Tonight’s the Night!

Good morning and happy Saturday! A couple of weeks ago, I said I would have more to say on my experience with the Albany Gay Men’s Chorus, and here it is. Please bear with me as this will be one of my lengthier blog posts.

Back in January the Albany Gay Men’s Chorus had a “meet & greet” event that I attended which was aimed at guys who were interested in joining the chorus. To be completely honest, I wasn’t entirely sure that singing in a group (or at all, for that matter) was something I would be capable of. Like most people, I sing along to what I listen to in the car, but I know I do it badly, and I have heard the chorus perform at several concerts, so I couldn’t imagine my voice being much of a contribution. At least not a good contribution. Continue reading “Tonight’s the Night!”

Another successful Men’s Spring Knitting Retreat

Good morning and happy…Sunday! Yes, Sunday. I do apologize for my absence and divergence from the “normal” day that I publish a blog post. This past week and this weekend have been somewhat hectic around this here, but more about that in a bit.

Last weekend was the 11th Men’s Spring Knitting Retreat and this even just gets better and better every year. At each retreat I attend there are always at least a couple of guys who I have only known online though Facebook or Ravelry, and being able to make a personal connection with someone that I have only known online is one of the aspects of the retreat I treasure the most.

This year we had seem to have had more attendees who had either never been to a men’s knitting retreat before or who had at least never been to the spring retreat here in New York before, and among them were a few guys who are relatively new to knitting (they have been knitting a year or less). It is this mix of new and veteran retreat attendees that contribute so much to making this retreat as special as it is. The supportive, nurturing, and encouraging environment and the sense of brotherhood that this retreat resonates with us retreat veterans as much today as it did the first time we attended, and we truly enjoy helping to create that same atmosphere so that our new guys. Continue reading “Another successful Men’s Spring Knitting Retreat”

Registration is Open!

Registration and payment for the Northeast Men’s Fall Knitting Retreat in September, in Upstate New York is now open.

Registration can be completed at the following web site:

• To nominate yourself or someone you know for a scholarship, the on-line nomination form can be found at:

The event will again be held at Easton Mountain Retreat Center from Thursday, September 20th through Sunday, September 23rd.

The Adirondack Wool and Arts Festival is the same weekend at the Washington County Fairgrounds in nearby Greenwich. A group field trip is being planned for Saturday, September 22nd.

• Registration will be limited to a maximum of 40 guys and after that a wait-list will be maintained

If you know of someone who can’t access the web site, they can call me directly to make reservations at (813) 666-KNIT or (813) 666-5648.

Any other questions, please feel free to e-mail

Hope to see you in September!

Some men’s knitting retreat news to share

Good morning and happy Saturday! Registration for the first Northeast Fall Men’s Knitting Retreat opens next Saturday at 10:00 AM. At that time, an email notification will be sent to all of the guys signed up for the retreat email list with a link to the registration page. Similar notifications will be posted at the same time on the Facebook and Ravelry groups for the retreat. The registration registration and checkout process is easy. The retreat will take place September 20th to the 23rd. For more information or to sign up to check out .

There is a change to the retreat scholarships which is the other news I have to share. Continue reading “Some men’s knitting retreat news to share”

Everything is coming together

Good morning and happy Saturday! Spring is finally doing its thing and I could not be happier. The same goes for our dogs. They have all been enjoying longer periods of time outside and occasional walks through the neighborhood. I have accomplished a little bit of yard work, but there is much more to do. It still seems a little early to think about opening the pool, but that is exactly what is on my mind I am sure I am not the only one hoping for a much better summer than we had last year.

Inside the house this morning I am getting my Lendrum cleaned up and ready to go out with me today to a little one on one spinning coaching with a friend. I hate saying this, but I do not remember the last time I had my Lendrum out of its bag and set up for use. It would have to have been out somewhere because I really no longer use this wheel at home. My primary wheel that I have been spinning almost everything on since pretty much the day I got it is my Kromski Polonaise.

Hello again, old friend

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Thanks for the reminder

Good morning and happy Saturday! Facebook’s handy “on this day” feature reminded me that our bathroom remodel took place last year at this time. It was honestly the most embarrassing room in the house, and we would often apologize to first time visitors if they needed to use it. If you weren’t a first time visitor and needed to use the bathroom here, well, you knew what to expect and were obviously going in there willingly so there was no apologizing for it.

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