Monday, October 22, 2012

Best. Rhinebeck. Ever. 2012

I put the year in the post title because I think I say every year is the Best. Rhinebeck. Ever. But this time it's true!

The first best thing was I didn't bring either of my kids with me. Don't get me wrong, I love & adore my boys but they have managed, every year, to eat through half my yarn budget. A hot dog or two isn't good enough for them. Oh no. They have to have the $20 lamb chop plate! And that's just for starters. But I digress. Ok no kids that was the first best thing.

The next best thing was that my friend Lisa came with us! She's not much of a knitter but she seemed to enjoy the festivities. She's always a lot of fun & I'm trying to coerce her to work a bit harder on her knitting so by next year's Rhinebeck, she will be proficient enough to make a few purchases.

Third best thing was I met up with three of my knitting friends! Linda, Sharee & Liz all contacted me and I got to spend a bit of time with each of them. We chatted, ate, talked and shopped. It was great fun.

Next best thing was I got to see Steven! I felt like a dufus fangirl but had to say hello. If you don't know him, click the link and you'll see why I love him. He even took a photo of me for his Nips With Steven. So fun!

Ok and of course the yarn. The multi colored, variegated, solid colored, fluffy, tightly twisted, merino, silk, cashmere, blended yarns in all their delicious varieties. Here's a photo of the whole haul:

Is that the most gorgeous pile of sheep fur you've ever seen? Amongst the pile is Tess's Designer Yarn, Lisa Souza, Into The Whirled & Blue Ridge Yarns. If you'd like to know about any of them just email me and I'll give you the information or you can check my Ravelry stash where I've got it all listed. There was so much gorgeous yarn and I bought stuff I don't normally buy, multi-colored yarns, because it was just too beautiful to resist.

Now the best best thing. I saved the best best for last. Glenn. He brought me up there and handed me a wad of bills for me to spend. I won't divulge how much he gave me but I'll tell you this - he gave me enough to buy everything, and I do mean everything, I wanted. And I had money left over. He carried packages. He sat and listened and was interested (or appeared to be) in all our conversations. He made sure Lisa and I ate and drank enough. He bought me a gorgeous sheep lithograph which didn't come out of my yarn budget. AND. And he bought a spindle and fiber and took a quick lesson on how to spin. He's had a bit of an interest and I've asked him to learn and he's going to! He really is the reason that each and every trip to Rhinebeck is the best. Rhinebeck. Ever.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Get Your Boobies Squished!

I usually don't discuss a lot of my personal life here, other than knitting obvs, but thought this was something I should share.

Last month my primary doctor gave me a script for a mammogram. I sorta rolled my eyes but agreed to do it. Went and had it done no big deal. A week later my doctor called and said there were suspicious calcifications in my pictures and she wanted me to go get a biopsy. I was shocked. There were no lumps so this couldn't be felt with a home check. I went for the biopsy and had an appointment a week later with the head of breast surgery at Beth Israel Hospital here in NYC. Much to my surprise my biopsy came back positive for breast cancer called DCIS. It's a non-aggressive cancer but she wanted to have it removed. Wow. No history of breast cancer in my family so we were all surprised and shocked by this. I had what was called a lumpectomy, even though there was no lump, last week and we're now waiting for the pathology report. If all goes well I'll have to go for radiation for six weeks. If all isn't well they'll either have to go back in to try to remove the cancer or I may have to have a mastectomy. Hopefully it won't come to that but if it does, we'll cross that bridge when we come to it. I'm so lucky to have such a supportive group of family and friends around me so I know whatever will be, will be. I also have great faith in my doctors so I know I'm in good hands.

I wanted to post this because it's so important to have a mammogram. Get your boobs squished! I know it's not fun, it's uncomfortable but it could be lifesaving. If this post makes one person go have a mammogram it will be worth sharing this most personal part of my life.

Monday, October 8, 2012


There are two women who work in my doctor's office who are absolute dolls. Whenever I go for an appointment they're always so sweet and accommodating. They love when I'm knitting and always look at my work and ask about it. I decided to make them each something and decided upon this Grass Is Greener cowl. Very easy knit and really cute. I did them both in a week.

The solid is Fiber Optics and the variegated is Malabrigo. Both were a dream to work with and went along quickly. I hope they like them as much as I do!

Still working on the socks. I really have to get these done especially since it's Socktoberfest! I really am out of it. I didn't realize until the 7th that it was Socktober this year. Lots of other things going on that are filling my head lately. I hope to complete this pair of socks and maybe one other pair. I think I did five pair last year so this is a big change!