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July 2010

Wakame

One of my lovely customers asked me about a custom order - a 2-ply yarn with dark blue and turquoise for one strand and greens with a bit of yellow for the other. The idea I was going for is seaweed.

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So I spun up the blue & turquoise pretty thin.

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And the greens/yellow I spun thin but with really bulky bits.

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Then I plied it together.

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I love it! I want some of my own & V wants some of her own too. What fun it was to spin.


The fountain

Yay for water on a hot day! These are more pictures from our trip to the park in Chattanooga.

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Don't you love fountains like this? I wish we had one in my small town. There's one sort of nearby, but the annoyance of Atlanta traffic has kept us away so far.

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We should've brought a change of clothes for the adults too.

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Such a pretty park in such a pretty city! And of course this led to V's favorite game.

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Jumping into her dad's arms.

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Joy!


A carousel with cats

Last weekend we were looking for something to do and R hit on the idea of going to a local mall that has a merry-go-round. V said she wanted a merry-go-round with cats. 

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We told her we weren't sure about finding one of those, but we'd find something fun to do.

R found Coolidge Park in Chattanooga, TN. It's a really pretty park with lots of cool things to do on a hot day.

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It's by the river...

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...and has lots of pretty green space.

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And an indoor carousel - $1 a ride.

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And the carousel had two cats.

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V rode 4 times. Or was it 5?

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It was a beautiful carousel with so much detail.

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R and I kept saying that we wish there were a park like this near where we live. Or that we could move to Chattanooga.

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I miss Tennessee.


Bees & giveaway(s)!!

I think we had the best day ever today! We took a day trip to Chattanooga. We saw some bees along the way. I'm going to share a few more photos once I go through all (629) of them.

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And Tonya is holding a giveaway on her blog, Plain and Joyful Living. She knitted an adorable baby vest from the yarn she won in my last giveaway and now she's giving the vest away - how gracious and lovely she is! So if you're having a baby soon or know someone who is, head on over to enter!

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So I think I'll have another contest. I'm looking for someone who has a blog where you talk at least occasionally about the things you're knitting/crocheting. You must be willing to knit/crochet something from my yarn using a pattern that can be found on the Internet (free or not) and blog about it within a month's time. If that sounds just like you, leave me a comment and I'll pick a winner to get a free skein of yarn. I know which one I'd pick (my new favorite)!

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Sound good? Just leave me a comment. I'll close comments sometime on Friday, July 16th (both my anniversary and my Etsyversary!) and announce the winner as soon as possible after. International contestants are welcome!


Things I saw this weekend, part 3

A pretty hotel.

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With a terrible tub (hard to shower when you're holding the drain stopper lever down with your toe) but excellent beds (and an indoor/outdoor pool that V loved).

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V and I went looking for the 13th floor, but it was instead the 14th floor (just as I suspected). The elevator wouldn't let us up to the 14th floor, so we stopped at the 11th and looked out the window.

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Georgia Diner, where they have the most wonderful homefries ever in the history of the world.

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And interesting decor.

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V had her first Belgian waffle, which she has not stopped talking about since. She filled every pocket with syrup, using almost all of it.

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And that's what I saw this weekend. We didn't go to fireworks - too tired! Next year...

P.S. I'm having a shop(s) update tomorrow so I made a video of some of the yarns that will be there, if you'd like to see them.


Things I saw this weekend, part 2

China House

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When I was a kid, this is where we ate a lot of Chinese food. It's closed now. It was one of those things I took for granted would always be there. Not that it was that great - I really don't remember either way. It just was there for a long time.

And now it's not.

I'm pretty sure that there was a restaurant there before China House, but I can't remember what it was.


All by herself

I just gave V a bunch of wool and let her go at the drum carder this morning.

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She's doing little tiny bits at a time so she can turn the handle all by herself.

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She wants me to spin her a little mini-skein for her collection.

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Can't wait to see what it's going to look like! She really is doing it all by herself.

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Should be interesting - she put a giant hunk of red firestar in the middle of it.