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Since the kids are coming over tomorrow for a while around lunchtime...

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Y'all might not have to wait until Thanksgiving for a modeled shot!! I don't think I'll be able to keep them to myself!

I knit a pair of these for Rusty in the past and lemme just say that these littles were WAY more fun!

Have a great weekend. I'll check in sometime tomorrow, of course!


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3TT*

Thing 1 -- I dropped a Wonder Clip the other night, heard it skitter on the floor, and got up to look for it -- twice. I didn't come up with it, but I did find an earring that I'd lost weeks ago! I was beginning to think it was truly lost and had already bought a cheap (but rather nice) knock-off pair -- because they're practically part of my uniform.

Thing 2 -- There's only one pair of Mukluks left to sew up! They're the biggest, but between Knit Night & tonight's Packer game, I ought to be able to get them done today!

Thing 2b -- What to knit next???

Thing 3 -- Dyeing.

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I spent Tuesday morning down there and it was glorious -- the light on a sunny morning is so great! Looking forward to some dye time this weekend. It sure helps to brighten up a cold November day.

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Joining Kat & the Unravelers... 

KNITTING:

OMG. Mukluks!

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These are Malina's! The first of three pair that I intended as Christmas presents, but I think they're going to be Thanksgiving Tree Trimming Party presents!

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I already have one of Ginny's slippers sewn together... reclaiming enough Wonder Clips to at least get Junah's prepped for sewing.

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I've double-stitched Malina's because she's going to be crawling soon and those toes, especially, will need reinforcement!

READING:

You probably don't even need to read about what I'm reading... but I swear, I'm almost finished with The Best Cook in the World: Tales From my Momma's Table by Rick Bragg. I have one chapter and a few recipes to go! Perhaps I'm drawing it out because I'll be sad when I'm finished...

On deck is Fashion Climbing: A Memoir with Photographs by Bill Cunningham. It's not nearly as long... and has more pictures!


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Speaking of found things, particularly money...

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Spot the $20 bill!

I have a couple of tins in which I keep my traveling sewing supplies -- various types of needles, thread, scissors, thimbles -- and at the bottom of one is a $20 bill. It's been there for a long time -- a few years -- and I can't recall why I put it there in the first place, but I keep forgetting about it and am surprised when I find it again... every.single.time. I doubt I'd even remember it was there if I was ever so desperate!!

Oh, Alabama!! It was a year ago that Kym & I were at the Alabama Chanin 3-Day Workshop -- I've been seeing FB reminders of that very fun trip. My "I Got Swamped" pin from Judy Hood's Swampette Tour is peeking from under some scissors in the top tin. I wish I was further along on my Car Jacket, but it's been out on my work table and I've definitely been thinking about it... even making a stitch now and then. *sigh*


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One of the things I always have with me is tissue -- usually those little packs that fit easily into a pocket or purse. So I really loved the very useful little gift that Kathy gave me YEARS ago, and I used it almost everyday... until I lost it!

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But, last week, when I stuck my hand into the pocket of my winter coat for the first time this "winter," I found it! Oh happy day! It made me almost as happy as when I've done that and found $10 or $20!

Haha. Almost.   :)


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I had an impromptu Pajama Day yesterday, which resulted in my FINALLY getting a start on listing some magazines on ebay -- HERE and HERE -- with plenty more to come, including MORE magazines, some clothes, and some photography gear.

I made it a point to get out of the house today -- the grocery store, etc. -- but also listed some YARN at Make.Do! Here's a peek:

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Most of it is sock yarn, and it's all OOAK (and therefore very limited) at the moment. I guess I did my first SHOP UPDATE! (Feels weird.)

Hope you've had a great weekend! I will see you again tomorrow...


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DID NOT DISAPPOINT!

Rusty, Kate, Ali & I went to see Bohemian Rhapsody last night. LOVED THE CAST! Rami Malek was incredible as Freddie, and Gwilym Lee simply must share DNA with Brian May. I might agree with some of the critics' quibbles -- if I was looking for an extensive in-depth biopic or a film. It's not that. It is a very entertaining movie! We laughed, we cried, we sang along! Can't ask for more.


