Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Monday, March 30, 2009
INTERVIEW WITH A KNIT WITCH
Friday, March 27, 2009
We are thinking about going to Atlanta on Saturday to go see Newberry Jam play with Spiritual Rez. We haven't gotten to see Ian (our son) play in quite sometime. Their music is great and so is Spiritual Rez so we thought we might try and make the trek to go. I'm still not completely sure if we will be able to or not but maybe! If you are around on Saturday night in Atlanta you should totally check out the show! They are playing at the 5 Spot in Little Five Points which is always a fun experience. It's cheap to get into the show too (like $5-10 or something) so it is totally worth it.
Wayne and I have been REALLY busy this weekend continuing to get ready for Stitches South. Here is what the cats have been doing.
Yeah, they have been a lot of help. Not.
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
This is 4oz of 100% SW Merino sock yarn in colorway "Libra". Congratulations Sharon!!! We will definitely be running more contests in the group so stay on the lookout for them.
We are having a rainy day here today so it's a perfect day to work on more skeining for Stitches South yarn. We are really getting excited about our trip back to Atlanta for a few days. We are staying in a fancy hotel since we figured we would splurge since it is also our anniversary weekend - woo hoo!!! Last year for our anniversary we spent the entire day laying flooring so this year promises to be a little more fun!
I also wanted to show you these cute mugs that Wayne made for Rosi. Aren't they cute?? She had us make these for her daughter's birthdays.
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Monday, March 23, 2009
Friday, March 20, 2009
Here's a picture of what Mr. Man had to do to the sink in my dyeing kitchen the other day.
I walked into the bathroom, which is just on the other side of the kitchen, and I saw water coming through the wall at the floor. Even as a "non-handyman" I know that can't be good. So I wrangled up Wayne and he went into action to diagnose the problem. Well, if you have been following the blog, you know that the guy who lived here before us didn't fix anything properly. Everything under the sink was GLUED together rather than properly repaired. Got a leak? Put some glue on it.
Yeah. Wayne had to bring out the big tools to actually saw the parts of the sink apart in order to replace the parts correctly. Sheesh.
On another note - check out the seedlings! We need to get some of this stuff in the ground soon - like the cabbage and lettuce, since they are more cold weather plants. These things are really popping up though!
Don't forget that TODAY is the last day to enter the contest going on HERE. I'll be randomly drawing a winner tomorrow and I will announce it in the group. Have a great weekend everyone!!
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Dudes - that is one giant spider.
We spent our day in Atlanta yesterday. What starts out as "we just need to run down and pick up clay" always ends up turning into like 15 different things. We took our little weiner dog to his new home and he is going to LOVE IT THERE. He is going to be so spoiled I feel sure he has already forgotten about us. Surprisingly, I don't think Petey has even noticed he is missing! We saw my mom and my dad, took our box of yarn to Needlenook and picked up the cute Needle Nook donataion and stopped by Knitch to pick up some great prizes for the Scalini's dinner!
Those of you attending the Scalini's dinner will NOT be disappointed! My dad has even threatened to come up there and visit us because he has been warned about how rowdy a group of knitters can be. I had to explain to him that we are NOT all little old ladies!! So, if he comes that will be doubly fun - I will put him in charge of the prizes! I'll be getting some pictures of the prizes but I don't think I will be getting most of them until the day of. Probably best that way so they don't become "over petted" before the dinner!
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
So if you live in the Atlanta area and stop by Needle Nook - pet the Knit Witch yarns for me!
Monday, March 16, 2009
We had rain ALL weekend but that is good because our little leyland cypress loved it I'm sure. I sure will be glad when we get back to these 70 degree days. We looked in the small pond and there are LOTS of toad eggs courtesy of our former blog stars from the other day. We should have plenty of tadpoles pretty soon. I sure hope the fish don't eat them all!
Friday, March 13, 2009
One day Wayne and I were just talking about life and the energies that we, as humans, put out there into the world. We are so proud of what we have built together, are so eager to share our life with others, but yet are so protective of our own world and the influences that we allow into it. We have such a wonderful home full of love and peace. So, how in the world does knitting figure in?
A finished object is only as strong as the materials you put into it. Every strand, every fiber, every stitch, every mistake and every manipulation all somehow impact that finished product. The possibilities for what you do with that fiber are endless. Every pattern/idea/object is a possibility just lying in wait of your own creation. Sometimes we choose to put in strong, beautiful, top of the line fiber that will last forever and be strong, and sometimes we choose to purchase the "bargain brand" that may not last as long or be as pleasurable to work with but will certainly get the job done. Not that either choice is good or bad, it is just that - a choice. Just a part of the possibilities that we put together in the fabric we are making.
Life is the same way. We get the strength out of it that we put into it. We can choose to build our lives with good, strong, top of the line materials or we can just put into it what we need to in order to get by. As in knitting, we choose how we want to handle our mistakes. We can choose to go back, re-work that mistake and make it look and feel better, or we can leave the mistake as-is and just live with the mistake we have made. Again, not that one decision is better than the other - the action simply depends on the circumstances.
