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Changing Of The Guard...

Good Morning Everyone!

Another beautiful day in paradise, especially if you're a duck or a Silver Lab named Bernie, we both got soaked at Hard'ack this morning. The skies opened up at a point where I was going to get drenched if I simply cut it short and went home or if I stayed out to finish the hike. Bernie is an endless source of energy, so I made the decision that you can only get so wet and he really needs to run. Would you be surprised to learn that he is still tearing through the house grabbing anything he can to get me to pay attention to him? 90 minutes in the woods does almost nothing to his level of liveliness, big ole 95lb puppy. He is currently eating a Puff's tissue box, go for it, cardboard calms him lol....

We are on the cusp of the seasons changing to my favorite one, FALL!! What better way to celebrate than to have Andra come for a visit, on the LAST DAY OF SUMMER, and bring along a Trunk Show?!?!?! We had so much fun last year, I instantly said, "YES!!" when she suggested it last week. Although I've been knitting like a madwoman so you can see how lovely the new yarns knit up, I can only go so fast. Andra to the rescue!!! She has an arsenal of gorgeous garments and home accessories for you to try on and wrap up in. I cannot wait and I hope that you will be able to join us for Stitch and Bitch tomorrow evening, September 21st 6-7:30 to see all the pretty things. Don't plan on doing any knitting but I know everyone well enough that you likely won't attend without having it, just in case. This is going to be loads of fun, so come on by and get ready to be inspired.

I did spend some time yesterday watching the coverage of Queen Elizabeth's processional and funeral, WOW!! Whomever ordered the weather, kudos to you, it couldn't have been a better day in lovely old England. I don't think I would have been quite as intriqued had I not just finished watching The Crown and learning so much about the ongoings of the Royals. The only one I've ever really been fascinated with was Diana and even 25 years after her death, she still can upstage dowdy Camilla. I've always associated the United Kingdom with knitting and wool, hard not to, I figured it was quite apporpriate to have my knitting going while watching one of the longest reigning monarchs have her final day in the limelight. She was, afterall, a knitter herself, we are kindred spirits and it was noted that she knit a mean sweater. I too can knit a mean sweater and tink a mean sweater and swear at a mean sweater. I can't wait for you to see my mean Efa...

A few evenings ago I posted that I'd purchased Patty Lyons' Knitting Bag Of Tricks book. I was very curious to see if her 70 Sanity Saving Hacks for Better Knitting would in fact, save my sanity. She is quite amazing and I dare say could be considered the Ghandi of the knitting world. That said, my ego was taunting me viciously, I really wanted to see just how many of her tricks I already knew. I know, I know, I know, pathetic but true and I feel this is a safe place to say such a thing. I did feel better when I unloaded this on Andra yesterday, she wanted me to quiz her too lol. You will have to wait for a few weeks before I can inform you of my enlightenment, the book won't be shipped until after October 9th. I purchased my copy from Fiber Space, which I had the pleasure of visiting a year ago while Addie and I toured Washington DC. I decided that day I could easily live in historic Alexandria, VA in one of those lovely row houses across the street from that LYS.

A few little reminders before I wrap things up and go knit my Efa. We will be starting the next KAL this Saturday September 24th 9-11:00, so get ready to cast on! I am looking forward to slashing my beautiful sweater up the front and making it into a cardigan aka steeking. There is still time to join, so if you're up to the challenge let me know. The shop will be closed on Saturday October 1st so I can go buy more yarn for more sweaters at Vermont Sheep and Wool. This year I will be looking for 1200 yards of a lovely DK weight for Isabell Kraemer's latest sweater, the Venia. I've yet to finish my Emsworth Vest, I bought the yarn a year ago at the Salida Fiber Festival and it's waiting patiently for me. I have procrastinated a little bit since I'm not looking forward to detangling one of the hanks that Bernie decided he wanted to pull apart. Make it a great day and I hope to see you soon!


P.S. The painting featured is by Katherine Monstream, I just love her work!!!

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