Thursday, January 31, 2008

Sedalia Fiber Festival Update

Hi Everyone,

I sent out an e-mail and posted a few months ago regarding the Sedalia Fiber Festival 2008. First of all, I’d like to thank everyone who contacted Sedalia about putting the festival back on the calendar. I heard via the grapevine that numerous people had contacted them. Thank you!

If I may, I’d like to update you on the situation and ask one more favor. The Sedalia Board of Directors is having a weekend retreat this weekend. The director of operations, Jane Gross, is going to ask the board for a vote to reinstate the festival. If you have a free moment, please consider contacting Sedalia again and expressing your interest in this event (vote “Yes”). :)

The Sedalia Center can be reached through their website at

Have a great weekend!

Friday, January 25, 2008

Mini-Projects & Eye Candy

Happy Friday everyone! It's been a nice and quiet week and I've just been plodding along doing mini-projects. Here's the first preemie hat I've ever made.

And here's the second. Both are a part of the 4th Annual K3Tog Preemie Hat Extravaganza that was mentioned on Noolie's blog. The hats will be donated to the Children's Hospital of St. Paul NICU.

Yes, it fits around the brim of a small wineglass. It's amazing and wonderful that these tiny little people survive.

Now for the "Eye Candy". Here are a few photos of the animals at the Mill Mountain Zoo in Roanoke.

Golden Pheasant

Pygmy Goat and Llama

And my favorite, the artic fox napping in the sun.

Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Check, check, check

I'm ticking projects off my list.

Finally finished are the DW washcloth, the Encore socks and the Saartje's Booties. I also managed to squeeze in a pair of Irish Hiking wrist warmers this weekend.

Now on the needles are my sister's afghan and a preemie hat (Noolie inspired me yet again).

On MLK Day, the family and I had a fun (albeit chilly) afternoon in Roanoke. After two and a half years in the area, we finally visited the Mill Mountain Star and Zoo.

Mohamed and Andie (the boy stayed warm in the car). ;)

The overlook view of Roanoke. Isn't it lovely?

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Gift Knits

Remember what I wrote about knitting for me? Well, forget everything I said. My resolve was blown out of the water by a three year old named Emma.

If you recall, I knitted a pair of hats earlier this summer for Emma and her twin brother, Jamie.

This past Wednesday, I got a call from my sister saying that Emma, whom I've never met (her mother and my sister work together), was terrorizing her brother. Emma liked her little red hat so well that she always - - ALWAYS - - wore it. While at the mall with her mother and brother, the hat was lost and she was beside herself. Unable to find her hat, she promptly stole her brother's and has since refused to give it back. Denise, my sister, called to ask if I'd mind making Emma another one.

I was so flattered that Emma liked the original hat so well that I made her not one, but two replacement hats. I dipped into a pattern I had never tried before and came up with this (fancy, I think) little number.

Toddler Felt Hat

And the ever trusty Apple Hat.

Now I've got to box them up and get them in the mail. Stay warm y'all & happy knitting. :)

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Chugging Along

Good morning everyone,

I am cleaning out my knitting totes (I'm up to three now) and enjoying a case of "finishitis." I've had the socks below in a bag for months, as well as a single Saartje bootie and a DW washrag. I made a promise to myself that I'd finish those three projects before I started something else.

Well...that's not quite true. I went ahead and cast on an afghan for my sister, Denise, but it's much smaller than its predecessor. Denise's blanket is in hunter, cream and burgundy (her favorites) and it's another feather and fan. When it and the other three are finished, I plan on doing a Peace Fleece shawl, some baby knitting, cabled wrist warmers, my Jayne hat and whatever else strikes my fancy.

Christmas is over and the next few months are MINE (she writes, chuckling darkly). Have a wonderful week!

Monday, January 07, 2008

Felix and Oscar

Both Marianne and Angie have written lovely things about their daughters. Reading their recent posts, I smiled and sighed. I thought to myself, "Someday, Andie and I will be "there." "There" being that lovely accord where you're not only mother and daughter, but friends as well.

In the past, Andie and I have clashed as only an almost 13 year old and her mother can do. (My own mother, I know, is laughing hysterically in Heaven, enjoying her oh so sweet revenge). The bone of contention is and always has been neatness. I'm compulsively neat (a Felix Unger) and Andriana is a complete Oscar Madison. For years, we've banged heads over the upkeep of her bedroom. I first threatened to put her out of the house and move her permanently into her grandparents home when she was.....ummmm......three years old.

This weekend, the stars aligned and my daughter and I were in perfect accord. She's been wanting to have a 13th birthday slumber party and I've been wanting to remove the "black hole" from my home. Together and after numerous negiotations, we picked out everything to re-do her room and Saturday and Sunday were devoted to the "sty."




(She wanted icicle lights - - it was a compromise).

End Note: This morning (Monday a.m.) I was walking by Andie's room and almost fell over. She had made her bed! We're getting "there", slowly, but surely. :D

Saturday, January 05, 2008