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3TT: Randomly (sort of)

Thing 1

It's getting real around here. I saw snow on the ground on our way to MN on Monday (not much of it, but still... on the ground) and it looks like I might wake up to about an inch tomorrow, with another inch falling in the morning hours. That's a lot better than the 3-6" I'd seen in the forecast earlier today. YUCK, no matter how many or few inches!

Thing 2

We've started the conversation about Christmas around here! Specifically, that at least some of us are going to be drawing names again. We did that for years and I think it started to fade when Sharon died and, for sure, everything about Christmas changed after my mom died. This year, I already know that Thanksgiving is going to be very low key (possibly one of those "lasagna" Thanksgivings) but I'm thinking it might be a FULL-ON CHRISTMAS!!

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I've even started some Christmas knitting for the kiddos!

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I was going to tell you about my day today, which started with a long-overdue doctor appointment, followed by a drive up to Sturgeon Bay with Rusty to pick up some artwork, a lovely lunch stop, a bit of shopping, and a nap when I got home.

Then I revisited some photos that Ali shared over the past couple of days...

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Junah, the "fancy" dresser!

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A very chill Malina wearing the Oshkosh B'gosh pink floral corduroy footie overalls worn by her mother and all of her aunts!! Quality (30+ years) for the WIN!!

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Who loves her big sister???

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OMG. Malina & Ginny -- FUTURE MISCHIEF MAKERS, right there!!!

(You're welcome!!)


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I'm 60 today!

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That's kind of crazy, no? It sure feels crazy to me! Also a blurry photo... but of the 14,000 that I took and the 7 or 8 that I kept, I kind of like it (and it's different from the one posted elsewhere).

Kate & I took a quick trip to Minneapolis... stopping in/around Marshfield, WI, on the way to visit my Aunt Carol (my godmother). I'd hoped to visit with Aunt Arlene, too, but a doc appointment interfered. One of these days... (and maybe I have the motivation now to organized a larger get together).

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After a quick bowl-of-soup lunch at The Kitchen Table, we were on our way...

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Kate had booked our room at the Crown Plaza Downtown and our room opened to a lovely (even in the cold & rain) patio!

We went to a fabulous restaurant called BANK, that's actually located in a former bank.

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It was AMAZING!!

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As were our meals. Kate had duck, which she counts among her Top 5 Most Memorable Meals, and I had salmon and must say the same!

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Also fabulous cocktails and stellar service. RECOMMEND.

Then we walked over to the concert venue (everything was within walking distance, which was nice... even if in the cold & rain).

Gregory Alan Isakov! It was a sold-out show, I heard. I believe it... it was crowded and SO HOT!!

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But so worth it. He is as good in person as on vinyl (or however you take it), if not better. I love it that way!! The band was excellent. I really loved it.

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It was a super dreary (cold & rain) drive home, but we planned on a few stops and added a couple more along the way.

On the way out of Minneapolis-St. Paul, we stopped at a couple of thrift stores... one in each city.

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Kate scored some really great shoes... I found some knitting needles, sewing notions, and a Blue Willow plate (for the elusive mosaic projects that will happen one of these days).

Also shown are a pair of pansy pillowcases and a hank of sport-weight hand-spun alpaca yarn from a stop at Nueske's/District No. 3 Antiques (not shown: smoked pork chops), a traditional box of chocolates and a watercolor card from Rusty.

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He also framed my Peter Ribbick print of Portencross Castle! Now I just need to find a place to hang it.

I've been having a blast with birthday wishes all day long, which has helped to ease the anxiety of the Election Day portion of my 60th birthday. I've been happy, if not surprised (given all the amazing and wonderful people who comprise my Friend lists) to see all of the "I Voted" stickers today! The polls close in an hour, and I just hope hope hope for a very blue birthday!

