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May 12, 2005

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Not much going on around here.  I guess it is a post weekend letdown.  While it has been a good TV week, I went to bed early and missed most of Desperate Housewives and all of 24 and Lost.  That’s okay, Tivo is there.

Gracie was chosen from the whole district to read her essay on helping victims of the tsunami for the Board of Education.  Unfortunately, the meeting was postponed.  She is very bummed.  I am just very proud.

Relatively quiet day at work.  I was working on a shop sample–a scarf in Eros Drifters–a self-striping version of Eros.  I hate Eros but this was especially bad as I was dropping stitches.  Customers kept picking it up and admiring it.  It was probably their fault. 

I am anxious to cast on one of my new projects from Maryland.  It is probably easier to start the baby sweater–less yarn to wind.  I know I should tink back that last row on St. Brigid but I just don’t have the time and energy to put into it right now.  My mom has offered many times to do it and I should probably just let her.  Anyone else have St. Brigid knitting to speak of?

I finished another pair of pulsewarmers.  For those who have a color preference, let me know and I will try to accomodate.  4 down, 6 to go!  I will end with a picture of Scooby. 

                                                       Scooby_in_carseat

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Filed under: Uncategorized — katy @ 8:28 am

Not much going on around here.  I guess it is a post weekend letdown.  While it has been a good TV week, I went to bed early and missed most of Desperate Housewives and all of 24 and Lost.  That’s okay, Tivo is there.

Gracie was chosen from the whole district to read her essay on helping victims of the tsunami for the Board of Education.  Unfortunately, the meeting was postponed.  She is very bummed.  I am just very proud.

Relatively quiet day at work.  I was working on a shop sample–a scarf in Eros Drifters–a self-striping version of Eros.  I hate Eros but this was especially bad as I was dropping stitches.  Customers kept picking it up and admiring it.  It was probably their fault. 

I am anxious to cast on one of my new projects from Maryland.  It is probably easier to start the baby sweater–less yarn to wind.  I know I should tink back that last row on St. Brigid but I just don’t have the time and energy to put into it right now.  My mom has offered many times to do it and I should probably just let her.  Anyone else have St. Brigid knitting to speak of?

I finished another pair of pulsewarmers.  For those who have a color preference, let me know and I will try to accomodate.  4 down, 6 to go!  I will end with a picture of Scooby. 

                                                       Scooby_in_carseat

 

MS$WF Mom’s report May 10, 2005

Filed under: Uncategorized — katy @ 3:40 pm

Mssw_2 What I bought & why, 2 lbs of Koigu mill ends, 3 hanks of yellow Koigu from the Mannings, because I like it!

3 hanks of Manos, cause I need it for my next throw.

2 hanks of Socks that Rock from The Fold, I wanted to try it.

The Two-End Knitting Book by Anne-Maj Ling, a must have for me that I’ve been putting off.

Needles for the numerous empty Chibis floating around here.

Small MS&WF print, which I’ll have framed for small bathroom in FL.

I enjoyed meeting all you delightful young knitting women.The world of knitting is in safe hands, it’s not all scarves afterall.

 

Maryland, the purchases

Filed under: Uncategorized — katy @ 10:54 am

Maryland_sheep_wool_by_gracie I love this picture that Gracie took.  I noticed that there was a complete lack of animal photos in yesterdays post.  It was a Sheep and Wool Festival, right?

Unfortunately, we did not get a rabbit.  We had heard from a reliable source–or so we thought–that they were difficult to maintain.  Besides Scooby does not like other animals.  Heck, he hisses at my mother every time he sees her because she owns a dog!  We’ll see…maybe another time.

So, what did I buy?  Really, I don’t think I bought all that much.  There were lots of things I liked but–like all of us–I already have a lot.  Nonetheless, I couldn’t go all Mdsw_goods that way and get nothing!  From the top:

1.  3 skeins of Green Mountain Spinnery Moutain Mohair in Lupine with Rosemary’s Little Sweater pattern.  2.  Koigu Alligator Wrap Pattern. 3.  A little print of the logo for this year.  4.  A lamb for Owen–which he threw on the floor. 5.  Socks that Rock and a pattern (thanks Christy for the heads up).  6.  A toy for Scooby that he couldn’t care less about.  7.  Two skeins of Zephyr Wool-Silk from Mannings and extra Chibi needles.  8.  A llama, I think–that’s what is says but so does the sheep–for Cameron. 9.  Koigu millends.  10.  A t-shirt.  The color choices were limited on Sunday.  Gracie got the same color but hers is in the wash–she wore it to school yesterday.  11. Oh, and a little alpaca finger puppet for Granny.

