Knit Lit

SAFF take 2

With the help of my wonderful friend Suzanne, I was able to make my second trip to SAFF this past weekend.   We drove up Thursday afternoon.  On Friday, we got up bright and early in order to get first dibs here:

 

After her loss of stock, we knew if we waited too long, it would be slim pickings.  Miss Babs was one of the two things on my list for this trip.  I did good, too.

 

On the bottom, that is Yowza in Mahogney.  In the middle is Yowza in Turquoise Mine (left) and A Day Picking Red Grapes (right).  On the top is yummy Superwash Sock & Baby – 2 ply in Cadet (left) and Bamboo Baby in Changling (right).

 

Miss Babs also had these cute bags on sale.  I also found these 2 cute stitch markers in the bottom of my bag, too.

 

This was our next stop … Blue Ridge Soap Shed.  The owners are a husband/wife team.  He is a retired chemistry teacher.  Their soaps are wonderful.  When I bought some last time at SAFF, I didn’t know what to expect.  As soon as I used it for the first time, I wished I had gotten more.  So, this time I did.  I stocked up.  I am not sad I did, either.  Yummy!

 

I was not expecting this, but I could not pass this up.  It is Wolle’s Yarn Creations Color Changing Cotton in Pecod (bottom) and Silver Navy (top).  She had the Sweet Jazz Shawl knit up.  The yarn is transitioning, so the top of the shawl was the lightest color and gradually changed to the darkest at the bottom.  It was gorgeous!  The best part … it is 100% cotton.  That is perfect for year round wear in Alabama.  The bigger of the two was only $18!  Yes, $18 for a shawls worth of yarn.

 

Once we had seen everything we could see at SAFF, it was long past time for lunch.  We decided to head out to find something to eat.  After being ignored Thursday night, having 4 parties come in after us but sat before us &  deciding to walk out, we decided to give them another chance and had an early dinner/late lunch at the Laughing Seed.

 

Sadly, I forgot to take photos of out meals, but I ended up having the Omega Hempnut Burger with Jalapeño-Onion Fries.  Yummy!   Suzanne had the Indian Thali Plate, which she said was very spicy.  We also had a special lemongrass-dill hummus plate as a start.  I could have bathed in that hummus it was so good.  The staff was a little flaky, but the food was good.

 

Just down the street was a little yarn shop.  Neither of us found anything, but again, we were ignored.  Asheville is definitely a different environment than Birmingham.

 

On Saturday, I was honored to take Suzanne on her first trip to the Biltmore.   This is one of my most favorite places, and I was so happy to share it with her.

 

After we finished our tour of the house and the wine tasting & buying, we decided to head back into town to check out another yarn shop, Yarn Paradise.  Again, I stuck to my budget and didn’t pick up anything.  However, they had a great selection.

 

From there we decided to eat dinner at The Lobster Trap.   Now, I do extensive research before a trip, especially for local cuisine.  This was one of the few places I had picked out.  Most of the reviews I saw online were positive.  The menu looked good, too; so I was excited.  What a HUGE disappointment.  After a wait (at 5 pm) we were sat at a table next to the front door.  When I say right next to the door, I’m talking so close that I could have sneezed on the people waiting for a table.  Shortly after we were sat, a group of very drunk, very talkative “ladies” were shown to the table next to ours.

 

We both ordered the black bean and crab soup as an appetizer.   It had absolutely no flavor whatsoever.  Their website claims they are “using fresh produce from local farmers.”  That is a lie.  There was nothing “fresh” about that soup.  The beans were mush.  Suzanne couldn’t even eat hers.  For our entrees, I ordered the Drunken Pumpkin Salmon (Baked salmon filet with vanilla-bourbon puree, crushed pecans, local goat cheese) with lobster macaroni and cheese and mushroom wild rice.  Suzanne tried the Shrimp and Grits.  These too were a complete disappointment.  My rice was overcooked so was the salmon.  The flavor of it was nice, but I pulled out a bone.  Now, I eat salmon a good deal.  It is my favorite fish.  Since I have been eating it, I have never found a bone.  I also ended up picking out a shell from my mac & cheese.  After that, I stopped eating.

 

Suzanne’s meal was not any better.  Everyone I know will tell you that Shrimp and Grits are presented as follows:  perfectly cooked grits with large juicy grilled shrimp on top.  What was brought to her was a sickly orange-colored mush with small shrimp stirred in.  It looked like someone had been sick on her plate.  seriously, we thought they had brought her the wrong plate.  Needless to say, we did not stick around much longer.  I am so surprised that people like this place.  It was seriously awful.

