Twenty seven years ago today, on November 12, 1988, Tom and I went out on our very first date. Of course, I remember it like it was yesterday. He took me to a high school football play off game, then to Pizza Hut for dinner, and then back to his house to meet his mom. It was such a great evening. We’d been good friends, and had hung out a lot in groups, but that night was the “official” beginning of what was to become the greatest love story ever! Atleast in my opinion, lol!
Here are a few pictures my mom recently found of us when we were dating. So young and thin, lol!
I have to admit, even after all these years together, I still look at him just like that! He’s the greatest thing that has ever happened to me and I thank God every day for the love that we share. It’s been a long road, of course, and there have been some bumps along the way. But with a lot of hard work and commitment, we’re happier now than ever before.
As a matter of fact, just the other day I left him the following note for when he woke up in the morning and he left me one as well….
I love this man so much!! Put the time and effort into your marriage every single day. It’s worth it, I promise! Because then, after 27 years of being together, you’ll still feel like the luckiest girl in the world…just like I do!
As you all know, I make a lot of mini skeins over month because of my group on Ravelry – Sock Yarn Swappers. I’m not complaining, of course, but I have been feeling as if I needed to get some better tools. One thing I invested in was an Electric Ball Winder from Boye. It sure makes the process of making the hanks into cakes a lot quicker and easier.
Unfortunately, when I use the Electric Ball Winder there are many times when the center pull falls down into the cake and I have to pull my yarn from the outside. You wouldn’t think that would be much of a problem but it actually is. I tend to pull the yarn kinda fast when I’m wrapping it around the Niddy Noddy to make the mini skeins and that quick movement makes the cake bounce all around. Plus, there are times when it just gets caught up on itself and won’t wind off easily.
Luckily my friend Kay came to my rescue! Her husband makes a beautiful product called a Yarn Caddy and it is just the answer to my problems. Basically it is a post on a Lazy Susan type mechanism. I put the cake on the post and it spins around as I pull from the outside. The entire thing is beautifully made of wood and spins very smoothly. Here is a picture of the Yarn Caddy itself…
And here is a picture of the Yarn Caddy “in use”, so to speak….
As you can see, the top of my cake kinda pulled out to the top of the Yarn Caddy. But even with it like that I was able to smoothly pull the yarn and make my mini skeins. I really love this item! It’s the perfect answer for me, but it is also perfect for simply knitting as well. Because it spins so smoothly it would be super easy, and relaxing, to knit from it.
Kay and her husband don’t currently have an Etsy shop set up but they are happy to take orders if you’d like to purchase a Yarn Caddy. The best way to get in contact would be to send her a friend request on Facebook (Kay Sheffield Henderson) and then chat about ordering. You can have your Yarn Caddy made out of walnut, oak or maple and the cost is $40 with free shipping. I promise you that you’ll love it!
Well, it’s official. I’m not going anywhere. I’ve decided to stay with blogging for awhile longer. The domain has been purchased for another year. And the webhosting is now on a monthly recurring payment program. We’ll see where it goes. I really want to blog more. I love interacting with all of you! Life is just busy a lot of them time. But really, who am I kidding? We’re all busy, right? We all have a lot of things going on. But taking some time every few days to write would be good for me. And maybe someone out there would like to read what I’m writing too. So…here’s the promise (take it with a grain of salt, of course)….I’m going to try very hard to blog atleast twice a week. I’ll write about various things – my knitting, what I’m watching on tv, my marriage, my mini making, and just life in general. Here’s hoping I stick with it!