Fall retreat news and sweater progress

Good morning and happy Saturday! Yes, Saturday. I know what day it is today. That is not necessarily true for much of the last month or so, especially week/work days. They are mostly all a blur.

Today is a special Saturday too. Registration for the third North East Men’s Fall Knitting Retreat opens this morning at 10:00 AM. It is hard not to be nervous about this event considering the Covid-19 pandemic required us to cancel the spring retreat which should be taking place next weekend. Continue reading “Fall retreat news and sweater progress”

It’s been one week since…

If the song is now stuck in your head then this blog post is already a success.

It’s been one week since I deactivated my Facebook account and deleted the app from my phone and my tablet. I don’t miss it. Sure, I miss the puppy pictures and the beautiful fiber work and the other bits of their lives that my friends share. Michael still shows me a lot of stuff from mutual friends that he sees in his account so I do at least still see those puppy pics.

I don’t miss the rest though. I don’t miss the ads that seem a little too intrusively targeted. I don’t miss the friend requests from sketchy profiles. I don’t miss how people shamelessly use Facebook as a dating/hookup app. I don’t miss the fighting I’ve been seeing amongst friends on politically oriented posts

This has been a peaceful week. Productive, too. I am almost finished with the front piece of the sweater I am working on. The garage is on its way to being clean and the basement is on its way to being organized. I have a great wheel project that I’d like to get underway soon too, when it is more convenient to use the garage.

It’s been several weeks since we’ve been social distancing at home and while I am lucky to be able to work from home, I don’t like doing it. The setup in my craft room for my job is easily broken down at the end of my work day if I want that space back for the evening, and that does happen a couple of times a week. My craft room is also my practice room, and my violin lessons are done via an app, so I need the space to allow my teacher to see me as I play. My work setup is also broken down for the weekend every Friday, but since the table is out so much now, I think my sewing machine needs to start spending a lot more time on it when my laptop isn’t.

The good thing about being home every day is spending more time with the dogs. The bad thing about being home every day is spending so much time with the dogs. People with human children can have all the Take Our Kids to Work days you want. If we had a Take Our Dogs to Work day I would get fired. I would at least be forever forbidden to participate because if I did I would likely get fired. There should never ever be a Take Our Dogs To Work day ever. I can’t wait until I have an office to go back to. I love my dogs dearly but we need some space!

Overall, we are doing just fine. I make light of our “problems” but I know that so many have it worse. We’ve been doing what we can to help and that’s been staying the fuck home as much as practicable. It isn’t easy, but we haven’t killed each other yet so that’s really good. I hope you are doing as best you can through all this too It’s really all we can do.

I’ll have more soon about some of the projects I have been working on.

I Love Soap

Good morning and happy Saturday! Got enough toilet paper? Hand sanitizer? What about soap?

It has been years since I have used any of the big name soaps you see on the shelves in the store. Or maybe you don’t see them right now because they are probably selling out now too.

One of the first things I buy at any fiber festival is handmade soap and there are several independent, small scale producers whose soaps I can never resist. If you are familiar with what handmade soaps cost then you’re probably already thinking about how expensive that can be, especially if that’s what I use all the time and it would be.

I will admit that I do supplement my handmade soap purchases with a more affordable commercially produced soap but I will stick to ones that are more naturally/ethically produced and preferably as locally produced as possible.

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My Winter Hiatus

Good afternoon and happy Sunday! I meant to publish this on Saturday morning but I was struggling with formatting and adding photos. I dislike The new WordPress editor I am forced to use now.


Our long, cold, and dark winter is coming to an end. While the calendar may say spring is still a couple of weeks away, the clock change this weekend is my benchmark. That our weather forecast for the next week has so many days in the 50’s and 60’s is a bonus. Continue reading “My Winter Hiatus”

December to remember

Good morning and Merry Christmas!

December has been a busy month for us, as it is for pretty much everyone. Because of commitments to dog shows and singing with the Albany Gay Men’s Chorus, I had to skip playing Santa for our Pet Pictures With Santa fundraiser for Italian Greyhound Rescue this year. This is the first time I’ve completely misssed this event since I started doing it about 17 years ago. Maybe more. I don’t remember if we were still living in Rensselaer when I started or if we were in the house that we are still living in today. There have been a couple of years that Santa duties were split with someone else, but I still had at least one full weekend of donning the suit. I’m bummed that I misssed it entirely this year, and I hope I will be ble to do at least one weekend next year. Continue reading “December to remember”

Rhinebeck recap, new spinning project, and fun with a pharaoh puppy

Good morning and happy Saturday! Did you go to the New York State Sheep and Wool Festival? I only went on Saturday and primarily for the Men’s Knitting Retreat meetup. In the past I’d have news and updates about the spring and fall retreats at Easton Mountain and that was one of the original reasons for having these meetups. They’ve become less about retreat info and more about the socializing and reconnecting with guys who we may not see at every retreat. Continue reading “Rhinebeck recap, new spinning project, and fun with a pharaoh puppy”

Life after the retreat

Good evening, and happy Sunday!

This past weekend’s Men’s Knitting Retreat was the best yet. At least I think it was, and during our feedback session at the end of the retreat, I heard similar sentiments from some of the retreat regulars. It was a perfect combination of great weather, a great venue, but most of all, great guys.

On Thursday afternoon, the very first day of the retreat, and before it had even officially started, most of the guys had already arrived and had gathered in the main room of the lodge. We had a great mix of retreat veterans including some who were new to this retreat, as well as a few who had never been to any men’s knitting retreat before.
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