Your greatness is not what you have, it's what you give.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Sock Summit Socks

My friend, Karin, is going to be a vendor of her hand dyed yarns at
"The Sock Summit" (
in Portland, Oregon in August. She needed some socks to display her finished product so these are the socks I knitted for her to take to the booth.
This is the true color of the yarn.
The colorway is called Lemon/Lime and the yarn is a merino and nylon blend.
This yarn is great to knit and I like the way it shows off the lace pattern of the sock. The pattern is called "Child's First Sock in Shell Pattern" from the Nancy Bush book, "Knitting Vintage Socks".

Have fun in Oregon socks!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Happy Birthday to Me!

I won't tell you how many years ago this was taken but I can tell you I was about four months old and already you can see the sassy side is showing! LOL!

Here I am with my first crush, Hans, around 1962 when I was still living in Port Chester, NY.

Senior Prom night at Danbury High School, Danbury CT with Mallory Gilbert, who sat behind me in homeroom for four years and never asked me out until the prom. That was the only time we went out together. BTW, my mother made my fantastic dress. I felt like a queen!
And here I am with my one true love, Ron! He makes all my days seem like my birthday!
I'm going to lunch with my son today and dinner with my DH and I'll be celebrating all the way!
Happy Birthday to me!

Friday, June 19, 2009

The Sheep and Wool Gathering Part Two

Since I was in charge of Moose's leash I wasn't always in a good position for taking pictures. It's a good thing his mom is a photographer. She does a better job anyway.
Moose was anxious to feed the alpaca, but he already had a full tummy.
Moose loved the music! As you can see by the taughtness on the leash, I had to keep a tight grip on him or he would have joined the musicians. He is used to joining in with his mom and dad when they play for their church's contemporary worship band. I don't think these musicians would have had the same attitude. If you look closely you can see the guitarist is trying real hard not to crack up laughing.

I think these pens were being used more for keeping Moose out than keeping sheep in!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

A Little Llama, A Little Wool, A Little Knitting

Last week "The Moose" came for a visit with his mom and on Saturday we took him to the Sheep and Wool Gathering at Thacher Park. It was a sunny lovely day and we watched weavers and spinners work their magic.

Lunching with the llamas was a first for all of us.
Moose was disappointed that the baby alpaca wouldn't eat from his hand. We found out later that every kid at the festival had already fed him before we got there.
There was some time for swinging in between trying to kiss the animals.
And we watched the llamas while trying not to get too close.
When things got a little too boring, Moose went looking for ants to squish. Just like a boy!
All too soon it was time to say goodbye to our new friends and call it a day.
Yesterday was a beautiful day to knit on the deck.
Karen, The Crochet Queen, is trying her hand at knitting and doing a darn fine job of it! She's working on a K2P2 scarf with a heavenly soft, self-striping yarn.
Elaine is finishing up her poncho for St. Margaret's donation. She's ready to pick up stitches for the collar and she'll be done.
Liz finished her first poncho, a vivid forest green, and has started her second one here.
Kathleen is almost done with the tweed poncho and is already thinking about her next project.

I'm turning the heel on a pair of socks for my friend Karin, who will be a vendor at The Sock Summit ( to be held at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland from August 6 through 9. She asked a bunch of friends to knit socks using her hand dyed yarns so she could display them in her booth at the summit. My socks will be traveling further than I do! LOL!

I hope they enjoy the trip!

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

An abundance of baby clothes!

Last Tuesday my Chicks and I got to work on labeling the baby clothes that are being donated to
Parsons Child and Family center.
Kathleen and Barbara wrote the washing instructions.....
And Karen and Elaine attached the labels and then we swapped.

A great big THANK YOU has to go out to the lovely people of the Trumpet Hill Yarn Store ( ) on New Karner Road in Albany who also knitted some of the clothing which was donated. To Pat and the rest of the ladies who knitted we were grateful and happy to have your help on this project. Below is just a sampling of some of the beautiful items that were donated.

Sorting the sweaters from the hats and blankets....
And counting...

For a grand total of 83 blankets, sweaters, hats, booties, and matching sets.

Then today we made our delivery to Parsons. Catie pulled out the first few bags full...

Then Liz and Elaine grabbed a few more. We had about 12 bags full of items. I was busy taking pictures but I did help carry a few bags.

From left to right: Catie, Liz, Elane, Julia and Rameca. Julia and Rameca work at Parsons and they were so excited to see what we had collected.

We came home today feeling renewed and ready to complete our next charity project which will be hats, mittens and ponchos for St. Margaret's Center for the disabled.

Monday, June 1, 2009

It's Noontime....Do I know where my readers are?

I was emailing my cousin who is a devoted reader of this blog and we talked about the people to whom she has sent this link. It got me to wondering, who does read this blog? As an experiment I thought it would be fun to have my readers log into the comments section and just leave a quick message that says where you are located so I and my other readers can get an idea of how far spread out everyone is. It doesn't have to be a long drawn out message, unless you have something important to say, in which case, write on! I would love to hear from all of you. In the meantime, keep those needles clicking!