Here’s a cute picture of Gracie relaxing amidst a pile o’ Koigu.  Gracie_with_koigu She was a bit of "nag" the whole trip.  I don’t know if it was because Grandma was there or because it is so much more overwhelming than Rhinebeck.  She just wasn’t as easygoing as she was in the Fall.  I love you dearly Gracie…but if I go back…you are not. 

16_day_soay_in_diaper I have seen other photos of this little 16 day old Soay goat on the blogs.  I guess everyone was taken with him.  Adorable, isn’t he?

It was a nice way to spend Mother’s Day.  Although a cruise might have been nice too.  I met a new to me blogger, Sarah.  Check out her beautiful Birch–lovely photo of Sarah and the front of Birch in her gallery too.  I will end with a close up of my Koigu millends.  And then I am off to Owen’s school for a parent training.  Maybe we can ride the scooters!                                                                                                                                                         

                                                      Koigu_ends_closeup

 

Maryland Sheep and Wool 2005 May 9, 2005

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Wow.  What a trip.  We made fabulous time getting there on Saturday.  Just as we were leaving the car, we ran into Rachael and Lala.  Mom_rachael_lala_me Last year I met no one so I was thrilled to meet them.  And I gave Rachael the green pulsewarmers and she gave me a cool CD mix she had made.  Thanks Rachael. 

‘Course we made a beeline for the Koigu booth.  After reports of insanity at Stitches–we figured we had better get it out of the way.  Thank goodness we did. Koigu_leftover_leftovers_1  They were sold out within 2 hours!  My mom says they brought 250 lbs of yarn.  On Sunday, all that was left was a few scraps.  I bought mostly blueish/turquoise colorways.  I am hoping to make a modified Alligator Wrap. 

We walked around the Main Exhibition hall and my mom bought more Koigu at Mannings.  I bought a bit of lace weight yarn.  They are such a nice group of sellers.  I was considering buying a drop spindle and a bit of roving but kept putting it off and never did so.  My mom has one somewhere in her stashaster.  Gracie might enjoy it.

Rachael_lala_me_nathania Outside the Main Exhibition hall we ran into Rachael and Lala again as well as Nathania and some of my mom’s friends from the KBTH.  It was great to meet Nathania.  And Gracie did a pretty good job as my official photographer.  We grabbed a quick lunch and I phoned Nancy.  She was just across the way from us so I found her and I_finally_met_nancy_1 brought she and Rinaldo back to picnic table.  It was wonderful to finally meet Nancy–we have been trying for almost 6 months.  I gave her the black checkerboard pulsewarmers I made.  And we promised to meet up in the city very soon. 

I did go to the 12:30pm meetup by the t-shirt booth but didn’t recognize anyone I knew.  My mom, Gracie and I wandered around a bit more.  I really wanted to buy something from Brooks Farm but I didn’t really have a purpose in mind and thought I would have a think on it.  I did the same at Tess Designer Yarns.  There is a cute little angora children’s sweater that I love but the latest baby knit is for a boy.  So I purchase a really cute sweater kit and Green Mountain Spinnery.  Unfortunately, upon better light at the bed and breakfast–two different dye lots were found.  Green Mountain exchanged pretty easily and refunded the difference. 

I was still on the lookout for Norma, as she was the recipient of the orange/rust pulsewarmers.  I figured she might be by Stephanie/The Yarn Harlot’s get together at 1:30pm.  I didn’t find Norma but I did find Jody, Christy and their Sabrina_christy_jody_me friend Sabrina.  If you haven’t guessed by now…I am knitting pulsewarmers for all of the bloggers who contributed to my Spa Day–which I plan to take very soon.   Be on the lookout–3 down and 7 pairs to go!

While I didn’t find Norma, I did finally meet Cindy and Carrie, formally C & C Knittingworks.  Cindy and I somehow missed each other at Rhinebeck so it was a delight to find her and meet she and Carrie.  I miss their blog.  I also met Leigh Greta_me_maggie from Woolflowers.  And seated nearby was Greta and Maggi.  I didn’t meet Greta–or anybody last year.  It was wonderful to finally meet her in person.  She and her kids are such an inspiration to me.  And they give me much hope for Owen’s future.  Thanks Greta.  I saw her new design and it is lovely. 

Catherine_mom My mom was busy meeting up with her friend Catherine of Catherine Knits.  They met up and Koigu and my mom found a few more things she could add to her collection.  I was sorry not to get a chance to talk to Catherine.  She is a fabulous spinner and I haven’t seen her in ages!

We hit one more barn after that in search of Socks That Rock at The Fold.  It had been picked over but we were able to find something!  And guess what else I Norma_and_me found?  Yup–Norma!  I very rudely bumped into her.  I had, unfortunately, given her pulsewarmers to Carrie.  I know I could have mailed them but they were the ones I struggled with and feared I wouldn’t finish.  She needed to have them that weekend!

