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September 2006 - Posts

~2 oz of CVM fleece carded on the Supercard and dizzed off into roving:

Supercarded CVM

I haven't figured out how to get continuous, even, long lengths, so they're mostly shorter lengths, little bundles:

Supercarded CVM

On the first batch, first 2 passes had some neps; 3rd slow and careful pass produced a lovely preparation:

Supercarded CVM

On the second, smaller batch, it only took 2 passes:

Supercarded CVM

If you hold up roving to the light, you can see neps and vegetable matter (unless your roving is very thick). This is nice stuff.

Thanks for all the nice comments on the shawl. I have to say, I had high hopes for the shawl because of the original colors in the fiber. However, how it plied together and is knitting up exceeds my expectations. I'm mesmerized by the play of colors and so far that has helped me keep knitting without hitting that (inevitable?) "going crazy" stage in the shawl. I have many yards to go, so it's early yet.

A few odds and ends, I'm not up for a proper post.

Tomorrow night is the first BASD meeting for the fall. It's open to new members so I hope you can go! I know, I know, such short notice, I suck. :-/  The meeting starts at 7:30 and is in Sudbury, MA (directions). The next meeting is October 25, so mark your calendar.

I'm destashing some yarns. You can see info here and photos here. Let me know if you're interested in anything.

I took photos today of the fiber I carded on the Supercard, so I'll have those tomorrow.

Today, talking to John, the UPS guy outside work (he delivers our packages too), I realized that I'm sad it's Fall. Sad! I love Fall! Fall is my favorite season! What's up with this sadness? And, not only am I sad, I'm expecting it not to last very long. I believe what I said was, "I hope we get at least a few good weeks before it goes."

[insert that funky "record being rewound" sound]

Around here, Fall foliage usually peaks mid-October. We're getting some foliage going now, and I've seen the starts of it since beginning of September. So unless this is an unusually cruel and bitter Winter ahead, we've got at least October for Fall weather, and maybe some November as well. Before it's really Winter. And since Fall usually only lasts, what, a month? this potentially 2 month Fall makes me sad how???

I think it's the short summer. The failing sunlight. I feel like End of Summer was pulled from underneath me like a fancy table cloth trick.

It's gotta be the sunlight. There's so much less of it now. It's dark in the house when I get home and I have to turn lights on right away to see anything.

Maybe the thing to do is mourn the loss now so I can make a quick transition to enjoying my favorite season. 'Cuz what good is an extended favorite season if I can't enjoy it?

I was a bad blogger yesterday. I went to the Boston Knit-Out and Crochet Too yesterday and took exactly one photo:

Boston Knit-Out lunch break

Clockwise from left, that's: my buddy Maria, me, Kathryn, Jenna, Carole, Kate, Heather, Adrian, and Blogless Sharon. We ate up a storm at Fajitas & Ritas (with this company, you can bet there were more than a few 'ritas, wink wink), swarmed into Windsor Button, and generally had a Good Time.

I was worried I'd get all weird and wonky as I sometimes do at these "there are masses of people and I have no clue what to say" type events. I managed not to pass out, not to offend anyone too much (sorry Carine ;) ), to convince Carole that I have at least 4 readers, to hear Kathy's lovely accent without going into a trance, and actually to save a few of us from being hit on by a strange man (it was an inspired moment).

I got to see Kate's version of Sand River and it looked so great. Of course, bad blogger, didn't take a photo. So soft and much drapier than I expected.

Carole was modeling her lovely shawl; I think I gave her a conniption when I pretended to "lift" it before she knew I was standing there. It's just beautiful.

There were vendors representing, though nobody selling. There were a few freebies being handed out, patterns and the odd skein of yarn. And for door prize I picked up some fluffy nylon eyelash yarn.

All in all I had a really great day; it makes me look forward to Rhinebeck all the more!

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That would be a good place to end, but look at this:

Autumn Waves - in progress

(Last night: four BSG episodes down, leaving four left to watch in Season 1. Scott's loving the show; my plan is a success. Muahahaha.)

