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Second to Last Trip of the Season

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Ok, so first things first:  Apparently the blog has become neglected because of my new job/schedule.  My last post was September 16.  Things are getting more settled, so more blogging will be happening.  Hooray!

A while ago (a couple of weeks), Paul and I went on our second to last racing trip of the season.  It was our yearly trip to Cecil County Drag Strip in Maryland.  Before we left that day, however, GE was having its first annual Cruisin’ on the Campus car show.  So, Paul brought his car and while he talked to everyone at GE who stopped by his car, I sat and knitted on a sweater:


And what do you know?  Paul won a trophy for best car in the Hot Rod category AND he won a trophy for the most favorite car in the whole show!  Cool right?  He put them on his desk at work:


(His pen holder is a blown piston from one of his car motors.)

Then we were on our way and I finished the body of the sweater on the car ride to Maryland:


Lots of racing that weekend and on the first day was the $5-to-guess-what-your-car-will-run-on-its-first-run-off-the-trailer contest.  I got to collect money and write down names and the times each driver thought their car would run on their first run down the track:


The person who guessed the closest to what they actually ran, ended up winning $100.  If you are not familiar with drag racing, guessing this number can be a little hard to do, unless your car is very consistent.  Paul’s car is very consistent – He won!  Hooray!

We went out to dinner at a seafood restaurant on the water:


And the next day, Paul got ready to race again:


And then there was this:


It’s not really a good idea to drag race if you can’t see the end of the track.  After a short delay, they were racing again.  Both Paul and his friend Rob were out kind of early in the rounds. Booooooo!

But on the way home we saw this, so that was nice:


(and I started knitting the second side of my One Way Tee… finally):


More to come next post….knitting, cooking, other stuff.

Catching Up

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Whew.  Almost three weeks since my last post.  That’s crazy.  And now it’s September.  That’s even crazier.  Where did the summer go?  As I’ve told you, things have been crazy around here for a few months and now that things are sort of, kind of, a little bit not as crazy, I’m trying this:


Here’s what’s been going on….

I made some more pickles:


I worked on my Rhombus Feather Shawl:


It’s coming along nicely, however I keep wanting it to be the color of the pattern picture on Ravelry (click up there to see it).  I love this color green, and I love, Love, LOVE this Quince & Co. Chickadee yarn, but I want it to be that purple color.

I’ve also been obsessed with these two things, which also happen to be relaxing:

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And I got this, so now I’m making all kinds of plans for fall baking:


Then, to really get into the relaxing theme, we went on a little weekend jaunt to Cape Cod.  On the way, we drove through my alma mater:


So much has changed since I went there frffrmphr years ago.  What’s that? You didn’t hear how long ago that was? Sorry you missed it. (Twenty-four.)  Many more buildings and amenities and restaurants and cafes and stores.  I kept telling Paul, “When I went here there was Domino’s and a Wawa.  That’s it.”

Now?  Price Chopper, Moe’s, Jamba Juice, Mooyah burgers, Geno Auriemma’s restaurant and this:


THIS!!!  I would have LOVED to have this when I went here.

We, of course, couldn’t skip this:


So. Good.  This picture makes those cups look kind of small.  We got “two scoops”.   I think their scoopers are half-gallon sized.  But So. Good.

On the way to the Cape, I worked on my One-Way Tee, which has been in time out since the ripping-out-two-times-because-I’m-an-idiot-knitter-sometimes incident:


While we were there, I finished the back, finally!


We did a lot of looking at this:


Then, at low tide, walked waaaaaaay out on the flats at Rock Harbor:


(We walked from waaaaay back there.)  And watched some people harvesting oysters:


Later, at a restaurant, we heard someone ask where the oysters were from and they were from here!

We ate our favorite fried foods.  Twice.

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The second picture is from Arnold’s.  Hands down the best onion rings, fish fry and fried clam strips.  (And salad.  We had to have some sort of vegetables eventually.)

And of course, this:


We had a nice morning view from our motel room:


Then we did some more of this:


So we would remember this:



A Break in the Silence

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I just realized that my last post was eleven days ago!  There are quite a few things to say, so you are getting a list today….

1) There has been some knitting!

2) The Two-Hour Toe Up Slippers (that aren’t really two hours):

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I was trying to find a good pattern to teach as a small, quick summer project.  I saw the title and thought it would be great.  Not so much.  I’m a pretty fast knitter and each one definitely took more than two hours.  And for someone learning, it would certainly take longer.  HOWEVER. This is a great class to learn some things:  Judy’s magic cast on for toe-up socks, binding off in the middle of the row, Kitchener stitch for the heel, I-cord bind off for the opening, and and I-cord flower.  So, it may still be a class, just not in the summer and not one session.

