Monday, December 31, 2012

Happy New Year!!!

Wishing you the BEST year ever!  

Keep on Knittin' & Spinnin'!!!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

OH MY.......

I'm so sorry...I've been such a bad blogger!! 

Hope you all had a Happy Thanksgiving!!  Now the Christmas season is upon us and life is busier than EVER.

Lots of stuff going on around here...I'm still working and training for races, my next 1/2 marathon is coming up in January at DISNEY WORLD!!!!! I'm so stoked...I haven't been to Disney World since 1977--a teenager full of angst.  Shoot..Epcot wasn't even finished at that time!  I'm working my way to doing a triathlon this spring....I'll let you know how that works out.

Because of the economy and a bunch of stuff we've been working on around the house Hubby's taken a part-time job. He's learning that working "retail" and customer service is a REAL treat at this time of year!

Lots of knitting going on...OF COURSE...Christmas is right around the corner!  Number 1 Niece has gone crazy knitting...she's making all her presents this year.  Warms my heart to know that she's loving the hobby I love---and taught her.

Well, gotta run---If I don't get back here before the BIG day is upon us I hope you all have a Merry Christmas...How do you like this years card?

Photo Card
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Keep on Knittin' & Spinnin'!!!

Saturday, August 18, 2012


Wow....over 2 months have past, where does time go? 

Yes, we are still missing Mr Ace...there's not a day that goes my that I don't expect him to be underfoot or visiting me while I'm having "private time" in the bathroom!

I know my posts haven't included much in knitting content but not to worry, I have been very busy.  Since March I've been in "Baby Knitting Mode"!  I have so many ideas and Ravelry queues for patterns that I want to make. Last Sunday we had the baby shower so I can finally reveal all the knitting that I've been doing.

The first item was a knitting kit I bought in Va Beach after my 1/2 marathon this past fact, I knit a good portion of it on the ride home.

I didn't get a picture of it with the little pink buttons on it before I wrapped it....I guess I was too excited!

Such a sweet cardigan, not to mention it was a quick and easy knit!

Then there was THE ONE that I've held WAITED to knit for one of my kids when they announced they would become parents.  It was back in 2005 I volunteered with a natural dyeing program where we used indigo, osage orange and cochineal...then I "over -dyed" to get the additional colors of orange, purple and teal.

When I first saw Yarn Harlot knit this pattern I KNEW it was the one MUST knit for my grandbaby!!

....and I had the PERFECT yarn for it!

Tulips Cardigan

Then came the baby blanket...OH MY GOODNESS....what a slow knit!  The yarn kinda pooled a bit, which at first I wasn't happy with but it turned out well.

I did have to take a break halfway through for some "instant gratification knitting"

One of my co-workers was expecting a little girl (yes, I am speaking in past tense--Katherine Elaine was born just a over a week ago!  So I knit her these adorable Saartje's booties~~
Don't you just love the little "sunshine buttons"??

Then of course there was still MORE "Granddaughter Knitting" to be completed!  I made another pair of Saartje booties for her....     well as a bonnet.

Oh....this isn't the end by any means.  I have so many more project ideas that I don't think I'll ever knit for myself again! We are on the countdown till we finally get to meet her...and learn her name! 4 weeks to go!

There is this one special little girl that comes to the Y with her mom who has wrapped her little fingers around my heartstrings....she's been "grooming" me for Grandparent-hood!  I've knit for her too.
I used some of my handspun to knit these little soakers~~
Little Strawberry Soaker
I've been spinning too...I'll get some pics to post up soon. In the meantime....

Keep on Knittin' & Spinnin'!!!

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

The Best~~~

Saying "Good-Bye" is so hard to do....


Ace has been the best cat I've ever been owned by.  He's been with me through good and bad...I've taken really good care of him over the years but the last several months he has struggled greatly.  The time has come to let him go...I LOVE YOU ACE-MAN!!!

Friday, June 01, 2012

Happy Friday!

Just a pic from our camping trip last weekend.....

I found this hidden treasure while on a run--I love when this happens.

Keep on Knittin' & Spinnin'!!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

....really? REALLY??

Yup....more fiber has found a home!! 
 Back in February Hubby went to stay with his brother who was having took Hubby to visit a friend to get some wood for's friend gave hubby alpaca fiber....FOR FREE!!! Hubby brought home wood & fiber....two happy crafters here at The Coop! 

