Thursday, July 30, 2009

Catching up.

Whew, it's been a while. DH and I attended the Gathering of the Vibes in Bridgeport, CT over the weekend-what a great show! The venue was beautiful. The only downfalls were that there was a horrible thunderstorm on Thursday and Friday, so the concert field was a bog. The town of Bridgeport tried their best to suction up the water and lay down hay to make it better, but the ground remained muddy and the venue smelled like a barn. At least the music made up for it. On Sunday, Buddy Guy came out and introduced us to Quinn Sullivan, a 10 year old guitar prodigy. If you get a chance to look him up on Youtube, the first link that comes up is him at age 8 playing "The Trill is Gone". Keep your ears open, as long as this kid follows the right path he'll be playing until he's B.B. and Buddy's age. It was also my first time seeing George Clinton and P. Funk-what a stage show they put on!
I know some people will look down their noses and say "You must be a druggie", or "I can't believe you'd go to a dirty hippie event". Really, there were some of the nicest people there. There was a OD that occured Saturday/Sunday, but it was in the middle of the camping venue and all the drug action was in that area. We were on the very outside of the entire thing, and to be honest most of the kids offering us hard core drugs looked like they just walked out of an Abercrombie & Fitch ad. I was astounded!
Another thing I learned is that when you are one of the very few that does not imbibe in alcohol or drugs, the people who are tripping along in outer space come to you for a safe zone. They know that you are grounded to reality and can be a lifeline to them. Actually, DH explained this to me after the same kid kept returning to us time and time again. At least I could offer him support in a way.
I love going to outdoor concerts, whether they are a folk festival, music festival, or an outdoor concert on the 4th. Being outside with nature and music lets your inner child out. I intend on going to this show again, and maybe in a couple of years exposing the kids to it-but we'll be in a hotel and not camping around all the drug drama.
Not too much knitting went on, still working on the same old stuff. The Lilac Aeolian is worked on very fine soysilk yarn with seed beads. Thanks to DS for getting me a 0.65mm (yes, that's right-a 0.65mm) crochet hook to help with this. I had bought a 0.75mm, but that was still too big for 90% of the beads. It did help it go quicker than using a piece of beading wire as a hook, and I'm hoping to have this done soon to show everyone.

Monday, July 13, 2009


Ok, so we were doing outside stuff, and while the DH was changing out a porch light fixture, he pointed out this little guy:


He's between the size of a quarter & half dollar. I'm not sure what kind of spider he is, other than he's big. If anyone has a guess as to what he is, I'd love to know.

I did get some knitting finished in between running back and forth to Home Depot & the doctors. First off, a half sock for someone who broke her leg:

This is knit in Boku by Plymouth yarns, 95% wool and 5% silk.

Secondly, I got a present pair of socks done:

And a close up of the stitch pattern:

The pattern is Swirly Girl by Deby Lake from SWTC. The yarn is Tofutsies, which I love. I also did get the blocks baby blanket 95% completed, hopefully it will be done tonight.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Gatherning of the Vibes

We got our tickets yesterday to the Gathering of the Vibes in Connecticut. I can't wait, 4 days of music by the coast, and there are so many great bands playing! Just the DH and I, camping out.

I've spent the past few hours trying to figure out how to put this next statement:
To the news organizations who insist on replaying Paris Jackson's breakdown-STOP! It's so tormenting to see that little girl sobbing over the loss of her father at least 4 times every hour. I'm sad that he's gone too, but we have lost other great people recently as well. I didn't see this much coverage when Koko Taylor, Farrah Fawcet, or Ed McMahon died. I know that MJ was a great entertainer who gave the world much, but let the poor man & his family have peace. Just my little rant here.

Any who-GOTV here we come!

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Rain, Rain

What a month June was! 95% rain. I had to check between my toes to see if there was any webbing growing in. My SIL was in from California, I think she may have had 2 tops days with minimal rain. While she was here she scoffed up the Eunice socks I was making.

The yarn was Plymouth's Happy choices. Its knitted into a scarf of natural colored yarn, and then it's hand painted. You then have the choice of wearing it as a scarf or making something else out of it while unraveling the scarf at the same time. I picked it up at Pins & Needles. The yarn bloomed nicely after washing, but if I ever used it again I would probably wind it into a hank to get the kinks out first. Off to Cali they go!

While DH was hanging out with his sisters L & C, niece A & C's dog, a baby/adolecent squirrel decided to charge the dog. The dog promply grabbed the squirrel in it's mouth, bit down, and spit it out. The following is not a verbatum of the converstation, but you'll get the gist:

DH: " Guess the dog killed the squirrel. I've never seen something like that."

C & L: "It's not dead! It's still blinking!" (I'm guessing it was in it's death throwes.)

DH: "C-take A away. I'll take care of it." And he promptly dispatched of the squirrel.

Fast forward back to C's house. DH is now titled "Squirrel Killer". Ain't family grand?