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November 2014

NaPoBloMo #30

Here it is.. the last day of November.  When I began the month of posts, I honestly wasn't sure it would work out.  There were days when I'd be in locations with uncertain internet access.  It was still show season and I'd be going into my holiday business season.  It had been a long time since I'd posted regularly.  But here it is..



When I started blogging in 2003, I didn't expect to do it 'forever'.  My lifestyle was much as it is now, here and there, now and then.  It was hard to mantain a conversation with friends when I was moving around so much and gone for so long.  I'll never forget the night I decided to blog.  My friend Cindy and I were at the Tuesday night knitting group.  We belonged to several Yahoo Groups and read them almost everyday.  There were a couple knitting blogs out there and we were definitely fans.  If they could do it, so could we.  Blogging platforms hadn't been written.  The only way to write a blog was to have a personal webpage.  Each day you could add to it.  It was easy to get one through the popular internet providers along with your email for a monthly fee.  AOL and Earthlink had them.  We learned how to use Frontpage and DreamWeaver and worked on uploading at snails pace.  It was all dial up. I played with it for almost a month before uploading my first post.   I called it Smatterings.  It was to be a conversation, a sharing of my days.  It would include knitting and spinning, also my walks and whatever else came to mind.  A bit of this, a bit of that...smatterings of the day.  I never guessed then where it would lead me, the friends I'd make, conversations with family, and the business it would help to launch.  It's been a pleasure, as has this last month.  I've almost let it go a number of times.  There's something about it that draws me back. 

..and here I am.

Slater Mill and the Knitting Weekend

This isn't the first time I've posted about an event taking place at the Slater Mill.  The Knitting Weekend is coming up fairly soon and I wanted to mention it here as the classes are filling up quickly.  


If you haven't been to the Slater Mill, this is a great time to visit.  It is possible to come for the whole weekend, with truck shows, lectures, classes, vendors, a luncheon and opening cocktail party or pick and choose a la carte.  Or, don't commit.  Nearby Providence has lots of great places to eat, so make it a day, browse the vendor area, check out this historic site and have lunch in town.  The vendor area is open to the public, no registration, no fees.  If you are interested in checking out the offerings, go here and scroll down. 

The list of artist/ teachers this year..

Amy Christoffers
Thea Colman
Bristol Ivy
Gudrun Johnston
Ellen Mason
Adrienne Martini

New this year, an ebook has been put together by the designers for this event, Weekend Knitting from Knitting Weekend.  

Last year was the first time I'd been there.  It always (and still does) conflicts with another weekend for me.  I had a great time.  I'll be there vending again this year.  

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  Look at those machines!

Happy Thanksgiving!



In case you missed it, Cheese won this year's pardon.  

Did you know that..

  • Abraham Lincold was the first president to pardon a turkey
  • these 20 week old turkeys already weigh 48lbs
  • the pardon was determined this year by Americans voting on Twitter


I love this tradition and love the pictures every year.  I wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving.

NaBloPoMo #26

It has been one of those very full days that you just do and get through.  If I weren't participating in the NaBloPo Mo and so close to finishing the month, I'd have let this one go.  The day began when I realized that the alarm hadn't gone off at 6am as it should have.  It isn't my job to set the alarm. Lucky for me that my internal clock works pretty well.  It was still before 6:30 when I checked the time.  We moved a little bit faster.  Our job was only scheduled to take the morning and if everything went as planned, we'd be off the roads before they got too messy from whatever this Thanksgiving storm was throwing our way.  It did, btw, go as planned. Four trees put up, lit and decorated in 2 1/2 hours!  I'm pretty impressed.  

I know that some of you are getting slammed with this storm.  It hasn't been too bad here. So far, we've removed about 1 1/2" of really sloppy, heavy sleet from the drive and cleared the cars, just in case.  Sounds like it is raining now.  My fingers are crossed that it stays that way.  The decorating season has only begun.  Everything is so much easier when it stays above freezing.  Imagine moving hundreds of poinsettias or planting outdoor greenery in freezing temps and frozen snow covered ground.  Leave the pretty snow for another week.

Tonight is about pies.  The apples are peeled and seasoned, the crusts are rolled and the oven almost to temperature.  Got to get back to the kitchen.  Have a good evening, try to stay safe and off the roads, and enjoy your Thanksgiving preparations.  

10 on Tuesday

10 things I am thankful for.. 


the five senses that define the way I perceive the world:  

seeing, touching, hearing ,tasting, smelling..

my body that carries me

the ability to think

emotion.. to feel and love

this world to be present in, however, each day..

and those who share their lives with me.


100 bows and three boxes full

Because it IS that time of year, I spend a lot of time in my studio, sitting in a chair or standing in one place, tying bows. After the first two, it becomes incredibly boring (I've tied more than a few over the years) unless I find something to entertain me. For instance, a good show on my computer. This year's offerings have been particularly good and thankfully, abundant. I admit to being a bit fickle. Add that to a short attention span and you'll understand why I've switched around a bit. It began last Friday, first listening to a podcast called 'Dusted'. It devotes each episode to one corresponding episode of Buffy, the Vampire Slayer. My thought was that I'd listen then watch. I got as far as episode 4. I watched more than I listened. It was surprisingly fun. Maybe I'll get back to it. Yesterday, I remembered that I still had Starz on Demand available to watch on the computer. I had neglected to turn it off after Outlander ended for the season. Starz does a great job on their Mini-Series or what they call 'Originals'. There areoles to choose from. I managed 5 episodes of Black Sails. Chris got caught up in watching it with me so the remainder of the episodes are on hold until we have time to finish them together. Now I'm 4 episodes into Dancing on the Edge. Great music, especially if you enjoy jazz. Beautiful clothes and elaborate sets. Oh, and over 100 bows done.

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That time of year



I've moved all of my inventory to one side of my studio, everything else has been stacked in as small a space as I could pack it.  Tomorrow morning the first truckload of poinsettias arrive and we'll need every inch of space we can get.  The office has been taken over with boxes of red ribbon and bigger boxes of bows.  It'll all be over in 10 days.  Long days.  Last year seems like only yesterday.



I finished spinning another three bobbins of the Romedale I mentioned earlier this month. This has been one of the most enjoyable fibers I have spun. I can't say enough about it. The color is gorgeous, a soft reddish brown. It makes me think of the very good cinnamon that I add to my morning coffee.


The three skeins have approx. 800 yds. of 3 ply worsted wt.  There is more fiber left to spin and I'm taking my time. The past few week I've had only stolen minutes (or hours) to spin . This morning I plied with my first cup of coffee, yesterday just before I made supper. I've been spinning the singles on a Schacht and plying on a Dixon.  The Schacht is in front of my glass patio door, overlooking the woods.  The view from my Dixon looks west to the hills as they get first light and the sunset in the afternoon.  It's my busy season and this is a perfect project to relax with. I'm making it last. 



It looks like there will be enough for a sweater.  I was hoping.