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I finished my blue socks, and don’t think I shared them with you. Time to remedy that!
They are made with Caper Sock in the Stella Blue colorway from String Theory Hand Dyed Yarns in Blue Hill, ME. The pattern is Fun-damental Toe-up Socks, which you have seen before if you have been reading for a while. Love that pattern!
I immediately cast on my next pair:
These are the same pattern on the foot, but the leg pattern is the stitch pattern from Hermione’s every Day Sock. The yarn is my own creation. The toes are Plymouth Happy feet that I dyed hot pink, and the rest is yarn I spun. The fiber is merino/nylon, and the colorway is Three Waters Farm’s Garden Center. I spun it with the intent of making socks, spinning two plies with Z twist and one with S twist, the plying it with S twist. What does all that mean? It means that two plies are balanced and soft and the third is crazy energized, full of over-twist. The end result is supposed to mean a harder wearing sock – we shall see! But I can tell you that the yarn feels a little bit harder than typical merino sock yarn. It almost feels like it has some cotton in it.
I notice that the stitch definition is more pronounced than with my usual sock yarns, which is why I decided to put a bit of pattern on the leg.
These socks are so bright and cheerful, it makes me happy to knit on them. I might speed up my one sock per month schedule if I keep working on them for the fun of it. 🙂
Other knitting and spinning:
I haven’t done much spinning this week, I have been tired. I had a sleep test Monday night (so didn’t sleep as much as if I just slept!) and that has thrown me off all week, I am really tired after work. Luckily my cardigan is pretty easy straightforward knitting at this point, so I plod along on that. No photo at this time, but I will get you one soon, I promise. I did have to rip back to the waist on the front section to better space out my bust dart increases, but now I have done that, and am back on track. Soon it will start going much faster as I decrease for the armholes and v neck. I can’t wait to try it on and see if I got the math right…
This weekend we are going to meet Mom and B for dinner Saturday night – her birthday is Sunday, so we were surprised she was available Saturday night. Usually she gets all booked up with celebrations, so we lucked out! They are spending the weekend at some local cabins for a change of scenery, so they are closer to us than normal, which is quite nice. Sadly, Mom was hoping to be able to get out and walk the trails and beach and get some fresh air, but we are going to have a weekend just like last weekend – temps below 0 over night, never out of the single digits, and howling winds. That means windchill is projected to be MINUS 50 degrees! Crazy! I hope her little cabin is warm enough. I don’t think she will really be leaving it.
Other than that, I think it will be an ordinary weekend – I’ll go to knitting at the Purple Fleece on Saturday while A stays home and “does chores” (read: plays with cats and watches basketball.)
Sunday we will both be watching basketball – it is March Madness, in full swing now. We have seen a few of the women’s games this season, but not as many as we would like to. That will change this month, and I should get LOTS of knitting and spinning done as I watch my UConn Husky women go forth and do what they do so well – WIN! 🙂
Just been too lazy to power up the computer or to try to write a post on the phone (WHY is that such a tedious chore? Work on it, WordPress, please?)
Loads of knitting has happened and some spinning, and a day away from shoveling, and a long weekend.
Here’s the spinning:
Filled a bobbin with the second color of my planned three ply. Now the two filled bobbins await the third, which I started yesterday. This is going to be some crazy yarn! Or really awful, time will tell.
I worked on socks – plan to finish this one up before March 1, according to my 6 pairs a year plan.
I finished the Corrugated Hat to match the Corrugated Cowl, these will go on Etsy sometime soon. I still had yarn left, so I am doing a striped hat in the same colors. Not sure if this will be an Etsy listing or a donated item. Time will tell.
I finished knitting the Gloria del Sol shawl in Purple Fleece’s Aquamarine Radiant gradient – OMG , I love this thing. Wait until you see it blocked. It was a challenging knit, and I didn’t bead it, but if I ever do it again (and I am thinking I will when I forget how challenging it was) I will add beads, if only to help me count the crazy long endless repeats.
I have to dig around in yarn and queue to see what I will cast on next – or maybe dig out an unfinished something to finish it. I have a couple of things that could use some attention, I know.
