Friday, March 30, 2007


Knitting Blues....

I've got a definite pattern to my knitting you notice it? No, I didn't plan it this way...but it is very Springy! Don't you think?

~~Baby Boy sweater
~~Civil War Shawl
~~Clapotis in...shades of blue & yellow; which I'm using Wool in the Woods Ladera--color-Rainforest...this is a rayon/cotton/nylon blend that is so fluid it's going to drape nicely as Clapotis
~~Baby Blanket in yellow

It doesn't appear as thought I'm going to have anything to add to my NascarKnitters totals...just a DNF!

There is a major splash of color in my knitting...wanna see?

My Toe, not "toe-up"...toe socks! Actually they will be thong socks. I have a favorite pair of sandals that I wear all summer for work, walking and hiking...after all that's what they are made for!

The picture really doesn't do the colors justice, but you know me and the color turquoise! LOVE IT!

Other splashes of color taking place are in my yard/garden:

The last of my Phlox. I should have known not to plant it by the mailbox...everyone who walks their "male" dogs by the house have managed to kill all but this small patch!

Then there's my beloved Dogwood...not quite in full bloom yet but I couldn't resist taking this shot!

Then we're back to yellow yellow tulips have finally opened!

It got cold last night so I worried about my new foliage on my tender perennials that's emerging...after a thorough check everything seems okay! I can't wait to show you photos of my Blaze Azalea! By then you'll be totally bored with my posts.... ever get the feeling you are being watched? Well, while I was taking pictures of my knitting above I looked up and only about 3 feet away from me I saw this...

They are not afraid of me...In fact they will sit and laugh at me! I offer them plenty of field corn but they prefer to raid my bird feeders of it's contents...and just when you think you've out smarted them, they learn a new trick! Now they hurl themselves at the back of the house to knock as much seed out of the feeder hanging from the gutter~just out of's hilarious! I bought them a Squngee, but there to darn smart to jump on it...instead they find ways of "pulling" it to them!
I'm going to make my goal! 2 more miles and I'll have completed my 100 miles!! Next...100 miles by July 1....anybody wanna join me?

Have a GREAT weekend...

Keep on Knittin', Spinnin' & Walkin'!

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

More Pretty Faces...

More colors are popping in my garden....

Red Tulips...the yellow ones will be open tomorrow!


Purple! I forgot I planted these and had to go back and look up what it was I planted...Glory of Snow, which are supposed to peer up through the snow covered ground in February...little late, but pretty to see!

Stay tuned I have many more "happenings" in the garden! And YES, my allergies are kicking into high gear...but I LOVE Spring...called the Doctor today for more meds!

The knitting goes on...

Today was the last of the Knitting Classes with my 10 year olds...what a great group of girls, one mother told me that her daughter doesn't go anywhere without her knitting! Am I good.....or AM I GOOD? JH and I can be called "Enablers Are US"!! We were all a little sad it was the last time we would meet...and all were wanting us to come back to teach again, I don't think they get the idea that they are to learn "different" skills with each Spring & Fall session!

Looks like a trip to Urbanna is in order for next I'm getting all my knitting projects started for the trip. Started another pair of sock, these are going to be thong/toe socks for wearing with my Chacos; the Clapotis that was to be a gift for my MIL but I'm liking it a little too well as the a couple already started--Civil War Shawl and the Baby Blanket.

Well...gotta go enjoy the outdoors, another beautiful 80+degree day!! Barefoot and lovin' it!

Keep on Knittin', Spinnin' & Walkin'!!!

Sunday, March 25, 2007

One of Many More to Come!

Wellington will be my model today...