 

Even with all the trouble we had with the food, it was a wonderful trip.  The weather was perfect.  The company was great.  The yarn was squishy.  I can’t wait to go again.

October 26, 2010 Posted by | Friends, Knitting, shopping, Vacation, Yarn | 2 Comments

Sorry & Thanks

I’m so sorry I have been away so long.  Apparently, 2010 has had a big effect on me.  I thought surely it would come last year when I turned 30.  Nope.  I flew right by that one without a backward glance.  But, the new year came in while I was sleeping and knocked me upside the head.  Ever since, I have been in thinking mode.  You know, where do I want my life to go from here kind of thoughts.  Once you get in that kind of contemplation, it is hard to keep focused on the really important things like blogging.  I think I’m on the tail end of the major contemplation mode, so hopefully I’ll be back to regularly blogging soon.

Now, for the thanks portion of this post.

Thanks Mom for the creme brulee set.  I made my first batch last Friday.  I will say that I can never buy another dessert at a restaurant now  I know how easy it is to make.  I will say I was intimidated by the torch.  I made Hubby fill it and turn it on the first time.  So, I made up the custard part and took them and the torch up to the office (it was a belated Christmas gift to a co-worker).  I fired up the torch and slowly began to move across the top.  It quickly began to smoke.  Now, this was not too bad, but I was standing directly under the sprinkler system!  I was so sure the water would come rushing down & cause the building to evacuate.  Luckily, everything was okay.  Everyone was impressed that this was my first attempt.  I confess, I was impressed with myself.

Thanks Helen-Joy for the wonderful patterns! They are GREAT! I can’t wait to try them out.

Suzanne, thanks for the wonderful Christmas gifts.  The needle holder is perfect.   Also, your stripe sweater is amazing!  I am so envious of your knitting skills.  Great car, too!  Thanks for the lunch.  Most importantly, thanks for being a great friend.

SG, thanks for being a knitter.  It’s nice to have one in the family.  Nana says you are very talented.  I hope to see some creations soon.

Grandmama, thanks for having small feet.  Your socks are almost done.

Thanks to Hubby and Boy Child.  You were both very generous and thoughtful the past year. Love you!

Thanks pattern companies for finally realizing that people who make their own clothes still want to be fashionable.

Thanks to my group leaders at my church for continuing our classes this semester.  This time we are working on prayer shawls in my knitting group and the second half of the New Testament in my morning class.  I can’t wait to learn about Revelations.

January 18, 2010 Posted by | Blessings, Family, Friends | 2 Comments

Rhinebeck, Part 4

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Part 2

Part 3

 

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

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More glass needles from the Ernsts.

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Socks that Rock

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Sock yarn from The March Hare.

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

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Gorgeous stuff from Jennie the Potter.

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Stop off at WEBS before heading home.

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Clearance Cascade 220 – sweaters worth

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Sock yarn for over-the-knee socks.

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

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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

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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!

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After we were finished, we went to eat downtown.

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We walked around and found this cool paper store.

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

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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. 

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

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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!

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We got Socks that Rock!

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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!

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We saw all kinds of cuties.

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

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

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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!

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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. 

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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

The busiest weekend ever!

Normally, I reserve the right to do nothing on my weekends.  I contend that I work all week and that the weekend should be left alone.   Most weekends I live by this rule; however, this past weekend got by me.  I’m not sure how it happened.  Looking back, I became one of those parents that book activities for their children every moment of every single day.  Only I am both the mom and the child!

Saturday

Saturday brought Mrs. S into my life.  I got up early and went to check out the new Joanne Fabric store.  It opened this past Friday, and I wanted to check it out.  I made it over right as the store opened.  I picked up some knit fabric in great fall colors.  I have trouble finding dresses that are long enough to cover my tush.  When I saw that I could make my own for $12, I couldn’t resist.  I also snatched up a great blue and brown plaid to make a jumper.  I can not wait for it to get cold so I can wear it!

 Once Mrs. S made it to Birmingham, I dashed over to Anthropologie to help pick out scarves.  I am a Genius at shopping for other people!  I urged quite strongly that Mrs. S try on a sweater.  Namely this one.

