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Knit Link Party #2

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Hello! Welcome to the October Link Love Party, Knit Link Party #2, hosted by Marie Segares and I. Our first month was a lot of fun, now let’s keep the fun gowing. Be sure to share this link party with all your knitting friends so they can link up as well, and find new and fun knit projects around the web. Our link parties start on the first Thursday of the month, and end on the last Thursday of the month. Here are the 5 most clicked links from last month.

Knitting Love monthly link party #2Seed Stitch Headband/Ear Warmer by Posh Pooch Designs: This quick and easy free knitting pattern is embellished with buttons.

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Knitting Love Link Party! #1

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Welcome to the Knitting Love Link Party!

Knit Love Link Party

Oh my goodness, I am so excited to share a new feature with you!!! I know I am more crochet focused, but I REALLY love knitting as well, and I am working on increasing my knitting patterns. I have found a kindred spirit in this regard in Marie Segares of Underground Crafter. Marie and I have teamed up to bring you a knitting link party every month. So let’s get this party started!!

Welcome to our first Knitting Love Link Party! Every month, the Knitting Love Link Party will open up on the first Thursday at 1:00 a.m. Eastern and close on the last Thursday at 11:55 p.m. Eastern. Share your latest knitting projects, patterns, tutorials, tips, and WIPS, and be sure to stop by and leave comments on other projects, too! (more…)

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Stitch ‘N’ Pitch

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Hello there! A few weekends ago I attended the 2015 Stitch ‘N’ Pitch at a NY Mets game. The Stitch ‘N’ Pitch is an event that happens at various pro baseball games around the country in association with TNNA (The National Needlearts Association). The Stitch ‘N’ Pitch that I attended was also sponsored by Lion Brand Yarn. They gave all the attendees a goodie bag with some yarn so that everyone could make some afghan squares for Warm Up America, a wonderful organization that makes and collects hand made blankets for those in need.

It was tons of fun! I went with Amy of Stitchin’ Mommy. We met there, as she lives in Queens, and I live in NJ. I miss living in Queens, it was so much easier to go play in Manhattan, and to go to fun events without having to drive and park.

Anyway, I drove to the game. The bus from here only runs every 2 hours on the weekend, and would require a transfer to the subway as well. By the time all the tickets are purchased, it is pretty much the same cost as tolls and parking, so I decided I would rather drive. Public transit is not as affordable or convenient coming from NJ. I got in at noon for a 1:10 game, and I still ended up parking pretty far away. I snapped a photo of where I was parked so I would be able to find Thor again after the game.

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Once I got to the gate, I met up with Amy and we went in. As we arrived, we stumbled upon (more…)

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Love Wins

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Over the past year or so I have done my best to keep politics off my blog. Today, I am so happy that I have to break that rule. Though honestly, I don’t see it as politics as much as I see it as celebrating the fact that EVERY American now has the right to LOVE.

Today is a day I will never forget. I just had a conversation with my daughters explaining why today is so important. They were so happy to know that every person in the USA now has the right to marry the person they love, and to have all the rights that come with that marriage. I did my best to explain some of those rights in terms that almost~8~year~olds could understand. Things like hospital visitation/medical decisions and family healthcare.

Today, everything else seems so small and insignificant. Today is a celebration of love. Today is beautiful. Today is important. Today, love wins.

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Memorial Day and other Family Fun

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It’s been some time since I have shared family photos with you all! So here are some fun snaps and a bit about what we have all been up to over the last month or so

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Star Wars Day (May the Fourth be with you!) was on a Monday, so Doug and the girls celebrated on Sunday with lots of Star Wars toys. It was adorable. (more…)

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Happy Love Day…and stuff…

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I have a lot of sharing for you today. Photos of randomness from the last week or so, some cuteness from the girls’ play date and sleepover, and a few Valentine’s Day snaps. Basically, a what I’m up to post for you today.

When my parents went on a little trip over the holidays, my dad found a few items that he knew I would love!

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He didn’t know this, but I LOVE the Tom Tierney paper doll books. They are actually very true to period, and were even considered acceptable period costume research by my uber picky undergrad advisor.

He also found this pretty thimble at the gift shop outside of the Petra Treasury. I think that was were he found the earrings as well. I really love them.

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Here is some colorful yarn I received from Lion Brand. Happiness in a box! (more…)

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2014 Wrap up

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I know I have been lax in sharing snaps and stories of the family lately. I haven’t even been sharing WiPs lately. I will get back to all that.

I have been working on find some organization in my life. I finally have found a way that works for me to keep on top of this crazy little blog. Slowly but surely I have been working towards that end. Somehow, the personal posts seemed to have gotten lost in the shuffle. Just as I was realizing how long it had been, this happened.

If I am recieving an award for best personal life posts on a crochet blog, maybe I should be sure to keep posting them, right? Not to mention my family may be a bit upset with me if I don’t share some stories of the twins, like, now.