Saturday I travelled down to Mom’s so I could hop in the car with her and B, and drive over to western Maine, Bridgton, to be exact, to have lunch with my two cousins who live there. Brother N and SIL D joined us as well, and it was a very nice time. So good to sit down with the cousins we usually only see at funerals. Afterwards, we went to visit a friend of Mom’s for an hour or so, then drove all the way back. A 13 hour day for lunch? Yup. But it was a nice change of pace, and of course, I knit the whole way there and back, as B drove. And let me tell you – I thought we had snow – they have literally two or three times as much on the ground as we do. Truthfully, mom and I both found it really depressing, even though the sun was shining and the sky was a beautiful bright blue. It took us both back to the years we lived there, and how endless the winters felt. Mom said “This is why I moved to the coast” which I had never known, I knew she loved the ocean, but not how much she hated deep snow that never stops and there is no where to put it. So naturally, she moved to the part of the coast that regularly gets slammed by the coastal storms. But at least she has a bigger yard and some place to put the snow.
Sunday we finished cleaning up around the driveway and paths and decks, which was great, to let everything melt in the warm spring sunshine – amazing weather! Hard to believe this is one week ago: (That’s my car to A’s left.)
We were both glad to be done with it – A even has shoveling blisters – ugh. So yesterday we enjoyed our holiday by having me work on our taxes and clean the pellet stove while she worked on clearing out files and folders. Fun, fun!
As you can tell, it has been the same old low key life around here the past few weeks – and I like it that way – no drama, no unexpected surprises, and loads of fun with fiber.
How have you been keeping busy lately?
I told you I would finish something last weekend, and I did! In fact, this has been a week of finishes, it is pretty amazing! Gone is my feeling of tediously making no progress. Having a whole extra day off due to the ice storm was great for finishes. I declared it a pajama day and sat knitting and spinning ALL DAY. It was great!
I finished the shawl for Purple Fleece, and delivered it Saturday at Whorls and Purls. The wind was whipping when we took these photos! Brrrr.
I finished the Derry Cowl to go with the sweater. It might be too tall. I made it according to pattern, but with different yarn. My yarn isn’t as drapey, it seems. It’s been blocked, and still has loads of body – maybe it will soften a bit with wear? In this photo I folded it down, which works. And I am wearing it with the Derry sweater which I don’t think you have seen yet. You can’t see the pretty lace pattern on the sleeve , but it is there, and matches the cowl.
I finished the purple THING – second try at a scarf – for niece B’s Christmas (well, it turns out, birthday, still late) and delivered that today.
I finished these two skeins of yarn – yes, two! I dyed the fleece a while ago, and spun these both up in a few days. They are only about an ounce each, and came in between 90-100 yards. They will go with the two other similar weight skeins I dyed and become some kind of scarf or cowl. I am thinking linen stitch scarf, though I hate knitting scarves and I get bored with linen stitch. But they look so pretty when they are done… so who knows. I did one skein that was supposed to be predominantly yellow, one that is red, one blue, and then one that was supposed to be blue and green but when I spun it, it came out teal, which is actually really pretty. Still sorting out this whole dyeing/spinning/ what the heck will it look like thing.
Here’s the yellow and red before spinning.
And here’s the yellow after spinning:
And the red (with a tiny skein of red plied with yellow):
I worked on socks and mittens at Whorls and Purls yesterday – came home and finished the mittens. These are the most luxurious mittens! Love the cashmere blend lining. The ladies at knitting threatened to snitch them if I bring back the completed pair. 😉
I am working away on my socks, as I will all year – trying REALLY hard to only do a pair every couple of months, it is amazing the fortitude that takes, to not whizz through them and start the next pair. 🙂 Especially because the next pair will be made with my handspun yarn. 🙂 This pair is in Caper Sock, colorway Stella Blue and I love the softness of the yarn and color. I’ll be happy to be wearing them. The leg is much farther along than this, only about an inch left to go.
As for spinning – I have several pretty braids to choose from for my next spin. I have been contemplating a BIG SPIN, for me anyway, using three braids of finn, dyed in different colorways by Three Water Farm. Two I got intending to ply them together, but as I was looking over my stash, I realized that the third one held enough of the same colors that they would look great together. So, I am thinking spin them all and ply them together. But then what to make with the pile of yarn? It won’t be enough for a sweater, but I don’t need a kazillion hats. Then I had an idea, and I went stash diving. Sure enough – I have an ancient pile of a solid teal yarn that matches it beautifully (if it comes out the color that I think it will, that is. 🙂 ) and I have about 950 yards of that. If I can spin this to roughly that same weight, I WILL have enough for a sweater.
