How is it already the end of May?

Yikes! Where did the spring go? How can it already be Memorial Day weekend and the unofficial start of summer? I guess time flies when you are busy (and old, LOL). I knew it had been awhile since I posted but I didn’t realize my last post was April 25th. Sorry about that.

I have been traveling much and basically checking in at home long enough to do the grocery shopping, launder my clothes and throw them back in my suitcase. :-) I have a bit of knitting progress on my Sprossling but it’s still not a sweater yet. I have the back almost finished.  Forgive the lighting please; it’s in my hotel room.

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When I AM home I have been enjoying the wildlife feeders we have in our yard. We see all kinds of critters and birds at the feeding stations. Here’s a feeder Jerry made for the squirrels (in hopes they will stay out of the bird feeder, LOL). Check out the one on the ground eating what the other one drops. :-D

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I am in Wooster, OH at the moment for the Great Lakes Fiber Show.  I hope to see some of you who are regulars to the festival. I am in my usual spot, for those of you who may be new to the show, that is Bldg. 39 booths 31-33.

I have always thought that the drive through Cincinnati is an interesting one. The way the city skyline appears coming in from the south on I-71/I-75.  I decided to try to snap a quick shot on Thursday. I was kind of rainy, but still looks pretty cool.

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The top image is the raw shot and the second is cropped to zoom in the perspective.

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Well, I guess that will do for today. I hope I don’t leave you hanging for a month again. No promises, but I will try. There’s a new grand baby due in a couple weeks so at the very least you will probably hear from me then if not sooner. Thanks for hanging in there. :-)

Finally some knitting…

I missed writing a post while I was in Virginia. The Olde Liberty Fibre Faire was a bit of a wash unfortunately, literally. It rained most of Saturday and the attendance was sparse. I felt for the vendors in tents. I was at least in the barn, but the rain kept blowing in on my side. By 2:00 the wind and rain really picked up and since there weren’t any shoppers by that point we all began packing up. It is such a beautiful place, and the host farm was very good to us vendors. They even had snacks, coffee, water, etc.. for us. Maybe next year will have better weather.

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I left on Sunday and spent two nights in Hagerstown, MD since I wasn’t able to change my hotel reservation in Connecticut to go straight there. I had made my booking there before I knew I was doing the show in Virginia. I figured it would be a good idea to have a shorter drive into Connecticut than I would have had leaving from Lynchburg, VA since I was driving through NYC. Actually after checking out the tolls for my truck/trailer (4 axles) especially the George Washington Bridge, that it was best to re-route if possible. If what I saw online was correct the bridge alone would be about $30. Yikes! I went around the west bypass (I-287) and went over the Tappan-Zee Bridge instead. Anyway, so I am here and resting up for my booth set up tomorrow morning at Stitches United. 

I did get some knitting done since my last post. I finished the second sleeve on my Sprossling and started the back. Sorry for the darkish picture but it’s taken in my hotel room and it’s still raining out. Hope the weather clears soon. I am rather sick of rain just now. :-)

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Busy as a One Armed Paper Hanger 

I am sure you are tired of hearing how busy I am. We all are, right? Nevertheless it is the truth and I certainly don’t have any knitting progress to show you so this is what I have to talk about or not post at all.  After returning from Yarn Con on April 3rd I have hardly had time to catch my breath. 

There were over a hundred Yarn Swifts awaiting me to apply finish on and put in bags. Then I had to catch up my records and do some quarterly sales taxes. Then after a bit of house cleaning there was dye to prepare for a huge order of yarn arriving soon. Well, arrive it did, and just as I had completed the dye prep. So that has been wearing me out this week. I am on the last day of that right now. The next couple of days will involve labeling all the yarn and loading it in the trailer. 

I will be off to Virginia and then Conneticut starting on Thursday the 20th. I will be returning to a spring show in Virginia that I did as my 3rd show ever in 2007. It is now called the Olde Liberty Fiber Faire. It appears they haven’t updated the vendor list for 2017 but I will be there. I am then going to Stitches United in Hartford, CT. This will be my first time to that area. Hope to see some familiar faces from Stitches East as well as lots of new ones. 

Since a blog post without pictures is boring, here is a few of what I dyed this morning. :-)

Same story; different place

This week finds me again killing a couple hours waiting to go get my booth set up for the Pittsburgh Knit & Crochet Festival. This is my 10th year at this show and it is always interesting. It is cold this morning but is supposed to reach 50 degrees today and the rest of the weekend even milder temperatures. There is a chance of showers but at least it’s not cold. I’ll take what I can get. :-)

I had a bit of a distressing experience on Tuesday while I was laying over on the way between here and Wisconsin. I arrived Monday evening and unhitched my truck from my trailer because I needed to do some shopping for supplies the next day. I was driving on to Pittsburgh on Wednesday morning. So, I parked my truck side by side Monday night. Tuesday I did my shopping and towards evening it was supposed to rain so I went out my truck (next to the trailer still) to get stuff from the back, when I looked over and saw the back door of my trailer standing ajar and the padlock lying on the ground! Thank the Lord I went out at that point and saw it before the rain damaged my inventory. Also fortunately my contents have no street value so they didn’t steal or vandalize any of my stuff.

