Sunday, September 09, 2007

Great Day! Great Friends!

Got up at 5am! 5am on a SATURDAY -unheard of !! Only a day filled with promise of good friends, a LYS crawl and shopping could get ME up that early. Why it was still dark when I left home to go meet up with my friend Pam and .....

then we drove almost 2 hours to meet up with Robin in Clarksville. Robin being familar with the Durham/Raleigh area took over and we headed out.

First stop COZY. Cozy sells clothes, shoes, jewelry and YARN! It is a very nice shop and they were having a great sale! You can't beat 50-70% off!! We all got some great stuff. The owner and staff were so nice and friendly. It was a really comfortable store.

Second stop was on to Raleigh to LYS called Great Yarns, yes they had some great yarns but it was just so-so in my opinion. It wasn't busy, we weren't greeted, the sales clerk wasn't interested in helping when Pam had a question and Robin had to ask for the free pattern that came with her yarn and ask about the customer card that we had heard her offer to another lady. As with all LYS your mileage may vary, however I would not make the trip there again.

We were starving and we stopped at an interesting looking restaurant called The Pickled Onion, turns out it was a sports bar type of place. We had a part of the place to ourselves and Pam decided to "style" Robin's hair. They had been talking about that "mussed" look. What fun when Pam pulled the hairspray out of her bag. Knitting, hairstylin' and eating! Great fun!

Robin knitting on a sock while we wait for our food.

OH! Wait! Pam has some hair stylin products in her bag!

There ya go ... a little dab will do you !! and Voila! Robin with a fashionable "messy" style.

After all that fun and the food was really good too! We headed to a clothing store called At Ease. A great shop with friendly staff. We had met Dorothy at Knittin At the Lake back in January. She was surprised to see us and showed us all the great clothes that the shop had to offer. Robin tried on an outfit that was just PERFECT for her son's upcoming wedding. It looked beautiful on her.

We went back to Robin's and toured her lovely studio. I don't know why I didn't take any more pictures we just were so caught up in what we were doing. Go visit her blog for some pictures of Pam and I modeling some WIPs. Her shop is just wonderful and set in such a beautiful setting. We also got the pleasure of meeting her husband Andy as well as Earl Grey, George and Gracie!!

I left home in the dark and I returned in the dark about 9:30pm. It was a great day with great friends.

Saturday, September 01, 2007

What To Say


THIS great picture was sent to me by a fellow E-Fan this morning. He has lots and lots of concerts coming up!! Visit his My Space. Enjoy some great music. Elliott hosted VH1 this morning and got to introduce his own song as the number 1 video for this week. I know I can't believe I watched it either. :)

There is a lot that I want to share and I know as I have been reminded that I have promised some pictures for some time of the stash enhancements I got at the Tapestry "Retirement/Closing the Shop Sale" and I want to share I really do. Maybe not all of it because some of it is for gifts and swaps. But it was a great sale starting at 50% off and going all the way to 75%. Actually made me feel somewhat guilty getting some great yarns and books for such wonderful prices. I think over the course of the sale I have filled one large bin from Target and part of a second one. Just hang in there I will be getting the camera and a charged battery together real soon. I promise.

The big news for this week is: I got my RAVELRY invitation!! and WOW just WOW! It is amazing and I have barely scratched the surface. The ideas and the projects and resources all in one place is just unbelievable. What a concept. Truly you should sign up even if you don't plan to add your stash or your projects, just to be able to see finished how a project looks in different yarns or look up patterns by searching the name of a yarn in your stash for ideas. There are many talented knitters and designers in there. It can be as huge or as small as you would like it to be. You can get lost for hours and hours. Ask me how I know. Nevermind. don't.

I've been on vacation and it's been nice. I've spent some time with my parents, with friends and my youngest son. The weather for the time we have been here at the lake has been great. Some sun and clouds, rain at night and the temperature has steadily come down. I think that I have probably bored you enough for one night and I am going to go sit outside ( Yes I know it is almost 11pm!) and knit for a bit on my Surf Stitch Sweater. I am at the neck and getting ready to head down the back so it is going pretty well. It is a fun knit. Just as a reminder here are a couple of pictures

This is the pattern. Nice and easy ...just the way I like 'em

I am using araucania cotton and Lucky ribbon. A better picture when I resolve the camera issues.

Well for someone who didn't really know what to say looks like I came up with some "stuff".

Have a great week!

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