Here's to 61 and beyond!  ;)


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I am smack dab in the middle of a long weekend, heading to Minneapolis today for the Gregory Alan Isakov concert this evening. We'll hit a couple of museums tomorrow* before heading home.

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I did some dyeing over the weekend... indigo and more! I barely spent two seconds in my basement dye studio over the summer, and it was a year ago that we were getting it all set up... I guess autumn/winter is my time down there!

*I cast my ballot weeks ago so I wouldn't have to worry about making it home in time! Fingers crossed!!


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Back in the day, Saturday Sky was a THING... amongst many knit-bloggers, at any rate.

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I think of "Saturday Sky" and Sandy, the "founder," if you will, almost any time I take a photo of the sky. There she is a couple of Saturdays ago (with a little sky peeking through) sandwiched between Cara & me.

Here are a few of my recent faves (none of these actually taken on Saturday, haha!):

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According to the location feature on my phone, this photo was taken above Indiana on my way home from Rhinebeck. I just happened to glance out and spotted the moon, and the dusky glow of day-into-night. (Edited to remove reflections in the window.)

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This was one of the weirdest/eeriest skies I've ever seen. I was at work and the camera is facing SE-ish, so it's morning and there's blue sky and a nice bright sun, but you can see on the right and overhead that there is a looming gray mass and it filled the entire sky behind me (west) and was closing in north & south, too. It was dark and light and weird and wonderful (to a sky-watcher)!

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I took a walk to the credit union on Halloween with Kate and we were struck by the glow of this maple in front of my friend Susan's house. I'm not sure she saw us... Trick-or-Treat time was just about to begin and perhaps she just thought we were two goons out on the sidewalk!

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It was pretty spectacular (and, y'know, soon to be bare branches), especially that gorgeous blue sky peeking through yellow leaves.


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There goes October!

#1secondeveryday #nablopomo2018 #whynot

Maybe I'll get my groove back...


Unraveled: Another FO to show

Joining Kat & the Unravelers... for the first time in a while!

KNITTING:

It's another -- my second -- Summer Camp... just in time for fall!

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Here's a link to the first, which I wore a TON last winter.

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The first had 15 stripes + edging and this one has 16 stripes + edging, making a significantly long scarf (around 95") even longer... the new one comes in at almost 14" more. It's long!!

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Another thing I did differently was to make that extra section a stripe of a different color. In this case, it's the ninth stripe in the overall scheme of things, and it's a very light teal. Both the teal and the darker contrast color are also present in the yellow variegated yarn. I like that the stripe of a different color shows up near my face... total crap shoot!

READING:

Believe it or not, I'm almost finished with The Best Cook in the World: Tales From my Momma's Table by Rick Bragg. I am enjoying it very much, even though it's taking me forever to read it! I'm listening to Tom Hanks read Uncommon Type: Some Stories, though I haven't been listening much lately... I think I'm in a quiet period right now!


FO: My Savage Heart

This was my other Rhinebeck Sweater!

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I can't believe that's my first FO since August! Well, I guess I can... the days have been flying and the knitting has been limited, for one reason or another. That said, I'm wearing another FO around my neck today, fresh from a Sunday soak & dry, which will debut here later this week.

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I think I'm pretty happy with it!! The yarn was acquired a few years ago from another blogger's stash sale. I'd used the same yarn to make a baby hat, and really liked it. It's been waiting for a purpose since then (and I still have a couple/few balls left). The mohair makes it the tiniest bit scratchy around my neck when I first put it on, but it's generally OK; it's also the mohair that also gives it the tiniest bit of a halo. And then there are all the bits & bobs of color.

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I was wearing it here (and for most of the day) comfortably with a short-sleeved shirt underneath. It's very cozy. The center-back detail is also at center-front, but it's easier to see on the back. It's fairly subtle except for this area, and even that all but disappears if I'm wearing a dark shirt.


Rhinebeck 2018

(Are we seriously mere days away from November??)

I flew to Buffalo last Thursday, where Ann picked me up at the airport! It's been less than a year since they moved from Long Island, and it was really fun to see their new house.

