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August 31, 2006

The Fair

Ah yes, it's that time of year. Upstate New Yorker's know what I'm talking about. Well that is everyone outside of the New York City suburbs.....

The New York State Fair

A week and a 1/2 of sausage sandwiches, beer, good and bad music and oh yes, farm animals, food, and rides! What's not to love?

I don't usually like going to the fair. I don't like crowds. But this year I am going. Why? Cause of these guys:

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Who are they? Why they are The Flaming Lips that's who. I am soooooo excited. If you have never seen them live, RUN! Get your tickets now!!!! They are most excellent. Oh I guess I should mention the rest of the line up: Sonic Youth (not one of my fave's - hubby loves them), Ween (again, they are mildly entertaining) and The Magic Numbers (don't know anything about them)

Typically the Fair draws your country music crowd. I am not really properly equipped to appreciate the country music that is played at the fair. Give me some alt country or the old stuff any day (don't want to appear a snob....)

Oh and my big brother is in town from California for a week! Wahoo! I don't know what I will be getting done this weekend......I am almost done with the shawl. THANK YOU ALL for your very encouraging comments! I really have a bad feeling that I will run out of yarn. I will let you all know on Tuesday or Wednesday. Holiday weekend coming up! I am off tomorrow and Monday!

Have fun!

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August 28, 2006

I think I can, I think I can, I think I can....

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Holy nighmare of a knitting beast batman! This is going to take me forever! I have started my last ball of yarn. I have 316 stitches left (exactly) I don't feel I will run out of yarn. I feel like I will run out of steam. I hope I finish this thing before I get bored. I didn't work on it at all yesterday. I couldn't stand to look at the damn thing.

I am NOT giving up. Hence the absence from this blog. Really. This is all I have been working on.

sigh.....

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August 22, 2006

Almost there....

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It looks like a giant Rasta hat or an octopus head doesn't it? You would never think this could be a shawl now could you. I am almost done with this bad boy. Really! I am now at the point where I am to add an edge. I don't like the one the pattern calls for so I am going to experiment with others. I am a little nervous as this is all I have left:

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maybe even less as I had used some of it up already.... Can she do it?

This thing is going to be huge!!!!

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August 15, 2006

Busy Weekend!

I did a spinning demo! Well, me and some other gals..... See The Erie Canal was a big deal a long time ago. Parts of the canal have been shut down but some are still used today. In my town they have Towpath Days every year. This year I volunteered to spin at Towpath Days. They like to show how things were done WAY back then.... course I didn't wear a bonnet. I don't do bonnets. It was a lot of fun and a great excuse to spin ALL DAY.

Here is a picture of Amy, she is a most excellent weaver and I plan to pick her brain quite a bit

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Next is Christina, she is a most excellent spinner. She has the patience of a saint. She has to, she has triplets and she answers all my questions. Oh and she weaves too!

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these 2 live VERY close to me. I want to learn everything they know... yes......

Okay, next we have Dodie, she belongs to another guild. We like her. She has a very nice wheel..

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Then, just so you don't think I wasn't doing my job, here is an action shot of me spinning! Marilee is next to me. She has a most excellent wheel too...

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Mr. Big Geek and Not So Little Geek showed up and took some pictures of the actual goings on. Here is a cute little boat that was giving canal rides

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And here is a shot of the canal

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Here is a shot of what I produced that day at the festival

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I am totally gonna do this again next year. I really enjoyed all the kids that came through and were actually interested in what we were doing. I had to correct some of the mom's because they would say "Look she is making string!" I would shout out "YARN, I am making YARN!!" I also had some of the little girls telling me the story of Sleeping Beauty, because I am ancient and I don't know that story any more (smile)....... I think we were able to ensnare 3 kids into the fiber world. They bought drop spindles and some wool. Ah yes, get them while they are young.....

