top of the bag, I think it looks neater, but I also hate to weave in ends, and this was a quick way to cover all those loose strings. I took a while to figure out how to make the handles, but to get the effect that I wanted I finally settled on knitting them horizontally. So that was, to cast on 80 stitches (sz 5, same as my squares). For each row I sl the first st, and kbl (knit through the back loop) for the last stitch. K the first row, then decrease one stitch at each end for 6 rows (my decreases were k2tog). K the next row, and then increase one stitch at each end of the next 6 rows (my increases were k front & back of the same stitch), then bind off. That gave me the inverse V that I wanted to sew the straps on neatly.

So I added a picture of the bag to the gallery (I think). I hope its in there, and you can find it, since I’m not sure if I can. 😀

Happy knitting!!!

ETA: The picture said it went to the “gallery,” but I have no idea where that is. I’ll give it another try.

Inga

Thank you Flickr for making it easy!

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Friday again

Once again I can look forward to no extra shifts this weekend. I’m afraid I’ve hit burn out and just can’t force myself to work any extra shifts (on top of the extra hours I get through the week), but the good news is that the SO got a job this week!!! Yay!!!

So this weekend, maybe I’ll have a Margarita.

Have a good weekend 😀

Finally Friday!!!

Woohooo! Its Friday and I’ve worked a ton of OT already, so no extra weekend shifts.

Hope everyone has a good weekend! Maybe you can try some Mojitos!

😀

Hectic

Wow! I feel like I’ve run a marathon today, and I still have so much left to do. You know, it’s that feeling you have when nothing goes as planned. You thought you had X amount of time to complete something, but suddenly something else comes up and you end up trying to squeeze everything you had planned into the day along with the stuff you hadn’t planned.

Crazy!

The good news is that it kinda feels like I’m stuck in Overdrive. I’ve actually made it work, and if I don’t crash before I get home, maybe I’ll actually get some writing done tonight. I’ve had the hardest time spending any time on my writing this week. The ideas just keep flowing, but the time to sit down with them just isn’t happening. Tonight would great! I have so many things I want to try out in my story right now. I’m going to try to convince the kid & SO that I need to work on this all weekend. Wish me luck! We’ll just see how that goes. 😛

Oh yeah, I’ve almost finished the Inga Bag that I’ve been working on too, I don’t think I’ll be working on that at all tonight though. All I have left is the straps. I’ve already sewn the squares together and everything (quite impressive for me), and I started the first strap, but I don’t think I like it. I’ll have to work on it when I have time to sit down and think it through. I’ve made my bag off the same principle, but I used mitered squares. Someone in my Rav group suggested it, and I thought it would be fun. The problem is, that I wanted to knit the straps as well, but I’m having some issues with the vision. Oh, well. If I don’t get to it this weekend, I’ll have some time next week at work since I have to sit with a kid who’s been suspended from public school. 😦    Well, sad for her. Yeah for me. 😉

Work

I don’t often discuss my work online and that really has a lot to do with the privacy of my clients. I work in the field of social work. More specifically I work for a residential girls treatment facility. Ours is a therapeutic facility (not boot camp) for “troubled” teen-aged girls. Just to give you an idea, I work at the Campus Facility which houses approximately 68 girls in 5 “dorms.” Note the private school terminology which is specifically designed to make our clients feel as if they are not in jail. We also have 3 community based homes, 2 of which house girls, and one for boys. Most of our clients were recently released from psychiatric care and are in need of continued services. I used to work in the dorms, on third shift, and often picked up additional shifts. This was a tough job. I loved it, don’t get me wrong, but getting cussed at or threatened nearly every day could wear on your nerves very quickly. Unfortunately its often easy to forget why you are there, and how much these girls need us, since they work very hard to keep from forming strong attachments.

Now I have the best job of all. I am a Youth Counselor/Transportation. That means that I have an office that I work out of, a regular (mostly) schedule, and my contact with the clients is outside their daily routine (read, I don’t get cussed at very often anymore). I enjoy my job even more now, and I often get to spend time with the clients that is fun.

