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On and off the needles   23 comments

Finished knitting the scarf. When it dries, it gets a big i-cord daisy shaped flower and it is done!

Hitofude is hard to photograph but coming along. Chart B is complete, just have C, D, E and ribbing to go! That’s 57 rows but who is counting?

That’s what I did this weekend. What are you up to? Do you miss your spring ahead hour as much as I do?


Posted March 11, 2018 by salpal1 in how I spent my day, What's on my needles

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Countdown!   21 comments

It’s Friday!  I am on vacation!!!  Whew!  I thought this week would never end.  I had a list of things to make sure got done at work, and I made it through the list with time to spare. Even with all the last minute things that got added to it as people realized that the 18th is a long way away and there are things that they can’t possible do alone.  🙂

Now I have to tackle my “at home” list and my “packing list” and my “what knitting to bring along” list.

So this weekend will be a lot of chores and running about, not TOO much fiber or other fun.  But some, always some.

In all the cleaning and packing, I do intend to go to Whorls and Purls on Saturday afternoon, though probably not for the whole afternoon.  At least a couple of hours.  I would LOVE to finish the green and black striped sweater, and I am pretty close.  I am doing the broken rib on the body, have maybe ten more rows and a bind off, then I have to pick up and knit the neck.  Then it is all weaving in ends.  And there are tons.  Oh, stripes, why do you torture us so? I also have a shawl and a necklace on the needles. And socks.  Always some knitting to choose from!

I am making a list of knitting projects I want to do so I can look for the right yarns when I am out in Wisconsin, but I am not going to cast on anything new before I go.  I think I will just bring along the three projects (not the big sweater) to work on until I buy some yarn, lol.

I do plan to bring along my interchangeable needles so I can cast on whatever I want while I am there.  Because I know I am going to find amazing yarn that I won’t be able to resist.

Mom arrives on Sunday so we can do the road trip food shopping, and load the car for an early start Monday.  That means we need to clear out and clean out the guest room and get it ready for her.  No one has stayed with us in months!  It MIGHT be dusty in there.  🙂

For supper, we are planning to take her to Bagaduce Lunch.  She has never been there, and I think she will love it.  What is not to love about fresh seafood, ice cream, and a killer view?

Then Monday we head off.  I am not bringing the computer with me on the road trip, but I will have the phone, so I expect that I will answer comments, but not sure if I will do much posting before I get back. Maybe over on Instagram… (where I am SalpalCrafts)

And that reminds me!  Etsy is doing a big labor day sale, and my shop, SalpalCrafts, is participating. Most of my inventory is on sale.  It is a small shop but if there is something there that you want, now is a great time to get it. Or, if you missed out, I can do a custom knit for you.  OK, shameless self promotion is over…

So I will be en route to Wisconsin until Wednesday, there until Sunday, and then en route home again. Home by Thursday the 14th.  I’ll share loads of goodies and things with you when I return.

Here’s a gratuitous sock in progress shot to tide you over until I return.  🙂



OK, let’s try this again!   29 comments

My stomach bug decided to linger long enough that I took Tuesday off and went to the doctor without an appointment, which of course meant waiting for over 2 hours in the their waiting room.

Final determination?  Virus. Dehydration.

Advice?  Drink a mixture of salt and Gatorade, lots of it, small sips all the time.  If I wasn’t sick before, that might have made me sick.

Do that for 24 hours, then add dry toast to the menu.

If that works, add crackers and brown rice.  Still good?  Add bananas.

So, I am at the brown rice for lunch phase, and while I don’t feel good, I am not sick.  I think the chemical fake sugars in the Gatorade are making me nauseous now, so I will stop drinking it as soon as I get home, and switch back to flat ginger ale.

As has been the case all along, as long as I don’t swallow anything, I feel fine. It’s kind of ridiculous.

I did get a chuckle out of the nurse at the doctor’s office Tuesday.  She commented “wow, you have lost a lot of weight since Friday!” and I said “Well, the doctor told me to lose 5 pounds a month. I got right on it.”

Of course, it won’t be that much once I get hydrated.

Anyway – here we are, almost to the weekend. I am going to try making plans again and see if it goes better than last week.

There is much yard work still to be done. If we get a nice cool morning, I will work on it then.

The pool needs attention, I haven’t been in it in over a week!

Saturday afternoon is reserved for Whorls and Purls, and I am DETERMINED to go, after missing two nice fiber gatherings last weekend.  I have loads of knitting and spinning still to do. (And always will, right?)

