Saturday, October 27, 2007

Apple Harvest Festival

I didn't get a chance to post these photos before I left for Milwaukee. The Apple Harvest Festival is held each year in Syria Virginia at the Graves Mountain lodge in western Virginia. We went to the festival Sunday the 14th of October and had a fabulous time - hayrides, apple picking, pig watching and Brunswick stew were just a few of our activities. We brought home a bushel of apples that we are still trying to figure out how to use!
The beehive:

My obsession with pigs:


And more apples:

Entry to the park:

Monday, October 22, 2007

Did You Know?

The conference is good although I'm a bit "socialized-out" at this point. Conferences are difficult for introverts! I have met some really awesome people. It seems like the Northeast chapter of ASIST is very active. Too bad I don't live closer as they're a great group of people! SIG-Knit meets tonight which I'm expecting to be a blast. I'm also going to take a lunch and go to the Milwaukee museum .

In yesterday's plenary session, the following video was shown. I'm not sure who originally created the slides and/or the validity of the stats; however, it is very thought provoking. Enjoy,

Friday, October 19, 2007

Mixing Work and Knitting

Will Fall ever arrive? It's 80 degrees outside! I had hopes that my upcoming trip to Wisconsin would bring me some nice cold temperatures; however, as I looked up the Milwaukee weather today, I was surprised to find that it doesn't differ much from Richmond! Ok so it's a little cooler there, but I was expecting some hardcore 30 degree snow-filled days. Alas.

I am really excited about the trip despite no hopes of snow :). Although I'm thrilled to be traveling to a new city (have not been to Milwaukee yet) and attending ASIST for the first time, I am even more ecstatic about finding out that fellow knitters will be there. Last night I checked the conference wiki for Social Events, as there are quite a few SIGs (Special Interest Groups) that I want to investigate. The most curious is the SIG-KNIT group. Of course it's not an "official" SIG, but I was delighted to discover that I'm not the only person who wants to knit during conferences/meetings/events, etc.!

Milwaukee looks to be a great town all around so I'll be sure to post photos during the week. Hopefully, I can find a knitting shop in walking distance of the hotel!

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Thank you, Swallowtail & new WIPs

Thank you for all of your comments about buying a new camera! Following Stewart's logic, I can spend $399 since I have had my current camera (Canon Powershot S30) since 2002 :) I think we paid an arm and a leg for it as digital cameras with a lot of memory were very expensive at that time. I can't wait to get a new one so I can stop griping about the old one!

I finally coaxed the old Canon into downloading pictures this morning before work. Before going to the beach the last week of September, I made a stop at TYL to buy yarn for the Evelyn Clark Swallowtail Shawl. Stewart and Melanie helped me out and I finally decided on O'Wool Classic 2-Ply in a gorgeous teal that I hope comes across in the picture. It's 100% certified organic merino. I *love* this yarn.

The Outer Banks is quite beautiful in September and thankfully devoid of tourists. We had the beach to ourselves many mornings.

I was a really productive knitter at the beach. I finished up the Swallowtail while we were there and blocked it when we returned home.

I also started 2 new projects. I had a bit of Nature Spun in my stash that I brought on vacation; I used it to start this cabled sweater from a Paton's pattern book:

I also toted quite a few skeins of Nature Wool Chunky in lime green with me to start the Sienna Cardigan from last fall's Interweave. I'm much further along now and will post about that soon. The yarn is a little disappointing. Much like Manos, you need to use more than one skein at a time as the colors vary greatly. I do like the feel of the wool though.

Last, but not least, I have one more shot of the beach. Isn't it magnificent? I can't wait to go back.

Saturday, October 13, 2007

I am going to buy a new camera!

I have all these things to show you but can't get the damn camera to work right. So ladies and gents, I'm going to buy a new camera and need your help. Any suggestions? I really like the digital SLR's but they're so expensive. Any ideas would be appreciated!

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

OMG! I got my invite

Oh no, how am I going to get anything done! I received my Ravelry invite today. OMG! OMG! I've overwhelmed. Must stop working. Must take pictures of yarn. Must become full time knitter and quit my job. Must calm down! Must get new camera as mine stinks.

It's pretty cool, eh? Ravelry is a great Web 2.0 example - must use as example in my next Web 2.0 presentation to colleagues!

My code name is lemmie if anyone wants to add me to their network! Can't wait to see you there!