I actually have a FO to post about! As I stated in yesterday's post I've spent more time with my spinning & fleece and not so much with knitting! So to be able to post about an actual finished object is a surprise to me!
You can't really see the little cables up the front, but there are 3 rows of cables on each the "perfect button" search begins!
I used Bernat's Softee Baby 100% (eeewwh) Acrylic. Yes, I'm a yarn snob...and I really came to the realization last week when I met my Aunt (who I haven't seen in almost 20 years) who's making crocheted afghans out of the stuff....The afghans are gorgeous...I just had such a hard time touching it!
But what else do you use for a baby who's going to spit-up and poop all over everything they wear? Not to mention the fact they might be allergic to other materials?! One thing about baby yarns...they are soft to the touch! So~I admit it....I'm a Yarn Snob!!

This is the first of what's going to be a very busy "Baby Knitting" summer! I love to knit, and want so badly to knit for charity...but in some way, when I think about it I guess I do, I rarely knit anything for myself. I'm always thinking of others...does that qualify?

I've joined another "exchange"...I just couldn't resist this one~Sara is such a nice person and comments on my blog regularly, and one of the people I want to meet up with on our trip next year. I encourage anyone interested to give this one a shot! Knitters Treat Exchange

Here's the answers to my Questionnaire:
1. What's your favourite type of yarn?? Anything soft and natural.
2. What's your least favourite type of yarn? Acrylic or Fun Fur
3. What's the first thing you do when you visit a new yarn shop? A quick jaunt through the store then I hit the...“What’s New” display...magazines...and anything I don't think I'll find at home (because my LYS is horrible).
4. What other crafts do you do / would like to do? I’m a spinner but I want to learn to weave!
5. What magazines do you currently subscribe to? IK Knits & Spin Off
6. Put this type of magazine in order of preference:Knitting / Crochet / Other Craft / Food / Home / Fashion / Celebrity Gossip / Garden Knitting/Garden/Food/Home/Other Craft/Crochet/Fashion/Celebrity Gossip
7. What items do you like to knit / crochet? ? I’m constantly knitting socks!
8. Are you allergic to anything? I have year round allergies…I just learn to live with them
9. What do you like to* smell of?(*This is not a typo. The question is: What do you like to smell of) Melon, citrus or vanilla, very light scents nothing really heavy or flowery.
10. What's your favourite way to relax? ? Knitting, spinning or reading
11. You're stood in front of a Victorian style sweetshop, an Italian cafe, an old fashioned bakery and a dainty tea room. Where do you go first? (this is a hard one) Italian CafĂ© (then I’d hit all the others)
12. What do you come out with? ? Hopefully they would have gelato! If not Biscotti or Canolli
13. Where do you go next? (which one is closest? Because I’d hit them all) Victorian Style Sweetshop or maybe to a nearby park to enjoy my goodies and listen to the birds sing and knit!!
14. Any other words of wisdom for your pal? ? I’m a fairly new tea drinker but a lifetime coffee drinker and I have a serious sweet tooth!

Okay...time to go outside and enjoy the weather we are having! Forecast...another 80 degree day!! WooHoo!!

Keep on Knittin', Spinnin' & Walkin'!!!!

Saturday, March 24, 2007

Happy Smiling Faces...

I love spring time...the feeling of renewal after a hard, cold winter! I love to hear the robin's and other birds singing in the morning...and I love my flowers! I know this is a knitting blog, and you will all get tired of my posts the next few months...because I'll be documenting all my flowers as they emerge!

My Bradford pear is in FULL bloom, thanks to the very mild January we had.

My Forsythia is also in full bloom...

My yellow Daffodils are open...but I'm afraid my pink ones have reverted back...not to mention they haven't got a bud on them! So much for buying something different!

It doesn't seem as though my garden follow a particular color will be the purples from my lilacs and phlox-which the dogs have managed to kill most of peeing on my mail box post).

On to my fiber fetish...

I'm sure you are aware of the fun I'm having with the merino fleece I bought! Well, I washed the first small batch of teased locks...and OH MY!!! If you remember from an earlier post about the beautiful crimp of the fleece--and Mary--yes, crimp is a good thing! Take a look at this after it's been washed and combed...