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We had a nice dinner at home with her husband, John, then drove over to visit her daughter, Caroline, and to meet her adorable grandson, Mr. Sweetcheeks! Only 20 minutes from Niagara Falls, we drove up there, too! It's an amazing site... and one that I will certainly visit again someday!

On Friday, we drove over to meet Cara & Claire in Saugerties in time for our time slot for Indie Untangled.

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You think you're parkin' here? Think again... haha. #rhinebeckbitchinfour

It was an interesting venue -- nice and big, lots of light. I made all of my weekend yarn purchases at Indie!

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I have plans, more or less, for most of those items... we'll see how it all pans out in the end! The skeins I found irresistible were from Hue Loco, Spun Right Round, Fuse Fiber Studio, Pandia's Jewels, and Lambstrings Yarn (I'd pre-ordered that skein).

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We had a nice dinner together and then drove down to settle into our Airbnb in Kingston.

Saturday was RHINEBECK! Everyone but me seemed to have a plan; I peeled off and wandered through a barn or two, watched a demo, did some visiting...

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Then it was time for lunch... well, it was a bit early, but the line wasn't very long yet (and it can get very long), so we took our chance.

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Falafel for breakfast! Cara in the center, wearing her very popular & eye-catching Rhinebeck Sweater, which is a heavily modified design that begins with Thea Colman's Shaken or Stirred as a starting point.

It was a gorgeous day! Sweater weather, for sure, though it warmed up a bit in the afternoon.

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Those clouds indeed developed into something... a literal DOWNPOUR for about 15 minutes! Thankfully, we were undercover during that.

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I bought my Malojos Knitting Needle Gauge Ring two years ago at Rhinebeck, having fallen in love with Ann's. This year, Claire & Cara each scored one. That's the very moment, above, that the #RhinebeckBitchinFour was born.

Or maybe it was this moment:

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It's about sheep and wool...

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...sweaters and yarn (OMG, Harrisville Nightshades is/are incredible)...

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...and PEOPLE! So many people, and every one of them high on wool.

You can see Kay & I modeling our Savage Hearts on Saturday on the MDK Rhinebeck post.

Julia Farwell-Clay wrote about my sister's Sasha Kagan/Vogue Knitting Int'l sweater:

I also visited with/hugged Lynne @the_yarnivorous, Seashore Sharon, Regina, Margaux, Robin, Sandy, Norma, Leigh, Wendy, Amy, JessaLu, Larissa, Gaye Glasspie... so many wonderful people!

Sunday was truly sweater (and hat) weather... and busy at the fairgrounds, but always so much more relaxed. Beautiful as always. Falafel again for lunch.

There were no Artichokes French and, now that I think back, I don't think they were there two years ago, either; my favorite, chicken pot pies, haven't been there for even longer. There were food trucks on Saturday, though, and I heard great things about chicken satay, Korean tacos, and pork buns... and there was disappointment when they weren't there on Sunday!

Falafel, though. (So good.) And also available at the new Aba's Falafel in Rhinebeck!

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My actual Rhinebeck purchases were mostly gifty/kid things:

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I had polar bear ornaments for Junah & Ginny and was happy to find another for Malina!

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With a couple little items for myself! A cute little project bag from Madder Root Maine and a fine wool jersey scarf from Althea Bilodeau.

I drove down to NJ on Sunday afternoon with Cara & Claire, and stayed overnight at Cara's. It was so great to see her family! I watched my first Ghostbusters movie with the girls! (The new one. They couldn't believe I'd never seen either before!)

I was home on Monday night and was happy to also have Tuesday off. Since then, I've been busy with catch-up of one sort or another! Maybe still high on wool fumes...

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It was so much fun!!


Ready or not...

I'm on the mend, if not quite 100%, but ready or not... Rhinebeck, here I come!

