Goodies (#5 of 30)

Can you believe it? Here it is, Guy Fawkes Day, and I’m still on track! Whoo hooo!

Today’s post is brought to you by request of Sweet Connie of the Dual Personality. She requested pictures of my goodies from Vogue Knitting Live, so here you go.

These are stitch markers I picked up at Knitifacts. The red and black ones will be used on my knitting. The sheep, fish, and pumpkin are being worn as pendants on black cord.

Next up is the Koigu. Don’t remember which vendor I purchased it from, but they had lots of yummy Koigu. I’ll be (eventually) making a Barn Raising Quilt (Ravel it!) using all Koigu, and 72 skeins of it to be exact, so I’ve been collecting single skeins of colors when I find them. 

And as a “just because” present, my friend and fellow Yarnivore Alyson bought me this shawl pin I was eyeing.

It has an antique chinese coin and a small elephant hanging from the end.

Finally, and unpictured, was some SOAK that I purchased from the SOAK booth. I was getting low, and I like the unscented stuff for washing and blocking knitted gifts, as people can be very sensitive to smells. I also picked up a 10-pack of the scented SOAK, as I wanted to try it and see if I like it for my wools.

That’s it! That’s all I purchased! There were lots of yummy yarns (including bison!), but I had barely unpacked from The WEBS trip where I had purchased all the yarns in all the land, so the thought of buying MORE yarn was just ridiculous. I made an exception for m BRQ project, but that doesn’t count. LOL. 

Lynda the Guppy
aka Fish With Sticks
aka All My Money Is Tied Up In Yarn 



My Mom Is…

…A good sister to her two siblings…

…A total BEAR at times…

…An amazing mom to her “real” kid (hint: Me)…

…and to her “Other” kids…

…An amazing quilter…

…A wonderful friend/dancer/instigator/troublemaker/abler and abetter to her “Nursing friends”…

A supportive aunt to her niece and nephews…

…A world traveller…

…the strongest, toughest person I know. And as of today, another year older. Happy birthday, Mom. I love you, and am so glad you’re here.

Lynda the Guppy
aka Fish With Sticks
aka A Very Grateful Daughter 

Pretend It’s Yesterday (#3 of 30)

Day 3 and I’m already behind. But I’m going to post two posts today, and there might be a little backdating, so we’ll say I’m all caught up. Okay? Okay. 

When last we left our Knitterly Adventures I was headed to Vogue Knitting Live. I know a lot of people had a ton of fun there, and really, I did, too, but I felt there were a LOT of problems with the event, and I know I would never volunteer again for either Vogue or the event company running it. And that’s all I’m going to say here. Right now, I’m going to focus on the fun I had that day…

My fellow Yarnivores Alyson and Wendy also volunteered, so on Saturday we all trekked down to Century City and found our posts. I was at the the table right as you walked into the marketplace. I loved that spot. I could sit and people watch all day. In fact, even though I took knitting, I only knit a few rows before I was back to people watching.

They had all sorts of cool displays around the marketplace. Like this “creature.”

Fancy some “knitted” glass?

Are you a Zombie? How about some Braaaaains…

My table was right by this GORGEOUS machine-knit dress. Really spectacular. You would be AMAZED how many people leaned OVER the velvet ropes and reached PAST the “DO NOT TOUCH!” signs to TOUCH. THE. DRESS. *sigh* There was a lot of “Please don’t touch!” heard at my table. You would also be amazed at how many people got cranky about hearing it.

“It’s okay. I’m a knitter.” Yes, but you’re not the knitter who knit the dress, so please don’t touch.

“It’s at a knitting convention. It’s SUPPOSED to be touched.” Not according to the TWO SIGNS you’re standing in front of. Please don’t touch.

“But it’s only machine knit. It’s not like it’s HAND knit.” It’s an art piece. Please don’t touch.

