Md Sheep and Wool 2019

I made my 5th appearance at the Maryland Sheep and Wool this year – and it went much better for me than last year. Last year I was dealing with bad bursitis below my right knee and it made walking miserable. I think it was so bad I was on crutches. I also was prepare with some Claratin so no sinus infection for me! Yey!

So this year – much better. Kate and I once again roomed at the B-L Hacienda and had a fabulous time, as usual. Kate made her homemade pizza, which has now become the standard dish as these North Shore Knit-Outs (NSKO).

MB worked on a pair of self-spotting socks while KL finished up a few projects (socks and her current baby sweater*). I continued on with the Toscaig shawl I’m knitting for a friend. If you’re on Ravelry, you can find the pattern/picture there.

Usually I get bored with large projects, but this shawl is knit modularly, and each module is different than the one before in yarn, pattern and size, so it keeps my attention really well. I suspect it will go fairly quickly until I get to the edging which is knit on sideways (perpendicular) to the main shawl body. Let’s just say I now have 448 stitches on the needles and will have to knit double that amount in rows to knit the edging. Can you say bbbbooooooooooooooring! I can!

Currently reading: The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper by Phaedra Patrick. Highly recommend! If you like books like The 600 Hours of Edward or Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine or even A Man Called Ove, then you would like this one.


* KL’s husband is one of the most social people I know. Give the fact that he knows approximately 2.45 million people and their spouses and children, it’s no wonder she is constantly knitting baby sweaters! 🙂

Airports in Winter

Probably the worst time to visit Chicago is in winter. Winter storms are so unpredictable and you can never tell when or if weather is going to impact travel. On Monday, I was supposed to fly from O’Hare to Atlanta at 5:15 PM. When I bought the tickets, I decided to treat myself for once and fly first class. I had an opportunity to leave Chicago prior to my 5:15 departure but there were 2 things impeding that opportunity.

  1. When you try to book a seated change on the same day as your flight, you get charged $75. Since I had already paid an arm and a leg for the FC tickets, this was an unreasonable amount to me.
  2. If I flew standby and therefore avoided the $75 charge, I would have to give up the FC status. This was also unacceptable to me seeing as how I paid an arm and a leg for FC tickets.

So I was stuck with the 5:15 departure. The good news was that while all the other flights were experiencing slight delays, my flight was posted as On Time all afternoon. Until.

The flight leaving my gate before mine was to NYC. The flight right across the hall was also to NYC. Since both flights were delayed, there was mass confusion about which flight was which. That was problem number one.

The larger problem was a young man who was traveling with his mother and three small children. Small enough that one was an infant. Apparently no one had thought to inform the airline, nor had anyone at the airline caught the fact that his ticket did not say “Infant in Arms” on his ticket, until he tried to board, that is. The problem is that all persons must be accounted for, including infants. So the ticket agents couldn’t let him board until his ticket had the appropriate wording. The computer, however, was not cooperating. It took them 25 minutes AFTER the entire plane had boarded to get the ticket straightened out.

During this time, my flight had landed. They sat on the tarmac for 40 minutes until someone decided to route them to another gate. Then it took time for them to get to the gate and deboard.

Needless to say, my flight was delayed. 🙂 Oh well, what is life without adventures, right?

NSKO Winter 2018


I had a lovely time in Chicago last weekend – minus the negative degree temps. I made some progress on the poncho for Niece #2 and have the cable patterns down. Kate is doing well and had started a new square on her American Afghan blanket and MB had started a new sweater.


We also had HS and TR over for a knitting afternoon on Sunday and it was good to see them! TR is just about finished with a fabulous Packers scarf that she’s been working on for 3 years and HS was working on a baby blanket with a really fabulous color of a muted pea green.

Kate surprised MB and I with tickets to Second City (the premier training “school” for improv comedy) and then a lovely dinner and pie afterwards.

Other than that, it was just food, talk, laughter and knitting. A wonderful way to spend a long weekend!


The tradition of the NSKO

For nearly a decade, ever since Marylin moved, the three of us, Kate, Marylin and myself, have intentionally carved out weekends here and there to knit. Now that I’m in Georgia, the coordination will be a little more challenging. But, next weekend, over the MLK holiday, we will resume the NSKO tradition! Woohoo!

NSKO stands for North Shore Knit Out and is a phrase I coined some time ago. While Kate and I lived “up north” of Chicago, it wasn’t “technically” the North Shore of Chicago, but it was close enough. This year Kate has moved into the city, so it will be technically correct this year.

I can’t wait to be awed by Kate and Marylin’s projects, be fed by Kate who is a most excellent cook, and just relax and knit. With a few adventures tucked away in there, I’m sure.

