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Drive by posting October 26, 2007

Filed under: Blankets,Family — katy @ 10:14 am

Didn’t go to Rhinebeck after all as my mother was feeling poorly.
Progress on afghans continue.
Errata lost on Dale of Norway. 
They happen to be attending our guild meeting today. 
Lucky day.
Have lost 13lbs.
Go me.


That’s it. October 19, 2007

Filed under: Blankets,Fiber Festivals,Starmore,Stash — katy @ 8:38 am

Peruvia That’s it.  These are the colors and that is my final answer!  Of course I just posted an email to Brian asking if the colors are acceptable.  Truthfully, there has got to be nothing worse than working diligently on something and finding–or not finding out–the recipients hate the colors.  Crappy camera phone picture as I have no clue where the regular camera is.

In other exciting news, my mom and I are driving up to Rhinebeck on Sunday.  How could I possibly miss seeing Jody’s St. Brigid in person!  I had crazy ideas of trying to finish mine too.  Although Jody’s couple of months is far more impressive than my couple of years.  My new goal is the end of they year however I seem to have thwarted myself with an afghan or two.  Why?  And I am finally to the colorwork on Kevin’s Salt Lake City Dale of Norway.  Freaking 2002.  But the colorwork is done on a size 4 needle so it should move a bit quicker.  5 years quicker–probably not.

I kind of, sort of have a new sweater to wear for Rhinebeck.  The Kersti neckdown cardigan is finally finished.  I don’t know what motivated me to FINALLY lengthen the sleeves but it is done and on the blocking board.  Now to find a button of some sort.  That yarn is only from 2004.  I am seeing a definate decline in stash yarn though.  Woohoo!

Edited to add from Brian:

I love them, all four of them.

I cannot wait to lower the heat in the apartment because of the new


Huh? October 15, 2007

Filed under: Blankets,Friends — katy @ 3:58 pm

More_throws_1 So I have decided that I want to knit a throw for my friends Brian and Joel.  I thought Berroco’s Peruvia would be a nice substitution for Manos and promptly emailed Brian this morning with requests for colors.  Here is his repsonse: 

We are very earthy-toned at the moment, bleached wood and dusty dirt
and powdery sand and early buds and new stems and young branches and late spring leaves; all faded and soft and cosy wool.

                                   Does that help at all?

I don’t know.  Do you think that helps?  Oh, and he only wants me to use three colors.


October 12, 2007

Filed under: All done!,Friends — katy @ 2:26 pm

Dsc01918 I have to say it is good to back.  I barely knit a stitch the whole time…just finished the strap on Zoe’s dog sweater and put the buttons on.  It seemed there was no time–the plane was packed, the days full and the car rides too scenic to miss.  I also didn’t buy a scrap of yarn although I did come home with some lovely antique knitting needles.  My friends partner is always on the lookout for knitting or crochet items for me.  He offered me some ivory crochet hooks too but I didn’t take them as they seemed very fragile and I never check baggage. 

I didn’t post before I left as I was very stressed out.  My passport expires next month and my friend informed me that some countries don’t let you in–or out–with less than 3 to 6 months on your passport.  I had no clue and horror stories abound on the internet.  Needless to say I got there and back without a problem but I hated to tip the scales of fate.

The highlight of the trip was a visit to Mont St. Michel.  When we lived in the UK, we visited St. Michael’s Mount in Cornwall and the similarities have long been discussed by Brian and I.  Mont St. Michel is much larger and grander!  I was so surprised to see there was even a village on the island.  I was even more suprised and a bit disappointed that the land bridge no longer gets covered withDsc01903  water–so much "development" has changed that.  While the monastery was amazing the place transformed at night to something completely magical.  We saw so many shooting stars. 

The shops had little pictures of the island and sheep but I hadn’t seen any sheep until we left and Brian remembered that they are know for their lamb who gaze on the salty marsh.  Sadly, we missed the tides galloping in like a horse but we had to get back to Paris for an opening evening at the antique market.

Brian has many American friends and it is always fun to see them and catch up.  Plus it makes the conversation easier for me as my french is horrific and seems to be getting worse.  The market was amazing with so much history to explore and learn. 

Dsc01865 Brian’s house in the country has undegone so many renovations I could hardly believe it was the same place.  Goodness knows there is a lot more to do and I tell him he is lucky his parents are so active in Habitat for Humanity because they always put a lot of hard work into their visits.  We went for a long walk in the woods looking for mushrooms.  Thankfully we didn’t find many–my mom always told meDsc01859  to be careful of mushrooms.  And a woman who had been born in the house and lived there during the war came to visit with her brother and friends.  Lots of translating for me but it was a lovely visit.

Saturday we walked from one side of Paris to the other in search of a shirt and tie for Kevin.  Both Zoe and I were exhausted.  Although she hardly looked it in the photo from the cafe.  I was so exhausted that we skipped White Night in Paris where they keep the museums open at night.  Sunday was a quiet morning with Brian and off to lunch at the antique market with Joel.

Brian really outdid himself keeping me entertained–which was completely unnecessary as I am delighted just to spend time with him.  I can hardly believe it has been over 20 years since we met in our high school homeroom.  I think, next time, I really want to bring Gracie.  The rest of the photos are up on my flickr page.


un peu October 9, 2007

Filed under: Friends — katy @ 1:43 pm

Dsc01871_2 A day in the country

Dsc01906_2 Overnight at Mont St. Michel

Dsc01908_2 Lunch in Honfleur

Dsc01912_3 Just browsing

Dsc01916_2 Mmmm….