So let me just tell you that a schedule is happening, and updates to the blog are happening as well. I would love for it all to be complete by the end of February. For now, the schedule is:

Monday: Crochet or Knit ALong (CAL, KAL)
Tuesday: alternating between a free knit pattern and a Stitchopedia post
Wednesday: evening round up
Thursday: free crochet pattern
Friday or Saturday (or Sunday…): one or two posts about the family and/or WiPs and such
Sunday: evening link blast

I reserve the right to lose my mind and change it all.

For now, here are nearly 40 photos of the last 6 or so weeks of 2014, and a little bit of text to tell you what they are all about.

Sometime Kyla needs to dress up.

Wonder Kyla

I know I told you a little about our Thanksgiving trip in my last family post, but here are a few pictures I missed sharing. I taught the girls to crochet while we were there. They just learned the chain st, but they had fun with it. (more…)

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Trick or Treat!! 2014

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Well, the crazy holiday season is officially underway, and we have survived the first holiday. It was actually a great day. Halloween is Vada’s favorite holiday. She wears Halloween themed clothing year round.

The girls had a half day at school, then they went back at 2 for the optional costume parade. Doug’s mom came by just before they got out for the half day, so she picked them up with me, helped to get them in their costumes, and went to the parade with us. It was very nice to have her along.

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Here are the girls as we left to go to the costume parade. Vada is Merida from Brave, and Kyla is Elsa from Frozen.

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This little girl is a friend of theirs who is in first grade (yes, she is younger than them). She had on my favorite costume of the day! (more…)

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2014 Knit and Crochet Show, part 2 ~or~ our 3 weeks of crazy, part 2

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When I last left you, Andee and I had taken a moment for a mentor/mentee photo op just before the annual CGOA member meeting.

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At the end of the member meeting, the winners of the 2014 CGOA Design Competition. Then we all adjourned to the marketplace for the pre~opening. We were able to walk around the marketplace, and see the display of all the design competition entries and winners. I took some photos, which I will share with you, but if you want to see some even better snaps, take a look here.

Here are several photos of the entries.

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And here are photos of the winners.

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My Fall Leaves Wrap earned first place in the Accessories category, sponsored by Webs. The pattern is available in my Ravelry store.

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My Waterfall Necklace also earned an honorable mention ribbon in the same category. Below you can see some photos of the necklace being worn.

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The pattern for this one will be published at a later date, I will give you details as soon as I am able.

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The Grand Prize winner was stunning again this year!!

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As I walked around the marketplace, I found it quite cool that there was a little ball winding station. That way if you bought some great yarn that needed winding, you could get to creating with it right away!

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Red Heart had some new pretties to show off. A few new lines of yarn, and some new colors of some older lines as well. It was all so pretty!!

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I just fell in love with the superhero sock kits from Yarn Holiday! I love that they found a way to represent these beloved characters without stepping on any copyrights/licenses.

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The end of the Crochetville/Red Heart booth was also a designer signing station. It was decorated with lots of samples from the Red Heart Free Pattern collection. As you can see, my In Love With Color Throw was top center of the display. I was wondering if it would be at the show, but it was very exciting to see it featured like that!
The Holiday Chevron Throw at the right bottom corner of the picture is mine as well. You can find the pattern for the matching pillows on the Red Heart site.

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This fun cake was one of the many cool crochet decorations made for the 20th anniversary of the CGOA.

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The next few days were full of lots of classes and great times! Friday evening I had dinner with my 3 favorite ladies at the show, Tamara, Kim, and Andee. These ladies are like family to me, I love them dearly.

Later that night, I had gone to my room and was trying to finish the Baker’s Tee I needed to wear in the fashion show Saturday night, when my phone rang.

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It was this crazy lot calling from the bar to tell me to grab my crocheting and come down to play. Who am I to say no to this group?

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I have nothing to say about this.

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Saturday afternoon Mom and the girls made their way up from Beverly, MA. The girls and I had promised to model in the fashion show for mainly crochet.

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Early on in the evening, Vada learned a new trick from Grammie.

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Most of the photos of the fashion show are rather blurry. Mom was taking them as I was backstage, and she really needs a new camera. Here we have Ellen Gormley (Editor for Crochet! Magazine), and Doris Chan, two more awesome ladies I truly adore!

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A few days before the fashion show, Doris asked if the girls and I could model her Lotus Bolero, which she had made in all of the 10 sizes available in her pattern. It was fun to see them in so many sizes walking down the runway. (you can see more of them on models in the back of this snap)

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Here are a few of the patterns I have designed for mainly crochet which should be up on the site sometime soon. The girls and I are wearing my falling blocks poncho, which will be available in both child and adult sizes. They are all made of Lion Brand Heartland yarn. In the back you can see another of my designs for mainly crochet. It is a large shawl made of Red Heart Reflective yarn. It is bright and fun and perfect for taking the littles out for Trick or Treat!

