Odds and Ends

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I don’t have a coordinated thought today, since this past week/weekend just wore me out.  So you are getting a list….

1) I taught the 2-in1 Socks class on Saturday.  Everyone got well on their way with their socks and loved the lunch I made.  Wouldn’t it have been great and made for a more interesting blog post if I had remembered to take pictures?

2) While I was teaching, Paul went and did pick-your-own by himself:

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Did I tell you that they always give us a little bouquet of flowers (and sometimes a gladiola) when we go to pick-your-own?  So pretty and they really brighten up the kitchen.

3) I have forgotten to water my house plants for about a month.  I just watered them and I hope they survive.

4) After teaching class, Paul and I went to babysit the doodlebugs so their parents could go to a grown up party.  When they were put to bed, we heard them talking on the baby monitor:

B: “Oh no, Peep [stuffed lamb] lost her blankie.” (read: B threw his blanket out of the crib.)

M: “Oh no, Peep!”

B: “Maybe Auntie Liz can help.”

M: “Well,  Auntie Liz is not in here right now.”

B: “Maybe Peep should call for Auntie Liz….  AUNTIE LIZ, SAID PEEP!  AUNTIE LIZ, SAID PEEP!”

I went and retrieved blankie “for Peep”.

5) We saw this on the way to babysit:

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6) Paul washed all the windows in the house.  He is so great.  (I cleaned the whole rest of the house so I’m pretty great, too.  But he is especially great because I just cannot stand to wash windows.)

7) I did this with our pick-your-own and CSA share:

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Tomato puree, dilly beans (never had them. hope we like them.), applesauce with some plums and pears thrown in (REALLY yummy); beans to freeze, more beans to freeze, broccoli to freeze, peas to freeze.  We may need to buy a supplemental freezer….

8) I was working on cleaning up the craft room and found my Downton Abbey Mystery Shawl that I never blocked (I finished it in February), so I blocked it:

Before:

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After:

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9) Jigsaw puzzles are a time suck.  We had lunch for two and a half hours yesterday.  We didn’t even know what happened.

10) Here’s where I’m keeping my ribbon for the next little bit:

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More interesting and cohesive thoughts next time.  I am this close (thumb and forefinger held really close together) to finishing my Wheaten wrap and I can’t wait to show it to you.

Fixing and Finishing

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A short post today since I’m short on time to get ready for another “2-socks-in-1 With Lunch” class tomorrow.  But first, thank you all so much for your congratulations about my fair ribbons.  It really was a great accomplishment for me and so heartwarming to read all the kind comments.

Do you remember the 2-socks-in-1?  It is a method of knitting socks one inside the other. Like so:

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I’ll be teaching but also preparing a lunch for the class, since it is 5 hours long and they will need sustenance!  For the lunch, I’m going to try and use as much veggies and fruit from our CSA share as I can.

Not too much knitting to show you this week.  I’ve mostly been working on my Wheaten and it is getting toward the end so I’m going to wait until it is done to show it to you.  This week has been busy doing some fixing and finishing for other knitters.  I blocked some shawls:

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I fixed some puppy-chewed holes:

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Sorry, forgot to take and “after” picture.

I also sewed together and knit the collar of a black pullover sweater.  If you’ve worked with black yarn before, you know how hard it is — like knitting in the dark, really.  So, you’ll understand if I didn’t take a picture, because you wouldn’t really see it.

And this weekend I’ll be working on sewing buttons onto this sweater:

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And knitting a collar onto this sweater:

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And then blocking both of them.

In homesteading news, I canned some applesauce and salsa, and froze more beans and a few peas:

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Then, we started this:

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…which is seriously going to cut into my knitting time.   It’s addicting.  But quality quiet time with my sweetie pie makes up for it!

Grand Champion!

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Just.  Wow.

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That’s my name up there.  Next to the big rosette. I still can’t believe it.  Grand Champion Wool Product.  Best of Fair.   I can’t stop getting teary-eyed when I think about it and I have no idea why.  I teared up when I saw it, I teared up when anyone congratulated me, I teared up when Joan said I made everyone at The Spinning Room proud, I teared up when Kathy said she was proud to know me, and I’m tearing up now while I’m writing about it.  It’s crazy.  I guess I’m pretty proud of myself.

But enough about that.  On to other fair things.  So here are my entered items before:

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And here they are after:

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Not too shabby.  I’m happy with all my other ribbons… one third place and three fifth place.  And I got fourth place in the Spinning Bee contest with 96 yards spun in 30 minutes:

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I spun 72 yards last year so I’m getting better.  My friend/biggest competitor/spinning nemesis Lisa got third!  I have some work to do to beat her next year.

