Knitting Alignment

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It’s that time again:

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If you’ve read my blog for a while, you know that I dread this every year.  Stacking wood.  B.O.R.I.N.G.  Most of the time while I am doing it, I’m thinking that perfectly good hours/weeks/days (seemingly) are being wasted and some perfectly good knitting could be getting done.  But then Paul says something like, “But this is good quality time we get to spend together.”  Like he did this past Saturday afternoon, after seeing me for about an hour a night during the week because it was a crazy busy week for me babysitting, working at the yarn shop late and teaching a class late, and not seeing me Saturday morning and early afternoon, because I had another knitting class to teach.  How could I not continue to stack wood until there was no more daylight?

And speaking of knitting that could be getting done, mine isn’t.  My knitting has been all over the place lately. I start working on one thing, decide I should really be working on another thing, then decide I should really start a few more things, then decide I need to make a list of things to knit for Christmas gifts and start some more things.  So, essentially, not much has gotten done.

The Spinning Room is having a knit-a-long to knit hats to put on their tree for the Victorian Holidays village tree decorating contest,  and which will then be donated to Halos of Hope.  So, I started one:IMG_4103

I also put a few rounds on a travelling sock (for The Spinning Room travelling sock group) but I can’t show it to you because I think the person whose sock it is reads this blog.

I worked a little bit on the edging of my Duane Park Triangle:

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But I got distracted when I stumbled upon this very cute teapot cozy pattern:

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I was so happy that it had two sizes.  Most of the patterns I have seen were one size, and too big for my little 2-serving teapot.  So. Excited.  I wanted to start it immediately.

Then the next day:

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I broke my teapot. (Let’s not talk about the fact that I just went and rummaged through the garbage so you could see the broken teapot….)

And also, I’m totally obsessed with this knitted ottoman! (click there!  I can’t put a picture on the blog because of copyright rules.) The only deterrent so far is the need to purchase three standard size bed pillows and a twin sized comforter to stuff it.  I just don’t have extras lying around the house.

Meanwhile during my busy week…. I tried to get a picture of myself wearing my Wheaten wrap:

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It was really aggravating (five tries later…) and next time, I will ask someone to help me.  But you get the idea.  I still really love it.

So what could possibly be a cure for all-over-the-place-knitting?  Something to calm the mind?  Something mindless that will make all the knitting thoughts align?….

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Or…….stacking wood.

A List

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It’s been a crazy week yet again, so today you are getting a list…..

1) I turned the big FOUR-FIVE this week.  Celebrated in many ways including a lunch with my mom at the Red Lion Inn:

Gorgeous fall display out front:

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How amazing is that pumpkin?  It’s real.

A picture of us in front of the sign in case you were in doubt we went:

 

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My mom is wearing the Sea Glass Cowl I made for her (we were celebrating her birthday too!).

And a picture of me in my Shattered Sun Shawl, which I wear like a scarf, and which my mom insisted I should put on the blog:

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Also in the birthday celebrating was a big dinner (including cake) at my mother-in-law’s with the doodlebugs and their parents.  AND pizza and a movie at home with Paul on my actual birthday.  It was great!

2) Paul fixed up an old pedal car for the doodlebugs:

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Since it was for them to play with, he didn’t restore it to exactly what it had been and painted it the color of his racecar:

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He did a GREAT job and they loved it!

3) And while he had the paint out, he painted the ATV:

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4) I started these:

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Oh my gosh, that yarn!  Periwinkle Sheep Merino Aran.  It is so nice to work with – soft and squooshy.

5) Remember my 2000+ yards of fingering weight O-Wool  that I got at Rhinebeck?:

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And remember how I was in search of the perfect pattern to use it with? I found it.  The Seashore sweater.  If you clicked on that link, you might notice that the sweater has two colors.  And if you looked further, you might notice that you need equal amounts of each color and for my size that is approximately 850 yards of each color, which is only two of the five skeins I bought.  Hmmmm.  So………… I need 850 yards of another color.   I’m thinking a gray and there happens to be a great Periwinkle Sheep color at The Spinning Room .  And then I would have 1200 yards of my O-Wool (3 of the five skeins), which I obsessively searched for at Rhinebeck so that I would have enough for a whole sweater, not half a sweater, left over……..  See???? This is totally what happens when you go shopping and don’t have a specific pattern to get yarn for.  You just buy a whole mess of it or your don’t buy enough of it and when you are looking for a pattern, it’s never the right one and you don’t have enough yarn or you have too much yarn.  And now I’m undecided about what to do.  Paul was the one that said I shouldn’t not buy yarn, so if there is any kind of issue over this, I’m totally going to remind him of that.  Let’s be clear, though…. there won’t be an issue.  Because Paul is awesome.

