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Saturday, July 23, 2011

A beginning and an end

Yesterday I went with Denise to visit The Sisters of the Wool in Westport MA.  It was funny because we had discussed plans to go up there on Tuesday, and decided that we'd go Friday...and then the ladies popped in on Wednesday night to check us out and introduce themselves!  We met Pat and her friends (and I apologize profusely, but I'm lousy with names), and gave them a quick little tour of Bella Yarns (as much as we could, considering that I was in the middle of class).  We told them that we had planned to come in on Friday, so they gave us a few business cards with their address, and we parted ways after a nice conversation.  (Too bad I didn't have my cards yet).

Friday came, and we hopped into the air conditioned car to shoot down to the shop.  I'd never been to Westport before, and it was quicker that I expected.  The shop is in a quaint little shopping plaza with wood panneling on all of the buildings.  It's rustic and adorable.  When we went inside we were shocked at how much larger it was than it looked from outside.  Right inside the door, they have a warm and inviting seating area for hanging out and knitting for a while (complete with a wall-mounted flat-screen television!), and then further in they have a table and chairs set up on a platform for classes.  They had a huge selection of needles from Addi, Clover, and Knit Picks (including the interchangables).  They had yarn as far as the eye can see, and I found a set of hanging sock blockers from Bryson in a large for 15 bucks!!  That's a steal compared to the ones that I have now, which are too small and don't let enough air into the sock.  Pat was there and she took us on a tour of her shop, which is truly lovely.  I plan to go back when I actually have some money to spend, and get something special for myself.  And if all that wasn't enough, she gives out a free knit-fix tool to everyone who joins the email list (and was kind enough to open a brand new box so we would have more colors to choose from).  They were all really, really lovely people and she had really, really lovely yarn.

Later in the day, I took Dante to see the last Harry Potter movie in 3D with Jason and Kelly.  It was really well done, and I think it was a fitting end to the story.  I know my husband is glad that it's all finally over, lol.  I'm looking forward to it coming out on DVD so that I can do a marathon with the entire series, but I have a while to wait for that.

Meanwhile, the mitten is finally cooperating and I think I can get the pattern written by next week.  I should have it out to my testers soon and then hopefully I'll have the mate knit by then and then it's off to Cascade.  I can sure use another paycheck, lol.  After that, I'm going to concentrate on knitting a blanket for my husband...since I promised him one last year for his birthday...and his birthday is in about 4 weeks...and he still doesn't have one.  Only problem is that the original yarn I chose isn't what he wants so now I have to figure out what to do with multiple balls of Comfort Chunky, and where I'm going to find the money for 4 balls of Eco +.  Thankfully, I have a discount and it's not expensive.

Friday, July 22, 2011

My, how busy I've been

When last we spoke, (or I wrote and you read), I told you all about our wonderful playdate.  Yesterday, we took Alex to the Crescent Park Carousel to ride as many times as we could for $10.  Turns out that yesterday was kids day...so that was more times that I originally thought.  He was so cute, walking right up to the ticket booth and plunking down his little $4 that Aaron gave him a few days before (when we walked over and discovered that they're closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.  That was a bad day, that ended in our handing over the cash for Alex to hold, and us taking him to Honey Dew to help sooth the sting of not getting to ride the carousel.  So anyway, we rode lots of times and then Aaron got the gold ring so he got a free ride.  Then Alex wanted me to ride with him, and on the very next ride I got the gold ring!  Two gold rings, back-to-back, for the same kid.  That was an awesome trip for Alex.

When it was time to leave, we were really hot and he wanted an ice-cream.  Thank goodness the girl wasn't in the stand, and I was able to convince him to let us pick up some at the market when we went in to get a tomato and some shredded cheese for tacos (which he requested for dinner).  He agreed, on the condition that he could eat some right away instead of having to wait till after dinner.  Even though he didn't eat lunch, I agreed because it was just so hot!  He picked out mint chocolate chip, and had a scoop just as soon as I could get some in the bowl.  I'm pleased to say that he ate his dinner!  Two tacos.  And I even got him to agree to eat a tiny amount of lettuce in exchange for not having to eat any tomatoes.  On the next taco, he asked for my sauteed mushrooms.  The kid will eat mushrooms...but not lettuce.

Later that night, I headed to work and he went off to bed without me.  I hear he did well.  I went in to teach the ladies of the Thursday night group, and took some time to work on my lace mitten for this pattern.  I think I finally have it all together now and I'm really pleased with how it looks.  I hope to get the pattern together soon, and send the other half off to the test knitters within a week or so. 