After that excitement, Paul and I did our usual food tour to celebrate:

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I’m not showing you everything we got since that would be embarrassing.  But there may or may not have also been a cider donut and a gyro involved.

We really like to watch the horse competitons:

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And this was there, which I couldn’t watch without shrieking and almost having a heart attack because I was pretty sure they were going to crash so I turned around while Paul watched and narrated what they were doing:

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Could anything beat the excitement of the fair this weekend?  Well, there was the birthday party for my nephew, Nicholas, who turned 16. SIXTEEN.  He is so grown up and I just can’t believe it.  And I forgot to take any pictures.   We had pigs in a blanket and a yummy dessert and he opened presents and we all visited. Those are the pictures you would have seen.  But, I did ask if he wanted me to knit him something for Christmas and his eyes lit up and he enthusiastically said, “YEAH!”  So it was cool that he still wants to wear knitted things from his Auntie Liz.

And the other excitement of the weekend was another pick-your-own session at our CSA farm, for which I did remember to take pictures….

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(beans)

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(there are peas in there somewhere)

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(jalapenos)

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Cherry tomatoes, purple pepper, basil, parsley, sage, a huge zucchini which became bread, and a huge cucumber which, with some more cucumbers, became a million pickles:

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These are canned pickles instead of refrigerator pickles since we currently have a lot of refrigerator pickles and now we can keep these for a while.

If you can stand it, I’ll probably have more vegetable freezing/canning pictures since that seems to be overtaking my life these next few days.  Another thing taking up a lot of time are finishing/blocking/repair projects for customers of The Spinning Room.  Stay tuned for those too.  Somehow, these just don’t seem quite as exciting as recent events, but I’ll try to keep your interest.

Recovery Mode

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We finished off our vacation with ice cream for dinner:

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I’ll tell you what….There is nothing better than eating ice cream when you are hungry and not after dinner when you are already full.

Then, it was time to get into vacation recovery mode.  It was great to be away and all, but I’m sure you can relate to the fact that it is so hard to get back into the swing of things when you come home.  I get so discombobulated.  Trying to figure out what day it is becomes an impossible feat.  Getting up at the usual time seems like the most unreasonable hour.  At the end of the day it seems like it’s been a year since morning happened.  After eating out for several days in a row, I had no idea what that room in our house with the refrigerator and stove was for.  And I almost forgot how to babysit.  My first day back with the doodlebugs, I kept feeling like I was forgetting to do something.  Thank goodness I remembered to give them lunch.  And I did manage to help them with a craft project:

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Now that it’s Friday, here’s to hoping I’ll be back on track soon….

The only thing that didn’t get discombobulated was my knitting.  Thank goodness for my knitting.  Even if it gives me trouble, at least I’m still knitting.  I’ve been whizzing along on my Wheaten wrap:

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This is one of the patterns and yarn I got at the Bare Naked Wools Boutique on our trip.  I just love the pattern and the yarn (Kent DK).  I can’t wait to see what it will look like when it is blocked and the lacey parts open up.

And, once we got home and I had my scale, I finished up my What if….? scarf:

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I pretty much like it.  I’m not thrilled with how ragged the lighter sections look, because of the short rows that are knit into them.  And the color changes are still very subtle.  But from afar, it looks nice.

Ok, so wish me luck…. I’m bringing my items to enter into the Altamont Fair today.

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Winner Winner Chicken Dinner: Part 2

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Day two of racing started out rainy.  (Check out Day 1 and the beginning of the trip HERE.) Not a good sign as that might mean racing would be cancelled and done the next day, when we were supposed to be driving home.  But first, as usual, was a stop at the grocery store for ice:

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“Healthier Than Homemade…” ??????

Here is what we came back to the track to find:

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Lots of rain and a broken canopy.  That’s Rob and Denny trying to get the water out of the top, while making things much worse and ripping the top.  They had to resort to poking more holes in it to get the water out.  At least Rob’s car stayed fairly dry.  Then it rained on and off all morning.

But guess what?  I didn’t really notice because I went to a fiber fair!

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It was at a skating rink.

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….and I found the BareNaked Wools booth and bought two more patterns.

I also got some other stuff:

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A great new bag; a pretty lace weight yarn from Knitting Rose Yarns; and a superwash merino/nylon Smooth Sailing Batt to spin, in the colorway Neapolitan (Doesn’t it look just like the ice cream colors?) from Adventures in Yarncraft.

