Archive for August, 2008

Had to show off some of the yarn that has made it into my STASH over the past month.

Berroco Jasper

Berroco Jasper

First, check out Berroco Jasper.  Is it not gorgeous?  Look how the colorway is with the scarf I am making.  Definitely going to pick up some more of this in a couple different colorways.

Check out this other assortment of yarn found at Knit One in Mars PA.  I stopped in to shop on my way back to NC on vacation.  The ladies there are all very nice and it is a quaint little yarn shop.   I only wished I lived closer!  So many yarn stores, so little time.  Any hoo,  check these little darlings out.  I plan on using the Rowan to make a scarf in the same pattern as the Berroco scarf above.  The Classic Yarn will go into a lace motif type scarf, and the Classic Elite Silky Alpaca is targeted for the Leaf Lace Scarf, whose pattern I found on Ravelry.

Classic Elite

Classic Elite

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A long time ago, when my brother was much younger, he found a toad in our friend’s yard.  She wasn’t a great big toad, just one of th ose little toads that aren’t quite yet ugly.  I distinctly remember my mother asking him what he was going to name it.  He said Maria.  Many years from then, he ended up having a good friend named Maria.  The story lived on, and we would sing to him “I once knew a toad named Maria, ” in the same pitch as the song in Sound of Music.  Well, guess who I found living underneath our screened porch?  Maria!

Happy Labor Day!

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Trip to PA…

My husband and I made the trip home at the beginnning of August to grand old Pennsylvania.  We hadn’t been home in a year (shame on us), so took some much needed vacation to visit our family.  The DH actually went on with his father up to Canada to fish for a week, while I stayed with my parents. 

It was nice to get away from the hustle and bustle of Raleigh.  My parents live in a rural area of Pennsylvania, up where it snows alot in the winter.  Even though I live in suburbia now, it is always nice to go home, relax, and not have to worry about making sure your car doors are locked every night.  My dogs love it in PA…they are able to walk off leash in the woods, lie in the yard and watch the world go by.   I love it in PA because it is QUIET.  The breeze in the trees in the afternoon is awesome.  Everything is GREEN, not burnt green, but alive green.  I don’t have to worry about answering my cell phone or what I need to wear to work.  I can just relax, sitting in the yard knitting on a project. 

I have to confess though, when I go to PA I also like to garage sale.  I have hauled more stuff back to NC from PA than you can imagine.  I enjoy going to a good auction while I am up there, finding antiques that are easy to transport.  One of my big finds this trip was a roaster with a stand.  Now, you may think “Big Deal”, a roaster.  But I had been on the look out for a roaster to dye my wool in, in addition to my crockpot.  Well, I found it a very nice garage sale in PA (see the picture above).  The DH didn’t know about it till he got home from Canada, but by that time it was set up quite nicely in my kitchen. 

Unfortunately, I had to return to PA shortly before the Shaker Woods festival in Columbiana OH.  I really wanted to go, but had to come back and get some stuff done in Raleigh before going back to work.  My two aunts ALWAYS go to Shaker Woods, and I had seen some of the GORGEOUS things that they brought back with them.  I ended up giving some money to my aunt to purchase something for me from the Wooden Hen.  Here is a picture of her below:


Is she not gorgeous?  I just heart her!  I plan to hang her above the door out to the screened porch.  At least for right now.  She may end up being moved before too long to somewhere else.  One thing I know is this:  We are already making plans to be in PA next August so that I will be able to go to the Shaker Woods Festival.  I do not want to miss it again.

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My husband’s birthday is on tomorrow.   One of his early birthday presents was tickets to see the Smashing Pumpkins on the 17th of August at the Raleigh Memorical Auditorium.

Now, my husband is a huge rock/alternative fan.  He has seen Metallica and Guns in Roses in concert in the past.  On the other hand, I like all sorts of music, from classical to classic rock to alternative to pop.    My Ipod probably has the most diverse music collection on it that anyone has seen.  BUT, I have NEVER been to a concert such as the caliber of the Smashing Pumpkins.  Sure, I have been to concerts….I think the last one I went to was Sting at Alltel a LONG time ago.   But never to one like this….

The Smashing Pumpkins opened with Tarantula, a song that I had listened to prior to the concert.  They also played Zero, Tonight, Tonight, Today, Bullet with Butterfly Wings among others.   This concert rocked!!!  I LOVED IT!  My favorite song was United States, which reminds me somewhat of the classic In Gada La Vida by Iron Butterfly because of the drums.  It was pretty awesome to see one of the first grunge bands still going strong.   If you have the opportunity to go see them, I HIGHLY recommend it.  I would definitely go see them again, without question.  See below for the entire playlist from concert…

01. Intro music
02. Tarantula
03. G.L.O.W.
04. Siva
05. Eye
06. Mayonnaise
07. Tonight, Tonight
08. Speed Kills
09. Transformer
10. Superchrist
11. United States
12. Billy talks to the crowd
13. Once Upon A Time
14. Again, Again, Again (The Crux)
15. Rose March
16. Today
17. Bullet With Butterfly Wings
18. The Beginning Is The End Is The Beginning
19. Heavy Metal Machine
20. Glass Theme
21. Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun
22. We Only Come Out At Night
23. In The Summertime

The world is a vampire….

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We came, we saw….

It has been a while since I posted to my blog.  You see, we went on vacation to PA.  My husband and I are orginally from PA, and made a trip home to visit our family.  I actually stayed in PA; he went onto Canada with his father to fish for pike and get some much needed R&R.  I visited with my parents, walked my dogs, shopped, ate a lot of sweet corn and ice cream, and did NOT think about anything to do with work.  Nope.  Nada.  Well, maybe I had one brief thought about calling my one unit and checking in, then thought better of it. 

A bigger post is soon to come about some of the neat things I bought in PA.  Just wanted to let you know we were still alive.

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