3) I have also been working on my Melodia shawl:


You cannot see the pattern terribly well 1) because of the lighting and my stellar photography skills  and 2) because the skein was dyed while in a scarf blank form (knitted into a scarf already) and then unraveled to wind it into a cake, so it is all kinked up.  Once it’s washed you will see all the pretty eyelet pattern rows.  It’s an easy pattern and fun to see how the colors are turning out.  Stay tuned. I’m almost to the greens.

4) The Wool Nook at the Altamont Fair is having a spotlight on mittens this year, so I’ve been looking for patterns to knit.  I think I’ve settled on the Sea Mineral Mittens and this yarn:


Or maybe adding one more color:


or this:


Feel free to weigh in.

6) But I really can’t decide which pattern, so I’m still thinking about these too: Wintertime for AdrianaCupcake Mittens or Chrysanthemums. Again, feel free to weigh in.

7) My One Way Tee is still in time out.

8) The Doodlebugs made something for their dad for Father’s day:

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9) While we were at CVS, picking out our supplies, I sent a picture to their mom, saying we were picking up some lunch:


10) I finished reading The Blue Bistro By Elin Hilderbrand.  It was a nice, light romance-y book, taking place on Nantucket, that I enjoyed. Great for a beach read if you are looking for one.

11) Loving these:



A Lull

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I’m in a knitting lull.  Things have been so busy with babysitting and teaching knitting classes and working at the yarn shop and going to car races and doing house stuff, that I’ve actually been too tired to knit.   And that One Way Tee disaster has made me not really want to work on that yet anyway.  When life calms down a little, you’ll see more knitting.

So today you get a smorgasbord of things…

Before we went to Ohio, it was my sister-in-law Beth’s birthday, so the doodlebugs and I made her some strawberry rhubarb freezer jam, because she loves strawberry rhubarb things:

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Then the next day, we made her some strawberry rhubarb oatmeal bars (which I forgot to take a picture of).  Miss Ladybug did not want to taste the jam, even though she loves strawberries and anything sweet.  It was red and not purple, and she only likes purple jam, the kind that goes on peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.  Mr. Doodlebug loved the jam.

Two Book Reviews:

1) Liberty Falling (Anna Pigeon) by Nevada Barr: As usual, an exciting mystery, which takes place at the Statue of Liberty.  Plus I really like the main, recurring character, Anna, whose personality you learn more about in each book.

2) The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie: A Flavia de Luce Mystery by Alan Bradley: I loved this.  An 11-year-old girl (in 1950s England) who loves chemistry works to solve a murder mystery.  The story is told from her point of view, and she is very funny.  Several times I laughed out loud at the sometimes subtle humor.

Also, I finally got more veggies planted in the garden:


In addition to the tomatoes, there are now peppers, eggplant, broccoli and baby watermelon.  However, it has been so cold lately, I don’t think the tomatoes have grown since I planted them.  Hopefully the weather will be more seasonal from here on out.

And there was another ice cream outing:


Paul and I will use any excuse to go out for ice cream.  This time it was to celebrate his 8-year anniversary of returning to GE (when we moved back from Vermont).  Hooray for him.

That’s it for today!

Mixed Reviews

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This past weekend was our yearly car-racing trip to Ohio.  It was a mixed-review weekend.

The trip out on Thursday was great.  Sunny skies, not much traffic….


Friday was also a beautiful day.  Lots of racing:


The event was held at Summit Motorsports Park, which hosts national drag racing events, so that means it was a pretty nice track.  To Paul and Rob, that means a nicely maintained drag strip, well-run racing and good places to pit their cars.  To me, that means good options for treats like ice cream, and clean bathrooms.


Only a little waiting for oil-downs to be cleaned up:


Ray made his trips to tow Rob’s car:


Ice cream at a local dairy:

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And Rob’s wife, Martha, got to come with us on the trip this time!:


Saturday was, well, a little bit not as good.  There was some racing, but also a little fixing:


And there was more ice cream:


This place sells the yummiest ice cream for a dollar a pound.  A DOLLAR.  For A POUND. (Forgot to take a picture, but it was a very large cup of ice cream.)

There was the sitting and visiting (with Martha and Rob’s friends Diana and Sean):


But……. notice the wet ground?  And also notice how everyone is crammed to the one end of the canopies so Rob’s car can get under the rest of it?  We had a lot of visiting while waiting for the rain to stop and the ground to dry up.  And then there was this:


Not even the canopies could keep Rob’s car dry then.  Paul, Rob and Ray were left to literally hold down the fort (canopies) while the rain, wind, thunder and lightning happened (Thanks to Martha for thinking to take this picture! I was busy hoping the tires on the truck would absorb the lightning when it hit the truck.  And trying not to suffocate in the heat of the truck.)  Soon after this, we called it a day.  Which, the next morning, turned into calling it a weekend.  The event for Sunday was canceled because of the weather.
Here was our ride home:

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But, the knitting, you ask?  What about the knitting reviews???  Also mixed.

