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Thursday, 13 March 2008
Can't Talk...Must Knit

Sock Madness 2 started this afternoon.  I had to wait until after work and dealing with the kids to get started, so I'm behind.

 Can't talk now...Must Knit!!

Posted by planet/hayshandcrafted at 6:25 PM EDT
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Tuesday, 11 March 2008
Oh, Spring!

We were coming in the house the other day, when Gavin sniffed deeply, wrinkled his nose, and loudly asked, "Eeww!! What's that smell?"  Before I could come back with my usual, "I don't know.  What's it smell like?", you could see the lightbulb moment.  "Oh!!  It's SPRING!!  It's been so long, I've forgotten what it smells like!!"


















Posted by planet/hayshandcrafted at 3:48 PM EDT
Updated: Tuesday, 11 March 2008 4:58 PM EDT
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Thursday, 6 March 2008
"E" : Excursion Without Chaperone = EXPENSIVE!

The kids got out of school early today.  Connor went to Friendly's with his friend, and Gavin was picked up by my friend so that I could work.  Seemed sort of silly to ask for time off on only my third day, no?  So, since the kids were occupied, I ran an "errand" on the way home.  OK, so I stopped at my LYS, Sheep Street.  I had to get ready for Sock Madness 2, right?  Needed some "choices" and backups...

See how "ready" I got?  ($400.01, and I still haven't got any laceweight...)








Posted by planet/hayshandcrafted at 6:59 PM EST
Updated: Thursday, 6 March 2008 8:48 PM EST
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Monday, 3 March 2008
New Adventure

Well, tomorrow I start a new job.  It'll only be 25 hours a week, and the only benefit is that the hours can be flexed somewhat when I need to take one of the kids to their various and sundry appointments, but it is only 10 minutes drive (and a 5 minute walk from the parking lot to the office), so that's a good thing, too. 

I'm looking forward to it.  Wish me luck...

Posted by planet/hayshandcrafted at 10:16 PM EST
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Thursday, 28 February 2008
"D" is for Dang!...(aka Destruction, Deconstructing, Decreasing...)
I'd made quite a bit of progress on the toe-up sock - was nearly done with the gusset - but then I tried it on and discovered that I made it a bit too long, so I ripped it back ... sigh...

Posted by planet/hayshandcrafted at 1:13 PM EST
Updated: Thursday, 28 February 2008 1:19 PM EST
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Monday, 25 February 2008
SPA Recovery and Recap (and a Contest)

Ok, so I'm still recovering from my very first SPA.  What should have been a two and a half hour trip north ran closer to five, what with the weather and all.  Hubby and kids came along, although they went off and did their own thing while I went off to be pleasantly overwhelmed. 

We stayed at the Hampton Inn, and I think I liked being a bit set away from the "main action", at least for my first time.  After we'd checked in and went to Friendly's for a late supper, I drove around until I found the Hilton Garden Inn and The Harraseeket Inn, so I'd be prepared for Saturday.  Oh, and I had some door prizes to drop off, too, but I missed the greeter-folks, so had to wait. 

I did wander around the Hilton Garden Inn a bit, and was beyond amazed at the sights!  Every conceivable nook and cranny (and by Saturday, some nooks and/or crannies I hadn't considered!) had fiber-folk doing fiber things, or at least chatting about fluff & stuff.  My first thought was, "Oh, my!!", and that was basically my theme for the weekend.  Mind you, I was there after 9pm on Friday, and was already short of breath.  I peeked in the peep-hole at the Mercantile area, and "ohmy"ed again.  I found where the "Old Town Hall" area was and saw a great many spinning wheels of all sorts set up, and folks making it all look so easy.  I was in such shock that I forgot to pull out my camera.  (I've seen this condition referred to as "camnesia" in several blogs...that's a fairly accurate term...LOL)

I went back to the Hampton and plopped down in the lobby for some solo knitting - apparently I'd just missed some folks who'd been there earlier.  Ah, well.  I needed to get some rest, anyway, so I could have plenty of energy for Saturday.  Boy, was I gonna need it!!

