Sunday, February 24, 2008

can you say heaven?

oh my gawd! fiber heaven that is. i think i'm still recovering from the "stitches west" knitting expo!!!! it's a fabulous 4 day knitting extravaganza. my friend rhodie and i only went for one day-last fri.- holy crap!!!!! i was sooooooooo overwhelmed when i walked thru the doors of the santa clara convention center. i was so overwelmed i did not take one picture. sorry! aisle after aisle of yarn, spinning fibers, patterns, needles,books and everything knitting!!!!!! there was too much-can there be such a thing? yes there can- when you are trying to decide what to buy.

the best part was meeting soxchik-my cyber friend. rhodie and i had a blast hanging out with her-i hope we didn't embarrass her too much-as we we don't get off the hill much and our squeals and shouts of delight and amazement could be heard thru out the convention center-we could barely contain ourselves.

i was going to post all my fibery scores but i think i'll tease you a bit and post one pic per post as now that time has lapsed i have other things to blog about too.

here's some lace weight "solar" dyed merino from Ceallach dyes that i almost didn't buy-i dragged rhodie and soxy sue back to this booth and tried to decide-suddenly the lights were flashing-last call-before they turn off the power-i quickly decided-yes, yes, yes. i'm so glad.
the skein is 1750 yards and it even came with a free pattern!-god! i can hardly stand it!!! but I MUST, I MUST, I MUST(please note the use of capital letters here) finish other projects before starting anything new. damn!

one of the funniest thing to witness at this event was all the women with large suitcases on wheels to hold all their purchases-why didn't i photogragh this!!!! what a phenomenon! i could show the pics to hubby and say-"see- it could be worse!"

on another note-today is my birthday. date change-as i'm finally finishing this entry on feb. 26. a big womping 45-whoa!!! what can i say? "jesus mary and joseph!" at least i can say i share my b-day with johhny cash. love him! which made me realize i 've been blogging for over a year-as i remember last year i posted this pic of johnny on my b-day:
maybe i will make it a b-day tradition to post this photo!

i spent the day in chico-we had a homeschool field trip to hear the north state symphony-it was a bit intense as the hall was filled with too many children-liam is not a crowd person and hates lot's of noise-it was a bit torturous for him to wait for the concert to begin as the decibels grew and grew-as the kids were waiting for the show to begin. after the show- we skipped the museum part of the field trip(we don't do museums in group form!-plus we've been there before) intstead-we snuck off with rhodie and her family for a treat at the "madison bear gardens"- beer and burgers-ours were veggie and very tasty!! thanks for the b-day treat you guys!

then liam and i embarked on our own- to explore antique shops-chico has great ones!!! liam got a few insulators and an old coffee tin. and i scored an old enamel tea pot for 6$ and some clothes-at thrift store prices. sorry no pics except for this awesome bike-if i lived in flatlander ville-i would get me a cruiser for sure-they are obsolete where we live:
cheers to you: look at the latest homebrew from dear hubby-yum yum!
i leave you with a photo of one of our swimming holes- we hiked to in the rain last sunday:okay-i lied. i now leave you with a pic of an old walking stick hubby left at the trail head to the swimming hole last fall-look at it now.


Gwen Buchanan said...

Hi Stephanie,
happy Birthday. Your right Johnny C. is the best. Loved your stories & I can just visualize the ladies going with bulging suitcases of yarn & fibers. hard to resist. Wish we had something like that out here. The population is a tad too small. What a joy that must have been. didn't you just want to bury yourself in it!

Our youngest son,Max (13)is definitely not one for a lot of noise and crowds either. Must be the homeschooling or maybe it is just his nature... or is it that quiet moments lets us all hear our own thoughts better... perfect choice to go exploring for anything cool.
& the beer well.... looks good enough to drink.Ahhh!
and the walking stick... guess it shows that life goes on with or without us... that is a good thought.... maybe there is hope for this ol' planet after all. take care, gwen

soxchik said...

Embarrass me? HA!!!! I was one of the biggest, bumbliest, giddiest fools there. You know the ceallach looks even more lovely in proper lighting. That convention center had the suckiest lighting ever. I hope you played some Folsom Prison Blues in Johnny's honor.