Here's the batch some still drying and the basket is teased out and ready for carding....yes, it's as soft as it looks!

I will admit this fleece is a lot of work, but it is going to be worth all the hard work...I can just *feel* it!

I'm just know I'm going to finish dead last in my KnittingNascar KAL...I'm so into my spinning these days I can't get much of my knitting done! I've finished up my Week 3 of my Civil War Shawl KAL ...

and I'm making slow progress on the Baby Boy sweater (that needs to be finished my mid April)...and I've started the new Grandbaby's blankie! I've got another pair of socks to cast on.! Someone just needs to tear my away from my fleece and wheel!

On walking...
I can see the light at the end of the tunnel...after my walk today I'll have only 10 miles or less left to go...and 7 days left of finish up!

Keep on Knittin', Spinnin' & Walkin'!!!

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Happy 1st Day of Spring!!!!

Finally, here is my week 2 progress on my Civil War Shawl KAL...doesn't look like I got very far but when you are knitting with thread...
Babies, babies everywhere...good friends just told us they are expecting their 2nd child! I'm finishing up one sweater...starting a baby blanket (more about that in a minute) and now I've got another baby to make for! About the baby blanket...Big news~~Hubby is going to be a Grandfather! It's a big (and difficult) pill to swallow...kinda like when one turns 40! I'm excited...
One more bit of excitement...our DREAM trip is going to happen...finally! We were made an offer we couldn't pass up, but the chance to do it this summer was nullified by a business trip Hubby has this June in Phoenix. So June 2008 we are going to the *Homeland*~~Scotland!! We had this trip planned for May of 2002, but 9/11 happened and I chickened out! WOOHOO! I'm so excited I can't wait! So...I'll be making up a ticker for the trip!
Thanks for all the offers for contributions! This time frame will give me a chance to go on a semi-fiber diet (I can't completely cut our buying fiber) to save $$ for my trip! We plan to extend the trip to include Ireland all my blogging buddies across the pond watch out...The Crazy Knittin' Chick is coming to town! is Knitting Class for my girls! JH wants me to bring *The Wheel*~gotta go pack it up!
Keep on Knittin', Spinnin' & Walkin'!!

Sunday, March 18, 2007

At Last...

Everyone survive the festivities of yesterday? Anyone feeling green? Not me...those days are all in my past...I'm old now!

The Jaywalkers are finished! This is my only addition to this weeks NascarKnitters total--

100 grams.

Yarn used:

Austermann Stepp Color #05.

I've been so busy working on my merino fleece that I've really neglected my knitting! Including my Civil War Shawl, I was supposed to finish up to row 68...I'm only on row 58! I'll post pictures of the progress...maybe tomorrow!

This fleece is A LOT of work, but it's going to be SO very worth it! I took a small piece that I teased and washed it under the faucet...OH MY!

This is not washed but look at the crimp! AMAZING!
I can't wait to start spinning this fleece!

Not much more I can blog about...too much knitting to catch up on! Anyone want to donate to "The Robin Fund"? There may be a trip to Scotland in my future!

And yet one more shot of Mr Ace....he has more sleeping positions than you could ever imagine! You should have seen him snuggling up next to the radiator heater...that wasn't on!

Keep on Knittin', Spinnin' and Walkin'!!! (it's still pretty darn chilly here)

Saturday, March 17, 2007

Erin Go Bragh!

Happy St. Patrick's
Day to you!

Wishing you all the "Luck of the Irish"!

I found this bit of information...

Druids held the 4 leaf clover in high esteem and considered them a sign of luck. In 1620, Sir John Melton wrote: "If a man walking in the fields find any four-leaved grass, he shall in a small while after find some good thing.

Well..Spring here was short lived, we are having snow flurries today after massive rain yesterday that had the rivers & streams threatening to spill over their banks!

Of course the menu for today is all Irish...Corned Beef & Colcannon....
I don't think I'll be venturing out for the Parade, yeah...yeah, I'm a big baby! "It's too cold!"

