Thursday, September 24, 2009

The Wizard of Oz wins. Bronchitis loses!

I'm beyond help.  It seems that my love of all things Wizard of Oz has superseded my need to sleep.  Today is the 70th anniversary of the Oz movie.  I think I even heard somewhere that the Empire State Building will be lit up in green!! today in honor of the anniversary.

Ah, to see that.  Neat-O.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

An Irish diagnosis?

So I took myself to the doctor because I am getting tired of whatever this is I have had since last Friday,
(Whatever it is , it has affected my punctuation and grammar too!!)
Diagnosis: A touch o' bronchitis.

Dr. B. got a chuckle out of her phraseology and then I caught the funniness. She wrote me a prescription for a "real" inhaler and antibiotics,,,just a touch of each for my funny bronchitis.

What does any of this have to do with knitting?? True to form, whenever I wait, I knit. So, I was knitting when she entered the room, which prompted a whole discussion on how she can sort of knit, how her
mother loves to knit....and so on. I love knitting.

And now.....I hurt. I'm goin to sleep.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

The interesting things you find online

Sometimes, the only thing you have energy for is perusing the web...
Today, I hit the jackpot. Ravelry never fails to amaze me with its' wealth of info from everyone around the globe. Case in point: Spindles and Spices blog
Check out this terrific Cat in a Hat. What a cool thing to do. She actually has a set of International hats...USA is one of my favorites.
I need to thank Mary again for teaching me how to include links cause it is just SO much fun.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Color me blue??

Change of plans: the Swallowtail Shawl will be blue, since the pretty pastel from Tess' Yarns doesn't have enough yardage.

That's ok. I bought some beautiful Jojoland Melody yarn at the Thursday night knit in at LYS. Wendy, at the Lancaster Yarn Shop, made the whole shawl project so much easier when I stopped in yesterday

Thanks to the Ravelry group for the great hints and charts also. I am really loving this Evelyn Clark design.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Back to "Normalcy"

After my venture into strange postings yesterday, I'm back in yarn heaven today. In spite of my various WIPs, and they are MANY, I have decided to try the Swallowtail Lace Shawl by the wonderful Evelyn Clark. It's been fun searching through my stash for just the right yarn.

Drum roll, please............

Tess' Designer Yarns, Super Socks & Baby, is the winner. I purchased this yarn at the 2007 MD Sheep & Wool Festival, first time at ANY yarn/fiber festival for me. 450 yards of 80% wool and 20% nylon.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

A Sweater for a tree / A movie about the sitting machine

Gotta keep my mind busy today...lots of stuff going on. I saw this cool article and wanted to share the tree with a sweater. I think there's a tree in Lancaster that wants to be in this club.

On a totally different subject, check out the
Even if you've never been a teacher, the whole movie (filmed by one of our most awesome Lancastrians) is so very cool to see. What a great idea for a film.

Family and musical memories...

I discovered a few pics/videos of the Blueberry Festival held at St. John's, Lancaster a few summers ago: wonderful bluegrass music and delicious blueberry desserts (cobblers, sauce on ice cream, smoothies.....) , all for a good cause. The price of a ticket equaled the cost of one sheet of drywall. End result of the event was 100 sheets of drywall for the relief effort in Mississippi after the hurricane. Awesome music, awesome food, good company and helping those in need. :)

If you listen to the video, you'll hear a little bit of " A Taste of Honey"sung by my daughter, Jennifer. The quality's not the best, since I used my camera. but I am sooooo very proud of her and her music. Love you Jen.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Life is like a box of chocolates :)

I got an e-mail from Mary saying she had received an award
and was passing it along to me -to also pass along if I chose. Such a great idea, I thought. Of course, I got the email a week ago and had to wait to figure out how to actually link to things. Thanks for the great tutorial, Mary!

Pam (the person who started this award) says:

In my best southern accent, I would like to say that I have been thinking about a new award and what I would like it to say. People are like Forrest Gump said ” Life is like a box of chocolates and you never know what you’re gonna get. You can see this box of chocolates is filled with different and unique candies and just like the chocolates we are all different and unique people. We are the same in that we all have common ingredients that make us more a like than not. Except for the frosting, which represents our personalities, we are indeed very similar on the inside.”

And of course there are rules:

1. That you must pass this award to others.

2. Link back to me when you have passed them forward.

3. Write a nice post about this award.

4. You must read this award with a southern accent. I call it southern day where we all have to speak with a southern accent. I know that will be hard for some of you, but for the rest of us, we will be fine. So now, ya’ll just enjoy this little ol’ award and have fun with it.

5. And of course let your folks know that they have a nice award waiting for them.

Well, I'm not from the glorious South but, if I even get close to a real, live Southerner, I start speaking in Southern-ese. Ask my daughter cause it drives her crazy. There's something comforting in chocolate, knitting and the South. I'm not just talking Southern Comfort.
Thanks so much for the chocolate, Mary. I'd like to share the sweetness with:

Wendy - Owner of LYS at Kitchen Kettle Village. Awesome yarns and a super caring atmosphere.
Rachel-Marie - Creator of some of the prettiest handspun this side of the Mason-Dixon line.
Lauren - Member of the gang at LYS and button-maker to the stars. Plus, she's getting hitched to the "pottery guy" in a few weeks

And that's all folks. Thanks to Snit n' Knit and Stringplay for keeping me in the loop. (Hey, that's pretty clever...)

This one's for Stringplay!

Whoa! Just found a site for the Swallowtail Shawl Knit-a-Long.
Yes, I know I have a bezillion things started. I feel a shawl in the very near future. To heck with the 3 sweaters on the needles.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Candy for the soul

I got an award the other day from Mary. Part of me wanted to share my award, but there was that part of me that still didn't know how to create a link. ( I've been a secret admirer of all of you out there who included so many informative links!)

So, armed with instructions from Mary, I am going to try to join the club. Stay tuned...

"Not a Celebrity Scarf"is my offering for today. It's from Crazy for Ewe's blog. May all th computer/copyright gods have mercy on me as I attempt to do things right.

If this works, I'll attempt to send some awards out...
Oy vey! :)

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Beautiful Sunsets... real and yarn-inspired

I'm starting to think I am possessed by all things beach-related. Here's an awesome sunset view from our stay at S.I.C. last week.

Not to be out-done by Mother Nature, I have finished the Noro shawl. Amen. Much smaller than I thought it would be, but not blocked yet. I'm hoping it will grow to an appropriate size. It looks huge on the chair, but is actually quite small. Now to figure out how to block this thing. Help!!!!!

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Not your average day at the beach

The beach at Sea Isle City is great.

We watched the heavy equipment all week as the process of beach rebuilding progressed. Each day the machines got closer to our place, sometimes working throughout the night. I know it might seem weird, but I actually enjoyed watching the work as it neared our section of the beach. We were lucky. The machines didn't gobble up our beach until Friday evening and we were leaving on Saturday. Wow! All that entertainment and timing too.

I almost finished the Noro shawl, but decided to save the last row and binding off for home.

I love the beach!

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Beauty and the beach

Sea Isle City is a lovely place and a good place to just sit n' knit.
I continue to experience dizzy spells and have been walking a bicycling for me.
Weather is cool and windy and the company here is good. Spending time with friends is just fine.
The Noro shawl is nearing completion, but is living up to it's "shawl from the dark side" nickname.
Going to walk the beach now.

Me and my I-touch signing off.