Good-bye!

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So, I’ve looked at a couple good-byes this weekend, as I am sure many have.  It’s near the end of August, which means summer is almost over.  Good-bye to son (for now), who is off again to complete his work in New Hampshire.  Why are good-byes so hard!  Parents and families all over are saying good-bye to family, summer-fun, and summer weather!  We have had a great time with family and friends.  So many memories, so much to be thankful for!  Time to move on to what September will bring and I am ready!

 

I went on a road trip on Friday last week and what an experience.  Best girlfriend and I went to the Corning Museum to complete a glassblowing class.  Now, I can’t give away too many details, since it’s going to be a gift, but what an interesting place.  The many demonstrations were all conducted by very talented, young, college age people.  The Museum does a very good job of giving all age groups interesting, short, and pointed informational demos.  One of my favorite was the fiber optics that introduced us to the use of very fine glass wiring, at least that’s what it looked like to me, and talking about how it will someday soon be replacing copper wiring.  It was said that the tiny glass wire could hold so much more information, such as phone calls and technology, than we could ever image!  The following are some pictures that I took along the way!

 

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Glass blow holiday ornaments!

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In this picture, she is actually pouring very hot glass to complete another part of her creation!

 

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This “tree” of glass stands about 8 feet tall and is so impressive!  It is a must see!

 

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The exhibits were unbelievable. Such a wide range of styles, sizes, and artisans.   Awesome!

 

The scarf, you know, the 2 row reversible, is coming along nicely.  I am well into the second skein of yarn and will show pictures next time.  I have also started to knit a new pair of socks.  This pattern is an easy, easy way to go.  It is k2,p2 ribbing all the way till you get to the toe decreases!  I’m working it in a various shades of blue.  Here is a early picture of my new project!

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Happy travels, happy knitting,

Nancy

Boat Trip!

Well, I would like to say that I did a bunch of knitting this past weekend, but son came for a long awaited visit and it was so hard not to just work around his schedule!  We all had a great breakfast/brunch on Sunday, with son being the main cook.  Daughter and son–in-law were there and well and son’s very helpful girlfriend.  It’s so much fun to be the assistant or better yet, just be told to sit and watch!   So, I’m still working on the 2 row reversible scarf but have not been able to start anything else.  Family comes first!

Puppy has been so excited to see son, his little short stubby tail just keeps on wagging.  Here he is waiting and waiting for son to wake up!

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Saturday night we did go on a local boat trip on the Hudson River. It was so much fun with dinner and dancing included.  We went with a bunch of friends and we had a great meal and very loud dancing music.  Since my ankle still is totally better, I of course, still danced. Oh well, it hurts whether I dance or don’t dance!  Anyway, here are some pictures of the night.  The boat is called the JP.

 

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Happy knitting,

Nancy

Friday Finds!

Welcome to Friday!  It’s been a really busy week, so this Friday Find is going to be really short.  First, here is my scarf that I have been working on.  I think I am going to use the second skein of yarn so that I have (or someone else has) enough to wrap around them during cold days.

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I have been trying to continue with my sock knitting and have been having trouble sticking with it.  So, thanks to the internet, I found this easy pattern for socks.  Will be trying that when I get a minute!

 

Have a great weekend and happy knitting,

Nancy

Road Trip!

Another beautiful weekend-so happy to be outside enjoying it!  Special person and I hit the road and headed east!

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Take a look at some of my pictures from Bennington, Vermont. It was a beautiful weekend!

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Here are some shots of the Old First Church, congregation organized in 1762, which according to the plaque it held 650 people and cost $7,893.20 to build!  I seem to be attracted to the past, in its simplicity and clean images! What it must have been like all those years ago..

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And, finally the Vermont Point – so awesome!  It was closed when we went by, but I’ve been up to the top before – great views!

 

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And my knitting, my 2 row reversible scarf is looking pretty good.  It works quickly and is  really nice and neat!

 

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Happy travels and knitting,

Nancy

Friday Finds!

Morning!  What a beautiful Friday!  Sunny, warm-but not too warm and enjoying my morning coffee with puppy and reading my Sunflowers book.  Looking out my back window the family of deer have decided that it’s time to get up and get moving.  I have tried on several occasions to get pictures of them, but they are very preceptive!

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Remember, while on my Boston trip we went to that knitting store called  Bead + Fiber? I noticed that they had this great looking bracelet that looked like fun to make.  I have always been interested in the concept of knitting a bracelet since I am a many-at-a-time bracelet person.  It was made using Lamb’s Pride yarn, bulky (85% wool, 15% mohair).  The wrapping yarn fibers include bamboo, cotton, silk, wool and acrylic.  Pretty!