I leave for Buffalo tomorrow, and then road-tripping on Friday to Saugerties with my friend Ann where we'll meet Cara and Claire for Indie Untangled on Friday afternoon! I'm sure we'll spend most of the Saturday at NY Sheep & Wool... I'm excited to see/meet/hug lots of friends. And falafel! Looks like it ought to be "sweater weather," too. My Savage Heart cardigan is stretched out and drying, as we speak.

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Those are Ginny's boots, mine, and Junah's last Saturday morning when we walked over to the park after a successful sleepover! Junah's a pro, but it was Gin's first time! We had an unsuccessful try last summer when the boys were here from Spain (hello, overload), and this was our first try since.

I may or may not blog while I'm away... Instagram will probably be easier, so follow me there if you'd like. I am @vicki.knitorious. And hold down the fort while I'm gone, OK? See you next week, for sure.


Meanwhile...

My shoulder is feeling SO MUCH BETTER since I likely all but broke my big toe last night! There's a serious rainbow happening and it's pretty swollen... I'd show you, but those are weird photos and I haven't had a pedi since my DIY job back in May or June.

Is it weird that I started thinking about a colorway? Would you buy yarn in a color called My Technicolor Toe??

Here I was worried that I'd have trouble getting my luggage into an overhead bin, and now I've concerns about getting through the concourse and making connections -- not to mention navigating a huge sheep & wool festival in T-minus-10! I'm not really too concerned -- just being dramatic! I should be fine...

Seriously, I am not a klutz. A certain pair of name-brand thongs are on their way to the trash, though; that is the common denominator.


Baby steps

My big news/accomplishment over the weekend is that I was able to wash my hair without needing to support/rest my arm on the shower wall -- not even once -- for the first time since I fell on 9/1. It wasn't pretty and it wasn't without discomfort, but I did it! Another PT appointment is coming up later this week, and I continue to do my exercises... mostly... except for that one that really hurts like hell most of the time.

I was "home alone" for much of Saturday and putzed around the house. I settled on organizing some of my knitting books and sorting through printed patterns. I am short several lifetimes in terms of all the patterns and yarn at my fingertips (though I am safe to say there is much more of the former than the latter). There's already pre-ordered yarn and two tote bags coming home with me from Rhinebeck this year, but I think I'm going to (try to) concentrate mostly on all of the lovely people, and on falafel and maybe even on artichokes french. I haven't had any of those the last few times because the line is always incredibly long... but there's far less chance to get in trouble when I'm standing in line, isn't there?! And the line sticks right out into a big thoroughfare, so it's like a knitter net. Ha. Yeah.

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On Sunday, I watched a miserable Packer game at a sports bar with Kate. We've done that for every game this year except for the Bills game, when we took an opportunity to actually go to the game! Afterwards, we met Ali & Malina and headed down to Ikea in Oak Creek! She was really much happier than she looks... charming everyone! Late Sunday is definitely the time to go to Ikea. The drive wasn't too bad (would have been better without the rain) (I am so sick of the rain!), and the baby was a peach -- she sits in the cart like a champ! Like she's been doing it for weeks! Haha.


Right now: October!

It's been a while!

Looking back to Come What May... and June, July & August and the big plans I had... well, I think I did OK!

  • I spent as much time as possible -- a LOT OF TIME -- with my FAMILY! Some for only a few days, some for longer -- we made the best of every minute we had.
  • CSA deliveries began in June and continue for a few more weeks, and I couldn't love my farm/farmers more. It's been so great that Ali & I have signed up for the Fall & Winter shares, as well.
  • I traveled to NYC in June, and to Chicago a few times over the summer.
  • I finished Malina's quilt, and sewed at least one outfit for each of the grands.
  • Even if I didn't get to window coverings, as I'd hoped, I did finally do some macram√© -- and taught/inspired others!
  • Another fabulous Auntie Camp is in the books -- with more tie-dye to show for it than ever!
  • I participated in only one bicycling event, I didn't get the indigo planted, we didn't have a rummage sale, I didn't dye any yarn or fabric, and I didn't work on those aging mosaic tables.
  • Never say "never."

