Archive for July, 2009

Ma and Pa Kettle

July 18, 2009

15 days and counting.

July 18, 2009

I am getting increasingly anxious about this wedding. I have a dress, Heather has hers. I’ve paid for the history museum and the church. I just can’t figure out how many sandwiches to order or how much punch we will need. I guess I would rather have too much than have too little. Right now, I have replies from 207 people. How much can they eat?

My warping mill came today. I am trying to organize the house before people come and here are two big boxes sitting in the new room. I hope I get to use this new treasure soon. I still haven’t had time to get out my sock machine and make some socks yet.

We settled the house refinance yesterday. We went from 6.5% to 5.125%. Unfortunately, it is back to 30 years again. It is nice to have some of the work done though.

They just announced that Walter Cronkite died. I watched him for years when I was growing up. They said he was 92.

It is amazingly cool tonight. It is supposed to get down into the 50s tonight only get to around the upper 70s for the next few days. What a relief!

Ma and Pa Kettle are on right now on Turner Classic Movies so I guess I will watch that.

News from the home front

July 12, 2009

I had been very intermittent on my posting lately so will work on that.

We had a great time at the circular sock knitting convention in Springfield. The concensus of the group was that it was worth doing again next year so we hope to be able to go again. I plan on having some socks knit by then.

I am also pondering going to Convergence next year which I believe is in New Mexico. I am feeling the desire to get back to weaving. I need to get around people that are excited about doing that. A year ago, I let myself be talked out of going when it was in Nebraska by members of a local weavers guild that just didn’t see any value in that. We shall see. I am working on getting equipment rounded up so I can get going on this.  I have a used warping mill coming. Unfortunately the shipping ended up more than the mill.  I bought a spool rack earlier this summer.

The days are counting down to the wedding. I am fairly reconciled to it although there are times, I would just like to kidnap her and move away to another state 🙂

We bought some chairs and a table the other day. This is the first table we have bought in our 27 years together. I guess it is  about time. It is so cool as it has a leaf that stores inside the table. There is also a storage area underneath and it is a higher table with the higher chairs. That should be good for cooking. I hope it doesn’t end up being piled up with stuff though.

I have to see the podiatrist tomorrow and then had better see about doing something with my hair. I ended up inheriting wild, curly hair. The humidity makes it rise up but age makes it thin on top so there is not a whole lot I can do successfully. Then it better be back to working on the house. I think it is nap time now though.

CSM in Springfield

July 1, 2009

I finally made something with my NZAK. I made three tubular scarves.

Three tubular scarves.

Three tubular scarves.

The first one is made of a commerical sock yarn. The second scarf is merino and was handpainted by a lady at the conference. The third scarf is wool and bamboo and was also handpainted by the same lady.

Jim getting his circular sock knitter going for the first time.

Jim getting his circular sock knitter going for the first time.

When Jim got this machine, it came with a broken crank and was very stiff. With a replacement handle and elbow grease, it runs beautifully.

How I am spending my summer vacation…

July 1, 2009

Some people go to Hawaii, some people go to Europe. Jim and I went to Springfield, Illinois to a circular sock knitting conference. It turned out well. The people were so friendly and helpful. I got my NZAK working finally and knit 3 scarves. Jim worked on his antique Gearhart and got it cleaned up and running. Now we have to learn how to knit socks.

This was the first stop on the yarn crawl in Springfield, Illinois.

This was the first stop on the yarn crawl in Springfield, Illinois.

This place was bright and airy. The staff was friendly and I came out with yarn for a shawl and some socks. Be sure to stop in if you are in the areas.

This is a photo of some of their samples and yarn.

Our next stop was filled to the brim with yarn.

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Just some of the walls of yarn this place has.

Just some of the walls of yarn this place has.

After the yarn crawl we went to for lunch in an excellent restaurant in an unlikely place.

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The staff and owner display some of their delicious pastries.

The staff and owner display some of their delicious pastries.

The food is made fresh and is relatively inexpensive. I had the chicken salad croissant and a raspberry turnover. I got Jim a frosted sugar cookie for the road and a piece of gooey butter cake that was so good.