Stamps

I’ve been working on my stamp collection again. Well, actually, I’ve created a whole new one that is much more humungous. I guess model railroading and saxophone playing weren’t taking enough of my time away from knitting. Sigh. So many UFOs. . ..

My collection on Colnect

MFKR 2018

Back in the Seattle again!

Has it really been two years since I last wrote anything here?  Why, yes it has been!   Tomorrow is mine and Dani’s 5th anniversary of marriage, although in gay years we’ve been together 15 years.  (We counted when we met as our anniversary until marriage finally became an option.)  Anyway, days go slowly and years pass quickly and here we are.

My favorite lambkin, Paul, is with us this trip.  Well, his name is Michael but he also goes by Paul and I’m not sure what he’d want to be called in a blog post.

We’re having a great time.  We got to Seattle on the 25th of  August and spent last night, the 28th, in Victoria.  We’re staying downtown in Seattle again tonight before heading down to Dumas Bay for the retreat tomorrow.   But we’re not going down there until I get me some Ivar’s chowder!

 

MFKR 2015

MFKR 2015

At last we return to the MFKR, Men’s Fall Knitting Retreat!  We had to miss last year because I’d taken off too much work around that time to feel comfortable asking off more.  2015 was a great retreat with kudos to Michael and Alexander for all the work they put into it.

Gooseberry

Gooseberry

kilts

Annual Kilt Parade at Men’s Fall Knitting Retreat 2015, Federal Way, Washington

Tom's sweater

Tom’s Sweater

Paul's sweater

Paul’s sweater

Men's Stitches

Men’s Stitches

Shawl

Shawl

Show and Tell

Show and Tell

Passing around works

Passing around works

Is Nigel insane?

Is Nigel insane?

Typical Scene

Typical Scene

Yoth

Yoth Yarns

Knitting

Knitting

Hanging Out

Hanging Out

Sit and Knit

Sit and Knit

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We had a great time.  I just wish I could go to more of these!

The Rain in Spain

One thing I think I must make plain,

If you are driving in the rain,

Or if you’re learning ’bout sugar cane,

Perhaps you’re doing this in Spain,

And if you think you’ll go insane,

Then do the same as Auntie Jane,

They’re selling yarn just down the lane,

So go down there and buy a SKEIN!

I wrote this simple refrain to encourage everyone to remember that a title like “Skein of the Crime” is silly.  Perhaps something like “Skein Pain” or “Take the Last Skein from Clarksville” or “The Skein in Spain is spun mainly in the plain” would be fun little phrases.  But if you try to force me to see “skein” as “skeen” then I’m afraid I’ll hit you before I know what I’m doing.  It’s a reflex, you see.  I can’t help it.  It’s downright autonomic, it is.  “Skine” would make sense, etymologically, but “skane” is the proper pronunciation of this word in English and no amount of twisting it will convince me otherwise.  Don’t take this personally.  I do the same thing when people say, “I seen that!”  *shudder*

My latest TV show binge/knit sessions

My latest TV show binge is The Blacklist with James Spader.  I must say however that this is one of those shows wherein knitting should be very simple and chartless.  There are a lot of action scenes and conversations that are crucial to the plot, so following a chart would be madness, I say, MADNESS!  So it’s good for my sock UFO termination plans. . . bwahahaha. Around and around in stockinette!  I can take it!

UFO Socks

Okay. I said I’d never let my knitting become like my crocheting. I’d never have more than one or two projects going at a time. I’m sorry. If you’re all finished laughing and collapsing on the floor with cramps in your abs, you can sit up and take an ibuprofen for the laughter headache you just got.

So now I’m getting out all the socks I’ve let jam up the knitting queue and finishing them. I don’t suppose it’s Second Sock Syndrome because in most cases I’ve either not finished the first sock or I’ve already started the second sock.

Socks currently in active stitch mode

Socks currently in active stitch mode

I figure I’ll be better able to concentrate on the Master Hand-Knitting Program from TKGA if I have a few UFOs cleared out of the pipeline and I can burn through socks pretty quickly most of the time. Wish me luck!

(And while we’re at it, I really need to watch my mouth and STOP PROMISING SWEATERS TO PEOPLE!)

KNIT AND CROCHET SHOW

This year’s Knit and Crochet show was better than ever. A lot of people put a lot of work into it and it definitely paid off. There were really good classes for all skill levels. My friend, Linda, was able to find classes that suit her and she’s just beginning. All in all, it was another great success that really infused the attendees with energy and lots of yarny love. Thanks to all the people who put the show together and to the sponsors who helped make it happen! A special THANK YOU to Arenda Holladay, who tirelessly wound hundreds upon hundreds of mini-skeins for the TKGA yarn-tasting party.

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Knitta license plate

Knitta – We are everywhere!

Steven Be models a great scarf

Steven Be models a great scarf while hosting the TKGA Yarn Tasting Party

Steven Be and Stephen West host the 1st TKGA Yarn Tasting Party

Steven Be and Stephen West host the 1st TKGA Yarn Tasting Party

Knitters line up for free drinks at the TKGA Yarn Tasting Party

Knitters line up for free drinks at the TKGA Yarn Tasting Party

TKGA Yarn Tasting

TKGA Yarn Tasting Party

Yarn Tasting Party Decor

Yarn Tasting Party decor

Yarn Tasting Entrée Table

Yarn Tasting Entrée Table – Worsted were presented as entrées, DK as appetizers, and sock/lace as desserts

Yarn Tasting Kit

Yarn Tasting Party Kit – The first gift tasters received was a Chinese food container with a free pair of 2.75mm Chiaogoo needles and a menu.

Yarn Tasting Dessert Table

Yarn Tasting Dessert Table

Decorations at yarn tasting

Great decorations at the TKGA Yarn Tasting Party. The fortune cookies contained knitting wisdom and quotes from great knitters.

Good crowd at the TKGA Yarn Tasting Party

Good crowd at the TKGA Yarn Tasting Party

Binka Schwan works the dessert table.

Binka Schwan works the dessert table.

Serenity Zone

Serenity Zone at the Knit and Crochet show

Michael Sellick and Ken McCamish at the Knit and Crochet Show, Manchester, NH

Michael Sellick and Ken McCamish at the Knit and Crochet Show, Manchester, NH Mikey is a wonderful guy who loves his craft and the people who do it!

Ken McCamish crochets in public!

Ken McCamish crochets in public!

Diva Dan – Daniel Zondervan

Diva Dan – Daniel Zondervan is a warm and wonderful guy! He makes everyone feel like he’s known them forever. Instant friend and a true promoter of yarny crafts.

Doris Chan shows off her Dr Who shirt

Doris Chan shows off her Dr Who shirt. If you ever get the chance to meet in person, do! She’s a fun and engaging person.

Torn Between Two Steves

Torn Between Two Steves – Stephen West and Steven Be on their whirlwind tour.