March Madness is here! With the rain and cold that hit, it gave me the perfect opportunity to work my merino fleece and knit without guilt! HEY...UVA won their game yesterday! WaaHoo! Baseball season is right around the corner and I already have tickets to a game! Hubby has a business trip to Phoenix in June and while we are there the Diamondbacks will be playing.....(drum roll please) the Baltimore Orioles!!! We are also talking about going to Baltimore on my Bday for the BoSox game!! WooHoo...
Any readers from the Phoenix area? Any shops I MUST visit?
I've been looking for the various Stitch-n-Pitch games being held across the country, I just wish we had more closer to us! Maybe I need to have one at our local Avalanche game? I may be the only baseball fan in our local group, I've never asked!
How many knitters reading this are also campers? Anybody? I was thinking the other night about the fact Hubby and I love to camp that maybe we could meet at a campground and knit & spin? Now that I have my Sonata I'll be taking it camping with me!! Many of the Virginia State Parks now have cabins if you are more into "modern" conveniences...anyone game?

Gotta run...
Keep on Knittin', Spinnin' & Walkin'(brrrrr) !!!!

One more thing...Happy Mother's Day to GourdonGirl, SpinningFishWife and all the others in the UK!

Thursday, March 15, 2007


I received some really *unusual* answers about my post yesterday (which were not a surprise considering the subject)! They were fun to read and okay Marianne you can stop jumping around's the answer!

Bobbi's hubby Doogie found out what my little "charm" is! Way to go Doogie (only you better buy Bobbi one now!)

It's a "Cong Love Token" from County Mayo in Ireland! The inscription on the underside says:
"Where it's a symbol of love always watching ever giving. Whoever carries it has a promise of love in their arms, 'not of I love you because I need you, but of I need you because I love you."

It is quite unusual that you would give someone a 'rat' because you love them...but the Celts had some really unusual symbols anyway! I have a very wonderful and thoughtful husband...I treasure gifts such as this!

So there you go...Happy St. Paddy's Day! Be sure and visit your nearby Scottish or Highland Games (this is the biggest one in our area), you too may find a special token for your sweetie!

Gotta run....Keep on Knittin', Spinnin' & Walkin'!!

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Lucky in Love...

We are 3 days away from one of my favorite holidays! St. Paddy's Day...good food, good friends and Good Luck! Now I'm not so crazy about the green beer, not that it tastes any just doesn't look so appealing! My latest favorite is Smithwick's~~I think I blogged about it last Aug., but now it's here!...our local grocer started carrying it! It's Irish...see if you can find some in your area!

Here's an Irish trivia question for you...Do you know what this is? My friends across the pond my have a distinct advantage with this one!

This one is mine, given to me by my wonderful Hubby when we were dating. is a rat! Now, you might think it's gross or unappealing...but it has a VERY significant meaning!

So, what am I working on these days? Well...yesterday JH and I had our 2nd knitting class with our young ladies (they are a great group of young ladies...BTW)...I'm spinning some beautiful black merino top...working on flocking the merino fleece I bought a couple weeks ago...finishing up my 2nd Jaywalker sock...knitting on my Civil War Shawl...and finding more and more to do! Geez, do you really think I need another hobby? I want to learn to weave and take a pottery class!

Well...better go get my walk in while it's not raining!

Keep on Knittin', Spinnin' & Walkin'!!!!!

Sunday, March 11, 2007


Well...Happy First Day of Daylight Savings Time! Darn it I'm tired...tomorrow will be the pits!

Here's a sunny face for you...yet another flower in my gardens have opened!

Isn't she pretty? I'm waiting on the pink ones to open, but they don't have any bud on them yet!

Do you read or remember the Hi & Lois baby? I have my own...Mr Ace loves his sunbeam, he'll follow it all day! The old man love to warm his old bones...

