This post is brought to you by the letter "G"

This post is brought to you by the letter "G"

Good Day everyone!

It has been a great weekend! And, it all began with a road trip to A2 to see The Yarn Harlot in all her humorous glory! That’s right! Erica, Blogless-Linda, Sandy-who-needs-to-get-a-blog, and I all headed off together! The drive was most interesting. Black skies and rain traveled with us. When we arrived in A2 we were welcomed by a Tornado Watch – we were glad that The Harlot was speaking in the lower level of the library!! The room was filled to overflowing – and the overflow was filled to the brim as well! There were many great knitters and spinners present! Abby was there and Jofran, too! Abby was wearing THE SHAWL! And, of course, I did not get a picture of it! I know – fifty lashes with wet wool for me! There were some members of The Black Sheep Knitting Guild attending as well! We had a great time sitting, knitting, waiting. When at long last – she arrived with a thunder of applause!

Through a sea of knitting heads, she was there! Funny as ever. I have started reading her new book and I give it a great review…. 5 pointy sticks on the knitter’s scale!

After her talk, there was of course, the opportunity to get her autograph in our books! Of course we stood in line. Sandy got a photo of all of us, but I don’t have it to share with you yet! Sandy just sent me the photo of all of us!  Here it is…

But, I do have a photo of me!

There we go – I have her sock – she has mine. Oh… and this sock – it is THE sock for the May Day Sock Swap! It is now a famous sock!! I am sure my pal will love knowing that this sock made the journey to visit The Harlot!! I am ready to turn the heel on sock #1 and will get there on our journey today – that is right, even with gas prices through the roof – we are heading out again today to see Jillian and Amy in Lansing for the premier of More Big Girl Knits!!

I worked yesterday, picking up an extra shift. This is a very good thing. It was a nice day, and I paced myself well. All in all, a great day! I came home to soak my feet and sit and knit a bit. All week long we have had a guest doggy here at our house! Mitzi the Boston Terrier has been hanging out with us and we have loved every minute of it! She is a great knitting buddy!

DSCF0731_edited

She climbed right up on the back of the sofa to snuggle in with me.

DSCF0738_edited

“Are you talking about me????”

She is welcome back anytime she’d like! It is always a good thing to have a Three Dog Night!

Stay tuned for a Big Girl Knits update! Have a great Sunday all!

We're off to see The Harlot…

We're off to see The Harlot…

Yes, that is right.

There is a group of us heading over to A2 to spend the evening with fellow knitters and The Yarn Harlot!

The library there is hosting an event for her.

On the work front, I have completed my orientation and Saturday I am picking up my first extra shift!

Woot, woot!!

I cannot tell you all how much I love my new job.  I am so blessed.  I work with wonderful people.  It is so nice to be part of a team again.  The work is extremely satisfying, as well.  I also love the fact that I don’t have to spend anytime thinking about what to wear each day!

I do have a casualty from the week.  My feet!

I have a truly lovely blister to prove it!

DSCF0725 See??

I am not sure about traipsing around Ann Arbor to see the Harlot.  Poor foot!

I have not found the right combination of shoes and socks as of yet.  Obviously, this is something that I need to solve sooner than later!

I see a pedicure in my near future!

One thing I am really missing is regular blog posting!  On the days I work, I get home late – so there is not much time between arrival home and me crawling into bed!  Last night I tried my best to stay up for ER to no avail!  Thankfully, I was smart enough to Tivo it!  Silly me for thinking that I would stay awake!

On the knitting front – I am happy to report that I am knitting away on my May Day Socks!  I switched gears and changed patterns.  The Twisted Tulips had gone to the Frog Pond for the last time – in their place I am knitting along merrily on a pattern from Dream In Color – The Sleepwalker Socks.  How appropriate, huh?  I have figured that the pattern can be knit while one sleeps!  Yet, the design on the sock is truly lovely.  And the yarn will make my pal’s feet very happy!  Stay tuned for their photo op with The Yarn Harlot today!

Alright, I am off to the shower and then out to find something for my blistered foot!

Have a great day all!

