Thank you Kelly…we certainly think he is a handsome little fella. Now…more about me…I have been married since I was 17 1/2…almost…let me get the calculator here…33 years last September…to the same person We lived in Eastern NC all of our lives until 3 1/2 years ago, at which time, my husband’s company announced they were closing (textiles). He had been with the company for 30 years…since his senior year of high school and since he adores textiles, he wanted to remain in the field so in order to do so…and eat…we had to relocate and fortunately, he was never without a job. He is plant manager of two textile plants in Hillsville, VA and since I think the mountains are pretty but didn’t want to live in them…we are in Mt. Airy, which is in the foothills…thereby, my alias Foothills!
I had worked for local government for 15 years and our family is still in Eastern NC. We have one son, who turned 29 in February and he is a fine young man…even a junior deacon at their church…hard to believe since we had to drag him out of bed to attend church on Sundays :lol:
He married a beautiful and sweet girl in June of 1999 (THANK GOD) and we always lived within 2 miles of our family, so our relocation has been a MAJOR adjustment for me. There haven’t been any jobs in my local government field (certified municipal clerk and human resources) in this area, so I’ve been trying to find my place in the world for the past 3 1/2 years.
We purchased land back “home” and gave them 2 acres of it, so they will start building a new house soon…and we plan to build when we move back “home” in a few years. We do go “home” every other weekend because of our family. One of the most difficult aspects of moving away at our age is the fact that my Mother is now 77 and I feel the need to be closer to her. My husband’s Mother passed away last year and my Dad passed away the year we moved here…anyway, I feel guilty in some ways that I’m not closer by to help my brother with her…although, she is still very active but it seems you notice things more when you don’t see your Mom for a couple of weeks! However, I do talk to her several times a day and occasionally…since I’m not working with the public, I do go “home” for a 2-3 day visit through the week sometimes.
Having bored my blog…which is all about knitting I’ll get to the subject at hand…I wanted to learn to knit when I was 12 and walked to a lady’s house who lived about 4 blocks away…apparently, she wasn’t too fond of teaching a 12 year old with no funds to knit, so I didn’t have the opportunity to learn. The thought of knitting didn’t really cross my mind again due to LIFE…marriage, college, son at age 20, working day and night, etc., etc.
Feeling at a loss in Mt. Airy (Mayberry!), I came upon a store downtown that sold hand knitted scarves but thought they were a bit pricey so when I saw that a yarn shop was opening in Pilot Mountain last October in the newspaper, I decided that I was going there to learn how to knit scarves because they were offering classes during the day and my night vision for driving is a little off and here in the foothills, I’m always scared of driving off of a cliff :rofling: as I was accustomed to flat land. I went to the shop and there was no “class” going on, but told the lady that I wanted to learn to knit a scarf…she showed me the knit stitch and the rest is history :XX: …I amazingly (to me) caught on quickly and began craving more and more knowledge and want to knit more than a scarf these days…I have graduated to felted bags, but sometimes have the desire to knit a scarf or two at the same time so I can see the results quickly.
I came upon Amy’s site while trying to learn how to knit one of my scarves and e-mailed to ask her a question…at which time she also referred me to the forum. I was also a weekly visitor to the lys, spending way too much money and acquiring way too many scarves, so I have sold a few of them. I was :shock: when someone wanted to buy one from me, but also quite proud of myself…good for the self esteem to make something that someone else thinks is as lovely as you do yourself!
I really think Amy’s site is a Godsend…it is really awesome and I think we all should get together for a big party and KUDOs for Amy :cheering:
It’s also been great to read all of your posts and see all of your work…you’re all awesome