Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Finished Objects at the Beach

Hi knitter friends! Hope you are all doing well. It's snowing again here in NJ. I love the snow....but I'm ready for warm weather. Once my boys are playing baseball I'm ready to put the winter coat away and enjoy some sunshine. Looks like we're all going to have to wait a little longer for that to happen!

The weather was beautiful last Sunday. Cold, but calm so we took a ride to the beach to look for some sea glass. After a few nor'easters in this area I had a good feeling I would be able to find a good amount of pieces. I treated the kids to some pork roll and cheese sandwiches before the beach. Seriously, the best breakfast in the world.

While were at the beach Maire, my son's girlfriend took a few pictures of my finished object knits that I made in January. My Kobuk hat and the Zweig sweater both designed by Caitlin Hunter. Her designs are wonderful and I really enjoy knitting her patterns.

On our way back to the car we met a few scuba divers! Chase and I asked them what they were going to be looking for on their dive. They explained to us that a ship sunk right off the coast in 1860. 200 foot boat, still with the engine and stern in tact, they like to practice their diving skills and look for big fish. The chief diver took a go-pro camera with him and he will be posting it on YouTube this week. Chase will be their opening photo!

And yes, I did make out well with my sea glass hunt. :)

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Rhinebeck Artwork Winner!

You guys.....I was waiting it to be officially announced on the NY Sheep & Wool Festival site to announce here that I won the artwork contest for 2019!

As some of you know, I have been the runner-up twice before so I am over-the-moon excited to have been chosen as the winner!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This is a giant thrill for me. Thank you to everyone that voted for me!

How many days till Rhinebeck 2019??!!!!! AHHHH!!! Feels like forever!

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Fair Isle Yarn Along

A few years ago I took a fair isle color class with Mary Jane Mucklestone.
To read about that experience, click on this blog post. It was so much fun and I ended up with a pair of fair isle wrist warmers. I've worn them many time over the years and I have also used them as examples when teaching my fair isle classes.

My sister Liz celebrated her birthday last week so I asked her what she would like me to make for her. She requested her own fair isle wrist warmers. So I dug out a few of her favorite colors from my stash and got some on the needles asap. (She'll be getting them late...but it took her 8 months to finish my birthday present...so it's all good and fair)

I'm enjoying this beautiful copy of Vogue Knitting. It was gifted to me by my friend, Joan.
It was so thoughtful of her and I will treasure it forever.

What are you working on these days?

We Love You Too!!!

Perfect timing for Valentines Day...

We were voted the Most Loved Place to Go by Hulafrog readers in Southern Monmouth County.

We were chosen from a large list of places in the area that are family friendly.

Thank you so much for voting! We love you too!!

Friday, February 9, 2018

Weekend Shenanigans

Last weekend I spent some time with knitting friends. We went to my friend, Paige's shop, Frame & Fiber in Point Pleasant, NJ.  I had a great time at her open knitting, meeting some new friends and seeing some familiar faces. Paige's shop is wonderful. She has a beautifully curated shop with frames, fabric, yarn, pottery, prints and of course her personality makes the shop even more wonderful.

We picked out the custom frame for my Carnegie Hall performance photo. It's taken my long enough!!! I will treasure it forever.

I did some cooking over the weekend too. I've been roasting a whole chicken every weekend lately. We eat some for dinner and then it ends up being chicken salad or part of another meal for the next few days. Super simple recipe. Fill the chicken cavity with half a lemon, head of garlic, poultry herbs, another lemon half to keep it all in there. Sprinkle top with salt, pepper and some herbs or seasoning of choice. I like to put it in a pan with carrots, onions and sometimes potatoes. Cook for 1 1/2 hours at 425. A voila. Perfect chicken.

I made some more progress on my Kirwin sweater. I'm really enjoying this project. It's easy knitting but challenging reading the charts. You have to adjust it as you go. It's an intermediate to advance project.

And we also had a really fun time playing Shut the Box. We played this years ago but my sister gave it to my husband for Christmas and we are all having fun playing! It's a simple game but lots of fun.

Hope you have a good weekend! Enjoy the OLYMPICS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Recap of Vogue Live 2018

Last weekend I boarded a train with my sister Andee and Paige (from Frame & Fiber) and headed up to NYC for Vogue Live! It was busy and fun and a whirlwind for sure.

We did a lot in the 24 hours we were there! We enjoyed time in the lobby of the Marriot Marquis with our friends from Chelsea Yarns. We laughed so much. Just having fun, relaxing, not working and enjoying each other's company.

After a few hours of chatting and knitting, Andee and I did a quick run through of the marketplace before our class with Bristol Ivy. BRISTOL IVY people!!!!!! She was adorable, fun, knowledgable and passionate about this craft we all love so much.

The class was a Finishing Technique class. It was worth every penny. I enjoy making pieced sweaters and I felt like the seaming part was something I struggled doing correctly.

After our 3 hour class we joined up with our friend Paige and bunch of other wonderful ladies.
We enjoyed tai food, laughs, knitting and story telling. Everyone knew at least one person at the table and because we are KNITTERS we all just got along! Of course we did!! I had so much fun with Shamkea from Brooklyn, Ellie (skein deer) from London/Norway, Kristen from Voolenvine, Denise from Earthtonegirl, Carol Bloom from Bloom Studios and a few other women.

I have to admit that I was so tired and didn't even make it for the check to arrive! It was late for me!!! I'm sooooo not a night person. So we headed back to our hotel where we knitted and had another glass of wine.

Saturday morning....
Andee had watched the Kristy Glass Knits podcast before we went to NYC so she knew about the knitter subway ride meet up. SO FUN! I'm so glad we went. About 70 knitters met up at 8:30 on the subway in Times Square and we TOOK OVER!!!! We all filled a train car, started knitting and the expressions on the non-knitter rider's faces was priceless. We met people from all over the world in the train car. After a 45 minute ride down to the end of manhattan and back to times square, we walked off with new knitter friends and good memories.

Then off to the marketplace to do a little shopping. Personally, I don't love the indoor shopping experience. I much prefer Rhinebeck and Maryland Sheep & Wool. The lighting is weird inside, it's so hot and that carpet....it's so ugly!!! But I did pick up a few things and discovered a new yarn dyer that I really liked.

Later that day we hopped back on the train to head back home. I do love the city but I love our town even more. Much more my speed! Of course I casted on a new sweater swatch on the train ride home. I bought yarn for the Kirwin sweater. Inspired by this sweater, knitted by Kate Salomon from Green Mountain Spinnery. The color is so me. Mustard yellow, swampy greenish. All me!!!

I'm very thankful for the opportunity to do things like this. I went for a knitting class and got so much more out of it. I met new people, made new memories and had a great time.