Monday, June 30, 2008

I have so much to tell you....

I don't know where to begin. First of all is this summer just flying by or what? I can't hardly keep up.

Yesterday was a totally fun girls day. I met my friend Anna at Colonial Fiber Arts for a spin in. Every Sunday is spinning Sunday and anyone who wants just tramples on in with their wheel and you just hang out and spin. I learned so much in the two hours we were there from the other spinners it was amazing. Nettie (owner) and Anna were both spinning mohair, Natalie was plying around crochet thread making a speciality yarn, that was just gorgeous. And I was spinning Coopworth wool. So soft and chocolaty. Nettie got the kinks worked out with my wheel and the user and we are in spinning business now!

Here are the ladies:
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Then afterwards I followed Anna over to her farm to help with her horse and donkey. She has a lovely place built in 1830! Just picture postcard beatiful!
So I got to meet her Romney sheep, her Angora goats and her Alpaca in addition to the horse and donkey. I stayed way later than I thought I would, but we had such a good time! And her husband is just one of the nicest people ever!

I hope to have some good pictures of my spun coopworth for you soon.

And one more surprise coming, but I can't tell you just yet, maybe tomorrow.

until then Happy Knitting.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

The Sound of Freedom

I live in an area with a lot of military, we have Fort Monroe (Army)Ft. Eustis (Army), Norfolk Naval Base, Oceana Naval, Langley Air Force Base, Cheatham Annex, Yorktown Naval Weapons, and the Coast Guard Station at Yorktown. Just a little bit of every thing around here. And there is usually summertime celebrations open to the public at various bases, one is the Air Power Over Hampton Roads at Langley Air Force base. I have lived within the flight path of Langley for about 32 years, almost my whole life, you get used to the noise and the planes and things like that. I moved away for a short time and since our return we have not been to an air show. We can see parts of it from our front yard if the planes are high enough and I went as a young person. But this year I decided we were going, the hubby and never been and I thought he would enjoy it.

So we off we went, we did have to sit in traffic for about 45 minutes because we should have gone earlier, but it was okay. We got parked and went through the security and onto the field! Hooray, they had all kinds of static displays from all the branches of the military.

This is a NASA plane
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I couldn't tell you the types of all the different planes, the hubby could, but they had some that were big...
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Some that looked fast...
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And one that was huge! It was the visiting Royal Air Force, it brought over their Red Arrow Squad, this was the biggest plane I have ever seen!
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The Air Force K-9 units were out and about, beautiful German Shepherds and here is how they travel in style complete with AC...
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That is also where they took their breaks during the day, they stalls with the closed doors had dogs in there resting. If you got too close they let you know they were in there too!

Some of the plans I did know was the stealth bomber, because just how cool is that plane?
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And the F-22 Raptor, which can do amazing things, I never knew an airplane could do, they just stop and turn and the pilots are just really amazing people!
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They had planes from previous generations this picture represents 30 years of military aviation, there is an F4 jet, an F22 and I'm sorry I couldn't hear what the announcer said the third one was.

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There were sky divers which to me is just one of those things you couldn't pay me enough to do, but they made it look so easy. They brought down with them this flag it is 5,000 square feet in size!
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And as I mentioned the Brits were visiting. Frankly, I can't say enough good things about them the them. The pilots were walking around and they were very friendly and they are sooo incredible in the air! I wish I could describe the precision in which they fly together. I was very impressed.

Here they are with one of our Raptors.
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And here is something I didn't expect to see, just to the right of the port O potties was three monks enjoying the air show. I kinneared them.
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It was a great time, we spent the whole day and got lovely matching sunburns,I mean tans to go with it. I had on my sunblock but still got a little pink. It was worth it. We had fun.

There was much more to see and do, just too much to talk about here I wish I had taken my big camera, but they had said to bring only small camera bags. But the photos are a little better on the slide show. There are more pictures here:
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Hope everyone is having a great weekend too!