Kyla-in-her-scarf-and-Emma-skirt

Finally it was time for our last pass, when the three of us got to wear designs of mine that I have self~published. Above you can see Kyla in her Emma Skirt, available on Ravelry in child small to adult 5x. She is also proudly showing off the scarf she made herself with the spool knitting kit Grammy and Grandpa gave her for Christmas.

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Here we have Vada being extremely adorable in her Puff Stitch Halter Dress. The free pattern is available here on my blog.

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Mom wasn’t able to get any good shots of the Waterfall Necklace, but she did get a decent one of Tammy wearing my Fall Leaves Wrap.

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Tamara managed to grab a cute snap at the end of the evening. Vada was very tired. As you can see, I did finish the Baker’s Tee in time for the fashion show. This pattern is also available for free on my blog!

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The girls were quite tuckered out at the end of the night. They did so wonderfully in the fashion show, and they we very well behaved at the banquet. I was quite proud!

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Sunday morning we packed up, grabbed some breakfast at the hotel, and set off for home.

We arrived home around 4. We had to unpack the car, then re~pack for the next 2 weeks of our adventure; as we had to leave the next morning for west PA.

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I did take some time to get a photo of all my free goodies I received at the show. Aren’t they pretty.

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I also snapped a photo of all the pretties I purchased at the show. I may have spent a bit more than planned, but there was a cash prize with that first place ribbon…

Well, my friends, it is late and this seems a good stopping point. I share more about the next part of our adventure in a few days.

Sleep well.

Jessie-At-Home

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2014 Knit and Crochet Show, part 1 ~or~ our 3 weeks of crazy, part 1

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OK, we returned home on Friday, Mom flew back to Sicily Monday night, and we are still not totally unpacked, but it is time I start sharing the crazy with you!

Here are the girls in the days before we left. Kyla was getting some quality napping~on~Daddy time, and Vada built a castle to take on the trip out of some empty Baker’s Cotton spools. You’ll see why I have so many empty Baker’s Cotton spools as the trip posts continue.

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On Tuesday, July 22nd, I packed up the car with my stuff for the Knit and Crochet show, the girl’s stuff for some quality time with Grammy and her family in Beverly, MA, and, of course, the girls. We drove up to my grandparents place in Beverly, MA where my mom had just arrived. I dropped off the girls and spent a little bit of time with my Grammy and Grampy, and then headed up to NH. Less than an hour later I arrived at the pretty red house in Kingsland, NH, that belongs to my Aunt Diane and her awesome husband, Greg. I tried to get a little work done while there, but the cat had other ideas. I spent the night, and in the morning I was off to the Manchester, NH Radisson for the Knit and Crochet show.

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The very first familiar face I saw was Doris Chan. A big hug from the always adorable Doris (who was wearing a very cool TARDIS dress) is just about the perfect way to start a show! Of course, I was so thrilled to be there and seeing people, I forgot to get photos until I had been there for an hour or so. When I ran into Tammy Hildebrand I finally remembered to start getting photos!

Tammy!

I had a few classes on Wednesday afternoon. One was “Mastering Crochet the CGOA way,” a class to give tips and advice to those working on earning Crochet Master status in the CGOA. I have enrolled in the Masters program, and have had the packet for nearly a year now, but I have yet to start the 42 swatches that need to be sent in for evaluation. After taking this class, I am motivated to get going!!

This awesome class was taught by Jane Rimmer, Susan Lowman, and Linda Dean. If you are even thinking of attempting the Crochet Masters program, then take this class!! It sounds like the goal is to offer this class at each Knit and Crochet show.

Now there is no “endorsements” for any books from the CGOA for the Masters program, however, there was a bibliography of recommended books for this class, and they had all the books there on a table. So I took a photo for you. I am going to have to buy and review most (or all) of these books.

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Now, during the class, Jane taught a little session on tips for weaving in ends. When she got to the bit about using a hook to weave in the ends when working thread crochet, it was very difficult for everyone to see what she was doing. So (with Jane’s permission) I stood behind her and took photos as she worked. They did not come out wonderfully, as my phone is not exactly the best at action shots, but I was able to find a few that are OK. I told the other ladies in the class I would post the photos here once I got home, so here they are. *I did receive permission from Jane Rimmer to post these photos on my blog. Thank you Jane!!

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As always, there was a knit and crochet lounge for people to hang out and play together. Here is a snap of one of my trips to the lounge. The second lady from the left is Tamara Kelly, who I was so happy to finally meet in person. We have known each other online for quite some time, but this was our first time meeting in person. We ended up in nearly all the same classes (other than the classes we took on Wed afternoon, the rest of our schedule was identical) so we spent a lot of time together. She was just awesome! I miss her already. Check out her post about the show here.

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I didn’t get many pictures during the day on Thursday, but I did remember to grab a snap of my awesome, fabulous, talented, beautiful mentor, Andee. Here we are just before the annual CGOA member meeting. (Can you tell I really like her? She has taught me so much, it would have taken me a lot longer to get where I am now, and where I am going, without such a wonderful mentor.)