Okay, I also finished up the crazy mixed up spinning I started last week. All the roving came in a tube and for the life of me I don't know what I did with the instructions. So I am leaving this yarn as singles. I hope they make nice socks. It's about 390 yards.

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I hope they will look okay. There are some different fibers in there!


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August 11, 2006

My new project!

I am so excited! (said like Austin Powers - yeah baby)

I have been searching for a mindless, perfect shawl. Something I want to rush home after work and immediately work on. I found it!

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Elizabeth Zimmerman was a cool, cool lady. This is the beginnings of her PI shawl. Do you think she would have had a blog? I think she certainly would have found them amusing....

I wonder how far I will get on it this weekend.....

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August 10, 2006

Project Spectrum!

OIY! I completely forgot! Luckily I have some fiber to share!

August = Neutrals right?

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I did this a while back. It's just plain old wool. But I love it. Couldn't even tell you the yardage. I think it's approx 10 oz. though.

Below is a shot of all my neutrals:

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Various stuff there, Icelandic wool, plain old wool, alpaca....


I wanted to spin up this for the last hurrah.......

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But I don't know if I will get around to it.

I thought this shot could say it all

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I really loved Project Spectrum. It kicked me in the ass! Look at all the spinning! Now, what to make with it all.......

Up tomorrow: I have started a new shawl and I am very excited about it! Woo hoo!!!!

Oh and PLEASE go wish Missa a HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Today is HER birthday!!!!

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August 07, 2006

Finally!

The heat broke and I got stuff accomplished. I was actually COLD on Saturday! But let's start with Friday Nite, shall we?

Diana had Knitstock! Bunch of us got together and knit! Let's see, I saw Susan, Carla, and Elizabeth (I confused her with someone else and felt like a total idiot - sorry bout that Liz!) and of course Mia (she rode with me) and blogless Liz and blogless Sherry! We had a good time with GREAT food and drinks. Diana want's to make it a yearly event, I say why wait a year? How about a monthly event?? It was a lot of fun.

I did a little spinning on Saturday and Sunday. I felt the wheel calling to me......

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I had gotten a "tube" of roving from Audrey for Christmas last year. I keep knocking it over so I figured I should spin it up. Below is a picture of some of the samples of roving in the tube

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Pretty stuff eh? Now I am supposed to be spinning this as sock yarn. I don't see that happening unless I use it as singles. If I plyed it, it would be a worsted weight and I wouldn't have enough. I haven't decided yet what to do so I will just finish the spinning and let it sit.

I almost forgot to mention that I won a prize in the dye-o-rama swap! How cool is that? I received it Friday and just had to share:

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It came with a origami kit too! I love this stuff! Thanks Noelle! It's beautiful!


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August 02, 2006

Scorcher! Wow!

Is it hot enough? Jeesh! So this is going to be a pictureless post. I got nothing people. I started my second sock (the blueberry pancake one) and got as far as picking up the stitches for the gusset. Then I totally f'd it up and ripped the whole damn thing out. I am a perfectionist. So now I am back to the leg. That's as far as I got. It's just too damn hot. No AC at our house either. Please don't ask. But relief is coming. Work does have AC and I bless my good fortune of having a job.

I have been cruising a lot of web sites this week and found some keepers! I am sure you all have seen them already, but if you haven't then you must check them out.

First there is a Spinning Online Magazine! It's been out for I think 3 issues. It's called Spindlicity
Great site! Great patterns. Check out this cute hat. Marnie MacLean has such cute things!

Here is another spinning blog I have been drooling over:
Two Left Needles
I don't know her name (yet) but her spinning is GORGEOUS! Her knitting projects aren't so bad either. She also gives some good tips!

Another knitting/spinning blog I have been enjoying is Seed Stitch. Truly lovely stuff.


I really need to get my ass in gear for this Muff Along! There will be prizes! We still don't know what we are doing yet. I don't know how some of you all organize these things and we only have less than 10 people! I give you credit.

Okay, that's it. I need to have a popsicle.

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