The last several repeats have been striping in the most interesting way:

Autumn Waves - in progress

The colors in the "valleys" are different than the ridges on several of the latest rows:

Autumn Waves - in progress

Yes, I'm easily amused. I thought knitting handdyed yarns was fun. Knitting handdyed handspun is even bettah.

Sand River

The pattern is ready! Bear with me, it's my first time doing this sort of thing.

Sand River

Sand River was inspired by the sand-like colors in the (LL Lion and Lamb) Aslan colorway. The stitch pattern is reminiscent of sand dunes or a winding river. This pattern is perfect for beginning lace knitters; the pattern is easy to memorize and quick to knit.

Finished size:
Scarf: 7 1/4" wide x 62" long
Shawl: 19" wide x 60" long

Yarn:
The scarf version takes just 2 skeins of Lorna's Laces Lion and Lamb (or substitute your favorite silk/merino yarn); the shawl version uses 4 x 80g skeins of Seacoast Handpainted Yarns Andee. If substituting, choose a yarn that has some drape.

Pattern price:
$4.50

To purchase:
Send payment via PayPal to twoleftneedlesATgmailDOTcom (replace AT and DOT with symbols); pattern will be emailed when payment is confirmed.
(Note: PayPal accepts credit card payments without requiring a PayPal account.)

Edited to add:
Thanks again to Kate for test-knitting. I saw her scarf today and what you can't tell from her photos is how soft and drapey it is! It's knit in Lorna's Laces Shepherd Worsted; it's been through the washer, partway in the dryer and then laid out to dry. The pattern still shows up nicely, so it's a nice "wash and go" alternative to merino/silk!

Sand River - closeup

The handspun shawl is progressing. This earlier pic gives a better idea of the colors:

Autumn Waves Shawl - started

The latest photos were taken at the end of the workday (and the last rays of bright sunlight) when I suddenly remembered:

Autumn Waves Shawl - in progress

Very fall harvest colors, no?

Autumn Waves Shawl - in progress

The pattern is a mix and match of the Feather and Fan Comfort Shawl inspired by Erin's handspun version, and the Feather and Fan Triangle Shawl from Folk Shawls. I liked the particular feather and fan stitch pattern from the Folk Shawls, but the bulk of the shawl is knit in garter stitch, with only the bottom portions in lace. So I looked at how the Comfort Shawl was structured, and made the necessary modifications. I also added in half-pattern repeats at the increase edges, instead of waiting until I had enough stitches for a full repeat (as its done in the Folk Shawls version). The Comfort Shawl version has eyelet rows every 6 rows, while the Folk Shawls has it every 4, so there's a little more work. But the Folk Shawls version is mostly stockinette with one garter ridge, so I'm less worried about losing shawl length to more garter stitch.

Yes, I actually put some thought into the choice. :)

I suppose this is the first lace shawl I'm "winging". If you can call it that. It's the second started with handspun, and the 4th lace shawl I've started. I hope it gets finished.

I played with the carder last night. Took deep breaths and threw on some of the CVM fleece I had washed before. Two words come to mind: Learning Curve. I ended up with a good sized batt (about 1.5 oz) that was pretty nice, though a little neppy. I wasn't quite happy with it. And though I wanted to spin with it just to Do something with it, I don't have much experience spinning from batts so I was stalled.

Today, I had an "a-ha" moment. I split up the batt into small strips and spread those out really thin and passed them through at a slower speed. (The Supercard has a dial to control speed, from 0 to 100. The drum moves pretty quickly; the dial controls how fast the two smaller drums rotate.) Speed setting 30, and fiber spread thin enough that I could easily see through it.

It took a while, but the resultant batt is wonderful. AND, I sorta figured out how to use the RoveGuide that came with the carder. It's basically a big diz that allows you to diz off roving straight from the carder! I haven't figured out how to get a continuous, consistently sized strip, but what I got is a good start, delightful little balls of softness.

When I walk by the yarn room and see the carder in my peripheral vision, I do a double take. It's so honking big and shiny.

drum carder in the yarn room

(you can see the little carded balls in the basket below the carder)

Ever since the tools arrived, I've been craning to see if a box is sitting on the porch as I pull into our driveway. Today:

It's here!