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The winners of the 2014 CGOA Design Competition were announced at the end of the meeting, and the meeting was followed by the marketplace preview. I will share more about that and the rest of the show with my next 3 weeks of crazy post. I will leave you with a picture of the cake made for the 20th anniversary.

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The Seventh Birthday Retro Party (and some other stuff)

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The girls turned 7 on Sunday. I have some snaps to share with you to show our festivities. Plus a little bit of yarnie stuff at the end of the post. 🙂

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I think this was the day before their birthday. Doug was so proud of them!

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For their birthday breakfast, banana pancakes with real maple syrup and fresh strawberries. Yummy!!

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Here is Birthday Girl Kyla ready to party!

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And Birthday Girl Vada is all ready as well!

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Like I said, retro party. We decorated the backyard, put out a ring toss, various toys from the garage, and stick the carrot nose on Olaf. It was awesome!

Sidewalk-chalk-art-Seventh-Birthday

We started the party with sidewalk chalk. We invited about 10 girls, 7 RSVPed yes, but only 4 showed (2 called ahead of time with car troubles ~ siblings, and 1 just didn’t show). We wanted a small party, but not quite that small. It’s one of the drawbacks of summer birthdays around here, a lot of people go down the shore for the weekends, or go away on long vacations.

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Once everyone was here, the girls played stick the carrot nose on Olaf. Jessica won.

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Present time!! Vada loved the little stuffed Tink. She opened it and yelled, “I wanted this forever!!” It was adorable. For the record, forever is 5 days. That’s when she told us she wanted a soft stuffed Tinkerbell, 5 days before her birthday. OK, she may have wanted it longer, but she didn’t say anything before then. They got lots of fun artsy craftsy gifts that they have been loving with the rainy days we have had lately!

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Doug planned the whole party. After my unschedule trip to the hospital, I have been very far behind in getting ready for the Knit and Crochet show and our vacation immediately following the show. So Doug was my hero and said he would take care of the whole party. Yes, he even made the cake/cupcakes. He made Kyla a chocolate rainbow unicorn cake. He found a horse cake mold at the craft store, and used one of those spiral lollipops for the horn. Vada got rainbow SpiderMan cupcakes. Really, if you look at the sides of the cupcakes, they are rainbow layered. I knew he was a keeper.

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As the party was winding down, the girls disappeared inside for a bit. They came back to give us a concert. Can you guess the song?

Yes, you can.

Really.

That’s right.

Let It Go.

The encore was Do You Want To Build a Snowman.

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This was Kyla’s awesome shirt that made her need to run inside and change. You can see the image better on this doormat we may need to get for her as well. It would be perfect for outside her tent when we go camping!

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Vada helped clean up by carrying all her gifts at the same time.

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Madison helped clean up as well. I love this photo. It really fits the retro idea of the party.

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The girls each grew about 2 inches this past year.

It was a great year.

I constantly wonder how I ended up with such awesome little girls. They are so kind, loving, smart, hard working, and fun. They make Doug and I very proud.

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Remember when I told you about Kim Guzman’s Crochet Along? Well, today was the last day of the CAL. Here is the picture of my finished scarf.

I have been in a frenzy getting ready for the Knit and Crochet show. Really, I will be ready. Really. I am very excited about seeing so many of the awesome people I met last year! There are several of the members of our little facebook group of crochet designers and bloggers who will be there: Michele (Mainly Crochet), Kim (Kimane Designs and much more), Andee (Mama’s Two Hands), Tamara (Moogly), and myself. I hope I didn’t leave anyone out! Of course, there will be a lot of other awesome people there as well, that is just the group from our little facebook gang. 🙂

This will actually be Tamara’s first show. I am so excited for her! We actually chatted on the phone for nearly 2 hours today because she had some questions about getting ready for the show. It really wasn’t nearly 2 hours of advice, most of it was just us chatting, because she’s fun to chat with! The funny thing is, we unknowingly signed up for all the same classes. This should  be fun.

If you are wondering about Lorene (Cre8tion Crochet), who was my show buddy last year and is one of my dear friends, she just had a healthy and handsome baby boy, so she is not able to make it to the show this time.

I will post all about it this year, just as I did last year:

We are the cool table
Now this is a good day
A bit about the crochet and knit show
Cool goodies from the show and catch up

Talk to you soon!

Jessie-At-Home

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Weeks Past

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May has been quite busy for me. Starting on the 4th, I had a VERY busy week, and have been trying to catch up since. I found a pile of pictures I would like to share with you, which will guide you through my crazy May.

I know I shared about the meeting we had on May 4th, with about a dozen people in our house. It was fun! That night Kyla had to write her weekend story for school. Here it is:

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It says, “On the weekend, I had a meeting. It was at my house. It was also Star Wars day. May the force be with you, Mrs. K.”

