Five days in pictures

Well.  I don’t know what happened to the last five days, but if you see them wandering around, send them this way, will you?  The thing I remember was packing my bags on Wednesday to head down to the Buffalo Guild, and then whammo. I’m here. The time went by so fast that I can’t even totally remember it all.  I remember driving for the border… and then next thing I knew I was standing in my trashed kitchen last night trying to figure out what train hit me.  I had to check my camera for clues.  There was this one, evidence that the lesson I got in how to take panoramic pictures has set, and when I look at this snap I have a warm fuzzy feeling, so I can tell you that the guild was lovely, and everyone there was charming, and I’d go back in a heartbeat.

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There’s this one, and I sort of remember taking it. Blossoms outside the hotel I stayed in and clearly the only other time I thought about owning a camera until I got back home, which sort of makes sense because I taught 4 classes in two days to at least 80 extremely nice knitters – which was super awesome. (I didn’t take their pictures, except for above.)

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Somewhere along the line I took a picture of my wheel, with my current spinning on it. (I must have felt accomplished.) The astute among you will note that this is not the promised “Tardis in Flight” but instead just “Tardis” since when Samantha saw the blog she claimed the previous roving before I could spin it. (She’s seldom taken with the urge. A mother has to support these things.)

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There’s a picture of a sock and a half – proof that at some point over the last five days I did knit, quite a bit, actually.  (I also have a recollection of watching a documentary, so I think they must have been concurrent.)

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The astute among you will note that the sock you see before you is not the sock that I started. The yarn is Skeined Alive 80/merino 10/cashmere, 10/nylon in “Vermiculture”  and originally I’d picked Anne Hanson’s Sign of Four as the pattern.  Turns out they were a bad combo, and you couldn’t see the subtle and beautiful stitch pattern at all in that yarn, so out it came to be replaced with Show-off Stranded Socks, and that’s working beautifully.

There’s a picture of Color Affection blocking… so that must be done.

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And then there’s this one of Sam and Lou, this was right before he drooled in her eye. (I remember that – along with the chorus of “eeeewwww Looouuuuu!” that went up round our Victoria Day dinner gathering. (Oh! Right, it was Victoria Day yesterday!)

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From this morning, there’s this, when Jen and I peeled out of our respective beds, and hauled arse 46km through the city in what looks like a decidedly unromantic chunk of town.

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The sign is requiring protective gear. We have helmets and padded shorts. That’s probably enough. I know we look a little crazed, but if you had to ride through that construction zone at dawn you’d be lucky if you only looked that berserk.

Five days, gone like they were nothing, when I know they were so full. I really hope I got enough done. I’m a little tired.

(PS. We’ve finished juggling hotel rooms at the Resort, and if you’re into this sort of thing, we’ve got ONE spot left for a lucky knitter who likes to/would like to cook at the Strung Along June “Knit, Play, Cook” Retreat.  (That’s the link. The email is I’m going to take a nap. Or spin. It’s almost the same. I sure hope someone cleans up the kitchen.)

59 thoughts on “Five days in pictures

  1. OMG! You were unbelievable busy and still had time to knit. I’m a little busy and it is sometimes a chore to knit one row. Got to go now. I am going to knit because I have the case of the guilts.

  2. What does it say about me that I can’t identify two of the images?

    My weekend felt like that, and I didn’t even really go anywhere. Just take it slow, spin lots, nap, and maybe the kitchen elves will take pity on you.

  3. You got good times with family and friends and socks and a shawl that go together and exercise time that was even more friend time–all one could ask for out of a week, really.

  4. i’ve been meaning to ask, since your blog is a great convergence point of awesomely competent and avid knitters, how one copes with the fear of losing knitted items that you wear out in public. specifically, things like shawls. i have yet to knit something that large and time consuming, and i imagine the tragic loss of such a thing might scar me for life.

      • While I might be sad for having lost something made from a yarn I cherished, I also realize it opens up the opportunity to knit another one. I’d rather lose it and at least hope it went on to have a happy life with someone who loved it as much as I do than to knit, say, a Peacock Shawl, have it tangle with a chair splinter and hear, “Riiiiiiiiiip!”

