Monday, September 29, 2008

Garlic 'n' Pickles

Home again! It was awesome to wake up in my own bed this morning. I know the cat was excited to have us back as it meant she was fed at her normal approved hours.

This weekend my family was playing at the Hudson Valley Garlic Festival in Saugerties, NY. I think this year was [something like] the 20th year the festival has been running. We were talking to some ladies afterward and they were reminiscing how the whole thing started just as a little farm fair at somebody's home. It sure has come a long way. I think they were anticipating in the ballpark of 50,000 people coming through even with the bad weather. And speaking of weather... we got really lucky. The weather reports for the weekend had been calling for heavy rain Saturday and thunderstorms starting Sunday afternoon. It turned out that Saturday was beautiful, the sun came out for a bit and it even got almost hot. Sunday was a little dreary and had some light drizzle on and off in the afternoon, but nothing major. As soon as we were packed up and driving home it started to rain harder. The Garlic Gods and Goddesses were definitely watching over the festival.

We played on a different stage than we were on last year. This time we were scheduled for the Pavilion Stage, which is right in the thick of things. I really liked it. The food vendors were along Pavilion drive and lots of folks would stop and listen to a few tunes while they ate. Of course, we also ate a lot more this year because of everything being so close and smelling so tantilizing. Mmmm.... The pickle-licious booth was directly next to the stage, so we had an endless supply of pickles. I discovered I absolutely love new pickles. Yum. The pickle dude gave us some to take back home. Between Annalee and I they won't last long, though.

I finished a hat made from Bernat's new glow in the dark yarn, but other than that I didn't get a whole lot of knitting done. I was far too tired after the festival on Saturday night to do anything other than sit in my bed, watch some TV, and drool. Sunday on the way home it was getting to dark to see much and again I was pretty tired. I think I slept most of the way home, but I don't remember.

So, I have 3 whole days home to try and finish up Clue 4 of the Mystery Stole (twice) before we leave. Clue 5 will come out while we're gone next weekend. I probably won't even try to get a print of it while we're away because I have doubts that I'll have the energy to do lace in the hotel after another all day festival. Now, however, I'm gonna go hop to it.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Take me out to the Ballgame

...Take me out with the crowd [come on everybody! Sing along!], buy me some peanuts and crackerjacks! I don't care if I never get back! [shout it out, I'm out of tune as well]

Take me out to the ballgame, but please don't let me get too wet. My fingers, toes, and any other part that needs to be is crossed and hoping for a dry day. You see, here on Long Island there are coastal flood watches in effect and some wind and weather advisories. And where will I be today? At Shea Stadium for the Mets vs. Cubs game. Today is the NY Stitch & Pitch. You'd think Old Man Weather would have known that for something this important there should be no moistness falling from the clouds. Someone send a memo up.

Our plan (I'm ignoring the threats of rain because you know if you don't acknowledge that it's there then it won't be) is for everyone in the knitting group that's going to meet at the train station around 3. That'll get us into Shea before the gates open, so we can be online as some of the first people to get out goodie bags. I have no clue what will be in them, but us knitters are supposedly special and we have good things coming to us. (Like, ahem, sunny weather in a bottle perhaps?)
Will be back with an update when I can. Tomorrow we (family band) hit the road for the Garlic Festival upstate NY. That's looking wet and windy too. Come on garlic spirits! Work some magic!

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Kicking off September

Long time no blog!
It's been busy around these parts with all the usual things... Gigging, practicing, teaching, lots of knitting...

This past weekend the family headed down to Maryland again for a gig in Hagerstown as part of their town summer concert series. We were the last show of the season. The turnout was eh, but we (and the promoters) expected that considering it was Labor Day weekend and most people would be having BBQs and whatnot to go out with a bang. Also, the weather wasn't all that great. It had been threatening to rain, or seriously raining, pretty much all day. That meant that by the time showtime at 7pm came it was damp, muggy, and horribly buggy in the park. At least the bugs were mostly just pesky little gnats and not icky biting skeeters.

Today I will be working on writing out another sock pattern. Gotta keep those designs coming! This new one will work well with variagated yarn, although I will be knitting another pair in a solid color for the pattern photos. It's a cute little ankle sock with nontraditional decreases for interest. I'm not moving too fast on getting this design out unfortunately, but it'll eventually get done. Currently I'm working on the Narrow size, which will get charted first. Next up will be sizes for Medium (average) and Wide.

On that note... off I go to get started!