Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Long Weekend (over)

The long weekend wrapped up nicely; the first BBQ was attended, the first walk around Lake of the Isles was walked and there was lots of relaxing.

It sure did go fast.

Apparently I don't take as many photos as I used to though.  I'll work on that.

I tried washing my door/window to the balcony although I can't decide if it's better or worse than it was before.  The Kat inspired me; she did mention it's a much easier job with two but alas I am only one dashing from inside to out and back in again.  Oh well.  Perhaps I will work on it some more ... perhaps not.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Long Weekend (so far)

The long weekend is upon us, it's stopped raining and all is well. We've returned to the Farmers Market; as always they have great stuff for the kids to do:

We found a lone bat sleeping through it all.

There were honey people with an amazing vehicle.

I found a mistake in the mink stole, ripped out over a dozen rows and have re-knit what I've lost ... the weekend isn't even over so that means I will end up ahead, and without the mistake I couldn't live with.

Life is good :)

Monday, May 23, 2016

Saturday Entertainment

I went to the Little Free Library Festival at Minnehaha Falls on Saturday with a buddy. It was a beautiful day to be walking around the falls and there were many books to look at, and LFLs but I guess the best part for me was the dogs because that's all I took pictures of:

Thing One and Thing Two were the best.

This one was just silly.

I also finally went to see The Book of Mormon which was very good. I knew it was going to be irreverent but was nonetheless a little surprised by just how profane it was.

We went to lunch before the show which turned out to be a brunch buffet.  I guess checking out the menu before you go does not ensure a well-founded decision.  Oh well.  The show was good and the company great.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Volunteering and Knitting and Volunteering

I volunteered for The Guild at Shepherd's Harvest yesterday. It was fun to see all the pretties, and talk with people about the awesomeness of knitting.   I did not purchase yarn but I did purchase a couple of things. Tools, bags and gifts are not part of the yarn diet.  Because I said so and I make the rules :)

This bag came with a gift purchase.  I will keep the bag because I don't have enough bags...

All three of my African violets are in bloom.  I don't believe this has ever happened before.  The two pinks are actually very different pinks, even though it doesn't look like it in the photo.

I decided to full this shawl because it was growing into an unmanageable size.  It turned out really nice.

The mink stole has officially been started.  Now all I have to figure out is how she means to make two out of three stitches.  I'm feeling like I should put it away because I'm sure it's simple but I can't figure it out at the moment.

I finished the socks that inspired me to learn the Fish Lips Kiss Heel.  I have a second pair over halfway done with both FLK heels complete.  I'm really glad I learned the technique because I always hated seeing beautiful patterning ruined with pooling at heel time.  Problem solved.

The blankie is coming along nicely, and Chelsea gave me a ton of yarn.   There should be leftover leftovers which, if no one else is making a leftover sock yarn blanket when I finish, Girl-Child will be happy to have, I'm sure.

I also volunteered at the downtown library today, as I normally do on Sundays.  There was a problem patron who became violent and was taken out of the building in handcuffs.   I'm glad I don't work in a public library :(

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Pink Martini

I went to see Pink Martini last night with a friend.  They put on a great show.  It was enjoyable on so many different levels .... I love the eclectic music, I enjoy getting out, I haven't been to Orchestra Hall in decades ...

I used to go to Orchestra Hall pretty regularly, when I was in high school and actively playing flute, piccolo and oboe.  I got to see James Galway and Jean Pierre Rampal, among others.  That aspect of my life fell by the wayside at some point.  If I remember right, the last time I was at Orchestra Hall was to see the newly rediscovered score to the movie Battleship Potemkin played by the Minnesota Orchestra while the movie showed.  This was in the mid 1980s, before Perestroika.  It was a big event.

In other news, Yarnover was last weekend.  A good time was had and Rose the Gypsy helped me get all of my yarn cataloged into stash on Ravelry.  She also encouraged me to start my mink stole which would involve using the yarn I bought last year at Yarnover.

Cataloging stash is a reality check like no other.  I did not buy yarn at Yarnover this year.

Above is the Yarn Door at Needlework Unlimited, a favorite store I will try to resist visiting as I work on reducing that stash.