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Well my first time working on a Sunday in the shop certainly proved to be an interesting one. Why, you ask? Oh something about a tornado warning and a massive storm that rolled through the greater Lansing area… *groan*

Thankfully, no damage was done to the shop. One of those big plastic real estate newspaper holder thingamabobs was in the middle of the parking lot but that was about it. No yarn was harmed. hehe.

Those of us who were in the store at the time the sirens went off all gathered in the hallway near the bathrooms with Tate (and knitting, of course…). We were kept updated on the storm via my mother who was sending me text messages from her work (where there was a television to watch for weather updates) and my handy dandy iPod Touch on which I could check Weather.com every few seconds for updates. I would have snapped a picture of us all cozy in the hall but my camera was in my car… darn.

I still haven’t heard for sure if a tornado touched down but I can tell you that my neighborhood is a big fat mess. There are trees down all over the place and power outtages galore. My house didn’t have any damage thankfully but my power was out when I finally made it through the mess to get home. It took a good half an hour or more to get home from the shop (I live about 5 minutes away in good traffic) because the police were blocking off certain streets and trees were blocking others. Craziness.

Aside from all of the crazy around here, things are still crafty. 🙂

Jewelry I made for Brian’s Heathly Heart Club fundraiser in Atlanta this coming Saturday:

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My Everlasting Bagstopper for the Knitted Market Bag class I’m teaching in July is coming along nicely… (it’s actually green despite what it looks like in the picture…)

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My Mom who not too long ago took Sabrina’s Never Touched a Needle class at the shop finished her first sweater:

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And it looks darn cute on Doodlebutt…
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Finally… the past week has taught me a few things…

Bubba still enjoys candy and goofing off for the camera. 🙂
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Doodlebutt has great Sweaty Hairdos…
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He’s also often too sexy for his clothes…
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These two make me smile a whole lot…
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Ice cream is always better with french fries…
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And it IS possible to run the stoplights at a major intersection with a plugged in generator after two nights of massive storms…
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Things I learned without pictures… my cousin who had brain surgery this week is pretty darn brave. The Wii Fit is damn fun. Sleeping in a bed with Doodlebutt and Boo is hazardous to my sleep and also my face (getting head butted in the face in middle of the night… so not cool). So You Think You Can Dance makes me cry EVERY week. And… the movie Speed Racer isn’t nearly as bad as people are saying it is especially when you see it with two of the most adorable boys in the world.

So in all, things are okay. A little stormy and a whole lot busy, but okay. 🙂

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Edit: Follow this link and you’ll see a HUGE tree that was totally uprooted not too far from my house.

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Well… we all survived our latest Circle of Brain Knit Weekend in Traverse City. Apparently we’ve all been busy as all get out since the weekend though because it’s been almost a week and none of us have posted about it. See how bad we needed the weekend?!

Sue, Sue’s Mom, Kristi and I loaded up the car on Friday evening and hit the road as soon as humanly possible once I was out of work and had made it across town to Kristi’s digs. I got to love on my boyfriends (both the cute toddler version as well as the furry one) which was just lovely since I hadn’t seen them in AGES. Gerrit even made faces at me from the upstairs window while I was walking up to the house. 🙂 *gush gush*

On the way up knitting, gossiping, and iPod listening was had. We giggled a lot, stopped for slurpee-like drinks in Alma, and basically had a lovely drive until we hit a big storm just outside of Traverse City. Finding Sue’s Aunt’s house was a little “interesting” due to the fact we could barely see in the rain, it was darker than crap, and we’d come into town on a totally different road than what was on our directions. LOL But after a phone call (thank goodness for cell phones) with Aunt Janet during which I laughed like a maniac from the back seat listening to, we got to the house in time to get completely drenched with rain while unloading the car. Like, so wet we had to change our clothes when we got inside. Craziness.

