my newest friends ……

Regina & John

they’re in love

[thanks Regina! I love them!]

the move

I spent most of yesterday tinkering around with WordPress. I managed to import my entries from Typepad. I have been keeping this blog since 2003 and did not realize just how many entries that would be. So I also spent a good deal of time categorizing the uncategorized (which is not necessary, just something I would like to have), only 1545 more to go!

When Mr. Boar got home he helped to re-map my domain name. Actually he did the re-mapping while I looked helpfully over his shoulder giving him good tips which I know he appreciated. He likes it when I do that while he’s driving too. Seriously though, even though I type in purlingswine.com, the wordpress part still shows up so I think maybe some more re-mapping is on the horizon. But the important thing is that it gets you here.

Today I am off to a dentist appointment and then work at Granny’s. A reminder for all you Long Island knitters and fiber lovers — this is the last week for Granny’s sale, get ’em while they’re hot!

Sadly, or no?, today marks the last of the official Year of the Pig pictures. I know and many of you know that I have loads more pigs. But those things are either in the back of cupboards or packed away in boxes. I am sure more pig pictures will pop up on this site from time to time. We are leaving off with my pig Martin who sits out front by our driveway lantern. He is a full sized porcine replica and I am sure the neighbors love it! (actually I had a garage sale a few years ago where lots of people said how much they like him).

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I spent yesterday sitting and spinning in the great outdoors. It was the Smithtown Historical Society’s Heritage Festival and our spinning guild was asked to demonstrate. What a fun day and what a great festival! They had tractor pulls – all of these antique John Deere tractors pulling, or trying to, massive cement blocks. The lure of that particular event was lost on me. The civil war reenactors were there. A recreation of Charles Lindbergh’s fly over. (when he made his historic trip across the Atlantic, he flew over this particular homestead). A village smithy showing how it’s done. They also had three falconers there with their birds – that was fascinating! But the very best part was sitting and spinning with the guild. I also managed to get lots done and have two bobbins full of border Leicester that awaits plying.

Today I will be heading to Kathleen’s for a little knitting get together. Peggy will be there, along with Sue and Granny and we will have lots of laughs for sure. I also want to pick their brains (and yours!) about a project. One of the spinning guild members was wearing this poncho/vest thing she had bought on a trip to Ireland. I’ve never seen anything quite like it and would like to knit one up …… here are the details:

  • it is waist length
  • it has button tabs on each side of the waist to loosely hold it together
  • v-neck
  • seamed
  • there are increases from the waist to the outer edge (which hits at the wrist) and when those tabs are buttoned, it make a very, very loose sleeve
  • I would describe it as a mini poncho, or a vesty type thing with bat-wing shaping

I have a two piggie things to show you today. The first I have just ordered and don’t have yet. I am so excited – this is a real find and an unusual piece for the collection. I found it on Etsy.

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and the seller (Pigatopia) had even more styles. Choosing between them wasn’t too difficult since I knew I had to have the Boar one and I may even wrap it up and put it in his Christmas stocking! won’t he be surprised and when he opens it he will look at me and think, I should have bought her that ratchet set I’ve always wanted.

The other most excellent Pig was given to me yesterday. At the spinning demonstration one of my favorite spinners, Martha had this surprise for me ….

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she found it at a garage sale and was using it under her wheel at home to keep it from walking away. She wanted me to have it! Thank you Martha — I LOVE it! I have been wandering around my house mulling over where to put it and am thinking I will hang it on a wall somehow – it is so sweet!

Boar and I are heading to Dallas tomorrow for the annual Pepsi trip – I need to start thinking about what knitting projects to pack!

I haven’t been in a bloggy mood and here are some reasons why:

  • first and foremost – it is hot and humid and I am a cranky bitch.
  • I am working on a secret project and can only post about it on Ravelry. I will put a more recent picture up there tomorrow.
  • I have been busy panicking and scheduling last minute college tours and interviews for D#2. Considering that every single weekend in October is booked for us, this has been a daunting task.
  • I don’t know how to break the news to you, but Onslow has been going into Brooklyn everyday with Boar. I am worried that Onslow and I have broken up. We have had a car shift around here (see next listed item) and Boar loves driving Onslow. I also love driving Onlsow, but I also love just driving and not having to do all that stick shifting. Onlsow is a high maintenance guy. Sometimes it just lovely to sit in a cushy four door sedan and glide to your destination without being all cute and vroom-vroom about it. I only hope that you all can accept me for me. btw …. this is not a permanent car shift – Boar and I are playing it week by week. I think I need to remind Boar about that.
  • I have also been busy panicking and feeling sick to my stomach because D#2 passed her driver’s test yesterday (yay!) and is now driving herself around Long Island which as everyone knows is chock full of aggressive boorish drivers. (boo!)

now here’s a cranky bitch pig picture posting. I put this guy away in the shed when I thought things were getting cooler around here and I would start a fall cleanup.

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Have you visited Vicki lately? Would you like to be a part of a very cool, very top secret baby shower blogging opportunity? Come on and stop by – we are all over there drinking champagne punch and munching on Jordan almonds!

where’s my marble notebook?

Ack!! It’s hot & humid again!! Even this guy looks a little sick of the summer scene. He seems weary with that one pathetic little marigold who doesn’t seem to know that the party is over.

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Lots of things are afoot around here. Subterfuge and Harriet the Spy stuff! I am sure you have all heard the big news from Cara. Well, stay tuned for some fun & games designed to make her crazy. No, the puking is beginning to bore me and I need new ways to torture her For any knitting content, you will have to mosey on over to Ravelry. It’s all Top Secret!

I call her Montauk Momma even though I bought her in Bridgehampton. She was the first of my major cement pig statuary. This was years ago and Boar and I had taken a romantic weekend get away out east and were doing a little shopping. He had already talked me out of some very expensive bronze pigs. He really did not want to spend all of that $$ on cement and he almost broke his back wrestling Montauk Momma into our car. I remember Boar saying it would be my headstone. She sits on our patio outback and whenever Boar takes notice he reminds me of his promise.

that Boar is such a kidder.

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Fall has officially begun – today is the first day of school. D#2 left this morning for her senior year! Shall I wax poetic about how quickly the time goes, or how I remember all of the other first days of school? Or shall I just get on with things and show you some knitting? and pigs!

Ta-Da! A pair of finished Roza’s Socks and a pair in progress!

The finished set is done in Cherry Tree Hill and for the other I am using Trekking XXL. I love both of these sock yarns and the Trekking seems thicker than I remember it being. Have they changed something at the mill or has is just been too long since I’ve used it? The CTH pair seem a bit snug. The brioche stitch of this pattern makes the ribbing extra grabby – this is great because I love socks to hug the leg. But my calves need a ‘hug extender’ – I’ve got strong peasant stock in my genes! It will take a strong wind to knock me over, but a few more stitches to get around these gams. For the Trekking pair I added a pattern repeat – instead of casting on 60 stitches cast on 66. I will have to find some skinny-legged someone on my Christmas list and wrap up the Cherry Tree Hill pair!

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