Thursday, February 14, 2008

A Warm Glow

We've decided to forego any kind of VD dinner so we can just spend some time here at home with the kiddies - maybe we'll order pizza? The best Valentine's Day ever!

Feb 13th is the anniversary of the day that Gerry actually fell in love with me (I held out for another week or so...) so it's a sweet time for us. I fixed him some chicken, he was won over! Maybe I'll just make him chicken tonight...

While at the Pittsburgh Knit & Crochet Out, I ran into a friend of a friend (Annie Adams - she makes the most beautiful jewelry and knitting notions) and she gifted me with some knitting accoutrement to use in a new design.

And the earrings - well, I'm totally in love with them. Hannah immediately noticed them at the airport, which made me feel very - well, oddly special and quite "hip" (as the kids say these days, "dawg"...)

It's very inspiring stuff, and - having just received the IK Winter Themes and a box of Vermont O-Wool for another design - I'm in inspiration heaven!

I had such a wonderful time with my cousin - it's such a delight to spend time with her! Aside from being one of the kindest folks I know, she's funny and we get each other's jokes - we have the same sense of humor.

After her chemo (not radiation - I misspoke in my previous blog post) she was feeling good enough to have lunch so we met her sister in law and laughed and laughed all through lunch!

Another cousin (My dad's sisters' daughter, who - because of our odd family and my mom's late childbearing years - is more like an aunt) joined us and we laughed some more. I think in my few days there I was able to stop by and visit with just about everyone with whom I still have some kind of tie - that would be 4 - but mostly I got to spend some time with my cousin.

I spent a lot of time on this trip photographing the ground.

I took photos of my parents markers at the Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Parkersburg.

Everything was snow covered, but I found their graves immediately.

My mom's looks so - bare - compared to all the info that's on my dad's. I'm wishing now I would have put "Mother, Wife, Daughter, Aunt, Patriot..." or something like that on hers.

Then I found some beautiful street bricks in Marietta (pre-asphalt all the streets were like this in town) I found a place where I could get a shot of all 4 types of bricks. Yes, I'm a very exciting person with whom to spend time.

During one of our long drives to Marietta I casually mentioned that I'd read a few years ago about an outbreak of "Mad Squirrel Disease" in Kentucky - a series of symptoms they'd traced to the eating of Squirrel brains. We were smug.

In WV there's a totally unearned superior attitude about Kentucky... I'm sure it goes both ways.

And - how often does THIS happen in a week - I just turned on the radio to hear a live national show from LA discussing the same thing. Once again, my finger is firmly on the pulse of the Squirrel eating nation.

The drive up to Pittsburgh felt long - but I gauged the gas perfectly and as I pulled into the rental garage the "Low Fuel" light came on. I hate doing the pre-pay and then returning the tank full.

I slept more on the flight than I usually do, resting. Rest is very good. And knitting a little, and taking photos of the scary snow out the window. And I read.

And then the kids - the husband - all at the airport and all wonderful!

Knit Out

This weekend is the Great American Knit Out at the Mall of America. I'm doing a free demo on Combination Knitting at 11:00 on Saturday (by the Sears, where America Knits) and - perhaps - competing in the fastest knitter. They don't make it easy to figure out the times for that competition...

If you'll be near Bloomington, I'd love to see you! If it's a really big crowd I'll probably just stand and yell at people, that should be amusing...


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Blogger Trishwah said...

Your finger on the pulse of the squirrel-eating nation, eh? Have you seen this?

BTW, I was in your combo knitting class this past Saturday and I absolutely loved it. I plan to start including it in my repertoire. It didn't feel right on the seed stitch baby blanket I have going on straights. I'll have to start plotting a more combo knit friendly project.

February 14, 2008 12:22 PM  
Anonymous Marie said...

I knew I remembered about mad squirrel disease. My hubby who is a redneck country boy keeps saying I am crazy. Thats why I won't eat squirrel, even though he says its tasty.

February 14, 2008 12:36 PM  
OpenID kmkat said...

I think I'm doing Combination Knitting so I'll try to stop by Saturday to say hi and to check. (It was too much trouble for lazy me to follow detailed instructions so I just changed my style of wrapping the yarn around the needle and it seems to work. Knit and purl rows are identical, yippee!)