The rest of the evening was spent knitting some more, watching the TC news (seriously funny shit there, let me tell ya), and just relaxing. Finally we all stumbled to our couches/beds for the night and passed out. 🙂

Saturday morning we woke up to Marcia calling us from the road. She called to let us know she was on the way up and so we all got purty then headed into town to meet Miss Marcia. Getting into the city was much easier than finding the house had been and within a few minutes we were in downtown TC where the wind was blowing at about 62 miles an hour, but it was still beautiful. 🙂

We parked and because Saturday was the end of Earth Week we got two free trees to plant which was very cool. 🙂 Then off to Horizon Books we went to get coffee and meet up with Marcia. At Cuppa Joe we sat and enjoyed bagels and coffee while knitting and enjoying the people watching. Eventually we walked down to the LYS Lost Art where we encountered Rude Woman and blew her additude off as much as possible. From there we walked to Dish Cafe to have lunch and knit for a few more hours. Once we were done there we went to the bead shop (I forgot the name… whoops) where we were basically like 12 year old boys giggling over the word “hole” and beads that looked like um… body parts. LOL

We eventually ended back up at the bookstore to meet up with Sue (she’d left us while we were obsessing about the holes in the bead shop). Then off to Tom’s Market we went to get food and booze for the night.

FYI… the Tom’s Market right by the bay in TC won’t let you take the shopping carts into the parking lot. LMFAO. Yeah I did a wheelie with the cart to get it down into the parking lot and this little Troll popped out of his Troll Door and was like “You can’t do that, Miss!”

I said, “What are we supposed to do?”

He says, “Carry the bags.”

I didn’t swear but I almost did. hehe I believe I said, “Oh for crying out loud, that’s the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard of…” Marcia did call him a Troll though (I dunno if he heard it or if he’d gone back into his Troll Door) which made me laugh like a moron.

Back at Casa De’ Aunt Janet we hung out with Baylee my newest furry boyfriend while making pizza, drinking, and of course more knitting!! 🙂 We have an official COB Adult Beverage thanks to Marcia, and thanks to Sue Ravyn’s Bollero has the stitches picked up and is nearing completion.

Our COB KAL however caused a whole lot of drama during the weekend. Kristi frogged and restarted hers about twenty times in three days while I decided to give it up all together and create my own. LOL Originally we were working on the Montego Bay Scarf by Amy Singer because Marcia has one and it’s beautiful. Sue’s already made about sixteen of them in two days (okay yeah, not really but she’s whipping those puppies out pretty quick and they’re beautiful!). I on the other hand decided to design a Grand Traverse Bay Scarf which basically has less thinking involved because I managed to mess the Montego up every time I worked on it.

Sunday we hit the bookstore and Cuppa Joe’s again plus went to a store called Momentum to buy more stuff. I got a cushy soft “Up North Michigan” sweatshirt. After that we went to Mabel’s for brunch with Aunt Janet and Sue’s Mom before finally hitting the road once again to come home.

The weekend went way too fast but much fun was had and we’re already looking forward to the next time we can have a COB meeting. 🙂

And now… pictures. 🙂

Cool wind thingy…
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Traverse City… wee!
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Mmm… coffee!
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Kristi and her Kaffe Fassett.
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Cool light at the Dish Cafe.
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Artsy Fartsy…
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The traditional foot picture… Dish Cafe.
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And another in the car…
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Kaffe Fasset… almost done…
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All left to do is Kitchner!
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New Stash… gunna make me some Worsted Weight socks.
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Baylee butt.
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Baylee face… isn’t he cute?
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Sue’s Magical Glowing Booze
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Marcia and he window twin.
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I want to live here…
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Rock Star Marcia.
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Kristi with her Montego in the car.
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Mabel’s.
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Fire Damage on I-75
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My Grand Traverse Bay…
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Our trees… 🙂
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And quotes… 🙂
“The boat is not a navigational hazzard.”

“He’s GWC… Goofy Without Cause.”

Kristi, 2pm: “I’m really excited about this whole Montego Bay experience…”

Rude Lady at LYS to Sue about Worsted Weight yarn: “You know those will be really thick socks, right? Like you won’t be able to wear them with shoes…”

Rude Lady at LYS to Kristi about her yarn: “You know you’ll have to wind that into a ball, right?”

Krisit: “I feel like we just ate… I’m not going to eat… I’m going to get some soup…”

Marcia: “I think we should go back to the yarn shop and thank the lady for enlightening us about winding the yarn into a ball before using it…”

Marcia: “I liked how he came out of his little Troll Door to yell at us…”

Kristi, 7:41pm: “This scarf is my fucking demise!”

Kristi, 7:55 pm: “Look at my Montego Bay… I’m in love with it!”
Marcia: “I wonder how long that’ll last…”
Kristi: “Not long…”

Kristi, 8:30: “Look…” (as she frogged the whole thing again)

I’m sure there were more quotes but once I started drinking I forgot to write stuff down. hehe 🙂 For now though, I’m off to finish watching Grey’s and get some knitting done during Lost. 🙂

Oh and Happiness of the Day… My Florida flights are booked, baby! Whoot! 2 months and 5 days. Wee!