Rhinebeck

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Sunday was the New York State Sheep and Wool Festival (aka “Rhinebeck” because it is located in Rhinebeck, NY), which always occurs around my birthday and makes for a great excuse to buy things (even though Paul and I don’t exchange gifts for birthdays or holidays).  Although, I REALLY don’t need more yarn or roving for spinning.  So, my plan was to get two things: a yarn bowl and a hand made sterling silver yarn darning needle by Leslie Wind.

First up was finding the yarn needle – of course, they sold out the previous day.   But, I did find a yarn bowl at The Spinning Room booth!:

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Ha!  Not just a yarn bowl was found.  Ugh.  It’s so hard to be there amongst ALL THE THINGS.  And Paul is a terrible influence.  When I told him that I was not buying any yarn he looked at me incredulously and said, “WHAT????  How can you NOT buy any yarn????”

So…… there was the Buffalo Wool Co.  We didn’t see any yarn with bison in it in Yellowstone, so Paul said we HAD to get some here, in memory of Yellowstone and the bison we loved seeing.  And at the register, paying for the wool/bison blend yarn (the green skein in the picture), there was a book, Lovely Knitted Lace, which had a pattern in it that I have been looking at forever:

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And their booth also had this sign:

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….so, you know….things went downhill from there.

I came up with a plan to buy a sweater’s worth of fingering weight yarn because I’ve always wanted to make a lightweight sweater.  So that ended up being the “Juneberry” color of O-Wool up there.  Pattern TBD.

And also at The Spinning Room booth:

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There were kits by Laura Nelkin, one of which is for a pattern in her book, Knockout Knits, which I recently won at The Spinning Room, and the yarn and beads were already in it so who could resist that?

And then there were the knitting sticker and pins.  Just because.

And then I had a falafel sandwich and that was to-die-for.

And then.  Then, I spotted Anne Hanson.  She walked right by Paul and me.  She is the designer of Wheaten, the wrap I recently made:

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and the Longjohn Socks I’m currently working on (and worked on while flying to Yellowstone):

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….and the owner of the Bare Naked Wools Boutique  which we went to in Ohio.  I grabbed Paul’s arm and said, “That’s Anne!!!!!”  He was clueless until I reminded him about our trip to the boutique on the way to his drag racing event.  I had written about that adventure here on the blog and Anne had read it, thought it was funny, and emailed me to say thanks for coming.  Paul said, “Go say hi!” And I said, “No, I’m too shy. I’ll look silly.”  And also I was thinking, she probably wouldn’t want to be bothered.  I’d probably be the millionth person stopping her (she’s got a very successful design business and popular blog) and she probably just wants to shop.  Paul said, “No you won’t look silly.  Go!”  So we ran to catch up to her and I introduced myself, reminding her of my blog.  She got a sudden realization on her face and gave me a big hug!  Then she also shook Paul’s hand to thank him for sending me back into her shop after I came out with only one skein.  The funny thing is that Anne was inside her house, which we parked right in front of with two trucks and a race car while all my running in and out of the shop (across her lawn!) was going on (the shop is right behind her house) and she had no idea:

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She was so very friendly and it was great to meet her, especially since I admire her designs and her business.  Her designs and yarns are lovely (you should get some) and her blog is fun (you should read it).  Anne was with a friend, who had read my blog too, and I forgot to ask her name and feel silly now because I was so flustered about seeing Anne.  Hello to Anne’s friend if you are reading this!  (AND I didn’t think to ask if I could take their picture for the blog.)

That was definitely a highlight of Rhinebeck for me this year.  Now, on to figuring out which fingering weight sweater pattern to knit.  Oh, but I also got obsessed with the new Periwinkle Sheep Merino Aran yarn  at The Spinning Room, so I have this set up and ready to start:

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Uh oh. I feel an I-want-to-knit-all-the-things-right-NOW phase coming on…..