There was some knitting.  But not a lot.  The stars were just not aligned for me and knitting this weekend, what with all the rain and all the ice cream.

On the trip out, I did start a new project, Melodia, with my new Periwinkle Sheep gradient yarn which I am liking a lot and it is going along nicely:


But on the trip home, there was this:


Remember my One Way TeeThe one I had to rip out last weekend because of the mistake waaaaaaay back? Well, I had finally gotten it knitted back to the 15 1/2″ I needed before doing the armhole bind off.  Then I did the bind off at each armhole.  Then I checked my stitch count.  I was short by six stitches.  Which is exactly the number of stitches I was supposed to increase (again) waaaaaaaaay back when I started knitting again, after I ripped it out.  I was so focused on having to re-knit about 2/3 of the back, that I completely forgot I had done some decreases and then increases for the waist shaping.



It is currently in a time out.  Paul thinks I should just focus on one project at a time, so maybe this wouldn’t happen.  I think maybe he is right (this time).

Thanks Lucille

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Wow.  A whirlwind REALLY TIRING weekend.  But fun.

First off, let me just say, without complaining about the type of weather (because I’m tired of complaining about the weather), that I was able to have one last wear of my wool vest when I worked at the yarn shop on Friday:


Then lets move on to the next two days, which we spent outside, racing.  Saturday saw the need for sweatshirts and long pants for a good portion of the day.  And then Sunday saw the need for short pants and t-shirts and sunscreen and hats and lots of water and towels to sop up the sweat.  (See?  No complaining.  Just telling you.)

But the racing was fun:

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Except for sometimes.  There were a few oil-downs.  That is when a car leaves the starting line, something horrendous happens in the car and then oil and/or other stuff spills out of the car all. the. way. down. the. quarter. mile. track.  And someone (several someones) has/have to clean it up.  And it takes for. EVER.  This happened right before our friend Rob was to go…..


So we waited.  Then I left to take some pictures from the tower:

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There was other waiting too.  Me waiting on the ATV:


Paul waiting in line to race:


But that’s the usual waiting.  So we took a selfie….


Paul wasn’t really thrilled about taking the selfie… can you tell?

And there was my usual other job (aside from waiting on the ATV, which I do in case something happens to the car and I have to go get him and tow him back):


Writing the dial-in number on the window. That number – 10.81 – means Paul thinks he will get down the quarter mile track in 10.81 seconds or slower in order to beat his opponent across the finish line. (He can’t go any faster than 10.81 seconds or he will lose!)

Because Sunday’s event was so well-attended, parking the trailers was a little sqooshy, so we didn’t have room to put up our canopy.  We spent our time between racing rounds sitting in a line, in the shade!


One of the best parts of the weekend (and it could be debatable as to who would call it the best) was thanks to Lucille, Rob’s mom.  She is a knitter-but-mostly-crocheter and asked me what I was working on.  So, I showed her my wonderful progress on the first side of my One Way Tee.  She looked at it for exactly one half of a second and said, “Is that supposed to be there?”:


It is a little hard to see in the picture, but there is a jog in that nice neat middle column of knit stitches.  It was incredibly obvious once she pointed  it out.  At first I said, “It’s on the back.  No one will notice.  I’m not the type of knitter who will undo everything for one mistake.  And it’s on the back.  No one will notice.”  (yes, I said “It’s on the back. No one will notice.”  more than once.)  I am so terribly impatient, and just did not want to have to knit it again.  Because really, who would notice? (again)  Then some time went by.  And I just couldn’t ignore it.  So, it went from this (15″):


(and yup, now that I’m looking at this picture, which I posted on the blog last week, I can totally see the mistake!)

To this:


…about 7″, in 3 minutes.  (And this second picture is the more accurate color, by the way.  I love it.)

As I was ripping it out and rolling the yarn back up, Lucille was apologizing profusely for pointing it out and feeling so badly that I ripped it all out.  But I told her not to worry – I was grateful that she saw it now, instead of me finding it when I was all done or already on to the second side.  So, THANK YOU to Lucille for her eagle eyes!

So, that was my holiday weekend.  How was yours?

Had To

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Crazy busy around here this week, but I wanted to tell you about last weekend before the craziness of this weekend.

