Friday, December 31, 2010

Getting into Overdrive at your local library

Well, Christmas is in the rear view mirror and the New Year is here, I bet many of you have some cool gadgets to play with this year. If you got an ereader for Christmas you may want to check with your local library, many use a program called Overdrive where you can check out books onto your ereader from their Overdrive catalog. I have done this several times with my Nook and while it is not the most intuitive program it is doable. I have some tips below to help you get reading for free (and who doesn't like free) from your local library.
  1. Download and install Adobe Digital Editions to your computer, PC, Mac or laptop. It is important to have your Nook plugged into your computer via your USB cable while downloading so that the software will install simultaneously on both the Nook and your computer. On the right hand side of the screen you will see  "Download Now" Once you click on the download button it will lead you through the rest of the process for downloading and installing the software. The steps are the same for PC and Mac users. (insert your favorite smiley face here).  
  2. Once the software is installed you will need an Adobe ID, don't panic, this is very easy to do if you don't have one already. All you need is a valid email address, then click on the link for "Get an Adobe ID online". 
  3. Now here is a nice feature, Adobe Digital Editions should automatically recognize your digital reader and ask you if you would like to authenticate your device. Naturally you do. If for some reason it does not automatically recognize your reader, just close and reopen the program (Adobe Digital Editions). 
  4. Now we are ready for the fun part, you will want to access your Library's Overdrive site. Sign into your library account. Search the Overdrive catalog and place items into your cart. Now if you are like and like to browse here is a helpful reminder items will only stay in your cart for a certain number of minutes, so don't browse too long before checking out your selections. Once the item is checked out it should be available for download. When your computer prompts you for which program to use to open the ebook, make sure you choose Adobe Digital Editions. The library book will download to your computer, then you simply transfer the book to your Nook, by dragging and dropping it into your Nook icon on the left hand side of the program. 
  5. On the Nook these items will appear in your "My Documents" tab. If you do not see your library book, clink "Check for new items" and it should appear then. You can also return the book early if you finish it to opening the Adobe Digital Editions program on your computer and click on the drop down arrow on the left hand side and selecting "return the checked out item" 
There you have it in five easy steps you can get free books from your local library (provided they have the Overdrive program) onto your Nook or other device that will recognize the epub or pdf format. This does not work however for the Kindle. At least not at this time.

A couple of helpful links can be found here at Slide Share (for PC users).

For Mac users, Slide Share (Mac Version).

~ the Tech Savvy Knitter

Sunday, December 26, 2010

More Snow..

At 4:30 I measured 9 inches of snow on the patio, the most snow we have had in 21 years!


My Jasmine Vine

There's a car under there somewhere


And it is still snow, and I am still knitting! 


White (day after) Christmas











Saturday, December 25, 2010

White Christmas

I can't remember the last time we had a snow for christmas, we are getting snow tonight. They say we will be snowed in tomorrow. I can't believe it. I will believe it when I see it. The day has been wonderful already. Filled with knitting and audio books.

I am attempting to knit a stocking for next year and the pattern is giving me a fit. This is my third attempt, if I don't get it this time I am going to try a different pattern. This one is making me crazy!

Hope everyone had a great holiday!

Friday, December 24, 2010

Nook, iPad, Nano, Knitting and more.....

Merry Christmas to All! It is Christmas Eve, hopefully everyone is ready, but I'm sure there are a few last minute gifts to buy.

As always electronics are hot items, here is my take on some of them.

The Barnes and Noble Nook, I have one of the original devices with WiFi and 3G. I have not yet used the color Nook yet. First, the pros, I like the newsprint style screen, it makes it very easy to read outside by the pool, beach or park. The buttons for turning the pages are easy to use, and it is light weight and easy to carry. Mine fits nicely in the side pocket of my Namaste Knitting bag. Searching for new books to download is also very user friendly and purchasing is a breeze once you have your Barnes and Noble account set up. Of course when you take your Nook into Barnes and Noble there are always coupons and free downloads of the week to try. You just show your Nook to the cashier for the coupon code and you are on your way. Customer service is top notch, I had a problem with my nooks and within 3 business days I had a replacement Nook and the return shipping code. No hassles. Also the Nook will accept other formats, I load pdf's of my knitting patterns on it to make them more portable.

