Monday, April 05, 2010

Random stuff

Ok, so I think it's time for a new post. It's been a while! I got my test results back last week, and apparently there's nothing wrong with me. Go figure! But as I'm still feeling just as crappy, and I'm continuing to loose weight (which isn't such a bad thing!), they're sending me to a specialist for further tests. I have no idea how long the waiting period for this will be, but at least I'm in line for it now. Hopefully they can fix me!

This past Wednesday I also went to the unemployment office to register. So now that's done, at least, and hopefully it won't take too long until I get my first check. As we have quite high unemployment figures in Sweden, as I guess the rest of the world also has, the handling period for these things can be quite long. So here's hoping it won't be!

On a much happier note, I also got some packages in the mail last week. I have finally tired of always loosing my place when I'm reading my knitting charts, so I bought myself a pattern holder thingy, from Knit Pick's. Strangely enough, it's not very hard to find the knitting accessories such as these in Europe, it's just the yarn that is so hard to come by. But anyhow, this is what the holder looks like:

I really really like it! The magnet holder works great, and there's room for some small knicknacks on the backside too. This will really make my knitting easier!

I also got a book packet, and I think this will be the last one for quite a while. I don't think I'll afford to buy a lot of books until I get a new job, and I have no idea how long that will take. Especially since right now, I'm soooo enjoying all my free time! But back to the books: 

Comfort Knitting & Crochet Afghans, by Gaughan/Winter/Berroco

Toe-Up Socks for Every Body, by Wendy D. Johnson

Heirloom Knitting, by Sharon Miller

The Afghans book was a very impulse buy, and I'm not really sure about it yet. I'm not very good at crochet (yet!), and a lot of the patterns in it is for crocheting, so we'll see how much I use it. It was pretty cheap, and I think it will cost almost as much to return it, so I'm keeping it. The socks book is really amazing, even though I still haven't actually made any toe-up socks. But the patterns are gorgeous, and I have a lot of sock yarn from KnitPick's that needs to become socks soon. I just have to finish the Glynis socks I'm working on first!

And last, but certainly not least, is the Heirloom Knitting book. I LOVE this one! It's like an encyclopedia of lace pattern, and it is just so incrediby good. I forsee this one getting a lot of use in the future!

As far as my knitting goes, I haven't done any in a few days. I'm just too dizzy all the time! I hate it, and I miss my needles and yarns! I've been keeping busy by viewing a LOT of patterns on Ravelry instead, and I think my Favourites list is over 900 now... I'll not be able to knit all that in a lifetime! But it's fun to just look too, although I really hope that I'll feel better soon. I'm getting a bit tired of all of this!

I hope all of you had a great Easter too! On Easter Eve (I don't know if that's an expression anywhere but in Sweden, but I'm talking about Saturday) we had such nice weather that we took out the Barbecue for the first time this year, and my sister and her boyfriend came over and had dinner with us. I actually ate almost all of my portion! Yay! It was sooooo good with some real barbecue meat! 

So what are your Easter traditions outside of Sweden? And in Sweden too, they seem to vary a lot even in this small country. Our legends says that on Easter Eve, all the witches in the country fly away on broomsticks to visit the Devil on the island BlÄkulla. This is sort of a made-up place, but on the west coast of Sweden, where I grew up, we light huge bonfires on Saturday night, with lots of fireworks, to scare the witches off on their flight. We decorate the house with pictures of chickens, bunnies and witches, and lots of feathers everywhere. Also, a lot of kids dress up as Easter witches too, with shawlettes over their hair, a skirt and apron, and lots of freckles on their cheeks (which is a really funny tradition, as in the middle ages, freckles were really believed to be a mark of the devil, along with red hair). I don't really know if there is a special Easter food, except for all the candy.

Now I think I'll lie down for a while, to stop my head from spinning!

/ Jenny


Nalamienea said...

WOW! Those traditions are so different! lol We really don't have any Easter Eve over here, just really easter morning when all the little kids hunt for chocolate easter eggs left by the Easter Bunny. Oh, and usually a big meal with family and friends. :)

I've been eying that afghan book! Let me know if you like it! :)

Jenn said...

So sorry to hear you are still feeling crumby! I hope that changes soon so you can make full use of your free time :)

Thanks for sharing the Easter traditions! I find it fascinating to learn how different cultures celebrate as it's so easy to take for granted that everyone, everywhere celebrates the same way.Thankfully that just isn't true as it's so much more interesting that everyone, everywhere has their own little traditions.

My family is working on relocating closer to my husband's employer...which means I too am looking at a time of "unemployment"...thought I don't know if you call it that when you are self-employed. Anyway, the spending freeze for non-essential items has started...including yarn and books. Sigh.

Virginia said...

I'm sorry you're still not feeling great. Bleh. Just had my doctor appointment today and I think my results will be similar to yours - nothing. (well, stress, but that's kind of a DUH for me)

Anyway, very cool about the books and the pattern holder. I hope you feel well enough to knit soon.

goldenbird said...

I hope you get better soon and they are able to find out what is wrong. I have been going through something similar-- I was sick for three weeks and felt horrible, but all of the tests came back negative.

It's so interesting to learn about your Easter cutoms and traditions. I've never heard of the Easter witches.