A and I have a semi-plan to go to Bagaduce Lunch for supper on Friday, if there is any point in going out to eat.  I hope there is! We haven’t been there yet this summer, and I do love that place. She has Friday off from work, so we can eat early, before the crowds.  I hope.

A trip to the Post Office is needed, I think I have a package or two on the way. Other than that, there is laundry and housework begging to be done, I will try to fit it in around all that other fun stuff.

We don’t happen to need a lot of groceries, since one of us didn’t eat all week, but I am pretty sure there are a few things that will need picking up, so I will do that while I am out and about.

I hope this weekend is much better than last weekend!  And I hope that you all have a good weekend, too!






Posted July 13, 2017 by salpal1 in how I plan to spend my day

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Weekend ahead!!   8 comments

Glad it finally made it! I find five day weeks a complete drag!

Our weekend starts off right, we are meeting up with Mom and B for dinner tonight. Tomorrow I hope to do some yard chores and then it’s off to whorls and purls for the afternoon.

Sunday has more yard work, assuming the forecast is correct. And of course all rest breaks involve spinning and knitting!

A simple enough plan, and broadly general enough that if I do even a tiny bit, it counts as a chore done. My kind of weekend!

what have you got going on this weekend?

Posted June 9, 2017 by salpal1 in how I plan to spend my day

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The forecast was accurate   21 comments

Which I guess is good?

Friday was unbelievably cold and windy, yesterday it was a bit warmer and snowed all day. Today is warmer still and raining.

So the world is coated in ice.

Yesterday I took the truck and went to knitting. Roads were snow covered but fine getting there.

But this is what I found!


Only Debbie and I were there. We enjoyed a quiet afternoon knitting and munching on her good cookies and sipping hot chocolate. But we missed the ladies who usually fill the sofas.

The roads weren’t so fine going home- no need to plow the main road apparently. But going slow in 4 wheel drive worked well and i made it home safely.

This morning we woke to the promised rain and 35  degrees. Well, the air is 35 degrees. Everything else is still zero. So it looks like this:img_1254

Naturally, that means we are headed out to Bangor for a family gathering and some (the last?) of the holiday shopping.  In the truck. 😀

We also saw this outside the bedroom this morning.  Maybe he is snacking on the creatures who live in our walls.



Hope you are safe, warm, and dry this morning!


The rest of the weekend   4 comments

You would think that after a day at the fair, the rest of the weekend would be chores, chores chores.  Au contraire!

Friday evening niece B came over for a visit from college.  She stayed for supper and the night, so we got to visit and chat and eat homemade mac and cheese.  🙂

Saturday morning, A and I left her asleep.  A went off with her sister L for a pre-knee replacement road trip to Waterville to the Colby College Museum of Art, and lunch at Big G’s in Winslow.  I headed in the opposite direction, to Blue Hill, to take photos at a fund raising event we were having for work. It was a fabulous day – very breezy, blue skies, sunshine.  the event was held at the Blue Hill Country Club, which is right on the bay.  Could not ask for a lovelier location.  I checked in and discovered that one of the volunteers had the photos taking completely under control, and was able to stay for the whole event!  I took a few photos and then headed back toward home.

On the way, the strangest thing happened.  I pulled up to a stop sign, and almost with a mind of its own, my car pulled into the parking lot of the String theory yarn shop!  Naturally, I went in.  I have not been there in a very long time, and during that time, it seems they have developed a lot of lovely colors.  🙂  Since Cousin P asked me for some blue socks the day before, I had to check out the sock yarn.  You have to look for yourself – the colors are amazing.  I finally chose Caper in cobalt blue for the socks, and escaped with only one skein. But it is a definite re-visit with lots of money kind of place.  The downstairs of an old farm house just FILLED with beautiful yarn, all their own yarn and colors. I think  I might need some turquoise socks…

Back on the road again, I stopped at the PO to pick up this week’s batch of circulars and bills.  So excited to find a card from the UK – and a pattern for a lace shawl that Claire of Mollie and Claire sent me!  She has written a couple of posts about the shawl, and when I asked her how I could get the pattern, she offered to mail it to me – so very nice.  I happen to have the perfect yarn to try it – some silk/merino sock weight from Cloudlover.  I have two different colorways, the Lady Edith and Lady Sybil colorways.  Add it to the pile of projects I want to cast on!

I got home to a lovely niece just rousing herself from a long night of sleep, and we had omelets – mine for lunch, hers for breakfast.  Mmm.  🙂  We were just sorting out what to do for the afternoon when Mom and step-dad called – they were out and about and wanted to stop by.  So they got to visit with niece B, which was great, as they haven’t seen her since we made the flying trip to her sister’s graduation.