In early March I sent the fiber off to Ohio Valley Natural Fibers for processing. Yeah...that's one of those been there done that projects--I'd rather pay to have it processed now. This was only 2 of the 3 bags we were given (one red, black & white) I'll be packing the other bag up to send off in the next few weeks....obviously there's no rush or need for fiber to spin up!

This week it arrived back home. I wish you could feel this!!!!  It's truly yummy....

The fella who gave this to me had collected fiber from several shearings and only one of those did he have professionally, the rest he did himself with scissors!  SO...needless to say there was lots of waste but I did get back enough to make this gal giddy!!

I know what I'm going to be while camping over Memorial Day weekend!!

Keep on Knittin' & Spinnin'!!

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Leave It To Me...

Okay so this is still about my weekend...besides all the music to enjoy there were nearly 100 vendors at Merlefest.
And guess what I found almost immediately! 

Yep...booth selling fiber!!!  So the yarn/fiber diet suffers yet again!

Hubby found this one of a kind, REALLY cool mug~~

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Monday, April 30, 2012

Music Monday has been a while since I've posted "Music Monday" but since I'm still thinking about this past weekend I'll share one of the highlights of the trip...Husband and wife team--Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi--The Tedeschi Trucks Band!!!!!


Keep on Knittin' & Spinnin'!!!!

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Are You Experienced?

If I said the word "Sewerfest" -- what would come to mind? The first time my friend told me about this I was like "what--are you kidding me?" That was 3 years ago, this year we made the journey....and OH MY GOODNESS!!! 
.....and how many have heard of Merlefest? Hillside Album Hour?

Okay...let me start with Sewerfest.  My childhood friend's husband's family used to own the land that the Wilkesboro Water Treatment plant is on right now, but for the past 20 years or so it's been transformed into a 4 day campground for the Merlefest "festivarians" (heard that this weekend and thought it was a fun term to use). I know your first question would be about smell...I promise you there is NO odor whatsoever...well, except for the various foods cooking in camp.

Similar to the campground at the Galax Fiddlers Convention, there is music throughout camp...

Getting to the Merlefest site was easy as pie...they run shuttles from Sewerfest ALL day long and into the night.  Saturday morning we took the first bus to the festival and began staking out our spots...a tip passed on to me from my friend...this is our spot at the Doc & Merle Watson Stage were we wanted to see several bands but the big finale Saturday night was The Tedeschi Trucks Band!!!
BTW....there are 12 stages on the Wilkes Community College Campus--trying to see all those is impossible in one day!

In the meantime we saw many great bands there--

This is Assembly of Dust -- they were AWESOME!!!

This is the spot we staked out on The Hillside....for the Hillside Album Hour performed by The Waybacks.
OH MY GOODNESS....where do I even begin.  Well, being that this was our first experience (note I keep using that word) let me give you a bit of background here.  The Waybacks have played there for several years but in the past 4 years (I think) they perform a particular "album"--hence the "album hour"--they keep it a secret...leaving the audience in great suspense and speculation as to what they are going to do.  In years past they've done Led Zepplin, The Beetles and last year they did The Allman Bros "Eat A Peach" which I will add is FANTASTIC (yeah, I had to buy it there) YOU HAVE TO HEAR IT TO BELIEVE IT....they invite many Special Guests to come on stage with them to help out.

So, this year there was a Facebook Guessing Contest as to what the Album Hour was going to be, the band gives clues and leaves readers to guess.  I read many, many guesses from The Eagles to the Grateful Dead to Fleetwood one really knew.  They come out on stage--set up---and begin tuning and teasing the audience. 

(this pic is towards the end of the show but you can at least see ALL the band and Special Guests--Sam Bush, Jim Lauderdale Susan Tedeschi, Sarah Dugas and John Cowan)

OH...back to the teasing the audience...

The lead singer/guitarist for The Waybacks, James Nash kicks into Purple Haze --yes, THAT Jimi Hendrix tune!!  OH MY....the crowd, including me, goes nuts!!

Yes, they played the entire "Are You Experienced" album...and the Hillside Album Hour becomes 2 hours!!! 

I was so excited when Susan Tedeschi came out to sing with the other guests...

I didn't take my camera to the night concert but Hubby got some pics of the Tedeschi Trucks Band....they were FANTASTIC!!! Derek Trucks a phenom on the slide guitar!!!

There is so much to keep going on about but I think you get the picture...I'm still on Cloud Nine...and Yes, as for Sewerfest/Merlefest.....I AM EXPERIENCED!!! 

