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So let’s see… when I last left off I’d begun dyeing yarn and was knitting a set of Noro socks. I finished the socks and Sock #2 turned out with less of a wonky stripe at the heel thankfully. I’m still not thrilled with the thick and thin of Noro especially when dealing with something as fine as sock yarn, but the color is so worth it, I WILL be trying to figure out how they get such beautiful colorways in their dyeing. 🙂

Noro socks

Noro socks

I dyed this…

Hand-dyed by me.

Hand-dyed by me.


…to finally make my sister a stole/scarf/wrap thingy. 🙂 I’m using the One Skein: A Stole pattern which is free in Ravelry and uber easy yet lovely.

I treated myself to a new camera for my upcoming birthday so I can now take pictures like these…

4th of July

4th of July

St. Joe at Sunset

St. Joe at Sunset

Lola

Lola

There’s been more yarn dyeing…

Hand Dyed by Me

Hand Dyed by Me

Rainbow sock flat hand dyed by me

Rainbow sock flat hand dyed by me

I went on a much needed vacation during which I fell in love again with St. Joe, MI and taking photographs of it’s beautiful scenery.

Lookout Point

Lookout Point

And finally, I saw the latest Harry Potter movie at 12:01 a.m. this morning with a theater full of diehard Potter-Heads. 🙂

HBP

HBP

Tis all for now! 🙂

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I’m still around, really. I’ve even done some knitting. Not much, but a little.

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More socks… this time for me. I’m using the same pattern I used for my HP socks (although I’m considering ripping it out and doing a toe up sock), and yarn from Wool Girl (stitch marker from there too… so cute, it came free with my purchase). The yarn is Ravenclaw colored yarn by VanCalCar. I also have the Slytherin colorway too because it’s pretty.

I’ve been beading too. I made this set for my mom.

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And, one of the final gifts I made for the HP swap… magic scissors with a beaded handle that matched the stitch markers I made.

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That might have to be an Etsy project… They’d be easy to make in bulk, but something that is useful. :op

Harry Potter #7 was brilliant and I loved it. And The Order of the Phoenix movie… FABulous.

That’s all for now… tendonitis is yelling at me because my mom and I pulled up the carpet in my dining room last night. Ouch. Must rest hands so I can knit with the girls on Wednesday.

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I figured that since tomorrow starts another vacation for me I better get the last road trip documented finally so that when it’s time to blog about Florida I’m not behind. :o)

Our Knitters Weekend to St. Joe was simply wonderful. 🙂 We met at ThreadBear at 6:30 on Friday evening and once we finally figured out that Emily was waiting for us to pick her up at her house, we all hopped into Sue’s truck and hit the road. Well, after Captain Safety made a visit to the car and we pulled over before even getting out of the parking lot because Kristi couldn’t find her seatbelt. hehe…

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We all oohed and ahhed over Emily’s garden when we got to her house, and I of course snapped a picture of the pretty. :o)

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Before long, we were finally on the road and Kristi and I both whipped out gifts. 🙂 Kristi gave us each samples of her crafters hand balm that she makes, as well as a tub of chocolate body butter that smells so good you’d want to eat it. 🙂 I then gave each lady a set of stitch markers that I made up the night before.

Sue got the Sunflowers:
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Laura got the Yarn Ball charm:
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Emily got the Yin Yang because she mentioned wanting a Yin Yang tattoo like mine:
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And Kristi got the Dog charm because of Otis. 🙂 :
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Somewhere along the road Kristi lost her row counter which led to the first reoccuring theme of the weekend which was “Validate me!” We all had fun validating Kristi’s frustration instead of trying to solve the problem for her, and all weekend long we valadated each other on countless items. 🙂 (The elusive row counter was found, and lost, and found, and lost, several times through the trip… hehe)

As we passed Battle Creek, we got to see the hot air balloons launching at the air show…
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Kristi, Sue and I are all naturally dirty minded, so it wasn’t a big shocker when the dirty comments started flying. Sue served up an amazingly dirty one during dinner at Clementines (Best Onion Rings, EVER) which I won’t repeat because it was just that good. :o) Several memorable quotes were collected throughout the weekend though but I’ll save those all for the end of the post.

We made it to the hotel around 11 (I think) and used not one but two of the rolling cart things to take all of our stuff up to the suite. It’s quite amazing how much stuff five women can manage to pack for a weekend trip. 🙂 We then all found our cozy spots in the room and stayed up until about 2 or 2:30 knitting and talking before we all decided we needed to go to bed.