 

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I love, love, love this sweater!  Sadly, I can not wear this color green.  I makes me look jaundice.  Hopwever, with her great red hair and pale skin, it looks great on Mrs. S.  Now, I know she only tried this on to please me, but I don’t care.  She looked sooo good in it!  She needed no convincing, and it was purchased with a smile.

After that, we made a quick trip to the LYS.  Surprisingly, I purchased not a single skein or hank of yarn.  Hubby was thrilled. I did pick up a new Rowan booklet.  I did live a little through my shopping guru.  She is a yarn shopping whirl wind!  I am envious!  She got some GREAT stuff!

Next, we made our way to P.F. Changs where I was treated to a great lunch.  I’ve never had lettuce wraps before.  Let me tell you something, I am addicted now!  I have thought about those wraps not every second of the day because yarn takes that spot, but I think about it alot!

From there we made a stop at the pet store on behalf of Mrs. S’ new kitty Harry and back to Joanne Fabrics.  We rounded off the visit with a trip to Starbuck’s for coffee and a little knitting.  Oh.My.Word.  The pumpkin spice latte was so good! I want one all the time now.   You know, besides the lettuce wraps.  Strange combo but it works for me.  I, as usual, talked nonstop.  I think I need to tape my lips shut on our next visit.  It was such a great visit.  I can’t wait for our Rhinebeck Trip! Yea!

Sunday

My church has set up  college style small groups that allows people with like interests and lives to study in groups together.  Last I checked, there were 60+ groups to choose from.  I decided on two! 

9:00 – 10:30 am – New Testament Survey

11:00 am – 12:30 pm – Church

1:00  – 1:30 pm – lunch

1:30 – 2:30 pm – hanging out

2:30 – 4:30 pm – nap

5:00 – 5:30 pm – hanging out

5:30 – 7:00 pm – needlework group

7:00 pm – 12:00 am – computer, knitting, working on new quilt top

I’m pooped!

September 14, 2009 Posted by | 101 in 1001, Fabric, Faith, Friends, Knitting, Yarn | 2 Comments

The Good, The Bad, and The Rest

The Good

I am kicking along on my Trina cardigan.  I’m using the yarn I used on my first Lady February sweater attempt.  It is such a lovely green.  I’m happy I found a pattern I will complete.  I have finished the body section.  I am almost finished with the first sleeve.  Once I finish the second, I will attach them all and finish up the yoke.  I am using the frogged yarn on the sleeves and am finding my stitches uneven.  I know this is due to the fact that I let the yarn sit in a half finished sweater for an entire year without rehanking.  I also know I should have washed and dried it first, but I’m way too impatient for that.  I’m hoping it will smooth out in the final block.  It’s 100% wool, so I’m not worried.

The Bad

I really dislike dealing with any corporate institution.  Whenever you call the 1-800 number, you are generally speaking with someone with no power who handles people’s complaints all day long.  Even when you are nice and polite, rarely do they seem to work up the energy to even pretend like they care about your problem.  I found a charge on my account that should not be there. I called customer service twice.  Neither person I talked with was very helpful with their suggestions.  They advised me they could not really do anything for me until tomorrow.  Now, I know I could have pushed and asked for a manager; but honestly, I really don’t feel like dealing with the hassle.  I think I’ll give them until tomorrow and call back.  I have followed their “suggestion,” and they will fix it by tomorrow.  End of story.

I will impart some free advice about your money.  I have experience researching stolen credit cards, check cards, debit cards and checks.  I have picked up some ways to keep your money safer.  Note, I did not say completely safe.  I believe these things will cut down your risk; however, there is always a chance something will happen.  Also, if for some reason someone does gets access to your cards/checks, it may cut down on the time it takes to straighten everything out.

1.     If you use checks, only put your first and last name on your check.  However, when you sign, sign with the initial.  For Example:

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The thief looks at the name on the check to determine how he/she should sign it.  If there is no indication of an initial, they leave it out.  Or, if you normally sign without an initial, place one on your check.  This allows you and your bank to distinguish quickly the difference in signatures.

2.     Do not make online purchases with your debit card.  This leaves you open for a thief to wipe out your account.  There is more protection with a credit card.  Most banks carry a credit card’s emblem on check cards and claim the same protection; but I would rather be safe than sorry.

Right now, I have an unauthorized charge on my account.  When the customer service rep suggested I may have made an online purchase, I was able to quickly tell him my check card is not used for online purchases.  Period.  I always use a credit card.

