Knit Lit


Friday Wednesday Fill-ins


1.   We need to pack for our trip.

2.   My boss gave me an owl and it made me smile.

3.   If you want to make me angry, try to take advantage of me and attempt to make me think it is my fault.

4.   I knit because it keeps me from killing people. (I know you’ve heard it before, but it is sooooo true!)

5.   Massachusetts has a proposed 5% sales tax on elective cosmetic surgery; I think that if you can afford elective cosmetic surgery, you can afford the extra 5%.

6.   Family makes for a happy holiday.

7.   And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to finishing up a Christmas knitting project, tomorrow my plans include leaving for NC to spend Thanksgiving with the family and Sunday Friday, I want to go shopping!

I’m on track to finish up a large knitting project today.  That means I am keeping to my schedule.  Yea!  I hope I can keep it up!  I’ve also finished many hats for the church’s homeless ministry.  There has been a lot of knitting going on.  Now, I’m off to do some laundry, clean the house, pack for the trip, and knit.


November 25, 2009 Posted by | Friday Fill-in | 2 Comments


Keeping in mind that I don’t care to cook, tonight I made:


  • Pumpkin fudge for the office
  • Chocolate cake for Hubby
  • One large loaf pumpkin bread – ’cause I had extra pumpkin
  • Two small loaves pumpkin bread- ’cause I had extra pumpkin
  • 24 mini pumpkin muffins- ’cause I had extra pumpkin and no more loaf pans
  • Dinner for the  family – ’cause they get grumpy when they haven’t eaten
  • My first ever pumpkin pie for the office Thanksgiving lunch tomorrow


If you like pumpkin, you need to try this recipe.  I have never had better.  Oh.My.Goodness!  I wish I could eat it every single day! Yummy!

November 23, 2009 Posted by | Cooking, Events, Holiday | 2 Comments

Man Shops Globe


For anyone who loves ANthropologie, you have to watch this show! It’s so cool!  I want his job!

November 13, 2009 Posted by | Random | 1 Comment

Happy Lists

I have always believed that most often, emotions are a choice.  I think you choose how you react to any given situation.  Yes, yes, I know there are times when we all react without thinking.  However, I will argue that you can change that initial reaction if you really, really want.  It’s  a habit.  You just need to want it bad enough to make the change.  People who quit smoking learn to live without the cigarettes.  I contend that we I can learn to react to stressful situations in a calm and thoughtful manner.

There has been entirely too much negativity in my life lately.  I take responsibility for this. (Note: I do not take responsibility for all the people and their stupid, mean, spiteful behavior.)  I take responsibility for my negative behavior in reacting to people and situations.  Last night, after a very stressful and frustrating day,  I decided that I don’t have very much time with my family; and I refuse to taint that time with a bad attitude.  I strapped on my running shoes and hopped on the treadmill.  I told myself that when I was done, I was not going to be angry anymore.  And, I wasn’t.  I liked how I was able to push all of it aside.

Today, I got to thinking.  I want to be better at seeing the good and beautiful things before I see the bad and negative.  So, in that spirit, I want to share some of the beautiful and happy things I’ve seen today.

  • A friend’s laugh at lunch.
  • The yellow and green tree reflected in my office building’s windows.
  • The shadow of a cloud on the hills.
  • A quick rainbow that appears in the water splashing up from the road as the car in front of me drives through a puddle.
  • The golden leaves that swirl around as the wind blows.
  • iPod Touch – ’nuff said.
  • Internet shopping.
  • Fuji Apple Chicken Salad.
  • Friends on dvd.
  • The theme song to Scrubs.


    November 11, 2009 Posted by | Blessings, Family, Gripes, Random | 2 Comments

    Rhinebeck, Part 4

    Part 1

    Part 2

    Part 3


    It’s Friday.  I’m tired.  So, I’m just going to flash the new additions to my stash.



    More glass needles from the Ernsts.


    Socks that Rock


    Sock yarn from The March Hare.


    I can’t really remember where I got this sock yarn from, but it is in a lovely Rhinebeck colorway.



    Gorgeous stuff from Jennie the Potter.


    Stop off at WEBS before heading home.


    Clearance Cascade 220 – sweaters worth


    Sock yarn for over-the-knee socks.


    Valley Yarns from left to right: Amherst (balsam), Lenox (grape jelly), Deerfield (chocolate) – a sweaters worth of each


    Mrs S and I trying to get all my yarn packed away for the trip home.

    November 6, 2009 Posted by | Friends, Knitting, Stash, Vacation, Yarn | 2 Comments

    Rhinebeck, Part 3

    Part 1

    Part 2


    Sunday was soooo much better than Saturday! I’m not sure if it was the weather or the normal course of things, but there was hardly anyone there!


    After we were finished, we went to eat downtown.


    We walked around and found this cool paper store.


