It’s November

which means it must be time for my yearly blog post.  I need to justify owning a domain name and paying wordpress for the ‘no ads’ option don’t I?

In addition to the general joys & sorrows of living, there have been two exciting developments around these parts.  D#1 is getting hitched!  The wedding date is June 2016 – she lives in the Buffalo NY area and the wedding will be held there.  Which means she is shouldering most, if not all of the planning with the occasional phone call/text message consult with me.  Her dress has been ordered and is waiting for her first fitting (this will be happening next weekend), venue is all set, cake has been decided upon and a thousand other details are in the works.

One detail that needs attention is the Mother of the Bride dress.  I need to quit procrastinating and start looking.  For awhile there I told myself that I was being proactive with a Pinterest board and my own personal shopping assistants in the form of two very fashionable friends.  But I do believe the time has come to waddle over to the stores and get serious!  Can I put this off until after the holidays and all the desserts?

I’m serious, can I?

The other development is that after six fantastic years, Kathleen (dude! 2011?!  now I don’t feel so bad about the once-a-year blogging) and I are closing The Village Knitter.  Our last day is December 12th, which will give us the rest of the month to dismantle shelving etc.  This is a tremendously bittersweet thing.  We made the decision back in January that this would be our last year, so we have had a long time to come to terms with the idea.  Owning a LYS has been so much more than I ever thought it would be — definitely more work and more headaches than I had imagined, but also much, much more fulfilling and fun too!  I have had such a wonderful time and have forged so many friendships.  I know these will continue past the door closing.  Plans are already in the works in that regard!

I am excited to see what happens next.  My idea is to be busy with house projects through the winter and into spring.  And also catch up on road trips to visit family and friends that I have been neglecting what with the retail hours that the shop required.  Then there will be a wedding.  The post wedding summer agenda will involve a great deal of sitting around.

And after that?  who knows?!

apropos of absolutely nothing – I made this new recipe for dinner tonight and it is delicious and easy!

we were both starving when I was making it so it has turned into late lunch and dinner!


here’s a recap of everything that’s been happening while I’ve been on bloggy hiatus: knitting, knitting, knitting, spinning, bitching, bitching, moaning, losing weight, gaining weight, yapping, yapping, laughing, laughing, laughing…. pretty much a continuation of everything that’s ever been happening around here!

Song of the Sea

Where’s the meatballs?


This is some Icelandic taking a bath and not my pasta dinner. It is part of April’s Explorers Group and is locally sourced from a flock in Cutchogue.

I ended up with approximately 180 yards of singles in this cream color and in a chocolate brown. In order to maximize yardage I think I will leave it as singles rather than ply them.

Now it’s off to Ravelry to find a pattern ….

Molly Malone’s Chowder


Alive, Alive O!

JOHNFALCONE and I were supposed to be visiting friends on St. Patrick’s Day. Unfortunately I was unwell and did nothing more than take the dogs on a walk. So it wasn’t until today that I got to try a new recipe that is henceforth going to be our new St. Patrick’s Day tradition.

This was delicious – himself loved it and so did I.  I substituted clams for the cockles and had no wine, so steamed everything in beer.  Yum!

brave little toaster

my brave little toaster

I may have failed to mention that I got a(nother) spinning wheel! This is a Wendy Wheel by Pipy and I love it! Somehow this little wheel reminds me of The Brave Little Toaster. So sturdy and bold!  A friend of my is a vigilant watcher of  the Ravelry boards, back in January she saw that this was for sale and  in Manhattan – perfect and no shipping.

At the moment I am spinning some icelandic fleece as a part of the Explorers group of my spinning guild.  Truly these Pipy wheels spin beautifully – if you are a wheel lover and have a chance to buy one, may I suggest that you not pass it up!  I also have an original Pipy – courtesy of  that same ever vigilant friend who now that I am writing this out is appearing to be more and more of an enabler!  I would also suggest that you get one of those friends – ever vigilant and on the lookout for things you love!

I already had an embarrassment of riches where spinning wheels are concerned and this one puts me even more firmly in that category — and I don’t care!  did you check out those quit smoking stats?  I haven’t come close to spending all that $$ I’ve saved!