So, currently, I am...

Anticipating... (some of these) MOVIES! Mostly A Star is Born and Bohemian Rhapsody, but also Beautiful Boy, First Man, Boy Erased, Mary, Queen of Scots... and even Aquaman (that'll be a good one to see at Christmas time with the boys). Part of me wishes I liked scary/horror movies, because Jamie Lee Curtis.

Excited about... a quick run over to Algoma with Rusty & Kate this evening for the opening of a show curated by the latter at the James May Gallery.

Knitting... I am so close to finishing both Savage Heart (cardigan) and Summer Camp (scarf)! I feel as though I'm even slower at knitting than reading these days...

Looking forward to... a little jaunt over to Minneapolis early next month to see Gregory Alan Isakov in concert. He was my "most listened to" artist on Spotify last year, mainly because of his beautiful album Gregory Alan Isakov with the Colorado Symphony. A couple of new tracks had been released in recent weeks, which "made me look" and, sure enough, I found TOUR DATES, and a new album, Evening Machines, was just released today!! I'd never actually read his bio until today... and it is fascinating! (If you click on only one link in this linkapalooza post, make it that one!)

Needing... to get some bookkeeping done.

Planning... a March trip to the UK & Spain! We plan to spend a few days on the north coast of Cornwall, which has been long on Rusty's list, and then head to Valencia for the last day or two of Falles, followed by some (quieter) visiting with Ann & fam.

Reading/Pages... I am still reading The Best Cook in the World: Tales From my Momma's Table by Rick Bragg. The other night I read about how to make possum. Yep. Nope.

Reading/Audio... Uncommon Type by Tom Hanks, and really enjoying it!

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Wondering... What's up in your world?


3TT

Thing 1

Well, I tried... "Walk-in Wednesday" mammograms are still a thing, but there are limited slots (a change from last time I was able to take advantage) and it didn't work out yesterday, so, there's a scheduled mammogram appointment at the end of the month. I want to whine but instead I'll suck it up and Just Do It.

Thing 2

I might have to schedule another massage for that day, though! Probably not 90 minutes, but who knows... Yesterday was my second-ever 90-minute massage and the two couldn't have been more different! The first was very much in the realm of relaxation... sure, I had a few little issues, but mostly I was pretty blissed out. This time, it was much more therapeutic... very little of that blissful relaxed feeling, but pretty spectacular nonetheless.

Thing 3

I had a blast with the kids yesterday, even though we broke the rules... pointedly pointed out to us by a middle-schooler, of course. Rusty walked with the kids & me to pick up my car, then he drove it home while the kids and I decided to head to the local Skate Park. It's located right across the street from City Hall and both the Police & Fire Departments, and it's fun to keep an eye on things -- sometimes the fire doors are open and trucks move in and out, though we've never been there when they've actually gone out on a call! (One or more of us would probably start to cry from the shock.)

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The Skate Park is for in-line skates or skateboards only... NO BIKES. Prior to the sign being pointed out (which I've actually read before but, obviously, promptly forgot), there were two or three other kids on riding around on their bikes. This was sort of an impromptu visit, and next time I'll definitely make sure there's a helmet involved!

I hope you're having a good week! Visit Carole to read more "Three Things on Thursday" posts!


Blabbity-blab

Hey, y'all. There's a wild & crazy "day off" ahead, but I wanted you to know that I haven't been receiving notification of comments for a couple of days. There's a "help ticket" in to Typepad, so we'll see what's up. I'm not ignoring you...

I'm off for a mammogram followed by a 90-minute massage... that seems like the perfect follow-up!!

Then I'm dropping my car off for routine service, and walking home where...

We're having "panpakes" for lunch at Kate's apartment with Ali & the kids.

And then I'll be watching the kiddos for a few hours while Ali's at work.

Giddyup, here we go... Woohoo!


Hello!

What big eyes you have...