But I also have a few individual pretty braids that I love – one a silk merino that I JUST LOVE but have no idea what I will do with – might ply it with some pure silk lace weight yarn I have, I am even thinking I could use one of my new books for inspiration and add beads to the yarn, but then what? …
and then this special braid –
This is the latest from the Purple Fleece Roving of the month club – and Debbie used one of my photos as her inspiration for the variegated one, so named it after me! Check it out! I love it and ordered a braid of the compliment so that I will have 6 ounces of merino blended with YAK of all things – OMG, it is so soft! I have no idea what I will make with this, but I am itching to spin it. Maybe a nice soft cowl?
It is so hard to decide – I prepped the combo spin and the gold and copper silk merino, let them sit in sight for a few days… this morning I decided, and started the big combo spin. It should keep me busy for a few months. 😀
It started with meeting some new friends and seeing some old ones, at a Ravelry meet-up last Sunday. Due to snowfall Saturday night, there were only three of us knitters, but our hostess, Chefadina on Ravelry made us feel very welcome, we met her family and her neighbors (the old friends) stopped by. Her new place is beautiful, a big old house that most recently was a B and B. It sits high above the river, and is just filled with lovely light.
Monday started tax training, and as always it was, well, taxing. The software is new to us all, still has bugs, so things would suddenly work or not work, and the state returns aren’t ready yet. We were all glad when it was over on Friday. Now, in two weeks, we meet again, and hope to have some state software available to work on. The first of February is when we start seeing clients, we would like to have a clue what we are doing before than!
Because I was responsible for leading the group in the hands on exercises in the afternoon, I was not able to do my usual thing – knit hats! But we were in a chilly room so I wore lots of hand knit shawls and sweaters (not all at once) and got lots of compliments.
When I was home, though, I was knitting and spinning. Here’s a shot of my snow fling mittens in progress. They will get a soft lining, and so are taking a long time, but I now have two mittens that look like this. I’ll have to close up the tops, then do the linings.
Here’s a dark shot of my spinning. It is a merino/nylon mix from Three Waters Farm, in the colorway Garden Center. I am spinning this to make socks, so divided it in thirds, thinking I would do a traditional three ply. But then I started reading my two spinning books I got for Christmas, and I decided to spin a three ply yarn with one opposing ply. So for those of you who understand these things, I will spin two singles with a Z twist, and one with an S twist, then ply them all together with an S twist. I hope I am spinning thin enough that I will get enough yardage for a pair of socks, but we will see. I can always make the heels and toes in a contrasting color if need be. But I would rather not. PS that black is really a wonderful dark purple.
This week also marked the start of a new year of Socks with Sarah on Ravelry. If you have followed me for a few years, you know that the last time she had this activity, I knit socks like a wild woman, and finished 26 pairs in the year. This year, I have decided to purposely restrain myself. I am aiming for between 4-6 pairs this year. This is the start of my first pair – Stella Blue on Caper Sock base from String Theory Hand Dyed Yarns. I am using my basic go-to sock pattern – Fundamental Toe Up socks . 64 stitches on number one needles, these will take a while to knit, because they are NOT my focus. 🙂 I swear it.
I hope my second pair will be the handspun yarn, and I do have a skein of yarn I got at Fiber Frolic for my third pair. Not sure what I will do for the 4th or later pairs, but I expect something will turn up!
The other knitting I am working on is a cowl to go with my recently completed Derry sweater – no photos yet, but I will try to get some soon. And I frogged the last bit of secret knitting and cast on an endless scarf with the yarn instead. I hope to finish that this week. The first thing I was working on was an interesting finished garment, but a ridiculous amount of stockinette in a boring tube. And it kept snagging on things, because the thin yarn and huge needles left loads of holes. I figured if it was snagging in my project bag, it would be shredded in no time with normal wear. Not a nice thought, so I ripped it out. The recipient returns to town next week sometime, I would like to have it ready for her.
