Saturday, September 22, 2007

WHY didn't I have my camera???

I worked yesterday....a very busy day at the shop, but I loved every minute of it. I unpacked about 80 lbs. of yarn, entered it all into the computer, printed labels, got it all priced and shelved in a beautiful rainbow of colors. Sales were pretty good too, so I was exhausted when I got home. I am loving playing with the yarn again. I don't think I realized until yesterday how much I missed working in a LYS. Getting on the phone with Brown Sheep and Berroco, it's just FUN! Tina and Rebecca had rearranged the entire store on Thursday so I had to take the tour of all the changes when I came in the morning. Things flow much better now.

Mike didn't work yesterday so he had dinner waiting when I walked in, then I changed my clothes and we were off to a 50th Birthday Bash for the city of Warren, which is where my BIL/SIL live. There was a midway, art show, etc but we mostly were going for the free concerts (Blue Oyster Cult and Foghat) and the fireworks afterwards. It was a gorgeous night to be sitting and listening to (too loud) music and enjoying the fireworks.

All night I was wishing I had thought to bring my camera. OH MY did I see some interesting people last night. Old "rockers" who never left the 70s...too funny. And of course the carnival always draws quite a crowd of characters. The beer was flowing too, so that just adds to the people-watching enjoyment.

There was a guy there in a BRIGHT yellow suit jacket with the words "Spaghetti Man" graphically printed on the back. He also was wearing black pants cut off below the knees, and black shoes. Just in that getup he would have stood out. The entire night he did a crazy dance all through the crowd. He was quite a sight. I said to Mike at the end of the evening "is it any wonder that he's so skinny?" He must burn a ton of calories dancing like that for hours on end. Maybe THAT'S why he's Spaghetti Man. I just don't know. Oh, to be so carefree and not give a thought to what hundreds and hundreds of people are thinking of you as you just give in to your emotions and whims.

Update...I googled Spaghetti Man and found this article about him. I also found there are several videos of him on at different music venues around the Detroit area. Who knew? He seems to be somewhat of a local celebrity!

Mike's nephew knows the guy who was running the midway, so he was able to get free wristbands for all the kids to ride as long as they wanted. All we had to do was buy an elephant ear in appreciation (why do those things cost $5 now? Dang!) So the kids had a blast....Mike (and my BILS)stayed at the BOC concert while I was at the midway with the kids and my SILs. After a couple hours I was ready to fall over, my knee was killing me, and I was ready to sit down and relax. When we got back to the concert, Foghat was playing, and that lasted about 90 minutes.

The fireworks were great! I saw some that I have never seen before and it was really enjoyable. That lasted over 1/2 hour. They played some great oldies during the fireworks, bringing back a lot of memories, especially of early in Mike's and my relationship. I love how a song can just bring you back in time. Sometimes the memories take you right to a frozen moment when you heard that song together. Anyway, the weather was perfect, the sky was clear, there was a gentle breeze, we were all singing along with the music.

Then it was the very long trek back to the car, (about a 15 minute walk) but like I said, the night was just gorgeous and besides being exhausted and my knee hurting me, it couldn't have been a better evening.

Today I am going to try to finish up the commissioned B4 Bag, and hopefully felt it this weekend. The lady wants longer handles though, so I have to gear myself up for yards and yards of I-cord. Not my favorite....Maybe if Mike goes to send off his brother to FL after his visit this week, I'll put on a movie and knit I-cord for a couple hours.

I have a couple of birthday gifts to get in the mail, so hopefully I can get those packaged up today or tomorrow and finally get them in the mail on Monday morning.

One of the recipients is Jane. Oh my, did she have a special birthday this week! The Yarn Harlot was visiting Atlanta, ON JANE'S BIRTHDAY! What a way to spend your special day! Not only that, but Stephanie had spun some great yarn a while back, and then donated it to a charity auction. (You can see that beautiful yarn by going to Steph's May 16th entry) Guess who won it! Yep, Jane! So she knit a scarf from yarn that was spun by Harlot, and wore it when she got in line to get her book signed. She ended up on Steph's blog, of course. It was 12 hours of knitterly-Harlotty birthday fun for Jane! Since she got several early birthday presents, and then such a GREAT birthday on Wednesday, I've decided to extend her birthday a little longer by sending a belated gift. Never mind that it's merely my procratination that is getting it to her late. I'll just say that it was my intent to get presents to her on the late end of the celebration to balance out the early presents she got. Yeah, that's what it was.