But WAIT!!! I was making you wait until this post to show you my High Plains poncho and then I almost pushed “publish” without showing you!

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love. Love. LOVE.  So cozy and comfy and I. LOVE. IT!!!!

Yellowstone: Part 3 (The Last Part)

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Welcome to the third and final installment about our Yellowstone vacation.  Hopefully you are still interested.  We had a terrific time and while WE were terribly excited about it and thought it was the bees knees, not everyone on the internets wants to see the 4,000 pictures we took.  Maybe I’ll put some more knitting in there, this time.  I’m sure that will draw in ALL the readers.

Let’s see, what’s left to tell you?  Oh, some beautiful waterfall pictures from the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone (really, that’s what it’s called):

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And us, trying to get a picture with it in the background but we were both too scared to stand close, with our backs to it, so we just got this:

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And this pretty waterfall:

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And this one:
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It’s hard to see in this picture, but standing on the edge of that cliff are two big-horned sheep:

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(we saw them with our binoculars)

Also, another spring, the Grand Prismatic hot spring, which dumps many gallons of water a day into this river, making it steamy:

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The other part of the river, where the spring is not running into it:

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And the spring itself:

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See that dark spot in the water?  That’s a big hole, going down into the earth.

While so terribly excited to go to Yellowstone, when researching it and seeing some of the pictures of the sulfur springs and geysers (with burbling mud and dead trees around them) I sort of thought, “Is this going to be pretty?  Looks pretty icky and ugly.  I hope we see pretty things too.”  And as you have seen, we did.  I came to look at the ugly, stinky things (those sulfur springs smell AWFUL) as pretty, especially seeing them in contrast to the other landscape and knowing how they formed and why they are there.  Did you know that underneath Yellowstone there is a HUGE VOLCANO??????  That’s where all these hot springs and geysers come from.

So, finally our vacation had to come to an end.  We were actually ready, because we were exhausted.  So much oohing and aahing really can take a toll on you!  So we headed back out of Yellowstone after crossing:

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and going out the:

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We said goodbye to:

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Drove back through:

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And back to Jackson Hole for the night before our trip back to the Salt Lake to get our flight home. We had an excellent Mexican dinner:IMG_3973

And went back to The Bunnery for dessert and breakfast the next day:

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Looooooong drive back to Salt Lake City where we got on two more planes and I did this:

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And here is Chicago:

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Also, some random things that didn’t seem to fit anywhere else in these posts….

The sign at the post office in the Old Faithful section of Yellowstone:

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And one of the many ecologically friendly bathrooms scattered around the park:

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But wait!  There’s more:

Some other random things and gripe-y things to tell you:

1) The Chicago airport, thankfully, was pretty much up and running by the time we flew through there.  There had been a fire in one of the control buildings a week before and things were a MESS.

2) We don’t do much air travel so the annoyances of other travelers was really striking.  The audacity of one passenger to take someone else’s smaller belongings out of the overhead so hers would fit and then try and cram the smaller belonging into another overhead, not listening to the other passenger’s protestations.  And then the man behind us while we were sitting waiting to board at the gate snoring and snuffling really loudly.

3) We went to Yellowstone in October because we did not want to be amongst huge crowds of tourists.  This mostly worked.  There were not a ton of other people there.  Still…. several tour busses came each day and the rush of people coming off the bus and running to the restaurant to get a seat was amazing.  We happened to be in the restaurant eating lunch one day.  It was a little fast food-type place where we could get something quick before our next venture into the park.  The bus passengers crowded into the restaurant, ran for seats, and when they were all full, they stood near tables where others were eating, waiting for them to be done so they could quickly sit in those seats when they got up.  It was awful and annoying.  We even tried to eat lunch early one day to miss the rush.  It didn’t work.

4) AND, sometimes those busses arrived at the sights we were seeing.  I was patiently waiting to take a picture of one of those waterfalls up there, because another photographer was in the best spot.  Then a bus arrived and several women pushed in ahead of me to get their picture.  It ruined a nice quiet moment of looking at the waterfall for one thing.  I patiently waited for them to leave before I got my picture.  Again, awful and annoying.