Oh, and my brand new business cards were in the mail box today :)  I feel so official!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

One last playdate

 Tuesday, Alex's friend came over to play for the last time before moving away to Florida.  It was really good to have them get together one more time, and it was good for Alex and I to be able to spend the day with our special friend before we had to say goodbye.  'J' came over at about 1pm and hung out until about 5:30pm when it was clear that both boys were getting pretty tired and were ready to wind down for bed.  I was grateful for my child development courses, that helped me to plan a fun and mostly uneventful day for these two little guys (ages 4 & 5).

To start, we went to 4-Town Farms to pick berries.  I checked online first to see what was in season, and they were supposed to have blueberries.  However, when we got there they said that they weren't picking berries that day.  So I looked at my two little guys...then looked back at this woman...and then I said "what can we pick?"  Flowers.  Okay, flowers it is.  As you can see, the boys adapted.

 We walked up and down the rows, looking carefully at the available flowers and letting each of the boys pick out exactly which flower they wanted.  Then I cut the flower, and they tossed them into the bucket.  There were some very pretty ones.  Some were bug magnets, and some of these bugs were pretty scary looking, so we avoided those.  As hot as it was, I am happy to say that the flowers made it safely back home and didn't wilt...even with our making a stop for ice-cream on the way home.

 We stopped at the Dairy Bee in Riverside for some soft serve ice-cream for the boys, and a cone and a shake for dad and I.  They have a soft serve there that comes with a flavor striped along the edges, in fun colors.  I tried to keep it simple by asking them what color they wanted.  "Red".  Easy enough.  So I asked the girl for "what ever the red is", and she asked me in return "watermelon, cherry, or raspberry?".  Sigh.  So much for keeping it simple.  So Alex went for watermelon and 'J' went for cherry. 

 They both stayed pretty clean, and managed to avoid dropping their cones on the ground, so it was a pretty successful outing.  Overall, it was a wonderful day.  We went back home, watched some Spongebob and The Andy Griffith Show on Netflix, and "J" sat right against my left arm on the couch for a while (something that Alex usually does).  Alex didn't even get jealous!  They played upstairs, and didn't make a huge amount of noise.  No one cried.  No one got hurt.  No one whined (much).  Everyone shared, played nicely with their friend, kept their hands to themselves, and generally had a great time.  It was the best "last day to play" we've ever had.

I'm admittedly

a little sad that these two won't get to grow up together, as "J" is the first friend Alex ever had.  I love him and his family, and they've been really good to us and understanding of my boys and their needs.  They've loved my two boys (even when it was hard to do) and they've always welcomed my boys into their home.  Josh has been a huge influence for good to my teenage son, and Kristen has been a friend, a visiting-teaching companion, a relief-society president, and a primary co-worker to/with me for the last handful of years.  I've really enjoyed getting to know them and making friends with them, and I'll really miss them.

Monday, July 18, 2011


The thermometer says it's 83 degrees F, but the humidity has to be over 90%.  It's too hot to knit.  It's too hot to walk.  It's too hot to type, or do homework, or cook, or eat, or sleep, or watch t.v.  This is ridiculous.  Lets just say that today, I finally gave up and turned on the A.C.

Yesterday, I actually did some knitting and I managed to fix the issue with the cuff and the thumb placement but I need to adjust the numbers on the mitten body again because the lace needs to be able to stretch.  I'm also trying to figure out if I want to knit a plain stockinette palm and just keep the lace to the back of the hand, or if I want to have the lace all the way around.  I know that I'd love to have the lace all over, but I'm worried that the lace might snag, so for the sake of practicality...I think the palm will need to be plain.  Thank goodness I've secured a few test-knitters, because I've had to change the numbers so many times on this pattern that I know I'll need 'em to help me sort out the issues before this goes off to Cascade.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

I guess I *can* wear shawls

Forgive the craptastic photo
Anyone remember this?  It's the lace-edge swirl shawl that I knit in the Noro Kirameki Singles for the shop almost a year ago.  It's finally come home to live with me, and although I was happy to have it back, I was unsure of whether or not I could pull it off.  I know I've said this before, but I'm not really a lace shawl kind of girl (although I love to knit them).  So today it was pretty warm and I decided to bring this with me to church instead of my Noro sweater.  The air conditioner was kicking pretty good when we got there and I was glad to have it.  I tossed it over my shoulders and it took the chill right off without being too warm.  And you know what?...I felt pretty in it.  Turns out that this circular shape works well for me and it looks good on.  Guess I can wear a shawl after all.