Dragged my butt out of bed at some unholy hour so I could shower and get breakfast.  By the time I got downstairs the breakfast area was already quite crowded.  I could be fairly certain that the majority of the folks there were there for SPA.  They were the ones who where admiring each other's handiwork, and not at all shy about approaching someone wearing a hand-crafted item and asking if it could be touched, what was the pattern, and which yarn was used (does it come in other colors?  did you like working with it?...etc).  It was just as easy to spot the non-SPA folk.  They were the ones totally mystified by the above behaviors, and who seemed to eat quickly and then depart.  The knitterly/crochetty/spinnerly type folks hung around... And that's how I met Brittni.

She was sitting alone at the table next to me, where I was also alone, since Bill & the boys were still snoring, and we struck up a conversation.  More specifically, SHE struck it up.  I was more or less vegging, seeing as how I'd yet to beomce completely caffeinated.  Eventually, since other folks needed to sit and eat, she moved to my table and we continued chatting.  I was going to take the shuttle to the SPA stuff at the Hilton, and she offered to drive.  So I took her up on it.  We met back at the elevator after heading briefly back to our rooms, and we were off!

Oh, I should mention that she brought her turtle.  He's a tiny little thing (sorry, even though I heard her say it a bazillion times, I can't remember what kind he is), and he'll eventually grow to the size of a coffee table.  For now, thought, he fints in the palm of her hand and kept warm while we were out by riding on her shoulder inside her coat.  One we were situated, though, he got to hand out in her knitting basket...LOL.  (I thought I had a picture of him, but I guess not...oh, here's a link to a pic of Benson on her blog)

Anyhoosie, once we got to the Hilton and hung up our coats, it was just about time for the Mercantile area to open.  We figured we'd make the rounds before pulling out our wallets, for fear that we'd blow it all at the first vendor and then be quite sad when we had no money left over for the next.  For..oh, a good 20 minutes or so, all I could manage was "OOOoooooo!!!" and "oh, my!" and maybe an "oh, my GOODNESS!" or two.  Yeah, I think my mouth froze in an "O"!  LOL  One thing I knew for sure that I wanted to consider buying was some laceweight yarn for the Sock Madness2.  After that, everything wlse was fair game.

After a bit, we went to the Old Town Hall area and saw this:







And Hope Lewis taught us to knit two socks (or sleeves or whatever) at a time on two circular needles:







I remembered to take a picture of Bart weaving his table runner (which, btw, he started and completed over the course of the weekend!) and Brittni knitting a toe-up sock (that's her Clapotis on her lap, that she'd just finished knitting this weekend.:







I managed to finish a sock, and start a toe-up (I'll knit the mate to the first one later..just HAD to try that toe- up thing...)







I then had a TCA (Transient Camnesia Attack) that lasted for much of the rest of the day, including the Fashion Show, where we saw the  most amazing stuff!!  I can't even begin to describe most of it, and I was in such awe that I forgot that my camera was a mere 10 inches from my hand.  Somehow, Brittni and an convinced ourselves to show off our stuff; she her Clapotis, and me, well, I just had these socks I'd knit with self-striping yarn and durn near a stroke trying to get the second sock to stripe the same as the first.  I wore them on my hands for the fashion show.  (Yes, that was me.  And I didn't even have the benefit of alcohol to blame it on...)  Went back to the Hampton (after stoppiong at Shaw's for snacks) and hung out in the lobby until nice & late.  (Then I had to take Connor to LLBean, but that's a story for another time!

And now, THE CONTEST!  I had a budget when I headed north.  It was all in cash, so I'd still be able to pay the mortgage (they don't take barter that seriously at the bank... money talks, fiber walks!) after I'd blown it all.  So, your best guess, without going over - how much did I spend at SPA on fibery yummies?  You have until midnight Eastern Time on Saturday to enter your guess.  Closest without going over wins...hmmm....howsabout I decide on the prize after I find out who wins and I'll make it "something that suits". 

Posted by planet/hayshandcrafted at 12:19 PM EST
Updated: Tuesday, 26 February 2008 5:00 PM EST
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Sunday, 24 February 2008
2008 Spa, Knit & Spin
Made it, despite snow.  Met a new friend (Hi, Brittni!) and her turtle.  Learned some new stuff (thanks, Hope!).  Wore socks on my hands.  Must sleep now....