A box! A big box! A heavy box. I underestimated what 64 lb shipping weight means. I could barely lift it, and when I did, I nearly fell over trying to get it down again.

After removing a bevy of heavy duty staples, and more staples, and yet more staples, I finally got a peak inside. First words out of my mouth: Oh my god.

Patrick Green Supercard

It's a lot bigger than I expected (roll of masking tape for scale). And it's heavy. The packaging doesn't weigh much. I couldn't get it out of the box.

I disassembled the knitting machine while I waited, and when Scott got home, he heaved it onto the table in my yarn room (well... "placed". I would have heaved.). It has to live in the yarn room. No way Scott would survive the fluff flying off of it.

It's big. Really big. And shiny. A real piece of work. Intimidating. What's that running through my head? Oh yeah. "What the hell were you thinking???"

It's a Patrick Green SuperCard. I originally ordered the Fancicard, but a 6 week wait turned into a 3 month wait turned into a potentially many months more wait. As it happened, the SuperCard was available NOW. There were a lot more reasons involved, which I won't go into. Suffice it to say, I'm a bit overwhelmed that I am now the proud owner of an amazing piece of machinery that I have no idea how to use. I am not worthy.

I would go have a drink and play, but there's something on the bottle about operating heavy machinery...

I'll get there.

I hope.

Look at this gorgeousness:

Cloverleaf Farms merino/silk

That's the Cloverleaf Farms merino/silk, in two colorways, plied. If you remember, I hoped the rose/green colorway would brighten the autumn colorway, and the autumn would tone down and warm up the rose/green. I'm really happy with the results!

Before plying the whole shebang, I plied up a sample to see how it would look. As you can see above, in plied form the yarn looks pretty barberpole-y. I knit up a swatch:

swatching the merino/silk

I love the color gradations. And the colors. I feel the two different colorways bring a little more complexity to the final yarn, and parts that I thought would have stood out, like the sections with the green, blend in quite nicely.

The only thing I didn't like was the roundness of the yarn. I spun the singles to make it that way, so it's my own damned fault. I knew I was spinning to knit a shawl of some kind, but I figured it would be a cozy shawl, maybe with garter base. I didn't think a rounder yarn would be a problem. And, I really liked the look of the rounder yarn. But... it's not a "problem" per se; it's more that I wanted a little more drape than I was getting.

So, I plied the rest of the yarn with a little less twist to compensate. I think it's a good compromise.

The yarn bled a good bit in the wash, despite very very tepid temperatures (I kept the temp down fearing the silk would bleed). A lot of yellow/yellow-orange bled out. The colors are still gorgeous, though:

Cloverleaf Farms merino/silk

Of course, I couldn't help myself. I started knitting right away.

Cloverleaf Farms merino/silk

I've got just under 800 yards and 8 oz.

Cloverleaf Farms merino/silk

I'm not sure how much shawl that will get me, but I'll find out.

Thanks for the well wishes on the Anniversary, your nice comments on the mostly green handspun, and your feedback on the limey shawl/wrap!

A small package arrived in the mail on Saturday:

A package for me

What could it possibly contain??

containing...

Look at that! Could they be tools for a ... dare I say it ... drum carder???

...some tools

Is my carder on its way???

Edited to add: I know, what is up with the lock??? I can only guess it will lock the carder to the table via the clamps...

A year ago today we were just married:

At the pond
at the Lily Pond, Garden in the Woods, Framingham, MA

in a small intimate ceremony in a lovely garden with a handful of friends and family. A memorable day.

The last year has seen a horde of changes: double layoff and new jobs and all the stress and changes involved; learning to spin, starting a blog; gaining a nephew; spending time with Gram and watching Alzheimer's encroach. In that year we've only grown closer, and, despite everything going on, ever happier.

Today, we returned to Garden in the Woods to celebrate and remember our wedding day.

As it was a year ago, the weather was beautiful, sunny and mild. Unlike a year ago, there were more cars than spots, more people than trees (exaggeration). Perhaps it was because of the ongoing "Rock On!" exhibit. Perhaps it was the beautiful Sunday weather that lured folks out to enjoy this hidden treasure.