Long Walks, Long Draw, and Good Friends

Long Walks, Long Draw, and Good Friends

Hello everyone!

I have officially made it through my first week of work!

Whew!

I still have volumes to learn but Week One was a pleasant surprise.  I survived orientation and I am holding my own in training on my unit.  I have a wonderful teacher.  She is patient and understanding – even if I have to ask her several times about something.  She has a bit of an accent – so I am asking her to repeat things at times.

Okay, she has more than a bit of an accent!  I am struggling to understand much of what she says, but she is patient and is willing to repeat things.  She pronounces my name “Katy” so the patients are calling me Katy – to which I do not answer.  Oy.  It is pure comic relief, I am telling you!

Within the month I am sure that I will have lost some weight with all the walking I am doing.  There is LOTS of walking.  And, I mean LOTS!

I am thankful for comfortable shoes! DSCF0715_edited

They are sitting right where I took them off last night.  After a 12 plus hour shift, I dragged my butt in the house and did not do much more than that for the remainder of the evening.

I am also thankful for the new friends that I am meeting at work.  Now, I do not want to sound prejudiced – or discriminatory, but it is so nice to work with women my age!!  They are all wonderful.  They are encouraging and welcoming.  There are knitters!!

I have, however, been practicing my long draw technique that I learned from Abby and I am pleased to report that I am getting it!!  I am even more pleased to let you all know that Icelandic Wool is an excellent fiber to practice this technique on.  I have a lovely batt of this yummy stuff and I am enthralled with this new technique!

DSCF0713_editedDSCF0712_edited

As you can see, I am working on filling a bobbin and hope to have some plied up this weekend!  My consistency is improving which was my goal.  I am feeling more confident with the technique.  Practice, practice, practice!  I love how this technique allows the “springy-ness” of the fiber to remain.

Finally, I am thankful for good friends.  Copper and Penny are a welcome sight at the end of the long day.  And, even after being cooped up for the day, they are happy to crawl up on the sofa and sit with me.

DSCF0721_editedDSCF0720_editedDSCF0718_edited

Here is Copper hamming it up for the camera.  Penny was borrowing a page from the camera shy cats – I could not get her to sit still.  Here she is hiding…

DSCF0724_edited

What I did not know at the time was that she had gotten in the garbage.  Hmmm, she knew she was in trouble!  LOL!  Kind of hard to put her in “Puppy Time Out” when she puts herself there first.  If it is not raining all day here we are all going for a bit of a walk!

Okay, I am off to get the sewing machine out for a bit of sewing fun.  Stay tuned to see what I create!

Have an awesome weekend all!

Day One and Day Two

Hello everyone from The Home of the Employed!

I have survived Day One and the onslaught of HR representatives, Security representatives, Benefits representatives, Infectious Control representatives (she was at least funny!), and Don’t Hurt Your Back – Use Good Body Mechanics representatives.

Whew, it was a LONG day.  A long day of sitting.  And listening.

Today – Day Two, I survived IS (Information Services) and was rescued during the afternoon session (Thank you Sandy!).  I found everything I needed to and more on my “Scavenger Hunt”.  Lots of walking!  Lots of new faces to remember!

So, here I am at almost 7PM and I am working on drawing myself a nice hot bath, pouring myself a glass of wine, and settling in that tub with a good book.

Then I am heading off to bed.

Day One and Two I did not have to be to work as early as I do tomorrow.

I know that 6:45AM will come EARLY!

So, early to bed for this poor knitter.

Oh… I did manage to get some knitting done yesterday in the barrage of presenters – simple scarf knitting.

Have a good evening gentle readers!

…while visions of fiber danced in my head.

Gentle readers, it was The Most Amazing And Spectacular SaturdayThe Most Amazing!

At dawn I was awake (after barely sleeping all night) to head out to meet Lisa.  We were off watching the sunrise as we raced over to Howell Michigan.

What, you ask, is in Howell that we had to leave so early?

Two things.

The Divine Miss B and Abby.

Okay, maybe I should say Abby and The Divine Miss B.

Lisa and I signed up for a spinning class – specifically Spinning for Socks.  Holy Cow.  Total brain overload.

