Vermont, Part 2

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With the Clean Contest Concours de’Elegance behind us, we now had several touring trips planned to explore the resort, local area and parts of Canada.

We joined a group and drove over to Burlington, VT for lunch at the Boathouse on the Waterfront.


The waterfront park is wonderful.  Lots of places to sit in the shade.  A very pretty and peaceful place.

Burlington Lake Champlain

Burlington – Lake Champlain

The skies were amazing!  I couldn’t stop taking photos of them.

Abercorn, Quebec

On another day we participated in the Michelin Driving Experience.  They have you drive a course in a vehicle with all Michelin tires.  Then they have you drive an identical vehicle with another name brand tire for comparison.  Now I didn’t get much private time with ELPH’s Girlfriend drive ELPH’s car and I don’t really care about the tires but I had a GREAT time on this short course!

Happy! Happy!

Happy! Happy!

We took the Tram to the top of the ski hill…


Top of Jay Peak

Top of Jay Peak


And on yet another day we took a dinner cruise on Lake Memphremagog that took us up into Canada.  The Canadian border on the lakes islands are marked in this way.

Canadian Border Lake Magog

Left = Canada                                                                                                Right = Vermont

The sunset that evening was spectacular.

Sunset on Lake Memphremagog

Sunset on Lake Memphremagog

I took over a thousand photos over this vacation.  Not many by professional standards but I was surprised.  All were taken either with my Android cell phone or tablet.

I’ll leave you with this ‘drive by’ photo….

Outside BurlingtonVT





A Visit to Vermont

About a year ago ELPH brought home a new German Girlfriend.  We took her on a road trip to her Family Reunion, this year taking place in Jay Peak, Vermont.  She behaved brilliantly on the over 2,000 mile round trip trek.   I went prepared for several long days in a very small vehicle.

Car Knitting & Audio Books

Car Knitting & Audio Books

Our trip was mechanically uneventful.     We sure do live in some pretty country.


We were going to arrive in Jay too early to check-in to our condo so, we stopped in at Retro Automotive in Claremont, New Hampshire for BBQ and a Covered Bridge Tour.

Claremont, NH Covered Bridges Tour

The Pig was Delicious!!

The bridges were very Cool!

We arrived at the Jay Peak Resort to Spring flowers in bloom SpringLupine


and a in very dirty car.







But it didn’t stay dirty for long.  ELPH had entered one of the Concours competitions and started cleaning as soon as we arrived.


All to avoid said car cleaning  I unpacked our luggage, explored the Resort and did a Volunteer Shift.


He took 4th place!  Not too shabby for his first ever car cleaning competition Concours!



To be continued………..

Tour de Fleece 2016

After being publicly bullied by Katheryn about my blog needing love :D, I realized I couldn’t remember the last time I posted.  sigh.  For a retired person I have so little time for all my hobbies.  So here ya go Katheryn (and my other 3 readers).

Every year Ravelry hosts a spin-a-long during Tour de France.  A group for participants spins fiber everyday the cyclists ride.  When they rest, we rest.  On the challenging mountain climbing days, we challenge ourselves in some way.   The Tour de Fleece started on Saturday July 2 and ran until Sunday July 24th, 2016.  So I dusted off Fanty, my Kromski spinning wheel and started spinning some alpaca/wool fiber I’ve had in my stash for 5 years. TDF2016Day1July3_ZWool











Five years!  That’s just silly.  Also ridiculous, having spun fiber on the bobbins for over a year.  Yea.  I had to skein some yarn off the bobbins before I could spin new yarn.

My MIL is the sweetest 92yo you will every meet.  She has some wonderful stories and can tell them all day!  Until a Nap Attack hits :DMIL sanity saver

At some point in the Tour a fellow Raveler (Katheryn!) was spinning Yak fiber and I thought ‘Oh!  I have some Yak, I’ll spin that next!’  Well that opened a can of worms.  I went looking deep, deep into my fiber stash and came up with…..TWELVE batches of spun yarn!!!  TWELVE!  None of it washed.  None of it measured.  None of it skeined!   I couldn’t let those lay around another year.  So I Skeined, washed & measured.   Some beautiful Yak/Wool blend from Widdershin Wool Works and some gorgeous alpaca from the Wonder Why Alpaca Farm among them.
















Why did I let these sit so long?  They were a dream to spin and I know they’ll be awesome to knit.   While I did I find the Yak after a day of skeining, measuring, and washing, Challenge Day had arrived.  And while on that Stash Dive I found some silk!  Oooo!  I’m gonna ‘spin Silk’ for my challenge!  Or not.  I had never spun pure silk before and it was very slippery and very frustrating.  Changed Challenge to ‘Spin Thinner’.  Most of my singles are heavy.   Therefore my 2 ply yarn is even heavier.










I wanted to spin a DK or Fingering Weight 2 ply.  And I think I got it :D  This lovely fiber is wool from Corgi Hill Farm.   It was beautifully dyed and processed.  A dream to spin.


