Thursday, October 25, 2007
We went in to celebrate Gma's 80th birthday. It was Gma, my Mom, my Aunt, my two female cousins, my two sisters and myself. Girl's night out :-) Aunt San has pictures of us at dinner, so I'm trying to get a copy of them.
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Gloria, all shopped out:
Juli at the end of the day:
Crochet Mama driving home:
Mom saw someone making a crochet bag that she liked, so was on the hunt for the book the pattern was it, but wasn't able to find it. Juli got some great stuff, check out her blog for details. Gloria only got a kit from Morehouse.
Monday, October 22, 2007
Gloria waiting for a drink. Three seconds later we saw Stephanie the Yarn Harlot. No pic of her b/c she was shopping, not signing, so I didn't want to invade her private time. We did chat with her for a few seconds. More on that next time. Juli, Gloria & Mom at the end of the day. We were tired & ready to go home!
Juli, me & Gloria
Mom & Juli checking out Border Collie Rescue stuff
And finally... me spinning on my new wheel at Mom's house!!!!!!!!!!! Yeah!!!!!!!!!!! I tested out a few wheels, and wound up with the Ashford Joy. I wanted an Ashford, they're small, I like the look of them, they're the most reasonable priced wheels I've seen.... I tested out the Joy, Kiwi, Traveler and Traditional. I decided the Joy would be best b/c it's fold-up and portable & I liked the way it felt when I was spinning on it. When I have a craft room I can get a bigger wheel, but this is PERFECT for now!!!!! Squee!!!!!!
More info, and maybe even a few more pix, to follow later in the day. We should be doing a Rhinebeck podcast in the next few days too.
Saturday, October 20, 2007
Thursday, October 18, 2007
Etsy shop & buy something from her!!
In other news, Juli is coming into town tonight, so that means RHINEBECK on Saturday!!! Yeah!!!! We'll be recording on Friday, so look out for a new podcast this weekend. Also, but something from her Etsy shop too!!
If you have me on your Blogger Bingo card, there are plenty of pics of me on here if you scroll back. I'll be with my sisters all day, so it should be easy to spot us. There's a pic of the three of us together on the podcast site ;-) Also, there's a rumor about a meet-up at noon by the food building, so I plan on being there.
Sunday, October 14, 2007
This was a lot of fun to make! I don't think the range of colors come through very well in the pictures. It ranges from very light lavander to dark blue/purple. It did speckle a bit, as I thought it would, but I really don't mind those spots. Yeah for successful dying!! Even if I am the only one who sees this as success I'm still happy!! LOL! I want to get some Jacquard dyes now & some Bare Knit Picks yarn & play around with those :-) The two yarns I've dyed are both sock yarns, and being that I don't knit socks I may have to gift them to Juli :-P I really wanted to make a lacy scarf (thinking Branching Out??) with the Fall Colors yarn, but I'm still undecided about the colors.
Next weekend is Rhinebeck! WooHoo!!!! Juli & I are playing Blogger Bingo :-) We're both squares (Catch us ifyou can!!) and I decided like yesterday that I want to be a player too. I got my card like 6 minutes ago & I have to find some printer paper so I can print it out.... Time to start stalking blogs to see what my targets look like!
Also, I've been pimping our podcast and I'm pretty excited to say that several people have atually downloaded it!! Hopefully they found us interesting enough to come back for Episode two, which we plan on recording on Friday. Juli will be in town for Rhinebeck on Saturday then Mama Mia on Sunday (I *heart* ABBA!!!) to celebrate my Gma's 80th Birthday, so we'll all get together at my house to record. Our first recording was pretty craptacular since we just pressed *record* and blathered on, but next time we'll organize an outline & try to stay on topic for more than 3 seconds at a time!
One final picture: my Lil Man playing Football this weekend. He's #95 (second from the left in the red).... notice his size compared to the other team :-X
They don't have to submit birth certificates in the 5 & 6 year old division, so I'm 99.9% sure the kids on the other team were NOT 5 & 6!!!! They were freaking HUGE!!!! I know my kid is small (he's 42 pounds & will be 6 in 2 weeks) but REALLY!!!!! The kids you see in the picture were the smallest from the other team. Their *A* team was twice the size. We had about 10 kids on our team & they had about 26. We have more kids in this age group, but they got split into two teams so the kids get to play more. Apparently the other team was more concerned with winning than anything else. Lil G sat on the sideline most of the game, which was fine by me.... not only were these guys huge but they were playing dirty too!! The coach said he was afraid to put G in against these kids. I can't wait for wrestling to start back up, at least then I know he's matched up with someone his own size! This game was a few miles from my Grandparents, which I didn't realize until I got off the Expressway at their exit, so I called them & they came to the game then took us out for pizza. We then went back to their place & hung out for a bit. It was nice to spend some time with them.