    We also found the Beekman Arms, where we will probably be staying next year.  The Quality Inn was B.A.D.  Take a look:


    Those are the keys to all the rooms we were shuffled into during our 3 night stay.   We checked into room 219 Friday night.  After we had unpacked our clothes and gotten ready for bed, Mrs S discovered there was no hot water in the sink.  After several minutes of running, it still felt like ice.  Deciding this was not too terrible a problem, we decided to use the tub instead.  It was then we discovered the tub did not drain – at all.  There was 2″ of standing water.  Needless to say, we had to move.  The front desk quickly brought us the keys to room 210. 

    We stayed in room 210 Friday night and Saturday night.  Though, the shower was a little on the chilly side.  Sunday morning, Mom was in the shower and the water completely shut off!  I called the front desk and asked that they check our room.  When we returned from the festival Sunday evening, we got a call from the front desk.  They said our toilet was leaking into the room below us.  They said we needed to move to another room.  Now, this was not such a big deal; however, they did not offer to compensate us for all the trouble.  We had to ask.  They acted like it was no big deal.

    Once again, we moved.  Now in room 212, we began unpacking, again.  The room felt very chilly and a little loud.  After a few minutes, I asked if the window was open.  Mom & Mrs S thought  not, but I asked them to check anyway.  Sure enough, not only was the window open, the latch was broken and would not close.  Now, the temp was dipping into the 30s, and we were only on the 2nd story. 

    We finally ended up in room 213 late Sunday night.  Yes, they finally did compensate us; however, I think next year a B&B is in our itinerary.  There is no way I will risk another experience like this one again.

    Tomorrow: WEBS and stash addition




    November 5, 2009 Posted by | Events, Family, Friends, Knitters, Knitting, Random, Stash, Vacation | 3 Comments

    Rhinebeck, Part 2

    Part 1

    So, we all went to bed Friday night and woke up early to go to the festival.  Luckily, we got lost and ended up coming in the back way, missing out on the long line to get in the gate, and grabbing an absurdly close parking space. 


    Having read experiences on Ravelry, we made our way quickly to The Fold’s booth. 


    Yes, there was already a line at 9:15 am! (The gates opened at 9:00 am) However, we didn’t let this stop us!


    We got Socks that Rock!

     Suzanne The Fold

    Heather The Fold

    I can’t wait to work with it!  If it knits up half as good as it looks, I think this is my new addiction!


    We saw all kinds of cuties.


    We watched as a little baby sheep was sold for $975!


    After several hours of shopping, we got stamped and went to the car for lunch and to drop off bags.


    It was at that point that we really saw how big this event really is.  I’m not sure I ever saw the end of the cars!


    Once back in the gates, I ran into all the people who came in those cars.  It is well documented my issues with personal space.  I thought the wool fumes would help me out, but sadly, they didn’t.  There were people everywhere!  Several times I had to put myself in “time-out” so I did not hurt anybody.  Mom & Mrs. S continued to shop and all was good. 


    For some reason, fall leaves are very soothing to me.  So, needless to say, I made it most of the day with my temper still intact.  However, excitement had me sleeping poorly for 2 days, and I hit the wall hard around 3:30 Saturday afternoon.  We went back to the hotel, and I crashed (face down on the bed) for about 3 hours. 

    Once I joined the land of the living, we ordered pizza and hung out in our room.  I taught Mom Magic Loop, and she started on her very own Podster Gloves with some yarn & needles she picked up at the festival.

    Tomorrow: Day 2 at the festival & the city of Rhinebeck

    November 3, 2009 Posted by | Bloggers, Events, Family, Friends, Knitters, Knitting, Stash, Yarn | 1 Comment

    Rhinebeck, Part 1

    Way back in January, I invited Mrs. S to go to Rhinebeck.  When she accepted, I began planning and waiting.  The planning was so much easier than the waiting, let me tell you!  We decided to fly out of Huntsville instead of Birmingham early Friday morning.  That ended up being a good choice. 

    When we got to the airport, we discovered that our plane had been delayed so long that we were going to miss our connecting flight in Atlanta.  The wonderful guy who was working the Delta counter quickly got us on another fight through Cincinnati and had us arriving in Albany only 50 minutes later than our original flight.


    Once we arrived in Cincinnati, we were again treated to  a delayed flight. 


    No worries, though.  We had knitting and coffee.


    Once we were on our way, we arrived in Albany and picked up our car.  Mom had missed her connection in Atlanta, though. We had a couple of hours before her flight arrived, so we checked out a nearby yarn shop and had a late lunch.  We picked up Mom and headed down to Rhinebeck. 


    Mom had made reservations at Le Petit Bistro Friday night.  It was definitely a night of new food experiences.


    Escargot and fresh picked wild mushrooms for appetizers.


    Puffer Fish Tails over spinach and rice for dinner.

    I was also able to finally, after 2 1/2 years, find and eat a good Creme Brule.  They also had homemade ice cream.  I forced Mom to get the pumpkin flavor.  Oh. My.Goodness! That was the best ice cream I have ever eaten! Yummy!  I can not say enough about this restaurant.  The food was superb.  The service was impeccable.  I would highly recommend going there anytime you are in Rhinebeck.  I know I will.

    Tomorrow: the festival!


    November 2, 2009 Posted by | 101 in 1001, Events, Family, Knitters, Knitting, Vacation, Yarn | 4 Comments