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My friend Jasmine and I went to check out the Connecticut Sheep and Wool Festival on Saturday.

It was a teeny tiny festival but it was fun. There were some great vendors and I even learned a little about needle felting then gave it a whirl later on. Results below.

First there was shopping:

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Some Roving from Grafton Fibers

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And some lovely soaps and lotions from Sleepy Moon Soaps. Those scents are wonderful!

Then there were animals, of course:

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Then there was some practice time with the needle felting:

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It’s not quite finished but not bad for a first shot. I’m not sure what I’ll do with it but I just think making the faces is just so cool looking.

And some kitties. These are Jasmine’s, Suki and Puppy.

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It was a great time and a relaxing day. I hope it will also help me show some restraint at the MA Sheep and Wool festival (which is larger) at the end of May!

I hope you all had a great weekend!

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  Let me start by saying that if you do NOT want to see the new Socks That Rock kit, do not scroll down.  There, spoiler announced.  

Thank goodness it’s Friday.  I don’t even care if it’s rainy.  It’s a busy day here as we have some pesticide people coming over to take care of some issues and I need to vacate the house with two kitties for three hours.  Should be interesting.  I hope to not have my nerves shot by their crying and hope to get coffee and knit in the car and keep kitties company.

Purl is doing well, except I am still concerned about her litter box issues.  I may very well call the vet on Monday if it’s still the same.

In knitting related news, I started another project but it’s also a secret.  I need to start something I can show on here.  That will be next.  I’m now on the foot of my second Retro Rib sock and hope to start this soon:

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Yes, it’s the new sock club kit for the Rockin’ Sock Club.  It’s a new yarn even.  It’s called Silkie and the colorway is called Walking on the Wild Tide.  Very cute.  The yarn is Superwash merino and Silk.  Cannot wait to play with this!

I also just completed a fantastic swap with a great gal who sent me…..get this….a Knitpicks Options Needle Set.  Yes, a whole complete set, in exchange for some great sock yarns (I sent Vesper and sKNITches).  I immediately cast on for a project last night and love it.  I will be adding to the set to get the larger tips and cords.  It is easily my favorite set over Denise and over Boye.

So anyway, a great way to kick off the weekend, new needles, and new yarn! 

Saturday I plan to go to the Conneticut Sheep and Wool Festival.  It should be fun!  I’ll fill you all in next week.  Have a great weekend!

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Bunny

Here is my “bunny”, my as close as I can get to laceweight singles!  It’s pretty lime greens and periwinkles.  I didn’t count the exact yardage yet but at minimum it should make a nice lacy scarf.  Not too bad.  It’s all dry now so I’m anxious to give it a try and see how it knits up.  Maybe I’ll have something to show (at least a start) next week!

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I am again, newly bitten by the spinning bug.  Sunday night was the monthly local spinning meet up where I had the opportunity to pick up my spinning again and finish some lovely “Bunny” which is merino, silk and angora.  I was working on lace weight (or near lace weight) singles since I’d love to knit my first lacy thing with some hand spun.

It is now drying, so I will show you tomorrow what I came out with.  The colors are really pretty if I do say so myself.  I’m excited to go on to finishing up some other roving that I’m spinning on the other wheel.  It’s very pretty handpainted and was from Etsy.   Hopefully I’ll be able to show you some of that soon too.

Have a great day and thank you all so much for the well wishes for Purl.  I really appreciate it.

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Poor little kitty.

Purl was adjusting well after her surgery.  She tended to her poor little shaved leg.  (Why she chose to sit in the litterbox, I don’t know).

She put weight on it and was thrilled to walk around, and sad when I put her back in the kennel.  She’d purr and rub her body against the grate trying to squeeze out through the holes if she could.

Saturday we had a scare.  First thing in the morning, I got up, and let her out to walk around while I cleaned up in the kennel.  To my shock and horror, she was not using her leg.  She held it up when she walked and wouldn’t put weight on it.

I was devastated.  I got hysterical even.  I took her back to the ER and they checked it out.  Luckily they said the leg appears stable and that the pin they used to repair it could have moved making it uncomfortable for her.  They sent me home with pain meds (for Purl, not me, even though I probably could have used them), and told me that if by today she hasn’t improved, that I should bring her in for xrays to see if the pin had moved and if the fracture has healed, they can simply take the pin out.  It would be a quick and easy procedure and best of all, not expensive.

I’m happy to report though that Purl is doing well and is putting weight on the leg, so for now we’ll hang in there, she’ll stay in her kennel and in a few weeks when she can be out and about we’ll see how it goes.

Purl thanks you all for the well wishes and her mama is going try to finally relax.

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I decided to participate in the Knitter’s Coffee Swap since I love me the coffee!

 This is the second round for the coffee swap but I didn’t know about it the first time so I’m a second time around newbie!  Matches go out soon so this will be fun!  In the meantime, I thought I’d post my answers to the questionnaire here!

QUESTIONS
1. Whole bean or ground?  Whole Bean
2. Fully-loaded or decaf?  Fully Loaded
3. Regular or flavored?  Mostly Regular but like some Flavored
4. How do you drink your coffee?  With Half and Half and sometimes a Splenda.
5. Favorite coffee ever?  I don’t think I have one…yet!
6. Are you fussy about your coffee or will any old bean do?  A tiny bit fussy but not much.
7. Favorite treats to have with your coffee?   I don’t have much of a sweet tooth so my treat is Yarn!
8. Anything else about your coffee preferences?  Nope!
9. Yarn/fiber you love?   Yes, lots.  =)  I like nice sock yarns, and other nice wool yarns like Malabrigo.
10. Yarn/fiber you hate?  Novelty and Acryllic
11. What’s on your needles?  Socks a sweater and a cardigan.
12. Favorite colors?  Green and Blues
13. Allergies?  Nope!
14. Anything you really love, really don’t like, or just need to get off your chest?  LOVE good solid travel mugs for the car.  I got one at a Starbucks many many years ago and it was and still is my favorite thing to use.  I also love fun knitting notions and short sock sized dpns.

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Thankful

Sorry, I forgot my cord again.  I’m chalking this bad blogging week up to this cold that is kicking my arse.

 However, my friend Marianne had a nice post about being thankful for little things despite the crazy dreary weather we had been having earlier in the week.

I thought I’d share some little things I’m thankful for.  I’m thankful today that it’s Friday and I can relax a bit this weekend.  I’m thankful that I have a great job and don’t mind going to work, even if I’m not feeling well sometimes.  I’m thankful for well, actually so much that to me isn’t small.

Family, friends, husband, my kitties, and just so much more!  I’m thankful that I am able to put gas in my car, afford my home, eat healthy food (when I try) and go to the doctor on insurance if I need to. 

It’s going to be great here this weekend with beautiful weater.  Enjoy and be thankful!

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