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I’m in! I’m in!

February 8th, 2013 by knitnzu

I have been unable to access my blog from home for weeks… so there’s a lot to catch up on.

Some highlights.


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It’s faded quite a bit since I did it two weeks ago (date of the photo). But it’s still pretty entertaining.


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More photos in the flickr set.

knitting the sky

I’m about 3/4 of the way around the edging on my star chart shawl, Celestarium. Here it is before I started the garter stitch edging,
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Other knitting… I interrupted the edging to make a quick pair of fingerless piano mitts for somebody who is moving to Wisconsin, and then I forgot to take a photo!

it’s snowing!


And the State, in it’s everloving wisdom, uses leaf-blowers to move the snow around on the sidewalks,
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And either the state or the city uses not one, but two plows to clear the path along the river… the path in the woods that doesn’t go anywhere.
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This makes me wonder. And this also makes me wonder… the state has decided to invest in plastic trash cans. So we can all have identical rectangular cans. Because something was wrong with the old round metal ones. Or maybe they’re going to make a lot of money on them in scrap. Honestly, why?
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I miss my round can. It was a subtle subconscious signal for “put trash here”, while the blue rectangular plastic can means “put recyclable paper here”. Now I have to pause and think… where does the paper go? Where does the trash go? These two things are the same size and shape. One is just blue and doesn’t have a plastic bag liner.

I did see some pretty things on my walk…

Bark blowing in the wind,
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and I love looking at bark and branch architecture,
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(white ash bark, black cherry bark that somebody’s been nibbling through, white ash branches, sumac clones)

and even though it’s rather stark, there’s beauty along the river, and in the old Stone Building,
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Well, we’ve just had the “appetizer” part of the storm… the real deal should happen tonight. Stay warm, stay dry!

And if I’m absent, it is in part that I can’t get on the damned blog server.

Common Ground 2012

September 29th, 2012 by knitnzu

The Fair!

I took last Friday off to go to the Common Ground Fair, just to play. It was great! I thought I was going to go to a bunch of presentations, but I only made one. And I didn’t take too many pictures.

Listening to Leslie Wood Paul. She was giving the talk about Traditional Passamaquoddy Medicines for Fredda, What my Grandmother Taught Me. She was charming and I’m sorry I didn’t get to hear Fredda this year. There will be another time for sure.

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And the critters, of course. There were many, many more sights, sounds, smells, and creatures (4 and 2-legged), but you’ll just have to imagine…
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I might have come home with some yarn from … I now have more than enough to mix and match colors to make several fabulous hats.

High Fashion, or Fashion Criminalista

I wore my knit skirt, and it got lots of comments and compliments. I kept telling people “you can make this too, the pattern is free at Knitty

It was much like this, but this was another day (crappy photo, sorry)…
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Between then and now I found some new boots! I have had the lust for some Frye boots, but they pinch my toes, and I’ve never felt like spending over $200 to be uncomfortable… so I was thrilled to find these for $50, and they’re comfy. Not the classics that Fryes are, but they’ll do.
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In the Garden

I’ve been loving the morning glories out on the trellis. And also the sun gold tomatoes… num num!
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Morning dew on a foggy morning… Amazing spinner with tiny jeweled beads…
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And in other news

The mushroom sweater is done and blocked. I just need a photo of Don in it.

And my brother from California is visiting! He turned 50 yesterday, and we went exploring the Old Max (the maximum security forensic unit at the old mental health institute). He thought it was a great birthday present, especially the graffiti that said F*&* the Cops. Yes, we got a photo of him there too…
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Fiber College!

September 15th, 2012 by knitnzu

Last Friday (a week ago), I headed up to Searsport for Fiber College. I had friends who were staying there and I went with friends who were taking classes. I was just playing. But I got put to work in the afternoon, because I was the human model for Gale Zucker’s photography class. The entire day was a great lot of fun.

Very foggy when we arrived,
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And even though I was cold and needed to put my leggings on under my shorts, I still had to put my feet in the water,
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Saw the work of a most awesome spinner,
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for which I was extremely grateful.

Fiber College was held at Searsport Shores Ocean Campground. They have really beautiful grounds, right on the ocean, and lovely gardens. Here’s the “naughty finger” plant for Diana, who broke her wrist while she was camping here!
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I learned a lot in Gale’s photography class, even though I wasn’t behind a camera… I got to play too in the first part of the class, and I was assigned “yellow”. I think I got some good pics, but they’re not loaded up yet.