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Saturday morning we slept until like 11:30 (well, all of us but Laura who got up an hour earlier and went down to the gym) thanks to Emily telling us the night before that we’d want to close the curtains so no light would wake us up in the morning. I don’t know about anyone else, but if I’m in a dark room, I’ll sleep all damn day. 🙂 Apparently Kristi felt the same way. 😉

We finally got up and dressed then walked next door to have lunch/breakfast at the Cracker Barrel. After lunch we were on a mission to find the grocery store that had a Starbucks in it. Yum. We found it, got coffee, and also picked up sun screen, magazines, and I got a notebook because I needed something to write down all of our memorable quotes in. 🙂

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After the store we eventually made it down to Silver Beach which was sooooo pretty! I’d never been to St. Joe before but I’ll certainly be going back, it’s a beautiful place right on Lake Michigan and the beach is wonderful. We plopped ourselves in the sand and spent several hours lounging around reading, talking, knitting, and people watching. All of us except for Miss Emily actually went into the lake too which was SO cold that by the time I got out (which wasn’t very long) I couldn’t feel my toes! I sent my mom pictures of the beach with my phone and she called me a brat then sent me pictures of Devin and I called her a brat. 🙂

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This can’t be the body of a woman who was pregnant with triplets seven months ago… 🙂
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Knitting on the beach… I wonder if this is what made Kristi’s back give out?
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When we finally couldn’t go any longer without food, we packed up our things and headed into the city for dinner. We walked around town for a little bit (and bought fudge at Kilwin’s… yum) while waiting for our table at Schues (sp?). Dinner was outside on the patio where we got to watch the sun start to set over the lake, watch people crusing with their fancy cars, and general people watching which is always fun. We’d planned on watching the sun set after dinner, but several people were cold so we just went back to the hotel instead.

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Our original plan was to hit up the hot tub when we got back to the hotel, but it was out of order so instead we took hot showers to warm up. hehe… Then it was time to knit and drink as many bottles of wine as we could. Kristi, Emily and I had killed one bottle on Friday night, which left four other bottles to drink on Saturday. Kristi and I made it through three before finally going to bed early Sunday morning. Let’s just say that we were a little tipsy. 🙂 And what’s really bad about me knitting while drinking isn’t that I mess up my knitting, but that the alcohol numbs my pain so I have no idea how bad I’m annoying my tendonitis until the buzz wears off. I got a ton of work done on my HP sock #2, but literally woke up that night/morning and couldn’t move my arms because they hurt so bad. I then stumbled to the bathroom and took some pain killers and even ran my arms under cold water to try and numb them up a bit so I could lay down and hope to get back to sleep. Once the drugs kicked in, I was much better, but man oh man… no one is allowed to let me knit for so many hours straight anymore ever again, especially if I’m drinking. 🙂

Laura as seen by Kristi through the empty wine bottles… LOL
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Sunday morning we got up and managed to pack the car up with all of our shit again. We headed back into town for lunch and wound up at the same restaraunt that we had dinner at. It took FOREVER to get our food, but it was good food. Then Emily needed ice cream so she and Laura went to Kilwin’s while Kristi, Sue and I went to the bead store called Just Bead It. 🙂 We all bought stuff even though I said I wasn’t going to buy anything. I got a ring that I love, and some memory wire for making rings with. 🙂

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HP Sock at lunch!
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HP socks in St. Joe!
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After that, we hit the road again to get back to Lansing. We knitted, laughed, and talked our way back to town and had a great time! I now know more about my weekly knitter buddies (including one of the coolest losing her virginity stories that I’ve EVER heard) and am so blessed to have them as friends!

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Haha… I love this picture… Poor Kristi. This was at a rest stop just outside of Potterville.
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L to R: Me, Sue, Kristi, Emily & Laura
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Memorable Quotes and Moments

~ Kristi’s Skank of Yarn
~ “Hold it so I can put it in…” – Sue to Kristi
~ “I have access to fingerpaint dust…” – Kristi to us all when discussing who’d stolen her row counter
~ Sue: “Yeah I bought this car from my son in law…”
Kristi: “And what does he do?”
~ “It should have been beautiful… but it wasn’t.” – Emily
~ Emily speaking about someone’s Elfin husband… hehe
~ “Did you just call me a cracker?”
~ Sue: “Is she needy?”
Emily: “Yeah, her tank isn’t full… but she loves her mother.”
~ “I’m at the end of my skank…” – Sue
~ “I don’t like my shorts wet!” – Laura
~ “I quite enjoy the elevator…” – Emily to the front desk guy at the hotel when we were checking in
~ “Everyone has a little asshole in them…” – Laura
~ “I think I already peed on myself…” – Kristi
~ “Once you get the main part in, it’s all about rolling and stuffing, rolling and stuffing…” – Kristi
~ “I’m already in the Book of the Dead…” – Emily

