Vitamin D – Bring it On

Time for my twice yearly blog post. Seriously, I need to do better.

Lately, I’ve been busy with holiday shopping, W-O-R-K, which takes up much too much of my precious time, and planning for what’s become an annual escape to Cancun. Despite the fact that my eleven year old car needs new brakes and serious transmission work, hubby and  I are still flying to the Mexican sunshine soon. Because we all need our fill of Vitamin D, right, regardless of what my friends at NPR tell us.

 

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Mile High Knitting

Oh my goodness. It has been so long since I’ve posted that I forget my wordpress login. It only took a few guesses for me to hack back into my account. Very embarrassing, for so many reasons.

I am in lovely San Diego, where it is chilly and not at all California-like. I am here for work, which is fun and all, but I will admit that the biggest thrill of these cross-country business trips is the amount of knitting I can complete while flying high above our great country. Mile-high knitting is the best. No guilt, no housework beckoning. Only knitting.

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Honors English

Driving home tonight, I listened to the NPR story. It made me a little sad, and also a little nostalgic for the joy found in summer reading lists.

I must have returned Catcher in the Rye to the high school library , but somehow managed to keep this one on the bookshelf for the last 25 years or so. Time to read it again.

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Silver Dollar Pancakes and A Dino Dog

Happy Belated New Year. 2010 has presented me with at least two happy things this first week.

The Silver Dollar Pancake Pan

When my nine-year old nephew Alex comes to visit we have a regular routine. In the evening we change into comfy PJs, play a board game of some sort, ideally one that requires “thinking”,   such as Sequence or Blokus). The game is usually followed by a movie with either animation or amazing transformer-like special effects.

In the morning, Alex wakes up early and uses his best charm and puppy dog face to convince us to play another board game while the coffee is brewing. After the grown ups gulp a quick cup, and Alex drinks a glass of milk, its off to a local diner for a breakfast, where Alex always orders silver dollar pancakes. He will even special order them if they are not on the menu.  I suspect my Dad, Alex’s grandfather, introduced him to this breakfast delicacy, as I have fond memories of these ordering these little pancakes when I was a girl. Now, thanks to Crate and Barrel, instead of heading out into the cold, we can stay in our PJs and make perfect tiny pancakes at home.

A Dino Dog Coat

Max would never tolerate a dog coat, but with a little effort and a doggie tranquilizer or two, I may just be able to wrangle him into one of these. His nickname is, after all, Maximus Rex.

For more details on this particular dino dog coat, check out Crazy Aunt Purl’s latest post.

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Chicago Wedding

Last weekend we traveled to Chicago for a family wedding. Months and months of planning and extreme organization resulted in a fantastic two days of celebration. The bride was beautiful. The groom cried. The tuxes didn’t fit at first, but did in the end. The weather was beautiful. My dress sparkled. We met old friends and new friends. We drank fancy champagne and cheap Chianti. We danced all night. It was so much fun, I hated to see it end.

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Friday the 13th

Life is good and full. I’m thinking about the fact that it is Friday the 13th. A scary day, maybe, for some. Maybe a day full of possible calamities and tragedies, spookiness and overall bad luck.

But not for me. So far, I’ve survived this Friday the 13th no worse for wear. My workday was uneventful, full of silly meetings, spreadsheets, and voice mails. Jeff welcomed me home with a smile, and dinner on the table. A healthy dinner of grilled chicken and special salad (made special by pumpkin seeds and cranberries – yay autumn!) Lovely music was playing on the iPod dock.  Sounds of KT Tunstell, Jimmy Buffet, Abba. All good.  We sang to Max. He grunted in approval.

Knitting and DVR awaits me.

The landscapers came today and blew all the leaves off the front lawn, which is fit for a magazine cover photo now. Tomorrow the rain will come and it will look messy again. For now, it looks pretty.

It is a good day.

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Back to the Future

IMG_2467 The thing about “Futures at Fenway” is that you are looking forward and back  all at the same time.