The Cons, my nook received a stress fraction at the button I used most for page turning, but as stated above, the customer service people were excellent and replaced my Nook hassle free. It was a reconditioned Nook but I found no issues with it, it was like new and I have not had any further problems. Also the new color Nook resolves this problem by having a touch screen to allow you to turn pages without the button as well as the software upgrade to the existing models of the Nook.
The web browsing on the Nook, is not worth your time, at least not on the pre-color models, the navigation is done through the 2 inch screen at the bottom and is more frustrating than anything. It is not worth the time or effort, if you want to web browse I suggest another device. Things like games on the Nook seem pointless to me, since they are very limited in type and quality of the graphics.

Overall impression of the Nook, it is great if all you want to do is read a book, nothing else. If your expectations are simple then the Nook is a great device. I can also see it as an excellent device for school children and young people.

The iPad, I have a new model 32g iPad purchased at the Apple Store. The Pros, I will try to limit my thoughts here, but I must say that I love my iPad. I used it constantly and find it hard to remember life without it. First, if your a reader, you can download the Nook, Kindle, Blue Fire and other reader apps to your iPad, thus not limiting you to one source for your ebooks. I also have a reader app Good Reader, that also you to highlight and mark up pdf files, I have found this invaluable for my knitting patterns. The iPad is easy to use, everything is done by touch, no buttons to push or break. Of course, you have access to the App Store, with a host of products for productivity. The graphics are typical Apple, excellent! This is not a review of the various apps, available because some are clearly better than others. There has been some question as to the portability of the iPad, my rule of thumb is that if it fits in my purse it is portable, and my iPad fits in my purse.
The iPad is also great for those who are not computer savvy, you don't have to strong keyboarding skills to be effective on the iPad in fact it is great for people who only type with two or three fingers. I do pretty much anything on my iPad that I do on my laptop. I also like the screen size of the iPad, it makes it easier to see recipes and knitting patterns without having to enlarge the font or pictures. I would not enjoy a 7" iPad. Again, customer service with the iPad is terrific and with all Apple products I would imagine. I purchased mine at my local Apple Store and the process was very painless and the staff very friendly. My iPad account was active, and set up before I left the store.

The Cons,  the cons are that it is a bit heavier than the Nook, and if you carry yours in your purse as I do, you will notice the difference in weight. The button on the side that used to control the internal gyroscope as changed in the last upgrade, to turn it on or off now is a four step process. I find that very unfortunate. The reason to turn it off is if you are reading a book if you tilt your iPad too far it will turn the page for you and you may not want this. It was nice before when you could just press the button on the side to control this feature. The lack of flash capability is some what disappointing, although many sites are moving away from using flash, there are still plenty out there that do, but if you are away that your iPad will not support flash before you go looking for a certain site, it can be handled, if you can find the information from another source rather than a flash site.

Overall impressions, I love my iPad and frankly it has replaced my Nook as far as reading books, the larger screen the ability to turn my book to portrait or landscape mode is a plus for me and the ability to have a variety of eReader formats and sources for ebooks is a huge plus for me. The touch screen makes this device easy for anyone to use and I would highly recommend it for someone perhaps a senior citizen with prior limited computer experience. I believe they will find it easy for them to use and allow them access to their email and information sources they may have previously shied away from.

The Nano, the new 6th generation Nano, is one of my favorite new devices. The Pros,  The size is awesome, you can take it anywhere and there are a number of wrist bands and cases to make it even easier. I have the 16G model and it has replaced my iPod Touch as my music device I use daily. I plug it into my car, my speakers at work and also use it with my earbuds. The graphics on the screen are  great for the size.  The Cons,  the size is a trade off for capacity, 16G is the largest offered. For me the 8G just wasn't enough space as I found with my 8G iPod Touch. Also, the charging devices are not interchangeable between the Touch and the Nano, so if you are adding one of these devices to your collection be prepared to add new support devices as well. This is also true for non-Apple accessory products, for example I have an adapter for my car that allows me to play my music through the car stereo speakers; with the Touch that adapter also acts as a charger while playing the music, but not with the Nano, again, the small size has it's trade offs.

