Friday, July 16, 2010

18th Century Reenacting

I finally had a weekend off! (last weekend) and I got to go to a reenactment! Which is like my favorite hobby ... except for knitting! Luckily this weekend I got to sit at a craft tent and meld my two favorite things!

The event was "The Escape from Wyoming." I'm not going to go into the history of my unit or the Battle however lets just say it wasn't a smashing win for the home team. However in the end Cornwallis surrendered and the United State was born! Go USA! :) I took more pictures than I have at any event in years and I'm posting them just for all of you! :)

The event took place on a farm in NEPA and the view of the battle field with the mountain in the distance was EXCELLENT! I wish I could have done it justice!

This is my friend Linda's sutlery. She sells homemade soaps, teas, oils and jewelry. Here stuff is awesome and very much helps in making sure I don't stink to badly.
My friend Dave is the best carpenter I have EVER met! I love that he can work with 19th century tools and make beautiful things. This weekend he made a table and a candle box. I am jealous I can't even cut fabric straight!
Of course some of the guys had to stop and talk shop.

Me knitting! And of course I have sun glasses on. I hate being in the sun! They help a little bit! You are looking at the knee sock that i started got like 6 inches completed on and promptly ripped out! :(
My friends Donna and Kim. Donna is carding wool and Kim is spinning. Can we talk about how jealous I am!? I want a wheel so badly!
At the events my unit hosts my friend Donna has gotten in the habit of having a ladies tea while the boys are out making noise with there guns. Here is how that looked! :) Donna invented the tea sandwiches I made at the Pride and Prejudice tea and we had them again here. They are ALWAYS a big hit!

My little brother and my Daddy looking a little over heated but def. having a good time!
Garrett getting a face of black war paint. He is truly frightening when he goes out as an indian. You would never know he was the sweet kid who has been protecting me since he was 3.

This is a photo of the British camp. I really liked how it looked. We were up the hill from them, and after the battle the boys came and hung there regimentals over there tents and for some reason I really enjoy how it looked! :)

Thats all I've got for today. My family has been in for a week for a family reunion and I haven't had the time to knit. And now I'm working at my friends yarn store this weekend and the air conditioning is broken. And I have a terrible time making my yarn work when my hands are sweating!

Monday, July 5, 2010

So I have a Cookie A. addiction that is no reason to judge!

I finished the socks that i started the second week of June Cookie A.'s "Cubist" socks. I absolutely LOVE the pattern. It was easy and quick. I used Koigu Merino sock for them. I bought the yarn a Knitty City in NYC when I was there for my birthday trip. If you ever have the chance to go to her store you will be amazed at the sheer volume she can fit in that store. It is also kinda overwhelming and fun to dig through all the bins and not know what your going to get. I also have to say that the yarn stores in NYC are A LOT busier than any I've even been to! I love the yarn. Something about the colors makes me think of a fairytale. I love it!! I went up a half a size as I always do with Cookies socks. I like it when they go around my abnormally large legs! Luckily I had enough yarn, it was a concern when I was finishing the first sock I literally had like 10 feet left in each of the skeins so I just barely made it. Stupid big feet.
While knitting these socks I signed up to test knit for Cookie A.'s new book. NEVER EVER thinking that I would be one of the chosen few, however I WAS! :) I was chosen to knit "Lissajous." And I'm making them for my friend Bernadette. Since we have to knit to the pattern and only have a week to do it in. So I'm using a 1.5 needle (which is what is called for) and I'm making them for a size 7.5 foot (much smaller than my size 11 boat feet!) I'm using a really pretty Louet Gems that I also bought as Knitty City. (OK so I went crazy, it was a birthday trip don't judge me!)
I'm not going to lie. Test knitting is harder than I thought it would be. I mean I literally couldn't figure out how many stitches to cast on! lol But I've got some great support from the other knitters and Cookie herself (is it wrong that I want to bow to her greatness and beg her to come to String Thing Shop?!?!?) have been a great help! I'm worried about not finishing in time because let me tell you this is a CRAZY cabled sock! and it was a holiday weekend! But I've got 20 rows left till the leg is done and I can start the heel. So fingers crossed I don't let anyone down!

Even though I generally don't like to knit cabled socks (Lazy!) these are coming out great. The yarn isn't something I'm likely to buy again, it is a little hairy for me. (Does that make sense?!) But wow the affect on the sock! I can't wait to give them to Bern for Christmas. I just wish I didn't have to wait so long!
Update on the shawl I'm working on. Beading is a very SLOW process. Mostly because I can only work on it when I'm at home in front of my computer. But its moving. Actually i'm lying it is sitting in its bag waiting for me to finish the cookie sock. I can't work on anything till thats done! (I will be a good girl! No matter how hard it is on me!)