3.   Check your accounts frequently.  Keep up with what is going on with your money.

Even with any and all precautions, things happen.  People make mistakes.  It is understandable.  The frustration comes with having to deal with so much red tape to get it fixed.  Sigh.

The Belated

I totally admit that I have been a lame friend.  Mrs. S came into town last Saturday.  All of last week, I failed to blog about how wonderful our visit was.  We went to several yarn shops.  Mrs. S gifted me with a hank of Laural in color way Catherine the Great.   I think it is destined to become a beautiful summer shawl.  I have not found the perfect one yet, but I’m sure it is out there somewhere.  We went clothes shopping and had lunch at The Cheesecake Factory.  Both are extra special to me because I LOVE both and rarely have anyone to share them.  It was a full exciting day and I can not adequately describe how exciting it is to find a friend you can have so much fun with.  Oh! And she gave me a hand knit sweater, too!  I couldn’t believe it.  She knit a lovely linen sweater for herself.  She brought it over to show it off.  When it ended up looking better on me, she said take it!  Yum!  I wore it the next day to church. Love! Unfortunately, temperatures have surpassed 90º F, so sweaters were put away for awhile. Thanks Mrs. S!

The Best

I ordered myself a brand new sewing machine this weekend.  I decided on the Brother CS-6000i. Thanks to credit card rewards points and Amazon’s free shipping, I was able to get it for $19.95!  I could not believe it!  I am so excited I can’t stand it.  It has the ability for free hand quilting.  This is something I have wanted to try it for weeks, but my current machine can’t handle it.  I want to sew something in the worst way!  My plan was to hank quilt my first quilt for the decorative stitching on the back.  I think I may try to use the free hand leg to outline the patterns.  I hope it will work because knitting has taken over my time.

The Relief

I ran into my LYS this Saturday.  We were nearby having lunch, so I decided to pop in.  I picked up a pair of needles I needed for the sleeves of my Trina cardigan.  I also picked up a pattern that will allow me to reclaim my yarn from the tragic London Calling jacket.  If you remember, I was getting 11.5 sts per 4”.  Well, it has been difficult to find an attractive pattern that fits that gauge.  While the one I found is not perfect, it is close enough that I snatched it up right quick.

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Ta dah!  The Sidecar Jacket from Spud and Chloe!  This will be cast on soon.  Since Trina is knitting up so quickly, I think I can squeeze Sidecar out by the end of August.  I will finish up my lingering Sweet Pea jacket, and I will be ahead of the game.  I may attempt the Uptown/Downtown jacket before Rhinebeck; but now that school is starting, I hear the call of Christmas knits.

The Tiring

Our state has a tax free weekend right before school starts every year.  This allows parents to purchase clothing, books and school supplies without paying sales tax.  Let me tell you!  It is tiring to be out in the Alabama summer heat with thousands of other people buying stuff.  Boy Child was a trouper, though.  He tried on endless pants, jeans, shirts and shoes without complaint.  He even let me peruse stuff for myself.   We had lunch together.  Over all it was a great time.  I can’t get over how much I enjoy his company.  He really is growing up and can hold interesting, funny and intelligent conversations.  I had the best time!  Though I will admit he faired better than his mom.  I was pooped after day one, not to mention day two!  Luckily, Hubby did not get called away for day two, so we had some company.

The Internets

These are things I have seen/read/found in the past couple of days that I think are cool/neat/amazing.

1.     From Glenna How awesome is it to meet someone who invented something so prevalent in your life?!?  No words!

2.     Congratulations Stefanie!

3.    I’ve been wearing Alima Pure mineral make-up for about 6 months now.  I can’t tell you how much I love it. You should try it.  They let you order small samples, so there is no big investment if it doesn’t work out.  As much as I wanted to love BareMinerals, they irritated my skin.  This foundation does not.  I also believe it is a factor in the clearing of my skin.

4.     I really want to see this movie.

5.    I found a GREAT quilt binding tutorial.   I seriously can not wait to try this one with my new machine.

6.    Brooklyn Tweed has a new book.  While I normally love everything he does, I wasn’t feeling anything in this one.  Except for the lace. I really like the lace.

The End

August 10, 2009 Posted by | Bloggers, Boy Child, Friends, Knitters, Knitting, Sewing, Yarn | 3 Comments

Lists

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1.   It’s time for me to buy a new sewing machine! ( I already have it picked out, too! I’m hoping I have enough reward points on my credit card to pay for most of it.)