Overall impressions, if you are a runner, walker or active person you will want this new Nano, the size is perfect, it is light weight and much easier to use while exerising than its longer counterparts with arm bands etc.

If you have an iPad or iTouch, keep on the look out for new knitting related apps. As I mentioned I love Good Reader for my iPad, allowing me to read and mark up my knitting patterns that I have downloaded in pdf. Also Vogue Knitting has an app for both the iPad and the iTouch, that allows you have have a portable inventory of your stash and needles, plus a very nice stitch dictionary!





And there you have it, my little take on technology and knitting apps.

Now go have some fiber fun!

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Moose Tracks

We have had two snow falls already this month here. Snow doesn't fall that often here and almost never in the month of December. Snow is more likely after January, so this year has been usually cold and wintry. It comes with mixed emotions, since we do not get snow that often when it does fall it is quite exciting and even the most mature person has the urge to run out and play in the snow. On the other had, trying to commute to and from work in it, jades my opinion of snow very quickly.

But, one of the fun things about snow is that it allows you to see things in a different light, you can see the tracks of animals normally hidden in the leaves or grass like these......

Moose Tracks?
Okay so they aren't moose tracks, but of a more lovable creature....

Lily


The wintry weather has added to the Holiday spirit and even our Tuesday Knitting Circle had an impromptu party, with our dear friend Jennifer surprising us all with these awesome knitty gifts! 

 
Pencils, note cards, note book and note pad all with a cable pattern! How clever!

Well all the packages have been sent, all the cards mailed, time to relax and knit without a deadline! Whew!





Wednesday, December 8, 2010

A Holiday in Lights

As there are only 17 days left until Christmas, the spirit of the season is everywhere. Especially at this house in my neighborhood!



And my Christmas knitting is done, represented here are scarves, hats, pedicure socks and soap sock.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Let the Fun Begin!

Now that Thanksgiving has come and gone, those of us who are excited for Christmas can really let our hair down. Christmas music is playing on the radio, Christmas festivities are starting up, such as Christmas Town at Busch Gardens. We went to Williamsburg and did a little shopping in support of Saturday for Small Business day and I bought these cute little guys at Scotland House Ltd.  Then we stopped by Shirley's Pewter Shop to purchase our annual pewter ornament for the Christmas tree. And also added a couple of books for holiday reading.

We 3 Sheep
Have you ever seen anything cuter! And this cute little game of Sheep Tic Tac Toe

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I have my Christmas decorations up and bringing cheer to the house. This year we have two trees, this is the first time I have used two trees, but the arrangement of our house prevents us from being able to show off the family tree, so I bought a small tree to put in the hubby's office window so that it can be seen from the street.

My trees usually have themes, the small tree is decorated with ornaments that once belonged to my grandmother and mother. The family tree is decorated with Santa's and in red and silver.

Small Tree:
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Santa on family tree:
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Special Santa's Helper:
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The knitting continues in earnest.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Post Thanksgiving Wishes

I hope everyone in the U.S. enjoyed their holiday and were able to spend it with someone they love. We had a fabulous holiday, first we had a wonderful meal prepared by many hands with my great aunt, aunt and cousins. We always have a wonderful time and we are fortunate to have many wonderful cooks in the family. Then after dinner is play time for young and old alike.

Then on Friday we drove a few hours to see my BIL and SIL. We hadn't seen my BIL in some years and it was so great to be able to see them both. We had a wonderful visit.

Today we are home and ready to join the holiday shopping craze! LOL. Let the games begin!

I am half a pedi-sock away from having two pair completed, I should have that done by tomorrow. Because tomorrow I do not plan to leave my house and get some serious knitting done.

28 days until Christmas, I can hear those knitting needles clicking away out there!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Seriously?

