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Brimfield and Knitting ALL THE THINGS

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Today you get a recap of our trip to Brimfield as well as an update on my knitting of all the things. And a near-miss disaster.

Last week was the first Brimfield antique show/flea market of the season.  Paul and I try to go to all of them (May, July –ugh, hot– and September).  This time it was a perfect Brimfield day – overcast with a mild temperature – and we stayed for much longer than we usually do, racking up over 22,000 steps (per our Fitbits).  Usually the sun/heat gets the best of us and we are gone after our usual Pilgrim sandwich/falafel wrap lunch at 11:00.  This time we left at 3:30pm after arriving at 8:30am!

We found all kinds of stuff!  Before I show you what we got, here is what we didn’t get….

A lot of hands:

A personalized play oven/stove and fridge:

Mary in a bathtub and on the half-shell:

A lot of bells:

You can barely see the two shoppers in the tent, but they were ringing them all.

Here is what we did get:

Three stools and a traffic light:

The yellow stools are not as old as the red one but they are still old.  They are joining the free one we got last weekend (in the back of that picture).  Paul will be busy.  And he has always wanted a traffic light for his garage.  You know, there are a lot of cars in there so he needs it. Ha!

Then there is the glassware:

The set of four with the pretty blue flowers were a find for Paul’s mom since she has broken some glasses lately and told us to keep an eye out for some.  The two blue Capri glasses are joining the other four we got several years ago. They look horrible against the yellow table but trust me, they are a very pretty blue.

The Fire-King butter dish is something I obsessed over at the Bouckville/Madison antique show and regretted not getting so when I saw it here, I snapped it up.  I know, it’s just a butter dish.  BUT IT IS A COOL BUTTER DISH! It is not overly huge like a lot of butter dishes these days.  It fits a stick of butter just right.

I got the creamer on the left by mistake.  Found that one first, thinking it would go with our square blue Fire-King dishes.  Then I saw the one on the right and realized that is the one that would match.  The one on the left will be going on ebay.

Last is the framed advertisement of a Buick Special Wagon.  Because it’s cool.

That’s all.  We found a lot this time – some trips we go home with nothing but kettle corn.  Which we did not get this time, opting to share a HUGE m&m cookie instead.  We both wished we didn’t share it – it was yummy.

In knitting news, I have started ALL THE THINGS:

And I’m very close to finishing my Puerto Montt shawl:

Just need to finish up that left wingy thing.  I love how it is turning out!

Finally, the Dazzling Dishcloths class I taught last weekend was small but fun!

They got a great start on their Almost Lost Washcloths!

How about this for a start to my day today?….. I had a near miss disaster this morning with the Broken Path shawl (the green one in the picture up there)….

Believe it or not, once it was all untangled (after I was swearing up a storm for not double-checking and making sure all the projects were safely on the coffee table and not dangling over the edge), everything is fine and I won’t even have to cut the yarn to fix anything.  Amazing.  Another win for the Roomba for not messing it up.  Except now that thingy that the yarn is wrapped around isn’t spinning…

Ok, and I just counted my knitting works-in-progress and I’ve hit an all-time high of 18.  That’s bonkers.  I better get knitting.

 

 

What’s Wrong With This Picture

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So, after my last post, (which, I know, was a long time ago, and so this post is your update) I got right to work on my Sleeping Owl Tea Cosy and finished it!

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So cute right????  (Still needs the orange felt beak…)

However.  What’s wrong with this picture???….

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Oh. Em. Gee.  I was so excited about finishing the knitting and the duplicate stitch, that I just sewed that tea cosy right up with no consideration for the fact that it needed holes for the handle and the spout.  Jimminy crickets I was so mad!!!

Then, me being me, I thought about just leaving it:

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Yeah, that wasn’t going to work.  So, I snipped the seam and picked out the part where the handle and spout should be….