I love that kid.

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I am really happy that the weather is finally nice and the girls can play in the back yard. Sometimes they even get me to go out with them.

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There has been time on and off working on Kyla’s room. She can’t sleep in there until we get the door up, but I am hoping that will be painted and ready to go today or tomorrow. We have hit a small snag in the painting department. For some reason the painters tape works fine for me, but no so well for Doug, so everything he paints takes much longer because it needs so many touch ups when he removes the tape.

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On Wednesday the 7th my friend Barbara, her husband, and their 5 children came over for dinner and for the night on the way into NYC for a long weekend. I met Barbara through CafeMom.com back when the girls were babies. As Facebook grew, we both joined and carried our friendship over there. We have been through so much together. I can’t imagine my life without her. Yet, until the 7th, we had never met in person. It was so wonderful to finally be able to hug her. It was a joyous evening, with lots of food (they are Jewish and keep Kosher, so I played it safe and scrubbed down the grill to get all the meat bits off it and made a grilled veggie dinner) and great friends. As I suspected, her kids were awesome and my girls fell in love with them all. As an outsider looking in, you would never know it was the first time we had meet in person, considering all we already knew of each other. For all its faults and dangers, I still believe the internet is a wonderful thing. My friendship with Barbara and her family is proof of that.

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The very next night I had to lead a Girl Scout meeting. I am not going to go into details about it, as I shared all about it with you earlier this week, but here is a collage of the awesome and unique animals the girls created.

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Two days later, on Saturday, we had a medieval event. We were there a bit early, so the girls played with their pet dragon (AKA Daddy.)

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I ended up on baby patrol. OK, I may have volunteered for baby patrol. We had two 5 months olds whos parents had a lot to do at the event, and I was helping out at the kid craft table, so I had a stroller with a baby on one side, and a little baby play pen with a baby on the other side. At one point Marsha came by and had some quality time with baby Tristan. I pulled out the cell phone and put it on selfie mode so that Tristan could see himself while I took some pictures. He was very interested in the baby on the screen. *And isn’t Marsha so pretty? I just love her smile. Yes, she really is as kind as she looks.

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Adorable sleeping baby.

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The event was the day before Mother’s Day, so the kid’s craft was painted picture frames for Mom. The kids had a great time.

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I have been avoiding taking a drop spindle class for years. I have a few drop spindles, because people like to give them to me, but I have been trying not to add to my list of addictions. I finally gave in and took a drop spindle class taught by the fabulous Vivian! She is really an expert (weather she will admit it or not) so I figured I would be crazy not to take advantage of taking a class with her with only 4 other students. The class came with a simple bottom whirl drop spindle and 1 oz of wool. The photo above is what I did in class.

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When I got home I finished spinning the wool, and then made it into 2-ply yarn. It is only about 45 yards, and bulky weight, but not bad for my first go.

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I still have more yarnie plans for Kyla’s room. Here is a peek of some of the yarn.

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I went to Lion Brand Outlet and had a tour a few weeks ago. I think it was Friday, May 2nd, but the whole month is starting to blur together. I wrote a post about it for Stitch and Unwind. Check it out here. The last photo is my loot, and you can see a bag of roving used to make Lion Brand Homespun yarn. I couldn’t resist it. Even though (at that point) I did not know how to spin, I bought a bag. One pound for $10, who could resist? Last week I spun about 100 grams of it. First I spun it on the drop spindle, then I wound it into a cake on my ball winder. I was able to pull one end from inside the cake, and one from outside to respin it into 2 ply yarn on the drop spindle. I then wrapped it on my swift and tossed it into some VERY hot water for a while. I just let it sit in the bowl of hot water, no touching, for a few hours.

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After that I squeezed it out and draped it over a chair to dry. It’s very pretty. I still have to work on getting an even thickness, and I would like to make it a bit thinner, but still, not bad.

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The other day at school, Kyla made a laptop. Isn’t it cute. She grabbed a little leather belt that was rolled up on the table to use as her mouse, and the picture frame she had painted for me to hold it up, and played on her laptop for quite some time. She sent me several emails about how much she loves me.

Vada's-Utopia

And here we have Vada’s weekend story. She needs a little help with the spelling, but here is what she was trying to say: “If children were in charge of the world, they would do anything like be crazy. They would also play princesses and princes. They can also eat anything with no asking at all.”

That is Vada’s Utopia.

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I have been working on some items for Kyla’s room. I should be able to share some photos and even some patterns with you soon.

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There are still a lot of little things to be painted.

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Bubble time!!

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Yesterday we had to make an IKEA run. Kyla really needed a wardrobe to hang some of her clothing. We really did not feel like building a closet, and thankfully IKEA had the perfect wardrobe for just $119. Yay! I will share pictures soon.

All righty my friends, I really need to get back to finishing up that room!!!