2.   Yarn shops; it’s not a bad place for meeting really great friends.

3.   I must be crazy to take on any more crafty endeavors.

 
4.   My Heavenly Father’s love is the best thing I have ever known. (Sorry to swipe your answer Mrs. S, but it’s true!  I didn’t think you would mind.)

5.   My husband is simply my best friend in the whole world.

6.   The last time I laughed really loudly was the last time I accidentally stabbed Hubby with a knitting needle. (Not sure why I found this so funny, but I almost wet myself.)

7.   And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to knitting on the couch, tomorrow my plans include visiting with Mrs. S and Sunday, I want to rest!

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1.   I started a new knitting project.  Since I decided my last cardigan was just not working for me (even though it was about 1/3 complete), I needed a quick knit garment to stay in contention for my 12 in 12 group.  I decided on the London Cardigan.  I’m working mine up in Cascade 128 in an aubergine color.  I knew this was going to be a chunky knit, but it really is working up more as a jacket than a cardigan.  This is fine with me.  I plan to take it to Rhinebeck, so it may end up taking the place of my wool coat which is quite heavy.   So far, this one is surprisingly light for the warmth it will provide.  The best part is that I got the yarn on sale at WEBS!

2.  I really want to be working on a different project.  The other day when I was shopping with Mrs. S at our LYS, I found a great pattern by Spud & Chloe.  It was their Uptown Downtowncoat.   Oh my! This coat is gorgeous!  I bought the pattern without a thought.  The yarn on the other hand was a little too rich for my pocketbook.  Luckily, I have several hanks of Cascade 220 in that rich brown sitting in my stash.  I was able to match two of the colors with the Cascade they had on hand.  I’ve ordered the third from the Loopy Ewe (GREAT prices, yarn & people!), and hope it will be in next week.  Yes, I know I could start on the back, now.  I also know I need to keep on track, so it will be London Calling until it’s done.   Though it will make me knit faster just so I can get to this one quicker!

3.  I have a low tolerance for “stupid” people.  I have been this way as long as I can remember.  I think people have reached a point that everything is handed to them on a platter, and they no longer feel the need to think for themselves.  Think, people! Think before you speak! While we are at it, there is no need to speak all the time.  It is okay to be both silent and let others speak.  Shhhh. It might even help you think.

4.  For some reason, by past obsession with Big Brother has come back in full force.  Seriously!  I can not stop watching it.  I don’t even like reality TV!

5.  Yarn.  While I was ordering the last hank of Cascade for the Up/Down town cardigan, I also slipped into my order enough skeins to whip up the Every Way Wrap I mentioned in the last post.  I went home and found my IK sitting on the couch waiting for me.  Thank you Hubby! (smack!) I couldn’t resist.  I’m planning on working it up in a muted burnt ginger. Yum!

 

That’s all for now. Hope you guys have a great weekend.

July 31, 2009 Posted by | Friday Fill-in, Friends, Gripes, Knitters, Knitting, Magazines, Random, Uncategorized, Yarn | 2 Comments

The Bad, The Good, and The Yarn

The Bad:

I got a speeding ticket on the way to Stitches South.  That means I’m going to have to take a day off work to deal with it in a couple of months. Grrr!

The Good:

I got to go to Stitches South.  It was almost the perfect shopping experience.  The only thing that would have made it better would have been to have a butler bringing us drinks and nibbles and a Sherpa carrying our packages.

The Bad:

All the walking we did on Saturday apparently aggravated my heel bone spur, which I did not know I had.  Now, I can barely walk.

The Good:

Mrs. S is one of the most generous people I have ever met.  While we share a passion for knitting and agree on politics/faith/family, we also have diverging tastes on yarn and patterns.  That is the great thing about our friendship.  We can admire and appreciate all the things we can not wear ourselves.  I can honestly say, she is my most bestest friend.  Look at what wonderful things she gifted me with this weekend:

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Debra’s Garden Gauge Pendant

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Sample Sale Hand-knit Shawl

The true color of this lovely shawl is a deep midnight navy blue.  I don’t really fancy wearing shawls, however, this one has changed my mind.  It is beautiful.  I have to say its beauty only reflects the beauty of the gift giver.