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(My spout is very short so you can’t see it.)  Looks much better and not hobbling anymore.  And will look even better with a beak.

In other news, I also finished my recently started Lotno Shawl:

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Love this one too.  I’ll be teaching it as a class at The Spinning Room in July!

I also put the pocket on my The Pocket Hat and it is done:

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It’s just so darn cute – who doesn’t need a hat with a pocket in it????  Trying to figure out how to do this and the owl cosy as classes at The Spinning Room this summer.  They  likely need more that one class session which is hard to do in the summer because lots of people take vacations etc and can’t commit to two weekends.  So, stay tuned if you are interested.

In doodlebug news, we went to see the tulips in Albany, which they have every year for the Tulip Festival:

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I enjoyed the tulips but aside from being enthralled with the statue of “Jesus taking people to heaven” (which was Mr. Doodlebug’s interpretation of the statue, which was apparently Moses, according to the nice gentleman with a very thick accent whom I could not completely understand as he told us about Moses getting to the promised land and I’m not sure what he was doing with the other people in the statue) the doodlebugs just wanted to get to the playground that was nearby.

They also had some VERY engaging things happening outside their door one day recently:

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This reminds me of the joke my dad always says about lots of workers getting paid to stand around and watch one guy work. (I  think there actually is a guy in that hole.)

The town-wide garage sale and library book sale was a couple of weeks ago and to my disappointment I only found four books.

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Last year I found twenty-four.  And that one on the bottom was an end-of-the-day-so-it-was-free “find”.  I love Martha and maybe she can convince me to have some kind of appreciation for house cleaning. HAHAHAHAHA!

And most recently, Paul and I went to the Brimfield antiques show/flea market where we frustratingly walked 17,000 steps (according to our FitBits) and found hardly anything to buy.  I got a bottle from this guy:

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Because it’s purple.

And not from this guy:

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Because they are filthy!

Ok, but what is most interesting about these purple bottles is that they started out clear! Bottles made before World War I have magnesium in them and that reacts with sunlight to turn them purple.  So cool.  I knew purple was cool.  This is yet another reason.

We saw, as we usually do, the filming of one of those find-something-at-a-flea-market-and-make-it-into-something-else shows:

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I then I got these:

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To have Paul make them into something like this:

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…for my yarn room.  Best yarn room bling ever!

(Also, I tried to tell the owner of this booth that he would get a lot of sales if he made signs that said “KNIT” or “YARN” and that he may not know it but there are A LOT of people out there who knit and crochet.  Probably at least as many as who buy his “BEER” signs.  He said that he gets lots of suggestions for signs that don’t work out. And he said, “Do you know how long those ‘LAUNDRY’ signs have been here?”  Like THAT was completely a fair comparison.)

Brimfield

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Last Friday, Paul and I went to the Brimfield, Mass antiques show/flea market.  We try to go every year but missed last year.  It is HUGE and really, you can’t see the whole thing in one day.  But we put a good dent in it.

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There was even a booth with baked goods!:

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And “vintage” ’80s pants purses.  Can you believe the ’80s are considered vintage???

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And the winner for the booth that creeped me out the most:

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Just. Weird.

There was lunch of course:

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Paul’s “Gobbler” (aka: Thanksgiving on a roll) and my veggie wrap because the falafel place is now gone (SO. DISAPPOINTED.).  And my first purchase of the day, a cast iron corn stick baker.

We also saw yarn!

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This picture might be deceiving… these were actually huge cones with super bulky yarn on them. (No, I didn’t buy any.)

And we saw what we think was the filming of an episode of Flea Market Flip:

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Other purchases included a light for the outside of the garage which I forgot to get a picture of.  I also got two Fire King bowls to add to my blue collection:

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And this wonderfully whimsical hummingbird garden stake made out of spoons!:

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And on the way home there was this:

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Of course.

Lots more to tell you about the weekend, but it will have to wait until the next post.  Hint: it involves yarn and knitting.