Last weekend was pretty much all knitting-related.  I taught a class on Saturday and then went to The Periwinkle Sheep’s studio open house.  Fun to see where Karin does all her kettle and hand-dyeing.  Of course, I had to purchase:


That Shields of Garnet red yarn has been a favorite of mine for a while, and someone in my Saturday class was using it, so when I saw it at the open house in a new alpaca/merino/nylon blend, I had to try it.  Had to.  And then, I saw the watercolors gradient yarn that she is also testing out.  There was a pretty shawl there, showing what could be done with it, and of course that sold me on this one.  The pattern is Melodia and is likely what I will use with this yarn. So there was that.

Then, Paul and I had to deliver a car that he had done some repair painting on to the person it belonged to and that took us down to the Kingston area.  On the drive I worked on my One Way Tee:


I’m 3/4 done with the back.  It’s going along much more quickly than my Second Story Tee did (which you will see below!), and I think I like it better than the Second Story Tee.

We had breakfast and did some errands and then took the “back way” home, through Saugerties, which meant we were going right by The Perfect Blend Yarn & Tea Shop (two of my favorite things!) and so we had to stop.  Had to.


And of course I had to purchase.  Had to. :


So there was that.

Also, I got my new sneaks in the mail!:


They were purple so I had to buy them.  Had to. So cute, right? (Peach laces!)

I also saw this recipe for Marakesh Carrots on Joy the Baker’s blog and I had to make it because I love all the spices that are in it.


so. So. SO. YUMMY.

Also, yesterday was Paul’s birthday and he had to go to Jumpin’ Jack’s for his birthday dinner/dessert:

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Finally, I want to show you my finished (!!), but not yet blocked, Second Story Tee.  Here is the back:


And here is the front:


And here is a close-up of the front:


Notice anything?  I didn’t until I had finished it!  That last diagonal stripe stops too soon.  Right on the top of the front.  But, I don’t care.  No way, no how am I undoing this.  I can only hope 1) no one will notice or 2) it looks like it is supposed to be there.  However #1 is moot since I have just told you about it.  But… I had to.  That’s what this blog is all about, right?  : )


A Little Knitting. A Little Broccoli.

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A little knitting to tell you about today!  And broccoli.

I finished the Lophelia cowl and I. Love. It.


Here is me wearing it before blocking and with it looking more purple than it really is:


Then I blocked it on the deck since it was a gorgeous sunny day:


It grew, as it does, while blocking and now drapes very nicely in the front.  This cowl is so comfortable because it has short rows in the front the make the back less bulky (read: HOT) and hence, more of an accessory to compliment an outfit, rather than an item to keep you warm in winter.  LOVE. IT.  Class coming up at the shop in July!

My Second Story Tee is 1 1/2 arm edgings and a neck away from being done, so hopefully you’ll see that next time.

And since I finished the Lophelia, I had to start something else, so I started the One Way Tee which is from the same Interweave KNITS magazine as the Second Story Tee. I’ve barely started so I can’t show it to you yet.

Then there was the broccoli.  Hands down the best way to eat broccoli:


Crispy Broccoli with Lemon and Garlic from Smitten Kitchen.  Ok, Broccoli Salad is also pretty up there.  But, have you tried it crispy????  Seriously, you won’t be able to stop eating it.  So good.  Thank goodness we went to BJ’s this weekend and I got a two pound bag of it.

The Human Tape Measure

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I was knitting along on my Tea Leaves Cardigan, at a point in the pattern where I had to knit back and forth in stockinette stitch for thirteen inches, when I stopped to consider how much I had knit.  I didn’t have my tape measure with me, so I asked Paul how much I had knit.  Paul has an uncanny ability to look at something and say what its measurement is.  He said, “It’s 10 inches.”


Don’t ask me why I bothered to get the tape measure.  Just to prove it to you I guess.

Then I plugged right along, got the body done and a sleeve started:


It looks very uneven and sloppy but that is because my dress form is a size negative 2 and I am not.  But you get the idea.  Just sleeves and button bands and I’ll be done.  And sewing on buttons. (ugh)  I can’t tell you how much I love the color.

In the mean time, I got obsessed with two patterns in the new Interweave KNITS magazine.  The Second Story Tee , which I started yesterday:


I’m making it with Cascade Cotton Rich DK and hope that it will be a nice spring/summer top. See?  Looking forward to spring and summer….

And the cover pattern, the One Way Tee which I will make with this great dk weight yarn that I got at Fibre Space when we went to Virginia last year:


But this one will have to wait until after I knit Paul’s slippers.  He’s walking around in these and I’m kind of starting to feel bad:


(and it wasn’t until I sought them out to take that picture that I realized how big the holes are….!)  And seeing how winter is not going to end any time soon (more snow last night, more snow tomorrow, very windy and cold today), it might be nice for him to have a new pair.

Oh, and I just finished listening to Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng.  It was very good. Sad.  But good.