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So Busy!!

| Baking, Crochet, Family, Fantasy, Friends, Knit, Star Wars

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My, I have been busy. I took a few days off of Kyla’s room reno to work on some secret designs (designs I have sold and can’t share with you until they are published.)

There is still quite a bit to do in Kyla’s room, and I hope to be done soon. I really need to buckle down and finish it, because we are having over night guests on Wednesday night, and we will need all the sleeping space we can get!

Speaking of guests, we had several friends over today. One couple brought this awesome pan of brownies:

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Lion Brand Studio Trip and Other Fun Times!

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It’s odd, I’ve lived here, in northern New Jersey just outside of the Lincoln Tunnel, for about eight years; yet until Sunday I have never taken public transit into the City. That’s not to say I haven’t gone into Manhattan, I’ve just always driven in. Before I lived here I lived in Queens, and I took the train of the subway into the City all the time. Yet for some reason, even though it’s quicker to take public transit into the City from here and then it was where I lived in Queens, I just never really went.

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Pretties in the works

| Crochet, Family, Friends, Hat, Knit

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One of the hardest things about selling designs is having to sit on things. Any design that I may want to sell to a yarn company, magazine, or some other website/company/what~have~you, I have to keep quite. No one will buy it if I have posted photos of it, and once I sell it, I can’t share until it is published. Obviously I can’t share the pattern at that point, but I can share where you can get the pattern, and photos of what I have made.

Anyway, this means I have to keep a lot of secrets. This week I have made some decisions on some of my patterns in the works, so those set for this blog, or for me to sell on my own can now be shared!

I have always know that the Katherine coat will be one I sell myself, and that will still be a few months off, though the testers are making some real beauties! I did make a new set of video tutorials for joining vertical stripes as you knit them. I still need to get them up in the tips and tricks section. The videos will be free for all, as they are not the pattern, just a technique used in the pattern.

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Many moons ago I came up with this little swatch. It is based on fans, and has been waiting to be transformed into something fun.

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After starting and frogging (several times) a shawl using this pattern as the basis, I finally think I have a great idea. Here is the beginning of my “I Love Fans” knit shawl. The fourth beginning. I will take photos each time I place a lifeline so you can see the journey. I think when it is done I will make a crochet version as well.

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I will be posting a crochet hat and scarf set over the next week or two. They are a pair, but I will post the hat and the scarf separately. Then I REALLY need to stop with the winter stuff and move onto some more spring/summer patterns.

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The Raised Stripes hat and scarf set will feature raised vertical stripes, and colored horizontal stripes. I will have my wonderful testers use various stripe patterns to give you lots of ideas!

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I LOVE the brim on this hat. You can leave it down to be toasty warm, fold it up for a shorter hat, or just fold the front up for a fun look that still keeps your ears warm.

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I also did some cleaning in my basement work room. I finally got my Berocco stash all organized. This is JUST the Berocco yarn, no other brands. And there are 2 wips I have in project bags that are not shown here.

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Over the weekend we had some company. On Saturday my friend Marsha came over. We put out lots of fun foods to pick at all day.

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Vada made a very tall Ritz and Almond Cocoa spread layered sandwich. She was quite pleased with herself.

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Whew, this is going to be hard.

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It was very yummy.

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Marsha brought peanut butter covered chocolate chip cookie brownies.

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Later we had Japanese ice cream ~ you know the kind wrapped in rice dough. Mmm. Green tea flavored. My favorite. I think I could live on this stuff.

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I have lots more to make. I will keep sharing what I can. Hopefully some of the designs I have sold will  be available soon, and I will share those as well!

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Trick or Treat 2013

| Costume, Family, Friends, Holidays, School

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Hello there my friends! I have lots of Halloween photos for you, and a few other bits as well.

I have been spending lots of time in the basement, working on various patterns. Lots of color planning for some of these projects. I have a free pattern for you all with my testers right now. I plan on posting it here at the beginning of December. If you are looking for some ideas for holiday gifts, take a look through my free patterns, there are a lot of quick projects there!

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Last week, Vada brought this home from school. I just love her idea of what our home looks like. It makes me feel like we are doing something right!

Happy-Home

Vada finally lost her first tooth a few weeks ago! As you can see, the new one was already growing in behind it. The other front tooth is on it’s way out as well.

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So…as promised…Halloween!!

This is one of the sixth graders. She is pretty awesome!

Just-Awesome

Here we have the girls and a few of their friends. The girls decided they wanted to be their favorite princesses for Halloween this year, so Vada dressed as Cinderella, and Kyla dressed as Rapunzel. Thankfully we already had both costumes in their dress up clothes, as I was really hoping to get out of costume making this year!

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Here they are again with Jasmine and Snow White.

Princesses

Awww.

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Elaina went as an adorable butterfly.

Sweet-Butterfly

Isn’t Ria the cutest ladybug you have ever seen. Oh my goodness that child is so adorable I just can’t take it!!!