Tuesday he makes the dreaded visit to the Vet! Because I raised him from a tiny little baby I want him to be with me for as long as I can...Therefore he has his yearly teeth cleaning, shots and check up. His Vet's oldest feline patient passed away last summer at the age 29 years old! He hasn't made me any promises but I'm hoping with his great care Mr Ace will be with us many more years. Okay, for the twisted's really funny to watch him follow the spinning room!! Go ahead scold me...

As you know from yesterdays post I had house stuff to do before I could play...

HONEY...the laundry is done! Isn't it pretty? Now, usually the fiber tells me what it wants to be when I'm spinning it...this one spoke to me as I was playing with it..."I wanna be a cardigan"! This fleece was SO clean, I had barely a handfull of trash to clean out of it! AMAZING!!

And this is a shout out to Carole...Thanks for the recipe!! Truly a must try!! DEE-LI-CIOUS!!

Gotta go get my walk in...then I think I'll sit on the deck with my knitting...or maybe even my wheel!

Keep on Knittin', Spinnin' & Walkin'!

Saturday, March 10, 2007

Civil War Shawl KAL

Civil War Shawl KAL progress...

Can you believe it...I actually finished my rows 1-45 prior to the deadline....11:45 pm last night! Fifteen minutes before midnight!

I feel as though I'm knitting with thread...and using size 2 (US) needles!! I could use larger needles but I have several reasons for my madness!

My MIL has a beautiful bedspread (full size) knit by her mother that I've always admired. I wanted this silk as a twisted sort of tribute of my admiration for Nan-Nan's perseverance of knitting a full size bedspread out of thread and my Great-Grandmother's ability to crochet with thread I decided to go the distance! My shawl will end up smaller than others but considering the finished size of this piece (72" in diameter)

I'll end up with a nice shawl. This will match my Wedding Dress...which is now my Sunday Best! In Victorian times it was good luck to be wed in blue!

Now...I hope that this will be finished by November and go towards my NascarKnitters points! It will count as 300 grams but I hope that the "difficulty" factor will add more points!

While we are on that subject I need to give my totals for the week...
One thing I forgot to do was take pictures before putting them in the mail...oops! (I think I have some older pics I'll have to look for)
I destashed a total of 414 grams!! Of the 3 recipients only 2 have blogs...hopefully they will verify this fact in a posting on their blogs...I don't want to ruin the surprise if they haven't received their package yet!
I worked on so much spinning last week that my knitting fell off...therefore...destashing was in order! I was hoping that spinning would count but I guess that's why it's called NascarKnitters and not NascarSpinners! I'll just have to suck up the lost points because I LOVE spinning!!

Thanks to everyone for their thoughtful comments from Thursday...I'm much better, all it took was some quality time with my knitting & fiber...all is well!

Well...gotta go clean house so I can do what I want to do....I bet you'll never guess what that is!

Keep on Knittin', Spinnin' and Walkin'!!! Maybe today I can get in some Pickin'!

Thursday, March 08, 2007

Just one of THOSE days...

...when you wish you'd never gotten out of bed! Mr Ace found it in himself to wake me up VERY early this morning~TWICE!

It has been a Chocolate and Wine sort of 10am I was definitely thinking it must be 5 o'clock somewhere! This day was so bad that I left work tears! has gotten better, with the help of some very good friends and my wonderful Hubby...NO, I don't even know a *Jack Daniels* or *George Dickel*!

I got my walk in...and found these in my front yard!

It is so nice to see these smiling faces!

Well, I seriously NEED to knit for a while...catch you all later and I promise I'll be in a better mood!

Keep on Knittin', Spinnin' & Walkin'!!!!

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

200th Post

...and the Grand Finale!! That is the final installment of the events from the weekend!
Here's the loot...keep reading for what's what!

We left Salem at about 8:30 Thursday morning, on a mission! I had a stop to make...Lynn Cosell at Fantasy Farms had saved me something very special! My first fleece purchase...a Merino fleece from Memoire. She was out in the field so I didn't get to see her but...