Is is really only 36 days until Christmas, listen I need more time people. I have four hat and scarf sets done, I need two more and two pairs of socks, and I have one of two pair of pedi socks I need on the needles! And there is Thanksgiving yet to deal with!

I did accomplish a little holiday shopping tonight so I feel better about that, but still. Okay, enough blogging. More knitting.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Sometimes a simple image is all you need.




Just a couple of blue jays that stopped long enough for a photo op. while gather what they needed before a storm rolled in.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

It's nearly here!

Thanksgiving you ask? Yes, Thanksgiving in the U.S. is nearly here, but what I am referring to is Christmas! Only 49 more days and to some that may seem like plenty of time, but when to a knitter....,that is the blink of an eye! I have five more gifts to make! Five! I'm knitting as fast as I can, but things like work and life are getting in the way!
Not to mention the fact that I love Christmas and love to decorate and I used to wait until Thanksgiving weekend to put up all the lights and the tree, but in recent years that hasn't been enough time. I mean after cooking for Thanksgiving visiting family and friends and taking in some of the holiday festivities, it would suddenly be Christmas and not so much as an ornament would be hung in my house, so this year I have a plan!

Yes, a plan. I am going to start decorating this weekend. I have the decorations out of the attic and the tree will come down tonight. I have been playing Christmas music this morning to put me in the right frame of mind. See I personally used to hate to see Christmas items in the stores and on display before Thanksgiving and especially before Halloween, but if I am going to get it done, I have to start now. So here we go!!!!!!!


Saturday, October 30, 2010

So many things to share

With only 56 days until Christmas, the knitting needles are smoking! Here is a finished reversible hat and scarf set recently completed.












And a scarf in progress:












In the recent purchases department, there is my new Nameste Lugana bag, love it! And purchased it at a great store, www.hipmountainmama.com  Hip Mountain Mama , highly recommend the site especially if you have little ones. They are fast and courteous. My bag arrived wonderfully packaged and quickly!

And we also recently replaced our old, ugly, clunky sliding patio doors for some nice new french doors here in the Sheep Shack! I love them!












Now just need to repaint the Sheep Shack and it will feel all new and pretty.

Well the needles await!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Rain on the River


It was a little overcast and rainy here this afternoon. It reminded me of days on the water when it was raining and I wanted to share some pictures. It was a great day for vampires no sun!

It was also a good day for the Coasties.



I have just two more color stripes to do on a scarf tonight and that will be finished and I will start the matching hat. (That will be Christmas gift no. 2) making progress!

The yellow cardi was finished on time and worked very well with the navy blue dress!
I now have a pair of socks on the needles for moi, in a broad spiral rib pattern with Lorna's Lace Seaport colorway. Yummy!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Puzzled?

Okay, I have a deadline of Wednesday the 13th for the cardi I am working on and by deadline, I mean I need to wear it on the 13th. I picked up the stitches along the front edge to add the ribbing trim as required and didn't like it. So ribbed it back and started over.

I had all of Saturday to work on it and again I have time uninterrupted time to work on it. So would you like to see what I got accomplished?

Puzzle 1

That's right, I finished a puzzle. I couldn't help myself. Fall and winter always give me the urge to work puzzles and a friend and I swapped puzzles last week and that is what I have been doing with my time. Puzzles are addicted I always have to find that next piece!

So today, no puzzles! Just laundry and knitting!

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Proof of Knitting

I haven't posted any pictures recently and some might think I haven't been knitting much. The problem is I seem to be knitting and knitting and never getting anything finished. But, there is progress being made on the cardi I need by the 13th.

Vine Cardi 2

Vine Cardi

And of course, Lily is there to offer moral support.
Lily

Okay maybe not.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Dog Owners Beware!

I just learned that our neighbor Daisy (Yellow Lab) and her human were walking in our local park with a couple of Laboradoodle friends and their human. They were splashing around in some of the standing water and the ditches and stuff from all the rain we had this week.

What they didn't realize or see what that one of the areas had a stormwater culvert. Daisy was sucked into it and the pipe is only 24 inches wide. Daisy came out the other side and was rescued by her mommy and taken to the emergency. Daisy is recovering but she did suffer cuts and scraps and had to get stitches in her face.