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Malina just turned 6 months old and (right on schedule) is beginning to sit! She's wearing one of my all-time favorite sweaters, The Garter Yoke Baby Cardi, which I originally knit for Junah! I'm always thrilled and a little amazed when I see handknits like this -- already worn by Junah & Ginny (and sometimes by Mack & Addie before them!) and still looking very fine (quality yarn FTW)! I'd knit the hat years ago as a photo prop, but don't think I'll be doing any photography other than personal stuff in the future, so off it goes. The yarn is Sisik by Dale (discontinued), the same yarn that I'm using for my Savage Heart Cardigan (aka, Rhinebeck Sweater).

Speaking of which, the two halves have been joined and are awaiting sewing up. While I pondered that situation, I sewed a few beads onto my Alabama Chanin Car Coat/Jacket the other day. I've also picked up Summer Camp, which I started in May; I just started the last repeat and ought to have a new scarf in time for NY!

That's about the extent of it. I am doing things, not over-doing things. I had my second PT appointment last night and things are going well. I am doing a few simple exercises, and he is doing dry needling, among other things. He's not as convinced as the PA that I saw that there isn't more significant damage... I am not very excited about the prospect of surgery... so we're trying this more "conservative" approach first and will just have to wait and see how effective it all is. Surgery, if actually needed, can wait; I have an appointment with my new doc for a physical early next month, at which time we can chat. So far, there has been improvement in varying degrees on all fronts -- pain, strength, range of motion -- though a new exercise/stretch is testing my mettle!


Savoring...

v. to give oneself to the enjoyment of

My knitting has been limited -- a row or two or four, at best, most evenings -- but it occurred to me the other day that I could possibly reframe my thinking.

Perhaps I am savoring my knitting right now... giving myself to the enjoyment of knitting!

Last night, I savored the deliciousness of 3-needle bind-off!! Blocking is going to make a huge difference there, and I'm so excited.

I also bound off the neck edge, but blocking was not going to help that situation, so I tinked it and will re-try this evening.

Oh my gosh, SO CLOSE!

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At this time last year, I was savoring this project:

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Some might have called it "obsessed." Haha. I've had my Alabama Chanin Car Coat project at hand for a while now, and I think I'm soon going to dive head-long into that with the Wisconsin Blingfish frame of mind.

And this:

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Last September, I took the first of two trips to St. Louis. There are no firm plans, but the idea for a third trip has suddenly reared, having just learned about Ruth Asawa: Life's Work at the Pulitzer Arts Foundation. The exhibition runs until mid-February, so I'm thinking after the holidays... but I'm so excited already! I saw a few of her pieces at the de Young Museum in 2010 when I visited with Celia and it would be amazing to see her "life's work." Oh my.

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I have an appointment with a highly recommended physical therapist tomorrow morning. I'm excited about that, too.


Getting things done

Saturday was a day highly anticipated around here (at least for me) -- it was so important that I'd added it to my Google Calendar so I wouldn't miss it: Local Electronics Recycling Day!! I had three vacuum cleaners, a bag plump full of cords & connectors & chargers & remotes, plus an old drill that I have been eager to dispose of (and I'm sure I could have dug a little deeper and found even more)! I was a little late on my departure from home, but that actually turned out to be a good thing -- I drove right up to the drop-off point and was on my way in no time. Last time, I was in a line of waiting cars that stretched around the block.

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It was a gorgeous day and with a little more time on my hands than anticipated, I suggested to Kate that we call around and rent a small Uhaul to move the rest of her bigger furniture from the storage unit. We ended up having to drive to Green Bay, but we were given a brand new cargo van -- 57 miles on the odometer when we got it -- and we got the job done. It was so new that the "new car" smell was a bit overwhelming and we had to open the windows!

Rusty & I drove out to the Forst Inn in Tisch Mills for their 1st Anniversary Gala on Saturday evening. It was a lovely drive, and the celebration was fun.

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There's definite change afoot. Are you feeling it? We could see it just a bit as we took the drive -- there's a ways to go before we're full-on fall around here, but it's coming.

