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31.7.10

The adventure of a lifetime continues...

On this day in 1976, I married Jim. We'd known each other since second grade.  Looking at the photos of us right after the ceremony is amazing.  I remember it so well.  Things were a blur because I didn't wear my glasses!  Right before Pop escorted me down the aisle, he asked me if I was sure I wanted to do this.  I said yes, but remember going over in my mind, "WHAT the heck am I doing?"  Little did we know in less than a year we would leave Ohio for south Alabama, and within two years we would be in Germany.  We were married 14 years before Ben was born, and would live in Tennessee, Arizona, Texas, before settling in Minnesota.  It's been an amazing journey so far and I look forward to the next 34 years!

29.7.10

Sock Monkey and Fat Rascals

After all the spinning, I finally got back to knitting.  The first project on the list was a shop sample.  I turned a regular monkey hat into a Sock Monkey Hat.  I think it came out pretty good.  My Sock Monkey gave it his seal of approval--5 bananas!
I've been tackling large-scale cleaning.  Yesterday I worked on the basement of DOOM, and today I started on Jim's office.  I'm being careful to keep papers together.  I'd love to repaint, but that will have to wait for another time.
Last week I saw a post on Needled about Fat Rascals.  I'd seen them before and thought they were so funny.  I found a recipe online and made some with what I had on hand.  Craisins instead of currants, raw sugar instead of caster sugar, and larger almonds.  Oh my, they are so good!  This recipe is a keeper--Ben and Jim will like them, too.

25.7.10

The yellow road home


I'm watching the awards ceremony for the Tour de France.  It was quite a race this year. I'm not so sure about the umbrella skirts of the polka dot girls.  Cavendish was awesome at the last.  He just catapults out of nowhere to win.  There's Andy--he's an awesome rider.  He really rode with class throughout the race.  Although I wanted Andy to win, Contordor came through with that fantastic time trial yesterday and increased his win time to 39 seconds.  He is champion this year, but next year should be even better!
Late last night I dove into the fiber stash and found some yellow/ dark brown fiber to spin for the last day of the Tour de Fleece.  Appropriately it's the colors of bees and sunflowers.
Now that the Tour de Fleece and the Tour de France are done, I decided to have a little photo session with the gang and the finished yarn.  Eevee wanted to be in the photo, too.  

24.7.10

Time trial

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I should have saved this roving for the mountains! I finally got the Veggie Matter plied. I think I lost time in the time trial today! I ended up with around 300 yards +. Tomorrow something fast and easy to spin for the laps around Paris. Maybe I’ll even take a break and sit at a cafe…I can pretend, can't I?
I'm a little sad for Andy S in the Tour de France.  I thought he could make up the time, but Contodor put in a very good time trial, so the Tour is his this year.

21.7.10

Seeing spots!

I finished the Chocolate Covered Cherries last night and ended up with 763.8 yards of yarn.  That should be enough for something fun!  The Bunny Nuggets inspected the finished product and gave their approval.

19.7.10

Spinning polka dots

My "tour" was interrupted by scout camps, so I missed the first part of the mountains.  I finished two bobbins of singles before I left for Grey Wolf.  I was temped to take off and come home on Friday evening, but we were up working so late I decided it would be better to head out on Saturday morning.  Jim surprised me by showing up early. 

8.7.10

Spinning along with the Tour de Fleece


I finished the yarn I call Benelux and began my early run for the  polka dot jersey by spinning my Chocolate Covered Cherries.  I love the polka dot jersey because it was introduced by a French chocolatier.  Yum!  I've got just over a pound, so this yarn will be a two-ply.  I want to keep the color and texture.  (I have to work fast as I'll be missing a few days by attending summer camp with the troop.) Mark Cavendish really had a good sprint today!  I'm happy for Fabian Cancelara in yellow, and Thor in green.  I can imagine things may change in the mountains, though.
I had a treat yesterday with Ben coming back from his road trip to Indiana.  The guys had a lot of fun.  He was pleased with the scout shirt I made and I can't wait for photos.  I think Lord Baden Powell would be pleased with the uniform.

4.7.10

Three Cheers for the Red, White, and Blue!


HAPPY 4TH OF JULY!
 The rain has come and gone, now the weather is just warm and partially sunny.  At least there will be fireworks tonight.  
I'm really happy that Germany won their World Cup game yesterday, and the Tour de France is on right now.  Speaking of which, I'm participating in the Tour de Fleece through Ravelry and I'm on Team Coffee and Chocolate with Joanne and the Texas Twisters.  The photos show what I've done so far.  I'm finishing up the gray cormo/silk blend and then will work on the chocolate covered cherries later.  
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