I got back in time for lunch.  And then racing was on, since the weather cleared up!  In between races and pit crew duties, I finished my Urban Lace Infinity scarf:

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And started my Shattered Sun Shawl:

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… and Ray and I solved some more world problems.

It was a great day of racing, especially since Rob won his class and then won King of the Hill (a race against the winners of the other classes):

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Two trophies, a t-shirt and a wad of cash.  Congratulations to Rob!  He and his car have had a rough couple of years and he’s worked hard to get his car back up to snuff.  But I’m sure it was the effort and support of his awesome pit crew that helped him win.  He did buy us dinner at our usual spot:

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The next morning, we started our long trip home (without a stop for yarn) very, very, very early.

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When it got light enough out, I worked on my Shattered Sun Shawl but then realized that the lace pattern might be hard to do in the car.  I started panicking a little, thinking I didn’t bring enough projects.  Or the wrong projects – the kind that are hard to knit in the car and would make me car sick.  So, I broke out my new Kent DK and decided I’d start my Wheaten wrap:

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The only obstacle to overcome, was that I needed a size 6 needle and the only size 6 I had was being used with my shawl.  Luckily it was a 40″ circular needle and there was plenty of room for both!  I “parked” my shawl and started the wrap:

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After I got my 2 inches on the wrap border, I needed a bigger needle, which I didn’t have, so I just “parked” that one on the needle and tried the lace pattern on my shawl.  Not too hard to knit in the car after all!
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Now I just need to transfer the wrap to the bigger needle so I can keep working on it.

Overall, a great weekend.  Paul said he missed bringing his car a little, but was happy to have kept busy helping Rob.  He’s out in the garage now, working on his car to get it ready for the next race.

Oh, and at our last rest stop, Rob discovered something:

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At some point, Ray had thrown his gum out the window….

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Winner Winner Chicken Dinner: Part 1

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This weekend was our yearly trip to the Buick Performace Group (BPG) drag racing event in Hebron, Ohio. I will start off by saying that Paul’s car lost before we even left the house.  After several very, very, very long days, the car just couldn’t be fixed in time.  And Paul resisted the slight urge to bring the car to Ohio to work on it there.  Once he decided the car wasn’t coming, it was all about supporting our friend Rob while he raced. But first we had to get there.

We got up early and met Rob and his dad, Ray……

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….at the usual rest stop, where Rob tried to convince Paul to go back home and get the car.  We didn’t.

We got on the road and I knitted my What if…? scarf:

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….until I got to the point where I had to stop since I was supposed to knit until I had 15% of my yarn left and forgot to bring my yarn scale.  Yes, it was actually on my list of things to bring but I forgot to pack it.

We drove for a very long time, with a couple of short stops, until we got to Canton, Ohio.  I have been following designer Anne Hanson’s blog Knitspot for a long time.  She lives in Canton.  I love her patterns.  Her mom actually lives near us and I always get a kick out of reading about when she is in the area.  She recently started selling her own line of yarn, Barenaked Wools, and more recently, as in a week and a half ago, opened up a  little boutique, to sell those yarns and her patterns.  Knowing we were passing right by, and being the only woman in a gaggle of men going to a drag racing weekend,  I told them this was the one thing that HAD to do all weekend and I was dragging [ha!] them with me.  The boutique closed at 4pm that day and we were cutting it very close as we drove into Canton.  I was frantically refreshing the GPS to check for traffic that would slow us down as we got closer, hoping we would not get there when it was closed.   We got there at 3:55pm.  Since it is new, and they are waiting for more signage, I had a hard time finding it at first.

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We parked in front of a familiar-looking house, which I soon realized was Anne’s house.  I recognized it, and the house across the street, from her blog!  Since it was so close to closing time, I called the boutique and asked for help.  Erica or Emily (they are twins and I’m not sure which one!) came from behind the house to find me.  It turns out the boutique is in a building just behind the house.

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I apologized for being there right at closing time and they assured me it was fine, I could take my time as they would be working there anyway.  They were getting ready for a show where they would have a booth to sell the yarns.   The yarns were just beautiful!  All in natural colors, as their name would imply, and different blends.