Posted by planet/hayshandcrafted at 1:27 AM EST
Updated: Sunday, 24 February 2008 1:43 AM EST
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Thursday, 21 February 2008
Eclipse Exhaustion

Connor had two friends "sleep" over last night.  The three of them are self-confessed science geeks, so they watched Mythbusters, ate a ton of food (a 'quick shop' for their snacks amounted to right around $100!), and spent a few hours going in and out to watch the total lunar eclipse last night.  I tried to snap a pic, but it was hard to stay still, what with the shivering and all...








They were up until 3am, and therefore, so was I.  I'm amazed that I can even string to gether a coherent thought at the moment...LOL.  And now I have to go do laundry and pack.  I'm going to SPA.  I don't yet know if hubby and the kids are going to go up too, and do their own thing while I get high on fiber fumes, but it's looking like they'll be staying home.  I should know in about 3 hours whether or not I'll have company.  Anyone who reads this headed to Freeport this weekend? (Yes, I'm begging for a comment...LOL)



Posted by planet/hayshandcrafted at 6:40 PM EST
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Tuesday, 19 February 2008
"C" is for Camping Show

We spent the long weekend in Springfield, MA, working at the Springfield RV, Camping & Outdoor Show.  We found our perfect camper. 







IT has the most perfect bathroom.  For me, that means that when one enters the bathroom and closes the door, one may then comfortably sit on the toilet and have ample "elbow room".  We test this by sitting down and flapping our "wings", as if doing the "Chicken Dance".  If elbows do not come in contact with walls or other interior fixtures, the bathroom is said to have passed the "Flap Test".  Bonus points are awarded if knee flapping also results in no contact.

 The other feature that makes this camper perfect is the fact that it has enough beds for all of us, and there's no converting of the kitchen table or some such in order to have enough sleeping space.  And the kitchen table itself has sufficient seating for my big butt and the rest of the family all at the same time. 

The only tiny problem is that we can't tow it.  It's only a few thousand pounds too heavy for our truck...sigh...



Anyhoosie, we had a blast checking out all sorts of campers and equipment, as well as scouting out some new places to camp.  I got in some sock knitting during the down times.  The organizers of the show put out a spread on Sunday night for all of the vendors and workers that was beyond incredible.  All in all, it was a good time had by all!

On another note, I'm considering going to SPA 2008 in Freeport, Maine this coming weekend.  I've got a hotel reservation, and the original plan was for the family to go and have fun at L.L. Bean while I go about enjoying the fibery fun.  However, hubby isn't so keen on it now, having just spent this weekend away.  If he doesn't go, then I can't take the kids - they'll be bored, and I'll be otherwise engaged.  I could still go by myself, but I'll be by myself.  Now, the thought of some alone time doesn't really rub me the wrong way, but this SPA thing really sounds like the sort of thing I'd enjoy more if I shared it with someone(s).  So, I have questions:  Anyone been before?  Should I still go by myself, if it turns out the family isn't going?  Any advice, one way or the other? 

Thanks in advance for your assistance.  Smile

Posted by planet/hayshandcrafted at 11:46 PM EST
Updated: Thursday, 21 February 2008 1:10 AM EST
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Wednesday, 6 February 2008
It's a New Record!

11 Minutes.  That's how long it took me and both of the boys to get ready for school this morning.  Gotta be a record.  Of course, they were a wee bit late...only two and a half hours, or so.  I just hate it when I over sleep like that.  I do know that I changed the numbers on the alarm clock.  I'm reasonably sure that I then slid the little switch to the "make really obnoxious noise at predetermined time" position.  What happened after that is a mystery to me.  Did hubby turn my alarm off when he got his?  (It's a dual alarm clock.)  Did I manage to get out of bed, cross the room, turn the alarm off, and crawl back into bed, and now have no recollection whatsoever of having done all that?  I have no idea...

So, while I have a cup of tea and become truly conscious, I'll consider if I want to try my hand at Sock Madness 2.  It seems like it would be fun, and surely it's the perfect excuse to shop for more yarn!  Anyone done this before?  Am I nuts to consider it?

Posted by planet/hayshandcrafted at 10:14 AM EST
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