With so many families and children exploring the garden and rock sculptures, the feel of the Garden was very different from the peaceful quiet of our ceremony. But then, we experienced it after hours.

Below are a few photos from our walk.

[Sculpture names in quotes; click photo for larger view and artist name. Artist bios available here. I was most drawn to sculptures by Joseph Wheelwright ("Monk", "Fox Face" (not pictured), "Singing Stone", "Yodeling Stone", "Stone with Sores", "Balloon Stone"). His artist bio quotes him: “I am primarily in search of art that is alive, mysterious, tender, and strange, like the natural world.”]

on 'Stone Bench'
on "Stone Bench"

holding up 'Stone Bench'
holding up "Stone Bench"

gazing with 'Monk'
gazing with "Monk"

Reflecting in 'Ode to New Grange'
reflecting in "Ode to New Grange"

Turtles in the Lily Pond
turtles in the Lily Pond (actual turtles, not sculptures)

'Sentient'
"Sentient"

at the Lily Pond
at the Lily Pond

with 'Singing Stone'
singing with "Singing Stone"

'Yodeling Stone'
"Yodeling Stone"

'Stone with Sores'
"Stone with Sores"

picking at 'Stone with Sores'
picking at "Stone with Sores"

'Balloon Stone'
"Balloon Stone"

smiling with 'Balloon Stone'
smiling with "Balloon Stone"

Here's the beginnings of the Sand River shawl I mentioned last night:

Sand River Shawl - in progress

See what I mean about the pooling? And this is alternating 2 skeins. The pooling has started to change, though.

So what do you think of the colors? Do you like them? Would you wear them? They're not quite my colors, a little too limey on the green. I like how it's knitting up, though. It's a fairly soft wool/alpaca and I'm not sure you can see it in the photo, but the stitch pattern shows nicely in it. I'm contemplating overdyeing with, say, a bit of red to change the tone. I hate to do that to yarn that's already handpainted, though. I'd love to hear your thoughts.

Oh. my. god. You have to see the BSG Mini Series! I mean, if you haven't already. It's SO GOOD!

We bought the DVD's in preparation for Season 3. I needed to get hubby addicted so we could watch it together. He figured he'd probably like the show, just hadn't been watching enough to know what was going on. The Mini Series comes with the set we bought. It presents continuously with mini fade-to-blacks where commercials would be, but running continuously for 3 hours. 3 hours! I sat and knit for 3 hours wondering why there were no episode beginnings or endings, no credits, no theme song. Only figured it out after the fact when I talked to Scott. Hehe.

It really helps explain the storyline, little bits that I didn't quite get but didn't question. And it's so freakin' gripping and well done and so awesome to watch without commercials or fast forwarding. Or interruptions.

'Cuz Scott was at school. He's taking a coupla classes and pretty excited about it. And he's the one that said we should watch at our own paces and not wait for each other, 'cuz he usually watches 'em faster than I do. We agreed. Ahead of time. Hehe. So now he's behind.

So freakin' excited. I was hooked for all of Season 2, and, though TiVo-less, was a devoted Sci Fi Friday fan, so I'm pretty good for those. Not so sure about Season 1. Muahahahaha, all "new" episodes to enjoy before the season starts.

No, this is not "all BSG all the time" here at 2LN.

The skirt is in time out. Words were exchanged, there will be a cooling down period. Not to worry. I've knit through the end once and passed all pattern notes to Anne, and she's released Sangria for your hot little hands. Go have a Sangria, you know you wanna.

Meanwhile I'm taking a break by casting on for the shawl version of Sand River with the wool/alpaca I bought from Seacoast Handpainted Yarns. The yarn was doing some crazy vertical pooling, so I frogged back and am alternating between 2 balls of yarn, something I've never really done for variegated yarn. I've always just gone with the flow, with pretty good success. I would do that now, but I know that when I attach the second skein, and the third, the pooling won't be the same. There's still a surprising bit of pooling, but it looks like it'll start un-pooling soon. I'm not sure about the colors, definitely not my colors. I'll be curious to hear your thoughts tomorrow when I have pics.

