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January 21, 2010 Posted by | Knitters, Random, Uncategorized | 1 Comment

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

Is it wrong?

Is it wrong to secretly wish to get swine-flu just to get caught up on your life? Yes? I can’t help but feel this way.  There so many projects I want to work on.  There are definitely not enough hours in the day.  Right now I’m working on now & hope to start soon:

  1. Finish getting all my triangles cut for my zig-zag quilt.  I can’t wait to see this one finished.  I also have ideas for at least three lap quilts.
  2. I want to start a lace cardigan from Knitty 2007, Oblique. Oh, my! I can’t stop thinking about it!
  3. I want to start my very own wrap.
  4. I need to make more progress on my super secret Christmas present.
  5. Hubby wants me to make more coasters. Apparently they make very good projectiles in his and Boy Child’s “wars.”
  6. Finish knitting and working out kinks in my super personal knee high sock pattern.
  7. Finish up purple silk shawl.
  8. Frog and find a replacement knit for super secret Christmas present #2.
  9. Sew shopping bags for Rhinebeck.
  10. Finish up a copper color cardigan. I ran out of yarn and had to order more. It came today. Unfortunately the dye lots are very different. (I purchased the first batch of yarn about 3 years ago.) All I have left is the sleeves from the elbow down and the neck & button band. I’m not sure what to do.
    1. I can finish it up and not be bothered by the slight color change.
    2. Make the cardi short sleeved and use the new yarn only as a button/neck band. I think it will be less noticeable.
    3. Frog the whole thing and use the yarn for a vest. What do you guys think?

I’ve also signed up for a Needle worker’s group at church.  We have decided to knit and crochet hats and scarfs to go along with the other compassion ministries, especially those geared toward homeless women.  I am the only one in the group who knows how to knit, so I am in the process of gathering up materials and teaching everyone the basics.  I’ll also need to whip up some things for my group.  I’m not too concerned about this though.  It will be a great opportunity to use up the numerous bits of scrap yarn I have around the house.  I’m hoping to whip some up, so I can finally have pictures to post.

I also had a chance to have lunch again with Mrs. S.  The greatest part of our friendship is that we understand each other. We let each other be ourselves.  It is great!  She also likes my homemade laundry detergent.  That makes me so happy!

September 17, 2009 Posted by | Faith, Knitters, Knitting, Sewing, Stash, Yarn | 1 Comment

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:


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.


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



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!


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:


Debra’s Garden Gauge Pendant


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):


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


Miss Babs

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


Michael & Sheila Ernst


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.




Face Lift


Hanging by a Thread


Occupational Therapy


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

The one where I almost bought the farm…literally, not figuratively

I took off early Thursday, and Hubby took me to SAFF.

That allows me to officially cross #42 off my 101 in 1,001 list.  I had a great time.  It felt good to be surrounded by people who share the same interest as me.  My hands itched to touch everything I saw, and I gave into the urge.  I touched, squeezed and fondled anything and everything.  Hee! Fondled.  Sorry, that’s the 6th grader coming out in me.

Outside, the agricultural center is in the middle of gorgeous mountains that were showing the colors of fall.  Inside, there were knitters and spinners and yarn.

Boy, oh, boy was there yarn.  I looped that arena three times before I bought one thing.  There was so much, I could not choose.  Now, I am not normally inhibited by indicision.  This was overwhelming.  I had to have a system.  I had to overlook all batts.  I don’t know how to spin, so I did not want to use up my resources on fiber that would sit on the shelf.  I did not stop to look at anything I could get at home.  There was no pausing over needles or knitted/woven garments.  I think it was a pretty good strategy.  Look at what I scored:

That is 1,000 yards of worsted weight wool from Miss Babs. I scored it 50% off, too.

Next, I scored a wonderful little print from Conni Togel.  These are so cute, I had to force myself not to buy them all.

Yummy autumn hued sock yarn from the Sanguine Gryphon.

The Brooks Farm booth is where my eyes crossed, and my heart began to pound.  This is yarn crack.  Seriously, I thought about selling blood to be able to buy more.

Excuse the blurry photo.  This yarn is so lovely that it makes my hand shake every time I see it.  It is also the only yarn that I had my picture taken with.  I think when Hubby is gone; I might just marry it.

Delly Delights Farm was my final yarn purchase.  It is by far the softest.  There is very little that can be softer than 100% alpaca.

I also spent some time and funds at the Blue Ridge Soap Shed. It is run by a retired chemistry professor and his wife.  I ended up buying 11 bars.  They are all scrumptious.  I’m serious.  They are so tasty I wanted to eat them.

I have never used homemade soap.  I’ve been skeptical about the claim that they would be superior to store-bought soap.  The scents are real, not fake.  As soon as I stepped into the shower this morning, the scent from the soap enveloped the room.  I know it is cliched to say it felt like a spa, but it is true.  At first, I thought it wasn’t much better than commercial products, but I had to remind myself that there was no yucky chemicals in it.  This soap is great and everyone should try it.

The animals were so cute, too.  These alpacas sang to us every time we walked into the barn.

The llamas were so soft.

I missed the sheep and goats, but a lady had the cutest little lamb she carried around.

There were also bunnies everywhere.  There were big ones and little ones.  There were white ones and gray ones.  They were all so cute.  And I almost brought one home.  I wanted to hug him and squeeze him and name him George.  Hubby said it was up to me, but I could hear the panicked chatter in his head praying I would not really bring one home. Maybe next year.

Also, we celebrated my Mom’s 50th 49th birthday.

Today is her actual birthday.  Happy Birthday, Mom!

October 27, 2008 Posted by | 101 in 1001, Knitters, Knitting, Yarn | 3 Comments

Here comes Santa Clause, here comes Santa Clause, right down Santa Clause Lane …

I know I have touted to virtuous nature of my postman in the past; however, today I figured out the Mrs. S stands for Mrs. Santa Clause, and she is my new best friend.  She is not just my new best friend.  She is my best-est friend in the whole wide world.  Do you want to know why Mrs. S is now holds this most covetous position?  How about I show you ….

This is the yarn that the sleigh brought to my house today.  Yes, Mrs. S decided to destash.  That is alot of yarn, and I love it all.  Wait! There’s more.

I mentioned I wanted to learn how to spin.  Mrs. S offered me her spindle and fleece.  Cool, hu?

What a pretty bag! When Mrs. S saw my brand new bag, she laughed and said she bought the same one and did not like it.  So, into the sleigh it went and straight to me.  Now I have two, count them two, of the same great bag.  This day is weighing in as one of my best days. Thank you Mrs. S.  Your heart is bigger than the pile of yarn you gifted me. Hee!

Now, to complete the whole Christmas in October theme we have going on, I picked up a little treat on teh way home.

Last but not least and equally as good, but not to be consumed with the peppermint mocha …

Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!!!

October 16, 2008 Posted by | Holiday, Knitters, Random, Stash, Yarn | 2 Comments