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June 30, 2006

How does it go? If at first you don't succeed....

Try try again!

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Sorry for the bad picture. I was in a hurry. I am almost to where I ripped before. I think I have a handle on it this time. My trick is:


FORGET THE FREAKIN STITCH MARKERS!


I'm serious. I was more worried about moving them over that my stitches got dropped. This is a 6 stitch repeat so it's easy to remember. I say this now. Let's see what happens over the next few days.........

On another topic, I have been chatting on the phone with Lisa from Spinners Hill. SHE IS A WONDERFUL HUMAN BEING Seriously, I love her. I had called her a couple of weeks ago to see if she could send me some samples of what she has in stock. She did. This is what she sent:

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These are the colors she has left over from the festivals she has been to. OH MY!!!! How can I choose? I of course want them all, but I had some restraint and only chose 3. Here is what I am getting really soon:

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1/2 lb of each baby! Love it! Back to Lisa, she lives in the area that is getting a lot of this flooding and through it all she managed to call me twice! She is a sweet heart. If you ever see her at a fiber festival. Buy all of her stuff. Save some for me, but buy it. It is great to spin!


Lastly, I will be on vacation next week! YES! A much deserved and needed vacation. Not much is planned other than a couple of days in Lake Placid with Mr. Geek, and not so little Geek. I am hoping to pop into this nice place. Not that I need to purchase anything, but you never know.....

So I will be totally unavailable for the entire week. I hope everyone has a really great holiday! (4th of July to those outside of the states) Perhaps I will have lots to show on Monday July 10th.

over and out.

Posted by beth at 12:34 PM | Comments (10)

June 26, 2006

I did it!

I started a shawl! Here is my progress on Sunday afternoon:

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What shawl is it you ask? Why none other than The Little Arrowhead Shawl. Sure looks like a blob doesn't it?

I did some spinning too:

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2 oz of alpaca. Lovely stuff.

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More alpaca. I think this is more than 2 oz. Oh and it's good for the project spectrum project! Phew! I got my blue in.

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This is chocolate alpaca and tussah silk. I did this last week. Nice stuff. About 2 oz.

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More alpaca. I think 3 oz this time. So there you have it! I've been busy. What am I going to do with all this? Dunno. I am sure I will think of something. What do you think of the green bowl? A little theme going on there. I thought the yarn looked pretty in the green bowl so you may be seeing it displayed that way from now on.

Let's get back to progress on that shawl shall we?

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CRAP! I dropped a stitch. Crappity crap crap.

Posted by beth at 12:21 PM | Comments (19)

June 22, 2006

Handspun and handknit

I think it's high time I used some of this yarn that I have been spinning don't you?

Remember this:

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Well I made this:

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It's just a hat. A very heavy and warm hat. I am not sure I like all the colors from the varigated roving. I may be more selective next time I buy or dye my own. I am going to keep this for me because the yarn I made was not my best. I really couldn't give this to anyone.....

I'm itching to start a shawl project.

Posted by beth at 12:47 PM | Comments (16)

June 16, 2006

Surprises in the mail...

I signed up for the Dye O Rama swap a while back and I got my yarn Wednesday! Sorry, I didn't post yesterday. No time. But looky looky:

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Is that not the best? I LOVE IT!!! And the best part is it was done just for me!!! She is calling the colorway "Blueberry Pancakes with Strawberry Compote" Oh my! I am hungry just thinking of it! My pal did her home work. She knew how much I loved purple. Look at all the goodies she sent! I have never tried that chocolate before, but I have been wanting to try this for so long. She also gave me soap and some badger cream.

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She said she didn't have a niddy noddy to skein it up, so I thought I would wind one skein to show off the beautiful colors. Did she not do a GREAT job? I can't wait to make a pair of socks from this.

Here is a shot that shows the true color of this yarn:

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Who was my pal? None other than Claudia! Let's give her a big hand! WOO HOO!!!!!

I just went to the Dye O Rama site and was totally floored to see all the brilliant yarns that were dyed for this swap! Also amazing were the different ways everyone came up with dyeing their yarn! Great job to everyone!

