Sunday, May 31, 2009

Feeling Sheepish

You just never know where something knitting or fiber related may turn up in your day. I know sometimes it is a stretch but still there is a connection. . .







Sunday, May 24, 2009


Not to take anything away from any holiday, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, etc. And among the ceremonies, parades, cookouts and other celebration to pay respect for those for which the holiday is created (and rightly so) are sales!

Now, I am not normally one for going to big sale events in honor of a particular holiday, two reasons, I think the holiday should not be reduced to a mere commercial event, and second, I hate crowds and pushy sales people.

But this holiday is a little different. This past Thursday a co-workers son who spent 15 months in Iraq with a 15 man engineer unit embedded with an Iraq police unit, came to share his experiences with us. He had some very interesting pictures and even more interesting stories to share. He was only there 15 months but they were able to accomplish so much, he also received three purple hearts and one bronze star for actions during those fifteen months, because while he was an engineer and his job was to build schools and new infrastructure for the Iraqis with the Iraqis, he was also the gunner on their Humvee.
It was a fascinating reminder of the work our military is doing around the world and the sacrifices they and their families are making.

So please take a moment to remember them before you rush out to that big sale this weekend.

So with that being said, I paid my respect to this soldier and his wife after the presentation on Thursday.

And Saturday, I went to a Memorial Day Sale at Knitting Sisters and purchased these:

Knitting Sisters purchase

Close up of yummy sock yarn:
Lang Jawoll

Enjoy the holiday and please remember it's true meaning.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

A Good Day for.....

Today is such a stark contrast from yesterday. Saturday started with light rain, but soon turned sunny and warm, dare I say hot. Skies were blue and bright, birds were chirping.
And today we have this:


And it has been like this since about 9 o'clock this morning, nonstop. My veggies are all on the ground, the patio is flooded, and it is only 59F. It is a good day for this:

nap time

Or even some knitting, spinning, painting, laundry. Well lets not get carried away. I mean who could work on a day like this, these days are meant for:

I'm trying to sleep

Clearly Miss Tiger Rose has the right idea, relax. But maybe I'll do some knitting or spinning.

Make the most of your day, whatever kind of weather your having!

Saturday, May 16, 2009

3rd Annual Spin-In

Today I went to the 3rd annual spin-in sponsored by Colonial Fiber Arts it was at the Riverwalk in Yorktown. We had this nice little courtyard with tents set up at first to protect us from the light rain in the morning and the sun in the afternoon. There were wheels of all types, and some very very talented spinners. Kromski was well represented with a Minstrel and a Mazurka. There was my Ashford Kiwi and a Traditional, a Frick and a couple of others I didn't identify. There was even an Indian Charka wheel. And a few drop spindles.

I only had a minor mishap getting started as usual, I went to lift the wheel off my little hand truck and knocked the bobbin shaft and all off. Then I put it back together I didn't have the whorl on all the way and didn't realize it and with the first push on the treadle, the wheel basically exploded, whorl, bobbin, tension went flying. Needless to say, the desire for a huge wave to come from the river and drag me out was overwhelming. I hadn't met any of the other spinners before, they clearly were much more experienced than I as not one of them had a wheel in five pieces on the ground.
But somehow I managed to pull myself from the depths of embarrassment and get it going again. After a while I did manage to spin something that didn't look like rope and even kept my wheel from exploding. Some of the other spinners wondered over to chat. I began to feel a little better, very nice lady, Cathy, has a beautiful Kromiski Mazurka that has a blue stain finish on it, and it is gorgeous!

Let me tell you there are some very talented people there and I felt so inspired when I left. I learned quite a bit today from those other ladies and made some new friends.

We all received a swag bag with 1 ounce treasures inside:

One of the fun things at the Spin-In, is that there is a fiber challenge, each person who wants to participate receives 2 ounces of washed, dyed and uncarded wool to do with what we will. The entries will be judged the entire month of June and winners announced on July 4th.

Fiber Challenge 1

I also bought myself a new pretty little drop spindle:
New drop spindle

We all had a wonderful time, and I learned so much and was so inspired by those talented ladies, I am going to sign off here and go get back on my wheel!