I knew exactly what I wanted, since when I thought we were going to be late, I looked up the pattern I wanted to knit and the yarn it recommended.  I purchased my Sugarfrost infinity scarf pattern and a skein of the Chebris Lace, a wool/mohair blend:

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Running out the door, not being able to help apologizing again, I was so happy to have visited.  I went to the trucks, where the guys were deep in car discussion:

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….and showed them my stuff.  They said, “That’s it?” “Just one.” “We came all this way and that’s all you got?” “We don’t mind waiting!” “Go back in there!”  No kidding. They are so awesome.

So, off I went, back around the house.  The door wasn’t locked and I yoo-hoo-ed my way back inside and promptly bought some Kent DK, a merino/Romney wool blend, for another pattern, Wheaten:

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Then I was really done, and happily hopped back in the truck, ready for the rest of the trip and wondering if I had the right needles to start one of these projects.  Oh, and that show they said they were getting ready for? It was the Mid Ohio Fiber Fair, and wouldn’t you know it, it was in the town right next to where we were going!  BONUS!

Then, we were really on our way, passing by the Football Hall of Fame:

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And 13 and a half hours after we left the house, we got to our hotel.  Whew.  Long day.

Our first day at the race track was HOT.  Paul, Ray and I were Rob’s pit crew:

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We all had jobs.  Paul towed Rob’s car back to the pits after he raced, and was the general advisor-of-car-stuff.  Ray sometimes towed, took pictures, and gave dad-type advice.  I was the gopher-of-various-things and lunch cook and cookie-provider.

In between jobs, I knit of course, working on my Urban Lace Infinity Scarf:

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With a fan:

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Until it got too hot, and that’s when I read:

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Excellent book!

And in between all that, Ray and I would sit and talk and solve the problems of the world.

Meanwhile, Rob went through qualifying runs:

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And another friend, Denny, had car problems:

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(that’s him under the car)

…which he later fixed and was ecstatic about it. Like, jumping-up-and-down-so-excited ecstatic.

Then we ate dinner at our usual spot:

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(It was Ray’s birthday so he ate ice cream for dinner and felt really sick.)

…and took a selfie of our team at Walgreen’s:

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By then it was 10pm and we were ready to hit the hay since the next day was the big race day.  More in the next post!

How was that for a cliff-hanger?

Iron Spinner

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ohmygoshyouGUYS!  Check out this so-exciting-to-me stuff:

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Those would be my ribbons at the Cobelskill Sunshine Fair!  On the top is a first place in the natural colored wool class.  In the middle is a first place in the commercially dyed wool/wool blend class.  On the bottom is a second place for large knitted wool item class.  It was so exciting to see my stuff in the case with those ribbons and I was really happy with how well my items did.

I saw these when I went to the fair to participate in the Iron Spinner Competition, sponsored by the Golden Fleece Spinners and Weavers Guild.  Iron Spinner is somewhat like Iron Chef on TV.  You get a mystery ingredient – in this case a mystery fiber – and using at least two of the “pantry ingredients”, create a skein of yarn in two hours.  I forgot to take a picture of the mystery fiber and ingredients when they were all nice and neat and lined up.  The mystery fiber was Dorset and in the off-white natural color.  They pantry ingredients were all kinds of other fibers, sparkly things, ribbons and beads.   Here is the pile of the off-white mystery fiber and what I chose to add:

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I was dying to add beads but I couldn’t for the life of me figure out how to do that.

Then the time started and I panicked a teeny tiny bit because I have never added anything to fiber I was spinning.   We were told to bring hand cards, which are big brushes that look like dog brushes and used to blend fibers.  I borrowed some but had never used them but had looked at a video and realized that it would take way too long to do that.  So I looked around at what others were doing and decided to just wing it.  I took bits of my various pantry ingredients, random colors and random amounts, pulled them out very thin and wispy, and put them on top of my Dorset wool and spun them together.  Here is what I got:

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Then, that was taking me forever, so after I had done about half of the Dorset with this method, I changed bobbins and just spun my second ply with the plain Dorset wool.  Then, there were 25 minutes left and I frantically plied them together and put them on my niddy noddy (that pvc pipe thing which Paul helped me construct, used to make your yarn into a skein):

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Whew!  It was a tiny bit exhausting.  But, I sat next to a very nice woman named June with whom I chatted and she kept everything light and funny.  She was so prepared and brought a table for all her things (which I wished I had done) and a scale (which I also wish I had done since I just guessed how much half my wool was and my plies were pretty uneven in length)  and a cowbell for ringing whenever they announced how much time was left (which I didn’t really wish I had done since one was enough – but so funny!).