Please send healing drool to Daisy!

And I hope the City of Hampton, will consider putting grates over the culvert openings, the next time someone might not be so lucky, or it might be a small child!

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Catching up

Dear Reader,
I'm sorry for the lack of posts lately, life has been a little more hectic than usual. But these are returning to normal. I have one dear, dear friend recovering from heart surgery, she is doing awesome by the way. And another dear dear friend who just had her first baby. A very handsome boy named Noah. Mother, Father and baby are doing great! Noah was a very healthy 11 lbs when he was born. And he received his first knitted items in the mail this week!
Work has begun on Christmas in earnest. So far one scarf done, but a reception/dinner has popped up for which I need a little cardi, by the 13th so I will be finishing the back and starting the left front panel for that tonight. Then onto a matching had for said completed scarf.
If you aren't already a fan of NH Knitting Mama , you need to go over and check out her shop update! Very pretty yarns to get you started on your holiday knitting!
If your a spinner and need of roving, check out the Stitches and Stories shop , we have some lovely roving.

Have some fiber fun!

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Don't You Just Love Fall

The air is smells clean, just humid and muggy. The evenings stars are more visible, less haze in the sky. The leaves are starting to turn and fall to the ground. And we turn out heads and hands to Christmas knitting!
Seriously, is Christmas only 97 days and 15 hours away?! Time to hit the booster rocket on those turbo needles!

Stay tuned.....

Monday, August 23, 2010

Punked!

Steam Punk, is a genre new to me and I am loving it. I don't think it is as popular here in the US as it is in the UK but I was able to find one book at one of the larger libraries in the area.

The one I am reading now is The Affinity Bridge by George Mann, totally awesome. It is very Sherlock Holmes like, but still very entertaining. I am going to seek out more of the various books in the genre.

Has anyone else into the Steam Punk?

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

New Fiber Friend

It is funny how small the world is sometimes. My blogless friend Anna, who is an awesome spinner and knitter as well as shepherdess, was in the field doing something work related and met Jennifer. Jennifer is a knitter and is learning to spin. Anna invited Jennifer to our office for a little lunch time fiber fun and just like that, we have a new fiber friend! Jennifer is off to a great start with her spinning. Her first attempt produced some nice yarn for a hat or scarf, that will be extra soft and warm! I think she is a natural.

You can read about how awesome Jennifere is at Jennifers3bagsfull

Happy Knitting!

Monday, August 9, 2010

Weekend Ritual

I imagine everyone who works Monday through Friday has some sort of ritual on Sunday to help them celebrate the last few remaining hours of the weekend and prepare themselves for the week ahead.

I have several rituals, practiced at different times. Some of them cannot be repeated too often, such as my one for last night.

A Saint Luis Rey Rothchilde cigar and a glass of Cabernet. I do enjoy a nice cigar once in a while, one of those things you don't want to do too often, and I enjoy wine a little more frequently.

It was the first time trying the Rothchilde and it wasn't too bad. It was pretty mild and didn't have any notable after taste. It was a slow burning stick so it was nice to relax and enjoy it for a while.

The cabernet was nice as well. So now after my Sunday ritual and some sleep I am ready to face whatever the week throws at me. I hope you are ready as well!

Sunday, August 1, 2010

The Calm Before and After

There is always a calm before the storm, in this case the calm was before it was too hot for anything to be moving, triple digit temperatures, gardens and lawns dying, everything turning brown. We were 3 inches under the rain count for the month of July.

Then the rains came....



...and came.



Two hours later we were 1 inch above the normal for the month. Four inches of rain in two hours, reeked some serious havoc. Our end of the street flooded for the first time in 15 years. I have never seen even get close to our driveway, but this came up the driveway, over curbs and sidwalks. Incredible.

After the storm we have had much cooler temperatures, today for example, August 1, is a high of 71 degrees. August is normally our hottest month. I'm not complaining it is nice to have the doors and windows open and hopefully what is left of the veggie garden will be saved.