I combined that single with another wool Single of a very similar color from Delly’s Delights Farm.  I am VERY happy with the outcome :D


In total I spun 2,710 yards this Tour de Fleece.


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Now I just need to knit some of it up.  So many projects, so little time.

Spring Pollen and Winter Scarves

Spring is upon us.  Pollen is floating in the air and on the water.

I’m knitting a winter scarf.  Doesn’t make much sense but neither do I most times.

I’m a big Nathan Fillion (Firefly, Serenity, Castle) fan.  First season of Castle he wore this great scarf.


I couldn’t forget it. I knew I had to knit one similar.  Enter the Noro Striped Scarf by Jared Flood (Brooklyn Tweed).


Blatantly stolen from Jared Floods Ravelry page




Jared clearly states this is NOT his design, just his version of this simple scarf that has been done time and time again. I was drawn to the subtle color changes.





I’m using Noro Silk Garden in two different colorways; an orangey-red and a blue-grey.




I had picked up the blue-grey before my LYS closed and had been stalking Ravelry stashes for a contrasting but complimentary color to stripe with it.





The pattern is a very simple 1×1 rib, over an odd number os stitches (39), changing colors every two rows, carrying the yarn up the side.  I really like how the 1×1 rib looks like stockinette but because I’m slipping the first stitch on each row purl-wise (per Jared’s suggestion) the edges are not curling like they would in stockinette.

My scarf

My scarf


It’s about half complete.  It is a very easy (if a bit boring) knit that I can take to Knit Night or waiting rooms and not think too much.  The two balls of yarn can be a bit troublesome at times but I am really very pleased with the progress.

The scarf hasn’t told me who it belongs to yet but I have someone in mind.  Time will tell if the scarf agrees :D

Mittens? Um, how about a scarf instead?

Since I was seriously re-inventing the wheel mitten with that project and I frogged it a gazillion four times, I decided to give it a rest and work on something I know will work :)  The Hitchhiker shawl/scarf/neck-thingy.


I modified this pattern too.  (I just can’t leave well enough alone can I?)  The pattern is simple Garter stitch but I added an eyelet row.  I think it adds just a little variety without being distracting.  You start knitting with just four stitches and increase your way up until you have the desired size or you run out of yarn (and hope you have enough to bind-off.)

I used a wonderful hand-dyed, fingering-weight yarn from Fiber Optic Yarns that I bought at Maryland Sheep & Wool last year.  They package their gradient yarns in what they call a Paintbox.


There are 15 mini-skeins (30 yards each) in a Fiber Optic Paintbox, 450 yards total. This one is Onyx-Crimson.  80% Superwash Merino, 10% Nylon, 10% Cashmere.

The color change is so subtle !


My sister Salley made me a Hitchhiker scarf several years ago and I still love and wear it!  Soon I’ll have one in every color :D

Mittens, Mittens OK, just one Mitten

There is a lady in our knitting group who is …different.  She will come in with 4 different projects in various stages, at a stand still as to how to proceed because she (a) changed the pattern, (b) isn’t using the yarn called for in the pattern (eyelash vs silk), (c) is using a larger size needle than called for by pattern or (d) all of the above.  Lets just call her Beverly.   I tell you all this because I’ve pulled a Beverly.

See I want to make Flip-Top Mittens to use while Skeet Shooting.  I want them made top-down, in the round because I don’t like seams in my mittens.  I like mittens because they keep my hands/fingers warmer.  I found this perfectly simple mitten pattern but it’s not flip-top.  How difficult could it be to (a) alter the pattern?  Hmmm, I want to use this yarn (b) not the Super Bulky the pattern calls for.  And I want it a tighter knit so I’ll use (c) a smaller needle that called for in either the pattern and yarn band.  (d) Yea.  Totally pulling a Beverly here :)

Well after many rips (and rip, rip, rip) and starts I finally got my act together.

  • 20160202_132926-1I’m following the pattern to a certain extent.  Knit the thumbs first, set aside.  Started the main body of mitten using Judy’s Magic Cast-On.  (LOVE this seamless toe-up type of cast-on!)  Knit until I reached the palm of my hand and used this After Thought Heel method (red waste yarn) for the opening for the Flip-Top.  I made the Basic 2×2 ribbing for the cuff extra long so when I mount my shotgun and my sleeve draws back my arm isn’t exposed to the elements.I used Very Pink’s Stretchy Bind-Off.      And VOILA!


They’re a little snug but I learned a lot and now I think I’m ready to knit a ‘real’ pair, two-at-a-time.  :D


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New Projects

Trying to keep the blog up.  I think if I gave up Facebook it would be easier.  With all the sharing on FB, Ravelry, Instagram, Twitter and the Blog I can barely remember what I said where.

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We had a brief snow but pretty snow.  Just an inch or two.  I love it when we get pretty snow.  It doesn’t usually last very long, 24-48 hours.  We did get six inches a few years back that lasted a bit longer.

So!  Actually SEW!  I have been wanting to re-do the window seat cushions for about a year now.  I bought some material but my complete lack of math skills left me short on material.  A lot short.  So I finally got around to buying more and…Voila!