          • No, no! Luckily, not yet, but I’ve yet to finish the danged thing. I’ve lost one Pi shawl–that kind of hurt, but I did get to knit another. The worst so far was giving a complicated lace shawl to someone who had claimed to want one, but she allowed her cat to use it as its bed–“He wanted it!” Ugh…no more knits for you.

    • I lost a Sockhead hat once. While I’m sure it’s keeping someone’s head toasty, the replacement I knitted JUST ISN’T THE SAME. Plus the small amount of angora in #2 seems to coax the frizz up in my curly hair. Le sigh.

  5. Oh please consider starting a Yarn Harlot school in Buffalo! It’s close Toronto and a great tourist spot. We could get some serious knitting, spinning, crocheting, weaving, dying and everything done in this neck of the woods! Oh please, oh please, oh please. (Or Rochester, or Syracuse, or the Fingerlakes region in New York State)

    • I’d like to see her somewhere further South. I don’t know if the Harlot could take our summer heat and humidity, though. She’d either burst into flame, or decide to move to Florida. I vote for the latter.

  6. I agree. Those socks are very special. I promptly downloaded the pattern from Ravelry. Thanks for sharing! I missed your blog over the last several days…

  7. I too love the Buffalo Knitters Guild. Been asked back several times and a nicer bunch of people doesn’t exist. Wish I lived closer than 3 hours away so I could attend meetings.
    Glad you had a good time too. They were so looking forward to your weekend with them.

  8. Wish I could embiggen the Buffalo Guild picture – they look like a fun group but they are so tiny! Beautiful sock, thanks for the link to the pattern

  9. That Lou is going to be major trouble. That’s one handsome laddie! (And he’s on the shoulders of quite a lovely lady, too. Also trouble, I’m sure.)

  10. AARGH, much as I would LOVE to come to the June—or any—Strung Along retreat, this year, my Wonderful Employer, having looked at my requests for little chunks of time off, gave me 0 for 3. Good by, return to Madrona. Hope I can do some trades for the choir singing retreat week I’ve already paid for. Wishing I could go to my major professional meeting (like my work better than my workplace bosses)…zip.
    I do have September free, but you’re not stringing along then.
    My consolation will be the spinning wheel I’m going to treat myself to, even if my spindle spinning isn’t where I hoped it would be.

    • Go for it!
      I got a wheel for Christmas, despite my spindle spinning being complete rubbish, and I’m actually finding the wheel a lot easier than the spindle.

  11. …I am still wondering where 57 years went. I suddenly had this…birthday and I was 57. What was I before that?


  12. The handspun is gorgeous. Can’t wait to see what it becomes.

    The socks are SOOO your colors that I’ll be surprised if they are not for you. If they aren’t, get more of that colorway and knit yourself a pair!

    The picture of Lou and Sam is adorable! Of course, each is adorable in his/her own way, but put them together. . .definitely one to be printed out, framed, and put on a desk top or bookshelf of honor!

    Finally, like The Little Engine That Could, “you can do it, you can do it, you can do it. . . .”!

  13. Welcome back! What an awesome trip!!!
    The photo journal is inspiring! I am off to the eliptical and there while gasping for breath, I will think of my next project! You are an inspiration, gf!!!

  14. There is hope! Maybe I’ll finish my Color Affection but I would have to dig it out. I think it is under the baby sweater or maybe the other shawl . . . or the 1-1/2 socks that are done.

    You are a very busy lady. Would love to go to the retreat and cook but alas, all my vacation time is allocated to spending time with the family. Since they tolerate my fiber addiction, I would be daft to jeopardize it by not going on vacation with them.

  15. I am having the devil of a time getting the link to your donation page to work! Is there a trick I am missing? The site won’t load for any team members…

  16. Maybe when the kitchen fairy is done with your kitchen, you can send her over here?? I need to get some knitting done 🙂

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