5) AND, there were many signs around the park stating things like “Danger: do not walk past this sign” — the ground around the geysers is very fragile because of the heat and you could break through and fall if you walk on it.  People were walking where they were told not to.  And there were also signs near the springs, where the algae was growing in pretty colors that said “Do not disturb the algae” — people wrote their names in it.  And there were also signs that said “Do not throw objects into the springs” because they get all plugged up and stop working.  People threw things in anyway. They have to clear out hundreds of objects every year.  why, Why, WHY do people do that??????  The parks are there for nature to be protected and people just ruin it anyway for their own enjoyment!

Ok, enough of my ranting.  Despite my gripes, we still had a great time, seeing so many things we have never seen and enjoying our time together.  We are already deciding what park to go to next.

And if this post isn’t long enough….How about some knitting (I did say I’d put some knitting in here):

I finished my High Plains poncho!  But, you don’t get to see it yet.  Sorry.  Next post will be about our trip to the NYS Sheep and Wool Festival in Rhinebeck, where I am planning to wear it and get some pictures.

I started my Duane Park Triangle on our trip, and have continued working on it:

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These colors are more accurate:

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A few more rows of that hole-y looking part and then an applied border.  I’ll tell you about that another time – it takes forever, but will look nice!

Back to “regular” blogging next time!

Yellowstone: Part 2

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…..so after our nap in Part 1, there was much more fun to be had.  (I think there will even be a Part 3.)

We saw a lot of these signs:

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And they weren’t kidding:

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Especially the bison.  So, when we drove into the park that first day, we were hyper-alert to see some sort of wildlife.  We didn’t see much, but we did see this bison:

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It was an oh-my-gosh-I-see-one-STOP-THE-CAR-alert-the-media-because-we-may-never-see-another-one moment.  We were so excited.  Well, the rest of our days were like this:

Oh there’s a whole bunch!:

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And more!
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Hey, these ones are pretty close:

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And here’s one walking on the side of the road:

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And this one is walking down the middle of the road:

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And this one is walking through the construction zone:

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We even had lunch with one:

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Ok, you can’t really see him in this picture.  But he is just near that closest tree in the middle of the picture, sleeping.  They were EVERYWHERE!  It was so cool to see them up close.

Which is why it took us three days to try the bison bratwurst and a bison burger.  We sort of felt bad about it.  The bison in Yellowstone are protected, but apparently there are bison farms, just like cow farms, where they are raised for the meat.  The bratwurst and burger were actually pretty good.  But we still felt weird about it.

We also saw these elk near the road:

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I mentioned in the last post about the constantly changing landscape.  Here is an idea of what it was like:

Flat, wet, marshy areas:

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Grassy fields:

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Treacherous mountain passes:

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This road was being held up by steel beams.  We were not thrilled about that:

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Rocky stuff:

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Hot spring mineral buildup things:

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More rocky mountain passes:

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Mountain top views at 8800 feet up:

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I was doing some white knuckle driving.  Paul and I are both not thrilled about heights and there were some parts of the road where I was almost driving in the other lane because I was so afraid I was going to drive off the cliff that was on my side of the road.

Lots and lots of driving.  Yellowstone is HUGE and to see it, you have to do a lot of driving.  At the end of each day, we walked around Old Faithful and the nearby geysers to stretch our legs.  Couldn’t resist a touristy pic of me in front of Old Faithful while it was erupting:

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Ok, more pretty view pictures next time.  And some of my gripes about travelling and the other tourists.  In the meantime, I am happy to be home and looking at this view out my window while I write my blog:

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If you noticed in the trip pictures, there are no pretty color changing leaves.  Just green and brown and blue.  Still pretty but we were worried we were missing our beautiful fall foliage here at home.

The doodlebugs and I preserved some of that this week:

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Yellowstone: Part 1

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Our trip to Yellowstone was excellent.  We saved up, planned for a year, waited for a year, didn’t take any kind of vacation for a year, specifically this summer when we usually go to a beach in Maine or Cape Cod.  And it was so great.  Not the waiting and not going on vacation….the trip to Yellowstone.