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Perhaps a bit ahead of ourselves, Junah and I worked on a seasonal banner last week -- it was supposed to have some fall leaves along with the turkeys, but we were shorted that element in the kit, so it has much more "Thanksgiving" than "Autumn" flavor. (Reminder to self: Avoid the felt/glue combo!) I love this turkey's jaunty hat band!

Similar to Kat, I somehow wound up with more stitches than required when it was time to start the lace pattern on Savage Heart (despite having just verified -- by counting -- that I was on track) and I took care of it in much the same manner as she, too. I'm currently just a couple rows shy of the exciting 3-needle bind-off that will join the two sides!! I'm really excited to have a new sweater for myself!

Finally, this caught my eye as I passed through the kitchen last night:

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It's a mug that Annie gave me quite a few years ago with photos of Mack & Addie that mostly I'd taken, and this "decorated mug" cracked me up.

I hope you had a great weekend!


Is this a knitting blog?

The knitting has been (literally) painfully slow, but it's happening.

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That's a totally photoshopped mirrored image of my Savage Heart Cardigan from a while back (it's that or more pics of or by the kids -- haha!), but it's pretty much the truth and just about where I stand... getting close! The first half is currently waiting to be bound to the second half, which has one 4-row repeat to go until the 8-row "fancy" chevron part, then a little ribbing to finish the neckline, and applied i-cord to finish the hem.

By default, I think this is going to be my Rhinebeck Sweater (ONE MONTH!). I had planned on knitting another, but it's not going to happen. I might still start it...

I went to the doc (PA) on Wednesday for a check on my shoulder and we think that all is good. Even though it sometimes hurts to move, I have good range of motion and at least a little strength in all areas, and there still seems to be a little bit of improvement every day. There have even been brief periods this week when I realize that I'm not feeling pain, at least for a for a few minutes and/or in a certain position, and it's such a relief.

Have a great weekend! Once again, I will be taking it as easy as I can...


New shutterbug amongst us

Junah was fascinated by my camera last week when I got it out to take to the park, and he wanted to take some photos, too. I put it on Auto and handed it over...

Through the Eyes of Junah

PEOPLE:

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PLACES:

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THINGS:

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He was very careful with the camera and it was adorable to watch & listen to him.
"Want me to take your picture??"


Sewing: Mickey's 90th

Mickey Mouse was everywhere this summer -- did you notice? Well, I don't get out much, but notably in my world at Target and Joann Fabrics. It's Mickey's 90th birthday... and I can only imagine what that means for 2028!! We've a soft spot for that guy around here, which hearkens back to my childhood and the nickname "Mouse," given to me by my dad; he didn't mean Mickey Mouse, just that I was as small as a mouse, but everyone else translated it that way and I used to get a lot of Mickey-related gifts.

Well, I fell for it. It started with a fat quarter bundle and an adorable Geranium Dress/Top for Malina, and continued with similar for Ginny. Junah wanted in on the action, too! Specifically, he wanted a dress... which I did cut out but haven't sewn up yet. I got sidetracked by a Hawaiian Shirt for him, instead!

I finished the shirt in July!

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I found the perfect vintage buttons and used red thread -- love how that turned out.

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The buttonholes should have been made a tad larger, but Junah was able to button it himself the other day... with some gentle reassurance that it was definitely tricky and all my fault and he was doing great!

Here are all three pieces:

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They've been hanging in my workroom for WEEKS. I finally finagled all the kids into their Mickey duds on Wednesday when we headed to the park.

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In SUPER coordinated fashion -- with each other and the stroller and the bicycle!! Haha!

I took some photos ~~~~

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Um, yeah. That's the way it goes sometimes! (And the kids -- poor girls, especially -- have been eaten alive by mosquitoes!)

We tried again at home with slightly better results:

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Though you see more of Malina's diaper (actually, emergency use of one of Ginny's pull-ups) than dress!

I had a blast sewing those pieces, and have quite a bit more fabric... so maybe some Christmas sewing is in my future.