On the spinning front, I washed and beat the primarily green primaries dyepot yarn. 12 oz, a little over 900 yards, about a sport or DK weight:

Primarily Greens BFL

The colors look a little different depending on the lighting -- lighter, darker, bright, somber. Soft BFL. And if you remember from this post, each 4 oz batch was a little different, one had a little more greens and light green, one more reds, and the third more blue. Can you see the difference?

And a close up for fun:

Primarily Greens BFL

From seeing people's TiVo lists, I'd say TiVo lists are like fingerprints or snowflakes, no two alike. Also, you'd never guess what some people watch! Interesting stuff. I did forget a couple of shows. Pre-TiVo I watched Nip/Tuck, so I'll be adding that back into the line-up. And Windyridge Farm will be happy to know that Rescue Me is on our TiVo list because Scott LOVES the show. I think it's his current favorite. I have to admit, Denis Leary really shines in that role (remember, I'm speaking from an actor's perspective, I couldn't really use those words for the character he plays), and the show as a whole is pretty darned good. My list is long enough so it can stay on Scott's TiVo list for now.

Kate's finished her version of Sand River! You can see in progress pics here, and the finished scarf here. She loved it so much she's started another in red Bamboo! Can't wait to see how that turns out. As soon as the skirt is done I'll be casting on for a shawl version, and then making the pattern available.

Speaking of the skirt, yup, I finished it! And promptly starting frogging after realizing it's too short. Okay, to be honest, there was that panicked phone call to Anne first. (She's even nice on the phone.) I'll be adding another repeat of the second lace section, and then redoing the final lace section.

Kathy corrected me on the Fabric Place Knitters Breakfast date, it's actually 9/30. There is an event on 9/24, though -- the Boston Knit-Out and Crochet Too 2006. Again, if you're in the area, think about going! I plan to be there.

Geez, and here I was thinking that's all I had.

Saturday I went to a spin-in at Parker River Alpaca Farm and had a fabulous time! I got to see some folks I had met before, as well as make new friends. And I met Blogless Sharon, whose name I've seen floating around a lot. Hehe.

We were on the lawn:

happy spin-in at Parker River Alpaca Farm

and at some points, the alpacas wandered by.

At other times, they ran off to the more secluded fenced off area. Were we too loud? Were they worried we'd spin the fleece off their backs? Hmm, could be another reason they were there:

long line

It's hard to say.

There were a bunch of fleeces in the top of the barn, but I've still got the alpaca fleece that came with the wheel (and I'm saving $ for Rhinebeck) so I was a good girl.

alpacas eating

As Carole said, there's something about those alpacas. Looking at them, I couldn't help but giggle "heeheehee" they tickled me so. Can you blame me?

why hello there

I finished up the BFL in the Sunfires colorway I had dyed up several months back. The colors are so bright and cheery. I'll navajo ply to make striping sock yarn.

Sunfires BFL

The superwash pinks I spun after refuses to photograph accurately. Punk.

The weather was sunny and gorgeous, the mood happy, the company smashing. Thanks so much to Kathy & Tick and Olivia & Dave for hosting!

I've been tired lately and not sleeping well to boot so some nights putting together a post has felt like more than I can handle. Good fibery stuff going on, though. So here's a quick fly-by:

Flirty Skirty is almost done! Just a couple more rows to go. I tried it on a few inches from the end and the fit was still good. It's on short circular needles now so I can't get a feel for the final shape. I'll do a proper post soon with feedback on the pattern and knitting experience and all that good stuff, but let me just tell you, Anne's patterns are very thorough, with both charts and written instructions in all the right places, so you'll be in good hands. Plus, she uses several types of increases and I like how they're incorporated and how they contribute to the skirt's flirty shape.

I've squeezed in a good bit of spinning time, though I have few photos to show for it. The primarily green primaries dyepot is all spun up! 12 oz at about DK weight sure took a long time. It's soaking now so after I abuse it and let it dry, I'll be taking photos. I also spun up the other 4 oz of merino-silk from Cloverleaf Farms. The first 4 oz were in the autumn colorway and spun up in June. Good thing I kept a sample card I could refer to. This batch is brighter and I'm not sure how they'll blend. The idea is to ply them together. You can see the fibers side by side here. I thought the common golden harvest tone would tie both together, with the pinks brightening and the browns warming. Fingers crossed.