We are already making out plans for next year--and we are doing the entire 4 days next time!!!!

Keep on Knittin' & Spinnin'!!!

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Earth Day 2012

How do you celebrate?  I celebrate all year long....recycling, composting, planting and picking up litter when I see it...yes, if I don't have a bag I'll put it in the back of my truck and carry it home.  I even have been known while on a run to STOP and pick up trash laying just feet away from a trashcan!!!!  THAT is one of the things I don't understand about people...if you can carry it with you why the "H" can't you take it back with you?  I'm reminded of the commercial from the 70's that showed the Indian chief with the tear in his eye over all the litter...

Happy Earth Day!!

Keep on Knittin' & Spinnin'!!

Sunday, April 15, 2012


Thanks to Jess I've won an award!

Definition:   Liebster is a German word meaning favorite, dearest or beloved. The Liebster Blog Award is awarded by bloggers to other bloggers who have fewer than 200 followers, to help spread the word about their blogs and to help them gain wider recognition. 

So, here's the rules for the Liebster blog award:

1. Link back to the person who awarded it to you.  That would be Ms Bubbleknits herself, Jess!

2. Post the award to your blog...(steal the button from above)

3. Give the award to 5 bloggers with less than 200 followers.
     1-Robin @ For The Love Of Fiber -- One AWESOME lady!
     2-Dani @ Knit, Stitch, Click -- she's a knitter, weaver, quilter & seamstress
     3-Kim @ A Place Called Serendipity -- my FAVORITE cousin is an amazing artist
     4-Kimberly@ The Wheel & Distaff -- my friend for many years. 

...and last but not wonderful Hubby and his AMAZING talents!
     5-Jack @ Appalachian Flutes & Dulcimers

4. Leave a comment on their blogs to let them know that they've been offered this award.

5. List 5 random facts that people don't know about you.

    1-I'm a "motorhead" from way back...grew up at a dragstrip and love hotrod cars!
    2-I have recently (since Sept) become a swimmer, working with a coach to get good enough to compete.
    3-I'll try anything....EXCEPT for jumping out of a completely good airplane/bridge/rock (you get the picture).
    4-I'm not a hoarder but a serious pack-rat.  I do occasionally watch "Hoarders" and afterwards go throw stuff away!
    5-(this is really hard...I can't think of much I haven't told you over the years) I have discovered that I'm a yarn/coffee/wine/tequila snob!

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Saturday, April 14, 2012

The Fix

Today I spent a good portion of the day at the 2nd annual Olde Liberty Fiber Faire...and, of course, had a GREAT time. 

Seeing old friends and ooooogling over massive amounts of fiber and yarn!

Yarn from my pal, David, at Green Dragon Yarn & Fiber (RavLink)

Wool...Wool everywhere!!

Before you ask...yes I did fall off the "yarn diet" wagon's for the new Grandbaby you see!! 

Since we still don't know the sex of the baby yet I thought this would make a GREAT unisex baby blanket!  Don't you?

Keep on Knittin' & Spinnin'!!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Somethings Never Change....

Yep....he's still up to his old antics!  I set down my laptop to let the dogs outside and come back to find THIS~~

Dirty Ole Man....on the kitty porn sites!  You would think at 19 1/2 years old he would give up.

Maybe he just wanted to let everyone know he's still alive and kicking?!  I'll have to check my temp files to see what sites he was surfing!

Keep on Knittin' & Spinnin'!!!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012


Check it out...Birdsong is having a contest HERE.  Go on over and enter and tell her you saw it here!

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Monday, April 09, 2012

Spinning Spaghetti

OH know how when you start eating spaghetti it tends to grow?  You eat and eat and the bowl/plate never seems to empty....

Well, that's what spinning this merino feels like!  This started as a 3 1/2 lb fleece I bought...the processing was so labor intensive that I sent it off to Ohio Valley Natural Fiber for processing. When this "beehive" arrived--I just love it.
The fleece had a lot of trash in it and so there is still small bits that I have to pick out as I spin it...not too bad but just enough to slow the spinning process. 

I decided to pull off portions to at least make it feel as though I'm "getting somewhere" with the massive amount I have ahead of me.
Just a mind game I have to play but it really didn't work too well, cause I knew that I had more to spin.

Yes, I am spinning it as gossamer...that doesn't help matters much huh?