I did meet little Jerry, who was just 3 weeks old...

Then there was Rosemary...she has the sweetest face. I honestly don't know how Lynn new all their names...and they answered to her when she called them! Considering she has a flock of about 180 sheep! She did say she's running out of names though...

She had her shearing the second week of February and had a few *ladies* unexpectedly give birth...several little ones didn't make it including triplets! She was keeping the weaker-thinner lambs, ewes & rams in the barn until they fattened up...the ones in the field were in no danger of getting cold!
Now...about the fleece, for some a dirty fleece may not appear so exciting but let me tell you this stuff is gold! It has almost a 2 inch staple and at the cut it's milky white! I can't wait to start on it.

David of course brought his "fluff" and I couldn't yarn/fiber diet for me! A couple new colors to show off...

You've already seen my Highlander so follow me clockwise...I bought 2 more bags of Highlander, 3 bags of "Setting Sun" (which is quite amazing to look at) and one bag (2 balls) of Raja.
You saw the soaps & body butter I bought from Robin in yesterdays post.

And last but not least...

Debbie Dull from Green Valley Farm (no website~sorry) in Eggleston (VA) came up on Saturday night and brought some shetland fleece & roving with her...I was so bummed when she announced her shearing day (back in Feb) and I had to work. Of course Catie made it a day trip with her family and I had been kicking myself when I saw the fleece she bought...So~~all night Saturday and again on Sunday I kept eyeballing this fleece...
Meet Eva Braun! (I had to ask if she wore red lipstick and dated a ram with a little mush-do on his upper lip)
One thing you must remember...I'm a lazy spinner, I've always bought the "ready to spin" stuff! No trash~VM~or straw...
I've been needing to do this for years now...and the time has come! I love the feel of the lanolin on my hands...too bad it has to go.'ve hung around for this, was it worth it? I made my reservations for September prior to leaving...I'll have the same room, with the same view!! Hawks Nest SP is really working on the place, it has needed up grading for some time now, paint some rooms are getting new furniture...each suite room has a refrigerator, coffee maker and a wide screen tv with a dvd player...(but da#n who needs that with the view from the balcony?) Anybody else want to join me in September? Email me for information if you are interested!

Oh~Oh...the new issue of Knitty is up!! Several pairs of socks and I think a few items Miss Maggie will like!
I think I'm going to make my April 1st goal...I only have 27.5 left! I'm going to continue to keep track of my miles, this had really been a real motivator for me!

Well...till next time~~Keep on Knittin', Spinnin' & Walkin'!!

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Spinning Rainbows...

Robin spent her time spinning this wonderful *rainbow* colored fiber she received in a swap...the person she got it from thought it was a dyeing mistake...look at these amazing colors! She says the fiber is telling her it wants to be a shawl...*Robin's Technicolor DreamShawl*!!

This is the size of the group on Friday!! The room was packed...the only spaces left were at the entrances! Of course, I had saved the chair next to me for Robin...shortly after taking this picture I went on "The Hike"...and yes, I'm still sore!

When I arrived home I found a package waiting on me...

My Prepster roving from Scout...4oz of superwash merino!! It has yet to speak to me, maybe once I start spinning! Pretty close to Robin's fiber!!
Pretty close...huh, Robin?

Here is David's rainbow...I wish he would put all the colorways on his webpage but I bet if you email him for more information he can let you know what's available. These are just his mohair yarns.
He is having some difficulties doing his dyeing at home and hopefully all that will be fixed very soon...I've put in a special request for Dolphin Dance & Black Cherry Moonrise!

Speaking of amazing talents...Robin makes her own soaps & body butters for sale...of course I bought...a lot! The name of her business? Robin's Nest~~that happens to be the name of my first sewing business! Her motto...."Cleaning the World~One Spinner at a Time"!