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Pain and Knitting

I’m not sure what the hell I did, but about half way through the day on Saturday at the shop my foot began hurting. By the time the end of the work day rolled around I was doing my best not to stand on it unless I totally had to because it hurt so much. This meant that today was spent (gloriously, I must say) in bed. I got up around 11, had breakfast in bed, and watched television while knitting. I began and almost finished a hat for my mom (as seen here on Herbie the Wonder Frog):

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It’s the “Valery” pattern from Hip Hat Knits. I checked the book out from the library on Friday and quickly decided that I needed to make this hat. See, last year I made my mom some wrist warmers out of Eskimo. I bought two balls of it and only used one. Then when I started working at the shop I saw the Valery model made out of Eskimo. Since I only needed one more ball to make the hat, I bought the purple and there you have it… I’ve got almost a whole hat. 🙂

Then I passed out for an afternoon nap while listening to NFL football. 🙂 I slept much longer than I’d planned on, but it was nice and I think I needed it because on top of the ailing foot, I think I’m catching the cold that’s going around. *groan* Even my horoscope said I needed a break today: You need to check out, recharge your batteries, and refocus on maintaining a healthy state of mind. But… the foot is feeling better-ish. We’ll see how it feels tomorrow when I’ve got a 6 hour shift at the store though.

Oh and remember this?

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I totally effed it up and had to frog it on Friday night. It’s not even worth explaining but yeah, gotta start them all over again… bah!

Anywho… Happy Sunday. 🙂

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Knitting with Leroy

Kristi and I got together last night to knit. Lots of talking, wine drinking and giggling was done with a little bit of knitting on the side. 🙂 It was lovely though and I had a great time. Kristi swatched, and swatched and swatched and swatched… with some beauuuutiful yarn she recently acquired thanks to the boys at ThreadBear. I seriously want that yarn. I don’t know what I’d make with it, but oh it’s pretty.

I on the other hand worked on a swatch of my own. I started a feather and fan pattern the other night while discovering the joy of Audio Books, and after a few rows switched to larger needles to see which I liked better. I like the tiny needles, but can’t see myself ever, ever, EVER finishing a scarf with such tiny needles. So I think I’m going to start the whole thing over on the larger needles and go with it. I’m using yarn that I frogged… Remember this sock?

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I frogged it and am going to make the lacey scarf out of it. 🙂 I’m actually quite proud of this pattern… I’ve never done anything that resembles lace and this is a great pattern to begin with. Of four rows, only one is tricky and it’s easy enough to memorize so that carrying the pattern around isn’t manditory.

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Even with the traveling stitch marker from hell, I’ve managed not to totally screw the pattern up. 🙂 Yeah, I had a whole post about the wrong way to make stitch markers if you plan on selling them to the public written in my head, but I’ll be nice and just keep my mouth shut and never buy stitch markers from this person again. *nods* I mean come ON… my stitch marker traveled SEVEN stitches because of the cheap ass jump ring that the maker used that kept slipping open and sliding along my stitches without me realizing it. Not cool.

Oh and Kristi, here’s the link to the yarn… FlockSock Yarn by VanCalcar at Woolgirl. I have it in green and white too. It’s heavenly soft. 75% superwash merino, 25% nylon 4ply blend – Fingering weight. 400 yards.

No knitting has been accomplished since then because I was on Kid Duty today. But now that I’m free… I think I might shut this laptop down and move to a cooler location and knit away. 🙂

Before I go though… I was tagged as a: Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket by Sharon who then scolded me in the same sentence… but I’ll take the nomination anyway… 😉

I’m supposed to nominate other people now too, huh? Hmm… so many of my regular peeps have already been nominated so let me get creative. You’re nominated if you fit the following criteria:
1. You’re single.
2. You leave mistakes in your knitting because it gives them character.
3. You prefer free patterns over buying patterns.
4. You don’t typically swatch anything because you’d rather just start knitting.
5. You’re not a yarn snob (yet), but you don’t buy Red Heart because you do have SOME standards.

Hehe… if that’s you, let me know then put that button in your blog!

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Remember this from last winter? The fingerless glove that never got a mate?
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Off to the frog pond it went and now, it’s a nearly finished sock. :o)
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I’m quite in love with the stripes on the heel…
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That is all… back to your regularly scheduled stuff. 🙂

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