In then end, here are all the skeins:

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Mine is third from the left.  We had to name our skeins and I named mine “Why Did I Wear a Black Shirt to This Competition?”:

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All that wool and mohair and silk from my pantry ingredients gets everywhere when you are fiddling with it.

In the end, guess what I got?:

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To clarify, EVERYONE got a first place ribbon for participating.  But I did get an honorable mention and won that beautiful pottery mug (for my tea!).  Really, the point of the whole “competition” was to have fun and it really was.  Next year, it will be more fun for me now that I know what to expect, and now that I know to bring a table and a scale and not wear a black shirt.  And figure out how to add beads.

Tuesdays They Are Closed

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On Tuesday, Paul and I decided to go for a drive.  We like doing that now and then – just exploring to see what we can see and drive some places we’ve never been.  We ended up deciding to go to Kent, CT to see his cousin’s antiques/clothing/accessories shop.  It was a gorgeous day and we had a beautiful drive through all the back roads (no highways).  Beautiful views of the Catskill Mountains and some lakes.  So beautifully breathtaking that I sometimes forgot to take pictures.  That, and when I did think to take a picture, I couldn’t figure out how to get the camera up on my phone while still having the google maps lady tell us where to go since there were so many turns.  And the wires were all connected to the car and too short.

On the way to Kent, we realized we were going to go through Millerton, NY which is where the Harney & Sons Tea Company is.  That is not only where one of their retail shops is…..

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…..but also their headquarters:

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If you know me, you know I love tea.  I’ve been wanting to visit this place for a while and it was cool that we happened to be driving right by.  Of course, I shopped:

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Two teas that I haven’t tried yet: Scottish Morn and Peaches & Ginger.  This is loose tea so I also got some of the little fill-your-own-tea-bag-and-suspend-it-in-your-cup-with-that-stick things to try.  Also a little tiny tin of Earl Grey sachets that I got because it was cute.  And a pen.  I love good pens. As I was signing for my purchase I commented that that was a good pen and the woman offered it to me.  Of course I’d love to help you advertise while I get a free pen!  And it is very cool looking – covered in brown paper and the clip thing is wooden.  Yet another weirdo thing about me.

Then it was 15 minutes down the road to Kent, a very quaint, busy little town.  We immediately stopped at JJ Grogan’s, Paul’s cousin Susan’s shop.

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And of course, since we didn’t call ahead, wouldn’t you know it Tuesday (and Monday) was her day off.   Being a former business owner myself, I know how important it is to actually take days off and even get away from town if you live close by to your business.  So, while it would have been nice to see her, we were glad she wasn’t there!  But, it didn’t stop us me from shopping:

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A very cool shirt, a headband, and some cool earrings that Paul said looked like gears in a transmission (of course).  What a wonderful shop!!!  Lots of great, funky, chic clothing for men and women.  Great jewelry, fun accessories and lots of cool antiques.  So much to look at in all the nooks and crannies.  If you are near Kent, stop in!

Then we asked Jennifer, the woman working there, for some recommendations for lunch.  She mentioned a pub among some other options and that was right up our alley, so we kept that in the back of our minds for after our browse-around-town.  Some great little shops along the main street.  Then we saw a little “plaza” of shops down an alley way and wouldn’t you know it, A YARN SHOP!!  Black Sheep Yarns:

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However….

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They are closed on Tuesdays!  The only day they are closed.  I was so disappointed.  But I peeked in the windows to see what I was missing, then took some pictures and we said we’d come back another time.  As we were walking away, I said yet again how disappointed I was and we walked right by a woman who said, “Hello!  Would you like to come in the shop?”  And after a long pause of me staring at her with my mouth open I said, “Really?” and she said, “Yes, no problem.  I own the shop and was coming to change some lightbulbs so I can’t turn the lights on but you are welcome to come in.”  I protested a little, again, knowing what it is like to have only one day off and needing to make the most of it.  She said it really was no problem so I said, “Ok!”  Her name is Nancy and she is so nice and helpful and SO NICE to let us in on her day off.