2009 Spin-1 3
2009 Spin-In 2
2009 Spin-In 1

Thursday, May 14, 2009

The Garden

We are still working on getting the garden started this year. We are in a mad dash because we are starting to get behind the curve. Last weekend we built another garden box with a trellis.
The trellis will act as a frame in the winter, which we will cover with heavy plastic to convert to a mini green house. But this summer it will be home to pole beans, peas and zucchini.

These should be happy dinner companions with the tomatoes, squash and bell peppers already taking up residence in the other two garden boxes.

Now the shade garden is a different matter all together. They are already going rogue over there under the oak tree at the end of the patio. They are having a huge party all week long to welcome the new hosta that relocated from next door. The zinnias with their colorful party hats are keeping the party going. The garden gnomes are trying to keep order but the petunias are running around getting into everything. I think I heard them singing this morning when I let the dogs out, it sounded something like:
“Shade Gard-en part-y part-y”
“Shade Gard-en part-y part-y”
And I think the petunias broke into a chorus of scat. “scoobie de doop. Scoobie de doop part-y part-y”

shade garden 2
shade garden1

I don’t think we are going to be able to rent out the frog house until things calm down in there.

The Knitting Basket

I left the house today without knitting today on purpose! I feel like I left a part of me at home. It is like those terrible dreams where you’re standing in front of a large group of people and realize you’re not wearing pants, that is what it feels like to leave all you’re knitting at home.

But I didn’t carpool this morning so I did not arrive to work early, so no knitting time this morning. At lunch I plan to get my hair cut, no knitting time there, and after work there is a work related function, that includes a tour of a new sports complex and a BBQ so no knitting can be done there. Then it is straight home, where my knitting waits for me.

The knitting in question is the sweater that has been ripped to within an inch of its nonconforming life, and reincarnated into an EZ raglan sweater. Thankfully the yarn is very forgiving. And then there is the ever present sock project; which I cannot go into detail just yet. Suffice it to say it is a gift.

Both are at home at this very moment plotting their revenge, I just know it. They are unknitting themselves into some sort of dropped stitch fiasco that they will hide from me until I am nearly finished with them and they will stick that little dropped stitch out like a tongue and taunt me.
All of this is happening at the same time I am running the risk of a bulldog or basset hound becoming curious and sniffing out the wool fumes and drooling all over the knitting basket and its glorious contents.

If I could only teach them to knit instead of sit up and beg...
oh well.

Happy Knitting!

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Spring/Summer Rain and Contest

I want to tell everyone that Knittinggin is having a contest for a beautiful bracelet she made, plus you have to see the necklaces she has made as well, totally awesome! Go here: Knittinggin

Don't you just love how "green" everything is after a rain in the summer time? We had rain in one form or another everyday last week, some days it was serious storms others just a nice shower. Thursday was a nice shower near the end of the work day, so I snapped this picture while waiting for my carpool ride.

leaf after rain

Everything is wet, green and in some cases muddy.
brownie mix

This little bowl of mud is actually brownie batter waiting to be baked into a nice yummy treat.

The weekend has been gorgeous and much gardening has been done. I'll post pictures tomorrow of the new garden trellis we built for the beans to run along. I think it is a pretty good job, and it is designed so that in the winter, we can put heavy plastic over it to extend the growing season.

For everyone celebrating this weekend, Happy Mother's Day!

Friday, May 8, 2009

Molly, CGC, TDI 1996-2009


Our Molly left us today after a battle with Lymphoma. She was thirteen years young. We rescued Molly from the local SPCA shelter, she was turned in because she would get car sickness, she was only about six months old. I imagine, they hadn’t worked with her to help her get over her fear of riding in cars. She did eventually learn to enjoy car rides and has traveled with us to visit family in Tennessee an eight hour ride with no problems.

She was a playmate and later nurse for our German Shepherd Dog, Shelby, who had epilepsy. Molly would alert us to Shelby if she was having a seizure then stay with her laying nose to nose until Shelby had returned to normal.
Molly has guarded our house and been a wonderful walking partner, she never enjoyed playing ball or anything with rolling or flying objects, I attribute that to one of the mysteries of her past life, but she loved to play tag. She would run and run chasing one of the other dogs. She was intrigued by sheep.