So, you may be wondering what I’m working on these days? Well, niece #2 has asked for a poncho – actually, she’s been asking for over a year now, so I figure I gotta make good on that request at some point. Better to do it now while she is small…. 🙂

I’m also working on a long scarf/shawl from my favorite designer, Ysolda. If you’ve never seen her work, look her up. Her designs are pretty, but what is amazing about her is the techniques she uses. They produce some stunning needlework. I’ll have pictures for you next weekend…

In the meantime, stay warm and knit!

Planning for a move…

I’ve been very busy over the last few months preparing for a move back to the Atlanta area. One of the blessing in this process was getting the opportunity to destash. I ended up donating 3 kitchen-size garbage bags to a friend, who took what she wanted and then gave the rest to the community center in her town. She was actually amazed at some of the yarn I chose to donate and was very excited by some of it. Honestly, I thought most of the yarn I gave away was the cheap stuff, so I guess I can now say I’m a yarn-snob. Yeah, I didn’t see that one coming, did you? 😉

Anyway,  I have the vast majority of my possessions in storage right now, including my spinning wheel. On a side note, I had a conversation with a moving company last week about costs and one of the “special” items I put down was the spinning wheel – primarily because it doesn’t have a box to go in, I simply have it wrapped up and bagged to keep the dust and dirt off of it. The woman on the other end of the line had to ask what a spinning wheel was. … I was a little aghast, but I quickly recovered and explained what it is – I’m always happy to teach someone about anything related to knitting!

Yesterday a friend asked me what I was working on since most of my stuff is in storage. I have a few projects out and am actively knitting. First, I have a cute little baby sweater in cotton I’m knitting up for my pastor and his wife who are expecting their second child. Then I have one scarf and 2 shawls on the needles. I think those should get me through the next few months – nothing too complicated.

So, that’s just a quick catch-up of where I am in life and with knitting. What about you? What are you working on?

A new season has begun

I can’t believe it has been over a year since I made that last post about seasons. A LOT has happened to me since. For starters, I finished up my MDIV degree at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (TEDS for short). The class I took last fall was *very* challenging and consumed most of my waking/non-working hours. Needless to say I passed (with an A-, of which I am most proud). I also had to finish two semesters of a part-time internship, both of which were done this year. I’ve had a very, very busy year.

But that has passed, I am finished with *all that* and ready for a new chapter in my life. One of them being the fact that I now have TRAVEL TIME to take DURING a semester – something I’ve never had before. Oh me, oh my, where, o where will I go? Let me tell you.

First up is a weekend trip to mid-state New York where I will be spending the weekend in a cabin…at least the nights will be in the cabin. During the day, however, I will be attending the New York Sheep and Wool Festival…otherwise known simply as Rhinebeck* in the kniterly world. KL and MB have agreed to go and the three of us couldn’t be more excited! Rhinebeck is like the Mecca pilgrimage that every knitter dreams of.

Second up will be a trip to England to visit my dear friend JS, who moved back to England after a very long hiatus. She sent me a video today she shot of some sheep grazing in a pasture…right along the walking path she walks every day. 🙂

On the needles right now is a vast plethora of projects. I just finished a little baby sweater for D&SPs first child. I found the cutest little elephant head buttons. I totally forgot to take a picture, though. Epic fail.

I’m also working on a second project for them and will take this with me to Rhinebeck as my go-to project. But I will be taking the shawl for SEP that I started a year ago. Thankfully I’m almost done. And I will be taking another shawl project, you know, just in case I decide the first two make me bored. And, just because I will need something small to carry, I’ll be taking the socks along.

The one thing I’m looking for at Rhinebeck is a spinning wheel. I’m not sure that I will purchase one, but I will be earnestly looking. I’ve been saving up for one for some time now, but to be honest, decent ones cost upwards of $700 or more, and I haven’t saved *that* much money. But we’ll see. You never know what will be found. Case in point, KL and I went to the Wisconsin Sheep and Wool Festival last month and a vendor was selling a wheel for a friend who only wanted $300 for it – and it was a decent wheel. So you never know. But I won’t be disappointed if I come home empty handed. I’m just really looking forward to the experience of Rhinebeck more than anything else. And knitting with KL and MB. I’ve missed our weekend knit-outs.


I firmly believe that everything in life has it’s season: there are seasons for school, work, raising kids, being grandparents. For some reason, I’ve had a season of not being interested in knitting. I’m not sure why. I think that this last spring semester was so overwhelmingly busy that I didn’t have time for knitting. And now, now that I have the time, I still have not had any interest. This is partly because I’ve been busy exploring a new passion of mine, my Midori Traveler’s Notebook and all the inserts that can be made for it. A Midori is simply a leather cover in which you can have any number of inserts for any number of reasons. I use mine as my main planner system. But for some reason this “system” is fascinating to me.

So here I am, with a new calendar system and a loss of knitting appetite. Until yesterday. Yesterday I was asked to help interpret a pattern and I got onto Ravelry to look something up…and wham! I started seeing patterns and stuff again…and I’m getting the bug back.

Be patient with me…I’ll be back to my knitterly norm soon. 🙂