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Here is Cinderella and her hippy teacher! The teachers at our school all choose one theme for their costumes each year, and this year hippy won out.

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Here we have the grooviest gym teacher ever! I think this may be the first time I ever saw him in long pants. That crazy man wears shorts year round!

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The way they handle Halloween here is pretty cool. It is actually a half day of school with no costumes, then the kids go home at 12:30. They are all welcome (but it does not count as part of the school day) to come back at 2:00 in costume. There is a costume parade around the school, and then everyone goes home.

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The girls loved being in the parade! Kyla was waving like a maniac.

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She had to be sure to wave to all of her subjects.

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The beautiful butterfly was happy to see me and my camera!

Butterfly!!

Vada loves holding her skirt, just like a princess!

Cinderella

Kyla and Vada love Fred the cross guard! They said he was scary, but they still love him.

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On Monday Vada was extra cool with her fashion sense.

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I thought they needed some warrior hair, so I had some braid~ie fun!

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Tuesday was election day, so the girls had no school. After we voted, the girls and I went to the grocery store. I finally remembered batteries for their Leap Frog lap tops. They were very happy to finally be able to play with them again!

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At one point, they decided to switch. Rather than trading lap tops, they got up and changed seats. It was kind of cute!

switch!

I’ll share some yarnie, crafty photos soon.

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Happy 40th Doug!

| Family, Friends, Yarn Bomb

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Before I go on with anything else, a little tease:

I HAVE A FREE CROCHET PATTERN FOR YOU!!! I just have to finish my sample. I will be another day or two. It’s pretty.

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Today was (is for a few more minutes) Doug’s 40th birthday. It was quite the day.

Yesterday after dinner the girls and I decorated for Halloween. I yarn bombed the railing on our front steps. Kyla helped with moral support. She is very good at that. My loving little cheerleader!

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Vada wasn’t feeling so hot yesterday after school. She must have caught a stomach bug. I kept her home from school today, and brought that sample I mentioned up from the basement so I could stay with her in the living room and still work.

She was like this for most of the day. That piece of bread was her breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Along with several glasses of water (about half of which stayed down.)

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Doug only worked his first job today, so he was home at 2:45. Vada started to perk up a bit when he got home, and played with his Kindle for a while.

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Then at about 3:30 she announced, “I’m all better, Mom!” She was very happy to be feeling alive again.

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Kyla and Daddy had some quality time together.

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Vada was insistent that she was feeling well enough that she and I could join Daddy and Kyla to go picket this evening. So at 6pm, we loaded into the car and drove over to the Board of Ed meeting.

Picketing-family

Kyla was calling out “We want a contract!” When asked why, she said “So we can keep our new house, and so I can see my Daddy more. He has to work too much.” Awww…where are the reporters when you need them?

If you are wondering, yes, that sign below says 123, 4 years, still no contract. You can read more about this insanity here.

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I know it is fuzzy, but I like this snap. I tried using the night setting on my camera, but it slows down the shutter speed, hence the fuzzy.

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After this, Doug went to practice to take on all his friends in battle, and then they all went to a bar owned by another of his friends, who promised to keep the kitchen open late so they could all eat as well. I like his friends.

Nighty~night, my friends! Maybe send your thoughts, prayers, good vibes, whatever that Doug gets a belated birthday present of a contract. That would be nice…

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A bit about the Crochet and Knit show

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I started writing a post for you when I got home on Sunday. It was supposed to be about some of the fun times I had at the show, but it rambled into something else. Instead of “fixing” it, here it is with some pictures added in for fun. I will still write a post or two more about some of my adventures last week, and about some of the amazing people I met.

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One of the wonderful new friends I made at the show.

Well, I am home. What a trip. I’m not sure at what point my head will stop spinning from the awesomeness of it all!

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Meet Margaret, and her cool cap. More on that cap and the amazing project it was part of, in a future post.

I already shared about Tuesday and Wednesday with you, and just a bit about Thursday. Thursday, wow, Thursday, the day my life changed. I really never thought that the blanket I made for Kyla, the one that has been used for constructing numerous blanket forts, and for comforting Kyla when she isn’t feeling well, the one I keep meaning to write a pattern for, could change everything. But it has.

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CGOA booth!!

I had a plan to learn how to approach magazines and yarn companies on this trip. I wanted to learn what I needed to know, so that I could properly prepare myself and then start pitching ideas, and requesting yarn support. Suddenly, that blanket has caused me to skip the whole getting~prepared~part, and tossed me right into the talking~to~everyone~part. It has been very crazy and very fun.

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Some of the design contest entries. The black skirt with octagons is one of mine.

I guess sometimes life has it’s own schedule, and you just have to roll with it. I have been consistently happily surprised with how easy everyone is to talk to. I understand the yarn company/designer or publication company/designer relationship should be a symbiotic one, that neither can thrive without the other, but I was still so very pleased to see those companies seeming to understand the same thing.

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More entries. The white with zig~zag skirt is mine, and the ombre sweater next to it is Lorene’s.

