Thursday, April 25, 2013

Almost, but not quite...

Good Lord.

I cannot believe it has almost been a month since my last post.  It feel like it has barely been a day and somehow at the same time like it has been years.

I promise to do posts on our adventures on most of these things but for my own sanity, I would like to give you all a summary of the past four weeks.

The first week of April my lovely wife, R, and I were on vacation in eastern Tennessee.  The area was beautiful, the cabin remote, the drive up to it terrifying.  We had a blast and, of course, bought yarn and fiber for spinning.

The girls were not happy to see us go:

The next week we worked, knit-nighted, etc...

We attended a Memphis Knitting Guild charity event kickoff which was a lot of fun -- SO MANY SLIPPERS!  And we celebrated, R's birthday.

I finally found a great gym in the area with many of the amenities our last gym offered.  So I have finally gotten myself on a decent workout schedule again.

Then we spent a weekend attending the first annual Gathering of the Guilds event in Jackson, TN.  We met many spinners, knitters, weavers, tatters, quilters, and those who participated in any and all combinations of those activities.  There were people there from Tennessee, Arkansas, Louisiana, Kentucky, Alabama, and Mississippi.  It was a great social event:

We picked up and delivered 900+ lbs. of fresh from the farm butchered beef that R's parents raised and had butchered this spring.

We also launched the new Memphis Knitting Guild website -- quite a nail biter I can assure you.

Last weekend we took our first MKG field trip down to visit the Coldwater Alpaca Ranch in Coldwater, MS and to witness their spring shearing.  After the ranch, we traveled to Oxford, MS for lunch and to visit the Knit1 Oxford yarn shop which the wonderful owner, Patsy, was willing to open just for us on a Sunday.  It is a very cute shop and I would encourage you to stop if you are ever in town.

That, thankfully, brings us to this week.  Monday we had our monthly MKG meeting and I was sick.  Tuesday we had our weekly knit night at Newk's (we are the Knit S.P.O.T.S. group on Ravelry) and I was sick.  Wednesday I returned to work just in time for our systems to be taken down for maintenance during the rest of this week.

The time came for the Southeastern Men's Knitting Retreat planning committee to begin work on this year's retreat so I have begun work on my tasks.

The MKG retreat that we have been planning is finally coming together.  I have found the resort, set the prices, and opened registration on that as of yesterday!

So much has gone on -- and now that I see it all in writing it does not look as exhausting as it was... Or maybe it does, I really cannot tell anymore. :-)

Did I knit? A little bit -- the socks are done and will be appearing next week for Ta-Da! Tuesday.  Spin?  Yes a little bit of that too.  I finally finished a present for a friend and she loved it!

I hope you have had a relaxing April and that much knitting has happened!

Knit Happy Everyone!

P.S. - The girls sure are happy to have us home...

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