Friday, April 30, 2010

Full Moon on the Jersey Turnpike

We got crazy on Tuesday and made a manic eighteen hour up-and-back research run to Salem. Originally we had planned to do it -- well, last year to be honest. But life happened and we put it off until this March when more life happened and suddenly taxes were upon us and the book needs to be turned in but I still was desperate for first-hand info and chaos ensued.

Hence the up and back trip that right now, a few days later, seems utterly surreal to me.

This is a tiny peek at the end. We had planned to come home through Connecticut, along the Saw Mill River Parkway in NY, over the Tappan Zee, then happily down 78 etc. to home. Well, it didn't turn out quite that way. We relied on our Magellan. Our Magellan broke our hearts. We ended up on the Major Deegan, the Hutch, the Grand Concourse in the Bronx, the GW Bridge, and then trapped on the Jersey Turnpike near the Vince Lombardi Rest Stop.

Join me on another fun-filled trip with the Brettons!

And I didn't even get any knitting done.

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Absolutely Nothing To Do with Knitting

This photo is just so wonderful I had to share. Wonder if they liked handknits.

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Thursday, April 29, 2010

Brenda Novak's Auction starts Saturday!

I wanted to remind everyone about Brenda Novak's fabulous auction to raise money for Juvenile Diabetes research. You can click on the graphic above to go straight to the auction site. She offers items for readers, writers, and everyone else. It's an amazing array. And all the money raised goes to a great cause.

I donated an "Indulge Your Inner Reader" gift collection. Just search the auction for my name and you'll find it.

Here's what's in it:

Check it out! You'll have fun just browsing!


Monday, April 26, 2010

One Finished Object

Okay, I confess I haven't posted here recently. I've been busy with, oh, all sorts of things. For instance, keeping an eye on the road a few houses up from us. You see, our road sits high above a river, with a steep bank. Recent heavy rains caused a landslide of dirt and trees to slide down into the river, thereby endangering the road. Another rainfall, or too-heavy traffic, could cause the road to follow right after that landslide.

And what is the town doing about it? Well, they've closed the road. And they're thinking about it. Oy.

So, what else have I been up to? I've been working on finishing the Dragon Shawl, made with Jojoland Melody yarn. Here's a picture of it blocking:

It was a fun knit. The border is knitted on sideways, so with...what...about 569 stitches on the needle by then, and you pick up one of those on every other border row...mutter, mutter...that's about 1138 rows for the border. Give or take.

And then there's always WORK, but we won't talk about that and all the hours it's consumed.

So what are YOU up to?

Friday, April 23, 2010

How To Do a Russian Join Instructional Article at Jimmy Beans Wool

How To Do a Russian Join Instructional Article at Jimmy Beans Wool

I'm a big fan of the Russian Join and this video (courtesy of Jimmy Beans Wool) is terrific. Enjoy!

Thursday, April 08, 2010

Duck Feet!

I'm in love. Take a look at Jeny Staiman's Duck Feet over at Knitty then tell me that's not one of the most adorable patterns you've ever seen. (And yes, I'm talking to you, TriciaB.)

You're in love, right? I thought so.

PS: Thanks to Jeny for giving me permission to post her photos.

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