After that we headed out to our bed and breakfast.  While they–or Expedia–made a mistake with our accomodation (one king rather than a king and a double) they brought in a roll away for Gracie and were just so kind.  The place Hot_tub_gracie itself was absolutely beautiful and relaxing.  Gracie wanted to use the hot tub.  And she was impressed with this little room.Gracie_lovin_it_1   And made the most of all that was offered and just thoroughly enjoyed herself!

                                           Gracie_livin_the_life

We went back for a bit on Sunday.  It was much less crowded.  The t-shirts had been picked over and there were no coffee mugs left.  Gracie watched a bit of the sheep herding and we ran into Sheila and Vanessa.  My mom and Sheila have known one another for quite some time so it was terrific to meet her in person.

The drive back was the absolute pits.  We hit horrendous traffic in NJ and in NY.  So bad that I am not sure I will go back again next year.  All in all, it was a great trip but I really need to start knitting through my stash!

Speaking of stash…those pictures to follow in another blog post.  I probably need to finally upgrade my blog after this post. 

 

May 5, 2005

Filed under: Uncategorized — katy @ 8:30 am

Pulsewarmers I finished the green pulsewarmers with the Ladies Enjoying Themselves and have one more orange one to go.  The orange ones are knit with a Finnish yarn, Takana,  by Helmi Vuorelma Oy.  It is a 2ply yarn–one ply worsted spun  and one ply woolen spun.  It is from my mom’s stash that ‘spilleth over’.  She stockpiled it in  her Latvian mitten phase.  I finally decided on a dark "Jet" bead and the pattern is Geometric Pattern by Susan Sternlieb from Interweave Knits Fall 2002. 

It’s been a crazy week.  I did make it to the gym on Tuesday.  I tried to knit on the recumbent bike but it didn’t work out very well.  Perhaps with one of those knitting belts or something.  I met with a personal trainer and was scheduled to see him again today but forgot that I am working the Book Fair at Owen’s school. 

Speaking of Owen’s school…we had a team meeting yesterday.  He is going through another nice spurt of gaining skills.  His self-injurious behaviors are down but his verbal stims are up.  He can identify almost all of his upper and lowercase letters and most of his numbers to 10.  And while his articulation on shapes isn’t perfect–he knows them too.  I met the typical peers at his school while at a parent training and I now agree they aren’t really "appropriate" peers for him.  But I still believe you can play parachute with anyone.  I suggested they use some of the higher functioning kids from the program.  We know one of those kids outside of school so I said we should start with him–and they agreed!  Yippee!

I can’t believe Maryland is just a couple of days away.  I have no wishlist to speak of.  I really don’t need yarn and I had hoped to knit a couple more things from my Rhinebeck yarn before I bought more yarn.  We had a bit of a problem with Gracie last night.  She has a problem with fibbing.  She got caught in one last night and I am on the fence about whether she is coming or not.  I want her to come.  But I guess I will let her sweat it out a bit longer. 

 

Filed under: Uncategorized — katy @ 8:30 am

Pulsewarmers I finished the green pulsewarmers with the Ladies Enjoying Themselves and have one more orange one to go.  The orange ones are knit with a Finnish yarn, Takana,  by Helmi Vuorelma Oy.  It is a 2ply yarn–one ply worsted spun  and one ply woolen spun.  It is from my mom’s stash that ‘spilleth over’.  She stockpiled it in  her Latvian mitten phase.  I finally decided on a dark "Jet" bead and the pattern is Geometric Pattern by Susan Sternlieb from Interweave Knits Fall 2002. 

It’s been a crazy week.  I did make it to the gym on Tuesday.  I tried to knit on the recumbent bike but it didn’t work out very well.  Perhaps with one of those knitting belts or something.  I met with a personal trainer and was scheduled to see him again today but forgot that I am working the Book Fair at Owen’s school. 

Speaking of Owen’s school…we had a team meeting yesterday.  He is going through another nice spurt of gaining skills.  His self-injurious behaviors are down but his verbal stims are up.  He can identify almost all of his upper and lowercase letters and most of his numbers to 10.  And while his articulation on shapes isn’t perfect–he knows them too.  I met the typical peers at his school while at a parent training and I now agree they aren’t really "appropriate" peers for him.  But I still believe you can play parachute with anyone.  I suggested they use some of the higher functioning kids from the program.  We know one of those kids outside of school so I said we should start with him–and they agreed!  Yippee!

I can’t believe Maryland is just a couple of days away.  I have no wishlist to speak of.  I really don’t need yarn and I had hoped to knit a couple more things from my Rhinebeck yarn before I bought more yarn.  We had a bit of a problem with Gracie last night.  She has a problem with fibbing.  She got caught in one last night and I am on the fence about whether she is coming or not.  I want her to come.  But I guess I will let her sweat it out a bit longer.