It’s been awhile…

Rhinebeck! So happy I went this year.

So, I haven’t written a blog post since June. June! I don’t know why I haven’t been writing, but I do know I’ve missed it. Writing helps me so much, and I noticed how much not writing has affected me.

So, what’s gone on in my life since June?

  • Well, the day after my last post, the Cape Cod house that my family owned for almost 100 years, the house I’ve written about so many times, burned down. I am devastated over this and I can’t believe it’s gone.
  • Despite the house burning down, I went to the Cape for a week in June. I spent part of the week at a family friend’s house and the other part at a nearby hotel. I went to Provincetown, ate at Arnolds (my favorite!), and hung around with family. It was strange being at the Cape but not being at the house.
  • I attended two tech conferences — Design 4 Drupal Boston in July and NEDCamp at the beginning of October. It enjoyed being around other developers and designers and loved seeing many old friends. Oh, and the sessions were good too, of course.
  • In August, I rode the train down to Delaware to visit my friend Josh! I hadn’t seen him in about 3 years, so I enjoyed catching up with him. During the trip, we journeyed to Pennsylvania to visit our friend Tomas, who I hadn’t seen since I moved from Indiana in 2009! Josh showed me great food and great beer in his part of Delaware and it was great to see friends!
  • I spent Labor Day weekend in New York City, visiting my friends Kelly and Dave! I always forget how much I love NYC. We wandered around the city, ate delicious brunch (and delicious dumplings!), drank great beer, and I got to see Dave perform some improv. Oh, and we watched a ton of Jeopardy and Kelly and I knit a lot. It was the best.
  • Later in September, Linda visited me! We picked up some beers at Tree House, played trivia with my family, and attended the Copenhagen Beer Festival in Boston (and snagged an awesome deal on a hotel right in the city)! This is the first time she’s visited me in western MA, and now she’s visited me in every state I’ve lived in. I loved seeing her.
  • This past weekend, I attended the New York Sheep and Wool Festival, also known as Rhinebeck! I’d only attended one other time, back in 2010, but I knew I’d attend again once I moved back east. I hung out with friends, enjoyed delicious fried artichokes and lamb chili and awesome cider donuts, and bought only one skien of yarn. It rocked.

I stayed busy this summer, which makes me happy. I’m glad I got to see so many good friends and so many fun places! I don’t have too much going on at the end of the year besides traveling to Maine for work, but I tend to have less things going on in the winter. Related, how is it almost winter again?

I hope to keep on writing in this blog again. I miss writing.

#fivethingsfriday – Week 2

  • My trip to Vermont was so relaxing. We went to the Cabot cheese factory (yes, I don’t like cheese, and yes, I enjoyed the factory anyway), to the Ben and Jerry’s factory, to the Lake Champlain Chocolate factory, Magic Hat… we hit a lot of places in the week we spent at Smuggler’s Notch! My favorite day was the day we spent in Burlington – I went to Nido, an awesome yarn shop, worked from a coffeeshop for a few hours, and then ate delicious food and drank a few small pours of delicious beers at the Farmhouse Tap and Grill. I love the hell out of Burlington.

    Goodies from Nido. I love all of these things.

    Goodies from Nido. I love all of these things.

  • Speaking of vacations, I’ll be spending a weekend at the Cape soon! I’ll knock another goal off of my 35 in 35 list, and I’ll also get to spend time at one of my favorite places ever. My sister will be at the Cape with her husband’s family and they will be staying at the next town over, so I’ll spend time with them. I’ll also spend some time up in Provincetown, because Provincetown is fun and awesome and has great food. I’m excited.

    A beach in Provincetown.

    A beach in Provincetown.

  • I went to the local grocery store the other day to buy some tea. I wasn’t expecting much – I had gone a few weeks ago and wasn’t super happy with their selection, but I really wanted some earl grey. As I walked toward the dairy department to get my yogurt, however, I passed a huge display of tea by a company called Tea Guys, which is based in a town not too far from here in western MA. I was way, way too excited to find not only my earl grey, but little samples of flavors such as Hibiscus, Raspberry, and Currant, Vanilla, Almond, and Coconut, and Salted Dark Chocolate. I bought a couple flavors to try and I’m excited to pick up more! I love tea!
  •  For the past couple days, it’s felt more like fall than late spring outside. Highs have only been in the mid to upper 60s, with lows in the mid 40s! I don’t mind the cooler weather because my apartment stays pretty cool, but it so doesn’t feel like June. It’s supposed to warm up into the mid 70s through the weekend, which supposedly is still below the average for the month, but I’m not complaining. I’d be happy if the weather stayed in the mid 70s all summer long!
  • At my hair appointment yesterday, I asked my stylist to change the color in my hair from a slightly purply pink to a slightly pinky purple. I love how it turned out! I’m pretty happy with my hair these days.

    Purple in my hair!

    I love purple in my hair!

Happy Friday, all!

Sock it to summer!

Happy (almost) summer, friends! I kind of like to think that summer started on June 1, but really, it doesn’t start until the summer solstice on the 2oth. It’s been warm and sunny, though, so to me, summer’s well on its way.

With summer comes a fun knit-a-long – Amanda of Knot a Podcast and Lamby Toes Yarn holds the Sock it to Summer KAL, where you just knit lots of socks! It started on June 1 and goes until August 31. She’s written a post on her ravelry group (a Ravelry account is needed to view this post) giving all the details, so if you want to knit socks too, join her group and join the fun!

Oh, you want to know what socks I’m knitting so far? I guess that’s why you read this blog, maybe.

Hedera beginning

First, I’m knitting a pair of Hedera socks by Cookie A! I’ve had these socks in my list of things to knit for ages, and I finally cast them on last week while in Vermont. I picked this project as my vacation knitting, and you can see I got a lot done.

Knitting down the leg!

Knitting down the leg!

Iiiiiit's gusset time!

Iiiiiit’s gusset time!

Hey look, I finished a sock!

Hey look, I finished a sock!

I don’t know if I’ve ever knit a patterned sock so quickly, and on DPNs to boot! The pattern’s super easy to memorize, though I still needed to read the directions for the heel flap, heel turn, and gusset. I haven’t knit a cuff down sock in a couple years now as I’ve become a toe up Magic Loop convert. It’s fun to change it up a bit. I still need to cast on sock #2, but I’ll get to it eventually.

I took this picture as we drove to the Ben and Jerry's factory. Mmm, ice cream...

I took this picture as we drove to the Ben and Jerry’s factory. Mmm, ice cream…

Next up, I’m knitting a vanilla sock (that’s a plain sock with no patterning on it for all you who don’t knit) out of Knit Picks Stroll in the Queen Anne Tonal colorway! I’m kind of bored with knitting vanilla socks so this one’s a little slow going. It’s great for mindless knitting when I don’t feel like knitting a patterned sock, so it’s a good project when I need a break. I want to always have a pair of vanilla socks on the needles, just in case I want to satisfy that knitting itch and I don’t want to think about it too much.

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I don’t have any goals for Sock it to Summer. I’ll almost definitely finish these two pairs, and I’ll probably cast on at least a third. I don’t know what I’ll knit yet, but I’m leaning toward another patterned sock. I’m kind of in the mood to knit something more exciting than a vanilla sock, so I’m thinking I’ll be knitting patterned socks for the bulk of the summer. We’ll see.

Thanks, Amanda, for hosting such an awesome summer KAL!