The Yarn (and other stuff):

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The Sanguine Gryphon

from left to right: ‘Bugga’ in Hogwood Bonking Beetle, ‘Kypria’ in Cheiron’s Counsel, ‘Little Traveller’ in Bergen, ‘Bugga’ in Leaffooted Bug

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Miss Babs

from left to right:  ‘Bamboo Baby’ in Onyx, ‘Yummy’ in Wine Barrell

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Michael & Sheila Ernst

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I totally cannot remember where I got this awesome drop spindle.  Mrs. S gave me one, which is lovely, but I’m still scared to try it.  This man was using one of these spindles.  He was kind enough to give me a lesson.  It was so pretty and purple, I had to have one.  I think it just might tip me over into giving it a shot.  I also picked up a bag of alpaca fleece; but it is pitch black, and I couldn’t get it to photograph.

I also went by to see Sheep Incognito.  I had a coupon for 10% off, so I picked up a few more prints to fill out my collection.

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Peek-A-Baa

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Face Lift

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Hanging by a Thread

2009-04-27-occupational-therapy

Occupational Therapy

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Buttons:  branch, butterflies, birds

Overall, it was a wonderful day.  I would do it again in a heartbeat.  I stuck to my goals for the day: 1) only buy what would fit into my bag, and 2) only buy special things it would be difficult to get outside a fiber festival.  I spent the day with a good friend.  I made plans for another trip yarn crawl in Atlanta in a couple of months since we were too exhausted to go anywere else.  As a matter of fact, I was asleep by 9:30 Saturday night.  I woke up around 8 am with the intention of going to church, but ended up falling back asleep until 12:30 pm.  Wow! Just thinking about all we did and saw is making me sleepy right now.

April 27, 2009 Posted by | Events, Friends, Knitters, Knitting | 3 Comments

Friday fill me in on what has been going on

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 1.   Angel or not, I will love you forever.

 2.   I’ll knit any way you want me to knit.

 3.   As my mother used to say, you’re full of sugar and spice and everything nice.

 4.   I want to sleep for a week after I’m done working out or doing something strenuous.

 5.   Even in the most crowded of rooms I will always find you.

 6.   A day at work is a day fraught with peril.

 7.  And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to ripping out my attempt at a toe-up sock and trying another method, tomorrow my plans include going to Boy Child’s first soccer game of the season and Sunday, I want to clean up the mess my house has become!

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 I will not let the toe-up sock elude me!  I have rather large feet, and it is hard to gauge how many yards to leave for the foot. It would be much easier to be able to knit until I run out of yarn and voila! I have a perfect fitting sock. Sigh.  I have tried toe-up socks before.  I can not seem to get it right.  Right now, I think my problem is the whole picking up double-wrapped stitches.  My seams are coming out on top of my toes instead of on the sides, so I have more stitches on one side than the other.  Oh well.  I looked on Knitty and found the easy toe method that allows you to start with a few stitches and just do increases.  We’ll see how this one goes.  Grrrr!  I will not let this beat me.  If I have to lie, cheat, kill or steal, I’ll never go sockless again!

 

I’m still knitting on the Hug-me-tight shrug/wrap.  I realized that the rib is eating my yarn like Boy Child eats his Easter candy.  I decided that I would put the body section on hold for a bit and work on the lace instead.  That way, I can make sure I have enough yarn.  I’m using Sublime Silk Wool DK I got at my lys closeout sale.  I guess it is the same idea as toe-up socks.  I will finish the lace edging, and then continue with the ribbing until I run out of yarn.  Speaking of the lace, I had to make a slight adjustment in the lace pattern.  I tried and tried to follow the pattern.  After three hours of attempts, I gave up and decided to start looking for another lace pattern to substitute.  Luckily, I found one.  I got it right on the first try, too.  I hope it all works out.  If it does, this wrap will get a lot of use.

 

 Boy Child and I had a blast last night.  It was such a kick to actually see dinosaurs.  It was like every imagination come to life.  You could see the skin move and the eyes blink.  Usually, I try to figure out how performers do what they do.  Last night, I just sat back and let my imagination take over.  If you have an opportunity to go, you should.  It is great for kids.  There is an intermission, and it is not too long.  There are loud noises, but there were sever infants who slept right through it, so by no means is it jarring. Go. You won’t be disappointed.

April 3, 2009 Posted by | Events, Friday Fill-in, Friends, Knitting | 1 Comment