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You'd think that as I have been falling asleep all day, I would be sound asleep by now since it is after midnight. Not so. Here I am wide awake. I hate that. We had a kind of strange day here. It rained and rained and rained all last night and this morning. Then, all of a sudden, the sun was out and it was clear. No real complaints. We have had a rather dry fall so far.
Kate and Emily and I checked out the yarn store owned by the woman who urged Borders to bring the yarn harlot here. It is a tiny shop but stocked with some nice yarn. I bought the IK holiday knits and some pretty blue sock yarn. Plain, for once. I also got some black, neon blue and grey yarn for Em to make herself some socks with. Kate bought some pretty sock yarn and some other yarn for which she has no real purpose. It was "just pretty".
And there has been some knitting. I finished the lacy mock cable sock made from the Picasso yarn from the yarn club. The photos are pretty true to the colors of the yarn…
I have been spending some time thinking about Julie's book meme and here is what I have come up with.

Hard cover or paperback?
Both, depending on whether it is a favorite author and I will keep the book forever or if I am buying it and releasing it into the wild.

If you owned a bookshop, what would you call it?
Book. Simple and to the point. Although, I might be too possessive to sell anything and would have to make sure the books were going to good homes.

Favorite quote from a book?
"Anything is possible in this most impossible of all possible worlds" Candide by Voltaire

Author, dead or alive, to have lunch with?
No contest. Isaac Asimov. The man wrote over 800 books, many of them text books. He gave us our images of robots and the future and wrote some terrific sci-fi.

If you were on a deserted island and could take only one book, what would you take?
This was harder but I really liked Amy's idea of an Anthology and Norton's is the only one I have ever heard or or…
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Well, it did rain yesterday and was as humid as it can be so naturally we were all looking our lovely best when we went to see The Yarn Harlot. This is Kate and Emily at 5 pm sitting in the chairs that Borders provided. They are very close together without a lot of room to move your arms (you know, like, to knit?). That didn't stop our intrepid group as more and more people showed up until the place looked like this. At 7 pm all the chairs were filled with knitters. There were more knitters in that one room than I have ever seen, all knitting. It was so cool to see what they were knitting and to meet Donna (knittgal) and her friend who came up from Salem County for the day. Stephanie arrived a little late, (you have to read her blog to hear her reasons), and looked great. She was even wearing her Kauni sweater which she had finished. She was working on her sock and her hands move so fast, they are almost a blur. Wow. The sweater is seriously beautiful and now I want one. This phot…
I'm sitting here at work waiting for our chart room to open up so I can get some charts and do some fairly mindless paperwork. Gotta love Fridays.

After reading the Yarn Harlot's blog yesterday, I feel bad. She is sick with a cold. She sounded miserable. There were over 170 comments on how she could treat her congestion and survive a plane flight. It occurred to me that she could say, postpone this trip and take care of herself. I, and I am sure a lot of local knitters, would be disappointed but we would live. I suggested such in the comments. I would rather have her come when she feels well and is at her best than have her run herself into the ground to make a public appearance. I checked this morning and so far, it looks like she is still coming. We are going over early. It is 80 degrees here and supposed to rain all afternoon and evening. If there is some kind of line, it will be miserable. I have a mostly finished pair of monkey socks to work on and a new pair …
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I was at work today and showed my web site to some coworkers. I wanted to show them my snowflake socks. They were duly impressed and read some of the rest of the entries. I have no idea what they said when I left the room. But when I came back, they said "You should bring those socks in here". I said I did. Every day. On the train. They said "no, to sell". After I finished laughing, I pointed to the skein of sock yarn pictured on the blog. "How much do you think I paid for that hand dyed sock yarn?". They had no idea but guessed about 10 dollars. I said,"no, I paid 30 dollars for that. Now, who is going to pay me at least 30 dollars for socks? And that's just for the yarn." They insisted someone would. Somehow, I doubt it. And besides, I like knowing that the people to whom I give my hand knitted gifts cherish them and know that they have a little of my love around them everytime they wear them.
Stephanie Pearl-McPhee is coming to our local …
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I am not nearly as nerdy as I thought I might be. Hmm, can I hang out with the cool kids now?
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I finished the first sock in my strikke-along pair. It fits well, almost a little big but it's wool and may shrink a little when it's washed. I didn't do all the pattern repeats because the foot was getting really long and I hadn't gotten to the toe. I slipped it on and halfway through the last repeat, the sock already came to the base of my toes. I stopped the pattern and started the toe. Now, this was not a particularly difficult pattern and I didn't have to rip out too many stitches along the way. I even enjoyed knitting it most of the time. However, the toe, the plain stockinette, single color toe had to be ripped out and restarted 4 times. For some reason, I had a terrible time with the decreases. I am not sure I like them as they are written and may rip it out for a 5th time and do them differently. Overall, I am proud and pleased with the sock. It is thick and warm and since I always have cold feet in the winter, it will come in handy. It stretch…
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Twenty six years ago today, two young kids set out on an adventure, to find their fame and fortune. Several moves, three kids and one old house later, they have realized that their fortune lies in each other and the love they share. They are not rich in material things nor are they famous (thank goodness!) but in the things that count, they are wealthy beyond compare. Happy Anniversary, my love.

And how did we spend our day, you may ask? Taking these




and adding one of these


and ending up with one of these: Voila! Here is my home made swift.










Those of you who have children may recognize K-nex. They were an absolute favorite of my children when they were little. Peter Kevin found a photo online of someone who built a swift and today he built one for me. This is just until he can make a wooden one. This is the yarn that is being spun around on my swift. It is the October Art Walk sock yarn. The painting is Three Dancers by Picasso and the yarn is wool and seacell. The photo managed to captu…
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This was a lovely weekend weather wise. Too bad I can't remember much of it. By Friday night I had turned the heel and picked up the gusset stitches and started the foot of my sock. It looks really nice and I am proud of it. I am especially proud that the gusset turned out like the photo said it should. The bottom of the foot is striping up nicely and all seems well. Saturday morning I woke up with the nasty, sore throat, mucus-filled chest that is a sure sign that I am developing bronchitis. I know this because bronchitis and I are old friends. Maybe friends is too strong a word, say, cough syrup drinking-buddies. Along with the mucus, etc. comes a lethargy that is so hard to kick. I managed to do the laundry but that is about it. I sat out front with the intention of enjoying the warm weather and knitting but I think I slept on and off most of the day. I don't quite remember. We watched a terrible disaster movie and I went to bed and slept 11 hours. I got up, a…
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Kate calls this my "obligatory picture post". I call it sharing my excitement with the world. Ok, with a small part of the world. Here is a photo of my Snowflake sock in progress. I upsized the needles because I have wide feet and I also have an ankle that was dislocated once and now is larger than the other one and has a tendency to swell to the size of a grapefruit. I am also not using the Lorna's Laces Shepherd's sock yarn that the pattern suggested. I am using Telemark from Knitpicks. It was cheap, $1.99 a skein and I wasn't sure I was going to like stranded color work and didn't want to invest a lot of money into something that would gather dust. The yarn is not real soft. It is 100 percent wool and will need handwashing. It does knit up nice and spongey. The sock fits on my ankle well and is not tight. It is stretchier than I anticipated. Every pattern for stranded color I read said it does not stretch. And I LIKE IT! The pattern is diffic…
Quick thought. I found this button on a blog that I was reading at work (I know, shame, shame, shame) and I followed it to the site. It was thought provoking and I liked it so much that I linked to it myself. Blogging without obligation sounds like a no-brainer to me but maybe it is something to think about. If writing your blog becomes a chore and an obligation, why are you doing it?