Friday, February 29, 2008

Happy Leap Year

Leap year days are so exciting. It's like getting something for nothing.

I can't help thinking about the Pirates of Penzance on leap year days, and although it's an exciting day I'm very glad my birthday doesn't fall on February 29th.

There have been articles in the paper the past few days about companies encouraging their workers to take the day off and do something for the environment. I think it's a great idea.

Monday, February 25, 2008

Story time for kids

Woolbur is a wonderful new book by Leslie Helakoski about a lamb unlike any you've met before. Woolbur marches to a different drummer - he dyes his wool, and spins it into yarn! His parents might have been concerned at first, but don't worry, everything turns out all right in the end!

March 1st

read by Gina Ruiz
All ages are invited!

Saturday, February 23, 2008

White Rabbit

ok, so this isn't yarn related, but it is very entertaining.

Friday, February 22, 2008

Gone with the wind

It had been very pleasant in our area for the past week (though I understand it's been snowing not too far away in York), but last night was very windy. And windy nights make me crazy paranoid. At first it was just the sounds that were annoying (something metal, possibly a watering can, blowing about), then I realized that I might not be able to differentiate between the outside noises of the wind, and someone breaking into our apartment.

I'm usually pretty reasonable as far as not being concerned about events which have a very low statistical chance of happening to me. For instance, I'm not afraid to fly, nor am I afraid to wear an underwire bra. But now that I'm not living at home, where there was always a parent closer to the front door, I get a little freaked out sometimes. I also realized, as I was pretending to go to sleep, that should any of the tree in the backyard fall, there's a roughly 25% chance it would fall on the bedroom.

I hope it's not windy tonight.

Though I'm not sure what's more troubling, my paranoia or the fact that I ended up falling asleep quicker than normal.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Can nothing really harm me?

Jessamy checked out a Barbara Streisand CD from the library, when asked why, she responded "she can hit most of the notes really well." In any case, one of the songs on the album is "Not While I'm Around" from Sweeney Todd, which I was really shocked to hear, though I would have preferred being shocked by Ms. Streisand singing "A Little Priest".

Speaking of, I just might have to take a trip to Reading, UK, so I can eat some pies at Sweeney and Todd.

Sunday, February 17, 2008

No news

I hope you had a nice Valentines day. I ate way too many weird British candy bars.

I wasn't able to finish my earings because I need a medium sized needle (for beads) .

Jessamy did made a hat on a trip to Middlesburgh lately (she went with her classmates and saw an art exhibit).

It's made from some stash yarn, I believe it's two colors of Louet Gems. I think she's going to finish it with a brim ...

Monday, February 11, 2008

That Yarn Store now a donation site for Knit for a Cure

Grab some yarn and your favorite pair of needles or hooks and knit or crochet a scarf, hat, or purse that incorporates the color pink in any way, shape or form. All of the donated items will be sold at Race for the Cure® or distributed to cancer patients. The proceeds will support breast cancer treatment and research. Drop off (at That Yarn Store, or other donation points listed on their website) or mail your donation by Monday, March 10,2008.

Please include the following with your donation:

Name _________________________
Phone ________________
Please describe knitted donation
Special Care Instructions _______________________________
I am unable to contribute a knitted donation. Please accept my
donation of $______________.

For more info, log-on to

Saturday, February 09, 2008

Darby on the radio

My Little Irish Girl from the movie Darby O'Gill and the little people just came on the radio - Sean Connery singing, teehee.

Friday, February 08, 2008

Trip to Peru for knitters.

Hi. Someone I met at a Stitch n Bitch Group is scheduling a trip to Peru, I told her I would pass on the info. Her contact details are at the bottom of the page.

Experience the magic of Peru - May 2008
A magical 10 day visit to the beautiful country of Peru where you will experience the country's many fascinating sites highlighted by knitting at one of the New Seven Wonders of the World - Machu Picchu
In the Andes of Peru, knitting and weaving are an important part of the Inca life where every village has it own weaving pattern, knitting technique and traditions.
In May 2008 I will be leading a fabulous trip to Peru in which you'll be able to relax,enjoy and knit while enjoying the natural beauty of Peru.
The adventure begins with a visit to Lima and a Tour of the "City of the Kings". We will visit the historic Plaza Mayor, the Government Palace, City Hall, The Cathedral and the Archbishop's Palace. We will also visit Casa Aliaga, America's best preserved colonial mansion, enjoy the magnificent view of thePacific Ocean and its beaches, take a stroll through a typical Peruvian Market and be shown how to make the peruvian dish "Ceviche"
We will then travel to Cusco where you will experience a private weaving demostrations by weavers from villages associated with The Center for Traditional Textiles of Cusco . You will learn various knitting and weaving techniques and a weaving kit will be included. This is a 3 day workshop where you will meet Nilda Callanaupa Nilda who is an expert weaver who has traveled to the United States and elsewhere on a number of occasions to teach and give presentations at Harvard, Cornell, the University of Vermont, The Textile Museum in Washington DC, UCLA and other institutions. Nilda will be with us for one day . She just had her new book released by Interweave Press here in the U.S. which is titled Weaving in the Peruvian Highlands and you'll be getting a signed copy of this book.
Inluded is a once-in-a-lifetime experience of a tour of the great Inca ruins of Macchu Picchu where you can bring a project to sit, knit or spin. If there are any hikers in the group you are welcome to climb to the peak of Huayna Picchu which is the large mountain behind Machu Picchu and takes about 2 hours.
Also included is a day trip to Accha Alta/Pitumarca which is a very traditional community where they weave using warp supplementary techniques and create very unique designs in from natural dyed colors and natural fibers.
During the trip you will also have many oppurtunities to shop for textiles and yarn.
If you are interested it in this trip please call me or write and I'll send you specific details about this trip. Don't wait - and make your reservations with a $300 deposit no later than January 15, 2008.
Trip Group Coordinator
Edita (909) 263-4647

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

new project

I don't have ear peircings, so I'm not sure why I'm making them other than last year Becca from Sugarbutterbex had emailed me a link to pictures of crocheted earings. I had intended to make some as examples of what one can do with cotton thread, but I'm not sure what I'll do with them now. I think I might put something felted in the middle, or maybe just strings of fiber?
Here's the picture of the sweater with the collar still unfinished.
The sweater has decided to be a rebel, so it's crocheting a hat.