Makes for excellent knitting weather. A gently reminder, four months until Christmas! Time to get knitting!

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Low Hanging Fruit

This is my first honeydew melon. It climbed up a rose bush and is now on, getting bigger everyday.



And a little eggplant as well.

Friday, July 16, 2010

KAL Update and New Stash

So I have done a little stash enhancement this week. I know, I didn't need more yarn, but that is never really the point now is it? On Thursday after work, I stopped by Knitting Sisters in Williamsburg and picked up one of the new fall colors from Mountain Colors, it is called Thunderstorm. And a new pair of sock blockers as I lost one of a pair. Now how do you lose just one sock blocker I have no idea but I did and have searched for months and can not find the thing. I bought metal ones this time, if I lose one I can borrow the DH's metal detector and find it again. I hope.

Then today I went to a local craft store they were having a bit of a sale and I picked up some yummy cotton and some Vanna's baby yarn, because you can never have too much baby yarn, right? Sort of like sock yarn.

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Also in knitting news this week, we are progressing nicely with our KAL. I have finished the bottom portion of the Drop Stitch Tank Top and have started the bodice. A curious thing though. The bottom portion is stockinette stitch which has a tendency to curl, but mine was not, I was pleased and thought perhaps the weight of the yarn had something to do with this. But after I had reached the point of dropping the stitches and unraveling them down to the cast on edge, it is now starting to curl in true stockinette fashion. Bother!

The bodice is knit in a K1P1 ribbing, and it going along nicely.

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Happy Knitting Everyone!

Monday, July 5, 2010

TDF Day Three

Day two was a wash, I basically crashed out. So many unexpected things got in the way for Day Two. But, I'm back spinning for Day Three as evidenced here:

Radio Shack Red

I have to break out my big camera as my little pocket sized auto focus camera is getting worse and worse with it's focusing abilities. So time to break out the good stuff. My Pentax, auto or manual focus 35mm. And while I was taking pics, I thought that Purl hadn't had her picture taken in a while so here she is, cooling her tailpipe in the garage.

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She is sporting a new back rest. Sorry for the Chammy cloth in the photo but I keep it handy so I can wipe her down when we get back from a little venture.

Hope everyone had a wonderful 4th of July weekend!

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Tour de Fleece and Team Silver Sun Alpacas

Today is the start of the Tour de France and therefore the start of the Tour de Fleece! Very exciting!



I will be starting the tour with some of my handdyed Soutdown Babydoll, I call this Team Radio Shack red:

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This is my first year spinning in the tour so I'm very excited!

I've also started my drop stitch tank from the latest issue of Vogue Knitting in yellow. I hope to have it finished by the end of the Tour so I can wear yellow for victory!

Monday, June 28, 2010

July KAL

Hey,

I had a great idea today inspired by two friends at work, how about a KAL?! No pressure, just good ol' fashion knitting fun! Some friends and I are going to be knitting the same tank top from the Fall 2010 issue of Vogue, the Drop St. Pleated Tank (pattern starts on page 91.
Whose in? Join us here or at the Ravelry group Stitches and Stories, let us know your colorway choice.

Knit on!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

How Young are You Today?

Yesterday was the day to fit in all my annual doctors appointments that I could possibly fit in one day. I do not like going to the doctor, as many people I would assume. All my doctors are quite nice. But they are always wanting to stick, poke or shine something really bright at you and it is not fun.

So at all but one of my appointments yesterday when the docotor came in, their first question was how young are you today? I realize, that they need to know your age to help treat, diagnose or torture you, I imagine, that persons of a certain are expected to have a higher level of pain tolerance than others. But, I find the question a little annoying. Perhaps they do not want to appear rude by directly asking a lady her age, depending on their up bringing I can almost understand that. But I felt like saying well today, I feel 20 years young, doc. See, I've decided that I'm kicking this aging thingn in the teeth and I am going only as old as I feel. Today I am off from work, it is sunny out, it's summertime. I think I am 20 years young today!