She had mothered Rosie our bulldog, trying to clean her wrinkles and ears.

She has been a constant clown for us, making us laugh. She was such a free spirit, she was nine when she obtained her Canine Good Citizen and her Thearapy Dog certification.
Among her training accomplishments, she won a contest for a 10 minute down stay!

She brought joy to many at the nursing home she visited, her soft fluffy Golden Retriever/Chow coat, was stroked and petted by many, some who didn’t desire interaction with anyone, but would sit and pet Molly. She was happy to have her head stroke and ears rubbed and would nearly fall asleep in the sheer enjoyment of it all.

One of the things I will miss the most is her excited bark when we arrive home it starts as soon as our feet hit the steps and doesn’t stop until the door opens. Then she runs to get one of her chew toys and bring it to us as a welcome home gift, before running out to the backyard for play time.

Molly you will be missed.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Croc Puppies

I found a real bargain today, while out on a yarn/craft crawl.


Only $10! I think Lily makes a wonderful shoe model don't you?

We had lots of fun today, bought sock yarn, cotton yarn, yarn for shawls and lap blankets. Books for knitting sweaters and more.

I'll post pictures of all the other fun stuff a little later.

Earlier today we planted some flowers in the front yard and I noticed our Mr. & Mrs. Hawk are back this year, and they have a young one. He was trying out his new wings today. I didn't have my camera handy but it was fascinating to watch him flap around a bit and then glide, squawking the whole time.

Now we are having a thunderstorm, the sky is so dark and it makes the trees look that much greener, I love it when it is like this. We were coming back across the water today and could see the storm coming down the bay, it wasn't close enough to rain yet and I love to watch the storms roll in. It sounds like cannon fire out there.

I have to go comfort Molly she hates thunder.

Happy Knitting.

This Doesn't Even Make Sense

...because I am so tired that I don't think stringing a sentence together is my strong suit at the moment. I've been up since 5am, on a Saturday morning. I was supposed to get up at 5am to check the weather and make a final decision as to whether or not we were going to drive the four hours to the Maryland Sheep and Wool. It is supposed to be rainy there all day and we were trying to decide if we wanted to make the drive to slog around in the rain; knowing of course that here at home it is not raining and we have ten pots of flowers and seven tomato plants that need planting. Mulch to spread and a variety of other gardening projects, that I will not bore you with. But clearly I am not in the car headed to Maryland, because, the hour by hour says it will rain starting at 11am just about the time I would get there and rain the rest of the day.
Also, another reason I am up at 5am is that Rosie had what refer as an "ear spasm" Rosie has bad ears, they are wet ears and a constant problem for her. We have medicated wipes, ointments and flushes, but even with all of that she has these spasms where her ears start to run and she gets all uncomfortable and starts shaking her head and rubbing her head on whatever she can. So up I am with medicines, ointments and washclothes to try and stem the tide in her ear. The bad part is that this causes her to start breathing very heavy and we aren't supposed to let that happen because of the whole larynx thing. So we are trying relieve her discomfort and calm her down at the same time. All of this commotion wakes up Molly and Lily who now have to go outside.
So what happened? Well, Rosie finally calmed down and went back to sleep, allowing the medicine a chance to work. Hubby and Molly are sound asleep, Lily is asleep in the chair next to me snoring and dreaming about something that is make her growl in her sleep.
And me, I'm here, lamenting the fact that I am not on the road to Maryland, that I am missing a great time even if it is raining. And hating my garden chores, house chores that will get done today instead.

I thought of having my own fiberfest by working on this sweater but it is giving me a fit. I don't like the way the pattern is written I find it very confusing and not making sense to me I have read it and re-read it so many times I've lost count but I still don't understand why it wants me to join up at this point when the two sides being joined do not have the same number of stitches, so one is shorter than the other. I can't figure out that I have made an error, I have followed the instructions to this point to the letter.
well it is too early in the morning to fight with the sweater.
I need coffee, lots of coffee. Oh look the sun is up, Hello sun. Want some coffee, you know it is too early for either of use to be up on a Saturday.

Well, I'm burning daylight.