Thursday, October 11, 2007
Me and my sisters are starting a podcast. I know, pretty silly, but Val (Make that Juli here since I am Val) and I are pretty knitting obsessed and this was the next logical step. Here's the link to our podcast shownotes and here's a link to download our first episode. Gloria was absent since she hasn't downloaded skype yet. We're working on getting it onto iTunes, apparently you have to go through an approval process. Keep your fingers crossed that someone will actually want to listen to me and my knit sibs!
Tuesday, October 09, 2007
And a few sets of stich markers. I made sets of six with one slightly different to mark the beginning of the row when knitting in the round. I like them a lot! Here they're on a size nine needle, but I think they'll fit up to an 11. I would really like to try to sell these in a LYS, but I'm not sure if I have the nerve to walk in and ask if they would like to sell them!
Stay tuned for the results of the Purple Dye.....
Monday, October 08, 2007
Looks like brains to me.....
So this nice lady at the NH Wool Arts Tour gave me directions on how to dye in a crock pot. And what do you know, I found a yucky old crock pot at Grandpa's house. Although once I got it cleaned up the inside stonewear or whatever it's called pot part is actually quite nice..... I'm pretty posative I didn't use enough dye. I was expecting this to bleed a LOT more than it appears to be doing. It needs to cook for another hour or so though, so we shall see what it looks like at that point. And Juli, if you want to get your hands on some superwash hand dyed sock yarn from your lovely sister you better cough up a pair of socks!!!!! Hahahahaah!!!!!
Not fiber related, but I thought the bees all over the sunflowers was pretty cool!
Angora goats for sale. I wish I had a big farm to keep animals on. Isn't this one a cutie?I loved the way the shaggy hair covered the Alpaca's eyes: I don't know if it's too hard to see in this picture, but there's a little Alpaca with a blue coat on that was born less than 24 hours prior to the picture. Apparently there were a bunch of people at the Farm at the time that got to see the birth: Devin, Georgie & I all got to try spinning on a wheel. It was pretty freaking cool and I DEFINITELY want to get a wheel now!!! Too bad I didn't get pix of the kids spinning :-( I didn't get much this weekend- just some dyes and some Alpaca/Wool top that I'm not sure if I want to dye or leave white. I have a pound of it, so I can leave 1/2 white & dye the other 1/2. There were some nice things, but I really need to get through some of my stash before I start buying TOO much more.... Unless it's something that just BEGS to come home with me! I plan on getting some fiber to spin at Rhinebeck and maybe the yarn for Hubby's Christmas gift, but that's pretty much it. I also want to seek out some wheels to test drive :-D
Thursday, October 04, 2007
And progress on the bag I'm knitting:
I have to finish binding off the pocket, knit the inside pocket & knit the I-cord handles. Should be done & felted tonight & ready for use by Mom this weekend :-D This is the XL Bowling Bag & the Pattern is sold by She-Knits (link in the previous post).
Tuesday, October 02, 2007
The designer is Sharon of the She Knits Podcast, and her Etsy shop where she sells the kit can be found here. I already own the XL Bowling bag: Cables on Pockets pattern and the Marly bag pattern. This grey bag is my current favorite. I like the little loop in a loop wristlet bags too though :-)
In other Birthday news: Georgie has been planning his party like a mad man lately. He's making lists of who he wants to invite and coming up with ideas. He wants to do a party like had a few years ago. We made a pumpkin patch in the back yard with bales of hay and corn stalks and everything. All the kids *picked* and decorated pumpkins (with puffy paint), we made halloween masks and they had *dirt pie* (chocolate pudding with oreo crumbles on top and gummy worms) for desert. I'm totally happy doing a party like that again :-) It rocks that his Bday is so close to Halloween! I think we also did a pumpkin pinata and played pin the nose on the pumpkin. The kids are older now though, so I don't think they need the party to be quite as structured as it was then. I can't believe my baby will be 6 in a few weeks. I still haven't come to terms with the fact that he's a first grader!!!
Actor - Hmm.... so many I like. I'll see pretty much anything with Brad Pitt in it. Is that Cliche?
Actress - I love Reese Witherspoon lately :-)
Animal - Turtle
Band - Does Indigo Girls count?
Book - The Harry Potter Series
Bubble Bath - Anything vanilla scented
Candy - Peanut Butter cups
Color - Purple
Flower - Sunflowers
Food - Eggplant
Lip Balm - I don't wear lip balm
Lotion - don't use anything
Movie - Ocean's 11
Song - Power of Two by the Indigo Girls
TV Show - Heros
Vacation Spot - New Hampshire
And that's that.