Sunday, July 31, 2011

I Love When a Plan B Comes Together

I finished my I'm Biased Scarf on our trip, but I had brought along another scarf pattern that has been in my queue on Ravelry for awhile that I finally had a chance to get to, the Drops wavy lace pattern. It is worked long wise instead of width wise, which is a bit different. I am not certain it will be as long as I would prefer, but we will see. Even my husband commented on the pattern (which is unusual). Since the pattern is a 17 stitch repeat, I decided I would use markers and I thought I threw them in my knitting bag before we left, alas, I did not....but no worries, I just grabbed the yarn from the other scarf and cut it and tied it into little rings and voila, hand made markers! At first hub thought I was adding fringe to the scarf - ha ha!

I really enjoyed our vacation with the family out to Yellowstone, the scenery was breathtaking and the wild life captivating as well. It is always nice to see animals in their own habitat as opposed to pacing in a zoo I think. Well, back to work tomorrow, but no worries, I have another trip planned in 2 weeks!

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Bump In the Night

A mouse got into our room and woke us up around 3am! Hub found it and threw it out, yuck. Hard to sleep after that excitement, I must say.

Friday, July 22, 2011

White Knuckle Knitting

We drove thru Iron Mountain Road and the Needles Highway yesterday afternoon. I am glad we chose to drive this way instead of taking the regular highway with the idea to get somewhere faster. It probably took us 10 times longer, but it was very beautiful.

When you first drive in, there are pine trees and quaint little bridges, but as you get further down the road, you encounter sharp turns and switchbacks along with the incredible views.

I was in the front seat as co pilot as well as knitting, but I must admit there were times where I could not knit as I was gripping the armrests as tightly as I could. It seems silly, because really, is it going to save me to hang onto the armrests if we drive off a cliff? I guess it just makes me feel better.

We ended up not arriving in Cody until 9:30 pm, too late to do much besides collapse in bed after a long days drive. Today we are driving onto Yellowstone. The forecast indicates a chance of rain, but we are hoping for the best.
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Thursday, July 21, 2011

The Bad Lands and Mount Rushmore

We hopped in the car Tuesday night after our last home cooked meal and left for South Dakota. Our intent was to drive through the night and visit the Bad Lands and then drive onto Mount Rushmore and spend the night in Keystone, South Dakota. It worked out just as we planned (I can't believe it!!) and my husband and I traded off the driving every 3-5 hours, depending how we were feeling at that time. It was REALLY hot, I don't think it got below 80 all night long. The bugs were crazy and the front of my minivan looks like it needs a shave!

Even though I have seen pictures of the Bad Lands before, it is different in real life. We didn't do a ton of hiking there because the kids (and us) were pretty tired still. I got a lot of pictures and we enjoyed our time there. Then we drove on to Keystone, SD, the home of Mount Rushmore. Instead of doing that right away, hub took the kids down for a swim and I took a nap. Staying on our time zone has its advantages and disadvantages, we always get a great seat at dinner, but usually no one is serving lunch at our lunch time. Inconvenient, but we are getting used to 2 breakfasts a day.

We went to Rushmore last night and enjoyed the movie of how it was created. That man had quite a vision and made it happen.

Today we are heading to see Crazy Horse, and then we are going to head onto Cody, Wyoming, home of Buffalo Bill.
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Sunday, July 17, 2011

Packing Yet Again

A view of Mount Rushmore in the Black Hills of...Image via Wikipedia
Crazy as it sounds, we are packing again, this time, though, for vacation (yeah!!!!). I got my bag back from Delta, so after I unpacked it yesterday evening, I am now repacking. It is starting to feel like a regular activity, oddly enough. We leave for a road trip out west on Tuesday after I get done with work for the day. We still have not decided if we are going to leave right away or wait until around 11 pm. I am voting that we just get going. Our first stop is South Dakota where we will see Mount Rushmore. We are going to be spending time in Yellowstone and the Tetons before heading back home. All in all, we will be gone for 12 days. I can't wait for this trip. I just need to decide what knitting I am going to take with me. Decisions, decisions.........

The cats are suspicious and are pacing around the suitcases; they know something is up. I have been giving Georgie extra love since I have been gone so much in the past 4 weeks.

While I was gone the flowers around the house have been going absolutely crazy as has the garden. We had some green beans today, they are so much better than frozen!

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Saturday, July 16, 2011

The Bag-less Lady

Yesterday was a rough travel day. After a good meeting at our last supplier, we drove to the Bradley International Airport, which is located in Hartford, CT. We were supposed to depart via Delta around 2 pm, but upon checking in, we saw our flight to Minneapolis was delayed to the point that we would miss the connector home. So, we had them rebook us on a flight to Cincinnati and then Grand Rapids.

The new flight was not scheduled to depart until around 6pm, so we sat around and read. I finished the book I had been reading, Cleo, by Helen Brown (fabulous book, I recommend it) and then I started in on Best Friends Forever by Jennifer Weiner, what appears to be a sort of Thelma and Louise type story (at least based upon what I have read so far).

Shortly, it was announced that this flight would be delayed around a 1/2 hour, which meant we would not catch our connecting flight yet again. So, after another long wait in line, we were rerouted to Detroit, with a plan to rent a car upon arrival and just drive home. Third time is a charm, right?

Upon arrival into Detroit Metro, we discovered (not that we were surprised) that our bags were not there. We were told they were already in Grand Rapids; how they could get there and we could not was beyond me, but I just took the baggage claim slip and headed for the rental cars.