What do you suppose he'd say? If couldn't argue with you, if he was trying to be polite, and he might actually be forced to read my chart, where my date of birth has been clearly filled in on the form every year when I go in there. Being that he is a doctor and has been to numerous years of college, I would hope he could look at the chart do a little simple math and figure it out for himself. But maybe not.

So today, it will be warm and sunny, I do have to return to work, (insert annoyed look here) but I will not have people asking me how young I am today or trying to poke with me pointy objects so I think today I will be 25.

How young will you be today?

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Road Trip

Yesterday was a long over due road trip day to Charlottesville, Va. We had a wonderful time, despite a slow start with the traffic. It turned out to be a book day. I can't believe it but there was no fiber involved at all. I'm not even sure how that happened!

But, as always are first stop when we hit the downtown mall, is Daedalus, owned by Sandy and Donna McAdams. Frankly, if you can't find it at Daedalus it hasn't been published, that place is stocked top to bottom, literally! We always enjoy an hour or two there and usually have a bag/box or two to show for it. Yesterday, we just had one bag. But it was filled with book"y" goodness.

Then it was off down main street to Blue Whale Books , which has the cutest assistant shop keeper/greeter! A pretty little Pembroke Corgie. I can always find something at Blue Whale, and have often found some very nice first or second edition childrens classics.

Last but not least is Read It Again, Sam's . The store is just lovely, I mean that the hardwoods are beautiful, despite the amount of foot traffic. The shopkeepers are charming and always a very nice selection especially if your into the pulp classics and detective fiction. They also have some very nice first editions.

So once we had ensured we left no book standing downtown, we headed for Richmond, browsed around Borders a bit, and then headed over to Total Wine for some supplies.

Stopped for dinner in Williamsburg and then finally home. It was a long day, but lots of fun. The weather in Charlottesville was great, sunny and warm, but a really nice breeze to make it comfortable.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Mojo

Well Dear Reader,
I have been a bit lacking the the blogging and knitting departments lately. I think I had myself spread a bit too thin and I am going to have to cut back on some things to get back to the things I enjoy the most. My knitting mojo went on a month long vacation, I only hope it went somewhere relaxing and is now back feeling refreshed and ready to get busy again. What few items I have managed to get off the needles have been without much enthusiam. So I'm looking for to the return of energized needles.
I spent the morning updating my stash inventory on Ravelry, it was long over due.

Also from the files of new and exciting, I just downloaded the Vogue Knitting app on my Ipod Touch, it is also available for your Iphone, I highly recommend it. It is a handy way to carry around your yarn, needle and book stash, so when your at the LYS you'll know exactly what yarn, book or needle you need. It also have a stitch dictionary, a how to and a conversion feature for yarn substitutes, to me that is worth the $3.99 just for that on my Ipod!

And who has seen the Karate Kid 2010 yet? I am not normally one for remakes, but I wasn't a huge fan of the first one, and I think this one will be better! I am a sucker for underdog stories anyway and Jaden Smith is adorable, and I'm a huge Jackie Chan fan, already. I have seen it yet, so no spoilers please!

I'm also waiting with baited breath for Eclipse! I have my tickets in hand and can't wait! Team Edward!

I planted some Pink Lace Bee Balm in the garden today, because my squash were having pollination problems. So hopefully a few more bees will help them out. All the insecticides and chemicals in our environment are destroying the bees! So I have planted the bee balm, and hung up a humming bird feeder, which hopefully will attract bees as much as the humming birds. Also, I have some Virginia Creeper or Trumpet vine and Star Jasmine so I hope they have plenty of good smelling flowers to bring them over to the garden. I hope they are also understanding when I go out to the garden to pick the veggies and do not sting me! LOL!

Well, I've enjoyed our time catching up today, I have some dish clothes to knit, a baby soaker to finish and some swatches to catch up on. I hope your weekend has been a good one and you have had some fiber related fun!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Green

The garden is greening up nicely. Still hasn't been hot enough for the tomatoes, but they are starting to get taller and a few blooms. The squash, cucumber, eggplant, potatoes and beans are coming along nicely though.

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The flowers are doing well near the patio, too.

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I think that garden gnome just moved!

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