We had a very long travel day to get there (and to get home).  Two planes and a 5 hour car ride.  I prepared as best I could for the horrendous thing that is called flying in a plane.  Knitting and reading helped keep my mind off of the fact that this hugely heavy thing was in the air and not (at the moment) falling:

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And then I was brave enough to look out the window for a while:

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One of the reasons we decided to drive part of the way (other than the need to take THREE planes, which might have pushed me over the edge) was to see some of the country we haven’t seen before.  So we drove from Salt Lake City, Utah to Jackson Hole, Wyoming after our two plane rides (please excuse the increasingly bug splattered windshield in these shots):

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We finally made it to Jackson Hole at around 7pm (9pm Eastern time) after leaving the house at 5:30am.  The next morning we were up and finding the best breakfast place ever, The Bunnery, where I forgot to take a picture, but had a guacamole omelet which also had tomatoes and sprouts.  So good.  Paul had a bacon-ator-type omelet.  Then we got morning pastries to have for a snack on the rest of the drive to Yellowstone.

But before getting on the road to Yellowstone, we made a stop at the local yarn shop, Knit on Pearl.  I tell you, those yarn shops, they are EVERYWHERE!

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I got some very pretty, reminds-me-of-autumn (even though it’s called “Sunset”) locally dyed (Salt Lake City) merino roving:

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And we walked around town a little:

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One of the most amazing things to us was the constantly changing and varied landscapes.

Then we got on the road to Yellowstone.  But first, to get to Yellowstone, you have to drive through the Grand Teton National Park.

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So gorgeous.  We both agreed they were our favorite views of the trip.

It was there, at their lovely visitor’s center that the lovely park ranger told us the lovely news that part of the loop road going to our hotel in the Old Faithful section of Yellowstone, was closed.  Which meant instead of driving 39 miles from the entrance to Yellowstone, we had to drive all they way around the loop, the long way, 101 miles.  Given that the speed limit is 45 and often times 35 or 25mph, that meant it would take us at least 2 1/2 hours instead of one hour to get there.  If we didn’t stop.  Which, of course, we did.

We HAD to, because there were so many pretty things to see:

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We were completely exhausted by the time we arrived at the hotel at 5pm.  SO. TIRED.  And we felt weird.  Sort of head-achey.  It was then that we realized we were experiencing what you feel when you are adjusting to a higher altitude.  Duh.  We knew we were going to be at a high altitude, but didn’t realize it would affect us as much as it did.  We thought maybe we’d be a little short of breath on the stairs.  We were at 7,500 feet at our hotel and at one point during the following days, we were at 8,859 feet.  To put that in perspective, our house in New York is at 900 feet.  Anything above 5,000 feet is considered high altitude and when you would experience some side effects.  So, we just had to take it easy and drink tons of water, which we did.  And, of course I was compelled to get the t-shirt when I saw it:

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Our first full day at Yellowstone consisted of exploring the Old Faithful area, which has many geysers and springs:

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Avoiding bears:

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Hearing, then seeing, a pack of coyotes. We didn’t get a picture of those because we were too scared and we just kept walking very quickly while saying, “Oh my gosh there they are I can’t believe they are right there and we are looking at them!”  Although, a guy on the same path as us did not seem at all concerned and said they were harmless.  Yeah, right. We are not accomplished hikers/outdoorspeople, so we stuck to the paved paths and trails and got the heck out when we saw or heard something weird.

And, of course, watching Old Faithful:

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And then taking a nap.

More next time….

Blog Silence

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There have been no blog posts from here in quite a while.  Want to know why?  WE WERE ON VACATION!!  …. to YELLOWSTONE!!!!!

It was so great.  But I’ll have to tell you about it later, since I need to organize the 400 or so pictures and figure out how to tell you about it without boring you.   In the mean time, here’s what you missed leading up to our vacation because I was too busy trying to figure out what knitting to bring and could not blog.

Apple crisp and acorn squash made from our CSA shares:

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The apple crisp was great.  The acorn squash was not our favorite (made with brown sugar and butter).  It was just ok.

Pretty sun-setting sky:

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Cruising along on my High Plains poncho… binding off one side and running out of yarn on the last inch and a half:

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….totally annoying.

Then, after we got home, we got our veggie share and I made Apple-Butternut/Acorn Squash soup:

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Forgot to get a pretty picture while it was still in the pot.  I combined a couple of recipes I found, but generally used this one, and added apples. Yummy, spicy, sweet, savory and a much better way to eat acorn squash.