After arriving at the Grand Rapids International Airport, we checked baggage and (surprise, surprise) no bags. I dropped off my companion and I drove the rest of the way back to Holland, finally getting home at 2am. What a L O N G day of travel!
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Thursday, July 14, 2011

Interesting Design Element

Photo postcard of Union Station and the Clockt...Image via Wikipedia
We made it to Connecticut yesterday afternoon just before dinner and we missed all of the New York traffic by leaving a bit early, which was very nice. I am certainly not accustomed to all of this traffic, coming from little Holland MI. We are staying in a town called Waterbury. After we had a great dinner at a local Mexican restaurant, we decided to walk around town  for a while. A cold front had gone thru and the temperature had dropped to a very pleasant 73 degrees. There were a lot of very beautiful old buildings to see, at one time, this must have been a very popular city. My pictures of the clock tower did not turn out as the sun was behind it. It felt a little strange that no one else was walking around, which is so very different from life at home.

My room has a great spot for knitting, but I had to share a picture as I don't quite know what to make of it. The sofa is orange, but it has a section that is floral and it looks odd. The back section is not even to correct height. What do you think?

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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Flying With Scissors

I flew out of Grand Rapids airport on Monday afternoon on the first leg of my journey to New York and Connecticut. This past weekend, we were at my in laws in the Detroit area, so I grabbed my knitting bag from the first suitcase and transferred it to my backpack and then went on my merry way. When we got to the airport, I checked my suitcase and headed on to security. I was a little surprised that for this trip I had to remove my watch, I had travelled just 2 weeks prior and this was not an issue, but whatever. So, they scan my bag and then tell me they need to open it and check it out. Here is the dialog that transpires:

A man asks me in a stern voice,"Do you have a sharp object in your bag?"

I think about it, "Oh, yes, I have my knitting needles."

He looks me over and says,"It is a metal object."

I think further and then I realize, "Oh yeah, my scissors are in there."

He frowns and says,"This is not a scissors." He is holding it in his hand like it is some sort of weapon. I reach for them and he pulls them back.

"They are fabric cutters," I explain,"pull the orange button back."

He does it and they (miraculously) open up like scissors do. "I think these are oversize," he says.

His companion disagrees, "The guideline is 4", so they are fine."

He takes them over to a ruler and measures them. "By George, they are less than 4" so these are fine to travel with."

I take them back and say," I will just put them in my checked luggage next time."

This guy really needs a trip to Hobby Lobby in the near future!
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Friday, July 8, 2011

Michigan Fiber Festival is Coming

Only a little over a month away, the Michigan Fiber Festival is coming up soon. How we got so lucky as to have this great event on the west side of the state is beyond me, but I am certainly not complaining. This year, it is scheduled August 17-21 at the Allegan County Fairgrounds. There is plenty for everyone, but of course the big focus is on the fiber. There are classes, tractor rides, fair food, animals, live entertainment, whats not to like? If you want to see pictures of last year's event, check out their blog. They use a great blog template (ha ha).

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Not So Sure About This

I've been working on some new ideas for patterns and while I felt inspired for about 2 days, I am back in a rut again, unfortunately. Not sure if you ever have this feeling, but I get this really high feeling and I can't wait to try something out. When it doesn't go quite as I planned, I lose interest, and I start looking at my stash to see what else I could do. I can't seem to help myself with this oddly compulsive behavior. Oh well. So here is what is troubling me; I am not certain I like what is happening with this knitting......I almost frogged it after dinner and then I hesitated and now I still have it. What to do?

To top it off, I am leaving for a trip to Detroit for the weekend and then on Monday for New York and Connecticut. These are PRIME knitting opportunities. I can't blow this great opportunity. But I don't want to knit a bunch and then frog it. Oh the agony of indecision.  Good thing I have a lot of needles and lots of yarn, no one will have a hissy fit if I start yet another project.

Speaking of hissy fit, check out Misha's expression.....
Doesn't she look like she is scowling? (She frequently looks grumpy). Now Georgie, on the other hand, doesn't have a care in the world. He is my happy boy.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Update on 2011 Knitting Resolutions

 I thought I would do a little check on how I am coming along on my knitting resolutions for 2011.
  1. Develop and post some more of my own designs - I have posted several new designs for this year, so I am definitely making progress in this area
  2. Learn entrelac - I purchased a book for the instruction of entrelac, but I have not tried it yet, so no score yet on this item
  3. Charity knitting - I knit a blanket for Project Linus, so good progress here
  4. Finish some of my UFOs - I have not done anything with this
  5. Make a blanket/afghan - I made the blanket for Project Linus, but I would like one for my own use as well
  6. Use up some of my stash yarn - I have made several projects with stash yarn, but I have been adding new yarn probably just as quickly, so it doesn't appear to be shrinking
  7. Try knitting with beads - I purchased some pony beads and tried this out on a swatch, but no projects yet
  8. Knit more while waiting (take along) - I have been taking my knitting with me when I travel to suppliers (as long as I am not driving)
  9. Knit gifts for Christmas - I have not even started this yet, but I have some thoughts
  10. Knit a pair of socks - I have been putting this off, but I need to try again, I was discouraged by my last experience and I think that is what is holding me back
Overall, I feel like I am making pretty good progress on my resolutions for this year. Hope you are experiencing the same!