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We talked about shop ownership and the local yarns and she told Paul and I about the possums in New Zealand over-running the country and so I had to buy the local yarn and the yarn that has possum fur in it.  Here is my haul:

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The possum/merino/cotton yarn is called Kiwi by Zealana and it is very nice and soft.  I bought the Shattered Sun Shawl pattern because I saw the sample made with the Kiwi in the shop and it was so pretty.  Then, I was all over the local stuff.  First is Sam’s Wool.  Know who “Sam” is?  SAM WATERSTON from Law and Order!  He owns the Birdseye & Tanner Brooks Farm in West Cornwall, CT, nearby to Kent.  He raises grass fed sheep and cows for meat, and started the farm so he would know where his food was coming from.  He also sells yarn, roving and fleeces from his Icelandic sheep.  The yarn is processed in Connecticut too!  Next up is Tom’s Alpaca, an 80% alpaca, 20%wool blend from Brookfield, CT.  And lastly, some alpaca fiber from Rowanwood Farm.  Although, their website says they have llamas, not alpacas, so I’m not sure what’s going on with that.  It’s very soft, though, and I haven’t spun alpaca yet, so I’m glad I can try it.

Nancy also told us about some knitting classes and retreats she is organizing coming up, including one with Lily Chin, and I may just pop back for some of those!  A great visit to a great yarn shop.  As we were leaving, we asked her opinion about the pub we wanted to go to.  She said, “It’s excellent….. but they are closed on Tuesdays.”  So was the panini place next door.  But she recommended a great deli where we had some great sandwiches:

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Want to know what Paul got during our trip?:

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I’ll tell you what he got – the pleasure of my company on a great day off!  And I had the pleasure of his because we really had a great day together….even though it was Tuesday.  (The other stuff is just bonus stuff.)

Rooster in the Hen House

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It was a rainy, foggy day today.  Lots of inside time for me and Paul.  I was knitting.  He was putting some car parts for sale on the line. [Has anyone seen "The Internship"?   The guy played by Vince Vaughn refers to going on the internet to going "on the line".  It is a really funny movie!]  At one point he came down to the kitchen area, looking for a place to take a picture of his 1080 Super Duper Holley Destroyer Carburetor.  I actually forget the name of it. But it was something similar.  Since it was so cloudy, I offered for him to use my light box-esque area in my craft room.  I showed him how to set up the walls of the box and the light and he was off:

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I helped hold and move the light so there would be minimal shadows.  And then I sort of photo-bombed him:

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Can’t make him too comfortable in here right?

Then I finished knitting my Wendy Knits Mystery Shawl 2014 knit-a-long project:

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If you look closely in the top picture, you will see that it is a little wider on the left than on the right.  Want to know why?  Because I ran out of yarn!!!!  I was doing the weigh-your-yarn-as-you-go-use-one-third-for-each-section method and I apparently can’t do math or can’t read a digital scale correctly.  I ran out 17 rows before I was done.  Which equals about one and a half inches.   But, because I am who I am, I was in no way going to rip back. When I realized I was short – which was when there was about 2 yards left since it was in a bag and I couldn’t see it – I decreased every row for the last few rows that I could knit, then bound off.  I am still very happy with it and I bet you wouldn’t have noticed it if I didn’t point it out.  Right?

And how about THIS…..  I made no fewer than four things from our CSA veggie box this week.

Thing #1: Collard Green and Radish Slaw with Crispy Shallots (without the radishes)

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An excellent was to eat your collards if you are not fond of them stewed to death.  It was really yummy.  Made without radishes since neither of us like them.

Thing #2: Swiss Chard Frittata

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Also very good, especially if you want to somewhat disguise the taste of swiss chard by adding more cheese.  Which I do and which I did.  We tried sauteed swiss chard last year because someone said it was great that way.  We heartily disagreed, agreeing to each other that it tastes kind of like dirt.  However, we got it in our CSA box and didn’t want it to go to waste.  Great way to get your leafy greens in your diet.  The recipe I followed was given to us by our CSA but I linked up there to one with all the same ingredients.

Thing #3: Zucchini-Summer Squash Bread

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My old standby from the Good Housekeeping cookbook but I omitted the nuts and I added lots more zucchini and this time I added summer squash too.  Excellent!  I linked you up to the current Good Housekeeping recipe since I can’t show you my book.  It’s a tiny bit different but I’m sure still tastes yummy.

Thing #4: Refrigerator Pickles

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I don’t love cucumbers.  I also don’t like dill pickles.  But sometimes I like bread and butter pickles.  I don’t know how this has turned out yet because they have to sit in there for another few days.  I linked up there to the recipe but I did a combo of a few recipes because this one looked like an awful lot of sugar.  Hmmm.  Now that I think about it, maybe there is a pickling reason for all that sugar.

And, things may be looking up for Paul’s car:

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The engine went back in yesterday.  I heard a rumbling in the garage recently, which means it started.  But it didn’t run for long so I don’t know what that means.  Stay tuned.  (Because I know you are on pins and needles about this one.)