Looking forward, you get to watch two games, featuring some of the future Red Sox stars – guys who are currently playing for Portland Sea Dogs and the Pawtucket Red Sox, the team’s minor league affiliates. Hopefully, some day soon, we’ll be seeing a few of these guys playing in the bigs. (If one or two of them can pitch  middle relief, even better – but that’s a story for another day.)

And looking back? Well, you get to feel like a kid again, as the photo here shows so nicely.

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Yarn Shop Owners Have the Best Jobs

I continue to make progress on the Rhea Stole, a little faster now since I switched to a pair of Addi Turbos. I had been using my KnitPicks Options, but continued to have difficulty with the joins unscrewing. So I did my little bit for the economy, visited one of my favorite local shops, and plunked down $16 for a new pair of the best needles on earth.

As a knitter and yarn lover, I know I’m not alone with my fantasy of someday owning my own local yarn shop. I imagine my days would be filled with  helping other knitters, teaching classes, selecting lovely new yarns for my inventory, and of course plenty of knitting.

There are a few local shops that I enjoy visiting and on occasion I have revealed to the shop owners that they are living my dream. Every time this topic comes up, the shop owner laughs and tells me that selling retail is so much more difficult than people imagine. The hours are long, there are no vacations, the profit margins are minuscule, and there is most definitely very little or even no time for knitting on the job. That is what they all tell me.

So back to my shopping excursion. It was about noontime yesterday, a lazy summer day in my little town. I drove downtown, found a parking spot,  darted across the street and entered one of my favorite shops.

Merry bells jingled as I pushed open the heavy front door. Inside the shop was quiet, aside from the sound of a radio playing softly. The cool air smelled sweet. The yarns were all stacked prettily in their bins, sorted by color and weight. I looked around for the needle display, and then heard a welcoming voice. “Can I help you?”

The voice came from the furthest end of the store, where there was a comfy sofa and overstuffed chairs. A fragrant candle burned on a nearby table.  On the comfy sofa sat the shop owner, with her feet curled beneath her. She was happily knitting away.

See, I knew it was true, all these shop owners do have the best job in the world. They just tell us its miserable and stressful so they can keep all the fun for themselves.

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The Never Ending Rhea Stole

Despite all the work I’ve been doing at the shop, I have found a little time to knit this summer. My summer project is the Rhea Stole, worked in an alpaca / silk hand dyed by the Kangaroo Dyer. Pictures of lace in progress are not very exciting, but here it is.

rheastolebodyrheastoleborderThis is (or will be) a long rectangular piece of lace, with two very pretty border sections at each end. The border strips are worked vertically, then attached to the seemingly never ending body, which is a very simple two row repeat.

I’m knitting this for a non-knitting friend, who asked if I’d knit it up as a gift for one of her good friends.

The project started in late May and it has been my constant companion while watching Red Sox games, the Deadliest Catch, and True Blood.

Hopefully it will be finished sometime in August, so the friend of a friend will have a lovely warm scarf this fall.

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On the Green Monster

It has been far too long since I’ve blogged here, but my excuse is that I’ve been busy blogging over at Bristol County Dyeworks. Running an Etsy shop is a lot of work! It is fun and exciting, most definitely, but I will admit it has been taking a lot of time and energy. Sales so far have been (ahem) a bit slow, but it’s all good. I’m learning and that is good. And we do have some customers already, so that is wonderful. I love, love, love that other knitters can enjoy our yarn. Yay!

So when I’m not busy listing new products or experimenting with new colors, I have found some time to partake of my other favorite obsession, the Red Sox!

Last Sunday the sun finally arrived here in the Boston area, just in time for the biggest game of the year. Biggest that is for me and Jeff. We had tix on the GREEN MONSTER, FRONT ROW even. Oh be still my heart, it was so exciting. Some people go to Europe for the summer. We go to Fenway. It’s all good.

Because I’m a geek and took a bunch of photos, I share the following pix with my fellow Sox obsessed knitters. I know you are out there, I’ve seen you on Ravelry!

The funniest picture is the last one. Even Wally is on Twitter now.

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