My mom and dad are on their way to South Dakota to visit my sister. Sure wish I was going too!

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Baby Kasie

My good friend Debbie, fellow knitter, and member of our BeeGees Thursday night knitting group, had a beautiful baby girl recently. She's the one I knit the Trellis sweater for.

Kasie joined us last Thursday for her first knitting lesson. She was not even a week old. The few of us who happened to be in attendance that night were lucky enough to meet her, hold her, sniff her head (sorry, I have a baby head sniffing addiction...I can't help it. I'm fully aware of my problem, and I readily admit it. But I'm not hurting anyone, so just let it alone, people!) and try to get her to open her eyes for us. When she did, it was mostly just her left eye, which cracked us up every time.

I'm not sure if Debbie wants me posting her photo here or not. I'll have to ask her. Meanwhile, just know she is a beautiful little sweetie pie, and I am so happy for Deb and John. Let the fun begin!

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Catching up

Stitch 'n Pitch was fun. Unfortunately we were not made aware of some of the festivities going on before the game, so we were under the impression that it was rather a non-event. How frustrating to find out afterwards that there were booths set up with demonstrations etc. on a level below us. I wish when we had bought the tickets, or picked them up, there had been a handout or some sort of informational sheet about what would be happening. We certainly could have planned to be there earlier. Drats. Maybe next year. Looking at the Stitch 'n Pitch website, I can see that some towns that host it really make a big deal of it. I don't know if it depends on the folks at the stadium, or the event planners, but we were all left wishing there had been a little more to it.

Here's our view of the game (which the Tigers lost, by a lot...oh well) from the nosebleed section:

And here are the knitting hands of Sharon, Kim and another lady Kim knew from Heritage. Tam was on the other side of me, and unfortunately I didn't get a shot of her knitting.

Miri's shower was Saturday and we all had a blast. The food was wonderful, Sharon and I won the 2 games and came home with nice prizes, and I know Miri was thrilled with the whole day. She got some wonderful gifts, including hand-knit items from some of us. Here are the pix of the knit items she received:

The oh-so-soft blankie made by me. Yarn: K1C2 Fleece.

Cutest little bebe sweater made by Sharon (hiding behind it...can you see her lovely entrelac vest done in Silk Garden?)

A beautiful Aran made by Clare. Hers is done in Debbie Bliss Rialto. OH MY! So soft and cooshy. I'll definitely be scooping up some of this yarn from Labor of Love very soon. I wish I had gotten close up shots of Clare's and Kim's sweaters. Darn!

Another cute sweater with hood, knit (and designed!) by Kim. Done in Araucania Nature Cotton. I love the nubby texture of that yarn. The design is darned cute too!

In other knitting news...I have been commissioned to knit a B4 Bag for a semi-local lady. She had seen the SWTC ad and wanted one, but she doesn't knit. She wanted me to double the Karoake to make the bag larger and sturdier. I've done 4 bags in Karaoke, but they have all been single strand, so it will be interesting to see how this one turns out. I'm progressing, but am waiting for 5 lbs. of beads to show up today so I can carry on.

I've finished another snake scarf, this one in Paton's SWS. I love how it turned out. I guess I need to get a picture of that!

Still working on the market bag made from Butterfly cotton. I am almost done, and need to go to Joann's to find something for the handles.

And finally, here's a better picture of the B4 bag I made for Labor of Love. I still think it's my favorite one yet!

On the design front....
I have 2 new bag designs in my brain. I have already started playing around with creating the first one, and can see that I need to make some adjustments. I'm not sure if they will both end up being felted bags...I may do one in cotton or hemp. We'll see. Stay tuned for more info!