And Ratatouille.  Chopped everything up:

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Cooked it on the stove for a bit:

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Then into the oven for 1 1/2-2 hours:

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So yummy.  My mom made this for family gatherings and my Uncle Jon used to call it “Hatchoo-ey” and pretend like he was sneezing.  It was funny.

Opened up a jar of bread and butter pickles, made in August, after waiting the 8 weeks it said to:

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They are the best pickles I have ever had.  Hands down.  I’m not a big pickle fan, especially not dill pickles, so sweet are the ones I usually go for.  I could eat these until the cows come home.  I hope I can make them they same way next time.

Pretty leaf pics in the yard after a week of being away:

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And a quick drive to Thacher Park to see the view:

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Speaking of views, these are nothing compared to what we saw in Wyoming.  Wait ’til you see.  Next time…

A Lesson Re-Learned (for the billionth time)

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The fiber festival season officially began for us on Saturday when we went to the Southern Adirondack Fiber Festival at the Washington County Fairgrounds.  It was a gorgeous summer fall day, at a cool very warm 80 degrees.  Our drive up was beautiful since the leaves are changing in full force now:

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Still not “peak” but pretty enough for us!  More signs of fall once we got there, again despite the 80 degrees:

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And definitely plenty of shopping to be had:

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I may have gotten a few things:

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Naturally dyed roving from a booth whose name I can’t remember, naturally dyed yarn from Tidal Yarns, natural roving from Lyman’s Sleighbell Farm, sock yarn from String Theory (cashmere!) and an impossibly cute project bag from Stitched by JessaLu.   Add to that a clam roll/fish fry, ice cream, and cider donuts to take home, and it was a pretty successful day! (By the way, Lyman’s Sleighbell Farm yarn is what I used to make my circular shawl that won the big prize at the fair.  I lent it to them to use as a sample in their booth and it looked so pretty!)

Meanwhile, from the files of learning-a-lesson-you’ve-already-learned-before-about-knitting …..  On our way to the festival, I was knitting on my High Plains poncho, getting about 4 inches done on the way up.  We got back in the car to drive home, and I was thinking, “Cool, only a few more inches before I’m done with both sides and can seam them.”  Then I looked at it:

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See that hole thing?  You might not think it looks like much.  It looks worse from the “right” side of the fabric.  I was too flustered to think about taking a more clear picture.  Right there is just after I started knitting when I got in the car to go to the festival.  I had to join a new ball of yarn and about 30 stitches in, there was a spot in the yarn where it was clear the yarn had broken and the factory re-joined it.  It wasn’t a knot.  If it was a knot, I would have undone the 30 stitches, cut the yarn and started that row over.  But it wasn’t a knot.   It looked a little thicker, as if the ends had been felted together.  I paused and thought about  whether I should go back, whether it would really be that noticeable.  The pause is the lesson I have learned many a time before:  If you are in doubt – don’t!  But I did.  I went on and kept knitting.  I totally forgot about it until getting back in the car, settling in, laying out my knitting to admire what I had done on the drive up, and it was screaming at me, “See??? Here I am!  A big hole! You shouldn’t have kept knitting!!!”  Since I’m knitting loosely with a large needle, that part of the yarn that is a little thicker because of the join stretches out the stitches even more, making a hole.  So I ripped it out and re-knit.  As we pulled into the driveway at home, I was exactly where I was when we got to the festival.  The whole way home, I was saying to Paul, “What a waste of time! I should have just fixed it right away!  I would be done by now!  Will I ever learn?”  Poor Paul.

Fast forward to Sunday night, when I actually was done with both pieces and seamed them together:

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Now, on to the edging!

AND, we saw these two in the yard twice on Sunday:

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It’s hard to tell, but they are two bucks.  This is an evening picture and when we saw them in the morning, they were going the other way.  They seem kind of small and their antlers are certainly small (and one only had one antler), but we haven’t seen any bucks since we’ve lived here.  Usually we just see does and fawns.  Pretty neat.

The 8 Million Hour Bind-Off…

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…otherwise known as Elizabeth Zimmerman’s Sewn Bind-off.  I cruised right along on my Terra shawl and was so happy to be at the bind off.  Then I read the instructions and saw that “A sewn bind-off is highly recommended for the proper amount of elasticity needed to block shawl properly.”  I’ve done the sewn bind-off once before on a cowl.  It was a pain, and seemed to take forever, and it was “only” about 90 stitches.  This shawl has 312 stitches to bind off.  It took me 8 million hours.