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However, they did damage my trailer to this extent and I was in quandary how to fix it with virtually no tools. The hotel manager was willing to help out but the maintenance man was gone for the night. My husband saved the day by suggesting I look for a trailer sales/repair place near by. Thank the Lord, there was one less than 3 miles from where I was! There were open the next morning at 9 am which was fine, I only had a short 170 miles to go to get to Pittsburgh so I could leave as late as check out time, 12pm, and be fine. God bless those guys at Wiliams Trailer Sales  , they fixed me up in less than half an hour and I was on my way. They installed a new lock hasp and I decided it was a good time to upgrade my security while I was at it. :-)

I have worked on my Sprossling some but don’t have a new picture at the moment. I will update that and show you my booth here when I get back. Later!

In Like a Lion

Quite a bit has changed since my last post, hasn’t it? Winter has decided to make a last ditch effort at reminding us of its existence. Just a couple days after I wrote how we had the windows open and it even was in the low 80’s, cold weather blasted in and hasn’t quite given up yet. To make matters worse, for me at least, I am considerably farther north for next two weeks and a couple days.

As I told you last time, my first festival of the year, is the Madison Knitter’s Guild annual winter Knit-In. I arrived on Thursday afternoon and spent most of Friday setting up and restocking the booth. There was an evening preview last night as well, from 8-9:30, so it was a long day. It is good to be back out doing what I love but at the same time my heart is back home in Nashville missing my people, but I am trying to keep my mind on my work so I can keep it together and not be a teary eyed mess for the customers. :-)

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Here’s my work station I took last night, where I am writing this post from this morning too actually. Here’s hoping for a busy day in the market, which is opening momentarily so I had better close.

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Before I go though, here’s a quick shot of the first sleeve on my Sprossling , I finished before I left home. It’s the only knitting I brought with me so I may even finish it before I get home.

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Fallston

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Fallston is now ready for her debut next weekend in Wisconsin at the Knit-In.

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We have had mostly mild weather in Nashville this winter. I have been enjoying my new windows because we have been able to open them so much and enjoy airing out the house. I have had the open open quite a lot actually. They are open today since it’s about 70 degrees and clear skies. I am prepared for the fact I am heading into “winter” next week but hoping it won’t be too bad.

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Besides Wisconsin, I am headed to Pittsburgh for the Knit and Crochet Festival, and then on to Chicago for Yarn Con. I have been watching the weather conditions on an app on my phone for these locations so I know how to pack for the weather.

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It’s getting pretty green here in Nashville. Our peach trees are blooming, well one of them is. The trees are starting to form leaf buds and the Bradford Pears and Crabapple are flowering.

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I thought you might like to see a blocking shot. Below is the piles of freshly washed and blocked booth samples. I got the tags replaced and re-boxed them to put back in the trailer yesterday.

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Checking in from Minneapolis

Good morning all! I have about an hour until I must leave for the convention center for the first market day at Vogue Knitting Live Minneapolis, so it seemed like a good time to catch you up on my last trip for this year.

Booth set up went pretty well on Wednesday afternoon. I am fortunate that I am able to park my trailer at the convention center in the loading area. I can also park my truck back there each day when I arrive. This relieves much stress with finding parking each day. On the other hand I am paying dearly for that privilege. I won’t even say how much because it is rather sickening but it seems I probably wouldn’t have saved much, if anything, by parking off site since the lots charge $4-$8 and hour or something. Sheesh! But anyway, the facility is nice with good lighting. Here’s a couple pictures I took before I left Wednesday.

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I had some free time on Thursday, as I had hoped, to go check out the Mall of America. Holy cow! Does that thing have it’s own zip code? I didn’t really know what to expect so I went with no specific plans. I just wandered around for a couple hours trying not to get lost. Open-mouthed smile The only purchase I made was a vinyl record cleaning kit I picked up in Barnes & Noble. I have been meaning to get one, so when I spotted one, I grabbed it.

The rest of the day I hung out in my room watching concert DVD’s and knitting. I also started watching Stranger Things on Netflix. One of my sons-in-law recommended it to me because I read Stephen King and he thought I might like it. It is pretty good actually. I got that whole chart 3 done on the Talise shawl, which means only one chart to go. That works out to 32 rows though so there is still a fair bit of knitting left.

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Okay I better close and get my gear ready for the day. See you later.