Teaching again.... Yesterday I taught the 2nd in a 3-part Magic Loop class (we are doing FT's felted mittens). It feels really good to be teaching again. I'm so thankful that I've been given the opportunity to work and teach in a great new yarn store. As time goes by I'm sure I'll be spending more and more time at Labor of Love Yarn and Fiber Arts. And that's a good thing!

Sunday, September 09, 2007

Stitch 'n Pitch Today!

I've got my shirt, I've had my ticket for months...and this day seemed so far away, but it's finally here! I'm so excited to finally be participating in the Stitch 'n Pitch fun that has been sweeping across the baseball world for the past couple seasons. The Detroit Tigers have been in a bit of a slump lately, but have come back and we're riding a 4-game winning streak that I hope improves to 5-games today!

It rained all night but it looks like the system has moved out and we should be completely dry by game time. I'm hoping to take lots of pictures, and see lots of my knitting buddies from across Michigan. I know folks are coming from as far as Lansing, so I look forward to seeing lots of my buds and knitting acquaintances all in one spot. Oh, what fun we're going to have!


Off to pack my knitting for the game!

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Back to School

Jake started 5th Grade yesterday, and Kaitlyn is now a Junior in High School. They are sure getting all grown up. Next year is going to be a big year. Having already gone through the Senior Year stuff with Kim, I know there will be lots of events, lots of expenses all year long, and then the big event at the end of the year. Jake will experience his first year in Middle School next year. Ack! I'm not sure I'm ready for all of this! Ok, let's get through this year before we start stressing about next year.

Here's a picture of my big boy on his first day of 5th grade.It was a hot day, but he insisted on wearing long sleeves. I think he wanted to show off the cool shirt he got at Silver Lake this summer. Good thing his school is air conditioned. Jake loves his teacher, and I think he's going to have another great year. He has been so fortunate to have such awesome teachers every single year. It makes such a difference! Hats off to teachers!

I've got a few other pictures to show you. This one is my version of the Everlasting Bagstopper on I decided I wanted a round bottom, and a slightly bigger bag overall, so used the Pinwheel baby blanket pattern to get started. I stopped when I had 14 stitches in each section, so 140 stitches all together. Then I did several more rounds in stockinette without any more increases. Switched to size 11 needles and started the pattern stitch. It took me a while to realize that I probably have too many's going to be quite a large bag. I think 120 or 130 would have been a better stopping point. I'm using some Butterfly Cotton from my stash...I think I'm going to add the orange in as a wide stripe, and then finish off again with the turquoise at the top (since it doesn't look like the turquoise I have is going to be enough)

Here is a photo of another Garden Gate Scarf I just finished. This one I knit for SWTC with their yarns. I used Bamboo for the scarf, and Karaoke for the stems and flowers. Some of the flowers are felted, and some are not. Jonelle at SWTC wanted me to make it that way. I think she said she may add it to the Karaoke trunk shows that are going around right now, showing how Karaoke felts. I wanted to get a better photo of it, but it was about 90 degrees today, and Kaitlyn refused to pose for another scarf picture in the heat. The photo of the Garden Gate Scarf on my website was taken with Kaitlyn on another 90 degree day in the spring. She put up a fuss that day too. Poor's not like I don't ever do a THING for her. Looking at this picture, and the other one that is on the patterns, (look up there at the sidebar) I think I like the criss-crossing of the stems better than having them run straight up. What do you think?

Sunday, September 02, 2007


Time to catch up with a little bit of this and that. Some knitting content, and just some other "stuff".

Last week I was pretty sick. Monday started out fine, but by the time I left a physical therapy appointment around noon, I could feel that little scratchy feeling in my throat that I always get right before I get sick. By mid-afternoon I was feeling pretty bad. Tuesday I spent all day on the couch. I was able to knit, but that's about all I did. This scarf is what came of that day on the couch. I just love the pattern. I used Karaoke...just about 2 skeins.

