Where’s the meatballs?

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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

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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!

My Stats: 

Your Quit Date is:  3/17/2005 11:15:00 PM

Time Smoke-Free: 2922 days, 23 hours, 58 minutes and 52 seconds

Cigarettes NOT smoked: 58460

Lifetime Saved:  14 months, 26 days, 13 hours

Money Saved: $15,784.20

It’s hard to believe it has been eight years – as a matter of fact, I wasn’t entirely sure until I checked with QuitNet, a site Chelsea had said helped her when she quit.  I am so glad I signed up for it – seeing those numbers was and is a big motivator.

Which by the way – that $$ part?  It does not adjust for the rising cost of smokes, so it is based on $4.60 per pack from days of yore and at the moment, cigs are somewhere around the $10 mark here in NY.

So there is a LOT more money in that particular banana stand!

Anyway yay me, yay Vicki and yay Flair!

Sheep Heid

I have jumped back into work on my Rams & Yowes blanket.  Yesterday I got past the 1/2 point in the center panel!  The bad news is this project has gotten large enough to take up all of my available lap space.

silent suffering

Poor neglected knitter’s dog

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As Rhinebeck gets closer, the rows seem to get longer. Not to mention all the ripping I’ve had to do. The poor dogs and grand dog have to settle for less than my full attention. Luckly for them my toes have prehensile agility!