These little gals followed me home...aren't they precious? Little Lammi for me~~the other for Maggie!
Yes, I'm still a child at heart!! I just have a soft spot for sheep...really I want their fleece!! Easter is almost upon us and I'm checking out all the stuffed animals everywhere I go!
There's a nice big one at the local grocery store I'm thinking about...I just don't know where I'll put him!

Knitting classes went very well today...JH and I are enabling a whole new generation of knitters! There was a possibility of having 10 students, however we ended up with 5...of the sweetest young ladies! They are catching on quickly...several already had an idea of what they wanted eventually make.

Well...I think I can eeek out one more posting from my weekend! Tomorrow I will show what I came home with, along with some of the sweetest pictures!

Keep on Knittin', Spinnin' & Walkin'!!

Monday, March 05, 2007

More Fibery Fun....

Geez...the winds of March are a blowin'!!! The robins are back (I mean the birds) and I actually saw them flying sideways today!! I'm sure they are asking each other who's bright idea it was to return this early in March!

Okay so...more about the weekend...

Here's the group shot from's so interesting to see what everyone is working on! One lady is an Alpaca/Llama judge, so she was working on spinning up her samples for judging...what an awesome spinner she is too, and quite a character I must say! Another lady was spinning silk...what beautiful shades of melon & pinks!

See me...the industrious spinner that I am! I'm actually working on spinning some merino top that was challenging my mental state!
Remember to check out Robin's blog for her take on the whole experience!

Here is the "Highlander" singles I showed you yesterday as the finished product...

And here it is plyed...and the picture just doesn't show the colors like I want!

Robin mentioned in her blog that Jack and I went for a hike and drive to the waterfalls...this is a shot from Saturday afternoon, at the crest of the waterfalls...

The hike, which took place on Friday afternoon...well, lets just say I'm STILL sore from it! But it counted towards my Runagogo miles! Just 30 miles to go...and of course the wind was so bad today I couldn't get out and walk.

One more GREAT shot of the falls...

Stay tuned for more about the trip!

Tomorrow...I teach 3rd-5th graders how to knit! Wish me luck!!

Keep on Knittin', Spinnin' and Walkin'!!

Sunday, March 04, 2007

Wayward Chick--Is Home!

Cancel the search parties...I have returned...and I have lots to tell! This will come in several posts~probably~so bear with it will keep you all coming back to see what when on at Hawks Nest!! Plus I'm going backwards in time...and the last post will reveal what goodies I brought back~(evil grin-hee hee)

I had my personal photographer with me to help report the goings on in the outside world, since I was so "wrapped up" with all the *fibery goodness* before me!

Lets start with the weather...last night it started snowing...and continued today! Hubby got up really early this morning to venture down the road to Babcock State Park for this shot (and many other great ones...I had a hard time choosing the shot for this post). You might recognize this from any scenic calendar you might have...besides Mabry's Mill on the Blue Ridge Parkway its one of the most photographed mills! This one is still in operation and when open you can purchase their various products.

I met a BloggerBuddy....we share a lot in common...including our name! Robin, I hope you had a great time~~I know I did! Sorry for the minor problem on Friday night...but like I said consider the source!
You are so much fun~and you made my time there so much better!

Isn't her shawl GORGEOUS?! Please go on over to her blog and check out what she had to say about the Retreat! We've both made our reservations for September!!

Well, I'm beat...but there's one more thing I need to post--that is for my NascarKnitters total!

Kimberly, I hope my spinning totals count! I spun 200 grams of my Highlander fiber...

This picture is part of a bigger one (gee, I wonder what the big picture is of?)...I may just decide to give you bits at a time... muwahaahaa~muwahaahaa!

Well...I'll leave you with that tonight! Because we were out in no-where we had no cell phone service and the wireless card on Hubby's laptop had a *problem*! In other words...I have lots of emails to catch up on and blogs to read!

Keep on Knittin', Spinnin' & Walkin'!!!!