Expert or experienced knitters usually love sharing their craft with beginners. We enjoy sharing what we love and what we are good at. We want to teach someone about something that we feel passionately about in hopes that it will bring someone else joy in their own life. We show them the tools, teach them about fibers, discuss techniques and open up another chapter in their endless book of possibilities. The possibilities of where that person takes their newly learned skill are limitless. Ultimately though, it is the beginners choice about how he/she uses the tools, chooses the fibers and weaves their own craft. Sometimes we will agree, and sometimes we won't. Even if we don't agree we have the ability to stand back in appreciation of someone else's creation and understand that that beginner has just created their own possibility and also, perhaps, created some kind of possibility for someone else.
I want to choose what I allow into the fabric of my life. I want to take an active role in what I allow in and what I leave out. This goes for people, things, jobs, situations, friendships, whatever. I want to know that every "ingredient" I am putting into my life is doing a part to make the "soup" of life feel better, taste better, be better. I want to be responsible for my own "life soup" and encourage others to do the same for their own "soup". I never want to rely on someone else to do "life work" for me. That is how we learn and grow - by participating in the activities that carry us along our path. Even the most mundane activities are a part of that wonderful path.
So, I guess my advice is to look at every single thing you do in your life. Determine whether that action truly helps you add to your life soup, your being. If it does, great - build on it, share it, explore it. If it does not - look at why. Look at the ways you can change your course, change your actions, change your vision so that you are positively adding to YOU and making YOU better as well as adding to the lives of those around you. Be responsible for your own life. It's all about balance. Balance with each other, balance with nature, balance with our environment, balance with our spirit. All things are here for a reason, to teach us, to guide us, to help us and to create beauty in our lives. We just have to be able to receive the teachings.
I learn more and more everyday. Thank you so much to the people, the things, the situations, the life in nature that all do so much to teach me - both how I want to be and also how I don't want to be. I am learning. My life techniques get better with learning and practice - as does my knitting!
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Don't forget that we are running a contest on our Ravelry group HERE. It's a super easy contest but you must be a member of the group to win! You have until March 20th to join the group and enter.
Also, Knit Purl Gurl is running a great contest on her blog with some Knit Witch prizes! So, go check that one out too.
Our Scalini's dinner was filling up and we are moving our party to the larger banquet room! So, there is still room if anyone going to Stitches South is interested in attending this event OR donating for the door prizes! We have had some very generous offers already. We really appreciate everyone who is sharing a prize with our group!! We already have donations from Knitch, Miss Babs, The Unique Sheep, Frog Hair Fibers, Needle Nook, Little Miss Drama Pants, Hockeymom, Wool2Dye4, Handknitting.com, Sugarfoot Yarns, Turtle Cove Farm, Turtlegirl, and of course, Knit Witch. You can find out more information HERE in the Knit Witch Yarn Group on Ravelry.
Spring must be making everyone want to give away prizes!
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Oh - and Collen - if you are out there - please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org about this sheep bowl:
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
We walked to downtown Blue Ridge (we almost killed Taryn). It does make you feel kinda good though when a walk that is nothing to you almost kills an 11 year old. Wayne had to get our picture in front of the backhoe. Notice that I am the shortest person in the picture (yes, shorter than the 11 year old). Also, if you look closely, you can see that Wayne cut off about 7 inches of my hair the other day!!
We made a yummy pizza dinner and watched the movie "Changling". Holy cow that movie is intense - very well done but intense.
Barbara is a really great person and we really enjoyed having both her and Taryn for the day. We just had an all around great time! Thanks girls for coming to visit us!! We are so glad you are a part of our family!
Monday, March 9, 2009
We planted all kinds of seeds in here - LOTS of tomatos (different varieties) and basil (sweet and thai), bell peppers, banana peppers, anaheim peppers, eggplant, thyme, sage, rosemary, tarragon, a couple varieties of squash, lettuce, brussel sprouts, artichokes, cucumbers, etc. A lot of other stuff we will start directly in the garden once it warms up. Things like melons, onions, corn, beets, birdhouse gourds and radishes will be started then. These seedlings will be going to live in their new home, a portable greenhouse, just as soon as we get it put together.
Right now, we have 3 beds finished in the garden and will probably do another small bed along the fence for some vining plants like the gourds. A couple of years ago in Tucker we planted ONE gourd seed and that one plant produced about 30 good sized gourds! We should be having plenty. They take about a year to dry out before you can make them into birdhouses though.
Friday, March 6, 2009
Mr. Man has been so hard at work getting this finished! We still have a lot of work to do in the bathroom (replacing the floor, lights, sink fixtures, etc) but the hardest thing is DONE! We just need to still clean up the grouting a bit but otherwise - finito!!! :)
Check out these tiles!!! Our neighbor painted them for us - aren't they so cool?? We love them! We love having her art as a permanent fixture in our home.
Barbara (Wayne's "new" daughter) and two of her girls are coming tomorrow for an overnight visit. It is just going to be amazing for Wayne to finally get to see his daughter after 30 years!!! We are looking forward to their visit and I'm sure will will have lots of fun pictures of the weekend. The temperature here is supposed to be over 70 degrees tomorrow!!!!! YAY!!! Snow last Saturday and a heat wave this Saturday! I'll take the latter please.