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Good Times

This weekend I had some relatives and friends in town for a little history tour. They came for the weekend and wanted to see the sites of the Historic Triangle (Yorktown, Jamestown and Williamsburg)two of the guests had not been to the area before so were very excited to see everything. A weekend really isn't enough time, but we did the best we could. Saturday they had a fun filled afternoon of shopping at the various outlets, my aunt was the tour guide for that portion of the trip, she lives not far from Williamsburg.
Today, was my turn to be the tour guide and I was in charge of the historic portion of the trip. We had a grand time! We started our day early at 8:30 and went to Colonial Williamsburg after breakfast.

Here is three generations in my family: My aunt (dad's sister), my great aunt (also on dad's side) and myself. Now, my great aunt is in the middle does she look 83? I don't think so. She is amazing. Not shown were two family friends, the ones that had not been to the area before. They were taking the pictures.
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Then it was off to Jamestown Settlement and then to lunch where we were joined by two more local family members. My second cousin, Cindy and her husband, Rick. I didn't think to get a picture were all laughing and having such a good time at lunch. I felt really sorry for our waiter, but he was excellent at his job and a very good sport as much adou was made over his cologne.

Finally, we ended our day at Yorktown we arrived in time at the Riverwalk
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To see the fife and drum corp perform, they are very good and all children!
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The Riverwalk was recently created in the past few years and the old pier was improved at evidenced today by the cruise ship that was visiting.

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I even gave a little lecture in one of the store that had some Leicester Longwool fleece on display regarding the process of skirting, cleaning, spinning and knitting. I just couldn't let a chance for something wool related to be included. But, sadly we didn't see any of the Leicesters out this morning.

I did meet a wondefully mannered young brindle boxer named Mason who gave me a kiss. She and her human were out walking for socializing skills. She was doing wonderfully.

Hope everyone else had a lovely weekend. And lets all keep the folks in Iowa and other parts of the midwest in our prayers.

Also, part of NC is burning and now so is the Great Dismal Swamp. They smoke here has been terrible the past couple of days. Send positive thoughts and prayers to the firefighters they can bring it all under control soon. Some rain would help.

Happy Knitting.

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Where to Begin?

Seriously, where does the time go? I can't believe today, much less the weekend is already over.
I have been trying to keep everyone indoors and cool this weekend as it has been officially 100 degrees. Naturally, the AC in my car went out, it is a compressor thing we think, in other words $$. It is just going to have to wait right now, I have another car we can drive with working AC for now, the gas mileage isn't as good, close but not as good at the other car, but it will have to do for now.
Things at work have been better this past week, I sure hope that trend continues.
And the Big Easy vest i made for hubby has found a home. My friend Anna whom I have mentioned before, who is a wonder at raising sheep, alpaca, goats and chickens. Is an amazing spinner and knitter is alas blogless and frankly computerless. But, among her other talents she happens to be the perfect size for the Big Easy vest, so I gave it to her. In a strange twist of fate, she knitted her husband a similar sweater vest, although hers was spun from one of her own sheep then knitted, but it was too big for her hubby, but guess what, it fits my hubby perfectly. So we swamped ill fitting vests! We got a big kick out of that. I will post pictures of the Beatrice vest (Beatrice is the sheep that donated the fleece) soon, but I have been catching up on blogs and have run out of daylight!

On the needles, I have a second Big Easy vest, but it has beent too hot to have that laying in my lap, so I am working on anklet socks for myself. Nothing else new has been started although I have had tons of ideas.

I found a great recipe for making homemade cheese so I am going to try that soon. I was thinking next weekend, but I may have family in town (not sure yet) so that might be something to look forward to in the near future.

I hope everyone has had a wonderful weekend!

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Logo - A Go-Go

It is with great pride that I present to you dear reader the official Stitches and Stories logo. It was created by a very gift artist Alexandra Prillaman, whom I have not yet met in person, but came highly recommended from a professional graphic artist Carolyn August and I am grate to them both.
To Carolyn for being so willing to help and for recommended Alexandra and to Alexandra for her wonderful gift and talent, her ability to squeeze in all the little components I wanted.
Alexandra actually came up with this logo before I even told her what I had in mind. My contribution was the suggestion of the sock on the hoof and the spinning wheel in the background. She thinks like a knitter! How Cool.

My many thanks to both ladies and if your ever in need of a logo or similar product let me know I will refer you on to Alexandra.

Happy Knitting!