Cloverleaf Farms merino/silk - 4 oz x 2
newly spun on left, previously spun on right

What else... Oh yeah, wanna see what 10 lbs of fiber looks like?

10 lbs of fiber

Here are my feet for scale:

10 lbs of fiber with feet for scale

That's 5 lbs of merino superwash and 5 lbs of 80's merino from Henry's Attic. Guess I have a lot of dyeing to do... I also bought a mess of undyed yarns, particularly silks and some silk/merino. 'Cuz I'm a suckah (for silk). The 80's merino is verrry soft.

Oh yeah, I won a blog contest! Me, who never wins anything! Earlier this year I won some lovely alpaca yarn from Claudia's MS Ride. Now, courtesy of Arianie (thanks, Arianie!), I've won a pound of washed, uncarded Alaskan Malamute fiber, aka Chiengora, aka dog hair:

Alaskan Malamute fiber

I've read it is quite warm and Arianie says it's great for mixing with other fibers. It's soft and since it's washed, there isn't any doggy smell. Still, call me old fashioned, but the idea of spinning with dog hair spins my head around!

Alaskan Malamute fiber - closeup

I searched around and couldn't find much info on spinning with Chiengora, besides one or two people that offer spinning services to (mostly) pet owners. There are guard hairs that will need to be removed, but the undercoat seems quite fine and soft. Have you spun with Chiengora? What was your experience?

Now that I've won 2 contests this year, I feel my chances for winning something at the upcoming Fabric Place Knitters Breakfast (9/30) are definitely warming. I've been shut out at the last two. They say the third time's the charm! If you're in the Boston area, think about signing up. The food is good, you get a coupon and some patterns, and a lot of chances to win something. (Edited to correct date to 9/30. Thanks, Kathy!)

Carole asked what I was watching these days during my TiVo knitting, so here's what's on the list. It's a shockingly long list. With TiVo I watch more shows, but without commercials, it goes faster, and now I waste almost no time surfing or watching rubbish. (Except when Scott's in the mood to watch rubbish. Like Who Wants To Be A Supehero. Apparently, it had "train wreck" appeal.) I love fast-forwarding through commercials so an hour show takes 40 minutes; it's not so great for spinning, however, as I hate to stop spinning just to fastforward. (And yes, I'm getting to the point where I can spin and watch some TV, instead of just listening. It doesn't work for all shows, but it means more spinning (!) and a shorter To Watch list.)

The Closer
Battlestar Galactica (BSG) -- Is anyone else excited about the new season???
The 4400
Dead Like Me
Medium
Dead Zone
CSI (the original only)
Crossing Jordan
Saved

I'm also still watching Stargate SG-1 and Stargate Atlantis, though the former is not the same without Jack, and the latter is not as gripping as the former.

I notice a trend: a little space Sci-Fi; a lot of crime drama; a good dose of the supernatural.

What are your must see shows?

I'll be honest, I didn't really know what I was getting myself into. And I wasn't all that concerned. I figured, well, it'll be an experience. It was.

Scott's buddy, Dave, was going to the Family Values Tour and asked if we wanted to come along. Scott didn't think it was my kind of thing, but asked anyway. I said, "sure". Why not? We'd been meaning to visit for a while, and this was as good an excuse as any.

I knew it was some kind of metal, hard rock, something like that. Music I don't really listen to. At work, someone asked, "so, what, is it AC/DC, Def Leppard? The Who?" Those bands didn't really seem to go together, but all I could think in my head was, "uh, maybe, like, Korn." I didn't say it 'cuz it was probably way off. It wasn't.

In fact, Korn was headlining!

My first clue that this event was not my bag should have been when Dave was shocked and maybe appalled when I said I was bringing my knitting. Yeah.

The concert started at 2 pm. We arrived in the parking lot about 1:30. Looking around, it was Sesame Street's "one of these things is not like the others". That would be me.