“If I’m not supposed to touch, then you really should put up signs or something.” Ma’am. Take one step back, and then look down. See the sign you were pressed against? The one that says “Please do not touch”? That would be the one we placed to make sure people Did. Not. Touch. So please…do not touch.

Still, the dress WAS gorgeous. 

And finally, the best part of the day? I got to meet Franklin Habit! I went to his seminar about historical knitting patterns and had a blast. I learned a lot about them, and now I want to find some and knit them. LOL. Crazy, I know, but I’m just that kind of crazy knitter. He was charming and gracious and VERY funny. Sadly, he didn’t bring Harry. Happily, he also didn’t bring Dolores. Can you imagine the havoc?! Oh, and what you don’t see is how dashing he looks in his kilt. 

So problems with the event aside, I had a ton of fun and met up with old friends I hadn’t seen in a while, and made new friends I hope to see again. I saw lots of pretty yarns and picked up some wonderful glass stitch markers and some very pretty Koigu for a project I’m collecting yarn for. All in all, a good time was had.

Knit on!
Lynda the Guppy
aka Fish With Sticks 

Knitterly Adventures (#2 of 30)

This summer I’ve had a few Knitterly Adventures. I was going to put them all in today’s post, but…hey! I’ve got 28 more days to go! I’m gonna drag this puppy out as far as it’ll go. LOLOL.

One of the things I did this summer was take a trip to WEBS. Oh. My. God. WEBS. This was the entrance to heavennirvana…the store…

And unlike last time, it wasn’t 107 degrees with a non-knitter and two dogs waiting for me in the car. I had all the time in the world, as I was with a crocheter (mom) and another knitter. We spent way too much there, but oh was it worth it. The Madelinetosh alone. *swoon* And the Noro! On sale! BAGS of Noro!

If you’ve never been to the wonder that is WEBS, here are pictures of the inside. The place is so big, I had to take two pictures. And that doesn’t show the back room. And by “room” I mean “warehouse-like cavernous space full of yarn.”

Here’s the left side…

…and the right side…

Mom and I also went to an Alpaca farm. The people at Marlee Farm Alpacas were wonderful! Very friendly and informative, and best of all we got to walk among the alpacas! And even feed them! That’s mom’s hand, by the way. I talked her into going with me, and she had just as much fun as I did. 

She had no idea how cute they were up close until we went. 

I mean, seriously…How cute are they? And they were all very friendly and sweet and willing to let us pet them. They might have been looking for food, but I choose to believe they just liked us. LOL.

Those faces! I just can’t get over them. Soooo cute.

Okay. Tomorrow should be Vogue Knitting Live! Franklin Habit! Weird Knitted Items!

Lynda the Guppy
aka Fish With Sticks
aka 2 Down and 28 to Go  

Unleash Hell!* (#1 of 30)

Except…not really. LOL I’m stating here my intention to participate in NaBloWriMo** in support of my pals who have joined in for NaNoWriMo.***

Help me. 

Seriously. I just checked and I’ve blogged about 5 times this year. And  now I’m supposed to do 30 posts in 30 days? (Pause for hysterical laughter from my “good friends” to die down) Wish me luck. My problem is finding 30 things to talk about! LOL.

So here it is. Post 1 of 30. Let’s see how long it lasts, eh? LOL.

Lynda the Guppy
aka Fish With Sticks
aka I Thought THIS Was A Good Idea?!

*”Unleash hell” At the beginning of Gladiator, Russell Crowe is pumping up the troops and tells them to “Unleash hell,” meaning fiery warfare from which there is no return. Amazing how many people thought he was talking about the dog and that the dog was named “Hell.” People confuse me.

**NaBloWriMo = National Blog Writing Month. A blog post a day for the entire month of November. IOW crazy town for bloggers.

 ***NaNoWriMo = National Novel Writing Month. Write like a demon (or a dog named Hell) for a month, and at the end of the month, good or bad, you have a full-length novel. IOW Crazysauce with a side of OMG What Did I DO?! for writers.