So that is how I got through the work week – and was so glad to see this weekend come! Yesterday I did some chores around the house, then took the trash, the grocery list and my knitting, and headed off to knitting group, stopping at the dump on the way there, and the grocery store on the way back. Got to drive the truck that way. And got credit for helping out around the house even while disappearing for several hours. 🙂
Today was a little more low key – cleared the snow off the cars and cleaned the pellet stove – two not fun chores. A couple of inches of snow on smooth ice is treacherous walking, but I got the cars cleared without mishap. Then we took down the Christmas tree and tossed it out into the woods. Now, this sounds like a lot of work, but here’s the thing – we never decorated the tree. We only put on it the ornaments we got for Christmas, no lights, no garland, nothing. We just ran out of energy and time, but I loved our minimalist tree! It was pretty and smelled divine. I was able to toss it to the woods from the deck, so the wasn’t too awful.. The birds are already using it to shelter while they hit the feeders.
Other than those big chores, this was a low key day, a pajama afternoon. Cleaning the pellet stove gets the stove clean and me filthy – so after my shower, I just decided that noon was a good time for PJs! I made a shepherd’s pie for supper for the next few days – back on the diet for real tomorrow. Life will hopefully return to normal now that last week is really over. 🙂
I have spinning and knitting to get done!
So last week A got the truck of her dreams. She has wanted this thing the entire time I have known her. She has suffered cheerfully through not one, but two, efficient subcompact Toyotas which seem to never die (which is good, unless you want to replace them with the vehicle of your dreams.)
She is in love. I am surprised she doesn’t sleep in it.
But being the wonderful person she is, while she was getting this, she got ME the car I have long been wanting! Of course there is no photo of me in my beautiful new Prius, but trust me, it is gorgeous, a nice deep blue.
That is right, we bought two new vehicles last weekend. It is a bit alarming. We always knew we would get these two, but I did not think we would get them both at once! But the deal on my Prius was too good to resist (apparently when gas prices go down, so do Prius sales, so incentives go up) 0% financing AND cash back! That, combined with the fact that we had saved up a good deal of money toward the truck made it possible to make this crazy move.
So now we have to behave ourselves financially for the next, oh, five years, but at least we have fun cars to drive during that time!
Other bits of life –
This past weekend was busy – errands, of course, on Saturday, followed by knitting in the afternoon. Sunday, niece B came over for a visit, to do some laundry and get the suitcase she stores at our house. She will be heading for home this weekend, not back for a month. She only has one more semester of school! Oh, how we will miss her when she moves back home for good. She had us open her presents to us, and mine was a new cribbage board, so we played a few games to christen it before she left. She even let me win one of them.
Sunday evening we went to a “real” party – Debbie from Purple Fleece invited us to her holiday gathering, and this pair of introverts went, wanting to go but not sure we would really enjoy it. You know the drill. 🙂 Well, we had a great time! A met some of the knitting ladies, I met some of the husbands about whom I hear so much (all good, of course) and we both met some local people who were loads of fun. On the way home, we both commented how glad we were that we had ventured forth in our good clothes and party manners on a cold almost-winter’s night. 🙂
The Christmas knitting winds down, I did a couple of rows on a shawl for me last night, almost forgot what I was doing with it! Then it was back to gift knitting, I cast on some more of the tiny secret project, and a hat for a young niece. It’s to match the doll hat already knit. I love this particular yarn I spun last summer – I might need to get more, the colors are just so fun!
Had this happen on my spinning – what?
Debbie told me it was OK, that I could wind what I had spun on to a different bobbin and re-glue this one, or ask A to do that for me. So have done that and moved on. 🙂 Except for the equipment malfunction, I am loving this spin. It is merino/silk from Three Waters Farm, planned for my sister – either the yarn will be her gift sometime (not Christmas) or something I knit her from it will be her gift. It is so SMOOTH, and soft! I am using my new spinnerz gauge to try to keep the singles nice and even to get a DK weight – my sister likes heavier yarn to knit with, I know. It’s all good practice and good for learning.
I split the braid in half, but not directly – first, I laid it out and found the pattern to it, then divided it so I got the gold in one half and the purple in the other. I will ply it together as a two ply. I hope the purple and gold won’t muddy each other, but I think it will be fine.
I love grays in this spin. I think I should do a tonal spin soon, like the “you red my mind” one I did last summer – I love to knit with them, I think I would like to spin more of them, too. But all the colors keep calling me. 🙂
Here’s some finished yarn – Cadillac Mountain – isn’t it so pretty? I love it!