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I never do easy stuff.  Just like when I learned to knit I started with a sweater. Nobody told me it would be difficult, I mean how difficult are knits and purls??

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So whats so difficult about matching up stripes, putting in piping and zippers?

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Not a thing.  Especially if no one says “Oh, thats hard! You should start with something easier.”  Pffssst!


This time my non-exsistant math skills worked in my favor.  I had enough material and piping left over to make a pillow for my patio chair.

I’ve been knitting as well.  I made two Pony-tail hats.

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Yes, it gets cold enough here to wear them.  They are especially nice on windy days.  Keeps my ears warm and my hair out of my face :)

So there you have it.  You are all caught up.  Don’t get over excited. :D

A New Year


You’ll have to forgive me.  I just love this photo.  It makes me happy and peaceful.

Mild Christmas

The week or so leading up to Christmas was sunny and warm.  So much so that I had the windows   and doors open while I   listened to classic Christmas songs and decorated the tree.

Christmas was spent quietly here at home with my ELPH and Fur Kids.


New Years Eve was spent at a good friends just down the street with most of the      neighborhood in attendance.  Lots of food, football,  drinks and fireworks.


My sister ‘Sally’ and her family came to stay with us for the week between Christmas & the New Year.  I love having them   here. We managed to    get a couple really nice days without rain.  We all saw the new Star Wars movie.

Sis, Niece & a Friend of mine all went  to Uptown Art in Clemson and painted.  This is the fourth painting class I’ve done.

barn in snowI am by no means extraordinarily talented.  I couldn’t paint an original painting to save my life but I can copy the crap out of someone else work, LOL!  I really enjoy these classes.

In Knitting News;  I actually completed more, albeit small projects than I originally thought.  How do I spend so much time knitting and have so little to show for it?

2015 ProjectsAll but the headband were gifts and don’t I just look thrilled with my headband?

Our LYSO (local yarn store owner) has retired after 30 years.  They tried selling the business and building with no serious takers.  They liquidated their inventory and closed the shop.  Which means my knitting group had to find a new place to meet each week.  Luckily one of the ladies lives in a neighborhood with a Clubhouse Meeting Room.  It’s usually used for HOA meetings or neighborhood parties.  It’s turning out to be perfect.  We are all very grateful to still be able to gather for our S&B :)

It’s been a rainy Fall & Winter so far and the Hiking Group has been washed out more times than not.  For personal reasons I haven’t hiked with them yet this season.  I hope to get a few in though.  Since Christmas the weather has turned cold (as it should this time of year).  Turns out I’m a fair weather shooter.  If it’s cold, and windy I stay home from the Skeet Field and if I can get away with it, in my pajamas all day :D



I took this photo through my dirty picture window in 2011.  It’s one of my favorites.  We’ve had no snow this year (yet).

I’ve accomplished very little in 2015 but hope to change that one day at a time in 2016.  I make no Resolutions, haven’t in years and years.  I find day to day changes/improvements less guilt inducing when I take a day off.   So here I am, trying to revive my blog (again), lose some weight (still) and be a happy, motivated influence in the world.

I only documented three knitting projects this past year.  And very small ones at that.



That is pretty pathetic.

So without further ado, I’m going to go knit.


Blog Interrupted……

My Ever Loving Patient Husband (ELPH) has a new Girlfriend.


She’s German,





and blonde.


He has frequently been slipping out at night to go driving with her.


2015 Porsche Cayman at the East Fork Overlook, Pisgah National Forest, Blue Ridge Parkway


You could even say she is mail order – made to order.  ELPH ordered her in October  and first started seeing her in February.  Several times a week about 9pm he would announce “I’m going for a drive.”  He LOVES this car!  And it is his car.  He has always wanted a Porsche and now he has her.


I’ve driven it and  it’s amazing!  But I also  really enjoy riding in it. We took a trip up to French Lick, Indiana in June for the yearly Porsche (its pronounced Porsch-a,  just so you know) Convention.  There were over a thousand Porsche there from all over the United States.  60 years of  models.

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..I was a little concerned about the car being comfortable on long drives and how much  luggage it would hold.  She surprised my on both counts.


..We took two leisurely days to  reach Indiana stopping in the very quaint college town of  Berea, KY.   We stayed and ate dinner at the Boone Tavern hotel.  We browsed several  artsy shops and ELPH even found a yarn store for me!!   He and the shop owner talked  cars while I meandered the tiny shop for nearly an hour :)  Yes, I bought yarn and a  pattern.  No I didn’t need it.  Oh!  Did I say that out loud??



We have since started taking mid-week drives up into the mountains of North Carolina  and along the Blur Ridge Parkway.  ELPH rally enjoys the handling of the car and a  couple times a month he will suggest we go out to breakfast….in Highlands, NC! You’ll be  hearing and seeing lots more about The Girlfriend!  We now take day trips up into the North Carolina mountains just to have breakfast, LOL!

For those of you still with me here, Thank you!  I’ll try not to bore you with lots of car photos.  I’ll try to post more yarn fiber-y content.  And I’ll try to post more often.