I’ve told you all that to share this, I received this email recently and it was just such a great “pick-me-up” that I wanted to share:

I know you hear “thank you’s” and “we appreciate you’s” a lot, but I want to say a special “Bless you” to you for all of the hard work you do to help our girls. You are much more than a ride to the school, or a ride home, or someone “staffing” a kid that we don’t know what to do with at the moment. You are someone that our girls feel comfortable and safe sharing news about their pass, or worries about their family, or one I just heard – that you help the girls relax and take a break from reality by playing the radio and singing as loud as you all want:) I’ve heard you have a really good singing voice by the way, and should consider entering the talent show next year 😛

Please know that those moments you have with our girls really do make a difference.

That was sent to me by one of our Program Managers (she used to be the Therapist across the hall from me). It really made my day. I swear I work with some of the best people!!

In case anyone is curious, I had taken a client (16 yo. girl) to visit her mother who was in jail. She was initially upset because we wouldn’t let her take a bunch of clothes and food for this visit, and she really didn’t have a lot to say on the way down. I was however, able to get her to open up a little, and I let her choose the music she wanted to listen to.  It turned out that this young lady had an affinity for the “Country Legends” and we listened to a station that was dedicated to that for just a little while. (She hadn’t made this confession right away). On the hour and a half ride back, however, we listened to this station the whole way, and she was very excited that I knew most of the songs. So we took turns guessing at the singers and we sang as we drove back.

I hadn’t really thought much of it. We had a good time, but I nothing that I would have thought out of the ordinary, until the next day when the dorm supervisor stopped by my office to tell me how much fun this girl had had, and that she had been talking about it all evening. What a wonderful reminder that “it’s the little things that count.”

Do something nice for someone today. It doesn’t have to be big, it still makes a big difference.

Homefront News

I caught this story on the news last night, and I can only imagine that it belongs under the heading of WTF! Woman wants more.

Seriously??? Why are people so greedy? Is this woman and her husband saying that they wouldn’t have given the information without payment? I mean really, if you had something that was of sentimental value to someone else (or information on the whereabouts), wouldn’t you want to help out?

I can’t imagine suing a guy that just gave me $25,000 for making a phone call.

There is so much wrong in the world that everyone thinks they are entitled to whatever they want. This is almost as bad as the crazy chick that sued McDonald’s because the coffee was hot! Really??? Hot coffee, my God, what were they thinking???

Grrrr! Okay…that’s my rant for today. Well, maybe. It will do for now anyway.

Update. I don’t know, maybe they didn’t read the fine print, but rumor has it that they’ve turned down the $25,000 that was offered to them. Hmmmm.

Character Development

Stupid Characters! Why do they insist on developing such distinct and recognizable personalities?

I sat down to write last night, for the first time in 2 weeks (I know, I’m a slacker), and the first thing I do is read back over the last few paragraphs to get me back into the right groove. Problem. My character is mocking me. Honestly, what was I thinking?

I wouldn’t do that. She tells me.

Why not?

Its just not something I would do. We’ve been through this before. I would need a pretty compelling reason to do something like that, its just not my style. Oh, and please don’t kill off any more of friends. I don’t really like it when you do that.

Laughter.

Its not funny.

No, I know. Well, its a little funny. I mean that your worried about it, you know I can’t kill off any more of your friends right now. 

Silence.

Okay, you’re right. You wouldn’t do that, but its central to the subplot. If you don’t do it you won’t be where I need you to be.

What do you mean “right now?”

What?

You said you can’t kill off any of my friends “right now.” What’s that supposed to mean?

I’m just saying…Well, we’ll cross that bridge when we get there.

Its not Lamorack, is it? You wouldn’t, would you?

Look, it doesn’t matter. I’m not planning on killing anyone right now, can we just move on? I’m not getting any work done here at all.

You can’t blame me. You don’t spend enough time with me.

Needless to say, I only managed about a page and a half last night. My character seems to be getting a little contrary. Although I did have a little laugh about it this morning. It reminded me of the ventriliquist, Jeff Dunham ( www.youtube.com/watch?v=47DT41m86N4 ), and quite honestly I think he’s hilarious…and now I get it.

Here’s to hoping that your writing is going better than mine. Or at least that your characters aren’t as inclined to argue with you. 🙂