I also received some great cd's from Susan. Course I forgot to take a picture...... I LOVE THE CD'S Susan! I hope you like yours!

Have a great weekend! Over and out.

Posted by beth at 12:20 PM | Comments (14)

June 14, 2006

I'm a yarnie...

That's what my non fiber friends call me. My husband asks if I am going to do "Yarnie" things on the week of our vacation. What he means is are you going to be going to festivals, spin ins etc... and not include me? But I told him that I don't have any Yarnie things to do while we are on vacation. I will knit and spin, but I will be with him and the boy. Why am I saying all this? I don't know. I couldn't think up a clever title......

But I do have a cute story to tell.......This past Saturday I spent the day with Grandma Geek and Not So Little Geek. We went to garage sales and to lunch. My last stop was to the new quilt shop near their house that carries yarn. I have talked about it before. I wanted to get some yarn for Kris. We are doing a little yarnie exchange... Well on my way in the shop I see this man doing work on the outside of the building. He looked over at me and I froze for a second. Why? Because it was my crush from High School! Did you ever have one of those? The guy you liked from afar and never spoke to because you didn't feel worthy? Okay, so I had a little esteem problem. I worked that out. But he still stopped me in my tracks. I had to regroup! I quick went into the store, made my purchase and scooted back to the car. Of course he saw me and he knew it was me. I felt like such a dork! I mean I am 41! How can this happen? I guess I just didn't expect to see him there! Oh and I didn't have any makeup on. So I don't think I looked my cutest.... Ah well. All this for this:

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Sure is pretty though.... I hope Kris likes it.

I did finish 1 sock and it is too small, but I don't want to show it until they are both done. So you will just have to wait. You will just have to suffer through more spinning photos

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The white skein in the middle is the Icelandic wool I picked up recently. I thought it spun up real nice. I have been drawn to natural colors lately. I should be doing something blue for Project Spectrum but I have already spun up my blue. I am going to skip June and try and get some purple for July. THAT is my favorite.

Okay, the above story was kinda dumb, but oh well.

Over and out.

Posted by beth at 01:02 PM | Comments (13)

June 09, 2006

Where did this week go?

I know I said I was going to tell you Tuesday (or Wednesday) why my Dad is my hero. But the week just whizzed right by!

Any way.... My Dad. He is a great guy. He usually only calls me early on a Sunday morning to tell me:

A) Someone has died

B) He read about something good in the paper that I would like

This time it was B. Thank god. He was the one who told me about the Shearing Festival I went to 2 weeks back. He also told me that there was going to be an Alpaca Fun Day over in Auburn New York at this farm equipment store. So I went! There were only 3 farms there, and some of these guys:

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I really like these creatures....Like I said, there were not many farms there, but I did get chatty with one gal. Her farm is in Ithaca, NY. She was perky, friendly and helpful. I asked her if she had any fiber for sale. So we went to her truck. She said she felt like a "pusher"! She has NO IDEA!!!! Ha! So I paid around $20 bucks for this:

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I know it doesn't look pretty, but believe you me....I have spun up a little (sorry no picture) it looks like milk chocolate. And it spins like it too! Here is a picture of some grey:

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Little Geek is in there to show the volume. I don't know if I can call him Little Geek for much longer..... Not so little Geek. That sounds good.

Holy crap! That is a lot huh? She was stuffing it into 1 gallon bags. She said "Oh that's about 3 oz." That's okay with me!!!! This expanded a lot when I took it out of the bags. I also bought some roving. $20 bucks! Yay! I will definately be visiting her again. Nice person.

Look at the tips on the grey!!! So pretty:

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Let's move on to another topic shall we? I picked up this last night:

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Love it! Could Melanie Falick, just once, put out a book that I won't buy? Please? I swear, she has the midas touch. She could make shit look pretty. I know all it takes is a good photographer and a good stylist...... but man! If I ever have a knitting book, I will call her first. Uh, yeah, right.

Posted by beth at 12:21 PM | Comments (11)

June 05, 2006

Knitting is an obsession....

Saturday, June 3rd. My neighborhood garage sale. Did I score? YES. I got 2 great dye pots. No need for a picture. They were POTS.

