Wow, It's been a while since I checked in. It feels like life has gotten in the way lately of the things I want to keep up with. Why Knot Knit is now closing (nothing to do with my visit).
A couple of weeks ago I went to Petal, MS to visit The Yarn Basket and meet up with a grooup of Mississippi Ravelry http://www.ravelry.com knitters. We had a great afternoon of shopping, knitting, chatting, and then an early dinner at Brownstone's http://www.brownstones.com in Hattiesburg for some lovely Cajun cuisine. I didn't get a single picture. I did buy sone sock yarn (Happy Feet by Plymouth in colors 8 <a rainbow of deep colors that will go with 4 <red>, and for the loving husband 1 < olive>) that I don't have pictures of yet because DH has my camera in Japan on a business trip and I can't make myself buy another camera.
I leave next Monday for my annual trip to the IWannaKnit Retreat in Shipshewana IN, sponsored by Knitting Today http://www.knittingtoday.com. The retreat is actually the following weekend and there are still slots open at this point in time. It is something that I like to do every year although it doesn't work out that way. This will be my 5th time to go and I'm sorry to say might be my last. Don't get me wrong, I love the retreat but it's a long way from south MS to north IN and fuel prices are cutting into my life just like everyone else's. Elmer says I'll still be able to go, but I'm not going to hold my breath.
It's always a time to learn things, visit with old friends, and make new friends. There are classes for hand and machine knitting. I'm carrying my LK150 this year and taking four classes. I'm hoping to learn a lot of techniques and sharpen my skills in others. If you've never been you should check it out.
I will post my shopping results when I get home from retreat. I always buy something. One year it was the LK that I'm taking with me this year.
I'm still working on washcloths, soap sacks, and the Estonian Garden Wrap. I've finished an EZ Baby Surprise Jacket and started on another one and I've done nothing at all on my Great American Aran Afghan in months. My Monkey socks are finished.Maybe I need less projects on needles. No, what am I saying, that makes no sense. I'll just have to give up cooking and cleaning. That should free up some time.
On a totally unrelated note, I am down to 157 pounds from my personal high of 173. I was down to 154, but when I went to Atlanta I blew it and now I'm trying to jump start the loss again. I'm watching what I eat, walking with the Leslie Sansone dvd's and using Sparkpeople http://www.sparkpeople.com to help with this. It's a slow process, but it's working.
My garden is in. It's not large, but I may be keeping the whole extended family supplied with tomatoes. Nothing else seems to be quite so prolific, but everything is growing and producing. I have tomatoes, cucumbers, bell and jalapeno peppers, sugar snap peas, carrots, green onions, okra and eggplant. The cauliflower is done and the brocolli is almost done.
happy knitting everyone