Wednesday I couldn't even get out of bed. I laid there, unable to do anything but doze and watch a little tv. I finally dragged my butt out of bed at 5 pm because Mike had come home from work and cooked some dinner and it really smelled good. I took a shower, ate, went to the couch for the rest of the evening.

Thursday I was able to come out of the bedroom, but once again, only made it to the couch for the day. I intended to go to the clinic for some meds, but couldn't even find the energy to get dressed and drive there, so I just laid on the couch in my jammies. No energy for knitting. UGH

Friday I felt slightly better (I was supposed to work, but when I called Tina on Thursday, the first thing she said when she heard my voice was STAY HOME!). I did a quick grocery run, and quickly realized that was overdoing it and had a bit of a relapse. I started feeling better on Sunday. Every day this week I felt a little better. I'm feeling fine now, though I am still coughing a bit and probably will for a while. I sure hope I don't catch THAT bug again anytime soon!


This past Thursday I went to (hopefully) my last physical therapy session for my knee. I've been dealing with pain, loss of mobility and strength and a few other symptoms, since February. At the end of June I finally decided it was not going to get better on its own and saw a doctor, who prescribed physical therapy. I was a little skeptical about the PT at first, but I have to say I have come a long way in the 9 weeks of therapy. My strength and mobility have come back. Unfortunately I still have some pain, and it's time to accept the fact that I may need surgery to correct what my therapists think is a small tear in the meniscus. I am going to see how I do in the next few weeks with no more therapy, and see if I can live with things the way they are, or bite the bullet and get an MRI, and see the orthopedist for a diagnosis and course of action. For now I am just glad to not have to schedule my days around 3 sessions every week. And I am so glad to be able to walk without limping, go up and down the stairs normally again, etc. Thanks to all the folks at Health Quest who helped me get my knee back in shape. It's not 100%, but they have done all they can for me for now. I will continue to do some exercises at home to keep up the strength and see how it goes.


Thursday was also the ribbon cutting ceremony/grand opening celebration at Labor of Love. This picture is of Tina and mostly Chamber of Commerce members that came to the opening to show support for the new business venture in town.Several members of my knitting group later joined in on the fun. We had some refreshments and chatted for a while. Debbie was there and I'm not sure when she'll be joining us again because she is due to have her baby this week! I'm so excited!

Friday morning Mike and Jake left to go camping. Kaitlyn and I stayed home. I worked on Friday and was supposed to work again today but Tina told me she didn't think she'd need me after all. So I spent most of the day knitting. I really need to finish up the Garden Gate scarf that I am making for SWTC out of Bamboo and Karaoke. It's been in the works for quite a while, and I really want to finish it up and get it to them. I've had to put it aside for several other projects (mainly baby items, but also the B4 bag I made for the shop) and it's time to get it done and in the mail!!


This weekend is the Peach Festival in our little town. I try to stay away from the madness that takes over the downtown area, but decided I needed to go to the used book sale this afternoon. I scored these 2 knitting books for a mere 50 cents each! I love Nancie Wiseman's designs, and I couldn't pass up the Jo Sharp book for that price. I'm not sure I'll do anything out of that book, so it may be offered up as part of a contest prize at some point.

This week I really REALLY want to start a pair of socks from Cat Bordhi's new book. I think the Coriolis socks are going to be the first ones I do. I just have to decide what yarn I want to use. I seriously want to knit every pair of socks in that book. It is so incredible. I find it so interesting the way her brain works.

I have more than a dozen sets of letter markers made up, and hopefully will have them on my website within the next few days. Maybe even tomorrow I"ll be able to post them. Let me know if you need some! I've already sold a couple sets.


I can't believe that school starts the day after tomorrow. Is summer really over? WAH! I don't want it to be over! On the other hand, I am kind of looking forward to some quiet time at home on the days when I won't be working or teaching. I have a few new designs floating around in my head that I need to start playing around with. I need add to and update my website. I have work to do, and I hope to find some time to do some pleasure knitting too. The holidays are coming, and I want to knit some gifts, but I really want to find/make time to knit something for ME for a change!