February 14, 2008 12:46 PM  
Blogger Julie said...

I really love Annie Adams' work and am lucky enough to live close to Buffalo and visit it in person at the Neighborhood Collective.
Check it out on your next trip to Buffalo!

February 14, 2008 1:15 PM  
Blogger songbird3178 said...

I'm very excited about your demo on Saturday! I've read Confessions of a Knitting Heretic and keep thinking about giving it a try but haven't yet. Hopefully seeing it in person will help.

February 14, 2008 1:15 PM  
Blogger Chelsea said...

I would love to go to Knit Out and see your demo. I just taught myself to carry the yarn in my left hand and purling in the combined way was what I naturally wanted to do.

Maybe next year I can make it to Knit Out. I will be living in the Twin Cities area by then!

February 14, 2008 1:32 PM  
Blogger Brandy said...

If you're doing pizza tonight - get the Papa Murphy's heart-shaped pizza, it's our Valentine's Day tradition. Also - love the blog!

February 14, 2008 3:12 PM  
Blogger Kay said...

Annie, you just crack me up. Think we're related?????

Love the earrings!

February 14, 2008 9:13 PM  
Blogger Clumsy Knitter said...

Annie, you Make My Day!


February 14, 2008 11:04 PM  
Blogger Joanne said...

I grew up in Virginia. We had jokes about BOTH West Virginia and Kentucky. Imagine my horror when my parents bought a vacation place in Berkeley Springs (WVA) and I moved to KY. Sadly, the mad squirrel disease, blue people, and Hatfield-McCoy stories are all true. I'm not sure if this makes me laugh or cry!

February 15, 2008 9:54 AM  
Blogger KJ said...

Those earrings are quite fabulous!

February 15, 2008 6:15 PM  
Anonymous twinsetellen said...

Have fun at Knit-Out, Annie. I won't make it this year - just home from Korea and got the jet lag pretty bad. But I hope we cross paths soon.

When we lived in VA about 30 miles from the WV border, it cracked us up to hear the locals bad mouth West Virginians. What did they think, an arbitrary border really made their DNA different?

My husband is from WV, and we can verify that there is good and bad on both sides of the border, just as you will find anywhere.

February 15, 2008 10:01 PM  
Anonymous Barb said...

I bet being with your cousin and other relatives was a good spirit booster! I know when I get with mine and we laugh like crazy it is the best time ever!

Wish you would come to Rochester NY sometime....

February 16, 2008 12:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I could not believe the crowd at MOA today for the knitting event...good timing on my part leaving via the Sears store and passing by as you started your demo ... it was as if your blog came to life with your husband there and your kids video taping your presentation from the 2nd floor!!! ... loved the over-sized knitting needles and you as a combination knit stitch!!! My only complaint - they should provide amplification of some type for you and give each of you your own area to demo...a bit unfair for you to have to "throw" your voice over two other demos in attition to all the noise at MOA ... by the way, the headband you had on ... it looked fabulous ... I couldn't see if it were knit and if so, is there a pattern???? - Sue

February 16, 2008 2:03 PM  
Anonymous Colleenmom2four said...

Annie - As a long time combination knitter, (not just combination but there is some kind of very long name for the way I knit) anyways, as you are well aware when combination knitters run into shall we say "interesting" stitch patterns we have to make modifications to the directions to make the stitch work. I am currently working with a pattern which has a diagonal twist in both directions, i can do the left to right twist just fine but the right to left twist i am having problems with. HELP!!! if you would :)

Thanks in advance


February 17, 2008 6:06 AM  
Blogger Marti Knits in SF said...

Annie - After getting over some of my own health situations and back on the computer I was able to catch back up with your blog. It was so wonderful to read and feel your excitment about getting back into designing. I was especially excited to hear about your expanding the sizing and fiber selection of some of your patterns. Being a full figured gal who loves knitting I often have to pass on beautiful designs because I'm still too novice to get into upsizing. Any reading material suggestions to expand my skills? Ever thought about writing more about that in a future book or self published pamphlet? Last question - When are you coming to California? (BTW mid 40's - 50's in San Fran) Blessed be you and yours.

February 17, 2008 1:43 PM  

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