I felt the need to talk about this though:

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I picked this up at a garage sale for $5 dollars. Let's have a look inside shall we?

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Those are some honkin needles eh? I think they are sizes 50 and 35. You could really hurt someone with those...Okay, let’s dig deeper. What's in the yellow box?

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HOLY CRAP! Look at all those needles! Some of them weren't even open! Yeah, I know, what do I need with all these? I have a plan, an evil plan..... No just kidding. So here is a shot of it all laid out:

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Now I didn't know the person I bought this from. I am thinking this was her mother's or her grandmother's. I am also thinking she may no longer be with us..... Now the yarn is all crap and there isn't enough of it for anything big (except gods eyes). I did find an almost finished baby hat. When I dug a little deeper in the pockets I found some really touching things ... almost made me want to cry...... Lookie:

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Awwww....it's her makeup!!!!! That gold thing is a little compact with some bright pink blush or something in it!!! Then I found her note book!!!! sniffle sniffle.....

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I hope Travis and Jessica appreciate their mittens!!!!!!

So this woman as far as I can tell was an obsessed knitter. She had to be! I keep a notebook, I have a ton of needles and I will probably still buy more. I hope that when my time comes my things will go to some one who will appreciate all of this like I do.

I half expected to find some cash tucked away in there or even a hankie, but I didn't. Ah well. I thought it was a good story to share.

Next up tomorrow (or the next day). Why my Dad is a hero.

Posted by beth at 12:44 PM | Comments (24)

June 02, 2006

You know you are from a small town when...

Your Memorial Day Parade lasts 5 minutes! Okay, we are going to round out the weekend with more pictures!

This is taken in front of my parents house. This parade happens every year. They always go down my parents street. Here is Grandma Geek with little Geek. Papa Geek is sitting on the steps. My chair is empty because I am taking the picture:

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My Mom would kill me if she knew I put that picture up of her. She usually doesn't make that face. She's cute. Okay so if I sit in that chair and look to my right this is what I see:

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How exciting! Here comes the parade!!!!

Here is a picture of the veterans from my home town (which is the purpose of the parade right?):

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I think the guy in the blue shirt was my science teacher in highschool. That makes me feel a little old....I don't think he was a a WW2 vet though....

Okay next up is the high school band. Now the band always seems to stop playing music and start playing the drums whenever they get to my parents house. NOT THIS YEAR!!! Woo hooo!!!!

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What would a parade be with out the cute little girl scouts?

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Or boy scouts

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And FIRE TRUCKS!!!!

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And more FIRE TRUCKS!!!!

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There you have it! The 5 minute parade. Oh and I also saw the airforce jets fly over. I love that!

Knitting content begins now.....

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These hat's are the best tv knitting I have ever done. And I'm gonna make more.

Specs:
Pattern: 1 skein Noro hat
Yarn: Noro Kueryon
Needles: Size 8 US Circs and DP


Posted by beth at 12:24 PM | Comments (11)

June 01, 2006

Memorial Weekend, Day 2 with Mia...

Yes, I am sure you were all chomping at the bit. I spent Sunday afternoon with Mia and her family. Here is the lovely hostess herself:

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She's a little shy, and yes that is a cigar. Boy did we have fun. There was a ton of food and drinks. Here is "Geek boy" as she calls him

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She also had a golf cart to cart us around. Even to the bathrooms which we could have walked to.

Mr. Big Geek did what he does best:

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Unfortunately requests for kumbaya (I have no idea how to spell it) were denied. He has his limits folks. He did play a John Denver song and I think Blowin' In the Wind. But don't tell anybody.

Here is a nice patriotic shot from where I was sitting. Thought it was fitting for the weekend

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The day wouldn't be complete without the sunset shot:

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Finally we all sat around the fire to digest our food. I took this picture and I swear it was Elvis! What do you think...was I drunk?

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There was no knitting to be done on this day. No way. I don't think I could have if I tried! I had to take a nap the next day. Thanks Mia! Had a great time.

Up tomorrow:

The 5 minute parade..... and some knitting!


Posted by beth at 12:36 PM | Comments (12)