And Wood Nymph – a hard spin, but it is done now. Not sure what I will do with 56 yards of bulky… but I know I can get more if I need it. Just am not in a mood to spin it right now – silk feels so much softer!
Hats have been selling! I brought them all to work one day last week, and sold several, plus some earrings and a bracelet, and then one sold on Etsy this weekend (thanks, Renee!) and this morning when I got to work one of the girls across the hall asked if I still had a particular hat she loved. I do. It is hers. This is all VERY good as this money goes straight to fiber stash cash, and what with new vehicles my beloved-wife-the-household-bookkeeper won’t have to make faces when fiber comes in the house, she will know I earned the money for it by selling other fiber stuff. It’s a great circle. And inventory is getting low, so I think I will be knitting more hats after the New Year. They are great to knit during tax training, I can usually do a hat a day that week.
This weekend promises to be busy – I am house/dog sitting for my brother Friday night, as far as I know (he will confirm sometime before then) and there is knitting to go to on Saturday. Sunday is a family gathering with A’s family for a birthday party. A Christmas tree will be procured and set up sometime soon as well (or why bother?).
We are on vacation next week – loads to do to get ready for the big holiday, plus Mom will come spend a night, so she can visit and watch sappy Christmas movies with us. (At her house, all channels seem to lead to sporting events, no matter the season.) We will be registering vehicles and maybe going for a ride or two to look at Christmas lights. Then there are lights and a tree to decorate at our house, cards to make (yes, I am SO FAR BEHIND on these!) that will likely be called holiday cards, not Christmas cards. 😉 I hope not St Valentine’s cards…
Before that can all happen though, there is real work to be done – 2 sessions of tax training this week… a few committee meetings… a few letters to send out, nothing slow and boring about this time of year!
First off, a quick health update – feeling ever so much better now! Thank you all SO MUCH for your kind thoughts and comments, it feels good to know there are friends out there who wish me well.
I went to work all 5 days last week, although I only stayed all day toward the end of the week, and was SO glad when the week ended. Somehow I found the energy to go to knitting on Saturday, and made loads of progress on my sweater as I resisted a delicious looking cheesecake. Can’t eat while you are knitting (good thing, really.)
I am now past the body/sleeve division, and working my way through the waist decreasing. I really think I will have this done by the end of November at this rate. Of course, I can’t keep up this pace – I have an order for a hat from my Etsy shop – yeah! – that I need to make this weekend – just waiting for the yarn to come in. And a few Christmas gifts that need doing, some by the end of the month for shipping. But those aren’t huge projects, so then it is back to my sweater.
And spinning – I don’t think I ever showed you the finished skein of this yarn – September’s roving of the month from Purple Fleece – it’s corriedale. I totally missed on bulky weight but it will make a good warm hat anyway.
Or October’s roving of the month, as yet unspun.
Debbie is getting creative, trying to find fibers we haven’t spun yet. She thinks this one will make great mittens, and I can see that it might! Only one of us had spun it when we met last week, and she wasn’t a fan, but I will give it a shot, eventually. Right now I am working on finishing this spin:
which is cheviot in Hestia, from Highland Handmades. I think it will match nicely with this one:
Cadillac Mountain by Purple Fleece, and I have a plan to make a cowl with them. I got the pattern from Over the Rainbow when I was there this summer. You will have to trust me that the pinks in them both are loads closer than these photos show.
And the Christmas cards for this year are rolling around in my head – it is time to get started with those – November already! Some people take November off from work to go hunting. I think I need to start taking it off to do crafting!
Other news – I finished the first 30 days of Whole 30. Hurrah! I lost about 20 pounds, (eventually) found I didn’t miss much except my morning coffee WITH CREAM. In the process, I am holding tight to first place in the Biggest Loser game at A’s office. Big money prizes on the line, so I will take two days off from Whole 30 (sort of – turns out we have a whole fridge full of veggies to be eaten) and then return to it until the end of the competition and Thanksgiving. After that, I think it will be that I develop a lifestyle of eating that way and having occasional meals where I don’t worry about it. I have to say, it really works – I feel so much better, not just the weight loss. Knees feel better, skin is better, digestion is better. Rats. Why can’t eating cheese and bread and chocolate ever make me lose weight and feel better?
