Monday, April 23, 2007

For the returning Students

If you would like to knit an item for the Va Tech students: Knitting for Virginia Tech Students

Hokie Hope

And for the families of the victims:

Project Hokie Hope

Monday, April 16, 2007

What I did this past weekend

The Guild participated in the annual Spring Craft Festival & Heritage Craft Show at the VB Conference Center this weekend. 6 Guild members volunteered to work and this is what the corner of the table looked like

totes cooksbooks and yarn

Imagine knitters sitting on the empty chairs knitting.

I bought freshly baked bread and opened a jar of Graves Mtn Orange Marmalade

bread and jam

There are 2 slices left.

People I met:

Confused Wool hater - A 20 something arguing with me that all sheep in Australia are tortured and she would never touch wool because of that. She didn't know why they were butchered. I had to many others interested in knitting to argue with her. I suggested she do more research.

Pink Knitting - A little girl about 4 dress head to toe in pink was fascinated watching my hands.

Internatinal Knitting - A husband and wife from Germany/Austria (not sure) that spoke no English. The wife watching me knit and shaking her head "no". So I switched to contentinal and she nodded "yes". Then wanted me to show her how I threw. Her husband pulled his pant leg up and showed me his handknitted socks.

One benefit of this Show is that we can sell items to benefit the Guild (see totes, yarn, cookbooks in picture above) as well as ourselves. I am happy to report My Favorite Shawl was popular with the knitters that attended. It will be available on The Knitting Vault very soon....maybe tomorrow.

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Kathryn Bingham

I first met Kathryn as a customer at Ewe Knits. As we talked over a few visits, she mentioned she'd like to attend the Knitters Review Retreat but didn't want to go alone. As I had been attending the Retreat for several years, I suggested we drive up together. It worked out well. A natural talker Kathryn talked the entire drive and I, a natural quiet person, drove and listened. We had a great time and planned to go again in 2007 no matter where it was held. We had over extended our fiber budgets in 2006 and couldn't swing the trip to NY.

In January of this year, Kathryn was diagnosed with stage 3 ovarian cancer. Always optimistic, she knew she wouldn't make it to MS&W because of treatments, but fully expected to be on the bus to Stitches East in October and onto the KR Retreat in matter where it was held!

Kathryn passed away earlier this week. We weren't joined at the hip friends and emailed one another only every few months but she was a friend who I'll miss.

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

My life

Wallis-hasnotbeen-Knitting much this past week. Worked a few days. Then there were eye appointments for Bailey. Since we've been there so often lately he gets a bit scared and wants to sit in my lap. Therefore, not much knitting.

Saturday the Guild was at the Frances Land House - Gathering of the Guilds.

Frances Land

More pictures are linked through the Guilds site.

Sunday it was homeowner association stuff.

Monday more HOA stuff filled the day and Guild meeting the evening.

Tuesday I worked and you never get a chance to knit working at a knitting store. Besides we're expecting all 80 colors of Butterfly any day now and I had to make room for 640 skeins of yarn.

Today I slept until 6:30, and anticipated a quiet day of Netflix movies and knitting. But then the Landscaping guys came to put down mulch which means all of the neighbors who can't seem to make it to the meetings came out of hibernation and wanted the Landscapers to do more, less or something differnt than what the contract says. And since I'm the one BOD person who is home, I get to field the demands. "No, they will not mulch your back yard" "No, you have to dig up your own pansies" "No, they won't leave the plastic bags on your lawn, just give them a minute to empty it first!"

I did get a chance to watch "Man of the Year" It was okay. RV with Robin Williams was much better.

And through all of this I've had to put up with this if I want my door open


I'm surprised you can't hear him from your house. Do you see him? Here's a close up:


But on the positive side....Spring has arrived in my backyard....



Tonight we're putting out signs that say "do not speed" around the 'hood. Maybe it'll slow done a few cars for a day or so.

And then....America's Next Top Model, PussyCat Dolls, Lost and knitting.