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. . ..
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!
Of course he had to make a comment about 95-yr old ladies but otherwise this was a great clip from down time at Jimmy Kimmel.
Ravelry lets us keep track of things. So far the only thing I’ve been faithful about on Ravelry is keeping track of my books and patterns. As of today the count is 3,914. I guess that’s all I wanted to say about that. Haha.
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.
We had a great time. I just wish I could go to more of these!
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*
Finally an article in the lay press that doesn’t make insulting comments like “knitting is back” or “knitting isn’t just for grandmas anymore!” I hate when they do that.
This article mentions true benefits from knitting and cites sources. Nice!
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!
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.
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!)
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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