Here is how the sewn bind off works.

1) Take a strand of yarn that is three times the length of your bind off edge.  And here is problem number one.  It is all crunched up on my needle, so I have no idea how long it is.  Also, I didn’t know if I should make it three times as long as the bind off edge after blocking or before.  So, I winged it and I got lucky and didn’t run out of yarn.

2) Thread the yarn onto a tapestry needle.  Put the needle through the first two stitches, as if to purl and pull the yarn through, leaving the two stitches on the needle. Here is problem number two.  The strand of yarn is so long that it took me about an hour (hence, part of the 8 million hour bind off) to pull the strand all the way through those two stitches.  AND, I started worrying that the yarn would get worn with all that pulling-through across the 312 stitches and break.  It didn’t.  But still…. I worried and that’s a pain.

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3) Then put the needle back through the first stitch on the needle, as if to knit, and pull the yarn through (again, worrying) and take the stitch off the needle:

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4) One stitch bound off.  Repeat from #1 until all the stitches are bound off.  Eight million hours later, you will be done.

Before blocking:

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During blocking:

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 After blocking:

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So wonderfully warm and cozy.  The bind off was worth it.  It really is very stretchy and an excellent option when you need the stretchiness.

Oh, and then there were these:

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Peanut Butter Chocolate Sandwich Cookies from The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook.

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so. So. SO. GOOD!  (One of many excellent recipes in this book.  I’ve also made the Pork Chops with Cider, Horseradish and Dill (but without the horseradish and dill because I didn’t have it and with mustard instead) several times and it is terribly yummy.)

Fall-ish

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Despite the 80 degree weather expected this weekend, I’m throwing myself into Fall.

Finishing up some cozy knitting:

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Black Cherry Lambic scarf. Nice and warm and cozy.

Starting and getting a good bit knit on my High Plains poncho:

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Yes, I’m determined to finish it by the time we go to the Rhinebeck Sheep and Wool Festival on October 19.

And finishing up my Terra shawl.  No picture in this post.  It gets it’s own post tomorrow…..

More leaf-changing pictures:

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A fall crafty thing with Miss Ladybug:

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The “Hoo! Hoo!” is there in case there was any doubt about what this may be….  And the thing in the bottom left corner is an acorn cap she found at the playground.  Mr. Doodlebug was not at all interested in this project.  He started it and used some glue but quickly asked to be excused (so polite!).  We found out later that it was because he thought the owl was going to be real and fly away.  I felt terrible. I had no idea that he was worried about that and thought he just wanted to go play! Oh, if we could just be inside their heads.  Sometimes.  Then we would also know why he does not like it when a cartoon character on tv sneezes.

More sauce:

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Warm and toasty comfort food, made with one of the million jars of sauce:

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Baked Ziti from The Pioneer Woman.  It has ground beef and ground sausage.  It is really yummy.

Apple crisp made with the doodlebugs.  They loved helping.  And I forgot to get a picture.  Mr. Doodlebug loved the apple crisp.  Miss Ladybug really wanted to love it.  She was so looking forward to having it after lunch.  So excited to have helped to make it.  So excited as I was giving it to her.  So excited as she took her first bite.  She said she liked it but the look on her face told me otherwise.  She spent about five minutes stirring it around, pretending to be scooping some up on her spoon and then not eating it,  and saying that mommy and daddy were going to love it.  I finally asked if she really liked it and told her that it was great that she tried it but it was ok if she didn’t.  Then she said, “I don’t like it.”  I resisted the urge to say “What????? How can you NOT like it????  It’s SOOOOOOOO good!  Apple-y and cinnamon-y and sweet and crunchy!!!  It’s just not possible to NOT like it!”  Instead I told her that I was proud of her for trying something new. (She doesn’t do that too often.)  I’m sure she will like it someday.  How could she not?

Then we got a ton more apples (and some pears) from our CSA:

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So, maybe we’ll figure out an apple-y thing to make that she will like.  Or we could just eat them.  She likes them just as apples.

And we can’t forget about these:

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Full-on fall here.  Maybe the weather will feel that way soon, too!