Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Belated Thanksgiving weekend report

After Thanksgiving, we drove with dogs to NYC to meet up with Zoe and brought two projects along to make a serious dent into, hopefully. And, perhaps stealing off to a fabulous yarn shop or two. Not sure what exists in NYC anymore, as I now feel as if I almost never lived here for eight years. So much has changed, and that includes me. I am inspired to find some new discoveries while taking care of business here. Doing more knitting lately has been very comforting.

We managed MoMA, Guggenheim, two great meals (Spanish tapas and Becco for Bastianich delights), and I finally got to the magical Japanese yarn store Habu. Dogs did well with two canine parks and good training opps. Ink48 hotel was superb as usual.


Spent nice days with mom visiting and knitting together, as we watched/listened to silly movies and made a few holiday dishes side by side. They include the following captured in photos:

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Gift for a special friend

Carmel is our friend in Montreal. She had baby Finnegan in September. I was finishing up my handspun llama yarn knitted teddy bear and thought that he should go to little Finn. Here he is just before shipping off to Quebec Province, a big trip to reach a little person.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

No pics from Sheep to Shawl, but plenty of excitement about The Gathering

I was too busy staying warm and instructing folks on wheel and drop spinning to get the camera out! But, it was fun to talk to the public and meet some interesting new enthusiasts. The others claim attendance was up from previous years, and all presenters had good feedback to share. Dave Niles and his wife Jen came by; Jen edits Massmoms.com and Dave made a nice little newsy video for the Telegram & Gazette.

Tomorrow I'm off to Wilmington VT for the 2010 The Gathering, a 3-day handspinners conference. Oh, joy! Betsy and Chris will meet me there. I'm signed up for Natural Dying, Needle Felting, and Spinning with Mohair. A sauna, heated outdoor pool, and other creature comforts await us. Bet the food is good there, too! Hands on fiber for three days in a row . . . can hardly contain myself.