I filled 2 bobbins and decided to go ahead and ply them...

From my calculations I have 600+ yds of 2ply yarn in this skein.  It tells me that it wants to be a shawl...maybe dyed!  But what color???

Now I just have to spin something else for a change of pace.  Oh...the decisions I have to make from the stash....wool, silk, alpaca??!!

This weekend the Olde Liberty Fiber Faire is taking place this Saturday (4/14/2012).  I'm going to take my wheel and knitting for some quality time with my fiber friends.  Anybody else gonna go?

Keep on Knittin' & Spinnin'!!!

Sunday, April 08, 2012

Happy Easter!

******GOOD NEWS******

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Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Hoppin' Down The Bunny Trail.....

As always I prefer to make my gifts and with two new "granddaughters" and a VERY special niece I needed to find something to make for Easter that they would appreciate. 

I made my niece, Maggie, one of the bunnies some years ago and she's treasured it - so I had to make her the Sheepie!

Their names?

Now, I can't wait till Sunday when I can give them to their new "people"!!

Keep on Knittin' & Spinnin'!!

Monday, April 02, 2012


Yesterday's post lead me to find this news story...

Yeah....I'm crying again!

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Sunday, April 01, 2012

Long Shots...

This morning I watched one of my FAVORITE movies (yeah, I have a lot of them) but with the Kentucky Derby just on the horizon this one was appropriate. I have yet to watch it that I don't have tears streaming down my face. 
Secretariat was a Virginia horse...a long shot that only a handful of people had faith in but accomplished a feat that NO HORSE has been able to do in 34 years! Will we have a Triple Crown Winner this year?

Back in 2008 Hubby and I visited the Kentucky Horse Park...yeah, I had to see this statue!

 Check out this video and relive this horse's amazing race.

This year I'm giving serious thought to having a Kentucky Derby Party...with hats and watch the Derby, just seems like a lot of fun.  Besides it's Son #2's birthday--his last one in the 20's!  Has anyone else ever attended or thrown a Derby party?  Tips and pointers are welcome!!

So....did anyone else play the lottery Friday?  I've NEVER bought one...till Friday.  As difficult has times have been lately I figured what the heck...I can let go of $1 for a VERY slim chance.  There were 5 winning tickets matching all 6 numbers--and 1 ticket that matched 5 numbers to the tune of $250,000.  It was sold right here in the valley....guess who bought that ticket!?


I NEVER win anything so I'm sure you really believed that one!

I'll have some FO's to post up in a few days...made bunnies & sheep for the kids in the family waiting for them to dry so I can stuff them.
Also working on some spinning....

Keep on Knittin' & Spinnin'!!

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Yet Another Edition....

...of "What a Runner Sees" -- yeah, I know it's been a while since I've made one of these posts but I think last weekend's festivities gave me LOTS of subject matter!!

This is the 8K race that took place on Saturday...many of the costumes were hilarious!  There was one guy running completely dressed as a leprechaun with a teddy bear strapped to his back!

I've said it before and I'll say it again...this is one of the MOST fun races ever, simply because everyone really gets into the spirit of things and makes it one big party....or maybe a circus atmosphere? 

A couple of my running friends were there...I simply texted them and said "look for me...I'll be the one wearing green!"

EVERYWHERE you looked there was something/someone to see with a CrAzY costume/hat/hair to see...I think the fella to the left had ALL three down to a science.  He even included the race sponsor "Yuengling" to his wardrobe.

Then there were all different types of "beer hats" (mine happened to be metallic) ---


I didn't get pics of all of them but one that sticks out in my race was a HUGE banner stretched across someones front yard that said "Tight butts drive us nuts"---
Headed back to the finish line there were plenty that said "Beer ahead" "Hurry Beer is chilled" -- but the one that kept me going was on the back of the 2:15 pace runner I followed. 

Red solo cup, I fill you up
Let's have a party, let's have a party
I love you red solo cup, I lift you up,
Proceed to party, proceed to party

....and in his hand he carried a Red Solo cup! 

Speaking of party--

While enjoying my cool beverage I happened to look over and notice tulle sticking out of a port-o-potty...I took the picture thinking that someone had just caught their tu-tu and ripped it...if I had waited only a few seconds more I would have caught a very large man walking out of the potty wearing the tu-tu!!  HILARIOUS!!!

Dolphins played just off shore...

...while King Neptune kept watch over the party!!

Keep on Knittin' & Spinnin'!!!!