2020: The Year of the Washcloth

I started my new job on March 2, 2020. Right before the Time of COVID (T.D.). I went from working five days a week to one day a week. I was grateful to be able to still go into the surgery center for a limited amount of time each week, but having tons of free time on my hands otherwise is not necessarily good for my mental health.

I wanted to get back into knitting again. I had several unfinished objects [UFOs] stashed away, but I didn’t feel like spending my free time weaving in all those ends. Weaving in ends is the most TEDIOUS task on the planet, am I right?

I have a VERY bad habit of not using up all the yarn I own, so I decided to look on Ravelry to see if there were any simple projects that would use up my scraps. And then it came to me.

WASH. YOUR. HANDS.

Washcloths! There were pages and pages of washcloth patterns that I could knit. They didn’t look too complicated, and there wouldn’t be thousands of ends to weave in. I was sold!

First washcloth on the needles

I think I knit the first washcloth in one day. It was so simple, so easy, so fun to accomplish something in such a short span of time.

Even though I’m a sloth when it comes to knitting (meaning VERY slow), the fact that I was able to complete a project in one day got me thinking that I could make these as Christmas presents.

I visited the Knit Picks website frequently so I could buy their Dishie yarn, which came in so many delicious colors and was really soft. I don’t know how many times I ordered yarn from them, but I’m surprised I haven’t gotten a thank you email. I mean, what gives Knit Picks?

I started with basic patterns in one color, like the basketweave.

But, then…I discovered patterns with more than one color of yarn, and I started to have so MUCH MORE FUN.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.
Oooh! Squishy!

I was either knitting, or washing and blocking washcloths, depending on the day. The most important thing is that I finished all of them in time for the holidays.

I knit for family. I knit for friends. I knit for my teammates. I think I ended up knitting more than 60 washcloths in total.

Washcloths for my teammates.
The homemade tags started a new obsession.

I’m grateful for all of it. It kept my frantic thoughts at bay. It gave me the creative outlet I needed when I didn’t want to take on a giant project (although, it ended up being a giant project that I was extremely proud of), and people really seemed to like them!

And that’s how 2020 became The Year of the Washcloth.

Getting Back in the Saddle

I keep getting notifications on Facebook that people have looked at my blog, but I’m not sure why. I haven’t written anything in about FIVE YEARS. The last post was on being nervous about going to Europe to visit my dad and stepmother. L and I did that, and I believe we had a great time, although I think L is more on the side of “Been there. Done that. Bought the t-shirt.” (But he did take 600-plus photos at Keukenhof in The Netherlands, so there’s that.)

Tiptoe through the tulips

Many changes can happen in five years. Toward the end of 2016, I decided to go back to school. I had worked in the publishing industry for more than 20 years, and wanted to change fields. I’ve always been fascinated with the medical field, but from afar. Sticking a needle into someone’s arm is a BIG no-no for me. I found the Medical Administrative Assistant program at PIMA Medical Institute, and found it to be a perfect fit. In August 2017, I graduated with honors.

Feelin’ goofy at graduation with Mindy and Katherine

My first job was at Colorado ENT & Allergy. The job title was “Surgery Scheduler,” but it was mainly obtaining authorizations for surgeries. I loved my job, but hated all the hurdles that were in the way of getting patients approved.

So you’re telling me that the reason you’re denying this surgery is because the patient has had ONLY two positive strep tests, not three, and that the video of their cartwheel was too GRAINY? You people are MONSTERS!

I was there for a little more than two years when I decided it was time to move on, but I am so grateful for my time there and for the people I met and are still friends with. I even met one of my best friends there, who will always be my work twin.

Come play with us Danny, forever and ever and ever…

I now work as a scheduler with Surgery Center at Kissing Camels. I started just before the Time of COVID (T.C.), and I was truly scared that I was going to lose my job. That wasn’t the case, however, and it’s been a wonderful experience so far.

But, deep down, I still deal with anxiety and depression on a daily basis. And, deep down, I’ve been wanting to get back in the writing saddle again, so here I am. I hope this will be cathartic for me, and entertaining for you.

I’m still knitting here and there, but I’ve branched out into other crafting avenues which I can’t wait to share.

It’s been too long. I hope I can keep hold of those reins.