October 25, 2017

Hello everyone,

I am not feeling particularly witty this evening, but I thought since we are working out the kinks in our various social media outlets and some of you have gone through the process of subscribing,  I thought I would post a little something to test out the notification process and to let you know, we are dusting off this site.

Rhinebeck Sheep and Wool Festival  2017 just ended this past weekend and most of the podcasters I try to keep up with have probably just gotten back home and haven’t caught their breath yet.  While I wait to hear how things went I thought I would post this video from last year.  It is about an hour long, so don’t watch the whole thing unless you want to.  This really is just a test post.  Click the link below if you want to watch.

Talk to you all again soon.

 

 

September 2016

Here we are, it’s Sunday morning and I am gathering my thoughts on my mental to do list.

Do I have my yarn for the retreat ready to go?  No.

Do  I have my swatch done?  No.  See above.

Time to stop that.  Adding anxiety to the morning isn’t going to help.  Getting going and taking care of said issues will.

Yesterday’s meeting was fun.  all those versions of the Presidents of the United States staring at us added to the atmosphere..

The yarn and needle tasting was fun.  At my table the conversation was about the bent double points.  It seemed that everyone thought it was a good idea, but they weren’t thrilled about the plastic.  I don’t know if the plastic is what was bothering me about them or if it’s just I have been knitting with size 3 needles for the past two months and the set I was using were size 7.  It was like knitting with baseball bats.   the needle tasting confirmed  I really like my Hiya Hiya needles, the sharper the better.   Did anybody find a new favorite?

Suzanne’s talk on yarn substitution was great.  I have wanted to knit a sweater with different yarn than was is listed in the pattern.  It is becoming more clear to me on how to handle that, but it’s one of those things, at least for me that I won’t really get my head around until I actually do it.

Time for Show and Tell!

I wanted to mention too,  I didn’t get any photos of Jacqui’s Knitted Knocker display, but I am so happy that this is going to be getting some attention in the local press and at the fair.  I have been lucky,  no one in my immediate family has been touched by breast cancer.  I was on what I have heard as, “The six month plan” as far as follow up mammograms are concerned.  After the 3rd time, I am now back to once a year.  You just never know.  A dear friend of mine just told me last month that her sister is having a double mastectomy.  It’s so hard to know what to say at that moment. Nothing you can say can make it better.  But I was able to tell her about “Knitted Knockers” and told her I would be happy to make some for her sister.  I know that doesn’t make everything all right by any means, but it does help to know a few hours of knitting might really help someone feel a little better down the road.

Making a  note that 15 years ago, my brother in law was back east for a metal finishers conference and was scheduled to fly back to California on United Flight 93.  For whatever reason which I can’t recall right now,  he changed his plans. I know each year is counts his blessings.  He was here for both his children’s weddings and he is now a grandfather to two wonderful grandsons.  So much was lost that day by so many.

August 2016

August has always been sort of bitter-sweet for me.  It signaled the end of summer break and time to go buy new school clothes for my ever-growing son,  along with that we would alway try to squeeze in one last hurrah, even if it was only a long 3 day weekend. Those school days have passed by a few years now, but I still do feel August marks some kind of change in my attitude.  Sort of time to get back to work,  I said sort of..   Right now all I can think of is knitting.  Finishing my cardigan for Ravellenics and getting it off in the mail on time.   That and the upcoming retreat in September,  that is what’s on my mind.

Last Saturday we had our August meeting. Minus Suzanne, minus Kate, minus Jacki, minus Laura, minus Renee….  all members who at one time or another have run the meetings,  I wondered, “Who is gonna be in charge today?”

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What can I say,  Cathy’s years in teaching have served her well.   Thorough, to the point and entertaining too.   Great Job Cathy.

Kathy A. did a short demo on making buttons out of yarn and curtain rings.  I have seen something similar and have wanted to try it.  What Kathy showed seemed a little more to the point, so I will put curtain rings on my shopping list and then be ready to go next time I need buttons.

Amanda did a presentation on a few things you can do on Ravelry, and from the looks of the number of people who were on Ravelry from our group Saturday afternoon,  I think it inspired a few members to get signed up, or nose around a bit.  Yay Amanda!  Well done.

Reminders:  Next Saturday  August 20th,  Social knitting Southwest branch of the library on Ming Ave.  9am to noon.

Fair entries,  paperwork and entry fees.  August 26th.  ( I am pretty sure that is the date, but double-check that if you are entering.)

Next Guild meeting.  September 10th, 2016.

Knitting retreat. September 16th -18th.

Til next time,  (((((((((     )))))))))  Hugs to all.

 

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