By then, we figured we should just hang for a while – we watched the Butler on DVD – B’s favorite movie and I hadn’t seen it yet, B painted her nails – something she hasn’t been able to do at school – she is an RA now, and says it never fails, she gets the polish on and someone is locked out or needs other assistance, so it messes up the polish.  She tried every color I had, took a photo, emailed her friends and got a vote on the color.  Then cleaned it all off and painted them that color.  I would say it is an interesting world when a girl needs that kind of feedback to choose a nail color, but I know that is an old-fashioned viewpoint.  🙂

A got home from her adventure, and we played a quick game of Guillotine before B headed back to school, with her laundry all clean and dry, a bag with some goodies (like leftover mac and cheese and a giant Whoopie pie from Big G’s) tucked in her car, and her nails sparkling pink.

I hope she had a good time, and enjoyed her break from the dorms. We loved having her, and hope she will seek refuge here again soon.

Sunday A headed out to go to work for a couple of hours.  I stayed home to do what I had been thinking about earlier in the week – sit on the couch and knit.  Sit I did!  While I managed to wash and dry several loads of laundry, I also managed to knit a hat, knit on the hitchhiker shawl and knit on the socks that I can’t seem to finish. I also wound lots and lots of skeins into balls, so they are sitting ready to knit when it is their turn.  🙂   The hat is another alpine topper – this one made from some “blue loch” Bartlett yarn in a worsted weight.  I used some stash mohair in blues, greens and pinks, and held it with the pink angora/merino I got at the fair.  The soft yarns created a fabulous soft lining as well as a pretty pink highlight on the outside.  I immediately cast on a smaller hat with the pink angora as a lining to a hat that will have the mohair on the outside.  I think it will be child sized or maybe small adult, but it will be so soft and warm and pretty.  If it turns out as I expect, it will join the growing pile of hats I will have for sale at the craft show. I did all of this while watching the third episode of the Roosevelts – I am really enjoying that series, and hope to have a chance to watch number 4 soon.  A does not appreciate the show like I do, so I try to find times when she is not around to watch them. She doesn’t love history like I do, doesn’t love TR like I do, doesn’t love public TV like I do, so thank goodness for the DVR.  They are all safely recorded for future viewing.  🙂  Our differences make life interesting, I have to say!  I got home from work last week one night to find her watching Jaws.  I sat on the couch carefully not looking at the TV until it ended.  We just find different things entertaining.  🙂

So, it was a good weekend, all around, and left me somewhat rested and ready for the week ahead.  I think. So you might not have any whining from me this week, won’t that be nice?

what a nice weekend!   10 comments

It was so nice to have one of my “normal” three-day weekends!

I did MOST of my Friday list, and still found time to relax and do some knitting. Handmade Easter cards did not happen, though.

Saturday was a simply gorgeous day! Did a few chores in the morning, then drove over to see CrimsonCrow and help her with her taxes, before heading to Bangor to Husson U to pick up niece B. We got home in time to get her laundry started and make homemade pizza for supper.

We played a couple of games and did lots of talking, played with beads (I made another pair of earrings) and I went off to bed around 11, very much later than normal. Much earlier than normal for her, I know.

Sunday A and I got up early, A made a lasagna for our trip to Mom’s. We all left here in time to get there for lunch, which was a big pre-Easter potluck. All my sibs and in-laws were there, and three nieces. It was so nice to have almost everyone there, although it would have been nicer if the other three next gens could have been there. There was underlying sadness because Mom had to put her old dog down on Saturday, our sweet Sammy. Little niece E wore her black dog t-shirt so we would have Sam with us in spirit. He had been sick for a while, and at 15, it just didn’t seem like it was fair to take dramatic efforts and treatments to get him through this episode. they could not promise he would stay better, or be able to do the things he loved. he will be missed.

E story of the day – apparently a child in class told her there is no Easter bunny, tooth fairy, Santa Claus, etc. So her cousins were asking her about it, and she said “Your Mom or Dad puts on a pink bunny suit with big ears and hides the eggs” my sister and I in the kitchen were hysterical, picturing that, the tooth fairy and Santa costumes they would now need. The downside is that E now thinks everything they tell her is a lie. I know she will adjust, but I still remember finding out about Santa Claus. It was very tough.

Leaving on a positive spring note – Mom had flowers on her table FROM HER YARD! Snowdrops and Chionodoxa, with a mini daffodil from in the house. Very pretty and a sure sign that spring will get here eventually.

Posted April 15, 2014 by salpal1 in how I spent my day, What I love

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