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Happy knitting,

Nancy

Welcome August!

Here we are in the beginning of August.  To celebrate, special person and I went for a little relaxation and liquid replenishment!  So off we go to a place near the Hudson River.

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Even the ducks are relaxing!

 

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Our refreshments were awesome!  One of the best Bloody Mary’s with extra olives!  Mmmm good!

We watched the boats go by too.

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After all the quiet and relaxing, I really wanted to find something new to knit.  I keep thinking that I better get going on fall/winter items cause before I know it, we will be looking at the autumn weather. So, I did some looking around in my Pinterest boards which, I believe, was originally found on Sage Yarn Blog and I found this great “2 Row Reversible Scarf” pattern.  I picked this great color yarn called Pumpkin in Patons Roving Classic Wool is bulky weight.  The pattern looks great on both sides.

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Happy knitting,

Nancy

Friday Finds!

While visiting Boston, my best friend, gave me this great book, called, Sunflowers, by Sheramy Bundrick. The copyright is from 2009, so check out Amazon to see if you can get it.   It’s a story about Vincent Van Gogh’s last two years of his life.  Since I like reading about people’s lives, I thought this would be a interesting one, and it is.  Besides learning about his difficult life, the book gives a look into how much self-doubt he had about his painting ability.  I think you will enjoy this summer read!

 

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I’m still working on thoughts about my yarn that I purchased in Boston.  I want to take a look at the new Vogue Knitting Magazine to see if get any ideas.  More to come!

Happy knitting,

Nancy

Good-bye July!

Can you believe it, the month of July is just about over?!  This month, as they say, has flown by. Summer is in full swing!

I have finished one of the baby girl hats that I need to make.  It was great fun making those flowers.  I decided to make three little flowers instead of the two suggested in the pattern.  There is something about an odd number that makes things look that much better.  Remember the pattern is from Fiber Flux and can be found here. I think I might change the colors on the next one, just not sure what that will be yet.

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I am always trying to be healthy – I made this awesome breakfast frittata for the week on Sunday. I figured if I had some of my veggies first thing in the morning, along with some eggs for protein that it would be a great way to start the day!  I chopped up tomatoes, onions, a little bit of broccoli and a tiny bit of cheese and baked it all together.  It was really, really, good.

 

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Happy knitting,

Nancy

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday Finds!

So, remember when I went on that fun-filled road trip to Boston and I stopped in at the Bead + Fiber yarn store?  I wanted to show you a more up close look at one of the yarns that I bought!  My most exciting purchase was this beautiful 86% mohair and 14% nylon yarn.  The colors remind me of fall leaves.  I see muted reds, oranges, light rust and a small amount of pale greens with hints of gold too!  The yarn is by Persimmon Tree Farm and it is called Potluck Yarn and its approximately 1000 yards of beauty!   It looks good on my new celery green corner chair!

 

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Not sure what I’m going to make at this point and I could make a few things depending on the yardage of the projects.  Let me know if you have an ideas for me.  More about my purchases next time!

Happy knitting,

Nancy

Road Trip!

The best time was had by all on my road trip to Boston last weekend!  It was so much fun!  We, of course, not to break tradition, got a little bit lost on the way in, but according to best friend, this has happened before.  We were met by best friend’s daughter (who lives there) and son and son’s girlfriend.  There are so many things to see in Boston and so many different areas – but what we did see was awesome!  So, one of the major means of transportation in Boston is called the T.  I don’t know how it got that name – but it was fast, fairly friendly, and able to get you wherever you wanted to go.  Thanks to best friends’ daughter who knows her way around Boston like the back of her hand, (seriously!) We all just followed along like baby ducks following their mama.  I have to say though we walked and walked too.  According to that wrist thing (kinda like it-tells you how many steps, what kind of sleep you had, all sorts of interesting things) we clocked in almost 9 miles of sightseeing on Saturday alone! It was great! photo-30   Son and girlfriend enjoyed a Soxs game on Friday night and then on Saturday we went to the Samuel Adams Brewery, which was kinda fun, learned about how beer was made and even got to taste test a few different kinds.  My taste testing glass was a freebie too!   photo-33 No trip would be complete without going to the Farmers Market on Sunday and stopping by a local knitting store.   We found the Fiber + Bead store on Harrison Ave. It’s a really tiny shop filled with all sorts of great yarns and more!  Here is my bag of goodies!  More on what I purchased later. Can’t wait to decide what to make next! photo-34 Stay tuned for more on my adventures in Boston!

Happy Knitting, Nancy