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We were suppose to be on the road by 7:30am…of course in real-time that was actually 8:45am (after stopping for gas and Dunkin Donuts).  Finally with the family feasting, me sipping hot chocolate and knitting, we were on our way…

A beautiful day awaited us.

Arrival, 10:30am. 

Now my goal for the day was to snag me some Sanquine Gryphon.   They were debuting a new yarn, Zaftig Bugga, a worsted weight version of  their favorite Bugga.  I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it.   I kissed my girl, got my ticket and took off running.  The hope was to arrive early and beat the crowd…yeah right…

Destination reached!!!!! 10: 40am.  Made my way through the throngs of happy knitters then proceeded to the end of the line.  Where’s the end of line?

Oh there it is.  About a 1/2 mile from the barn.  Yes, people I waited on this line for 1 hr and 45 mins…..HOLY COW!!!

My mum and sister(white sweater and black boots on the left)  held my place  so I could get another shot of this mind-blowing line.  There’s Chris and Kira off on the right visiting me.

Mum was kind enough to let me wander a bit and enjoy some of the other sites.

Here’s my girl and her “Titi” getting to know a new friend.  Closer…


“Mummy, he kissed me” “Wanna kiss um”…  Is that pure joy on her face or what?

I’ve never met a creature so friendly and full of curiosity.  My sister kept saying, can I have a kiss and it would “kiss” her with a bump on the nose.  We were all amazed.

More sites…

And this picture almost didn’t happen.  We were getting ready to leave and Kira who was truly an angel all day was starting to melt down a bit.  hungry, sleepy, a bit cold…time to go.  I had to go to the bathroom but decided to hold it.  Chris said go, it’s a long ride… Again I said no but he said, just go already.  My lesson for the day, listen to my husband.  As I approached the loo, there she was.  Even with lunch in hand she was gracious and posed.  Thank you Stephanie aka The Yarn Harlot.   Was I excited? UM, yeah! 

Verdict…An awesome day!!!!!  And a realization, no matter how far you stray knitters will always welcome you back.

Haul shots tomorrow….early bedtime for everyone.

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For all you east coast knitters out there you know that next weekend is what we wait all year for.  Well this year is no different.  But due to my ongoing honeymoon with “Big B”  I’ve fallen a bit behind in my preparations.  So this week is completely dedicated to knitting and getting ready for the Sheep and Wool Festival In Rhinebeck.  Anyone I know going?  We can meet up.  ok, we’ll talk about that later…

If you need a little inspiration to get the needles clicking here you go…


I have the pleasure of calling the author of this blog my friend.  If you ever need to see an original spin on a classic knit this is the place to visit.  And the pictures of her precious little girl are an added bonus.



As I’m knitting furiously away on a sweater for Kira (yes the one I started weeks ago and said I wanted to finish in a week…).  I thought I’d fuel myself with some of these.  I know, they look a bit sticky but totally worth the breaks to wash my hands.  As always another great Pinterest find…recipe is here…Mangia!!


If any of you knitters are feeling a bit adventurous and want a really cool, I mean cool, cast on for socks or gloves/mittens check this out.  The Yarn Harlot said in one of her books that turning the heel of a sock makes her feel smart.  After this cast on I was feeling a little Einstein-ish…

So what are you knitting this weekend? Or eating? or doing to make yourself happy?  Whatever it is enjoy!

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Lots of things were going on tonight.  Not only was I out on a school night, it was to attend a knitting event, with one of my favorite authors/knitters, and I met some awesome people.  Does it get any better?

So as promised to Amy and Carolyn, who couldn’t attend, but for whom I have personalized/autographed books.  The play by play…

Sock shot on the subway…if you can believe it, I got here by 5:10…Hey Steph, here I come. 


Have you been to the Borders in Columbus Circle?…HUGE!!!!


The crowd grows…


and grows…suddenly it doesn’t seem so huge.  There is still an hour to go…


The required sock shot…from her end and ours.


Not only is she a talented writer and knitter but an inspiration as well.  I think everyone in attendance tonight would agree, she really made us feel proud to be ourselves and to be knitters.


The signing begins and it ran with military percision.  We were all so impressed with the organization and courtesy of the Borders staff… cause this could have gotten ugly real fast…


And there are two lovely ladies I met while patiently waiting my turn (cause we knitters know about patience).

This is Kusi, who works at Downtown Yarns…(great store). 


And this is Victoria, knitting “Boyfriend Socks“.  We made a deal tonight, a knitter’s pack.  I’ll wear my socks and she’ll post more frequently on her blog.  Which I will visit to check up.  We high-fived and everything so I’m stuck, we both are.  I got more than one look at the mention that I don’t wear the socks that I knit.  We’ve been here before but this time I caved.  Carolyn you win.  I’m sold this time.  I am wool-worthy. I believe, I believe, it’s silly but I believe (can you guess who said that?)


Another required shot…the blogger/knitter with the author/blogger/knitter.  Stephanie is holding my sock and I her’s, of course.


And the waiting continued.  These are the unfortunate souls who arrived late and had to stand.  They were punished (I think) twice by having to wait until all the seated attendees got their books signed first. 


That’s where I met up with Lysa.  Sorry it’s so darn close but my arms just couldn’t got back any further.


That’s all folks!! (I know you know who said that)

Yes, I was wearing my socks tonight…(Lorna’s Laces, Gold Hill, Phineas)


I know it’s very late but I’m still going to read a bit more.


This sums up my feelings about the book, the evening, my knitting…

I need to sleep near the things that I love, the things that move me.


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