I learned things that I never imagined I would ever learn – ever… and some of them were actually from Abby!

So, when there is the clear light of day I will show you pictures of the amazing things I learned today.

Okay, maybe not all of them – but how about the things that Abby taught us!

If you have not had the pleasure of visiting Beth’s Shop – you need to run, not walk, but RUN to see her.  She is fun, a great spinner, and she has more fiber than you can shake a stick at (even a spindle at!!).  If you have visited and you have not availed yourself to some of the classes she has, get yourself signed up!  Seriously.  She has amazing classes.

So – I am now heading off to bed to digest what I learned today and I will be dreaming of the fibers at her shop.

… on Cormo and Shetland, on Masham and Merino, on Dorset and Polwarth…

Sweet Dreams all!

Sweets for the Sweet!

I am a participant in Lynne’s Special Swap. And, we are in the midst of The Sweet Swap Round! I am lucky, Kimberly is my recipient. She is dear to my heart as she was my recipient in one of the Secret Swap rounds. That is how I got to know her and her fabulous family. Our Swap Mamma has us working a little differently this time. We are not receiving our package from the person we are sending to. Kind of fun.

So, Lynne asked us to post the answers to the following questions for our Swap Pals… So, Swap Pal, who ever you may be – here you go.

Kimberly was kind and reminded me that I needed to get this done – she posted hers today! Thanks Kimberly!

Well, without further adieu – here are my answers to Lynne’s questions:

  1. What were your three favorite treats in your Halloween bag?

Chocolate and caramel, Chocolate and peanut butter, Chocolate and coconut – see the theme here?

  1. What were the three treats that you would trade away?

Hmmm, it would depend on what I was getting. Licorice was not a big favorite of mine.

  1. Do you bake?

Ummm, no – really not.

  1. Do you order dessert in a restaurant? If so, what is your favorite dessert?

Look at me, do you think I say no to dessert??? Crème Bruleè mmmmm, my absolute favorite.

  1. Tell me about your favorite Candy-colored yarns, and what candy are they inspired from?

Boy, I love autumnal colors – Candy corn would be the inspiration I suppose. Green candy – hmmm, not sure what green candy I can think of but I remember being in high school and getting those hard candy sticks – there was a green apple flavor that was the most divine color!

  1. When you knit a special “icing on the cake” accessry for your outfit, would you knit …… socks, a scarf, a hat or a bag?

I love scarfs and shawls. LOVE them. In my opinion they are a “must have” for the knitters wardrobe!

  1. Describe the perfect ice cream sundae.

It all starts with coffee ice cream, Matt Lauer, and one spoon… need I say more?

  1. Are there any knitting treats that you would love to add to your collection?

Hmmm, of course there are! Who does not like to get treats! A book you would like for your library? I would love to get some stitch dictionaries. A knitting gadget for your notions bag? A row counter that could hang on a cord around my neck would be fabulous. A sweet yarn? Hmmm, there are so many sweet yarns! Maybe a skein of something I can knit into a cute summery scarf!

  1. Think about the best homemade dessert from Mom or Grandma. Do you have the recipe to share?

Boy, my mother was so not a baker. But, I do remember baking with my nana. Her Banana Bread was so moist and delicious. I will gladly share the recipe with you here!

Nana’s Banana Bread:

1 C Sugar

½ C shortening (she used real butter)

1 t baking soda in

¼ C sour milk (you can make sour milk with by adding a bit of vinegar to milk)

2 well beaten eggs

3 mashed bananas

2 C flour

½ C chopped nuts (she used walnuts most often)

Combine ingredients. I do them in the order written, I cream together the sugar and the shortening. I then add the remainder of the ingredients.

Bake 1 hour at 350°F. (She also used greased, floured cans)

  1. What local or regional treats would you insist your swap partner try if she visited your town?

Hmmm, it would have to be Pallazollo’s for Gelato. Oh. My. Heaven’s. Trust me – you will hear angels singing when you taste this stuff!

  1. Cupcakes….talk amongst yourselves.

Sure, I like chocolate cupcakes with cream cheese frosting!

Pin It on Pinterest