Knitting Again

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The past week has been filled with all sorts of surprises. Due to so many unexpected things, I haven’t practiced my Spanish as much as I would have liked nor have a knit a stitch. Of course, today is Wednesday, which means I’m going to Bible Study in Spanish. I really don’t feel like my mind is ready.

Last week at Bible Study, I felt like I understood more. I used more Spanish than I normally do and I understood quite a bit of the information given in class. When our instructor, the Pastor, was speaking, I was usually on track. Although I have plenty to learn, I was still happy with understanding things just from the context of the words I already knew.

I have to be able to carve out  more designated Spanish time each day. I fear that without committed time each day I’m going to regress. Since people in my Spanish Bible Study class are beginning to talk to me in Spanish, I cannot afford to lose the vocabulary I have gained. I need to keep learning so I’m not completely lost. I don’t want people to stop speaking to me in Spanish or I won’t get the practice I need.

Hopefully I’ll have a little time before class today to look over my vocabulary sheets.  I just really feel overwhelmingly unprepared today.

Unfortunately I only have a few days until the first baby shower. It doesn’t look I’m going to be able to knit anything in time for the shower. Fortunately, there is still time for me to make something before the baby is born.  I need to peek around in my patterns to see what to make. I love baby blankets but sometimes people receive a gazillion of them. I don’t want something I make to just get lost in the shuffle.

Being an adult is not as easy as I thought it would be…but one of these days, one of these days, I’m going to find a good balance for my life. That is my prayer.

¡Hasta la próxima!


The Spanish is coming along nicely. I’m understanding more and more on the Spanish television shows. The commercials are even helpful for vocabulary. I found a few more podcasts that I think could be helpful. Unfortunately, a few of them, while strong in grammar, the accents of the speakers are not that great. It’s quite obvious they are not native speakers. I’m hoping that I can absorb the lessons without absorbing the accents. I’ve worked very hard on my pronunciation and I don’t want it to regress.

I keep looking for ways to increase my vocabulary and I really must learn more about syntax. I have found that when reading some things, I sometimes run into sentences where I know the meaning of the individual words, but the structure of the sentence blurs the meaning for me. Google has come to my rescue but I want to improve my Spanish in all areas.

My regular practice session is on Sundays. I’m especially looking forward to this Sunday as I missed the Spanish Bible Study on Wednesday. This is my chance to ask questions about usage of words and phrases. This Sunday, there are supposed to be more native speakers attending the session, which is a golden opportunity for me. Even if I don’t interact extensively with anyone, I should hear authentic Spanish being used. I think the inflection of voice, and the rhythm of the language is important in communicating effectively. I need more practice and more exposure to “real, spoken” Spanish. I’ll be working a little bit on my verbs tomorrow so that I can try to make sense if I actually get up the courage to have a real conversation with someone.

In knitting news, I found out that there is another baby expected in our family. My cousin and his wife are expecting a baby boy at the end of August. I’ve been debating about whether or not I can find the time to knit something for more than one baby. If I make small items, the knitting time will be shorter. However, if I make smaller items, like hats, socks, or booties, the babies will outgrow them quickly. I hate that idea. Of course, I still haven’t worked knitting back into my schedule yet. I dream about knitting beautiful items.  My dress by Kristina McGowan awaits…

I’m still having a rough time with my leg/ankle. Tomorrow I’ll be doing strength training exercises for it again. I had started the exercises previously but was having too much pain afterward. I’d given myself a little break but it’s time to start again. It’s time to get my life lined up to be able to achieve the goals I’ve set for myself.

It’s going to be a great weekend. Maybe I will knit a few stitches…maybe.

Well, I’m back…to blogging that is…

I haven’t knit a stitch in months. I don’t know what happened. I got focused on everything at the office, my son’s schooling, the pain in my leg/ankle, and the trials of life. Although I plan to start knitting again, it probably won’t be until the first of July. There’s just too much going on right now.

What I have been focusing on recently, though, is Spanish. I’ve committed myself to learning the language. I know that different areas of the world have different colloquialisms but I’d like to become as close to fluent as I possibly can with the tools available to me.  Although it’s highly unlikely that I will compose an entire blog post in Spanish, it’s possible that I’ll throw in a word or phrase now and then.

I miss the time I spent knitting. I know I’ll find my way back to it. I have projects I need to finish and at least one gift I really want to make for baby who will most likely be born at the end of August or beginning of September.

I’m enjoying the Spanish. I now attend a “Spanish Bible Study Class” on Wednesdays which is helping me gauge where I am in my vocabulary. I read the lesson, in Spanish. Read the Scripture in Spanish. Then I read the Scripture in English. Once I go to class, I hope to understand as much as possible from the teacher. I write down the words I don’t recognize in hopes of understanding more at the next session.

I haven’t gotten up the courage to talk at length with anyone in class, though I have introduced myself, made “small-talk,” and played with a baby. I think I probably understand about 25 – 30% of what is being said during class. During prayer time, I probably understand about 20 – 25% of what is being said. That’s not too bad for a beginner.

I did take the time to learn some knitting terminology. I love patterns from Katia and I’m guessing there are even more patterns in Spanish that I like. Combining Spanish and knitting could be kind of cool.

Once I feel pretty comfortable with Spanish, I hope to begin relearning French. I started learning French in the 7th grade. I studied for a couple of years in high school but remember very little of it now. The funny thing is, as I learn Spanish, a little of the French is coming back to me. Hopefully, I’ll be able to use Spanish and eventually French regularly so that I won’t lose them. I’ve always loved languages. Now is my time to persue them on my terms.

There are quite a few people who speak multiple languages fluently. Some day, I’m going to be one of them.

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