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Magic

So remember how I posted about the Harry Potter socks turning out too small for my pal? Well, last night my girl Shawn tried the socks on and they fit her just fine. Shawn’s a size 10. I’m a size 8.5 and my swap pal is a 9.5. Know what this means, folks? I’m sending these badboys to my swap pal! If they fit Shawn okay then they should fit my mystery Hogwarts pal just fine. And… this means the yummy Ravenclaw yarn I bought from Woolgirl is all MINE! *bwahahahahahahahahahaaaaaa!* *grins*

Not much knitting news… I’m working on the second sock for the above mentioned swap, and I’ve been making heaps of jewlery again. This weekend a bunch of the Wednesday afternoon knitters (Kristy of Red Dog Knits, Dirty Sue, Blogless Emily and Blogless Laura, and I) are going on a knitting getaway to St. Joe. We’ll be loading up Sue’s truck with wine, yarn, needles, munchies and whatever else we might need for the trip tomorrow evening and then will be back Sunday. Bliss! I’m sure I’ll have pictures to share by the time we get home. 😀

Speaking of this trip o’ joy… I need to go to the grocery store for wine and sunscreen. 🙂 See ya!

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Fudge Nuts!

Tonight while browsing for books at Schuler’s I came across a display that both excited me and then made me spew a few “bad words.” It was a countdown to the new Harry Potter book. The featured number of the day was 29. Which means that now that it’s after midnight, the number is now 28 days. I have 28 days to finish my socks for my pal. This shouldn’t be a problem except for the fact that I finished the first sock last week and it’s TOO SMALL FOR MY PAL! *head:desk* I used a bigger size and even waited longer to begin the toe and yet the sock winded up being perfect for my size 8.5 foot and not so perfect for my pal and her 9.5 size feet. *whines more* I do not have the patience nor the skills to rip out the sock in order to add length to it. So this means that I’m going to have to keep this pair for myself and make a new pair for my pal. Many people seem to think that I purposely screwed the sock up so that I could keep them myself. I swear to you this isn’t the truth. I really would love to know these socks would fit my pal.

Darn cute though, huh?

So yeah… 28 days. *grumbles* Crappity crap crap crapsters.

A bit of happiness though… Kristi, Sue and Blogless Emily and I are running away for the weekend next weekend to knit and enjoy each other’s company on the shores of Lake Michigan. Wee!

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Happy World Wide Knit in Public Day! Last year I knitted at Starbucks… pretty boring. This year, I knitted on the way to Detroit for the Tigers vs. Mets game (We won! Whoot!) and then from the game to dinner (On the Border… yum). My knitting did go into Comerica Park with me, but I think my mother would have had a massive embarrassment moment if I’d whipped out my knitting during the game (although the 6th – 9th innings were yawnable and I easily could have knitted and paid attention) so I didn’t get it out. I’d love to go to a Stitch N’ Pitch though. I know Rae’s Boutique was planning a trip this year but I think I missed the sign up. *shrugs* Oh and my Shawna called me on the way to the game. We’re going to *sings* the cottage *end singing* on Wednesday – Friday. Squee! I can’t wait, I heart Norma’s *sings* cottage *end singing* hehe. :o) Yes, every time Shawn or I said the words “the cottage” we sang them on the phone. hehe We are dorks.

Anywho… I have pictures from today, of course!

Hogwarts Ravenclaw Sock… almost done!

Not too shabby...

Sock with Tiger tickets… whoo!

Imadork

My knitting chilling in my bag during the game. 🙂

Bag Whore

Knitting at dinner… I’m making a cozy for my camera so it doesn’t get all beat up in my purse or bag. I’m using Lucy Neatby’s double knitting method and some Sugar & Creme yarn I had laying around. 🙂 It’s almost done.

KIP in Farmington Hills, MI

Pictures from the game… Comerica Park is beauuutiful!
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And finally… pictures of my munchkins from Ravyn’s picnic on Wednesday which stopped me from getting to my Wednesday afternoon knitting group. Wes got a haircut the next day, thankfully. hehe
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Her shirt says “Never Crabby…” HA! Yeah right.
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Magic Nap Boobs strike again… How can I pass up moments like this to knit? I’ll take this as long as I can get it. 😀
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Almost to the toe on sock #1… whoot.

Knit, Harry, Knit!

And FYI… If you leave a yarntainer in a car, this will happen…

I'm mellllllltinnnnng!

My mom is going to use it for a funky vase now. The top didn’t melt, so perhaps I can find a new jug to use and salvage the top. This actually happened a long time ago too, long before it was hot around here so I can only imagine what it would have looked like if it melted last week in the 90 degree madness.

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