I have met many wonderful, kind, fun people in my various adventures throughout my life, but I have to say, this industry, the crochet industry, holds the highest percent of those amazing individuals of any industry or profession I have been a part of. I really think every single person I met, be they new or veteran, unknown or famous, crocheter, designer, editor, or yarnie ~ every single one ~ was kind, friendly, and just plain excellent.

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More design entries.

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Still more entries.

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Some of the winners!

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My Octie blanket with it’s ribbon!

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I took a class from Margaret Hubert and she baked us granny square cookies. It was amazing!! (The class and the cookie)

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Doris Chan looking especially adorable with her sonic screwdriver.

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Doris and me. (and the sonic screwdriver)

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Doris and Lorene. (and the sonic screwdriver)

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Lorene and I with Mikey and Diva Dan (The Crochet Crowd), having a bit of fun at the CGOA fun night.

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Crochet and Star Trek ~ two of my favorite things! I’m glad Susan had that phaser on stun!

Be excellent to each other, my friends.

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Stand back…

| Crochet, Family, Friends, Knit, Tea

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My head is going to explode, you may want to take a step back…

I have so much going on right now I can’t seem to keep it all straight, and I feel like my head may go kaplooy at any moment. Kaplooy? How do you spell ka-ploo-ie?

I have the top of the Katherine coat done, and am about 1/4 of the way done with the top part of the skirt. So I still need to do the rest of the top part of the skirt, the bottom of the skirt, the hood, the pockets, and the belt. I leave for the knit and crochet show two weeks from today. Oh dear.

Let’s not even get into the rest of the things I need to do before then.

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Daisy chaos and camera news

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Last night was our first Daisy meeting of the year. Upon turning in our room request schedule for the meetings at the school, we discovered that the policies had changed and we needed 40 days notice to request a room. Oops, we were a little late for the first meeting. We managed to get the cafeteria for all our other meetings, but we could not use the school at all for the first. So, I volunteered my house; after all, that is one of the reasons I wanted to buy a house to begin with. My house growing up was always open to all, it was nice.

So last night we had the meeting here. Between the excitement of the first meeting of the year, having a new member, not being at the school,  being at my house, and the lighting storm out the windows ~ it was a bit chaotic. I think it felt more like a play date or party to the girls, then a meeting. We did at least get a little done. We talked about what the girls liked the most last year, and wanted this year. We danced to some fun Daisy/Girl Scout songs. We learned a new song to sing, and how to sing in rounds. We had a great chat with the girls about respect, and what they think respect means. So, even through the chaos, I think we did OK.

Year-two-Daisies

The rest of the meetings will be back in the school cafeteria, as I mentioned before, so it should be much calmer once things are back to normal with our meeting space.

I made the girls some blue net hair ruffles (I used this pattern, but only gathered 4 net spaces in each st, and made it go all the way around the band.) I made them with 3 different yarns, you can see 2 in the photo below, the third was the most popular, so there are none left.

Daisy-chaos

Have I told you that I lost my camera about a month back? It was quite sad. I have no clue what happened to it. Thankfully my wonderful friend Elizabeth let me borrow one of hers for a bit. Isn’t it pretty? I fell in love!!! I want one of my own just like it, but it is not in the budget at this time.

Camera-from-Elizabeth

I started looking for a replacement for my old camera. Basically the end goal is to have 2 or 3 cameras. The first like my lost one, a good point and shoot digital camera that also takes videos. This would be our family/every day camera. The second would be one like what Elizabeth lent me. It takes much better pictures, and snaps the photo the moment you hit the button (no lag time so you actually get the shot you want) and takes close ups that are just breath~taking; yet is still not too big so it can be taken out and about with me to yarn days, knit and crochet shows, kiddie recitals, and the like. The last would be the super~duper~fancy~pants kind that will make my pattern photos as impressive as the patterns themselves (hear that, it’s me tooting my own horn ;^P). I think eventually I will even get a decent video camera as well, because, boy do I have plans for you!!

So, one at a time, right? Just as I was about to purchase camera number one, my awesome friend Laura let me know she was sending me her old family/every day camera, as she had others and did not use this one any more. Yesterday it arrived.

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It may look a little bit beat up, but…books…covers…you know how that goes! So this morning I gave it a test run. The first test was taking the snap of the camera that Elizabeth had lent me. I do really love that camera, but I need to be able to take videos as well…

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Next I gave some close ups a shot. I needed to see how the stitch definition would look for my pattern process photos. I think it did rather well, don’t you.

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Last I added in some bright and traditionally non~camera friendly colors. Still doing good. I am quite pleased. It was a relief to not have to buy a camera right now, as Doug has started year 4 of teaching in Paterson with no contact and a pay freeze, so money is still VERY tight. We are finding ways to get through, though we hope something will change soon.

Well, that’s all the news I have for you right now. Have a nice weekend, my friends!

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