Eve of Going Home

As the clock ticks later and later I’m still scanning away on a stack of family letters from the 1940s. The majority of them are from my great-grandmother to my grandfather when he was in the US Army in WWII. And most of the letters are from late 1945 and early 1946.

I love family history like this. For example, I found out that one of my great aunt’s used to address letters to her brother (my grandfather) as “Dear Stinky…”. You can’t make stuff up like that!



Alas, for I could talk about my family for a long time. However, this is a knitting blog and I’m assuming that at the end of the day you’re here for the yarn, so without further ado, may I present a finished object!


Okay, so the colors clash with my shirt, but that’s not the point! I finished the Honey Cowl that I’m doing as a sample for A Hundred Ravens this afternoon. The way the color pooled was really interesting. It just needs a good wash. I knitted a rather large amount of dog hair into this cowl while at my aunts house in Florida.

Now back to working on the socks I had going before I started the cowl!

Packing is done (except for what I need in the morning), and I’m spending the rest of the evening scanning the letters my aunt got from my great-aunt. Scanning takes a long time!


That’s what’s going home with me! Yes I can zip the suitcase closed quite easily – clothing compacts after all. The pile of clothes is what I’m going to be wearing tomorrow. The red bag and the pink bag are my carry on’s. I didn’t bring a lot of stuff with me, but I did severely over-estimate the amount of knitting I could do in a week and brought WAY to much yarn with me. Better to have to much than not enough!

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Posted by on October 22, 2014 in Accessories, Knitting


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Florida and Yarn Tourism

As of about 2pm yesterday afternoon, I’ve been in Florida. It’s great to get away and visit family but also to just hang out with everyone I know down here and just relax. I’m here until next Thursday (the 23rd) and I’m flying home on that day. Hopefully the trip home is better than the trip down!

The trip yesterday was horrible. I had a stopover in Baltimore and I was there for an hour longer than planned and then it took twice as long as it should have to get from Baltimore to Ft. Lauderdale. And all because of hurricane Gonzolo. Fun times.
Now for the yarn tourism part… I love my local store. I really truly do. There’s a great community, great people, great yarn choice, helpful people always around, I’ve made a ton of friends… (and no, they didn’t pay me to say any of that), but I’m in Florida and I’ve never been to a yarn shop down here. I know they exist but I’ve never been to one. So tomorrow afternoon, after lunch, we’re heading to a store that’s about 15 minutes from my aunts house to have a gander. I’ll let you know if there’s anything interesting!
For now though, knitting!
I worked on a sock that I had started on Tuesday. Got an inch or so done. The yarn is White Birch Fiber Arts in the “Nothing Says Screw You Like A Rainbow” colorway. It’s an 80/10/10 merino/cashmere/nylon blend that’s just lovely.
I’ve also been chugging away at a Honey Cowl I have on the needles.


It’s coming along nicely and it should be done fairly quickly. :)
As for other Florida things… there was a lovely sunset last night.
Look at those colors! My camera didn’t do it justice at all.
But I’m planning to enjoy my time here and knit up a storm while relaxing.
PS: There’s a little lizard in my room! I’m not too worried about him, he’ll eat any spiders that come around, so he’s totally cool.
PPS: Please excuse the formatting issues. WordPress is being a poopy-head tonight. :(
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Posted by on October 16, 2014 in Accessories, Knitting, Socks, Socktober


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Stiches East Final Day – Review

Well, it’s over. A long weekend, a very long weekend, but even though I worked hard and I’m still sore, I had a blast.

The market was open from 10-4 and even though it was 2 hours shorter than the previous day, it was just as tiring.

They day started off absolutely gorgeous. There was fog everywhere but there was just enough that you knew it was there but it wasn’t blinding. Have I mentioned how much I love fog? Anyways, here’s a picture of the fog from our hotel window.


We then headed to the booth and got everything set up for the days show.



It was pretty busy, I attempted to take a panorama of the market. I’m not sure it went well. It’s from the back where the concessions stand was.


Then, it closed and it was time to pack up.



We got to drive into the building again! Look at all the cars! It was controlled chaos to load out everyone. Finally at just after 7 we pulled out of the building and were on our way home.


Like I said at the start of this post. I had a great time. I may be tired and sore and a little slow in moving, but I would do it again in a heartbeat. It was an absolute blast and everyone was just great.

