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Racing Season

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Racing season has begun for us!

Last Saturday was Buick Day at Lebanon Valley Dragway.

Paul came in second!  Hooray!

And so begin my pit crew chief duties.  In case you forgot… unlocking all the trailer doors, writing his dial-in number on the window, washing the bugs off the windsheild, following him in the ATV in case he needs to be towed, cheering him on.

It was also Paul’s birthday last weekend and we celebrated with one of his favorites:

Jumpin’ Jack’s for dinner! And cake for breakfast and cake after dinner….

And in case you wanted some knitting news…  My Puerto Montt is done!

Look how crazy it looks being blocked:

This was so fun to knit, seeing how the pattern with the striping yarn took shape.  A class at The Spinning Room this summer! (Soon to be scheduled)

And much progress has been made on my A Gentle Diversion scarf/shawl, but I’ll wait to show you the finished project.  I need some sort of hook to make you come back!

 

 

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.

 

 

8 Knitting Patterns I’m Using to Deal With My Start-itis

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Well, it’s that time of year again…. the time when I want to start ALL THE THINGS…. IMMEDIATELY.  And I say that like it is this particular time of year when this happens but that’s not really the case.  It happens pretty sporadically and this is just one of those times.  Does this happen to you?  If so, then you probably don’t need this list because you already have your own overwhelming list.  If not, then these are just some great pattern suggestions and ones that I currently love. **Note the use of the word “currently” — then ask me next week!  So I’ve got 8 knitting patterns to tell you about.

I started Puerto Montt by Martina Behm:

This is a new pattern by one of my favorite designers.  As with a lot of her patterns, it has an interesting construction but it is still fairly straightforward.  The other night, I was knitting it and realized this:

A new kind of knitting/pj camouflage.  Ha!

Then there was the A Gentle Diversion pattern that I absolutely had to start when a knitting shop friend showed it to me at knit night:

She made me buy yarn for it too.  Thanks Sue Z.!  This has a pretty and interesting stitch pattern that is really very easy.

I’m hoping to have both of these as classes in the summer.  Stay tuned, local peeps!

Speaking of knitting friends who drag you into knitting projects (totally willingly), Lisa made me sign up to participate in the Joji Mystery Wrap KnitalongIt only takes around 1,750 yards of fingering weight yarn so I figured that was totally do-able. (she says as if there are 80 hours in a day and she has 10 hands)

And then she showed me the Brooklet cowl and I really want to start that one.  I might even have my yarn picked out:

I’ve also been cooking along with my Tangled Lace Shawl which I am just loving:

Almost done! (sort of) I’m teaching the class in a couple of weeks – there are still openings if you are interested.

Like I don’t have enough already on my plate, I also found these that I’m dying to start:

Caine : a pretty worsted weight shawl

Holey Comfort: a cute fingering weight sweater

And to top it all off I signed up for/purchased the ebook for season two of Curious Handmade’s The Shawl Society.  I participated in season 1 and while I didn’t knit all 6 shawls, the patterns are gorgeous and I will someday knit them all.  I’m excited to see what the next 6 will be.  One shawl pattern will be released each month for six months.  Knitalongs and prizes for each during that month.  FUN!

There you have it, the 8 knitting patterns that I’m currently obsessed with and planning on starting, and maybe now your are, too.  You’re welcome. Check them out and let me know what you think of them!  Are you going to try any?