And I did another “model” thing this summer, for a breast cancer awareness calendar… also not loaded up yet, but I’ll post about that soon.

It took about a week, but I finally took some photos of my “haul” from the vendors… It was a really foggy morning on my way to work, and I stopped by the river to take some photos
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Alpaca/silk from Portland Fiber Gallery
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It is SO soft… so cuddly… I can’t wait to get my hands on it to spin it!

But first I need to finish DH’s birthday sweater (from last January). There is about half an inch of collar left to finish. All the seams are sewn, the rest is done… I’m hoping the collar will be OK, we’ll see.

And buttons… I got some old casein buttons.

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Not sure what I’ll do with them all, but there are plenty for three sweaters, and a single one (above) for a bag,
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Blog post brought to you by my new laptop! The ipad is fun and great for browsing, but it’s way too much of a pita to manage photos on it, and certainly to copy and paste between multiple screens (write a blog post). Also, there was rather a lot of resource competition for the pc. And the laptop has Windows 7 and Office 2010, which are soon coming to us at work, so I figure I’ll have a bit of experience with them here first (justifications, I have them!)…

Here’s hoping that this will help me post more regularly… because, as always, I have a lot to say.

June ramblings

June 22nd, 2012 by knitnzu

Knitting and Fibery stuff

There has been some knitting going on around here, though admittedly not the past week or so. I’m about halfway on one of the sleeves for DH’s birthday sweater (it should be noted that his birthday is in January).

We finished and presented the “fish mobile” aka One Fish Two Fish. Mom and baby both seem to like it!
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It was a joint project for somebody at work. More photos, the pattern link, etc. on my Ravelry project page. The actual fish pattern is for a cat toy, and we made the rest of it up.

I made a little shawl (Rav link), but I’m not sure what I think about it. I wish it were longer, shallower, and perhaps a different color. It’s too hot right now to give it much serious consideration.
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Made it to the Fiber Frolic earlier this month! I’ve missed the past two years because of funerals or memorial services. Double bonus for me this year: nobody in the family died, and I got to go hang with friends! I brought home some bamboo/cotton, and some plain bamboo tencel… secret project in progress.
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The best part of the day was hanging with some fibery friends, and seeing more of them there. We were all quite smitten by these angora bunny babies. And I want some of these rubber chicken earrings!
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Lucia is a cake making machine! She untangled the skein and wound it up in a center pull cake!
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And Sara fights like a girl. And she’s in love with a yarn colorway of the same name.

Around the gardens

That sounds so posh, no? How about around the yard…

Our peas are finally flowering, as are the peonies (mmmmm!) and roses. The iris are done (and didn’t put on a big show, except for the weedy purple siberians, which I adore). This might be the first year I really noticed how beautiful the pea flowers are.
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Peonies are just behind the peas… If you embiggen, you might see what is hiding up in back of the peonies… near where the roses are.
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It’s this guy! He served for years as a place to put bird food.
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The roses are also quite lovely… I have no idea what the ones out back are. Likely some old fashioned thing.
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Out front we have a bank with Rugosa rose aka beach rose. They’re weedy, and they can be invasive in coastal situations, but they work pretty well in our yard.
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And on the other side of the yard, in the shade, the hosta are doing well.
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Even that gawdawful goutweed has a certain appeal on a hot day…
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Yesterday’s lunch

I was gifted some wonderful stainless lunch pails at Christmastime. I’ve been carrying my lunch in them, and for the past few weeks it has been salad. For quite a while I’ve had a thing for baby arugula, but lately it’s been the lettuce from the garden. And berries on the salad. And stinky cheese (gorgonzola is my favorite). And usually some bit of protein: eggs, nuts, leftover fish or chicken… numm numm!

It has been stinking hot here the past couple of days, and the AC wasn’t working at work. It was actually much cooler outside, so that’s where I headed for lunch.

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And here’s what I did at lunch: worked on the beaded crochet bracelet! I strung the beads at breakfast, crocheted a bit here and there, and by the end of the day I was done! The instructional video at the link is really clear, even for me. But this suits my crochet skills, which are “chain”.
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I wanted it really long, and to wrap several times. Mission accomplished. And there are enough beads left on the string for another. And I have loads more beads. I see an obsession coming on…
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Other obsessions

Bras, but you know that, right? I gifted my two nieces (19 and 17) with a fitting and a nice bra. They were happy! Mom came too. We went to Bella Intimates in Rye, NH. It’s a beautiful little shop run by a lovely woman, Shelley.
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I feel like such a giant next to these girls (and mom)… height-wise and boob-wise.
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But it was all good. Shelley says she has a friend doing a photo shoot for a calendar, and wants us to be part of it! A multi-generational thing. Plans are for July 8. I forget what the calendar is for (I’m thinking breast cancer), but I’ll keep you posted.