Headbangers. Punked out, black wearing, dyed hair, mohawked, tattooed and pierced lovers of loud loud music. I looked around, remembering high school, months when most of my wardrobe was black: small potatoes. And now, definitely yuppy! Eek! My raincoat had a Burberry-esque lining. I turned it to the inside.

There was a warning before we entered:

FVT: warning

It was pretty empty:

FVT: empty

We were on the lawn, slightly huddled against the surprising chill. Also, cuddled:

FVT: hanging out
Dave and Lindsay: awww, so cute

Clouds loomed overhead:

FVT: impending rain

It was gonna rain, just a question of when. Music started around 2: short half hour sets followed by a quick setup and another band. Some of the music I would never listen to, some was alright:

FVT: stage

This guy walked around promoting the side show tent:

FVT: promoting the side show

It was a cool effect, with the costume and the way he walked. But... side show tent??

In the food areas offsides, some guy with a bullhorn harassed passersby obnoxiously, dared them to throw a ball at him. The goal: hit him in the nuts, win a prize.

FVT: offsides area

Gradually, more people showed up:

FVT: growing crowd

And I got the courage to pull out my knitting:

FVT: Knitting

You can't tell, but I was moving my head to the beat. Rock on.

Scott was happy to wear his new shades, which were too bright and reflective for my tastes:

FVT: reflections

He had no idea what I was photographing. :) Check out the ominous clouds in the reflection!

And then we found out Korn wouldn't play until at least 6 pm. It was now 3:30, we were a bit chilly, and felt the first rain drops. So we bailed. And as I left, I saw the beginnings of the forewarned mosh pit forming:

FVT: mosh pit forming

Driving around, we heard on the radio at 8 pm that Korn still hadn't come out. Good thing we left.

The rest of the weekend was nothing but rain. And ridiculous attempts to find something to do. I'll spare you most of it, but as an example, we showed up at the ice skating rink at 3:30 only to find that free skate was from 1-4, and 7-10. Yeah. Like that.

We saw some of the locations shown in Clerks 2, which will be cool to see in the movie. We were hoping to take photos, but, well, rain. We saw an awful, awful movie, Talladega Nights. Sorry, folks, hated it. It was painful. When I lived in Alabama, we were about 20 minutes from Talladega, and my dad actually worked in Talladega for a while. Didn't recognize anything in the movie, though.

We did have fun thrown in here and there. And Dave made a comment about learning to knit (in jest?) and I was at the ready to teach him just in case. And if it hadn't rained so hard all day Saturday, we had plans to hang out in Red Bank, the cute downtown nearby. Shops, a marina or some such, Jay and Silent Bob's Secret Stash (their comic book store). Ah, well. Maybe next time.

Dave and Lindsay persevered along with us. I think the weekend was just not meant to be. We hope they haven't given up and that some time in the future, we'll go for attempt number 2. We'll be sure to check the weather forecast beforehand.

And for actual knitting, here's what 3 balls of Classic Silk will get you:

That Cute Flirty Skirt - in progress

It's starting to look like a skirt!

The weekend was kinda weird. A weekend of rain + plans that relied on sunshine + people you don't know well = well, I don't know. But it's a recipe for something.

The concert was, if I had thought about it, pretty much what I expected. But seeing as I didn't, it took me by surprise. Photos tomorrow will make it clearer. In the meantime, here's progress on That Cute Flirty Skirt:

That Cute Flirty Skirt - in progress

I'm into the next patterned section now, and while I'm glad to leave the first pattern behind (my own fault for screwing up and having to frog before), this next stretch has k3togtbl and p3togtbl. "tbl" means "through the back loop" and when purling or knitting 3 stitches together this way, requires a bit of needle gymnastics. And I'm lazy. Out of shape, shall we say. Another row or so and I'll be back into some kind of rhythm. Meanwhile, picture someone who has trouble walking across carpet, doing gymnastics. Or jazzercise in a cluttered living room.

The rambouillet/silk shawl is still nameless and still progressing:

handspun shawl - in progress

I'm almost a foot and a half in. Because of the easy pattern and being able to simply knit across every other row, it's perfect TiVo knitting.