Sunday, September 16, 2012

As I Ramble

I have been super busy lately, finishing up projects that may or may not have been languishing for a year or more. I've challenged myself to not cast on anything new until the yarn for Carson arrives, which should be any day now. I can't wait! So, to keep myself busy I've hauled a few projects out of hibernation.

First up, Peak's Island Hood by Ysolda. It was a lot of fun to knit, and only got shelved because I got to the last 4 inches and thought I might run out of yarn (I didn't, 17g left). So that makes sense. What? No, it doesn't! WTH, brain, wth. I made it with 4 balls of Rowan Cocoon, color Shale. This scarf/hood is lovely, squooshy and probably insanely warm. I can't wait to take it for a test drive this winter,

Buttonwillow was a lovely 6 day knit, and a stashbuster too! One skein of A Piece of Vermont Merino Sock (440 yds, 13g left), lovely hand dyed multi-shaded blues. The knit crochet bindoff was rather a pain, and so many pins! All The Pins to block it, but it came out quite nicely, I think.

I got new (ok, my first) business cards! They're from, and completely awesome. You get to pick your own pictures to go on the back, and I was really impressed with their design software. It was really, truly painless to use. I only got a sample pack, but I'm sure I'll be ordering more from them in the future.

Because I didn't want to put on my fancy new business cards, I got my own domain! This blog (and rss feed and whatnot) can now be found at! Now that it is mine mine mine, I have the potential to do cool things with it. Potential, mind you. It's unlikely anything will change in the near future. :-)

This weekend was adventure filled! My sister Katie just moved to within commuter train distance from us, so we went to visit them for the weekend- their housing situation is odd and temporary, so we brought our tent out for the first (and probably last) time this season. Saturday was C's birthday (4 years old!), so we went to the NY Ren Faire and hung out with fairies and crazy people for the day.

I finished Grumpa-polywog-asaurus just in time to be the perfect present for her. We had fun taking pictures of her smiling and torturing the poor thing to within an inch of its life. Kids are hard on toys!

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 Her brother A wanted to get in on the picture taking action.

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 My personal favorite part of the Ren Faire was the Birds of Prey demonstration. This owl was totally badass, and had a personality like a feathered cat. Many amusements were had at this fact. It was also absolutely beautiful, and has made itself at home at #1 on my list of 'birds to have once I get my falconer's license', whenever that is.

Eurasian Eagle Owl
 The condor was pretty awesome as well, and very impressive with its 10 foot wingspan.

African Condor
 The winner for largest bug found this weekend goes to the Praying Mantis! Found on the archery range, I moved it out of stomping range of the kids, and got a pretty sweet picture.

Praying Mantis
Whew! I think I'll go sleep for a couple days after all that excitement.

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