And finally

Remember the Gilligan’s Island meeting props? I finally got around to making a small Bond set. These are for somebody who is switching jobs to another agency. I made his reversible.
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The Bonds are easy to name… but can you name the girls?? Two of these have the appropriate Bond girl on the flip side.
Dalton as BondFamke Janssen as Xenia Onatopp
Roger Moore as BondLois Chiles as Dr. Holly Goodhead
And of course, Sean Connery as Bond – and the best named Bond girl, Honor Blackman as Pussy Galore

tales of a spa, a cocktail dress, and a sparkly award

March 1st, 2011 by knitnzu


What spa? This spa, which is basically a weekend for knitters and spinners to just hang out. It’s been in Freeport these past few years, and before that in Portland. I’ve only gone before on Saturday, to shop, to visit, and to sit and spin. This year, however, I stayed the weekend. What a blast!

My photos leave a lot to be desired, most are a little fuzzy, but embiggen if you need…

spa2011 (1) First things first, the bedbug check! There was one bit of something on the boxspring cover, but I think it was chocolate or something like that… definitely wasn’t blood…

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spa2011 (8) Dinner at the Broad Arrow Tavern Friday night, OMG it was fabulous! (Ravelry links, Banrion, Knitmainea, and CountryElvis4)

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Dianna, Kristen, Kristen’s mom (Lulupac in Ravelry), and Sara. I’ve known Dianna and Sara electronically for a few years, so it was great to meet them and spend some time with them.

Of course there was a late night visit to LL Bean…
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Lunch at Gritty’s,
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From the 9 o’clock seat (all ravelry links except Lucia): She who never blogs Knitmainea, Deb, Jim, Kate, Lady Che, and Lucia. And the guy who didn’t fall in the beer vat. Here’s a clearer photo in Sara’s flickr page.

There was a mystery sock that just showed up in our hotel room. It wasn’t there when we checked in. And nobody in the room recognized it. Did the housekeeping staff think our toes were cold? That we might actually like hearts? On our feet? That couldn’t be more than a child’s size little.
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Didn’t buy much fiber, just enough silk hankies from Amy to make the Mawittens, which are silk mittens, knit right off the hankie, no spinning involved… a good summer project I think.

cocktail dress? me?

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On the left, on the way to the pool. There’s a bathing suit under there. Later it was hanging out in the lobby of the hotel, longjohns underneath, martini in hand… Sara claims that crocheted item is a hotpad, but I say it’s a giant pastie. Fashion plate I know…

sparkly award!

From that witty wild Molly Bee!
Stylish-Blogger Award
I am such a bad blogger of late, I am shocked and surprised and thrilled that she’d think me worthy! Like all awards, there are some rules involved… I’ll try to stick to them. First is to share 7 things about myself. Like you don’t know too much already. No rules that they have to be new things, so you might know these things already…

  1. I have webbed toes
  2. I can speak Spanish, a little… Puedo hablar espaƱol, un poco
  3. I’m listening to Afro-Peruvian music right now, which I like a lot
  4. I know a little (OK, a fair amount) about mosses
  5. I have petted a sea cucumber (not so exciting as what Mz Molly Bee has petted, but we have to brag about what we can, no?)
  6. I am a third degree tae kwon do black belt, and even though I haven’t been practicing in a couple years, I’m still a 3rd degree black belt, and of course wicked dangerous…
  7. Once, when I was about 7, I spit on my brother’s mirror, and when mom asked what happened I said nothing. Of course he got in trouble. I am so mean. And guess I have been for some time… But then again, he got me toe socks one year.

Uh-oh, and now I have to nominate 15 other bloggers… I think I have failed in the rules. I’ll be happy I could hang on to the award for a few minutes. In addition to being a bad blog writer, I haven’t kept up well with reading blogs either. That damned Ravelry and that damned Facebook keep getting in the way… no time to do it all.

So take a bow, you were nominated, you are a stylish blogger! Pass it along if you want.