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Posted by on October 13, 2014 in Crochet, Fiber, Knitting


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Stitches East Day 2 Review

Yesterday was fun in a “holy crap I’m tired but that was amazing” kind of way.

We started off in the morning with organizing yarn and making labels. We got more yarn in the afternoon but I forgot to take pictures of it. :(



Can you believe there was already a line forming to get in when we arrived before the market opened? Some people are dedicated, wow!


I used all the buttons I’d gotten the day before and blinged out the apron I was wearing while working the register.


There was a new sign for some of our pretty yarn:


And then the day was over. I was so surprised that it went as fast as it did. I think I don’t realize how long the day was because I was enjoying myself so immensely Though I will say, I think my poor feet are quite aware of how long the day was.

Did you know there’s a dinosaur on the roof of the science center? I saw it as we were going to dinner! It’s so cool.


This morning we gotta pack ourselves up and get out of the hotel room. The markets open 10-4 then we have to pack up all the yarn and break down the displays before driving home. It’s going to be quite the day!


Posted by on October 12, 2014 in Crochet, Fiber, Knitting


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Stitches East Day 1 Review

Day 1 went well. I think I’m getting better at selling the yarn. I made a few mistakes, but who doesn’t when they’re learning how to do anything?

In the morning we organized and labelled more yarn.



Then we were off to the convention center and restocking the booth.

We had so many people for the booth that I decided to go walk the floor wearing one of the samples and acting as a walking billboard.


After a few hours of that, it was back to the booth.


I did at one point take a walk around the convention center. The center is right next to the Science Center in Hartford which is really cool.



Overall it was a great day!

We did end up changing hotels because the place where we had been was horrible, but we’re now quite comfortable. I had a great nights sleep.

We’re about to go crazy and get ready for day 2! Wish us luck!

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Posted by on October 11, 2014 in Crochet, Fiber, Knitting


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FO: Infinite Triplicate

Last week I finished my Infinite Triplicate. The bind off took me over 2 hours!


As you can see, both sides of the cowl are the same, just with the colors reversed. I like that it’s reversible!

I used up almost all of the yarn I had for it. Two skeins of Dirty Water Dye Works – Lillian, in the Wheat and Ribbit colorways. I’m sure you can guess which color is which. :)

This project is also counting as one of the things I’m submitting to Fall Into Shawls, though for October, I’m still focusing on socks, but I’m hoping come November (can you believe that NaNoWriMo is so close?) I may be able to finish my Rockefeller shawl, as I want THAT done before snow hits. Which, granted, if the weather stays cool, we may get in October, but a girl can dream.

I hope everyone had a good week, and enjoy your weekend!

PS: This is my 300th post! Wohoo!

PPS: Please assume that Stitches is going well, as this is a scheduled post and I wrote it earlier this week.

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Posted by on October 10, 2014 in Accessories, Knitting


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Stitches East Day 0 Review

Yes, you read that right, “Day 0″. I call it that because yesterday was a setup day for vendors and there was a preview period the market place was open last night for shopping.

After having been picked up at quarter past six in the morning Kate and I began the drive south.


We had a gorgeous shot of the moon setting as we headed down through Mass.

Upon arrival we go to do something that I’d never done before. Drive into a building.


I got a huge kick out of it. But maybe all that really proves is that I’m 4 years old on the inside. Because, really, we got to DRIVE inside a BUILDING. I mean, c’mon!

Anyways, we parked and unloaded the car.


And began the setup. I kinda stopped taking pictures for a little bit because I got rather busy for a good chunk of the day but I did take some action shots when the moment presented itself. Take a look!





But we were all ready come 5pm when the market preview opened!




If you’re going to be at Stitches come and see us! Booth #400!

In other news, I was up way to late last night, and if you can tell from the time stamp on this blog post, I’m up way to early this morning. I woke up before 5am, tossed and turned for a about an hour and then gave up. Let’s see how running on 5 hours of sleep goes today!

The plan for the day is, I’m going to be wandering the market as a moving billboard for the shop since practically, we can’t all be in the booth.. It’ll also be nice to get a good look at what’s there. And I saw some rather appropriate buttons (and maybe a bumper sticker or two) that I have my eye on for accessorizing. ;)

I’m planning to take some pictures of the entire market (a big panoramic shot) so you can appreciate the view. Can you believe we’re right next to WEBS? Holy crap, talk about exposure!

Enjoy your Friday because I know I will!

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Posted by on October 10, 2014 in Crochet, Fiber, Knitting, Spinning


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