Tuesday marked the last day of my volunteering for Fair Vote Maine – I have been doing that for several months now, as they work to educate voters on Rank Choice Voting, which is on our referendum ballot this year. No more Tuesdays before the election, so we wrapped up our Tuesday night gig with a some sparkling cider, cookies, and lots of data entry and shredding! It will feel odd not to go there anymore – wonder what I will do with Tuesdays now? Well, I know what I will be doing next Tuesday – agonizing over the returns and knitting. After that, who knows?
Other than all of this, nothing much is new – A is away for a few days this week – working up in “the County” (Aroostook, for those of you not from Maine) which is far enough away that she stays there overnight. The cats are quite put out, as she is the favorite mommy. Last night they acted like I was completely insane to think they should go to bed when she wasn’t home. Zumba didn’t even want her bedtime treats. She wasn’t even really interested in breakfast! For Zumba to turn down food is amazing. Allie isn’t sure what to do – I don’t play right, but I do pat her nicely. So she was torn during play time this morning, finally decided to ignore the toys and get some loving instead. It usually takes them a couple of days to adjust to one of us being gone, and right around the time they do, A returns, and they forget all about me again. 🙂
What’s new in your neck of the woods?
At least as far as work goes! Vacation was such a slow nice time, we did NOT MUCH after the pellets were stacked, it was hot and humid and we didn’t have to. We puttered and visited friends, we ate out every single day. There was no cooking on vacation.
Then we went back to work.
This is my work organization’s 50th anniversary, but we are a Community Action Agency, so we have like, you know, no money for fun stuff.
Still, we wanted to celebrate with our partners and especially with our clients. And while we do an annual dinner, most times, clients and community members don’t attend. So we got this great idea (maybe in April?) to have community picnics or barbecues. We could load up the boss’s pick up truck, drive to different communities, set up, feed people, talk to people it would be great. The boss got some donations, and we were off. It sounded like a great idea then!
But of course, nothing is that easy, and the two person committee (me and my coworker of knit-buying fame, B) had about a million unexpected big projects land on our desks. July schedule turned to August, and it got later. We finally said we had to do it or we could not be outdoors! So this week we did it, and they were GREAT. But it was, of course, WAY more work than we ever imagined. We did 5 in 5 days, starting last Friday, the fifth one was today. That’s it, we are done for another 50 years. It will take us that long to recover and forget how much work it was. We put together a great team, we cooked about a million hot dogs and hamburgers, we traveled all over the two counties. The picnics were an hour long, but some places, that meant an 8 hour day, once you added in the set up time and drive time.
So it was a crazy week, and it ain’t over yet. Our third annual tennis tournament fundraiser is Saturday. I am almost ready for that, and will be by the time I leave Friday night. But it means a 6 day work week. Sigh.
There is always knitting and spinning to keep me sane. 🙂
I finished the Oaklet shawl in Tern. In spite of my apparent inability to count, and having to order more yarn, it came out well, I think! I would do it again, but pay more attention to my counting, I think.
I also finished one bobbin of the Life’s a Beach spin, and started the second one.
And I keep knitting on the other three shawls, they are starting to show progress, I think. No new photos of them for you, though. I also listed lots of hats and things on Etsy that came back from the pop up shop. Mostly baby things but not all. Check it out here if you have a mind to. Nothing you haven’t seen before!
I have a few new things in my brain. One of the girls who works for us during the school year brought in some “head wraps” she bought at the fair. They are lovely, knit from hand spun yarn, very cute on her. She wants me to make her some more. I looked and it looks pretty easy (famous last words) so I am going to work out a pattern to do that and make her a few of those. Other girls saw them and want them too, so I may be able to sell a pile of them! They are like cute hats with no top, not sure of the appeal, but I won’t argue. I will go and see if the person is selling the pattern, though. That would be easier, and would feel more ethical to me.
Other things I am looking forward to – supper at Mom’s after the fundraiser on Saturday, and NOTHING planned for Sunday! Plus, I am taking next Friday off because of working so much this week. Next weekend is the Common Ground Fair, and I will be heading there with Mom and niece B (owner of the now healthy bunny) so they can look at animals and I can look at yarn and fiber. I can’t wait for that!
Also, next Friday is the day I ship this %&*^#*&^&^ heart event monitor back to Tennessee. I can’t wait to get rid of it. I hope it is providing useful info to the MDs because it is driving me crazy and I would hate for that to be for naught. It did get me out of lots of hauling and lifting during these picnics, though!